Monday, August 11, 2014

Tips for dressing your bump on a dime

One thing I did not want to do when I got pregnant was spend all my money on maternity clothes. I wanted to dress cute and show off my growing bump, but without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips for you soon to be mama's out there that have helped me save tons of money on my clothes...

1. Borrow clothes from your friends who have recently had babies! My friend Andrea gave me a whole tub of maternity clothes and I mixed and matched the heck out of those clothes. A maxi dress can be turned into a skirt with ease like I did in the middle picture above.
2. Find an outlet store that carries maternity clothes, make a trip there and stock up. If you can't find an outlet store near you shop at Old Navy! They are always having a sale and their maternity clothes are comfortable and affordable.
3. Wear as many non-maternity clothes as possible and just buy a size up.  The first picture above is a skirt I bought from Anthropology. I bought it a size up and tied a long tank top just under my bust.
4. Simple, cotton dresses are your friend. Stock up now and accent them with a cute belt or long statement necklace.
5. When I first found out I was pregnant I went ahead and bought some cute drawstring pants and shorts that were on sale. I wore them at 12 weeks and I can wear them now at 29 weeks. Win, win!

I would love to hear other tips if you have any of your own!

12 comments:

Katie said...

If you do buy new pieces, try to get some that are nursing friendly, too! Old navy has great cross front cotton dresses (non maternity) that I loved when I was knocked up and now are great for nursing. So many of my pre pregnancy clothes aren't nursing friendly, so if you're going to buy new clothes you may as well make them work for pregnancy and beyond :)

Erin LFF said...

You always look amazing- pregnant and not! ;) So I'm taking notes for future reference!!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

These are great tips!! I'll tuck this away for later. :)

Anne said...

Gap clearance section was my best friend - you just have to check often (and better yet, shop on days there's extra % off clearance) to score good finds. And check online too, since sometimes things regular price in store will be way marked down online, and vice versa.

My other tip from experience: don't buy too much ahead of time! You can end up wasting $$ because you might think you'll grow into something, but your shape with that bump can turn out entirely different than what you expected. Also I thought I'd need a few fall items, so I bought ahead, but by the time Hendrik was born on October 15 I'd worn about one of them, because it was still hot out...

Jenna Griffin said...

I'm excited to one day borrow my sister's maternity clothes! She has bought so many cute things! Let's hope I can fit them! (in a long long time from now... ;)

andreaslens.com said...

Your outfits have been absolutely adorable! I think you look more put together with your maternity wardrobe than I do most days!

adesertgirl said...

You look so fantastic. I'm definitely going to keep your tips in mind for when I'm pregnant because I want to look as stylish as you do!!

-Amy

henning love said...

I loved basics a white, and grey top that could be layered easily or worn as it, I tried not to go overboard with spending on maternity clothes but eventually you do have to, you can't wear pjs all pregnancy

Care said...

Work it! your lookin' good lil' lady!

Brenda Stevens said...

I think I spent a total of $60 on maternity clothes - everything else was borrowed or given to me. I've found that women tend to be very generous with their old maternity clothes! I guess we all understand that babies are not cheap, so we might as well help our friends out. I agree with a previous commenter that if you are going to buy maternity clothes, try to make them nursing friendly. But I also found that once I wasn't pregnant anymore, I didn't really want to wear my old maternity clothes because I had worn them so much while pregnant!

Kayla MKOY said...

That bump is getting bigger! Eek! You always look so cute...and yes, old navy ALWAYS has great sales!!

The Heart Of A Woman said...

These are great tips! I wore a lot of Maxi dresses when I was pregnant with Landry.