Save money on summer maternity clothes
June 4, 2012
If you will be pregnant this summer, you may be wondering how to save money on maternity clothes. From knowing what to buy to knowing where to buy it, let us help you look stylish this summer without blowing your future baby’s college fund on maternity clothes.
Buy clothes as you need them: Before you run out and blow your budget on maternity clothes that you don’t quite fit into yet, wait to see how your body will change before buying new clothes. Once your clothes start to feel tight and your baby bump has started to show, it is time to for the next step…
Buy clothes that will grow with you: When buying tops, ensure they are cut longer than your normal pre-pregnancy tops to cover your growing bump. Side ruching or an empire-waist top ensures plenty of room for your growing belly. Tie-backs or tops with a gathered hem are flattering features as you get into your third trimester and help give your body shape and definition. For pants, jeans or shorts, ensure they have a belly panel or an underbelly cut to allow room for your belly.
Buy the basics: The best way to save money is to buy the basics that can be dressed up or down. Try to resist the temptation to buy that expensive and trendy dress that you could only wear once or twice and instead focus on a chic black wrap dress, a colorful maxi dress and a flirty sundress that can be dressed up with wedges and jewelry—and dressed down with sandals.
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Comparison shop online: For those special maternity clothes that you know you may spend a little more on, such as your baby shower dress, comparison shop online to find the best deal. The last thing you want to do when you are pregnant is to schlep your pregnant self form store-to-store, so shop online and just pay attention to the store’s return policy.
Don’t count out consignment shops: Check out your local consignment shop to see if they have gently used maternity clothes that you can get for a fraction of the price as brand new. EBay also has some great steals! Also consider asking your sister or another relative or friend that is the same size as your to see if they have any maternity clothes you can borrow.
Pictured is the Sleeveless Belted Maternity Dress from Motherhood Maternity (around $37).