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Dresses did not follow a wearer's body shape until the Middle Ages. When western European dresses began to have seams , affluent pregnant women opened the seams to allow for growth. During the Baroque period roughly s through the s the Adrienne , a waistless pregnancy gown with many folds, was popular.
Some styles had laced vents in the back that allowed the wearer to adjust the girth of the coat as needed. The Empire, a style which has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust and a loosely gathered skirt, was made popular by Napoleon's first wife Empress Joséphine. Bibs could be added to permit breastfeeding. The s saw a revival of the Empire waistline which lasted for a few years as a general fashion, but remained popular for many years as pregnancy wear.
The Victorian era roughly covers the years of Queen Victoria's reign to her death in Women spent a lot of time in the state of pregnancy, giving birth to an average of eight children with five making it through infancy.
Pregnancy was considered a private matter not to be discussed in "polite" conversation. A garment called a "wrapper" worn by women at home before they dressed for the day was well-suited for pregnancy as well since it wrapped around and could be worn loosely or more form-fitting as needed.
At that time women were used to wearing corsets and maternity corsets with laces for adjustment were available. The first commercial ready-to-wear clothing for pregnant women was sold in the US by Lane Bryant , which opened in The next competitor, Page Boy, offered a patented skirt in In later years when stretch fabric became available it was used to fill in the window. Their clothing, usually a slim skirt with a wide smock top, became fashionable during the s, when celebrities such as Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor wore their clothes.
Slacks with adjustable waists became widely available in the s. Further developments in maternity clothing styles have meant that many maternity tops are also made to enable discreet nursing, extending the usable life of maternity clothes beyond just the period whilst pregnant.
Maternity clothes around the world have been undergoing significant changes. In both Eastern and Western cultures, there is greater demand for fashionable maternity clothes. In Western cultures the influence of celebrity culture. Fashion bloggers have caught on to the shift in perception and began to regularly discuss new styles and fabrics designed with the pregnant form in mind. Women in Eastern cultures, however, have maintained a much greater sense of modesty when it comes to maternity wear.
In both the Islamic and Asian cultures, maternity wear is much less fitted, hemlines are longer and necklines higher. Modern Islamic maternity wear uses fabrics with brighter colours and bolder prints. In Chinese and Japanese cultures, there is a fear of radiation from devices such as computers and mobile phones, especially during pregnancy.
Culturally in the US today, a few popular clothing brands have made everyday wear for pregnant women both fashionable and accessible. As the body is changing shape and therefore levels of comfort, most maternity clothing is made with Lycra and elastic for stretch and growth. For pants, the waistband is usually a thick layer of stretchy material that can be hidden by a shirt to give the pants a normal look.
Depending on style and activity, tops often billow out to leave room for the belly and are made of varying cottons and elastic materials. While women were integrated into the U. However, in the late s it was decided that in order to keep women in an all-volunteer armed forces the military needed to change its policy regarding pregnancy.
Following complaints that pregnant women dressed in civilian clothing undermined moral, between and the armed forces began to issue military maternity outfits. Contrast fabric gives the look of a wrap dress but is actually sewn closed so no accidental exposure. Ripe Maternity's maxi dress features a braided neckline and rope belt. Side slits show off your legs and also make it easy to move in. You'll love this dress during and after pregnancy. Updated chevron print on a diagonal.
This flattering and comfortable dress has a supportive elastic band under the bust. By night, The Cozy Dress is a sexy yet practical nightie. Easy and discreet pull-down nursing access with a shelf bra and discreet nursing panel. This sleeveless style is easy to layer for year round wear-ability. Sizing Order Pre-pregnancy Size: This versatile dress works for both maternity and nursing.
Stylish zipper detailing on the side is fun and flattering. The asymmetric hemline shows some leg while still keeping it at a work appropriate length. Easy and discreet nursing access through the crossover neckline. The side ruching helps to camouflage trouble spots post delivery. Choose Ikat print or solid smokey brown. By day, it is a flattering and comfortable dress that is perfect for everyday errands. By night, it is a practical and supportive nightgown.
Easy and discreet nursing access. The Lacey shift dress by Due Maternity is designed to be worn both during and after pregnancy. Sophisticated black and white coral print creates an interesting contrast that flatters your figure. Split neckline topped with a fashionable collar while the above the knee length accentuates your legs. The included sash can be worn above the belly during pregnancy and cinched at the waist afterwards or the dress can be worn without the sash.
Woven material is soft, lightweight and very comfortable. Perfect for a tropical themed baby shower, to wear on your babymoon or a causal day at the beach. The Lacey shift dress by Due Maternity features a split neckline topped with a fashionable collar.
Above the knee length shows off your legs. The sash can be worn above the belly during pregnancy, cinched at the waist afterwards or the dress can be worn without the sash. Soft, woven material is lightweight and very comfortable. Perfect for a beach themed baby shower, to wear on a resort vacation or to lunch with your girlfriends. Lilac Margot Maternity Maxi Dress. The Margot maxi dress features adjustable straps to customize the flattering fit. Double layering at the bust provides additional support.
This style is designed to be worn before, during and after pregnancy. Made in USA Hand wash or machine wash cold on gentle cycle.
Lilac Mila Maternity Nursing Dress. This adjustable length half-bodycon dress gives you the fitted feel from the hips down and is loose and flowing on top. Elastic at the loose fitting neckline allows for quick nursing access.
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