For those of you who do not know, I am living here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Here in Toronto, there are so many clothing stores that advertise maternity clothing.
It has taken me a long time to get here, but at 26 weeks and 5 days pregnant, when all my clothes seem to be bursting at the seams, I have finally decided to be reasonable, and buy some maternity gear to provide me with some much needed comfort.
My list was not a long or unreasonable one. I went out looking for basic items to get me through the summer. I wants a maxi-dress and a sun dress, both with small straps and more of an open back to keep me from boiling over in the many heat waves I am sure we will have this summer. I wanted a pair of shorts, preferably denim so I could throw them on with everything and then a handful of tanks and tees. Sounds perfectly reasonable and easy, right?
Of all the stores I have looked up online, none of these stores seemed to carry their maternity lines in stores. I went to three H&Ms, two Old Navy’s, which had been my first choice for maternity wear as their prices were a lot more reasonable than Thyme and other stores specifically gears to pregnant women.
With Old Navy having their 50% off storewide sale, I was hoping to get clothes for the prices I would regularly pay. $10 tees and tanks, $20 dresses, $20 shorts. I am a bit of a thrifty shopper and don’t tend to like to overspend on fashion. This seemed like the perfect option.
However as soon as you mention maternity in any of their locations, the sales associates get this sad look on their face as they begin to explain to you that the maternity wear is only offered online and not in store.
Look, I can understand there may not be a huge market for that specific line, but you have a small section in the front of the store designated for pets, you can’t put a small section for maternity wear in the store? I don’t know many people going in to Old Navy to buy handkerchiefs and accessories for their dogs… I didn’t even know they carried stuff like that.
I was exasperated.
Because this is my first pregnancy, I have no idea where to even begin when I am purchasing maternity gear. Which is why I went into stores hoping to try some stuff on and gauge sizes and fits before I ordered anything online.
Usually when I order things online, if they don’t fit they just sit in my closet for ages because I can’t be bothered to go through the hassle of returning things. So ordering maternity clothes online, when I have never ordered anything in those styles before, knowing they all cost a bit more, was very low on lists of things I was planning to do.
After hitting up several malls, and trying other stores, I went home quite defeated. I did go into Thyme just to see the differences in price, and briskly walked out after holding up a pair of denim shorts for almost $60.
Ummm, I have baby gear to buy, what in the hell makes you people think I am going to spend that on a pair of shorts I may not be able to wear once I give birth?
Why is buying maternity wear such a battle?
I ended up buying some clothes a few sizes up from Old Navy. I really didn’t want to miss the sale, and wasn’t willing to pay the other store’s prices. However, I was disappointed to know they didn’t carry maternity wear in store.
I guess the choice has been made for me.
I am going to power through this pregnancy without any maternity wear and hope I don’t split yet another pair of yoga tights… yes, it has happened.