Last year it occurred to me that both my younger daughter and I could benefit from wearing maternity pants from the thrift shop. Before you laugh and leave this post, hear me out.
Maternity Pants are Easy to Wear
My daughter has autism, and low motor skills when it comes to her fingers.That means she can’t easily button, snap or otherwise deal with small intricate clothing fasteners. I didn’t want her to be stuck in jogging suits for her whole life, so one day while in the local Good Will, I noticed the maternity pants because they had a wide elastic at the top.
Not Your Mom’s Maternity Pants
Now, these aren’t the old fashioned maternity pants that had the large belly panel in the front. This is a new breed of maternity pants that has a wide elastic band that goes all the way around the pants and they are cut a little lower on the waist.
The even more awesome thing is that they come in all the normal styles, from jeans to cargo pants.
The second style that I’ve found we both like has an elastic panel that goes from the waist up, so it covers the belly and mid back. This is good for when your shirts ride up and you don’t notice. (like my daughter).
You might be wondering why I would wear maternity pants if I’m not pregnant?
I’m built like a pregnant woman, that’s why. My daddy and his mama were too. I have a sway back (scoliosis) and that pushes my butt out, and my belly forward. All that body distortion means that regular jeans, low waisted or not, are never comfortable! They cut into my belly, and gap at my lower back. They don’t move with me when I get up and down, so I’m constantly having to pull up my pants.
But, I found that the maternity pants, especially the ones with the single low cut band, fit beautifully! They hug me in the back and glide right over my unfortunate curve in the front.
I buy these pants from the thirft store because they can be pricy if you get them home to find out they aren’t comfortable after all. And, also, because my daughter cand be strange when it comes to agreeing to wear certain clothing. Ask anyone with a kid that autism, it’s not that strange.
So, buying from the thrift store allows me to buy cheap. Thankfully, we are close to the same size, so if something doesn’t fit me quite right, I can pass it on to her. If she doesn’t care for the material or color, I can still wear it. It’s a win-win!
I’m sharing links to some Amazon products in this post to give you an idea of what retail pricing is for these types of items. Also, you might not find your right size in your local thrift store, so you can always order from Amazon to try them out too.