Beyonce Makes Maternity Clothes Look Good; Bad for the Rest of Us


beyonceSo maybe you've heard that Beyonce is designing a line of maternity clothing. No? Well, now you have. Apparently, if you're a perfectly proportioned superstar and style icon (who has other very-well-paid people pick out your absurdly expensive designer clothes for you), pregnancy is a fabulous fashion opportunity.

"I've had so much fun with fashion over the months," Beyonce gushed to Harper's Bazaar, adding, "All I see now are clothes that are flattering on a pregnant woman. It's been so exciting for me! I love figuring out designs that still make me feel edgy and sexy while pregnant. Flowy fabrics are always flattering, but I still rock my stilettos."

Hooray for Beyonce and for those of you out there who have managed to feel "fierce" and "sexy" while pregnant, but for me, dressing while pregnant was ... mmm ... not an "exciting" proposition.

Maybe it's because I cheaped out, refusing to spend more than $20 or $30 on a clothing item I was going to wear only for a few months (with only a few choice go-to exceptions: like one pretty nice pair of stretchy-top jeans, a pair of black slacks, and a black skirt I wore to everything from work to weddings). Or maybe it's because I tend to be fairly fashion-challenged anyhow, but I felt pretty much inappropriately (or at least unflatteringly) dressed for nearly any occasion. (People give pregnant ladies a fashion pass, right?)

In fact, I felt the opposite of sexy in anything I put on. As my "baby bump," as the media now universally calls it, bumped itself bigger and bigger, I started to feel more and more like a moving piece of architecture rather than a woman who could, for instance, rock a pair of stilettos, assuming I could even have squeezed my swollen feet into them. Flowy fabrics would have made me feel like a giant building wrapped by Christo!

On the other hand, dressing while pregnant (shall we dub it DWP?) did have one distinct advantage: limited options. I never had to wonder what to wear in the morning: I had only five outfits to choose from (none of them terribly "exciting"). And um ... how annoying is it that Beyonce (with her limited options) is being accused of wearing a fake baby bump because of the way the dress rippled when she sat down? Pregnant women ... can't catch a break.

Have you found it challenging to dress while pregnant? Have you managed to find clothes that make you feel "fierce" and "sexy"?

Image via Harper's Bazaar

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Susie19 Susie19

Her legs look way too small in this picture. This image was definitely played with.

Amy Mathis

I feel frumpy in everything I put on. I did feel somewhat better at my breastfeeding class, when everyone else was in sweatpants too. And stilettos? I would fall on my ass.

nonmember avatar Liz

I hated trying to find maternity clothes! Anything the least bit cute or chic was well out of my price range. Even the mall stores and discount store maternity clothes weren't cheap, and it still seemed like everything I bought either shrunk, stretched out, or faded after a couple of washings. And it was so depressing seeing those maternity models in the catalogs looking so adorably preggie, their cute little basketball bellies peeking out from under their clingy, size 0 shirts. Those clingy shirts aren't quite so cute when you look like you're carrying a whale. (Not to mention the nice little collection of stretch marks you're accumulating.) And heels? Forget it! Even flip-flops hurt! I went without shoes as much as I could. (Maybe "barefoot and pregnant" isn't such a derogatory term after all.)

jacki... jackiebabe

she looks beautifull i think like always <3

Susan Delly

I bought pre-loved maternity clothes from another mother on Craigslist and spent $50 on 2 kitchen garbage bags of goodies.  Lucky me, she had good taste.  Some of my maternity clothes are better than my real clothes so I still wear the 'first trimester' shirts.  haha 

I wish I'd have thought to check CL before I shelled out store prices on a couple of pairs of jeans and such... I paid more for those 2 pair of jeans than I did for about 3 dozen pieces of the pre-loved preggo clothes.

Nadia Nichols

Motherhood maternity made it soooo easy I bought a top every week

NewMo... NewMomma.S

Thank you! My first thought was those are so not Beyonce's legs. Horrible job with the air brushing. And I cannot see her bump at all, maybe on the actual magazine I will? I can't wait to see what her line looks like though. And gawd I hope it's at Target or Kohl's or something... they're expensive enough!

nonmember avatar Marisa

Maternity dressing can be labelled "fun" and interesting up to about 7 1/2 months. After that, you just look out of proportion and hippo-like no matter what you do and those flowy fabrics make you look like a house.

36 week preggo


I loved being prego and sexy. I didnt wear frumpy outfits. I wouldnt wear horrid things non pregnant and i refused when I was. So kudos to her.

ethan... ethanlexismom

Feeling good & looking good while you are pregnant is a MUST!  I chose to wear "lounge" type wear during most of my pregnancies.  Loved the stuff over at Impact Fitness Wear -- they have a whole maternity line of cute active wear.  And I LOOKED pregnant so I needed something to make me feel beautiful! :)

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