Buying clothing for six to nine months – items you may never wear again – can be a huge challenge to your budget, especially because it is like buying an entire wardrobe for work and play for a few short months. I will regale you with my adventure in shopping for maternity wear…
Imagine weighing more than you ever have, and overheating in five seconds because you climbed up four stairs…you want cotton, you want lightweight, you want layers – so you can perspire comfortably, know that it will dry with minimal odor and you can shed a layer or two for a moment. So do not be seduced by the $5 bin of cheap fabrics and manmade materials which is not the way to go…even though they may be non-iron!
Another big tip is to buy as you go along…you only need a few items when you first start showing, and later, you will need more as you start to outgrow the clothing. Most importantly, you want basics – and the best shopping list compiled by a group of my friends is as follows:
- Black pants with elastic waistband
- Khaki pants with elastic waistband
- Basic black dress for work/dinner/events that has a V-neck, full skirt and a wrap tie at the back as you grow
- Long tops in various colors/patterns that can be worn over the elastic waistband of your pants
- Two to four sleeveless tanks that allow layering
- Flat shoes/sandals in black that do not require buckles or lacing, and can be put on your feet without bending to adjust
Maternity clothes can range from $5 to $500 per piece…and it is very important that you set a budget for the entire pregnancy – and try to buy on sale. So many discount retailers (H&M, Target and Wal-Mart), specialty stores (Gap Maternity) are options. Plus, major department stores such as Macy’s have entire departments that carry lines such as A Pea in a Pod and Motherhood Maternity.
Whatever you do, buy the best quality you can afford, and try to stay away from synthetic fabrics – especially if you are pregnant during the summer – or you may realize only one chance to wear a cute item!