Midriff issues

I think we can all agree that for a 30 year old married woman, showing any part of my midriff, even accidentally, is just not great. However, I am also a very small and apparently oddly shaped woman. I actually have no shape (think about a board…that is my shape), so I have to buy jeans and pants that sit low because there are no known pants that actually fit me in both the hips and the waist. This causes an obvious gap problem at times. I try to buy long shirts and layer them, but sometimes I still experience issues.

One advantage of having so many pregnant friends is that I have been made aware of the Bella Band. This is a band that sits over your jeans and covers your midriff when you are pregnant so that you can unbutton the jeans, etc, and still be covered in that time between regular clothing and full-on maternity clothing. I think these are super neat. However, obviously I am not pregnant and not planning on being. I found out this week that there is a non-pregnant version of the same thing, they are called JAKS.

But here is the issue: JAKS are around twice as expensive ($38 for one) as the maternity bands that I’ve found. And JAKS come in only 3 colors. Some of the bands come in tons of colors and you can get them in multi-packs ($56 for 3 different colors).

So my dilemna is…is it right/fair for me to buy something that is specifically for pregnancy when I am definitely not? Is that cheating or would it look like I’m trying to be something I’m not? Would I be benefitting from the cool accessories while avoiding the actual pain of the whole pregnancy thing? And is that tacky? At the same time, who has $38 per band? That is a huge chunk of our monthly clothing budget. Comments are welcome!

4 thoughts on “Midriff issues

  1. melsutton says:

    no one would ever know it’s a bella band! the tag is sewn on with clear thread, and you could easily take it off with a seam ripper. i say do the bella band. why don’t you borrow mine and wear it around to see how you like it?!

  2. J says:

    Ooo should I allow that racy comment? Well, it is my husband, and you have to admit, the board analogy is pretty funny! 😀

  3. Heather says:

    WHAT?!? I’m not supposed to have my midriff hanging out anymore? I guess I’ll have to pack away my tube tops. 🙂

    I have a bella band and loved wearing it. Although someone once lifted up my shirt while I had it on and then said, “Do you not have your pants buttoned?” It was a bit embarrassing, but I was pregnant and decided I didn’t care. I say go for it!

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