Mom admits to wearing extra large clothes to hide the bump in contrast to today's fashion to show the bump off in all it's basketball-sized wonder!
I'm on the fence about it all. I know I like comfort and so I have a feeling that is where my new wardrobe is heading. I have a bit of a bulge around the middle so as of now (currently 19 weeks along), I despise any uncomfortably tight waists. Right now I own two pair of pants that still fit, although the belt notch has changed, a pair of cords and a pair of jeans!
To make things easier on the wallet I have been purchasing maternity wear a few items at a time in the last 2 months. I, of course am not the only preggo buying clothes - for another experience read my friend, Jenny's experience.
Living in the bitter cold while pregnant has its challenges! For instance, I need a plethora of warm clothes and layers in a variety of sizes. So I began my search around Halloween to find a few pieces to fill in the gaps between being my normal size to being bigger than my normal size!
So far I have found that layers are the key.
A few shops to keep in mind when venturing into this world of shopping for the belly:
Old Navy - you can always find cheap tops
I visited a couple of their stores and perused their online site to find some good cheap deals. I stuck with shirts in the beginning because I was unsure how the rest of my body would expand. They had great long sleeve shirts and cute tops to layer. Success.
H&M - if they're on sale, cheap tops
I too ventured to their stores (in Europe and in Chicago - yep just rubbing it in for good measure!) and found a few sweaters and tank tops to layer with. Success.
Their online shop was easy to navigate to find a couple of solid options. I've never seen their maternity clothes in a store, although they exist. You just have to look up store locations near you to find them. I chose a warm pairs of gray corduroys! Yesterday, in Chicago's high of 22 degrees, I wore them over a pair of long underwear and was pretty comfortable. Their elastic band isn't too high so it stays where it should when sitting or standing!
Macy's - don't plan on using Macy's coupons for maternity wear!
We have 7-story Macy's in Chicago. I knew I could find something there I couldn't live without. I was excited to find a wide selection of winter coats, nursing bras, tops, pants and everything in between. Now you know Macy's can offer some good deals so I was excited to use my 40% off coupons for a garment I happened to like. Their maternity section DOES NOT accept Macy's coupons. It's a bummer they don't have a maternity page online either!
Hot Mama - their name says it all!
They offer a wide varity of clothing options, both maternity clothes and after baby clothes, also some clever baby related items like maternity Spanx and the Belly Band, which I purchased. They have an online shop but their store offers much more.
The Belly Band - still on the fence
For $25 I'm not sure this was worth it. I've used it a handful of time but it always rolls to create a lot of fabric in uncomfortable spots. I've heard from a few people that it's good in the beginning before you want to wear the maternity pants and after the baby is born you'll get a lot of use out of it. So I will have a better opinion of it once this whole baby cooking thing is over.
When I googled Maternity Wear I discovered a few other shops.
American Appearal - one photo and you'll know why I didn't look into them much further
Esty - their site is a wonderous place to purchase all sorts of fun items including custom maternity wear!
I was pretty stinkin' excited to see sellers with maternity wear but it was mostly limited to tops/sweaters and I am in the market for pants.
I hope you can find the good deals that fit your style - Happy Shopping!