honeydew / 7463 posts
@Goldengirl: are you able to shop Shopbop.com? They have maternity. But it's high end, so expensive. But still some sales!
blogger / clementine / 985 posts
Boomerang Kids has online maternity consignment!
coconut / 8472 posts
@Modern Daisy: I think it depends on your body type for larger clothes to be more flattering. I'm kind of plus size, so I liked having maternity wear earlier to emphasize it's a bump, and not just me gaining weight. And while I could've worn my regular jeans much longer than I did, they got uncomfortable and just made me look like I had a giant muffin top.
Personally, I figure that since you're going to need maternity clothes at some point (remember you'll probably need them post partum for a bit too) that you might as well get as much use out of them as you can. I see no point in waiting 6 months to buy basics like jeans, which I wear evey day.
kiwi / 735 posts
I found that I needed maternity pants, my others were uncomfortable, but a lot of my dresses and shirts fit. If you can get accustomed to only having a few articles of clothing, you won't have to spend much.
wonderful pear / 26210 posts
One thing that I found was that what worked for me prior to pregnancy worked for me during pregnancy. For example, I am pear shaped and can't really wear leggings with long tops, so I avoided that look while pregnant. I also did better with fitted tops, like tees with ruching, rather than the a line style tops.
I got a ton of mileage out of those loose, open cardigans. I also didn't count on needing a new pair of shoes towards the end because of swelling and as for a coat, I decided rather than invest in a maternity coat, I'd simply size up and I found a really good solution at a discount department store.
wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts
I got as little as possible.. With the variety of styles available today, it's not too hard to find flowy/long things that will cover a bump. But maternity jeans/leggings are a must!
pear / 1965 posts
@Goldengirl: Where in Canada are you? Too far from the border for a weekend shopping trip in the States?
I ask because I am so close to the border so I see lots of CA people come over.
If you like leggings I hear people LOVE Lularoe for Maternity. Plus side is they are not maternity so you can wear them AFTER baby too. I have 2 pairs of their leggings and they are pretty darn amazing. Just would have to find someone who sells them.
apricot / 430 posts
I've tried to build my maternity wardrobe very slowly as I need it (and yes, I have to make sure I do laundry 1x/week). I'm tall and on the larger side (size 8-12, long). I have to dress up for work, so most of my maternity clothing is on the nicer side. I don't like leggings and I live in the American south, so it's already 80 degrees here. I'm only at 19 weeks, but right now I've got:
1 belly band (holds up too-big mat pants/skirt and holds closed pre-preg pants)
1 pair below-the-belly dress pants
1 pair over-the-belly dress pants (that I haven't worn yet)
1 maternity blazer for conferences and nicer work meetings
1 pair maternity jeans from Destination Maternity (that I HATE. they do not stay up at all unless I wear the belly band with them, but it's almost too hot to wear them)
1 maternity top (which should work as a nursing top)
4 maternity dresses (3 of which are actually nursing dresses, so that I can use them post-preg)
3 casual maternity tank tops
1 Old Navy maternity maxi skirt (I have to use the belly band to hold that up right now too)
I've got one or two flowy work shirts that I can still pull off and my yoga pants still fit (as of now). I have a bunch of longer tank tops that I will continue to wear as long as I can. I wear one of my pre-preg cardigans daily.
I'm just starting to look-out for 1 pair of maternity shorts that will get me through the summer
I haven't been able to find ANYTHING in-store (or in consignment shops), so I've focused on sites that have good return policies. Seraphine Maternity, Figure8Maternity, Destination Maternity (for some items, most don't fit me well), Loft (for slacks only), Old Navy (for super-casual only). Everything else is too casual for work or doesn't fit me, and my work dresses can be dressed up or down, so I just use those with a pre-preg cardigan or jean jacket.
I know it's frustrating, but I would shop very, very slowly because it seems that how items fit will change drastically. Good luck!
apple seed / 2 posts
@Goldengirl: I wore quite a few of my own pieces for most of the pregnancy (tops only). Pre-pregnancy I began to invest in tunics and tops that are 'forgiving'.
Shirts: I purchased long sleeve, short sleeve, tank tops. Plain and basic. You can accessorize and have the comfort of those tops. Cotton and easy to wash.
Pants: I got a cute pair of H & M jeans and two pairs of black pants. Then I invested in a pair of fitness tights and wore a lot of my regular tights.
Dresses/Shorts/Other: I did wear my maxi dresses (cotton) from Old Navy. I didn't need to change sizes.
Borrow from others if possible!! Even if it is a top or two!!
persimmon / 1286 posts
belly bands with regular jeans (wore those until the end); blanqui high-waisted leggings; old navy tank maxi dresses with a jean jacket or (old navy maternity) chambray shirt tied over; stretchy tops with side ruching (nordstrom- rosie pope brand and ingrid&isabel); and at the end lots of workout wear (gap maternity)
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