If you’re expecting a baby and wondering how you’re going to dress yourself for the next several months without spending a fortune, this post is for you! I’m currently 24 weeks pregnant and I think I’m doing pretty good at not breaking the bank on maternity clothes so I thought I’d share some tips with you!
Tip 1: Say “yes” to maternity hand me downs! Two of my friends offered their maternity clothes to me so of course I said yes! Not everything fit, of course, but there were many items that did and being able to wear them has definitely saved me money on maternity clothes.
Tip 2: Get a belly band! My best friend gifted me two of these and they were perfect for the first few several weeks of my pregnancy. They allowed me to wear my regular pants even though they wouldn’t button anymore, ha!
Tip 3: Evaluate your closet. Look for items you already own that are loose and will fit over your little bump. Raid your husband’s closet, too. =)
Tip 4: Check out FB ads. Once you start checking out maternity and baby-related websites, you’ll undoubtedly start seeing ads for good deals on maternity clothes. Instead of scrolling right past them, take the time to check them out and you might just find a good deal. The top I’m wearing in the photo below is from Zulily and I got it for less than $13. Can’t beat that! (The jeans are from H&M).
Tip 5: When you shop, focus on neutrals. I generally prefer neutrals over bold colors anyway, but now I’ve noticed that it helps a ton when I buy neutrals. They’re so much easier to mix and match.
Tip 6: Buy items with room to grow. Like the dress from Pink Blush that I’m wearing in the photo below, for example! I bought it for our recent team headshots and it’s loose enough where I’ll be able to wear it through at least the next few weeks.
Tip 7: Purchase items that are versatile! When I bought the two dresses in the images below I knew I could wear them for different occasions: for our recent trip to Portugal, to shoot weddings, out to dinner with my husband, or even on our upcoming babymoon.
And here I’m wearing a top I got at H&M that I can wear with jeans, cords, or even a simple skirt to dress it up. Side note, in the photo below the pencil skirt I’m wearing was a hand me down so I definitely did well with this outfit! The shirt is from H & M.
Tip 8: Subscribe to all the mailing lists. I know – no one wants a ton of junk mail – but trust me, if you subscribe to companies you love, you’ll never pay full price for any of their items. The dress below is from our 6 year anniversary shoot in Lisbon. It’s from Pink Blush and I absolutely fell in love with it, even if I didn’t love the price tag since I was only going to wear the dress once. Luckily, all I had to do was check my inbox for their most recent email and I could save 20% off. Here are a few of my favorite places to shop for maternity clothes:
Tip 9: Re-sell gently worn items on Poshmark. I haven’t done this yet but it’s on my list of things to do because I keep hearing how easy it is. Once you’re done wearing items that you don’t think you’ll wear again, re-sell them and make a little money back.
Photo below by French Grey Photography.
Tip 10: Invest in some staple items. I purchased the little black dress I’m wearing below (with a coupon from an email list!) and it has been the best purchase I’ve made so far! I’ve worn it so many times already! Everyone needs a little black dress in their closet, even when you’re pregnant! The LBD in the photo below is from Pink Blush!
Tip 11: Doing a pregnancy project? Don’t drive yourself crazy coming up with a different outfit every week. I purchased this one white dress from Pink Blush for my bump project and I’ve been wearing it every week for the couple of minutes it takes to take the photo. Purchasing this dress was the best thing I could’ve done for a stress-free no-frills but still cute pregnancy project.
Tip 12: When you buy shirts, check if they are nursing shirts so that they are easy to use once baby is here. Also opt for nursing bras once it’s time to get a bigger sized bra!! No use in getting a bigger bra if you won’t be able to use it while nursing.
I hope these tips were helpful to you! Do you have any other tips for saving money on maternity clothes? Leave them for me below, I’d love to know!
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