Being over 6 feet tall and pregnant is a challenge, especially in winter. I always hoped for a summer baby at least once so i could just wear sleeveless tops and flowy dresses and cropped pants. But alas, all 3 of my boys (including the one on the way) decided they’d rather be due at the tail end of winter! That has meant that I’ve been on a 6 year quest for maternity clothes that are “long enough.” Long enough in the torso…long enough in the arms….long enough in the legs so I don’t always look like a hippo waiting for a flood.
Here are the best tips and brands I can offer for feeling more long and lean and keeping from constantly tugging on your hemlines.
1) Invest in an expensive pair of designer maternity jeans in the longest length you can find. For everyday, my Old Navy & Gap Tall Maternity jeans with a 32″ or 34″ inseam are roomy and fine (with flats only.) But there is nothing like a pair of fitted-in-the-tush, 37-38″ inseam designer maternity jeans that I can wear with heels to make me feel like I am party or date-night ready. I bought a pair of Seven Brand Maternity Jeans from Pea in the Pod when i was pregnant with my first son over 7 years ago. They were pricey, but worth every penny as they are STILL my go-to bottoms all these years later with baby #3.
2) Wear tunics. Shop tunics. Shop mini dresses to wear AS tunics. I learned early that most maternity tops were not the right proportion for me. When it comes to maternity, the LENGTH of the top needs to always be greater than the WIDTH of the top to help me look in proportion and to flatter the best. Plus, there is nothing worse than tugging your shirt hem over your belly band or elastic panel all day long – ugh. Some of my favorite “maternity” tops are actually wrap dresses or babydoll style tunics from my regular wardrobe. Momzelle.com has my most favorite maternity/nursing tanks ever that come all the way down over my hips! SO flattering and I lived in mine both pregnant and nursing.
3) For special occasions, don’t skimp. I have my fair share of Target tees, sweaters and tanks. But when you have occasion to go somewhere, nothing makes you feel more fashionable than a great, well-cut top from a top brand. They are less likely to skimp on length of sell garments that shrink and shrivel to nothing in the wash. This top from Isabella Oliver is my current fave for social occasions. I feel like my non-pregnant, fashion-conscious self when I wear it.
****Last few cheats: Wear maternity skinny jeans in regular lengths (too short), but just tuck them into knee socks & tall boots. Wear long, swingy, lightweight sweater coats over everything. You’ll always look polished. Cuff too-short jeans and wear with ankle socks and hipster booties when an otherwise adorable pair of maternity jeans look like floods. Buy 3/4 length sleeves often. Long-enough sleeves are SO hard to come by and the 3/4 length is a great proportion for a prego gal.
What other tips do you tall girls have to survive maternity fashion for 40 weeks?