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10 Tips for Buying Maternity Clothes

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1. Shop with a budget in mind. This is a good tip when shopping for just about anything! Before heading to a store or an online shop take time to develop a plan. Do you need shirts, tees, jeans, capris, shorts, dress pants, skirts, dresses, or any special occasion dresses? How much can you afford to spend on your pregnancy wardrobe as a whole?

2. Be prepared to change your style.
As your body changes what styles looks good on you will change as well. Embrace your new curves and enjoy shopping for a new look.

3. Remember what doesn't change.
Some things in fashion remain a constant, for instance: Black is slimming, get a black top! Horizontal stripes make you appear bigger than you are so avoid them! Wedge heels gives your legs the allusion of being longer and your calves leaner. Keep in mind, however, that it's not a good idea to wear heels in your third trimester!

4. Wear what is comfortable. For some, sweatpants are the ultimate in comfort but if you want to dress it up a little and remain just as comfy I recommend a sundress. Some will cover your new curves and some will accentuate them, the choice is yours. Check out these stylish and affordable ones from http://www.very.co.uk.

5. Buy quality. Be aware that quality maternity clothing is designed to last through the nine months of a pregnancy and will stretch with you. It is better to buy three very good items than a dozen cheap ones to ensure you'll have nice looking clothes at the end of pregnancy.

6. Shop at maternity clothing stores. These stores are more likely to have knowledgeable staff, quality maternity clothing, and so on than other retail stores. They may even have a maternity pillow you can put on under your clothes in early pregnancy to predict how clothes will fit later on. Also, I just enjoyed shopping alongside other pregnant women who could give me their opinion and knew what I was going through.

7. Buy a belly band. There are many ways to expand your current jeans, shorts, and skirts by expanding your waist band. I know many who have loved doubling a hair tie to extend their jeans but my favorite way was with a belly band (the brand I used was Bella Band). It gave my clothes a layered look (which it just so happens is stylish), it gave me added comfort and support, and it kept my pants up without me having to button or zip them at all!

8. Don't forget nursing clothes. These items shirts, camisoles, and dresses have openings that make it easier to nurse. Don't forget nursing bras too! There is also comfortable nursing sleepwear which makes for less disrobing for nighttime feedings.

9. Wait to buy until your second trimester. Sure, you are excited about the pregnancy but the majority of women won't start showing until the second trimester. You can probably get away with the roomier clothes in your closet but if you want a new outfit just for fun choose a cardigan that you can wear after pregnancy too. As your tummy grows you can buy a pregnancy camisole and still sport your new cardigan.

10. Repeat as necessary: as you progress into your pregnancy, you may discover some purchases simply didn't work out as you thought. Not to mention that seasons will change and you'll need clothes for each season. Be prepared for this and don't try to buy all your wardrobe at once.

I hope these ten tips from my experience will be beneficial to someone. Do you have any tips to add? If so please share them with us all in the comments, I would love to hear them!


Plus Size Clothing Solutions said...

These are all practical and great tips! Yup! Shopping at a maternity clothes store might give you a good pick like plus size maternity clothes that can be accented with accessories and mixed with other wardrobe types!

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