Like most girls, I think I always envisioned myself as the glowing prego with the cutest clothes and an adorable basketball bump. I’m pretty happy with how things have turned out, but being pregnant, besides buying all the goodies for the baby when our baby girl actually arrives, has put a crunch on my wallet. Who knew maternity clothes were so expensive?! You’d think they were designer duds not the icky polyster moo moo outfits that look like they’d unravel into tiny shreds in the washer.
Luckily, I had some formerly prego friends more than eager to donate the few cute items they were able to find. But, I still needed enough clothes to get me the through two solid work weeks without wearing the same garb. I took my lean budget and put it to work, and wanted to share some wisdom I learned along the way.
1) Jeans: One day early in my pregnancy, I skipped over to Pea in the Pod to purchase some maternity jeans. I nearly fell out on the floor though when I saw the $200 price tag. Yikes! I ended up buying a pair – they really looked super cute on, but after two days of buyer’s remorse, I returned them. I just couldn’t swallow that price tag for the limited amount of time I was going to wear them. A friend shared a great tip on buying jeans a size or two up and just wearing belly bands, the elastic synthetic bands that you put over your jeans when you can no longer button them. I loved this idea and bought a pair of J. Crew skinny jeans for less than $100 and have been wearing them through the pregnancy.
2) Leggings: Pregos are soooo lucky that leggings are back in style. Many prego friends rave about American Apparel, their jersey knitware and high-waist leggings. This is definitely something to check out. Unfortunately, the leggings just weren’t that comfortable for me so I returned them. Note to all: American Apparel doesn’t give refunds, just store credit. I did actually splurge on some Pea in the Pod high-waisted leggings. They are HEAVEN! I can’t even begin to explain how comfy I am in these pants. I’m actually going to buy a 2nd pair since they are great for work, play, working out, dressing up, etc.
3) Dresses: Dresses are super tough. I tried Pea in the Pod, but I’m not really sure who they are using as their dress models because the dresses are for super tall females and actually look like reproductions of hideous bridesmaid dresses you never wanted to wear but kept your trap shut because the bride was your bf. It’s as if they’re putting a sign on you that says, “yeah, I’m the glowing (sweaty), adorable (fat), off-the-market prego that will look cute in anything. I don’t care about the latest styles.” And, then charges $100 bucks for them! I had to quite a bit of looking elsewhere. I fell in love with maxie dresses from regular retailers like Banana Republic.
4) Tanks: Buy these up when they are on sale. Gap and Destination Maternity’s tops are super soft and you can wear them to the gym, under tops you can’t button up anymore, under tops where you’re your new bust line would otherwise be bursting at the seams, etc. Can’t recommend them enough!
5) Splurge on some core items: everyone says it I know, but it’s true. Buy a few pieces that will mix and match that you can dress up or down. American Apparel is a great store for basics. I love their Le Sak dress that you can tie in different ways. (See below with my favorite leggings.)
In my next post, I’ll share other great retailers and steals for pregos to take advantage of. In the meantime, if you’ve got great advice on basics or where to find cute maternity clothes, please share!