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15/01/2013 at 10:57
I'm 11 + 5 today and I seriously need to start think about getting some maternity clothes after my scan next week, so I want to be prepared with a list of essentials. I have a tendency towards being a bit of a shopaholic, so if I can have a list of what I really need and things that I can get away without, my bank balance will thank me!
I'm a solicitor, so need smart clothes by day, although if I'm not seeing clients, I can be a bit more casual. Today I'm wearing a pair of smart trousers in my pre-wedding weight loss size and I've had to unbutton them already! Outside of work, anything goes really.
So, can anyone give me any tips of essentials, things you didn't really need, or tips to make my regular clothes last me a bit longer (today's trousers have a funny type of fastening so I can't use the hair bobble trick!)?
15/01/2013 at 11:02
I don't know what work clothes you'll need, but for everyday wear iv got 2 pairs of elasticated waist mat jeans from new look, 4 maternity tshirts to wear with jeans, a comfy pair of joggers for the house, 2 mat vests and a nice going out mat sheer long sleeved top. All new look now I think about it! Oh and some mat pjs which are great the bigger your bump gets, and also have nursing straps for if you feed
15/01/2013 at 11:07
first of all, don't bother going to your local shopping centre, or even a larger out of town one. so few shops stock maternity clothes! i live on the doorstep of bluewater, and only topshop, h&m and mothercare have them there. make internet shopping your friend.
i am a fan of jersey dresses - wearing a LBD from h&m today. they stretch and grow with you, and don't need ironing
i am a fan of isabella oliver, though only when they do discount codes. their tops wash *really* well and really last - i have two of their wrap around tops. only thing i will say is that undoing them and redoing them up every time you go to the loo is a bit of a pain, but they are comfy and last. i also rate H&M, new look (MASSIVE range), asos for casual wear.
tbh, it's mostly trial and error - i like some trousers in over the bump, however prefer under the bump jeans (with an elasticated waistband, not the adjustable buttons).
if you want to make pre pregnancy tops last longer, get a bump band. i've never bothered though as i'm pretty short, so most tops are already quite long in the body for me. i've also managed to buy a few things in a size too big and they are doing me ok too.
get onto ebay - lots of maternity clothes bundles on there.
don't bother buying maternity bras - if you want to wear a non-underwired bra (they *are* comfier, but don't do your t1ts any justice....), just get a nursing bra (if that's what you intend on doing).
and you've obviously mentioned the hair bobble trick - that lasted me til about 14wks. i then gave up and handed myself over to elasticated waistbands
15/01/2013 at 11:22
Have you heard of bump bands? They are good for making normal clothes last. In fact, if your boobs don't grow completely massive, you can continue with your normal tops and bump band for ages. I'm 22 weeks and still wearing my normal leggings and dresses combo - some of the dresses are a bit shorter because of my bump (some I've turned more into tops!) but due to the stretchy fabric they still fit. Not really an option for you work wise though!
I have bought quite a lot as I need a mix of casual and smartish for work, as I'm a youth worker so can either be in a meeting or at a theme park! I haven't had the issue of needing suits though, guess that will make things pricier. I have also quite enjoyed the excuse to buy myself a new wardrobe
Almost every single thing I've bought though has been in the sale, so I haven't gone mad. Shops I've found good - including online are, Gap, Matalan, H&M, New Look, Next and Red Herring at Debenhams.
15/01/2013 at 11:24
Oh yes asos is good and have a sale on now! And a tights tip - buy in the next size up instead of maternity while you can, so much cheaper doing it this way. I have now bought one pair of mat tights, but normal Tesco ones in XL are still working well for me!
Thanks ladies. My BIL's girlfriend has just said she'll dig out her maternity clothes to see if there's anything I can borrow which would be fab as we are the same top size, although she has a much smaller bottom than I do!
I already have a bump band which I bought in the Matalan sale, but haven't used it yet. I'm tall so will probably see the need for it soon.
Interesting to know that Bluewater doesn't have much choice. I live in a small town and it's only Matalan that has a (tiny) maternity range, so I was planning a trip to Swansea with my sister (who's also in the same boat as me!) in February. Perhaps I'll just buy shoes!
I think a pair of smart work trousers are the most important thing at the moment so will go online and see what I can find.
I also have to be smart for work and would echo a lot of what Bluewater said.
Since bump has grown I have lived in dresses and suit jackets. H&M has been fab - am also wearing a LBD from there today, perhaps the same one as BW?! I have also brought a couple of shift dresses from there which are made for the growing bump! Wrap dresses are also a smart work alternative.
Topshop is good for casual, especially skinny jeans. I haven't bought loads of tops as have made do with a few of the looser ones I already have but vests to go underneath are a must IMO!
Another vote for Isabella Oliver as well. I recently brought a pocho type jumper from there which is perfect to sling over clothes when your jackets no longer start to so up!
15/01/2013 at 11:28
Cross posted with you Lamby. I do have a few work dresses which are knee length which I'll be able to get away with once we've announced it (trying to hide bulging belly at the mo!).
I'm in panto at the moment and I have to wear shine tights on stage so have bought myself a pack of L/XL tights as my usual Ms were digging in!
I love ASOS and I've had a browse at their maternity wear. I will need a few black dresses as I sing in a group and we wear black dresses for gigs, and I don't think my current body cons will do up any more!
15/01/2013 at 11:29
I liked jojo
they still have some stuff in the sale
15/01/2013 at 11:32
Everyone's different but I can't stand underbump stuff. I had next underbump jeans that were fine for the early days but not good with my bump!
I have (all over bump) two pairs of leggings that both wash great, next and h&m.
I have a pair of royal blue skinnies and black joggers, both from h and m.
Maternity tights that I wear with regular dresses ( for now) and about 5 or 6 maternity tops I have 1 maternity jumper and a few long normal jumpers that are still ok.
I didn't bother with maternity underwear just bought bigger pants and have a nursing bra from last time.
I do need a maternity coat as I can't do my buttons up but I'm struggling to find one and I'd love some maternity pjs, I'm still in regular pjs but wear them under bump which as I said I'm not really liking!
I've really loved buying clothes and getting dressed up during pregnancy as I was quite self conscious of my stomach not being flat enough but I can wear what I like now!
this one, ferbs? *such* a bargain!
ETA YES, maternity tights! i have found good ones in h&m - they have 2 packs of black opaque tights which are brill, some sort of fishnets, and some grey cable knit ones.
15/01/2013 at 11:40
Of course, it will be SO much easier Knees once you can breathe out and get back into your comfy dresses! I'd forgotten that stage already and it is awkward!
Libby - I also didn't get on with under the bump. The one pair of jeans I bought kept slipping down, not a good look! Over the bump is soooooooooo comfy, I want to continue to wear way after baby! I have also just bought bigger knickers from Primark and a big nighty and pjs, it seems a bit of a waste to get maternity stuff in those when they can be picked up so cheap in P.
BW and Ferbs - that dress is lovely and what a winner price wise!
Forget I have got one dress from Jojo, which Carole's suggested. I got it in the sale (like most other things!) but do find them a bit overpriced usually.
15/01/2013 at 11:41
Just seen this when browsing from BWs link (naughty BW I don't need to buy anymore!!) Would this be good for work Knees? Very smart and such a bargain.
15/01/2013 at 11:43
I think wrap dresses will be good for me Ferbs. I'm a size or two bigger on the bottom than the top, so I've never been able to wear those lovely smart shift dresses for work. I did buy a maternity blazer in the Next sale but I'm going to take it back as by the time I'll be big enough to justify a maternity blazer, it'll be the middle of summer!
So excited about shopping now!
15/01/2013 at 11:47
Ooh Lamby thats lovely! Luckily I've got a reasonably quiet day today...getting the credit card out now!
15/01/2013 at 11:49
Yep that's the one BW, what good taste in clothes you have!! I also have the dress in Lamby's link (although I paid full price...grrrr...) Both are fab for work, I particularly like the black one though as it's soooo comfy.
15/01/2013 at 11:50
15/01/2013 at 12:34
Really echo what everyone else has said so far. I have recently brought some over bump black trousers from next which are a life saver....previously id been living in leggings!
03/08/2015 at 10:30
You can have maternity maxi. jeans, top, blazer or what other maternity clothing you buy, you must see whether it can be altered after completion of your pregnancy period. Because if you buy costly clothes which will be of no use tommorow than it is mere wastage of your amoung.
Hope this will be helpful to you.
04/08/2015 at 11:15
For this time you should have following clothings:-
Leggings: Should buy 4 and should be dark in color.
Maxidress, Long bank top, unstructured chunky cardigan,shift dress, scarf, wrap dress,fold once yoga pants.
These dresses will be helpful to you
Best of luck
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