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  1. MrsKoala

    cantaloupe / 6869 posts

    Just wanted to chime in one more time! I think summer stuff is just starting to roll out. Old Navy just updated their site with warmer weather clothing including shorts, tanks, sleeveless and short sleeve dresses. I expect we'll start to see summer stuff at most places within the next couple weeks. I'm due in September so I hear you on needing good warm weather options!

  2. avivoca

    watermelon / 14467 posts

    @pregnantbee: I'm in the same boat. I borrowed a lot of maternity stuff from a friend last time but I can't do that this time since she is due the month before me! I have NOTHING hardly and I don't want to wear shirts/dresses that make me look like a whale.

  3. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @MrsKoala: I was just gonna add that I revisited ON just now, and there's stuff that wasn't there even a couple weeks ago. Adding tons of things to my cart, and hopefully some of it will work!

  4. MrsKoala

    cantaloupe / 6869 posts

    @pregnantbee: Good luck! I'm ordering a couple dresses right now and hoping they fit!

  5. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @MrsKoala: All fingers crossed! Some of the new stuff looks a lot more interesting than the stuff I've been finding.

  6. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @avivoca: Wah! Thanks for empathizing! Yes, I'm afraid that all the loose shirts will make me look huge! I just looked again at Old Navy, and I actually found some items I kinda like. We'll see if they fit!

  7. psw27

    pomelo / 5220 posts

    I think everything has been covered but I did 99% online because my local stores (even in a big city) never had stuff in my size. So I usually gambled and ordered numerous sizes and returned stuff either in the store or mailed it back. I had good luck with Target online for work dresses, Macys for nice jeans, Old Navy for t-shirts and tops that I could wear to work, H & M for more work blouse stuff. I did a lot of temporary credit card damage and lots of returns.

  8. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @psw27: Oooh, thanks for mentioning those other options. I think I'm just gonna have to deal with online and treating it like my own at-home boutique.

  9. psw27

    pomelo / 5220 posts

    @pregnantbee: I forgot to mention Asos, but I think others have. And Loft (but their return policy sucked. so they get a demerit for that). Also, a lot of people have been raving about Stitch Fix for maternity stuff - which is awesome cause they shop for you!

  10. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @psw27: Ooooh, I should keep stitch fix in mind. Maybe if I'm really in a bind as I get even bigger....a huge "treat yoself"

  11. Periwinkle

    pear / 1879 posts

    @pregnantbee: Check out ThredUp (consignment) as they now have maternity! I have used them in the past for non-maternity wear and have been quite happy with the selection and prices. You have to be careful as you can't return but if something doesn't fit right, order a "clean out" bag and sell it back. Granted, you won't get your money back fully if they accept the item but at least it's not a total loss.

    I'll wall you a referral code for $10 off Good luck with your search-- I know how frustrating it can be

  12. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @Periwinkle: I've never tried them. Thanks for the tip!

  13. autumnleaves

    pear / 1621 posts

    @pregnantbee: Have you tried minefornine? I used them when I was pregnant with LO1. You can rent clothes from them online or buy clothes and they had a good selection of cute clothes.
    Now I am due with LO2 and ended up buying tops and 1 pair of pants from gap online. With both pregnancies I could not find much in the stores and needed to order things online.

  14. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @autumnleaves: Ooooh, I haven't tried that one. Will have to look it up. Thanks for the tip!

  15. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @pregnantbee: Hi there! I ended up at Motherhood yesterday and the options are for sure limited but I was able to find a few things.

    1) I'm just going to have to deal with stripes on some things.
    2) They did have some shirts that were different materials/colors. I got a cute pink blouse and even though its 3/4 sleeve, its very light weight so it should be great for spring.
    3) They are just putting out a few spring things. So I think in a few more weeks they may have more.

  16. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @T.H.O.U.: Thanks for the report! Maybe mine is lagging behind yours on putting out the spring stuff. Is there a link for the shirt you got? Now I'm waiting for my ON order to arrive

  17. schubr03

    apricot / 486 posts

    @pregnantbee: I know you said you didn't want to do the online thing, but I actually really liked Pink Blush. But I NEVER bought anything full price there. The quality wasn't worth it. Everything I bought from the, for my last pregnancy will not be able to be saved for next pregnancy (maybe because I only bought a few things and wore them a lot!). But I liked the dresses and long shirts. I second Motherhood's basic tees with the scrunched sides with a regular sized cardigan over the top, as well. I wore those basically my whole pregnancy.

  18. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @pregnantbee: No I can't find it on the website. Boo.

  19. sometimesshesings

    apricot / 358 posts

    You're pregnant?? Congratulations!!

    I had a lot of trouble this time, too. Most of my new stuff came from Target, borrowing from friends, and online ordering through Gap and Old Navy. I found a couple professional things at Motherhood, too. I was so disappointed when they stopped carrying maternity items at our local Gap. Practically all my maternity clothes came from there with LO1.

    i just gave away the last of my maternity clothes, otherwise I'd offer them to you! Do you know anyone else who was pregnant recently?

  20. nana87

    cantaloupe / 6171 posts

    I didn't read all the comments, but I'm in NYC and still did most my maternity clothes shopping online because it was easier and cheaper (there are a few brick and mortar stores that I loved but were $$! like Rosie Pope and Seraphine). Loft was my favorite to buy online--I wear a lot of Loft non-maternity so the sizing was easier to guess.

  21. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @sometimesshesings: Thank you! A local friend gave me some items, and I'm so grateful. I mostly got pants and lots of nursing camis that will be really useful! The first time around, a different friend gave me her whole maternity stash -- I was so grateful. Then I bought pieces to fill it in and make them more my style. Since I'm bigger to start this time, I just can't wear most of it. I think I just need to wait a little longer for the spring/summer lines to start appearing. You know we can't wear long sleeves much longer! Well, that's what cardigans are for

  22. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @nana87: I love LOFT for non-maternity and have never tried their maternity line. A lot of the tops look really flowy, so I'm not sure they'd work for me. I'll keep checking, though, because maybe they'll have more stuff as spring and summer approach. Thanks!

  23. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @pregnantbee: I got my Stitch box today. I think with your specific requirements it may be a good way to get some cool unique pieces. Definitely brands I hadn't heard of.



  24. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @T.H.O.U.: Ooooooh....how are the prices/fit? Feel free to PM me, and or I'm happy to give you my email so we can chat more

    ETA: Didn't realize you were trying Stitch Fix!

  25. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @pregnantbee: this is the one top I like. But it's $48 for a cotton stretch top. Love the colors though.



  26. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @T.H.O.U.: Ooooh, I'd totally wear that. You look adorable! It's actually very similar to one I did find and like....in the same price range, which I felt was kinda $$ at the time, but I'll get a lot of wear out of it.

    http://www.apeainthepod.com/Product.asp?Product_Id=16693A0011&MasterCategory_Id=MC2

  27. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @pregnantbee:

    The dress in the box (bottom left on card) is the cheapest feeling. Like cross between a target and old Navy thin knit. It was VERY expensive at $68. Totally not worth the price.

    The cardigan (top left) is very nice but I'm not even sure it's maternity since it's open front. It's got a pastel trim which I don't love and I don't need more open cardigans (I can buy those in the regular section at stores, they don't need to be maternity). It was $54

    The dolman top (right side) is a nice shirt. Horizontal stripe like all other maternity clothes. Nice this material though that would work well into spring. But $48.

    Lastly are the jeans which are a brand I haven't heard of Denise Maternity. They are $88.

  28. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @pregnantbee: yes I feel with the right jewelry this top could be dressed up or worn as is with shorts to the play ground. THe brand is Market &Spruce

  29. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @T.H.O.U.: Wow, thanks so much for the details. Are you keeping anything?

  30. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @T.H.O.U.: I like the colors and print! I'm actually wonder how all of these longer tops will work when it's time for shorts. I wear longer shorts.....but I don't know how the tunic or longer t-shirts will look even with that. Disproportionate?

  31. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @pregnantbee: I think the tighter ones you'll be able to kinda scrunch them up higher if you don't want them so long. And as the bump gets bigger the shirts get shorter.

  32. pregnantbee

    grapefruit / 4717 posts

    @T.H.O.U.: Good point re bump size vs shirt length.

  33. HLK208

    pineapple / 12234 posts

    @T.H.O.U.: when you filled out the survey to get stitch fix, did you check the $25-50 option? I chose $50-100 and most items that came were $99, haha. If I got stitch fix again, I would definitely choose the cheapest box!

  34. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @HLK208: yes!! Cheap on everything except for jeans I think I said $50-100.

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