(Closed) How many maternity clothes to buy if working FT?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Honestly I went to 2nd hand stores and bought most of the clothes there. I bought a few pairs of stretchy pants, a few pairs of jeans, a few tops, but some I just bought in bigger sizes. I looked for loose flowy tops and pants that gave me some room. I was out of my regular clothes by 11 weeks pretty much. Now at 29 weeks most people think I am ready to pop any minute…lol

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I pretty much rotated through 3 pairs of pants, one dress, and two skirts. (That’s for work- when not at work, I had two pairs of maternity jeans and wore those all the time) I probably could have just bought 3 pairs of black pants and worn those every and no one would have cared/noticed. Tops were harder since I didnt’ want to repeat as often- I had good luck buying a couple maternity-friendly black cardigans and then just rotating the (cheap, often non-maternity) tops I’d wear under them.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I want to keep an eye on this thread. I have a stict work dress code (luckily it’s slightly more leniant w/ maternity wear) so I can only wear black/khaki pants or skirts, and white/black polos with the same color takn or cami under it. But I would really like to know what sort or regular maternity cloths to buy for days off, and how many pairs of works pants I needs since I work full time too.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I only own three pairs of work slacks currently, so I doubt I’d need more than that in maternity wear (disclosure: I’m not pregnant or TTC ;). I have a lot of non-work jeans, but I really only rotate between 3 pairs. I think, since it’s a limited time, you could get away with fewer than 5.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It depends…what type of dress code do you have? Mine is business casual M-Th (so, like dress pants with a button down shirt) with casual days on Friday. If yours is more formal, you might have to buy a lot more maternity clothes which really sucks because maternity dress clothes are expensive.

I rotate between 3 pairs of maternity dress pants (luckily only had to buy one, my SIL loaned me the other two) and one pair of regular pants (that used to be way too big for me). For on top I didn’t bother to buy any maternity shirts- I thought they were all too expensive and they were ugly. I just bought the same type of shirts I was already wearing in bigger sizes (when they were on sale-much less expensive than maternity). I actually didn’t buy anything maternity for on top (except one super comfy maternity hoodie), and with 5 weeks left, I don’t think I will.

I think wearing larger sized regular clothes is kind of more unflattering than maternity- like making you look fat instead of pregnant- but I figure I’d only look slightly less frumpy in maternity clothes and I’d be spending a lot of money, so I’d rather just look fat for 3 months and save my money for cute clothes after the baby comes.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

@Tatum: I don’t know why you’d need more clothes in a formal work environment? I would think that’s an even better reason to just buy a few pairs of dark slacks and rotate between several button-up shirts or nice sweaters. Fewer options to be super fashionable and wear a lot of variety if you have to wear a suit everyday. 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It also depends on if you are plus sized or not. It is harder to find plus size maternity clothes that are affordable as opposed to regular sizes. Another place to look is Target, they have reasonable prices and a surprising variety. I only head to motherhood if it is on sale.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I also rotate a few pants for work, I usually work black, brown, or grey pants,  so now that I am pregnant I think I will just get the same colors in maternity size.

How soon did everyone have to buy  their maternity stuff? I’m only 5weeks and 5 days but now when I’m at sitting behind my desk at work  I have to unbutton my pants because my belly has this tight/really full feeling… But I know its too early for my belly to be getting bigger.. its weird

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@spaniel

I think there is more flexibility with things like polos, sweaters, and button down shirts. If you had to wear a suit every day, you’d probably have to buy a maternity suit- I just don’t think suit jackets, even in a larger size, would accomodate late pregnancy. Something like a polo shirt you can just buy extra large and stretch it over the belly and be fine- plus polo shirts are cheap. My old roommate had to really dress up for work and my wardrobe of larger polos and button downs would not have cut it at her office.

So, it’s not that if you have to dress up, you have to buy more maternity clothes, it’s that you’d have to buy them, period, where at a more casual office you could maybe get away with non maternity clothes which are cheaper. I haven’t spent more than $5 an item on my sized clothes.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Ah, got it. I misunderstood your post!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well I work from home, and still fit in all my regular clothes. I am 27 weeks along.  When I have to go in the office I can still fit into my regular business causal/jeans. 

But I also lost 35 lbs before I got pregnant so that helps and have only gained back 10 lbs back. I am hoping I don’t have to purchase any maternity clothes.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

I would purchase one each of black, grey, and brown.  You’ll also probably need to buy maternity shirts at about 6-7 months.  Your boobs get huge and your belly makes your shirts ride up so you need extra long shirts with lots of booby room.

I purchased one black and one grey pant and a ton of shirts to rotate (maybe 12 or so).  The shirts don’t look “maternity” so I can still wear those even after pregnancy.  I only had to wear dress clothes for a month or so, so rotating between two pairs of pants was fine.  But I would have thrown a third or fourth in there if I needed to do it the whole pregnancy.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have 4 pairs of pants, 5 skirts and at least a dozen tops that are maternity. Where I work it’s ‘business casual’, so pre-pregnancy I usually wear suit pants with a sweater, or button-down top, heels and a blazer or cardigan sweater. But ever since growing out of my usual work wear, I’ve been wearing maternity suit pants/skirt, a simple shirt (fitted maternity tee or tank) with a cardigan, fly-away cardigan, etc (-and these cardigans are pre-pregnancy clothes, they’re just drape-y and awesome for maternity wear). I’ve just been rotating the sweater/tee or tank/pant or skirt combo. 

I’ll probably pick up another pair of pants for the winter, but I think I’m pretty good with just this stuff. 

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