Older moms may need maternity business suits or cocktail dresses, but teen maternity clothing needs to be high-style and fun. Whether the pregnancy was planned or accidental and whether a young mom is getting ready to have a family or planning for adoption, teens can keep up their fashionable looks the whole nine months.
What's Special About Teen Maternity Clothing
Teens' bodies are still developing. That's why "juniors" size clothes are cut differently from "ladies" sizes. Maternity clothes designed for older women may not fit quite right, and it may take some shopping around to find the right look.
In addition, teens may not be ready for grown-up styles. When pregnant teens go out with their friends, they still want to fit in. That usually means wearing the same styles as everyone else.
Staying in Style
Some maternity lines specialize in clothes for moms-to-be who want to look young and sexy.
These fashions aren't cheap, though, so teens may need to browse the selections and then look for something similar at a lower-priced store. The big chains, like A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood, sell modern-looking maternity wear that ordinary budgets can afford.
Seven, Citizens of Humanity, Juicy Couture, and True Religion all make maternity jeans. So do many other high-style denim companies. Even on eBay, though, these jeans can go for as much as $100.
For some young women, "teen maternity clothing" really means affordable maternity clothes. Old Navy is priced for teen budgets and their maternity line is styled for teen looks. At OldNavy.com, you can browse maternity tank tops, specially sized bikinis, and hoodies with extra room for a growing belly.
WalMart offers a large selection of cute tops, tunics, jeans and shorts, bathing suits, dresses, and lingerie. With most items priced under $30 and many under $20, this is a very affordable choice for teen maternity clothes.
Target has a maternity line, too. Priced similar to WalMart's choices, the Target styles may be more suited to women in their 20's and above, but some teens will like them, too. And the tank tops and T-shirts, available in multiple colors, are practical basics.
Special Teen Styles
Sometimes, teen styles are wildly different from what most adults would wear. Finding teen maternity clothing in these styles can be a challenge.
Goth has been a part of high school life for years and shows no signs of fading away. Every high school seems to have its crew of black-clad kids. But, goth clothes aren't available at your standard maternity stores. You can find black dresses at places like Mimi Maternity, of course, but they won't always have that true goth look. Luckily, there's the Internet.
Punk has been around for so long, it's almost mainstream. You'd think the Internet would be full of sites offering maternity clothes for punk moms-to-be, but actually, there's very little out there! You'll find a few web sites at the LoveToKnow article on Punk Maternity Clothes. Otherwise, young women looking for punk teen maternity clothing may have to shop for larger size tops at their usual stores and pair them with more ordinary maternity pants, skirts, and jeans.
For teens who like to dress in the styles of a different decade, sewing patterns may be the answer. Several web sites sell what you'll need to make dresses that look like they came from the 1950s, 1940s, or before. A call to local second-hand shops may also turn up a few good finds.
Just for Fun
Becoming a mom doesn't mean you have to be serious all the time! Check out Café Press for thousands of T-shirts with pregnancy-related slogans. Some are sweet, but many will make you laugh. Try "I drop (folic) acid," "All I wanted was a backrub," or "We're hungry!" If the baby's dad will be helping out, treat him to "Any boy can father a child. It takes a real man to be a Daddy." Find more funny maternity shirts at the LoveToKnow article here.