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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Adventures in Shopping Maternity

So since our resident fashion maven is now adjusting to life with her new little boy, I will attempt a fashion post of sorts. Just a few new things I've found, and learned about, in the crazy world of maternity shopping after (almost) completing two pregnancies.

This is my new favorite maternity tee. The side ruching is so flattering on the growing belly. I've worn this tee throughout my entire pregnancy. I can't say enough about it. Go try one on! You may end up buying a few in different colors. I have also seen this ruched style available in shirts and dresses at The Gap and Babystyle.

Speaking of Babystyle, I really love this store. (Maybe it's because my sister is a manager and I can cash in on her discount sometimes). I know it's not possible to go to an actual Babystyle store anywhere in the country, but check them out on-line. Their outlet is great (for maternity as well as baby/kids clothes). I've gotten super comfy designer tees and layering tanks for as little as $6.99. I also bought a Storksak diaper bag for $24.99, marked down from $150! Just be careful because I've noticed a lot of their outlet is "final sale".

Have you tried Mama Spanx ? I wish I had them during my last pregnancy. I was a little unsure buying them, wondering if they would be comfortable to wear with my Gs, and yes... there is a lot of tugging and tucking involved, but I love these things! They have helped me feel a little less "bumpy" and smoothed out my curves on a number of occasions without me feeling squeezed or sucked in. I will be wearing the Power Mama's to the wedding I have to go to in two weeks when I'm 37 weeks along.

I love finding interesting clothing websites that I didn't know of before and that may have something new and unusual I don't see in all the stores. I found Childish Clothing from Design Mom a while back. I particularly love some of their dresses, and they seem to have some really great sales. Please pass along any sites like this that you might know of. Isn't it nice find some pieces that aren't the "same old" things all the staple stores are selling?

Have you heard of the secret fit belly? I never thought I would be comfortable in a pair of pants with a waistband practically up to my chest, but never say never. Motherhood, Mimi, and A Pea in the Pod all sell this "revolutionary" new style available for both pants and skirts. While shopping at Mimi's I was a little intrigued and the sales woman told me that they are so popular they have a hard time keeping them in stock. The waistband is seamless and SO comfortable, and adds a bit of support around your growing belly. The pants are designed to wear throughout your entire pregnancy. I invested in these and they are by far the BEST maternity pants I have ever worn. Go try on a pair... you may just love them, too.

Lastly, borrow and lend! During my last pregnant Zinone sent me a HUGE box full of her maternity clothes. I did the same for my sister last year, and in turn this pregnancy my sister lent me a bunch of great stuff. That wedding I have to go to? I'm borrowing a dress from a girl in my ward. I think borrowing and lending clothes is the BEST way to get through your pregnancy. Who wants to overspend on clothes you're only going to wear for nine months?!

A few things I've never found are great church clothes, and a nursing bra that I love. I'd especially be grateful for nursing bra tips since I'm about to embark on that in about 5 short weeks. So what are your best maternity shopping tips? What are your favorite finds? I know there are a lot of pregnant, soon-to-be pregnant, or used-to-be pregnant mamas out there so spill your shopping secrets and pass along your best advice!


  • This post is going to get me speinding money again! I love babystyle website... I actually bought my first stroller over on that website over 7 years ago!!

    Well, if I were earlier in my pregnancy and really wanting some fantastic investment clothes to wear throughout the pergnancy I would DEFINATELY go to Isabella Oliver.com for at least one or two of thier wrap tops.

    I, though , have found several cute church dresses throughout my pregnancy this time on clearance at Target (Liz Lange), Gap, and Old Navy. In all those cases I got dresses for like under $10 each!

    I have done a lot of layering with shrugs, cropped jackets, cardi wrap sweaters, and long cardigans that are all non maternity things that have added style to my wardrobe.

    Layering and accessorizing with great jewelry, bags, and shoes have really made me feel more put together during a time when I easily feel quite frumpy.
    posted by Blogger Rachel H at 4/15/2008 06:30:00 AM  

  • I'm loving these recommendations because I am at a loss for summer maternity clothes since last time I was pregnant in the winter. I was also wondering about Mama Spanx, glad to hear you liked them.

    For about the first 2/3 or so of pregnancy "regular" clothes can work, or even longer, depending. Some people don't really get that big. For me at least, once I hit about 7-8 months it was my husband's clothes, extra big maternity clothes, or nothing.

    Last time for about the first 5-6 months I wore stretchy empire-waist tops from Forever 21 and stretchy turtlenecks from H&M, all in a size or two larger than normal. I had a few tops I wore my entire pregnancy. I also had a stretchy dress from Forever 21 and one from H&M that lasted almost 7 months. I'm wearing a stretchy dress from Shade for my sister's wedding. Granted I will only be 6 months along then. Otherwise I really like Liz Lange for Target for inexpensive maternity basics. I had a pair of under-the-belly jeans from Old Navy Maternity that I loved. I could never stand paneled ones, but I am intrigued by the secret fit you speak of.

    H&M Mama (maternity line) has some good stuff also.

    The Cottony Smooth Cup Bra from Motherwear was my favorite ever. I tried a few different ones from Motherwear and Target and I wore that one way more than the others.
    posted by Blogger Eliza at 4/15/2008 06:34:00 AM  

  • Also, what about maternity swimsuits? I have been looking for a tankini, but keep finding ones that are (a) black (don't black swimsuits make people hot? they do me) or (b) too low-cut for my body (Old Navy).
    posted by Blogger Eliza at 4/15/2008 06:42:00 AM  

  • Many infant clothing resale (consignment) shops have a section of maternity clothes.

    During my last pregnancy, I was getting desperate for clothes to wear since this baby is five years younger than his next older sibling and I had almost nothing left from before.

    I was getting to the point that I was going to go spend $100 and buy three or four generic pieces at that generic maternity shop at the mall.

    Before I did that I stopped in one of those consignment stores and a very well dressed woman (my size) had just brought in her entire wardrobe. I bought about 20 pieces for $100 and I've never been so well dressed before or since in my life.

    It's worth a try!
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 4/15/2008 07:52:00 AM  

  • you can gte longer use of your pre-maternity pants by wearing them unbuttoned with a Belly Hugger over the waist.
    it's really a tummy cover for nursing in public withou special nursing shirts, but it has a good pregnancy use too.
    posted by Blogger cchrissyy at 4/15/2008 08:02:00 AM  

  • Fashion maven Beth! This is great info.

    A friend of mine (who has a three week old) told me she loves her nursing bra. It's this onehere.

    Although I have never used it, I think it would be great for the first little while to not have to deal with the unclipping-snapping-latching mess all my nursing bras allowed me when I was feeding 8-10 times a day.

    AND - pretty much all of my maternity pants were that fit belly style - from H&M. I loved their maternity clothes - not too expensive and fit me right.
    posted by Blogger Melissa at 4/15/2008 03:21:00 PM  

  • yeah, I love sleep bras for daytime use. Mine were motherwear. I was sick of special hooks or snaps in order to feed by the baby #1 was a few months old. so much better to just pull the cups away.
    posted by Blogger cchrissyy at 4/15/2008 03:34:00 PM  

  • I love the Elle Macpherson Intimates 'La Mere E71-196' Nursing Bra.' It is totally a splurge but it is supportive, comes in small sizes (hard to find smaller nursing bras) and was really comfy. Also, it made me feel less "utilitarian" because it's actually kind of pretty.-Hillary
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 4/16/2008 01:13:00 PM  

  • Good stuff Beth. Have to say I couldn't be happier to be on the other side of the Maternity clothes adventures. I also can't say enough about maternity clothes sharing!

    I also have the Motherwear night nursing bra that I am loving right now for night and day use. Not a fan of latches and such.

    And thanks a lot Beth, the Storksak is now on my "covet" list.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 4/16/2008 02:28:00 PM  

  • Yeah Carrie, I can't wait to be on the "other side" as well. I just ordered a few bras from Motherwear. I also like the sleep bras for during the day or night. I don't like the latches either. And sorry about the Storksaks... they are pretty cool.

    Eliza - I saw a cute maternity swimsuit at Motherhood Maternity (I think on their homepage as well). Let us know what you find.

    And cchrissyy - that belly hugger is intriguing. It reminds me of the bella band. Thanks for that tip.
    posted by Blogger beth at 4/16/2008 10:39:00 PM  

  • Modbe clothing sells awesome swimsuits that work perfectly for maternity. I am an independent consultant, 6 months pregnant too and I wear my same suit throughout because it is longer in the top and stretches with me. The best swimsuit to wear are the ones that have ruching on the side, such as the diagonal suit. You can view and order them online at www.victoriacollings.mymodbe.com
    posted by Blogger Victoria at 4/19/2008 04:26:00 PM  

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    posted by Blogger beth at 4/19/2008 10:09:00 PM  

  • Just received this nursing bra in the mail and I think I'm going to LOVE it. It works just like a sleep bra without the thicker straps.

    Thanks for the swimsuit tip Victoria. Modbe has some super cute stuff. I may just have to order one for post-baby. And I was browsing Babystyle today and they have some super cute new things. Of course I only have a little less than 5 weeks left so I'm trying not to buy anything new. :)
    posted by Blogger beth at 4/19/2008 10:12:00 PM  

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