In spite of the hard gestating Gen is apparently engaged in, she took time out of her busy schedule to admire me. We like her.
WOW, what a great web site, I get on and check it out at least once a day, thanks. I would certainly have to agree with many other question writers that you sure are pretty.
I have what seems to be a simple question. Where so I find well made, nice looking (funky even), maternity clothes that don’t cost a fortune?
I know this is not something you regularly shop for, but you seem to be so in the know.
Thanks for the advise, keep up the fantastic work.
Why thank you, Gen. Not only am I sometimes “in the know,” sometimes I… carry children. In my uterus! Necessitating… maternity clothing! How lucky is that?
The first thing I need to tell you is that however fat and uncomfortable you are feeling now, you will only get fatter and more uncomfortable as time goes on. This means two important things:
1) You don’t want clothing you feel frumpy in, because you will feel plenty frumpy already. So do treat yourself to some pieces that make you feel pretty.
2) The corollary to number 1 is that you also don’t want fashion that’s uncomfortable, because having an entire human wedged in your pelvis is really going to be uncomfortable enough.
At first glance these two things might seem contradictory, but they’re really not. Just keep them in mind as you shop.
So. Where to shop without breaking the bank? You can find maternity clothes a billion places, nowadays. Gone are the days when you had to hit Motherhood for something that might look like it was made this century, and the maternity section at Sears was a last—but necessary—resort. You can buy cheap and you can buy pricey and you can buy everything inbetween.
Of course, my preference is always for expensive things found cheap. Did you know that there’s a outlet section of 70% off maternity clothes at Amazon? There is! (Although Amazon is being difficult and not letting me link directly to it. Bah. Click that link, then scroll down to “Narrow by Sale & Clearance” in the left sidebar and choose 70% off or more.) They seem to have a fair amount of Mimi Maternity choices in there, which is a store that I always sort of liked but couldn’t afford, back when I was pregnant. Lots of good (and cheap!) stuff to be found in there.
I also recall writing an impassioned letter to Lands’ End during my first pregnancy, begging them to sell maternity clothing, to which they politely replied, “Wow! Thanks for your interest! But, um, no!” But I am totally taking credit for the fact that they saw the light a few years later and started carrying maternity wear. Now, Lands’ End is probably not going to be your source for “funky.” But when the Apocalypse comes to pass, all that is going to be left on the rubble of Earth are cockroaches and Lands’ End cotton knits. If you want something that’s comfortable and high-quality, definitely check them out. And you always want to check the online overstocks, specifically the maternity overstocks. Stock changes often, so you have to be fairly vigilant about checking them out.
Looking for some items that start out fairly affordable, and also go on sale? I like the Liz Lange stuff at Target, and you can shop the clearance both in the store and online. I also think Old Navy has some cute stuff, and they have pretty good online clearance, as well.
Also keep in mind your options for finding things pre-owned. It’s yard sale season; there are consignment and thrift stores; there’s eBay. Even if you’re one of those peope who wouldn’t ordinarily buy used clothes, we’re talking about something you’re going to be wearing for less than half a year. You can economize a little. And then totally spend the money you saved on something really cute for the nursery.
Keep in mind: If you know women who’ve had kids already, you may know someone who is just dying to pass down her maternity clothing and reclaim that spare closet. You never know. If someone offers you their maternity clothing, take it. I don’t care how ugly you think it is. TAKE. IT. You never know what you might be able to make into something wearable, in a pinch, or what circus tent that you scoffed at in month 4 might turn out to be the only thing that fits you in month 10. (Yes, 10. Didn’t you know? Sorry to break it to you.) Free is free. Be gracious, and just hang on to it. If you really can’t use it, don’t worry—you can pass it on to the next person.
Lastly: I firmly believe that everyone needs some maternity clothes during pregnancy, but you can “cheat” with a fair number of non-maternity items, as well. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for larger casual clothing on clearance. Not only will you score some baragains, that way, but you’ll have some items that work both for early pregnancy and then again for those early post-partum days when you are too small for maternity clothes but way too big for your normal clothes.
Best wishes for a happy, uneventful, fashionable and frugal pregnancy! (I have first dibs on sniffing the baby’s head, by the way.)