I have a belly. My bump does not have a baby in it, but it is so out of proportion with the rest of me that I often am mistaken for pregnant. I have meltdowns trying to find clothes. Pants that are way too huge for the rest of me are painfully tight on my waist. I end up wearing yoga/sweat pants all the time, which is all right sometimes but kind of depressing when I want to actually look Dressed.
One day I was fuming about this problem: No pants ever fit! Everyone thinks I’m pregnant! Where can I find pants that accommodate a big belly? Then it struck me: Well, maternity pants. Duh.
I swallowed my pride and went to Target. It turned out to be a strange relief to shop in the maternity section — I felt like for once, I didn’t have to suck it in. I tried on my “normal” size 12s and had to keep working down. With the elastic waist band, I was actually an 8. No wonder I couldn’t find regular pants that worked.
When I told my best friend about this, she was elated. “You’re a genius! I loved my maternity jeans. I was so sad when I knew I was going to be done with them. Why wouldn’t we all wear maternity jeans?”
I have been wearing this Target pair for a few months, but I don’t love the waist band because it is too wide and does that weird folding over/getting twisted thing that elastic bands can do. So I’m in the market for more pants for big bellies.
Do any Offbeat Mamas or Homies with Non-Baby Bumps have more recommendations for belly-accommodating stores or styles that are comfortable and go a step above yoga/sweatpants?