My Love-Hate Relationship With Target Maternity
It wasn't always clear if I was looking at maternity or plus-size clothes while shopping, but they don't fit the same.
After reading about Target using a pregnant model for a plus-size dress, I felt a little less crazy about my issues shopping there for clothes. When I got pregnant for the first time four years ago, I looked forward to shopping for maternity clothes. I couldn’t wait for my baby bump to start showing!
Being plus-size, I knew shopping for cute plus-size maternity clothes could be a challenge. While there were plenty of online options, I wanted to try things on. I really wanted to know how they fit, looked and felt. Since I was still working outside the home at that time, I needed business casual as well as yoga pants.
A few friends gave suggestions to make my regular clothes last longer. They also tried to discourage me from buying too much and recommended purchasing a size up instead. Simply going up a size did not work for me in most cases—those clothes were too big in all the wrong places. Besides, I wanted to boost my spirits with a shopping spree for clothes to flatter my bump, not hide it.
Several people said that Target had great looking maternity clothing. “Perfect!” I thought—until I got there. I noticed that the “Plus-Size” and “Maternity” signs were near each other. Unfortunately, the sections seemed blended together. Clothes mixed on the same racks in some cases (especially the clearance racks). Now, when shopping maternity sizes you are supposed to look for your pre-pregnancy size. Problem was not knowing for sure what was maternity and what was not. In fact, a few times I came home with plus-size clothes that didn’t fit right when I thought I was buying maternity clothes.
I complained to my husband that the two sections were not the same thing. My belly shape changed and expanded in ways most of my current plus clothes couldn’t accommodate.
I loved the maternity styles offered, but found few selections in plus-sizes. It was all rather confusing and stressful for a hormonal pregnant woman who already has body image insecurities. Even now when I try to shop around the plus section I keep picking out clothes I have to put back because they are maternity. While I do still wear some clothing from my pregnancies, I’m not looking to buy any more right now.
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