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Any maternity clothes advice please??!!

(83 Posts)
Sluggers Sat 20-Apr-13 07:55:44

OK I need some new clothes as mine are getting too tight. I'm only 15 weeks though with my 1st so have pretty non-existent bump.

I need jeans, a couple of work type shirts or tops and a tankini or something for swimming.

I'm not great at buying online - although accept I'll probably have to. But today, I'm off to the shops.

Oh - and I really don't want to spend a fortune.

Any advice, tips, must haves, things to avoid greatly appreciated.

xxx

You won't find much in shops, unless you have a jojo maman bebe, mother care, mamas and papas. Some h&m have some.
Online look at next, shops mentioned above, gap.
DP used to be good, not so much now. M&s hit and miss online.
I got most of my jeans and work trousers from next online, shirt and tops from jojo and mamas and papas. Try to hold off for most of it if you can when they have sales online however next always has a sale section online so worth looking there.
Might be worth looking as asos also, however I bought a shirt and it didn't fit at 30 weeks!!
Good luck!!

Meant to add I got 2 tankini s from m&p and they are fab but pricey.

MissLurkalot Sat 20-Apr-13 08:29:44

Next.com, but you need to set up and account.
Or, go into next, look at the catalogues and you can order items at the till. No account needed, pay cash or card. Only costs something like 50p - £2 to have it delivered to shop a day or two later or to your home.
Bish bosh,
They have everything you're after.

GettingObsessive Sat 20-Apr-13 08:35:28

May I be permitted a small hijack to ask if anyone knows about how Isabella Oliver ans Seraphine sizing comes up? Would prefer not to have to order two of everything if I can avoid it!

I gave up in the shops near me and I'm heading to London in a few weeks. Much easier to actually try things on than dad about ordering and returning things.

abbyfromoz Sat 20-Apr-13 08:37:05

I bought a huge amount of leggings and a-line longer tops...not necessarily 'maternity' wear but i hated spending money unless i could wear it post baby as well.
In hind sight it's nice to embrace your pregnancy style as well so- what other posters said!
Congrats!

Sluggers Sat 20-Apr-13 08:38:43

Thanks. Starting with a big out of town M&P then there's a big Next next to it which someone said had mat stuff.

Other than that - someone said New Look - but I think it has to be a pretty big store?

Wasn't holding out hope for any other shops to be honest! And once I can get an idea what sort of thing fits then online will be easier.

Any thoughts on the types of clothes that get worn most? I guess it's down to personal taste maybe. I'm sick of feeling fat in everything. Maybe that's not a feeling that's going anywhere fast......!! wink

Cavort Sat 20-Apr-13 08:49:12

I find that fitted clothes are much more bump-flattering than baggy ones, which just tend to make you look fat. Empire lines are also good.

I would say when you're just starting to show a couple of bump bands are a must and will keep you in most of your normal stretchy tops for quite a while. I am 30 weeks and still haven't bought many maternity tops as the bump bands do a fab job of bridging the gap.

To the poster asking about Sera phone sizes, I bought an under bump denim skirt in my normal size and it fits well now at 30 weeks and I think it will fit fine until the birth.

MrsPennyapple Sat 20-Apr-13 08:50:00

Peacocks have maternity clothes, some branches have it in stock so you don't have to order it.

Cavort Sat 20-Apr-13 08:50:25

*Seraphine sizes!

dottypyjamas Sat 20-Apr-13 08:54:47

Subject close to my heart!I didn't want to do online shopping as am never in to receive parcels so have done a lot of trawling, if it helps this is what I've found -

I've found quite a bit in New look, but can be frustrating as they seem to have very few sizes - what I have bought from there (zip up hoodies and over bump skinny jeans have lasted pretty well). I've lived in my topshop underbump skinny black jeans as I could get away with them for work too, and they have some nicer tops - I've got one pretty top so if we go out I don't feel like a frump! H&m have stuff in store, there jeans are tiny in my opinion so try on maybe before ordering online. peacocks also do maternity in most stores, not the most exciting stuff but good for.basics.

Other than that, mamas and papas is ok and they sometimes do a 3 for 2 on basic tops which make it more affordable. Mothercare and jojo maman bebe also do clothes but I felt they were a bit boring personally.

Good luck!

I'd start with a pair of maternity skinny jeans - under the bump ones were best for me at the start. Then wear some of your looser tops or buy some of the maternity tops that are just a looser A-line rather than those with pleats etc. I got a top I loved from topshop that was just a big jersey top that I still sometimes wear even though DS is 2 Topshop also do maternity Baxter jeans I think.

The same jackets you usually wear will probably be fine too for a while as it's getting warmer.

Lurking as I'm in the same position! Does seem to be a rubbish range held in shops as I couldn't find any maternity stuff when I was out the other day looking.

BikeRunSki Sat 20-Apr-13 09:05:42

Seraphine sizing is small. You need to size up.

Laquila Sat 20-Apr-13 09:14:21

Also lurking and in same position, considering whether to go to the Trafford Centre today to see what I can find but thinking about it, I don't actually think there'll be that much in store for me to try on.

So far the most successful things I've bought have been the Boden long-sleeved maternity tee (not worn yet but good quality and will be great for later on), and two pairs of linen trousers from Mothercare which were an emergency on-the-way-to-the-airport holiday buy! Have also got some new non-mat leggings from Sainsburys (nice and snug on the legs but v roomy waist) and that's pretty much it. I'd like a couple of bump bands but am wondering whether the New Look/cheaper ones are actually as supportive as the original Trademarked one, or the JojoMamanBebe ones - anyone have any experience there?

2Labradors Sat 20-Apr-13 09:30:20

Laquila let me know if you do go to the Trafford centre, it's not too far from me. I will pop over if there is a good selection.

I'm pretty early days for me but as its #3 and I suffer with IBS my work trousers are starting to be uncomfortably tight near the end of the day. Yesterday, the morning started off tight so I know I need to start getting some maternity clothes in.

I need a short leg too, doubly awkward. Tried Next online & all their jeans in short leg are sold out. I managed to get a pair of black work trousers from peacocks after work yesterday but need my lovely mum to take them up as they're too long. Can't be taking jeans up, what a pain!

Stuck in these too tight work trousers as there's no way I could wear any of my work dresses, my tum looks so big at times and it would be so obvious in a dress! Once we get to 12 weeks and I can tell my colleagues I should be able to though, got quite a few stretchy dresses.

MrsO27 Sat 20-Apr-13 09:36:16

Hello, I bought my first maternity purchases yesterday in mamas and papas. I'm 13 weeks with first baby, but jeans are getting tight and I too feel fat in everything. By pure fluke when i went in they had a flash sale on from 1130 to 230pm with 30% off all maternity clothes! Got a dress for work and 2 pairs of nice quality jeggings. They had a nice range. The assistant said to sign up for their newsletter online to get told of future sales/events and get a £5 voucher smile

Isabella Oliver sizes are huge.... really huge. I never did grow into the jeans I bought. Size down.

Phineyj Sat 20-Apr-13 09:39:11

I found Seraphine sizing quite normal -- the same as Marks & Spencer's in my experience. Their stuff is also excellent quality and lasts for ages (I'm still wearing some of it as it doesn't scream 'maternity' the way some British stuff does), however, their 'over the bump' jeans were useless as the material was not elastic-y enough to keep them up -- I had to get my Mum to do an emergency repair!

Phineyj Sat 20-Apr-13 09:40:04

I liked Emma Jane a lot as a maternity brand - got knickers, bras and PJs from them from various sites -- from memory, FigLeaves for the underwear and NCT online for the PJs.

Cavort Sat 20-Apr-13 09:41:14

Laq I just got a cheap multipack of bump bands from New Look which have been fine. I haven't really felt like I need support yet though, just something to cover my midriff when wearing non-maternity tops.

New Look do a decent range of mat jeans and trousers in 28 and 30 leg for those of us who are vertically challenged wink

I found H&M best. Where in the country are you?
Also, what size are you I have a tankini I was going to sell on eBay

Laquila Sat 20-Apr-13 09:53:05

Willco, 2Labs

MrsO27 that was lucky - well done!

Cavort - tbh, I don't feel like I need too much support yet either - I just have a feeling that pretty soon I'm going to wake up one morning and feel like I need to employ someone to carry my stomach around for me...;) (any takers? No? Suit yourselves...)

FWIW, I tried on some Next mat jeans the other day (with the stretchy band, so are these technically overbump?) in my usual pre-preg size, and they were absolutely ginormous, so if you're ordering from them online it might be worth sizing down, or getting two pairs to try.

jimblejambles Sat 20-Apr-13 10:03:07

I found h&m clothes are the best and next are good for jeans.
Primark have maternity jeans not sure what they are like but I bought a lot if tshirts from there because they stretch smile

abbyfromoz Sat 20-Apr-13 10:07:54

Oh just remembered i bought a couple of really nice stretchy dresses from asos maternity. That cotton stretch fabric. The length was good with half sleeves so i wore them a lot for work. grin

Sluggers Sat 20-Apr-13 10:10:47

This is all really helpful thanks! I'm in Cardiff by the way.

I just tried on some clothes my sister gave me, but unfortunately she's 2 sizes bigger & a few inches shorter so the trousers are never going to fit! Made me realise though that it's way too early for jeans with bump bands or the tops with the elastic down the side so good advice thanks - jeans with a stretchy waste band and A-line tops would be best.

I'm going to have to persuade the OH to go into town I think (I've promised out of town only!!) but it sounds like New Look & H&M might be a good bet at the minute. Cheaper too hopefully - I'm only going to have to buy more in a few weeks.

Fatima - I'm a 10. Or I was! I've eaten non stop for 3 months & haven't been able to do as much exercise!! Maybe it isn't a baby bump after all - I think that's part of my clothes angst to be honest. I still don't believe that bump is baby not food!! My boobs have ballooned also.

mildred37 Sat 20-Apr-13 10:21:28

I got a lot of my workwear from eBay! A lot of decent tops on there for a fraction of the price in the shops. I think I've had around 14-15 items from there and only 1 was poor quality.

I bought sone stretchy tops smart enough for work/fine with jesns with a jacket from next for dd, still looking good now wearing for dc3 from Next. Bought lots of tops from New Look this time (size smaller) very cheap, some 3 packs of tops 14.99 etc literally holes/falling to pieces now at 40+4 but don't mind for that price! Their jeans have been fantastic though and only bought one pair 16.99 only just stopped wearing them and they don't fall down! Mummy and Little Me great for bargins and underwear.

Forgot to say fab winter cost from h and m and fab leggings from there too

Trafford centre was rubbish in march when I went there mothercare has closed too. I was surprised how little Oxford street had also.

I'm a 10 too. I recommend the Mama Jeans from H&M, I got a 12 in those, they didn't go baggy and lose their shape. They also have belt hoops so you can wear a belt when your bump is a bit smaller so they don't fall down. They're £30 and I sold them on ebay last week and got a descent price back so not bad for a few months wear.
Most H&Ms i've been in stock maternity but it's in their kids section.

I ended up wearing normal vest tops in a size bigger. ASOS have some nice dresses if you have any parties or weddings coming up

I'll check what size my tankini is

NumTumDeDum Sat 20-Apr-13 10:49:44

If you are going to buy new, but goid quality - you won't be in them that long but good quality maternity wear resells very well on ebay. Avoid Peacocks and Matalan the quality is terrible and they wash badly. New look is reasonably priced but pick and choose carefully, some bits better made than others. You could also try La Redoute online and if you have any special occasions try Tiffany Rose. I bought a lovely JoJo Maman Bebe dress for a wedding from ebay - they were still selling it new in the shop and I got my money back selling it on again.

NumTumDeDum Sat 20-Apr-13 10:51:09

*buy good quality. Sorry fat finger iphone syndrome.

Astr0naut Sat 20-Apr-13 11:00:40

I did Asda and ebay. You're lucky, I found being pregnant over the summer much easier than the second time when I headed into winter.

First pregnancy I had:
2 skirts
1 pair black trousers
1 white shirt
2 pairs jeans/trousers

I bought T shirts a size bigger (I'm a tall 12) and summer dresses which had a tie under the boob, in that sort of crinckly stuff, so they'd stretch. In fact, any dresses which can be tied under teh boobs and have a bit of give.

I have maternity stuff here I can't be arsed to ebay, but it's size 12!

lozster Sat 20-Apr-13 11:01:59

For anyone near Chester there is a New Look, Jo-Jo, H&M and Debenhams that stock maternity. I did a smash and grab from the first three then supplemented with some vests from primark two sizes up and some cargo pants and bra from mothercare (blooming marvellous).

elliejjtiny Sat 20-Apr-13 11:04:30

It depends what shape you are. I've been wearing non maternity stretchy dresses with leggings underneath as nothing else seems to fit at the moment. Plus a vest top underneath because my boobs haven't expanded as much as my tummy and may escape from a dress that is 3 sizes bigger than I normally wear.

csmm Sat 20-Apr-13 11:10:06

Jo-Jo Maman have a sale this weekend so might be worth a look. Also Vertbaudet online (though they keep sending you crap through the post even if you click the button 'Don't contact me under any circumstances). If you look under the 'Clearance' section on the Next website you get some pretty good bargains - I got pair of smart chinos for a £5 instead of £25 and a decent swimsuit for around £10

Monka Sat 20-Apr-13 12:07:14

Debenhams have a red herring maternity range which is okay. I bought two pairs of skinny jeans, 3 tshirts and a pretty red dress from their range. Think they might still be doing 20 per cent off as well. I got other stuff from next.

Excited85 Sat 20-Apr-13 12:29:18

I'm the same, 14 weeks and although just look bloated everything feels quite tight. Just bought first pair maternity jeans from topshop today, Baxter skinny jeans should have been 40 but scanned at just 15 quid :-) no idea why but might be worth a look if you're out and about!!

mrspaddy Sat 20-Apr-13 12:51:31

Hi I am twenty one weeks and this is what I got:

Invested in a black wrap dress from Crave Maternity online. Really flattering and will be useful after as a nursing dress, mat tights
(Wore to wedding last Sat wearing to theatre tonight)
Black jersey smart maternity coat- Next plus another looser sports one not maternity
Two pairs black underbump trousers and one navy linen - New Look - very cheap. Petite length. One pair tracksuit bottoms.
One pair navy bootcut jeans - also New Look
One black maternity maxi New Look (don't really like this)
Five work shirts H&M/JOJO mama my mum changed the buttons on the white blouse to vintage ones: really love it now
Few casual t-shirts - ASOS
Mix and match all these with boyfriend cardigans/scarves and jewellery I already had.
Hope to get a skirt and get some use out of current maxi dresses.
I have one pair PJs JOJO and ordering another from Hotmilk
2 maternity bras - Debenhams and multipacks black lace knickers JOJO
Gosh when I look I have a lot but honestly I feel it is an investment. Really feel I have something to put on everyday and it has been worth it. Also first baby so hope to mind/wear again (fingers crossed someday)

Lydia161290 Sat 20-Apr-13 13:34:22

I wouldn't even bother going into New Look! Went into the big store today and they had the tiniest section on maternity clothes and all the jeans were 16 +

Sluggers Sat 20-Apr-13 15:47:24

I'm back... M&Ps wasn't awful. I cried in the changing room. Ha! Need to be a lot bigger before I go back I think!

Tankinis were a total disaster - there's no support for my boobs in the maternity ones - I need underwire & lift!! No idea what I'm going to do about that but having a rethink!

New Look had quite a lot - work trousers, jeans etc although the sizes were pretty limited in store.

Gave me the confidence to shop online now though - I know what size I am, know I need under bump until I'm bigger etc.

Best buy - a pair of tracksuit bottoms which I probably won't ever take off smile

Now for an afternoon on the Internet.

Ooh, one final thing - do maternity clothes class as baby things? I resent paying for them & am thinking they should come out of the baby fund winkwinkwink

I know some people wear a sports bra under their maternity tankini/costume you could try that?

PurplePoppySeed Sat 20-Apr-13 16:21:37

I have an Isabel Oliver top in my normal size and it's fine. I've also gone for new look trousers (work, skinny jeans and cropped jeans). Have just been to jojomamanbebe and tried on their denim shorts-so comfortable and were the right size!

Otherwise, I'm 19 weeks and still mainly in leggings from white stuff and tunics from fat face/white stuff etc, all still comfy at the moment!

tequilacream Sat 20-Apr-13 16:28:45

Love my preggy GAP narrow band jeans and h&m tops. Am also wearing a size up (now approaching two sizes up at 26 weeks) skirts from m&s. Also great dresses jersey from next and m&s (outlets). Other tops, just buy ones that are cut off under bust and loose below. Great evening dress from asos as well.

eBay have lots of bundles.

H&M is great, as is topshop. With topshop I ordered two sizes and returned things to my local shop. I loved their stuff.

I used a belly band on a pair of normal stretchy boyfriend jeans until I was 7 months. Maternity leggings will be your friend near the end and I never found a pair of maternity tights that worked <remembers the shame of last pregnancy when friends and DH were required on more than one occasion to get them on>

Enjoy and congratulations.

BTW, i think it is worth spending money on your clothes - you'll be wearing some of them after the baby is born - and, my experience with my first was, not having a choice of nice clothing, contributed to me feeling bad about myself and image towards the end.

Hopefully you are not as shallow as I am wink

Laquila Sat 20-Apr-13 18:27:32

Hi all, just back from Mothercare - bought two pairs of v comfy leggings and one paid of overbump skinny jeans. Wasn't that impressed with the bump bands they had in (fabric quite thin, and they only had black and white - I want navy and grey!) so I think I'll order online from Topshop - heard good reports of theirs.

Then to Mamas and Papas factory shop, which was disappointing - not much clothing and what they did have was not very appealing. Might be better for those looking for work clothes, and for more formal stuff.

DontmindifIdo Sat 20-Apr-13 18:34:56

I often find a lot of woman try to go 'as long as possible' in normal clothes, but the thing is, you'll stretch a lot of stuff and end up having to buy the maternity stuff towards the end anyway, so you might as well get your money's worth and buy them now.

Boden maternity jeans are good. As as Mamas and Papas, but only on-line - just order and return, far easier.

top shop are good, again, order on line.

Miggs28 Sat 20-Apr-13 21:10:44

My best buy has been mothercare over bump skinny jeans - have been living in them!

I have also found primark vests have been a godsend, they are longer in the body than alot of vests so have been perfect for covering my bump - still wearing them at 34 weeks. Plus a bargain price at £2 each compared to the £15 each I paid for 2 gap maternity vests which are really uncomfy!

snickersnacker Sun 21-Apr-13 08:53:36

Please can anyone help me find out which, if any, London H&M branches stock maternity? Their website store locator indicates that it's none of them but I really want to try some jeans on before ordering...

Meringue33 Sun 21-Apr-13 09:00:53

I found New Look best as cheap and contemporary looking. Lots of Mothercare stuff is very frumpy (obsessed with sailor stripes). Elasticated skinny jeans are great post preg too. If you are planning on bf you may wish to invest in clothes that double up as nursing tops, ditto bras.

Don't underestimate how large you may grow! I sent back a lovely Seraphine coat as it was far too big for me at 20 weeks. Got the next size down... By the time I gave birth every button had popped off!

fibrecruncher Sun 21-Apr-13 10:52:05

Hi snickersnacker. I know the wimbledon H&M branch has an ok range of maternity stuff. Got some leggings, tights and joggers in there and really like them all.

I've just been to mothercare and they have some lovely summer tops and dresses in

Teatimecakes Sun 21-Apr-13 19:26:12

I got loads of really good quality stuff on eBay. I invested in a few versatile new bits from next and mama jojo bebe. I was pg thru summer and I found new look great for summery bargains!

CocktailSausage Mon 22-Apr-13 00:04:05

Snickersnacker the H & M branch on Regent St stocks maternity wear smile

megarobotdiscoparty Mon 22-Apr-13 06:45:00

Best things I've found are stretchy waistband skirts and vests from Primark - no spending guilt and still fitting and looking good at 36 weeks. Everything else I've stuck to proper maternity wear as agree with others can often make you feel bigger. M&P sales and eBay (avoid trial and error by working out what size you are in a certain brand first- varies massively - at one point I was a 10 in Next mat trousers and a 16 in H&M).

Have also invested in some maternity dungarees which I'd dreamed about (I know I know) wearing pre-pregnancy and are the comfiest things ever. Having a massive comeback this season so I found were selling for even more on ebay than new! Got mine off Amazon in the end and they're ace.

A friend advised me last night to get a bump band as maternity trousers would probably fall down since I've not got a big bump!

Ordered one so will try that before buying any clothes

kd83 Tue 23-Apr-13 09:57:17

this is a great post, I'm also 15 weeks and just starting to grow out of my regular clothes although more frump than bump at the moment. I've done a lot of internet trawling and I think I'm going to try topshop for jeans and also mothercare. i just got a denim shirt dress in the next clearance section for a steal and its great, so going to keep looking there, but i don't really like the look of any of their trousers.

I'm keeping an eye on this thread for other useful suggestions, thanks ladies.

Pusspuss1 Tue 23-Apr-13 15:44:00

I've got some quite useful tshirts from H&M (the one on Regent St carries the maternity range, if you're going to be in London). They do a pair of vest tops in black and white which are proving really useful, flattering and fitted, and will go under most non-maternity tops so I can use them for a bit longer.

I've also had two pairs of jeans from Seraphine, which are brilliant, and a few of their tops, which are ok. I just bought my normal size and they fit very well. Loving the navy blue skinnies in particular.

Franykins Wed 24-Apr-13 10:59:35

I am only 8 weeks so really shouldn't need mat wear yet but my jeans are just so uncomfy sad I can still get them on and do them up but by the end of the day I feel so bloated and need to undo them when sat at my desk! I decided to just get a pair of mat jeans as the rest of my clothes are fine still. I got them in H&M and love them! They are over the bump ones so a bit big but I'll grow into them and just tuck the band it no my bra haha. The legs are such a good fit and better than any skinny jeans I have ever had apart from one pair. Admittedly I am a bit over weight round my belly but have always had thin legs so that maybe the problem with normal jeans! I did have a good look at the H&M stuff and thought it all looked nice (also got a maxi dress in their mat sale for £5 ready for the warmer weather when I will be bigger thought it was silly not too wink )

kd83 Thu 25-Apr-13 19:44:03

Just got two great pairs of maternity jeans and the worlds best invention the belly band in topshop at westfields Stratford. Didn't get them for £15 unfortunately but they were definitely a good investment and will last me a good while as well as post preg for a bit too.

Highly recommend.

mummymacaroni Sun 12-May-13 18:44:09

agree with kd83! I bought a couple of skinny maternity jeans from Topshop and although they were £38 each, I'm so glad I have bought them as I just alternate between the two so I'm definitely getting value out of them!

I've written about my maternity purchases - www.mummymacaroni.co.uk/pregnancy/stylish-maternity-clothes-from-the-high-street/ as I wasn't keen to buy maternity clothes at first but so glad I did smile

Heather55 Wed 22-May-13 08:45:30

A friend recommended Morph maternity to me recently. So I decided to give it a try and believe me, their maternity wear is fantastic! The stretchy fabric accommodates the growing belly and is extremely comfortable.They are affordable too,i got them online.Their tops have discreet openings for nursing,really pretty.

Myneaux Wed 22-May-13 14:42:47

Am currently 22 weeks with DC2....best places are New look and H&M. Gap stuff is nice but pricier.

My best buys this time have been 2 pairs of skinny overbump jeans from New Look )only £15.99!) and Mothercare. Both were true to size in a 10 but I did have to have them taken up.

I am struggling with vests as the non maternity ones arent long enough to cover the big elastic panel on the jeans (I think I have quite a long body and bump is all at the front which doesn help). However, a couple of basic T shirts from H&M with normal colourful cardigans have been great.

I bought a black wrap dress from Red Herring which has been excellent for work and very comfy...looks a bit Isabelle Oliver but got it in the sale for £20.

I have also just bought a stretchy tube maxi dress from asos in navy.....looks really flattering with statement necklace and cropped denim jacket. When I am 30+ weeks in August I think this will be the 'go to' outfit for coolness and comfort.

From past experience I wouldnt recommend buying too much non maternity in a size up because you think you will wear it afterwards. In truth I found the last thing i wanted to wear afterwards was anything that I associated with pregnancy or that made me look pregnant. I found within about 6 weeks I was back into my pre pregnancy clothes (well some of them at least!) so it wouldnt have been much of an investment.

vkinski Wed 22-May-13 15:44:35

Anyone came across maternity trousers for us taller ladies? I'm 5'11 and dreading having to go out and find longer length maternity trousers. I am guessing it is probably going to be leggings and dresses for me as I struggle to get decent length normal trousers, nevermind in a mat range!

drawohamme Wed 22-May-13 18:00:42

If you want something a wee bit trendier and nice and cheap, try monki.com. They are H&M owned and although they don't do maternity per say, if you need cool tops and dresses to go with mat skinnies and leggings you could do far worse. I've had lots of nice compliments and Ive barely spent anything smile

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marylee Thu 27-Jun-13 12:59:35

I think you should follow some apparels store specifically for maternity dresses like - CherishMaternity.
Here you'll find all the maternity dresses, night wears.

nancerama Thu 27-Jun-13 13:13:33

Sign up to the Isabella Oliver mailing list. They have flash sales and 50% off days from time to time. I bought stuff from there when it was cheap. When I had no u for the maternity clothes any Korea I resold them on eBay for way more than I'd paid originally. I just listed as "rare colour" instead of last season!

Boosiehs Thu 27-Jun-13 13:15:06

new Look has been best for me. T shirt dresses for work with a cardi have been great.

jeans too - although they do come up big.

I got skinny jeans from Primark a few weeks ago and they are great - V LONG and a bit on the big side. Never mind they were cheap!

Vests from Mothercare are long - and have nursing clasps for after the baby is born.

Oh and nicked a load of my sister's clothes - thank god she had the sprogs first! they are from Mamas & P, and Mothercare.

Oh and I got a couple of Isabella Oliver dresses in the Cocosa sale. V cheap but they do come up v big.

kd83 Thu 27-Jun-13 14:08:18

I have also recently found Asos to be quite good. Their bodycon dresses are great and offer a little bump support as well.

I still stand by the bump band. i'm now 25 weeks and still wearing my normal jeans just undone with a bump band over the top.

u32ng Sun 30-Jun-13 07:44:50

Spend more money on things if you can! 9 months is a long time!

My recommendations:
H&M over bump straight leg jeans - so flattering & comfy.
Jojo maman wrap top - seriously worth every penny & can be used afterwards too. Wish I'd got 2!
eBay - I got 2 pairs of Seraphine jeans each for less than £15 & they're about £60! Go to the website to see what size you'd be & then go ebaying.
Fat Face - because the style of some of their tops are 'smock-y' and roomy I bought my usual 10 when I was about where you are now & it saw me through to the end & after. I was all bump though & fairly neat so I suppose it depends on how you're growing.
Primark - I bought nighties for labour for about £4 each which were actually very nice but the price meant I didn't feel precious when 1 got binned afterwards. If I'd bought them earlier I could've got the use of them for sleeping prior to labour.

Don't bother with:
Button waistband extender thingies - I only used mine a few times when I went for a week's hillwalking holiday at about 16 weeks & needed to fit into my walking trousers rather than buy another expensive pair!

u32ng Sun 30-Jun-13 07:46:04

Oops! Meant to mention Topshop maternity as well. I got a fab dress there for Christmas.

u32ng Sun 30-Jun-13 07:49:40

Oh! AND h&m maternity vest tops were brilliant as they were cheap, nice & long so no chance of bump peek-a-boo. I was quite sad to pack them away too.

Sorry for the additional posts - post-baby brain just catching up!

PrincessOfChina Sun 30-Jun-13 08:02:38

Topshop was pretty much the only place I liked the maternity wear when I was pregnant. I had a couple of pairs of work trousers from there, and two pairs of Baxter jeans which were under bump and fab. I mainly wore those with normal tops sized up or vests and cardigans. I also wore a lot of dresses and leggings.

I am always amazed why the makers of high street maternity clothes assume that pregnant women a) like the style of clothes their mother would wear, b) don't work and therefore wear horrid combat trousers and appliqué tops and c) like to pay over the odds for said horrid clothes.

Msgilbertblythe Sun 30-Jun-13 08:26:24

Waist high leggings from American Apparel are nothing short of amazing. Comfy, light and they never ever fall down... My best maternity buy so far.

Quodlibet Sun 30-Jun-13 19:11:50

Cos sale is on at the moment and there's LOADS in there that functions as maternity wear without looking like maternity wear - none of their clothes have a waist!

Haven't read whole thread so my suggestions might have already been mentioned. Try Next for jeans, I preferred under bump jeans at first. As I got bigger I was comfier in leggings, got a couple of maternity pairs from Mothercare which I lived in. Non maternity tunic style tops in bigger sizes than normal over the leggings. Next & Mothercare for maternity PJs/nighties too. ASOS has a nice range of maternity dresses for parties, weddings, nights out etc. Finally, have a look on eBay- I bought a few bits that the sellers had barely worn for a fraction of the price of buying brand new.

Andi2013 Sun 28-Jul-13 00:38:03

I pretty much didn't have to by new clothes until now (third trimester) I've just found some yoga trousers (£12.50 from £25) from Vertbaudet on sale. Also found a voucher code 4756 with £15 off if you spend £20 (it's up in a few days) just thought i'd share whilst it's still valid.

New Look have loads of different length jeans on sale at the min too.

Wish I could find some cheaper nightwear though sad

staverton Sun 28-Jul-13 00:52:32

I am about to ou sine nighties (size 10-12) on eBay with some other maternity bits from Jojo...

staverton Sun 28-Jul-13 00:53:09

To ou sine= to put some

Kelly1814 Sun 28-Jul-13 04:07:15

Vkinski, next and m and s do maternity trousers in longer lengths, they are great.

chanduval Wed 19-Mar-14 18:22:03

Hi ladies,
I'm doing some research for my dissertation looking at the availability of maternity wear on the high street. If possible could you take 2 minutes to complete a short survey, everything will be confidential.

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