Friday, August 20, 2010

You Want to Rent Me?

That's a line from Can't Buy Me Love.  You know, back in the day when McDreamy was the nerdy guy who paid the popular blonde girl to pretend to be his girlfriend before they really fell in love.  I watched that movie far too many times.

Anyway, this is not a post about '80s movies that we all love.  Instead it is a post about renting maternity clothes.

My fall wardrobe is in a sad state.  I should not be complaining--my mom helped me buy some great maternity clothes for fall and winter, my friends have generously lent me some of their things, and I've supplemented that collection with a couple of pairs of skinny maternity jeans (thank you, Heidi Klum).  But, still.  One of my favorite things about back to school is the back to school shopping.  Putting together cute outfits!  Buying new shoes!  I've always, always gone back to school with a killer outfit for day one.  It makes me feel confident to be dressed like a professor when I'm up in front of the classroom pretending to be one.  If I feel like I look cute and put together, that's half the battle right there.

This fall?  Not so easy.  Shirts that I was so sure would work throughout my pregnancy are too tight or too weird fitting.  Skirts with an elastic waist hang funny so the hem is all uneven.  And wearing my pants unbuttoned with a bella band works for a while, but there is something unnerving about standing in front of a classroom full of college students, knowing full well that your pants are both unbuttoned and half unzipped and the only thing separating them from a view of you in your undies is a stretchy black piece of elastic fabric.

I don't want to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes partly because it's a silly thing to spend a lot of money on and also because so many of them are seriously ugly.  But this problem of having nothing to wear?  It's a serious problem.  Seriously annoying.  It would be one thing if I could teach in yoga pants or gauchos everyday, but I'm used to teaching in dress pants.  And pencil skirts.  And things that respectable professional people wear.  I'm the girl who reads In Style and then cobbles together copy cat looks at Target and H&M.  I'm not super trendy, I don't have a huge wardrobe, I'm not incredibly well dressed.  But I do feel better if I'm wearing a cute outfit.

Right now, I'm not even sure I have a first day of school outfit.  Which is, obviously, a tragedy.

And that brings me to the point of this post (which I should go back and edit because:  long!  whiny!  boring! but I'm too busy getting ready to watch True Blood):  you can rent maternity wear.

Brilliant!  Believe me, if I were going to a wedding this fall (and I'd like to be--David's cousin is getting married in Dallas in November, but I'll be 7 1/2 months preggo and I don't think we're going to feel like doing a whirlwind weekend in Dallas at that point) I would totally rent a dress from here.  It costs $35-40 to rent one for a week and you can order different sizes and returns the ones that don't fit, free of charge.  It's a good deal when you consider that most of the dresses they offer cost anywhere from $100-$150 retail.  So you pay a third of that or less and get a fabulous outfit for the day.

If only I could rent one for the next 20 weeks of my pregnancy...  Now that would make my fall wardrobe much more fun!

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