Edit: You can now find plus size maternity clothing sources on theÂ plus size maternity page of the Fat Chic Catalog project. You can also find fresh plus size maternity clothing on Fat Chic Clothing Search..
I realize at some point I should discuss a “cheat” that a lot of us plus sized women used before plus size stores and clothing lines became more common: we would resort to wearing maternity clothing.
Now personally, I hated this and I would do anything I could to avoid it. I also recognized that in the early years of developing plus size fashion, a lot of styles were taken directly from maternity lines. This was an unkindness both to pregnant women and to fat women, and caused thin-but-pregnant women to be asked inappropriate questions about weight gain, and fat women like me inappropriate questions about pregnancy. (I have decided that the next time someone decides I’m pregnant, I’m going to convince them that a 1957 Chevy is the father. No reason to do this, except to be weird and to amuse myself, but it’s bound to happen, so I might as well make it fun for me.)
Maternity clothing, like plus size clothing, has become a lot more attractive in the last ten years. Maternity clothing also has some visual way of announcing “I’m pregnant” worked into most designs, whether it’s an obvious tummy panel, or careful pleats in cotton fabric so that it drapes so enticingly over the stomach.
Some plus women still use maternity clothing as a cheat – I’m one of those with a distinctive belly, and I can understand the temptation. Now that I’m old enough for it not to be scandalous should I somehow get pregnant… nope, I still wouldn’t do it. I appreciate distinct visual cues that indicate “pregnant” or “just fat.”
I can’t even begin to imagine what a plus sized woman might go through when she is with child. As if our bodies weren’t daily issues enough, there is that whole new process as your body turns into a chemical plant, coming up with new and mysterious ways to confuse and inconvenience. And how would she handle the pregnant or fat dilemma of uncouth passerby? The truly strong would grin maniacally and say, “Both!” Those who are still struggling, however, could find this more of an upset. But I still give you more credit than I would give my first grade teacher, who tried to convince me she had swallowed a basketball. Yuppy snob, please.
Considering this dilemma, and the many times “plus size maternity clothing” leads to hits on this blog, I thought I’d help some folks out. If someone would like to guest blog on plus size maternity styles, by all means, leave a comment.
I can’t vouch for these links, and I didn’t look too closely for style. I just know that these sites do offer actual plus sized maternity clothing.
- Maternity Cupboard