At least I wasn’t disappointed this time around. With Heidi Klum’s and Nicole Richie’s celebrity maternity lines, I was truly let down. Those two have real style sense and when their respective matrernity lines were released, it was clear they had just “phoned it in” on both the style and quality front (except for Heidi’s maternity unitard–I truly think she came up with that ridiculous idea all on her own and A Pea in the Pod’s corporate suits just gave in).
Jessica Simpson’s line is exactly what we all might have expected–a collection of uninspiring maternity pieces with mass market appeal that were made cheaply overseas and aren’t going to last much beyond a single pregnancy. In fact, I think the sweaters in the collection might not make it through a single washing in a standard washing machine, they are that flimsy and loosely knitted. The same goes for the collection’s jeans and leggings. For some reason, the bottoms in this collection are exceptionally cheaply made, with absolutely no thought as to how they might look on a pregnant body and the fact that they might really need to stretch. Pregnant Jessica herself could not have worn these completely impractical, cheap pants.
If you must buy something, either out of curiosity or because you simply love Jessica, these are the two items I consider the best of the lot–the French Terry Zip Front Maternity Jacket and the Lace Trim Maternity Blouse. Neither item is of particularly good quality, but the jacket is comfortable and makes me think fondly of the Juicy Couture sweatsuits Jessica used to wear in the early 2000′s on “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.” And the blouse is actually pretty. I think they would both come in handy for layering this fall and into the winter and they each cost only USD $49. But try not to wash them if you don’t have to.