Post # 1
Are there any specific stores for Maternity clothes that you like the best? Or a brand that is just absolutely amazing? So far I have a few things from Old Navy, but seeing what the verdict is with the other ladies.
Post # 3
Not there yet but I’m very interested to hear what people think too!
Post # 4
I went on a bit of a maternity shopping “spree” a few weeks ago at Destination Maternity, which carries designer clothes, Pea-In-The-Pod, Motherhood Maternity lines. It was amazing. The clothes I bought are actually alot nicer than what I normally wear. I found that the designer/PeaPod things were super-to-very expensive, but I think for some items it might be worth it. I bought a pair of jeans and two sweaters that I know I will be living in for the next 4 months. Then the Motherhood items were much more reasonabilty priced (pants for $30-40, shirts for $10-30) and still very nice.
Post # 5
Gap! I wore mostly Gap demi-panel pants for the first 2 trimesters, then switched to their full panel a couple of weeks ago now that I’m bigger. I’ve been living in their long sleeve T’s and their short sleeved one’s are great, too.
Most of my dressier stuff is from Pea in the Pod, but I’ve only bought sale items since they can get expensive. Motherhood is ok, but their clothes don’t fit me well.
I do have some Old Navy dresses, which have been nice, since they are all just simple cotton dresses.
Post # 6
I’ve found that I like Old Navy stuff the best, which is surprising because I’m not normally an Old Navy shopper. Their below the belly jeans are the only ones I found that fit me right, are comfortable, and still look semi-stylish. Same with their shirts. The affordability is obviously a plus. The only downside is that my local store has a TINY maternity department (this is not true with all locations), but they have cheap shipping on their website. I’ve actually gotten a few dresses from Target (Liz Lange) but found that most of their things are meant for taller women (I’m 5’4″ and some of the things look silly on my frame). Quality wise, both Target and Old Navy stuff might not hold up the same as some of the designer quality clothing that is available elsewhere… but based on the price and the fact that you’re only going to be wearing the stuff for a number of months, I don’t think you can lose!
Post # 7
Caveat – my job is definitely business casual, not casual and no jeans. I’m also 5’2 and petite.
I have liked a mix of stuff, but my preference is Gap Maternity. Their pants fit me best (and they have ankle length!) and their stuff is pretty cute (winter sweaters, skirts, tunics, dress) and they have great basics. I got everything for relatively inexpensive, too (waited for sales).
I have a few things from Old Navy – skinny jeans and a few tops. Those have been good too.
I got some sweaters from Motherhood and a few 3/4 length shirts that are pretty cute, too. I have one pair of pants from Motherhood, but they seem much cheaper in quality than the Gap and don’t fit me as well (and not that much less $).
My one big splurge was a pair of Citizens maternity jeans (from Pea in the Pod) They have petite sizes and they are just so flattering!! I got one pair of pants from Pea in the Pod, but honestly Gap sizing was just better on me. A lot of Pea in the Pod stuff is really really cute, but I couldn’t justify the expense.
I prefer full panel pants – the under belly ones fall down on me!
FYI Destination Maternity.com has several stores on one website.
Post # 8
I tend to shop at Pea in the Pod, Motherhood Maternity and some local maternity shops. At the local maternity shops I like the brands Japanese Weekend and Maternal America. I’ve also been able to wear all my Michael Stars shirts because they are so long.
Post # 9
A majority of my stuff is Gap or Old Navy. I shop there a lot normally but I felt like that’s where I could get the most for my money. I waited for sales and was able to get everything at least 30% off most times. I also have a BR Luxe card so besides getting coupons all the time, I always get free shipping online. I think ON and Gap also do free exchanges (I don’t know if that’s something I got with my card or not). I know that was a big factor for me when they didn’t carry stuff in the store.
I also have a few pieces from Motherhood and a few from H&M. I did buy a pair of designer jeans (Paige) but I got them at the Bloomingdales outlet for like $70. Out of principle I refused to buy anything from Pea in the Pod. I just think the prices are beyond ridiculous- I remember looking through the sale racks and thinking that we seemed to have different ideas of what constitutes a “sale” price :). I don’t think a cotton t-shirt being marked down from $50 to $40 is a deal. I liked some of the stuff that Loft had too but their shipping prices were outrageous and even with sales it still seemed pricey to me.
Post # 10
I have items from the Gap, Old Navy and Motherhood. I love my Gap clothes the most! I find that they fit me the best.
Post # 11
I have some nicer work basics from Pea in the Pod — mostly pants and skirts. The rest is tops from Old Navy. I tend to wear Old Navy maternity t-shirts w/ non-maternity cardigans a lot. That way I don’t have to buy too many maternity clothes. I also still wear quite a few non-maternity dresses with empire waists and stretchy mid-sections.
Post # 12
Most of the things I’ve bought are from GAP. Their sizes seem to be the closest to my pre-pregnancy size. I found that a lot of the other stores only had S/M/L and the small was way too big. I’ve also found a couple of cute basic shirts from Target that are really comfy and good for weekend wear. I do have a few things from Destination Maternity for work but I haven’t had to wear them yet so I can’t really comment on quality.
Post # 13
I am a nurse, so I mostly wear casual maternity clothes, and have only needed 1 pair of dress pants and a couple cute dresses to get by. I live in Canada, and so we don’t have access to Gap Maternity, but I have had good luck with Motherhood maternity. I have gotten a lot of cute and comfy pieces from there. I get all my maternity tanks fro Old Navy (I find that they fit the best and they are super cheap). I also found a really nice maternity boutique with higher end brands (along with the higher prices) so I have filled in my clothes from there. Most of the time (around the house), I wear a maternity tank and a cardigan from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe with a pair of mat jeans. I usually only wear my cute tops for appointments/going out.
Post # 14
All my work pants are Gap – they’re the only ones that had stylish pants that were long enough (I’m 5’11”). Most of my tops are from Old Navy. And I have some really cute items from Motherhood Maternity, including 2 pairs of jeans. Dresses are Motherhood Maternity and Old Navy. I also love that all three places have sales all the time.
I definitely approached maternity clothes with a budget-conscious look. Even though I’ll be living in these clothes for the next 3 months, I couldn’t justify spending a lot since I didn’t really need all-materntiy all-the-time until I hit 5.5 months in my pregnancy.
Post # 15
I have lots of tops from Old Navy and Motherhood. I’m tall. 5’10”, and all legs. For me the long option from Motherhood has saved me when it comes to pants. I feel like other maternity pants are cut shorter or something.
I am a wedding planner so I need a few dressier outfits and I have bought those at destination maternity. These are not cost effective at all.
Post # 16
I had three pairs of maternity dress pants that I rotated, but now for the life of me I can’t remember which brands they were. One was super comfy though. I did NOT like any of the maternity dress pants from Motherhood.
My two most favorite articles of clothes were a long sleeved, ruched sided gray T shirt from Target maternity and a pink and gray maternity hoodie from Motherhood. I hope my SIL gives those back (she discovered she was pregnant shortly before I had my baby and I was more than happy to give her all my maternity stuff. But I almost kept my hoodie and T shirt because I liked them so much!).