This might be a stretch for most busy expectant moms, but if you know how to sew, put those skills to use by making maternity clothes to adorn your gorgeous belly. Chances are you’ll be spending more time in nesting mode anyway, and sewing your own clothes will give you one-of-a-kind, custom-fit maternity wear.
Women looking for impressive outfit rotation or special occasion attire without commitment may want to consider leasing maternity clothes. Susan Weir, owner and founder of Professional Expectations, a store that leases maternity clothes, caters to “women needing tailored, professional clothing.” Leasing your maternity wardrobe allows you to pick outfits you like and keep them only until your lease expires. At that time, you can turn the clothes back in for new pieces, assuring a flattering fit throughout your pregnancy. This is not a cost-effective option for the casual business set, but if you are in an environment with a strict dress code, leasing is a way to look great and save time, without a long-term investment. The store also offers short-term leases for special occasion attire. (Visit maternityleasing.com for more information.)
OK, so you’ve read all of the above, but you still want to take the traditional route and hit stores with brand new clothes and friendly return policies. You’re in luck. These days, discount stores such as Target, H&M, Old Navy, and Kmart carry great maternity clothes at great prices. Even shops such as Motherhood Maternity have basic items like jeans and tops at very reasonable prices. And if you see a fabulous sale, it never hurts to try on regular clothes in larger sizes; you might luck out and find a super deal that will leave you looking super chic!