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One of the first things I noticed when I found out I was pregnant was how quickly I grew out of my jeans. Jeans are an item of clothing which I practically live in outside work and therefore I was keen to buy a couple of pairs of maternity jeans to see me through the nine month period. I was surprised how few high street stores actually did maternity clothing particularly in store and therefore when I came across these skinny jeans from the ever reliable New Look I did buy a pair to see how they would wear.
When I was in my local New Look they only did one colour option for these jeans that being a light denim blue with faded detailing around the legs and bum areas, however I have since seen them on their online store in an even lighter blue which is a lovely colour for summer in my opinion. There were various sizes to choose from ranging from a size 8 to an 18 and I stuck to my standard size pre-pregnancy which is a size 10. As the name would suggest these are skinny jeans and therefore they do cling to the legs and ankles however I like this look particularly with ankle boots and wedges when the weather warms up. As these are pregnancy jeans they do differ from normal jeans in that they house an elasticated waist band to fit around your expanding bump and I must admit that this took a little getting used to especially as there was no zip detail either to fasten these jeans.
I am not a huge fan of trying on items of clothing before buying and since becoming pregnant I have tended to avoid trying things on even more as I find I get very hot and flustered quite quickly. These jeans were no exception to this rule and I took them home eager to try them on when I was back in the comfort of my bedroom. I did think that these jeans looked quite small before trying them on however the denim fabric did have a certain amount of stretch and so I was confident that they would fit me. Sure enough, I managed to pull these jeans up and over my hips quite easily and they felt comfortable with the waist band providing a soft band of support around my tummy. The only thing that I would mention about the fit of these jeans is that they do fit quite low rise around my hips and therefore as my bump has grown it has begun to push the waistband down meaning that these jeans do require regular pulling up throughout the day which I find a minor niggle.
The fabric composition of these jeans is 77% cotton, 21% polyester and 2% elastane and I think this creates a good blend of coolness together with a stretchy and soft feel which is comfortable on my skin. To care for these jeans it is recommended that they are washed in a 30° wash and as this is the setting that I wash most of my clothes in I don't find this a problem. These jeans wash well and dry relatively quickly without loosing any of their shape which is good in my opinion.
I purchased these jeans for £22.99 which I think is a good price for a clothing item which I will get a lot of wear out of. I will certainly be looking to add another pair to my wardrobe to get me through this season.
Overall I really like the look and feel of these jeans as they are comfortable and cool yet look fashionable and go with most things. As a result I would recommend them and they score a good four stars from me.
I hope this review has been of help and thanks for reading! x
I absolutely love skinny jeans and spend the majority of my time wearing them as they are just so comfortable and practical but once I became pregnant and the bump began to grow I had to put away my skinny jeans and make do with more stretchy trousers. I was so pleased when I saw you can buy maternity skinny jeans, I couldn't wait to buy them but I must admit I am rather disappointed by them and haven't worn them very much as they are actually rather uncomfortable which is a let down.
=== The size issue ===
When buying maternity clothes it's a difficult decision to make- do you go for your usual size and hope the shop have made the clothing with the idea that there will be a bump or do you go for a size above? Well Newlook suggest that you stick to your normal clothes size as the clothes accommodate for the pregnancy. So I bought a size 8 pair of these and decided to just take them straight home as I really dislike trying things on in changing rooms. When I got home i tried them on right away and found that they were really uncomfortable. They definitely did not feel like a size 8, it was like trying to squeeze myself into... well into something that's too small! I thought that perhaps once I had got them up to my thighs it would work out okay but actually it didn't and they were just really too tight to fasten. I took them back and got a size 10 instead which is a size larger than I normally would go for but these did actually fasten up.
=== The look ===
These skinny jeans are made from quite a soft material which is nice to have against your skin. It is mainly made from cotton but there is also polyester and elastine thrown into the mix too. They are quite a strong blue denim colour and there are pockets at the front and at the back. The style of the ones that I bought fit underneath your bump but you could also by over the bump too but I prefer the underneath ones. This is quite an elasticated waist and it isn't too low- you can still get your trousers up to a decent height before it has to stop for the bump! They are quite a nice look, they don't look anything particularly special but I didn't need anything fancy just something that would be practical.
=== Comfort? ===
When you're pregnant you don't want to be uncomfortable because of your clothes, let's face it being pregnant comes with enough aches and things so the last thing you want is your clothes to be too tight or dig in. These skinny jeans are actually rather uncomfortable. The band beneath the bump just doesn't seem to sit right and is quite hard so it digs in. I keep trying to adjust them to get the band to sit in a different position and sometimes I think I have mastered it but then it begins to dig in again. This is really uncomfortable when sitting down but when walking around it isn't too bad. The length of these trousers are a little odd they are 32" but they seem to be longer than that so I don't know if it's because i bought size 10 and I'm usually size 8 but they do seem slightly too long which is disappointing.
=== Conclusion ===
I am hugely disappointed by these. They cost me £22 which I think is expensive if you're only going to wear them a few times but when I bought them I thought I would live in them for the last few months of pregnancy but actually they have only been worn a few times and even then it was not a very enjoyable experience. I should really have taken them back but I had hoped I would get used to the style and wondered if I was perhaps being picky with them. I think when you are pregnant you really want to go for comfort and it's a shame that I just couldn't get a pair of fashionable looking jeans to be comfortable too. I have instead spent most of the last few weeks in more comfortable leggings instead. I have bought other maternity wear from Newlook and found them to be fine but I think that these are a disappointment. I don't recommend them which is a shame but do look at their other maternity things because they are nice and have some lovely colours.
After finding out i was pregnant quite early on, i thought id get away with wearing my normal jeans through out, as being a size 10 was hoping i would just jump to a 12 but boy was i wrong!
At around 10 weeks i started feeling my jeans just werent comfortable atall even though i hadnt put on any weight..My first thought was to go to a baby shop and get a pair of maternity jeans, but costing around £40 a pair i wasnt to sure at first as i thought this was alot to spend on jeans that i would no doubt need a bigger size in a few months time (the rate i was growing it felt like my normal jeans were getting tighter daily!!) Sooo after looking around and going to my new local New Look store i realised they had started stocking a maternity range.
I was shocked at first too see that the jeans looked the exact same as any other pair of skinny jeans except without a zip, button & the waist was just a navy elastic bit. As i was trying to keep my growing bump quiet untill i was a little furthur on soo i was more than happy to go ahead and buy these jeans that looked no different too my non-pregnant friends :)
Soo after trying on a few pairs i settled for the skinny light kind of denim skinny jeans, they had an affordable price tag costing around the same as normal pair of jeans at £16.99 & i got an even better bonus at the till when there was a furthur 20% off :)
Overall the item is fantastic, however i have started too notice that the stitching in the elastic waist is sort of coming away which i cant complain of as i have had them now for 11weeks and literally they are either on me or in the wash sooo they have been well worn :)
I decided that now I was pregnant I needed to buy a few new things to wear, I didn't want to get loads of things or spend a huge amount of money as I will not need the clothes for long, when I'm not at work I tend to wear jeans most of the time for around the house or nipping out shopping so I thought a couple of new pairs would be ideal. After looking around various shops I decided that New Look was going to be my best option price wise, normally I do not really get on with New Look jeans but I thought in the maternity section it might be different. As it was just after Christmas there wasn't a huge amount to choose from other than sale stuff which was all either too big or too small, being a size 12 I found it hard to actually find things in this size as it seems to be one of the more popular size. I did come across New Look Maternity Skinny Jeans which were not in the sale, normally I do not wear skinny jeans as I prefer boot cut or something similar but as I was struggling to find something else I decided to try them on, and to my surprise I really liked them, so much so that I ended up with two pairs.
The New Look Maternity Skinny Jeans looked just like any other jeans, they are made from what I would call a medium weight denim, this for me was ideal as it meant that they were going to be thick enough to keep me warm during the cooler months yet as it starts to get warmer nearer the spring they are not going to be too thick either. The jeans have 2 front pockets and 2 back pockets all with stud detail, again just like my regular jeans I have. The only difference with these jeans is that they have a soft ribbed elastic waistband, this sits just around the top of the jeans, there is also a button and zip detail, these are functional however you do not actually need to use these as the jeans simply can be pulled up and down. The waistband is called an under the bump waistband, in that as you grow it will sit comfortably under your bump without digging in or causing discomfort. The waistband is made from thick elastic and covered in a soft fabric for extra comfort.
The Maternity Skinny Jeans come in a variety of sizes and leg lengths ranging from 30inchs to either 32 or 34 inches long and sizes 8-18 waist. I think mine were 32inchs, I am not overly tall but I do live in high heels so I like the extra leg length so that I can wear them with a variety of shoes. The legs of the jeans are quite fitted especially around the ankle area, this makes the jeans perfect for wearing inside boots (handy as I received 2 new pairs for Christmas) I find jeans which are not tight enough around the legs are difficult to wear inside boots as there is too much fabric to tuck in, with these this is not the case, my jeans sit nicely inside my boots without rucking up, I can wear these with long or short boots. With the length I chose I find that I can also wear them with shoes, they sit nicely on top of them without looking like there is too much material bunched up around my ankles, so far I have found the jeans very versatile.
The jeans are finished to a high standard, they are fully stitched in a contrasting cotton around the pockets, zip, seams and hems. The waistband is stitched slightly over the top of the actual jeans waistband, this is find is much better, I did buy a pair where the waistband was stitched slightly inside the jean waistband and found that when I pulled the jeans up after wearing them just twice the stitching started to come away and create holes in the fabric, with the waistband on the New Look Maternity Jeans I have not had this problem at all, the waistband has stayed fully stitched to the jeans without developing any holes. The waistband is also very discrete when I pull my top down over my jeans you cannot see it at all, it is not tight so it does not look like it is digging into my stomach, it seems to mould itself to me so that it looks like I am wearing a regular pair of jeans.
I have worn and washed my jeans several times now and they are still in excellent condition, the jeans can be washed at either 30 or 40 degrees, I just wash mine at whatever temperature I happen to be doing the load at. Once washed the jeans are still comfortable to wear, I have had jeans in the past which feel quite hard once they have been washed and only soften a little while after wearing, however with my New Look Maternity Skinny Jeans this is not the case they still feel very soft and comfortable to wear. After washing the jeans do not shrink either they are just as they were when I purchased them.
Obviously I brought my jeans from New Look, I had to travel a littler further a field to find a New Look with a maternity section, however the jeans were very reasonably priced and cost me just £15.99, I personally thought this was an excellent price as the jeans are of an excellent quality. So far they are proving to be well worth the money. They are very versatile, they go with anything and can be worn casually or even dressed up for a night out. As I will only be wearing them for a short amount of time they were an ideal price.
I would defiantly recommend New Look Maternity Skinny Jeans, I brought mine in 2 colours a very dark blue which is almost black and a lighter blue, the waistband is dark blue on both jeans which does mean it stands out more on the light shade however this does not matter as once you have a top on you cannot see it.
These jeans are ideal to have in your wardrobe and can be worn with pretty much anything, caring for the jeans is very easy and most importantly they are extremely comfortable to wear. This is definitely a product I would recommend.