When you’re pregnant, you have a love-hate relationship with your wardrobe. In the first few months, you can get by with wearing your regular clothes until they start to get uncomfortable. By the time your little bump starts to make its appearance, you simply can’t wait to rush out and start buying “maternity” clothes, because now people will know you’re pregnant as opposed to just having a big lunch. The tough part is finding maternity clothes that you actually like and that won’t break the bank. Sure, you can stop at Destination Maternity and drop $100 on every shirt you buy, but seeing as how most of your maternity wear is short lived, you are probably more in the market for affordable, yet stylish pieces. We’ve come up with a great list of both online and in-store shops that will keep you looking cute in your new bod.
Let’s start with the best store of all time, and my personal favorite, Target. This retailer carries their own Liz Lange Maternity line, and it’s pretty great. They sell your basic tees and tanks, along with professional and dressy pieces. I personally found great options when I worked in an office, as well as some cute long sleeved shirts for the winter. They ALWAYS have tons of their items on clearance, which I notice now more than when I was pregnant because every time I find a cute top, I look at the label and am bummed it’s a maternity piece.
I had the most difficult time looking for dresses when I was pregnant. I was terrified of looking like a was wearing a muumuu, and was shocked how hard it was to find a form fitting maternity dress. Especially one that wasn’t $200. Asos is an online retailer that offers an entire line of super stylish maternity wear, and all at decent prices. It’s not as cheap as Target, but if you’re looking for trendy pieces or something for a special event, they are the place to check. They offer free shipping worldwide, student discount and free returns!
H&M is well known for it’s cutting edge fashion, all at great prices. They have their own maternity line, H&M Mama. You can expect a similar price point as their regular line, and tons of cute printed tees and dressy tops. They also have maternity lingerie and great basic items like undershirts and leggings. You can find H&M Mama online or in select stores.
4. Gap Maternity
As much as I don’t enjoy regular Gap, their maternity line is pretty great. If you need dressy slacks for a professional job, this is your place. They have both under and over the belly waist bands, and lots of dressy tops. Their clearance section is usually stocked, and their sweaters are CHEAP when they go on sale. Considering how much fabric it takes to cover an 8 month pregnant belly, that’s saying something. It’s also great to be able to walk into a store, try something on and order online if you need to.
If you love online shopping and getting great deals, then check out Zulily. It’s free to sign up, and you can set your preferences to receive daily emails on what items will be for sale that day. Zulily offers brand name clothes up to 70% off, but all for a limited time. They have a huge maternity page with tons of items, and you’ll never get bored checking in to see their daily new pieces. You’ll just need to be patient, as standard order to receipt of item can take 10-14 days.
If you haven’t noticed, you don’t wear maternity clothes for that long. Their short shelf life means most of your old maternity clothes are in great shape. Because most of us donate our gently used clothes when we’re doing having kids, that means that thrift stores tend to have large quantities of maternity clothes that are all in fabulous shape. Don’t be afraid to shop thrift stores, you will get way more bang for your buck. I have several friends who basically outfitted their entire wardrobe by shopping thrift stores, so I’m sure there’s a hidden gem out there for you too!
7. Pink Blush
If I could describe the style of this site, it would be “young mom.” The pieces on this site look like “normal” clothes, but just in maternity sizes. I find that most of the time, maternity clothes look totally different (hello side ruching), but not the styles from Pink Blush, and I wish I had known about this site when I was pregnant! It’s not as inexpensive as Target, but also way cheaper than A Pea In A Pod. They also offer plus sizes, returns within 30 days, and nursing friendly outfits.