Once that belly starts expanding, you’ll have to start shopping for maternity clothes. The good news is that you’ve got plenty of stylish options. Gone are the frilly collars and baggy, shapeless tents. In fact, a quick web search will lead you to hundreds of stores that sell everything from comfortable maternity pants to sophisticated maternity cocktail dresses.
The bad news? They’re not cheap. And many women, already worrying about the cost of baby things, will feel reluctant to spend on clothes they won’t wear after delivery. Here are some smart tips on how to complete a stylish maternity wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Stock up on leggings
Love, love, love leggings! They stretch, give great support (and your legs and butt will need that, especially in the second and third trimester) and they’re versatile. You can wear them with sweaters, long shirts, tent dresses. And, they’ll serve you well in the first months after giving birth, since they’re very comfortable and easy to match.
Raid your husband’s closet
Pair those leggings with your guy’s shirts, especially those collared shirts with long sleeves. You can button them up, and when your belly’s really big, you can wear a tank, and leave the shirt unbuttoned.
Buy the classics
Buy just a few maternity pieces that you can wear again and again, pairing them with different things. This includes a good pair of maternity jeans, maternity slacks in a neutral color (like khakhi), a white top, and a black dress. With these four pieces you’re ready for anything. Pair maternity jeans with a classic tee and canvas slip-ons and you’re ready to run errands. Add one funky necklace, and a black jacket, trade the slip-ons for low heels, and that same outfit is perfect for work. Remove the jacket, wear a colorful shawl, slip on bangles and leather sandals, and you’re ready for a movie date. See what we mean?
Think beyond maternity wear
Many clothes are not strictly maternity but can accommodate your growing tummy. Think empire cut blouses, anything made of a stretchable fabric (like jersey or knits), peasant blouses, etc. The great thing about these styles is that you can wear them even after you give birth!
Borrow what you can
Ask friends and relatives who’ve given birth if they’ve got any maternity clothes you can borrow. Many of them will be more than happy to declutter their closets!
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