J.Crew's Latest Collaboration Is An Expectant Mother's Dream
Long gone are the days where pregnant women have to hide themselves from the public eye as their due date approaches. But even as maternity wear continues to improve, office clothing has remained a bit behind the times, especially if you need business professional clothes. Enter (naturally) J.Crew, whose office attire already so often can be adapted from “board meeting at 11 a.m.” to “brunch at 11 a.m. on Saturday.” The retailer has teamed up with Hatch to create a collection of bump-friendly pieces that capture both store’s polished, feminine ascetic. The collection is currently for sale on both the J.Crew and Hatch websites.
The collection takes many J.Crew classics, like their suits and pencil skirts, and adds details like stretch and added lenghth, as well as sometimes taking things away, like removing some seams in the resume shift dress. Like Hatch’s own line, all pieces are designed for “before, during, and after” baby and many include details that make breastfeeding easier too. Sizes run XS-XL and prices start at $59.50 for a tee shirt, go up to $298 for a trench.
As fans of the Duchess of Sussex have already surely noticed, the collaboration also brings together two fo Meghan Markle’s favorite brands. She was spotted wearing Hatch while pregnant and has been spotted in some of J.Crews @work pieces before as well, as People pointed out. Many of the Hatch x J.Crew pieces are adapted from the @work collection. While the collection may have come too late for Meghan and baby Archie, it is certainly a boon for pregnant women who might want to steal some of her classic maternity style.
And while all these fashionable pregnant women, famous and not, are benefiting from stores like J.Crew expanding options, just as many of them are opting out of maternity clothes altogether in favor of on-trend outfits that can, when necessary, accommodate a bump. That might make the price tag on these pieces a bit hard to swallow. At the same time, however, women plan to work into their third trimester may also be happy to see a blazer and suit pants that are trendy and bump-friendly at the same time.
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