Buying maternity clothes can be difficult because you want to look nice, but aren’t necessarily interested in spending a lot of money on clothes that you can generally only wear for a short time.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Build Your Signature Wardrobe: How to look good and feel confident in four steps says, “Pregnancy is a dynamic time of body change lasting about six months, followed by postnatal changes that may make your pre-baby body a distant memory!”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for buying maternity clothes:
- Make a plan. While it seems impossible to make a plan for something you can’t predict with certainty, you’ll still need a budget, an idea of what clothes are appropriate for the places you go, what colours and styles will work for you, and what you need.
- Don’t buy clothes until you need them. With the lack of standard sizing, and your body changing every day, it will be next to impossible to predict what a good fit will be. When you do buy, understand that you may not get more than a couple of months wear.
- Focus on simplicity and comfort. Let’s face it; you’ll probably feel yuck at least some of the time. Buy comfy, stretchy microfibre garments in the colours you love that make you feel “normal.” Leggings with long tunics are an easy solution that you can dress up or down. Look for empire, A-line and wrap tops, or ruched sides to accommodate belly and boob growth.
- Buy a beautiful scarf. Choose something Amazing! that will lift your spirits when you are sick of the same old leggings and tunics. Get a large one you can wear in a variety of ways, and maybe use as a baby shade later.
- Get comfortable shoes with arch support. Pregnancy throws your centre of gravity out, and if that’s not enough, your feet will swell too. Not to mention that at some point you won’t be able to bend over to do them up. Consider slip-ons or flip-flop style sandals.
These five tips for buying maternity clothes will help you plan and buy clothes as you need them, during and after pregnancy.
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