When the pants in your closet don’t fit, the mall isn’t the solution. I learned that tonight. I’m struggling an inner battle of not buying maternity pants, regardless of how comfortable people say they are. Because of this mindset, I headed out to the mall tonight to buy “a size up.” The first mistake I made was heading to the junior section of a department store. When that didn’t work, I bought a pair of leggings and decided I’d wear them until they were out of style! Next, I went to one of my favorite stores. I found some pants that fit but they didn’t give me much room to grow. When you don’t know what the next five months bring, that’s a pretty big leap of faith. So, I walked out with one pair that hopefully will last a couple of weeks and be a good pair for when I go back to work after maternity leave. I also found a great skirt with a stretchy waistband that will probably be a favorite of mine when the weather gets warm. And, when you leave a little bummed out…phone a friend! Find one who is similar in sizes who can loan you some stuff to wear for a couple of weeks.