Post # 1
So, I’m only 6w 4d but girls I’m already putting on the weight! LoL I dont want to buy a TON of clothes that are bigger sizes to be comfy now and never wear them again – I’m thinking of comfy cotton dresses this summer, but once I start looking for maternity clothes I want cute ones! Who makes the cutest ones in your opinioin?! I went to our local Target and they SUCKED!!!! They had nothing at all! A pair of jeans, a pair of shorts, 3-4 solid tops and 1-2 maxi dresses that are shorter inthe front?!! Help me!
Post # 3
I got a few cute tops from Shade and a super cute dress for my shower from Asos. Both good options if you don’t mind shopping online. I got jeans at Gap Maternity and I like the basic tanks from Old Navy.
Post # 4
@iheartnerds: Im kinda afraid to show hubby those jean prices at Gap! haha Even though I pay that much now!
Post # 5
Our Target has so many cute maternity clothes? Old Navy has some cute stuff, too.
Post # 6
@emersynsmommy35: Oh, that’s true. I used to work for Gap, Inc so I got my jeans for 50% off. I tend to forget how expensive they are normally!
Post # 7
Motherhood Maternity can be great too, especially if they have an outlet near you. The clothes can be a little pricey at full retail, but I live near an outlet so I bought all kinds of stuff there on the cheap! They have great stuff for work, too — professional button-down shirts and work pants that look every bit as good as non-maternity stuff but with that great empire waist tie in the back that lets the shirt hug the new curves. Love it!
Post # 8
I love ASOS’s maternity clothes. I’m often tempted to jump the gun and buy some stuff but I’d have to get pregnant first… haha.
Post # 9
I recommend a pea in the pod!
I also love Boden.
Post # 10
Second vote for a pea in the pod.
I didn’t buy that much maternity. I got a pair (or two) of designer maternity jeans I loved and maternity yoga pants from target and pair them with maternity tees from Target and regular cardigans. Works for me! Plus I can wear the tees later and the cardigans.
Post # 11
Another vote for ASOS! Free shipping and returns, can’t go wrong. It’s so nice to have clothes delivered to your doorstep, and be able to try them on in the comfort of home. I hate shopping normally, and being pregnant + exhausted all the time has made me loathe it even more. 🙂
Post # 13
I think it was easier buying regular clothes online than maternity clothes. FWIW, I find that the fit varies significantly across major retailers (and sometimes within different things at the same retailer). I’ve tried Target, H&M, Gap, Old Navy and Pea in the Pod.
My favorite by far is Gap for nice basics that you can dress up or down. The fit of the pants in particular are very TTS to the non-maternity pants and aside from the waistband, nothing screams maternity. I have both the boot cut and the skinny cut. They also come in several lengths – ankle, regular, tall – which is good for all heights of expecting moms. The regular price is a little steep but they have sales literally all the time and when I bought mine, they were 50% off, which made them $35 or so (right on par with regular priced ON, I think). There are also a number of styles on markdown. They constantly refresh the product line too. I think I can go about every other week and find new tops and dress available, and again, many of the new arrivals are on sale too. I bought three pairs of jeans so far and I get compliments on all of them from people who didn’t know they were maternity jeans.
My second favorite is Old Navy, although the in-store selection is quite small. They have nice maxi dresses although I encourage trying it on first because sometimes, the bodice/chest area can be a little tight if you are buying your usual ON size. I haven’t tried their pants but the tees are really comfy. The basic tees all fit about the same so if you know your size, you can get the rest online. My store was sold out of all the smaller sizes in the tees. The general sizing varies a bit between items and I’ve bought two different sizes because of the fit issues.
H&M has a small selection in store and I would absolutely try it on because their sizing is very wacky (like their normal products). The prices are not as low as ON and Gap (when on sale) and the fit isn’t as good as theirs either. However, you do get some cute, unique pieces. The pants here fit terribly. When I tried them on, there were about four other PG women (in various sizes and stages) and they all passed on the pants.
Pea in the Pod was really expensive and none of it was really my style. I prefer really classic pieces or fun California-style pieces. Pea in the Pod is good if you need suit separates or if you like a lot of patterns. Everything I saw that I liked was $100+ for one item which is steep compared to the other retailers I listed. I tried on two things and they didn’t fit right and clinged in all the wrong places, and I’m pretty petite minus the bump.
I tried Target’s tops but they were either HUGE or tiny. They didn’t fit well at all and for the prices, I found better fitting similar items at ON and Gap.
Post # 14
I’ve had a lot of luck with Motherhood Maternity. I have a few tops from there, a pair of leggings, and 2 pairs of jeans.
My Target doesn’t have a huge selection of maternity stuff, but the little stuff they do have can be cute. Same thing with Old Navy – I find its kind of hit or miss there, but I never had much luck pre-pregnancy there, either.
Post # 15
Check out your local thrift stores. If you google you can find some that have maternity sections and you can get the expensive cute stuff for sooo cheap!
My friend just bought a bunch of Pea In The Pod stuff for about 40-60 per top and 150 (on sale) pants. I bought 5 tops (3 Pea in the Pod, 2 Motherhood) for $50.
Post # 16
I won’t lie, I went into GORDMAN’S and they had a bigger maternity selection than any Target I’ve been in! I think some of their stuff is Motherhood Maternity, too, but at a “discounted” Gordman’s price. I have yet to venture into Motherhood Maternity, as I am trying very hard to wait until I actually get huge (I am showing, just not a bunch yet) and since it is changing seasons, too, I didn’t want to get a bunch of winter stuff when I am going to be biggest during the hottest parts of the summer. I have been buying a size up in shirts that I normally get that aren’t maternity and I think they fit great, still. I have also been getting maxi dresses and maxi fold-over skirts that aren’t maternity but will still fit when I am big.
I refuse to wear the huge boat-like shirts that cover up a bump instead of show it off–I have never been comfortable in flowy things because although I am not overweight by any means, I am pretty “large” in proportions (wide shoulders, wide-ish hips, and pretty tall), so flowy, gaping-type clothes always make me look HUGE when I am not. Even being pregnant I am still not into wearing them, so I strongly avoid the flowy stuff, which is why I am still purchasing normal non-maternity shirts right now that are form-fitting.
It is hard because I don’t want to go spend all this money on buying a new wardrobe when we are trying to save for baby. I am lucky that there is a used maternity clothing store in my city, so that is the only place I allow myself to compltely splurge and buy whatever I want (since the most expensive thing in that place is probably $6.50). I have had quite a bit of luck, there, too!
That being said, I am sure I will want to get a few nice dresses for the summer to wear to weddings, showers, etc. I am just waiting to buy them until I am bigger and can guage how they will fit better. I will probably hit up Motherhood Maternity for those. 🙂