One of the exciting parts of being pregnant is that you get to go shopping! First there is shopping for fashionable pregnancy clothes and then there is shopping for the baby. However you can spend a lot of money on both types of shopping excursions and that is something Sustainable PF and I want to avoid as much as possible.
Purchases: I had the great pleasure of shopping with both Sustainable PF’s mom and my own mom to put together my fashionable pregnancy clothes wardrobe. Between the months of February and June of this year I spent $550 on maternity clothes. With this sum I purchased the following garments:
- 11 short sleeve shirts (some plain for the weekend, some dressier for work)
- 3 short sleeve blouses
- 3 long sleeve blouses
- 3 long sleeve t-shirts
- 1 long sleeve sweater
- 1 hoodie
- 4 tank tops
- 7 pairs of pants ( 3 dress pants, 2 jeans, 1 khaki, 1 cord)
- 3 capris (1 jean, 1 black, 1 khaki)
- 4 shorts
- 3 cotton dresses
- 1 fancy dress (for a wedding)
- 2 bras
- 1 bathing suit
On average each item cost me about $12. Of all these clothes I only bought 5 new items. If I had bought every other item new as well (estimating $50 for pants and dresses and $30 for shirts) I would have spent close to $1500 on fashionable pregnancy clothes .
I hope that I will not have to buy any more clothes before the baby arrives and I transition back into my old wardrobe. Although $550 is a lot of money, I essentially bought an entire wardrobe to cover the four seasons in Canada with a mix of work , casual and lounging attire. If we some day have another Lil’ SPF these fashionable pregnancy clothes will once again be worn and then I will pass them unto to friends or family members who are expecting.
Lessons Learned: This being my first time buying maternity clothes, I have learned some lessons.
Shop progressively throughout your pregnancy: In the beginning I was very eager to buy everything at once and then not have to worry about it. While this approach saves on gas and saves you energy it is impossible to predict how your body will change over nine months and so you might buy clothes that you think will fit you in several months time when they don’t in fact.
Don’t just shop in the maternity section: I found that many second hand stores had very small maternity sections (always located next to the uniform section for some reason) and so I ended up browsing the entire store for fashionable pregnancy clothes . While all of my maternity pants were really maternity pants most of the tops I purchases were not. Empire waisted top and stretchy cotton tops with long torsos work really well.
Make sure to get pants in your size: Just because you are growing does not mean that you suddenly have to jump up a pant size. Rather what you need is a pair of pants in your size but with an elastic band at the front to allow for your growing belly.
Evaluate pant material: I discovered many different types of maternity pants throughout this whole experience. There are some with low, soft elastic bands, some with large elastic bands that go up to your belly button, some simply made of stretchy cotton, other with an elastic at the top that can be adjusted. I found that the latter was not the most flattering because the elastic tended to stick out so you could not wear it with tight tops. Give some consideration to the type of material that the elastic piece is made of as well as some can be quite itchy which again is uncomfortable especially as your belly will also be itchy due to the stretching skin.
Reuse pre-pregnancy clothes: I wore some tops that I already had pre-pregnancy, which actually look better on me now with the belly! I would caution however that if you do wear some of your pre-pregnancy clothes while expecting, they might not fit quite the same way after wards, so choose wisely. You do not want to have to buy an entire new wardrobe after you give birth!
Ask for and accept clothing: I have been very fortunate to have received many clothing items from family; dresses, sweaters and tops. Accept these gifts with open arms. Also if you have family or friends who have recently had a baby, don’t be shy to ask to borrow their fashionable pregnancy clothes .
All in all it has been a fun experience. I cannot wait to go shopping for Lil’ SPF!