I am in the beginning of my second trimester and interviewing for jobs. I need corporate maternity wear. Please advise!

Annette - posted on 06/09/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have gone to Dillard's, Motherhood, Sears, Target, Kohl's, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and I have not been able to find corporate maternity wear. Please advise.

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Jeanne - posted on 06/09/2009

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I have two suggestions actually - you can buy empire waist tops that are larger than your normal size and that will accomodate your expanding waistline and just keep it simple with regular dress slacks or skirts. To punch it up to corporate level try buying a few really great accessories like brooches and scarfes that really dress up the outfit. The other option is to go into the +plus size or department stores as most plus size clothing has elastic at the waist and you can buy jackets that will also accomodate your growing baby bump. Good luck.

Geralyn - posted on 06/09/2009

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I can more easily justify the expense if I can use them for 2 or 3 pregnancies... lol... Oh, and toward the end of the pregnancy, I had swelling in my feet and ankles, and had such a hard time finding shoes that would fit!!! To my last meeting, before maternity leave, I had to wear sneakers with my suit!

Geralyn - posted on 06/09/2009

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Hi Annette, I had the same exact issue. You would think with all the working pregnant moms in the world, there'd be a bigger market for maternity clothes that are professional but not ridiculously expensive. I, too, went to "A Pea in a Pod." Pants that were expandable in the waste by buttons that didn't show and could be worn well with a suitcoat ranged from about $75 (on a really good sale) to $150. It was expensive for "temporary" clothing, but at the same time, I had no choice. I bought about 3 pairs of pants, which got me through for my work. Ann Taylor also has maternity clothes on line. The other I have not seen them in stores. Liz Lange (on line), also pricey, has some professional clothing.

Annette - posted on 06/09/2009

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I went to "A Pea in a Pod" and while I loved their clothing, it was a bit on the pricey side. I may have to return for lack of any other choices. Thanks Ladies.

Annette - posted on 06/09/2009

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Quoting Tara:  I willl try that.  The only time I purchased an item of clothing from Ebay it was grossly miss sized.  It was a 12 and it would not have fit a size 10!  I'll try again.  Thank you for your response.

Try eBay. They usually have a great selection and you can find some good deals.


 

Angela - posted on 06/09/2009

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Honestly I found the best affordable maternity clothes for the corporate office at Good Will. I was also able to find a few things at Old Navy - but they only sale the maternity line of their brand online. Hope this helps.

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If you are seeking more formal corporate wear, you might be stuck shopping at high-end pricey boutiques. Sorry :-( The styles at the stores you already mentioned are considered more casual-work attire. I bought my clothing at some of the stores you mentioned, but as a teacher I can dress more casually. But even if you can get by with black maternity slacks or skirts, you can always pair them up with a classy blazer. Good luck!

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