It never went unnoticed by me that there was a serious LACK in plus-size maternity clothes. I often got the pregnancy and baby magazines and never once did I see anything for a woman my size. To say this was upsetting is an understatement. Pregnancy is mean to be an amazing time and you want to feel good about yourself. The fact that an industry fails to acknowledge a person over size 18 is just downright rude.
I remember randomly looking on the Simply Be website at the time and finding that they had some staples. I bagged myself maternity jeans which I was very grateful for and they served me well. I also remember Evans randomly 'trying out' a maternity range from which I had a very comfy tracksuit (yes, tracksuit) and a tunic. This range, like the bridal range, hasn't lasted the distance though.
Recently I noticed that Simply Be have stepped up the maternity range by a gear. They have come up with a 'Maternity Clothing Guide'. This advises on different supportive panels in their range, they also give tips for maternity clothes shopping AND everything comes between the sizes of 14-32. The range itself isn't huge BUT it's a huge development from what has been on offer to us. There are lots of vests tops, some plain, some pretty. My recollection of pregnancy is that I was nearly always hot (even in the middle of winter) so layering was always the best option for me. This is where vest tops are perfect. Here are a few of the pieces that caught my eye.
Maternity Palazzo - Simply Be
Maternity Vest - Simply Be
Maternity Dress- Simply Be
As well as Simply Be, Yours have a selection of their items that they say are also suitable during pregnancy so that is also worth taking a look at. I'd love to know the experiences of others, if not yourself then your friends or family members because I really feel that pregnant plus-sized women are ignored by the fashion industry and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one that thinks this way. x