After an internal conflict of large proportions I finally decided to purchase a pair of maternity jeans. All I could think was elastic and pleats. My decision came after a day of fighting to keep up my favorite pre-pregger jeans with the normally useful Bella Band. Let's just say the Bella Band lost and my jeans were worn somewhere mid-thigh all day. Oy! -- thank goodness for long sweaters.
Jeans are an important wardrobe staple for me. I am one of those people who thinks jeans, paired with the right thing, are perfectly fine for just about any occasion except job interviews and weddings, and even then there are exceptions. So there was no getting around this, I needed jeans if I was to fully function as a fashionable citizen.
So on a recent day I went into Pea in the Pod at International Mall and proclaimed my need for jeans that fit my 51/2 month belly. The saleswoman was delightful and hooked me up with a few pair she thought I'd like. I ended up buying a pair of 7 for All Mankind. They provided good leg room and the color was on point.
As you can see from the photo to the left (that's me!) the main difference between maternity jeans and regular jeans is the elastic tummy sleeve (or maternity panel) sewn into the top of the actual jean. The sizes are basically fitted the same way except maternity jeans don't have buttons. Whoo-hoo...bring on the buffets! I might never go back to regular jeans.
The Sevens are a tad long -- but I dig them and in heels they're just right.
If you're in the market for maternity jeans, have no fear -- here's a handy-dandy guide from Fit Pregnancy on picking a pair.
Want the look and feel of your pre-pregnancy jeans? Go for J Brand low-rise bootcut jean, $187 at www.babystyle.com
Short legs, round tummy? No sweat, you little mommas need to check out Old Navy's low-rise bootcut maternity jean, $37 at www.oldnavy.com
Need your space? Check out Mimi Maternity's It Jean, they're known for having the most comfortable maternity panel, $118 at www.mimimaternity.com
Want comfort and style, but don't want to spend a bunch, Liz Lange for Target maternity jeans give you the most bang for your buck, $30 at www.target.com
~ Deal Diva Nicole