Maternity clothes: Some women love them, others loathe them. Either way, you’ll find yourself in desperate need of a new wardrobe when you become preggers. So, where do you go for maternity clothes? How can you save money when trying to buy clothes for several different seasons? Before you hit the mall, read on for some tips to save you some cash and sanity.
First, see what you already have in your collection that can still be worn and get creative. A friend of mine already had some non-maternity tops in her collection which were a little large on her. She took some ribbon and tied it just under the bust, creating an empire waist and voila, a cute “maternity” top. Do you typically wear button down shirts? Invest in a white, long-sleeved maternity top that can layer under your unbuttoned shirts. You can also put your button down sweaters to work. I found that I was able to borrow a lot of short sleeve maternity tops from friends but didn’t have much for winter clothes. Tossing a cardigan over a short sleeve top allowed me to keep warm in the winter months. I also was able to wear some larger sweaters and sweatshirts (even just for hanging out around the house) instead of buying expensive maternity sweaters. It’s also possible that you can wear your elastic waist skirts, as long as you keep the band below your belly so you don’t stretch it out.
If you have other friends who have already had babies and you’re around the same size, you have the distinct advantage of borrowing clothes. I’ve found this to be a real life-saver as I currently have clothes in my collection from 3 different friends. You’ll soon discover how expensive maternity clothing can be so you can only really afford a few basics. But, if you put together several friends’ smaller wardrobes, you’ll find your wardrobe expanding faster than you belly. You might also find women who are finished having children and are anxious to unload those maternity clothes for good. If your friends don’t label their clothing just take some digital photos of the pieces to keep track of the owners-I’m sure you won’t remember months later when you go to return them!
Unfortunately, maternity clothing is expensive. They know that you are desperate for clothes that fit and your selection is somewhat limited. The good news is that there are so many adorable maternity clothes on the racks so resist the urge to only wear your husbands extra-large t-shirts and sweatpants (at least when you leave the house!). So grab your mother or mother-in-law (both are sure to treat you to new clothes) and hit the stores. You’ll definitely want to buy two or three pairs of dress pants for work, a good pair of jeans, a few maternity tanks as well as a long sleeved white top for layering under clothing, a cute dress, a few dressy tops for work and nights out, as well as some more casual tops that can be dressed up or down. If you’ll be doing a lot of swimming you’ll want to invest in a maternity swimsuit (save money by buying a top that works with bottoms you already own).
If you know where to look, you can find some great items on sale. Target, Kohls, and Old Navy are just several of numerous chains that sell maternity clothing. These are reasonably priced stores so you can usually find sales and lower prices than other strictly maternity stores. You can also find some great non-maternity clothes in a larger size than you would normally wear. You’ll save both your money and your pre-pregnancy clothing. Even maternity chains like Motherhood have clearance racks and outlet stores. And don’t forget the internet. Check sites like ebay, Craigs List and Freecyle for some great steals!
Don’t wait until your clothes no longer fit to plan your maternity wardrobe. Try to start asking around and checking out those sales before you pop. It might prove a great distraction to curb that first trimester nausea!