Although I don’t want to find out the gender of our little one until the day he or she is born, I have a suspicious feeling there’s a girl in there. Around the two month mark of my pregnancy I found myself obsessed with shopping for clothes. So far I’ve avoided the maternity departments, because let’s face it I don’t want to purchase a bunch of items I can only wear for a couple of months.
On my first few outings I purchased a bunch of summer dresses with empire waists and lots of room to move. They are all cotton, loose and flowing so I’ll be able to wear them for quite a long time. I don’t like the feeling of wearing things around my mid-section so these dresses are just perfect for me.
They aren’t exactly work appropriate, because they are a bit shorter than I would typically wear to the office, so I bought leggings from the Gap to wear under them. I purchased maternity leggings which are unbelievably soft and ride extremely low, (well past the waist), so I find them undeniably comfortable. The leggings can definitely be worn after the baby arrives, I’ve been wearing them since I was just two months pregnant. I pair the dresses and leggings with short sleeved sweaters that keep me warmer in the office, (the air conditioning is always running high), and make my outfits look a little more work appropriate.
I bought all of my dresses at Marshalls, Macy’s and Belk and matched coupons and sales for all of them. I bought the leggings from Gap with a 35% coupon code and spent more than $50 so I could receive free shipping. I also found a pair on eBay that arrived in perfect condition… new with tags.
I turned to the Internet in search of pants for work but I simply couldn’t find a comfortable pair. I tried six different pairs and three different orders from the Gap before giving up. Luckily summer is arriving so it’s more dress, skirt and shorts weather anyway.
Maternity stores are disappearing these days and honestly I think it’s because more and more of your every day styles look like maternity wear. I purchased a number of shirts from Marshalls that are roomy enough to fit a fair sized belly.
I recently found out that Ross carries maternity clothes in some of their stores. While they aren’t the best looking items they will do in a pinch. I found maternity capris for around $13.99 each.
Another hint, check out the swimsuit department at discount stores. The cover ups in these departments are often quite billowy and roomy.
So far I’ve only purchased one or two items I won’t want to wear after the baby is born and I’m hopeful this trend will continue. Each time I pick up an item I consider whether or not I can wear it before and after the baby is born. I don’t want to look in my closet a few months from now and find nothing but maternity shirts and pants.