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As if it’s not enough that you’re literally growing another human being, dealing with morning sickness, etc…now that you’re pregnant, you also have to DRESS the body that’s housing that growing human.
When you’re already budgeting for a new baby, there’s no need to worry about how to find inexpensive maternity clothes that fit into your budget, too.
We’re here to teach you where to buy inexpensive maternity clothes (besides the maternity section at your local department store!) that will also work for postpartum. We’ll tell you the staples you need, and you can build the rest of your wardrobe around those.
Where To Buy Inexpensive Maternity Clothes: Top Picks
Before we break everything down to the nitty gritty, let’s cover the basics. Where to find maternity clothes the build the most versatile wardrobe.
- Cheap Maternity Clothes: Target
- Inexpensive Maternity Clothes ONLINE: Amazon
- Basics for Your Maternity Capsule Wardrobe: Ingrid & Isabel
- Cute Affordable Maternity Clothes: Pink Blush
- Stylish Baby Shower Dresses: Pink Blush
- Cheap Plus Size Maternity Clothes: Target
- Inexpensive Trendy Plus Size Maternity Clothes: Pink Blush
- Best Maternity Pajamas for the Least Buck: Ekauer on Amazon
- Best Maternity Jeans: Old Navy
- Trendy Maternity Dresses: Roolee
- Best Maternity Clothes to Nursing Wear: Undercover Mama
When to Buy Maternity Clothes
This varies for every person and every pregnancy. Some women bloat from the beginning, but most are able to use that genius hair tie trick to make pants fit and get away with not shopping until the second trimester.
Whenever you decide to buy maternity clothes, just remember not to overbuy, and to get things that will work for postpartum, as well. If you plan to breastfeed, many maternity clothes work for nursing, and most maternity pajamas work as postpartum pajamas.
Tips For Finding Quality Maternity Clothes at Low Prices
When you’re shopping for maternity clothes, there are some definite do’s and don’ts you’ll want to follow. For example:
Do shop at resale stores like Goodwill, Once Upon a Child, and local consignment shops. You can get great deals on gently used clothing without overspending at places like Motherhood Maternity.
Do shop sales. Plenty of places have great maternity clothes that you can sometimes find on sale, which makes a huge difference and allows you to buy nicer items for less.
Do accept hand-me-downs. They’re great.
Do stick to basics when possible, which will allow you to mix and match. 3 good t-shirts or camisoles can turn into multiple outfits when pairs with different sweaters, scarves, camisoles, etc.
Don’t show up at the mall without looking for sales, or with your credit card and no set spending limit.
Don’t try to buy everything at once. Start with the basics and expand as needed.
Don’t shop for clothes that aren’t in season unless you’ll be within that season in the next month or so. You don’t know what you’ll need, but snagging a deal on something you won’t actually wear is a great way to overspend.
Where to Buy Inexpensive Maternity Clothes
We already told you our favorite places for different types of maternity clothes. Now, let’s break it down a little more, telling you not just the stores we love, but also why we love them and what you’re likely to find there.
We only recommend brands we have personally tested and loved. So let’s get to it! Here are our favorite inexpensive maternity clothing brands:
Let’s be real here. You’ve likely walked into your local Target in need of dish soap and emerged with $$$ worth of clothes, shoes, and jewelry you didn’t know you needed.
This is because Target has some damn cute stuff, and we stand by those booties we bought alongside our dish soap.
And what’s awesome is that this same concept applies to maternity clothes. You can find some FANTASTIC maternity basics at Target.
Just remember to go in looking for specific items–2 pairs of jeans, 3 tank tops, 3 t-shirts. Otherwise, you might have that whole buying too much experience. Online shopping is also a great way to avoid overspending at Target!
PinkBlush Maternity is my go-to for cute, stylish, classic, or trendy. Best known for their flowy floral dresses (think baby shower in the spring or summer), they also have amazing basics, adorable cardigans, and super cute kimonos!
This website is amazing for trendy mamas who want to stay super cute their entire pregnancy (read: you probably aren’t staying in leggings the whole time like me, and more power to ya!).
But what I really love is that you can stay in leggings like I do, buy a few basic tees and tanks from Target, and then toss on a cute cardigan or kimono from PinkBlush to still feel stylish.
They also have an AMAZING plus-size collection that I wouldn’t recommend more.
Roolee probably has the smallest selection of all the companies we recommend, but while they don’t do as much, they get what they do exatly right.
Think trendy maternity dresses or basic dresses that you can layer with a jacket or cardigan to change up the look. We love Roolee for work clothes, photo shoots, and funky day dresses.
(4) Undercover Mama
We’re keen on using nursing wear as maternity wear so that you can make an easier transition to the clothes you need postpartum. Not planning to breastfeed? No big deal. But if you are, why have to re-purchase a new wardrobe when so many maternity clothes do double duty?
Undercover Mama is great for this, and our favorite part about this company is that they truly make great nursing (and maternity wear) for every body.
With sizes up to 5X (you go, Undercover Mama!), you can be sure that you’ll find YOUR size. Their collection of dresses is especially adorable, and you can also find amazing tanks and tees at Undercover Mama.
(5) Ingrid & Isabel
Their typical clothes are similar styles to the ones they offer at Target, but they’re higher quality for a slightly higher dollar. We recommend paying for the nicer items that you’ll want to wear regularly through maternity and postpartum–a pair of jeans or two, a pair of work pants, some versatile tops.
If you’re looking for nice, cute, versatile clothes that will hold up well, Ingrid & Isabel Is for you.
(6) Old Navy
Old Navy is amazing for maternity basics at killer prices.
A great place for basic staples, and especially for jeans, you’ll definitely want to check out Old Navy’s line of maternity wear.
(7) Amazon Maternity
Our favorite thing to do is to order a few styles and sizes from Amazon Prime and then send what we don’t like or need back. Plus, unlike shopping in store, you can put everything you like in your cart, then go through and delete items as you imagine your wardrobe coming together.
Where to Rent Affordable Maternity Clothes
Clothing rental is all the rage right now, and it gets many women through without having to buy much.
Did you know there are places where you can rent maternity must-haves so you can constantly adjust your wardrobe to fit changing seasons and your changing body?
So here’s the thing about maternity wardrobes: you’re going to put together a few dresses, leggings, and tops for your maternity capsule wardrobe, and then you’re going to wear them until they wear out.
Or, you might wait several years between pregnancies, only to find that your maternity wardrobe from your last pregnancy is super out of style.
OR, you might just be one of those women (like me!) who really enjoys clothing subscriptions and looks forward to the clothing you choose online coming in the mail.
If any of these sound like you, then trying a maternity subscription is perfect for you.
Here are the perks of any kind of subscription:
- You don’t have to pack your closet with pieces you’ll likely never wear again
- They handle all the laundry and dry cleaning for you (!!!)
- There are styles for every trimester and season, so when you go up a size due to very healthy weight gain, you don’t have to buy new clothes
- It’s really easy to rent special occasion outfits for things like funerals, weddings, baby showers, and special events and then just send them back when you’re done!
- Subscritptions won’t break the bank. It can be more affordable to rent your clothes than buy them
We love Rent the Runway, especially as they’ve ramped up their everyday collections.
If you’re renting for work, this is an especially great option for you, as they offer a wide range of professional maternity styles.
Le Tote is a less expensive rental option, but the clothing is also lower quality. But when you don’t own it, does it matter? Their slogan is “rent maternity fashion from week 4 to 41!” Yes, please!
With Le Tote, we love that you can build your own “tote” (your monthly subscription box) for maternity clothing for as long as you need to, and then you can cancel at any time.
They also have great options for transitioning away from maternity clothes as your body slowly returns to normal after baby comes.
When the baby is here, you’ll be worrying about a host of other things, so why not let Le Tote clothe you?
Don’t worry, though. We’ve got you covered for learning to love and trust your postpartum body!
There are some items you can use throughout your pregnancy that also worked pre-pregnancy–many cardigans, certain exercise leggings, loose nightgowns.
But other items are always a good idea–things you just can’t do without. Here are our must haves, what’s worth splurging on, and what you can skip.
Pajamas are a place where we actually say it’s worth splurging. You want them to hold up through lots of wear and tear, including an expanding and shrinking belly. Our very favorite pajamas come from Kindred Bravely, and they should hold up well through pregnancy and postpartum.
Want to go a cheaper route? We love Ekauer Maternity, but know that you might have to buy more later.
(2) Sleep Bra
When Katy got pregnant, she had no idea what a sleep bra was. Then, early in the first trimester, she started complaining about my inability to sleep because of breast pain. And then her life changed.
A brilliant friend told her about sleeping bras, soft, comfortable bras that you wear to bed that provide just enough support to stop the discomfort.
Get two nice ones so you can switch them out; you won’t regret it.
(3) Support leggings
Maternity leggings are essential, and honestly, should even be a splurge. Why leggings, you ask?
Well, three reasons:
- Maternity tops usually cover them
No matter what side of the aisle you’re on as to whether leggings count as pants (we’re pro-leggings, by the way), it doesn’t so much matter when you’re pregnant. Most maternity tops are long enough for leggings to work with them.
So when you wonder when to splurge and when to save, this is where you splurge.
Maternity bras are definitely a splurge-worthy item, but we recommend waiting as long as possible to buy them so you don’t have to size up a second time.
Once you start spilling out of your current cups, it’s time to transition to maternity bras. As always, we suggest using bras that transition well to postpartum.
What You Don’t Need
If you’re pregnant during winter, then you may want to buy a warm coat that will fit. But you don’t need special cardigans to layer, pregnancy vests, etc. Those things can just be left open at the front and worn with basic maternity tops.
And while you need some good, versatile maternity tops (especially tanks, tees, and long-sleeved tees), they don’t need to be expensive. Unless you’re snagging a support tank (100% worth the splurge), these basic mix-and-match items are the perfect places to buy cheap and save some money!
Maternity Clothes Galore!
We realize that this overview of inexpensive maternity clothes might look a little overwhelming at first, but it’s actually designed to help you easily build a maternity wardrobe that’s cheap and customizable.
Combine it with our article on building a maternity capsule wardrobe, and you’ll be adorably in budget with no problems!
Make sure you have a little fun with it and choose things that represent your personal style. The possibilities are endless!
What inexpensive maternity clothes would YOU add to your maternity wardrobe?
Affordable Maternity Clothes FAQ
From your local thrift store, consignment store, or Goodwill, there’s no shortage of places to find affordable maternity clothes. For large retailers, we love Target and Old Navy. Want to shop smaller? Check out PinkBlush and Roolee.
We recommend waiting until your pre-maternity clothes don’t fit with the hair-tie trick. That’ll help you buy for the right season and save by purchasing fewer clothes for fewer sizes. Generally, this happens between 14 and 18 weeks, but varies by individual.
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Sarah Creel, PhD, is the editor of Undefining Motherhood, and Director of the Research Communication Certificate in the Graduate School at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sarah loves to be with her family (including eight nieces and nephews!), friends, boyfriend, and animals (she has two cats and one weird dog. Wait, who is she kidding? They are all weird). At Undefining Motherhood, Sarah brings new perspectives by shedding light on nontraditional ways of being a mother.