I had such a difficult time shopping for maternity clothes during my first pregnancy! Working 9 – 5 in a professional office environment, I wanted to continue to dress appropriately. Wherever I shopped I found leggings, jeans and yoga pants. Dresses were sleeveless or scoop necked, displaying my newly engorged bustline. I could not wear any of these things to work. On top of it all, when I did find work appropriate attire, the fit was just awful. Pants that fit over my belly would sag from my bottom. Ugh! Are you feeling my pain? Then this post is for you, mama!
Towards the end of my pregnancy I resigned to wearing maxi dresses almost exclusively. I did find some dress trousers at Motherhood Maternity, but I wasn’t thrilled with the fit because I am really thin and they just looked saggy. Gap Maternity is great for slim women, but I found the full panel pants to be a bit too tight for my preference. If you want lots of support on your belly, this may work for you. Here are some places you can get professional maternity attire:
Casual Attire & Workout Clothes
Old Navy (Note: I didn’t like the quality so much, but the price is right. The maxi-dresses are a little short so if you’re tall, try PinkBlush or Motherhood Maternity instead. If you’re petite, Old Navy is the way to go.)
LuLaRoe – Ok, so this is not at all a maternity line. If you’re familiar, LuLaRoe is the buttery-soft legging brand that women are going nuts for despite the cooky patterns. To be fair, I own a pair. I picked a really modest, versatile pattern. They do have solids as well. I listed it because they are one size fits all. They have regular and tall/curvy so, two sizes to cover everyone. Yes, they are that stretchy. I’m sure you can get away with it for a while! If you’re not familiar, they are sold via independent consultants in-home parties/ trunk shows. If you don’t know anyone who sells LuLaRoe, do a quick search on Facebook.
PinkBlush – This is my favorite for maxi-dresses and nursing wear.
ThredUp – This is an online consignment shop, so if you’re on a budget, try it! They have a multitude of brands and maternity clothes don’t get worn very long.
WalMart – I normally would not shop here for clothes but they have a lot of maternity basics for cheap.
Topshop – This stuff is pretty trendy and also available at Nordstrom.
H&M – Yes, they have a maternity line. Trendy and affordable but mostly jeans and casual wear.
Don’t want to buy something you’ll only wear a few months? You’re in luck: you can rent maternity clothes!
You may also want to do a quick search online for local consignment. Some cities have maternity and baby specific consignment shops. Gilt also sometimes has maternity clothes if you like high end brands.
What is your favorite way to shop for maternity clothes? Share your wins and struggles in the comments!