Most women decide to buy maternity clothes only for the last trimester so spending a lot of money for refreshing your entire wardrobe may seem a little overwhelming. Instead, you can try some efficient tricks to build a maternity wardrobe without going over budget, while ensuring you stay stylish and comfortable throughout.
Renowned brands like Old Navy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, H&M etc. stock maternity outfits in appropriate fabrics and sizes. You can check out the mobile app, webpage or desktop site to shop at their online stores and use saving hacks to benefit from discounts.You can also use Old Navy coupons to claim up to $30 savings on orders worth $100+ and get extra 40% off on sale priced items.
Here are some interesting tips to build a maternity wardrobe without blowing your budget:
- Start with staple pieces
Before revamping your entire closet, pick items like support belt or seamless belly band, waistband extender and wardrobe staples like leggings, layered tank tops, well-fitting denims to get through the initial days with style and added comfort. Old Navy clearance sale offers up to 75% off on all apparel.
Depending on your professional or personal lifestyle, daily schedule and workout routine, buy more corporate apparel or athleisure wear. Side-panel jeans with ruched tees, bodycon tank dress or side-ruched dress and a maternity/nursing cross over shirt and poncho or transitional pieces like plus-sized clothes are less expensive than maternity wear.
- Create a capsule closet
Curate a selection of timeless essential pieces that can be used to mix and match outfits or create a versatile (casual to formal) attire. Sort work, weekend and workout clothes and ensure you have at least one version of every outfit in your wardrobe.
Repurpose loose tees, oversized trousers, maxi and empire waist dresses, stretchy skirts in your own wardrobe and set them aside. To add extra comfort, you can use extenders for bra, buttons and pants without actually buying new clothes in larger size. Shop at Nordstrom anniversary sale and get up to 60% off on clothing, jewelry, footwear etc.
- Stock essentials and favorites
Tees, tank tops, leggings, loose or stretchy tunic shirts are inexpensive so you can buy them without feeling guilty. Also pick loose flowy shirts, pants, skirts and A-line dresses that can be used even later. Macy’s sitewide saving deal gives you an opportunity to claim up to 60% discount on clothing, jewelry and bags.
Splurge only on classic pieces that give you a desired style or silhouette and invest in a good pair of maternity jeans or leggings made with breathable seamless fabrics that give you a full coverage and help you stay comfortable for long.
- Go neutral
Black, white, ivory, beige, gray shades and pastels can help you mix and match outfits easily. You can also pick a color palette to not worry about coordinating ensembles. For instance, a basic black dress can be worn with any accessory, a black pant can be a neutral base color to match any top/tee. Shop at Old Navy ‘Everyday magic deal’ to get denims, shorts and more from $6 onwards.
Avoid form-fitting dresses, bold patterns and rather look for jersey wrap dress made with stretchy fabrics, empire lined tops, sweatshirts made with cotton knit fabric, asymmetric hemlines, tie-backs, shirt over cami or shirt dresses made from soft airy linen and cool stretch denims.
Ultra-comfortable sweatpants, sweatshirts, tees or tank tops paired with leggings are must-haves. They can be used to lounge around the house or styled up to suit your WFH (work-from-home) look. If you plan to workout, wearing yoga pants, crossover panel leggings or stretchy athletic pants are suitable.
For more relaxed wear or cozy nap times, you can opt for jammies, loose-fitting sleep shorts or pants, printed pajama sets, wide-leg lounge pants with tank top and belted kimono, pullover nightgown, robe cami and pants set. H&M summer sale offers up to 50% off on clothing, personal care items and other featured categories.
- Accessorize mindfully
In addition to intimate wear, you can buy some light pieces of jewelry, delicate scarves and layer tank tops, tees, jeans and other outfits with wool-blend sweaters, button-downs, large size flannels, open-front cardigans and striped lightweight jackets. To support your back and maintain proper posture, you can wear function well-cinched maternity belts that are made from breathable fabrics.
Also ensure to switch high-heeled shoes for comfy sneakers, joggers, ballet flats, shoes with wide chunky heels, slip-ons and flat boots. Shop for Nike or New Balance shoes from Kohl’s to claim 25% off.
- Borrow or rent
You can exchange blazers, coats or office jackets with your friends for important days, and rent designer clothing from amazing sites like Rent the Runway. Rental outfits for weddings, galas, soirees, weekend getaways are available with monthly plans or other memberships.
You can constantly refresh your style with recirculated clothes and not worry about blowing your budget. Shop at consignment and thrift stores like thredUP to find almost-new outfits at great prices. For instance, you can get maternity clothing, shoes, handbags and more to avail up to 90% off on retail price.
- Budgeting strategy
Set a budget to decide on how you can get several stylish and comfortable outfits at affordable rates. Also think about the climate for the following months and plan if you need to save some extra bucks to buy a winter coat or a bathing suit for your next beach trip.
Look at retailers offering discounts on renowned brands and special maternity clothes online. You can sign up for newsletters, membership cards or use specific store cards etc. to shop within your budget and redeem additional savings. Old Navy members can redeem a flat 25% discount with free shipping.
Now you can rock your maternity outfits without worrying about the price tag. Shop at sales, use coupons, promotional codes, browser extensions or sign up for email fan list and loyalty programs to stay updated about exclusive discounts and redeem incredible savings on app/website and in-store purchases.