Say hello (again) to the ever-dramatic jumpsuit and its cutesy cousin, the romper. Improbable though it may seem, these long and short jumpsuits have made their way off the runway, through the ranks of fashion and right into the maternity clothing department. The jumpsuit on the left is from Isabella Oliver. The romper on the right is from Belly Dance Maternity.
The maternity jumpsuit trend has been somewhat controversial. Droolicious featured the one above a while back to mixed reviews. I did see a number of big bellied women walking around Soho in jumpsuits last week and was actually quite surprised at how cute they looked. I attempted to snap some Preg-On-The-Street photos, but my phone failed to cooperate.
A maternity jumpsuit is definitely a statement. Especially this catsuit version, from American Apparel:
But in some ways, In some ways, pregnancy is the perfect time to wear the styles that might otherwise make you feel self conscious about any midsection issues. No one expects your stomach to be flat when there’s a baby growing in it!
Then there’s the practical factor. On the one hand, a maternity jumpsuit is convenient (no need to choose multiple items of clothing) On the other hand, it’s not (frequent urination + one-piece dressing= acrobatics in public restrooms).
The maternity romper may be the most wearable incarnation of this style, if only because it does not recall the controversial Pregnant Woman in Overalls look (as The Pregnant Fashionista observes in her critique of the jumpsuit trend). And because if you’re creative, you might not need to remove the entire thing for every single one of those many bathroom visits!