I’ve been pregnant a few times. 13 to be exact. I’m currently working on my 9th full term baby, so to say my maternity clothes are worn out would be an understatement.
Early on in this pregnancy, I went through my Maternity Tub and realized a lot of my clothes just weren’t worth keeping anymore. I got rid of a lot (except for that pair of denim capris with the embellished edges that are literally falling apart, but I just can’t bring myself to admit it…).
However, getting rid of a lot means you have to look for replacements. I quickly found out that was no small feat.
I tried the local thrift store first. I’ll be honest…I blew in there on a whim right before I was due to hop a plane to Nashville. I had 30 minutes to spare and basically grabbed things off the rack that “looked” like they would fit, bought them without trying them on, and headed out the door, stashing them in the back of the van until I got home from my trip. That, my friends is NOT the way to shop. However, I made a return trip to the thrift store a few weeks later and let’s just say that trying things on did not net me a thing to wear, but it did spare me the financial setback.
Next, I tried an online second hand shop. Everything I ordered had to be returned.
I briefly looked at a shop in the local mall. “Briefly” being the operative word. It was readily apparent NOTHING there was going to be my taste or my fit. I’m just not that into tight and low cut, and I really don’t need any help accentuating my baby belly, thank you very much.
But, all hope was not lost! I did end up finding Maternity Clothes Success! I managed to snag some great deals on some great clothes that actually fit and that I actually WANT to wear! While I know we all have different tastes and requirements and budgets, I wanted to pass along the places I found and things I purchased that have been worth the search.
Finding Maternity Clothes That are Budget Friendly and Modest
1. Take care of the maternity clothes you have. I don’t want to go on without saying this, mainly because I am the worst about this! Wear an apron. Wash the clothes correctly. Use stain remover. Don’t dry them until you have the stains out. Store them properly. Be nice to your maternity clothes and they will last you a lot longer. (Amy, I’m talking to you.)
2. Buy quality when you can. I’m going to share with you a couple of ways to do this. (don’t miss the coupon!) First of all, you can save up and buy a staple item (I’m talking pants, jeans, or skirts) that will hold up well and go with a myriad of outfits. For me, this has been Style J maternity skirts and the Rainbow Maternity skirt from Deborah & Co.
Use Coupon Code:
for 10% off your Deborah & Co. Order through September 30!
Secondly, you can look for good brand name maternity clothes at online second hand shops like ThredUP. I will admit, I was scared of ThredUP. First of all, I had no idea how it worked, and secondly, it seemed about as risky as me walking into the thrift store and pulling things off the rack without trying them on. And remember, my last online second-hand shopping excursion had me sending everything back. But, I learned a few things that helped make the experience a very good one! (The shirt at the top of this post was one of my purchases!)
*Read the Material section. Thankfully, ThredUP gives the fabric makeup of each garment. If it says Spandex, I run the other way. That basically means it will hug every curve of my body. And yes, even 2% Spandex will do that. Really think through what kinds of fabrics you like, and don’t buy something you hate thinking it will be ok.
*Look for well known brands and/or brands of maternity clothes you own and love. Pay attention to what is in your closet and go on a hunt for those brands. Also, look for well known (and expensive) brands that you may not have tried in the past. These tend to be of better quality and will last you a lot longer. Getting them at a fraction of the cost is a blast!
*Use the brand’s website to check sizes. ThredUP will give you a size, but if you aren’t sure if that is your size in that particular brand, check it against what the original website says.
3. Use layering to “fix” any fit issues. This is the first pregnancy I feel I’ve finally gotten the hang of layering. It has become my new best friend! I think you’ll agree…
Favorite Layering Technique #1:
I bought my first Tank HalfTee from Deborah & Co. to use for nursing my last little one because Caroline (the owner of Deborah & Co.) told me how wonderful they were. They were great, but it was during this pregnancy that I really fell in love with them!
See the white peeking out from the top of this shirt? That’s a HalfTee. That shirt is WAY too low cut without the tank. This happens a lot to me because I have to buy XLarge maternity tops to accommodate my diastasis recti pregnant belly. Using a HalfTee to layer makes any low cut maternity shirt you might own or buy plenty modest.
And I just found out Caroline has stocked BROWN HalfTees! I’m going to be using my own coupon code to buy more of these!
Here’s that code again:
for 10% off your Deborah & Co. Order through September 30!
Favorite Layering Technique #2:
Undercover Mama Nursing Tanks
Yes, you read that right – nursing tanks. Here’s the thing – Undercover Mama tanks are LONG. While this drives some people crazy, I like it! It means PLENTY of coverage for my expanding belly. It also means a shirt that is maybe a bit see-through becomes perfectly acceptable when paired with a tank. Yes, you can buy maternity tanks, but why not go ahead and get a tank that will carry you through after baby is born. I also pair mine with a HalfTee when I have a shirt that is both see-through AND too low cut. (You can purchase Undercover Mama tanks from Deborah & Co. using that same coupon code!)
Favorite Layering Technique #3:
I never have liked the below-the-belly maternity pants and skirts. I can’t hold them up. Truth be told, sometimes I can’t even hold up the regular over-the-belly ones! That’s where belly bands come in! Just about any brand will work – I have a coupon code for a couple of free ones (you pay shipping) on the ones from BellyButtonBand.com
And here’s something new I’m trying this pregnancy…using 2 belly bands to help support my belly. This was an idea from a reader, and I think she may be on to something! I’m planning to bind my belly as soon as this baby is born (my OB has already put a plan in place to make sure this happens), but using 2 of these belly bands during pregnancy will hopefully offer some much needed support as well.
4. Find a friend to share with. Sometimes this is easy and sometimes not. I’ve had pregnancies where this worked out great because my friends weren’t pregnant at the same time or the same season, and other pregnancies where we were all pregnant at the exact same time. But, if you can, find a friend who is a similar size and share maternity clothes. (Make sure you mark your clothes with some sort of distinguishing mark on the tag so you return the right clothes!) Just remember to take good care of her clothes (see #1)!
Have suggestions for finding maternity clothes
that are great deals and a great fit?
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