I’ve been doing this maternity series for the last couple weeks on the blog. Today, I’m going to cover maternity style for tall girls. I’m 5’11” with a 34-35″ inseam and it can often be tricky to find clothes to fit me anyway. Being pregnant just adds another element of difficulty to the getting ready process. Some of my recommendations are below! I hope this helps you, and I think even if you aren’t as tall as I am you may get some use from the tips I have to share.
One thing to note in this post is that both of my pregnancies have started in January/February and I’ve been due in September. Most of the weight that I’ve gained has happened in the warm months of the year, and until I’m 4-5 months along (early Spring) I don’t start wearing maternity clothing. I stay at home right now so I don’t have a need for a huge professional wardrobe. I have a couple fancy things that I rotate, but for the most part I keep it casual.
Let’s start with pants. Pants are a struggle for me to find in real life due to being so tall, but during pregnancy, it’s hell. I’ve looked around high and low, and the only pants I’ve been able to find are from the GAP. They come in long sizes, are super comfortable, and last a long time. Your first step to figuring out what pants to buy is what kind of panel you want. Just for reference, I screen capped this off the gap.com‘s website:
A lot of preggos like a full panel, but for me, I get twitchy when something is covering my whole stomach like that. I prefer the demi panel personally. If you’ve never been pregnant before, do yourself a huge favor and go try on pants in store, even if they’re not even close to the right style or size, just to see which style you prefer. Finding an actual GAP Maternity store to shop at is rare unless you’re in a huge city, so you’ll probably be shopping online. You’ll save yourself a lot of time in the long run if you know what you’re looking for.
When I’ve been pregnant, I always gravitate towards 3 types of bottoms:
1) A skinny jean/jegging that can be folded up on the bottoms in the summer to create capri pants and then in the fall (before and after giving birth) can be tucked in to boots. I wear maternity pants for a good couple months after birth, with a belly band, so these are crucial. These
from the GAP are pretty similar to what I have.
2) A flare jean to wear casually for every day. The 1969 Demi Panel Long and Lean Jeans
are everything. And OMG they are currently on sale for $39. If I wasn’t 7 weeks out, I would add a few of these to my online shopping cart. I wear these a few times a week and they are still in perfect condition. My first pregnancy I had these, and when I was 30+ weeks along, I wore them to a doctor’s appointment and my doctor was like, WOW! You’re not even wearing maternity yet! Of course I was, but they just don’t even look like maternity. They’re awesome.
3) A black pant. Because you never know when you might need to dress up, or for church, etc. The Demi Panel Perfect Trouser Pant
(also currently on sale) is amazing. You will probably wear these long after being pregnant because they are so comfortable.
When shopping online at the GAP, always read the reviews. ALWAYS. They will help you pick the right size for yourself. In my experience, all of their pants run much bigger (by at least a size) than what you normally wear. I tend to order my normal size in one pair, and a size smaller in a couple pairs. The jeans you order in a size smaller will fit you great until the last few weeks most likely, then you’ll be glad you have that extra pair for the last few weeks when you feel huge and horrible and are busting out of everything. Anyways, read the reviews. They will guide your purchase!
If you’re looking for more summery stuff, I’ve had great luck with the Duo Maternity capris, although they are easily stretched out. I’m looking everywhere online for them and I’m not finding them, but these
are similar. I also have a belt that I’m pretty sure is this exact one
that I wear with my capris so they don’t fall down. It’s basically just a stretchy braided belt. It will expand with you but help you not to lose your pants. These are usually in the men’s section. I also have a belly band
from Target that I love. These are especially helpful for post pregnancy to help with the transition from maternity pants back to your regular pants.
are a great investment because they look good with a tshirt and are a way to dress up a little more in the summer. Depending on the skirt, you may be able to find a non maternity style that fits you great too!
I always wear an undershirt, and I’ve found that I can get by with my normal ones from Express
for a long time. They come in every color and pattern imaginable and last forever. I still have several I wore in college, and I’ve been graduated for five years! These are comfy for underneath shirts and to bed. They have a built in shelf tank top so I can wear them without a bra to bed but still get the support I desperately need while my body is changing.
Once I hit month 7, my belly is big enough that I need to find something a little longer. I hate maternity tank tops because they are really low quality for what you are getting. However, I don’t think tall girls have much of an option here because they’re going to be the only tank top that runs long enough. When I need longer maternity tank tops, I just buy nursing tank tops
because they’re long and you will need it if you want to nurse!
For tshirts, I’ve found that Motherhood Maternity brand runs a little smaller than I’m used to with other maternity lines but I’ve gotten great use out of some of their shirts. I love this polka dotted one
and I have several solid ones
tool The cotton material is not as soft as other brands either but they’re cute so it makes up for it. JC Penney has really affordable solid shirts like this one
that I recommend. I have this cute striped shirt
for when I’m feeling fancy too!
If you are pregnant or trying to lose the weight in the colder months of the year, I recommend an open cardigan like this one
. You don’t even have to get it in the maternity section! It will last beyond your pregnancy and be convenient for nursing as well. I also love my zip up hoodie
for chilly days, and Old Navy’s slub knit hoodies
are a perfect lightweight option as well.
Since I’m not working a professional job right now, I only need one fancy dress! I thought this
was such a fun dress for summer weddings, my class reunion, etc. I bought some nude wedges and a white half sweater and I’ve been living in it for every special occasion! It’s a flattering style, and the bigger I get the better I look in it! haha. It’s got lots of room for boobs (I need a slip underneath so I don’t show everything) and although the cut is shorter in the front it’s perfect for us tall girls.It’s much shorter on me than on the model and I still think it’s plenty long!
For shoes and accessories, I’ve been living in my Flojos and wear statement earrings almost daily!
When shopping, don’t forget that most retailers won’t let you use a coupon in store on maternity. Macy’s doesn’t ever discount maternity, although it’s often buy one get one half off. JC Penney is discontinuing their maternity section in store (the one by me anyways). Kohl’s has a disappointing selection (read- one rack). Most of the department stores I’ve seen have a pitiful selection that is overpriced, if you can even find it in stores. The best luck I’ve had are at stores like Motherhood Maternity where you can use coupons, and trying to shop online using coupons at Oldnavy.com, the GAP, etc. Many stores will refer you to their plus sized section if you are looking for maternity, which I think is rude. I hope things change and us pregnant ladies get more selections to choose from soon!
Hopefully this post helped you if you are pregnant or thinking about it soon!