Hello, everyone! I am Reika, the founder of Mayarya (ma-ya-ari-ya) and the mother of Arya (2 year-and-2-month old) and Maya (6 months old). Yes! Mayarya was named after my daughter, Maya and son, Arya combining their names.
It all got started three years ago when I got married to my husband, Sid, moved to Hong Kong and got pregnant. Suddenly, I started feeling sick, felt sleepy all the time, could not stay closer to the smell of coffee or garlic and my belly was growing. Every time I got into a taxi, the narrow roads and curbs in Mid-levels were terrible and as you can imagine, I had to carry plastic bags all the time.... My first trimester with Arya was full of confusion, worries, mood swings and most of all, I did not know what to wear any more.... I tried everything. I tried to wear what I had in my closet.... Some worked but did not look great with my growing tummy and everything becoming too tight. I went to fast fashion chains and bought some but it was not my style at all and it did not fit well so I did not wear them at the end.... I googled and found maternity wear stores. It was depressing but I did shop since that was the only option.
I wondered all the time why the fashion industry where I spent my entire career ignored the importance of "maternity wear", except some amazing designers now I work with for Mayarya. I really wanted to contribute to this amazing moment of a woman's life, pregnancy when women have to go through tough and joyous times and fashion needs to support them. A lot of people think maternity wear is just for the nine months or even less. That's the normal mindset of everyone but if you twist your head a little bit and think again....they cannot be just for the nine months. Who wants to buy clothes just for the nine months or less? These days many maternity brands and stores advertise themselves like "pregnancy and beyond" but are they really fashionable enough to wear after nine months if you have so many options in the regular women's fashion category?
I saw the gap in the market and I came up with the concept of "maternity-friendly fashion" so the clothes we offer do not look like the traditional old fashioned maternity/nursing wear at all but they are exactly the same as the regular women's fashion but comfortably and fashionably wearable during pregnancy and nursing period. Now, you do not need to dispose your clothes or give to your pregnant friends (unless you are nice enough and want to help your pregnant friends wardrobe) after pregnancy. We really design and carefully edit the whole collection, down to what we want to wear, even though we are not pregnant. That's our benchmark. In fact, now a lot of clients are not pregnant and happily purchase even though they know our target customer is pregnant ladies....of course, our aim is to make the pregnant customer's life easier by offering them clothes for all occasions from work, date, casual to black tie.
Enjoy browsing at Mayarya!!
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YOUR GUIDE TO FINDING THE RIGHT SIZE FOR YOUR CHANGING SHAPE
Unsure what size to buy? Mayarya offers an array of style solutions to suit your changing shape. From cleverly designed maternity friendly but not maternity only dresses with discreet nursing access to maternity pants with stretchy elasticated waistbands that can adjust to your post-partum shape too.
Find out what styles work for your stage of pregnancy and beyond!
How does Mayarya sizing work?
Mayarya follows international sizing standard. We take every effort to keep our sizing true and consistent and we want you to be able to wear the same size across all garment types in Mayarya. However, there will be occasional variations in the fit of some products depending on the style and fabric.
How does the size guide work?
The first step to determine which size to buy is by measuring your body size. Before you start measuring, remember to use non-stretchable tape and to keep the tape close to your body without depressing it. We aligned our products to the body measurements of the International Sizing Chart.
Please see our 'Mayarya Clothing Size Guide' below for more details:
Bottoms are one of the first items you realize your belly started growing! At Mayarya, we have under belly and over belly styles to accommodate your style and comfort needs.
Under Belly Pants, Treggings and Leggings
They sit below your growing bump and are particularly great during warmer seasons as it means less layers for your bump. A great solution for women with very sensitive skin as it does not cover your belly. Mayarya's under the belly pants look much like regular pants with stretchy, elasticized waistband so you can continue wearing them post-pregnancy too!
Over Belly Pants and Leggings
They are particularly great if you want some support around your belly. We choose breathable and stretchy fabric so it will not restrict the growth of your baby. You can fold them down during the early stage of pregnancy, roll up during 2nd and 3rd trimesters and roll/fold them down post-pregnancy.
DRESSES AND TOPS
Our dresses and tops are designed for both pregnant and non-pregnant women in mind so you can wear them seamlessly post-pregnancy.
You can select your size according to your pre-pregnancy size since our clothes are designed to fit from your first trimester to your third trimester.
Our smart design allows more room around your belly during pregnancy but falls down nicely on your body after pregnancy.
If you have gained more than the average pregnancy weight according to your doctor, you could go one size up from your pre-pregnancy size. If you are between two sizes, we recommend you pick the larger of two sizes.