How To Buy Maternity Clothes Without Going Broke
Congratulations! You're pregnant! But before you dive into shopping for maternity dresses online, spend some time learning how to build a cozy, comfortable, and stylish maternity wardrobe. You don’t even have to spend a fortune. After all, you’ll only be wearing the clothes for nine months. In this post, we share which maternity wear essentials you’ll need to make your closet an awesome one during pregnancy.
Tip #1: Raid Your Closet (And Your Friend’s)
You probably own plenty of things that can easily be repurposed as maternity wear. Think comfy yoga pants, oversized cardigans, maxi dresses, and loose shirts. Do you know a friend or family member who has given birth recently? See if they have any maternity clothing lying around. Also, connecting with pregnant moms on Facebook and Insta is an excellent way to exchange clothes and build your maternity wardrobe for a fraction of the cost.
Tip #2: Shop For Wardrobe Extenders
Before you add new pieces of maternity clothing to your wardrobe, it’s a good idea to spend on extenders; this way you can continue using your regular clothing for a bit longer! Button extenders for pants, bra extenders, and belly bands will help you fit into your pre-pregnancy clothing for the first two trimesters.
Tip #3: Comfort Is Key
Nothing is as frustrating as wearing poorly designed clothes during pregnancy. So, while shopping for maternity wear online, invest in pieces that are comfortable and easy to wear. We recommend stocking up on a couple of loose-fitting maternity tops and leggings. You can also try wearing yoga pants as loungewear. And keep in mind that black maternity leggings go with pretty much anything. You can pair these with dressy tops and wear them to the office, or throw on a relaxed tee and then go run errands.
Tip #4: Consider Your Lifestyle
Before you splurge on expensive pregnancy dresses, spend a few minutes thinking about your lifestyle and your clothing needs. Does your office have a strict formal dress code, or can you wear athleisure clothing to the office? Do you work from home in leggings and tees? How often do you dine out? Understanding your lifestyle will help you avoid overspending on maternity clothing that you won’t use. And if you know your lifestyle before you go shopping, you’ll have an easier time picking out things.
Tip #5: Don’t Forget To Shop For Postpartum
Shopping will probably be the last thing on your mind with a newborn in the house. So, while shopping for maternity wear, make sure you purchase a couple pieces that you can wear after the baby arrives. Look for dresses, tops, and pants that you can wear during pregnancy and later.
Be Gentle With Yourself
Pregnancy is a beautiful time. So, instead of worrying about your growing body, cut yourself some slack and embrace your beautiful curves. Shop for clothing that makes you feel comfortable and confident, and let the inner goddess in you shine. Finally, don't forget to add a couple of face masks to your maternity wardrobe. After all, you cannot take risks with safety when you're carrying a life inside you. Check out our collection of stylish Mother Bee maternity masks here.