It’s officially spring, but it’s 42 degrees here and raining, mandating the wearing of a substantial spring coat. I spotted a very pregnant woman coming off the metro in the rain this morning wearing a very ill-fitting trench coat, inspiring me to devote an entire post to where to find yourself a proper spring maternity coat. Sadly, there are fewer and were options each season for coats cut specifically for maternity. Women don’t buy them, so designers don’t make them. Isabella Oliver always used to do a spring trench, as did Liz Lange, when she still had her own line. Neither the new IO line, nor the new Liz Lange for Target line include a spring coat this year. Some of my smaller, go-to designers for maternity coats also seem to have abstained this spring.
So, PF just looked a little bit harder, as no pregnant woman should be forced to squeeze herself into a coat as she waits for summer to arrive.
ASOS has a reliable selection of coats from its in-house maternity line, all for under $100. And the Mama.licious line, sold at ASOS Maternity, has done a few well-priced spring coats this season, including this playful polka-dotted raincoat, priced at USD $122. Topshop Maternity also has a useful khaki-colored hooded lightweight jacket, perfect for combating the wind and rain.
HATCH included a new polyester/rayon-blended, double-breasted trench in its Spring 2014 line, and the piece has a clever detachable collar, with a cheerful pink lining. Note that there is no sash or belt included with the HATCH trench, it is meant to be worn without cinching. HATCH’s trench is priced at USD $318.
But if you feel you must cinch over the bump, Paulina Maternity has revived its own trusty, Classic Double-Breasted Trench this spring. This piece has been around for several years and continues to qualify as the perfect spring staple for a pregnant woman or a postpartum woman who still doesn’t quite fit into her pre-pregnancy coats. It is priced at approximately USD $398.
And if you really want to go decadent, indulge in this delectable maternity raincoat designed by Parisian designer Davai. Available only through French maternity boutique, Emoi-Emoi, Davai’s waterproof and windproof maternity raincoat includes a removable ascot that you may wear as a scarf or as a hood, as well as a baby sling for carrying your newborn inside your absolutely fabulous spring coat or on your back. The coat only comes in one size, designed to fit US sizes 4-10. Of course, Parisian-designed fabulousness comes at a price–the Davai raincoat costs USD $475.