One thing I dislike about being pregnant is maternity clothes. I don’t often buy clothes, so the idea that I HAVE to because of the expanding bump is annoying to me. First world problems, right? However, what I didn’t realise was how near impossible it is to get maternity clothes on the high street.
I don’t really “do” online shopping. I’m never at home to take in deliveries and can never be bothered to drag my butt to the sorting office to pick up whatever has been rejected at my door. My neighbours are great at taking in parcels, but unfortunately they do have lives too!
Consequently, wherever possible I try to buy clothes from the shops themselves. That’s partly because Id on’t have to fanny around with parcels, but partly because I wear about three different clothes sizes and am never sure about the fit from different stores. Much easier than sending it back and forth to stores or buying several sizes, just to return one or more of them.
This turned out to be a bit more of a faff than I had thought it would be. Lots and lots of stores “do” maternity. New Look, H&M, Next, Asda, Sainsburys – they all have a maternity range. But do any of them stock them in store? NOPE! New Look stock them in a few stores, but not in their main Central London stores. Not even their HUGE Marble Arch store. From Next, maternity wear is online only no matter the size of their massive stores. H&M are a little more forgiving, with a better range of maternity stocked at a better range of stores. Both Asda and Sainsburys I am yet to find maternity wear in store. A few Peacocks stores tend to have a tiny maternity section, which is better than nothing but still not ideal.
Take today, for example. I would quite like a dress to wear tomorrow. I’m getting bored of the same jeans and top combos and all of my other (non maternity) dresses don’t really fit any more. Today is payday, so a perfect opportunity for some retail therapy. I work in Central London, so you would think it would be easy enough to come by a maternity section. Nope! So far only Topshop seems to have a maternity section in store, and I resent paying their prices… So, maybe I will just buy something in a bigger size or keep looking. They also do that really fun thing where they tend to have size 6, 8 or 10 in stock and that’s it… anything above a “massive” size 12 is, you guessed it – online only!
I just wish stores would cater a little better for their pregnant customers. I know it’s only nine months, and I know that maybe maternity wear isn’t as big business as some of the other ranges, but us pregnant ladies need things to wear! I shouldn’t have to go online to find clothes, especially when I don’t usually buy clothes online. Dammit stores, do you want my money or not?!