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maternity clothes - how much do we actually need?

(47 Posts)
twinklestar2 Tue 25-Feb-14 19:09:21

I'm due in August and have brought the following:

3 long sleeved tops
2 pairs of skinny jeans
4 jersey skater dresses
A skirt with a stretchy waistband (non maternity)

I work full time in an office and my company is prob on the casual side of smart casual,eg, today I wore jersey dress, jacket and long boots. We also have dress down day once a week, hence the jeans.

Do I need much more?

WhoWasThatMaskedWoman Tue 25-Feb-14 19:13:09

I'd say there's a decent chance that'll do you, eked out with a few of DP's jumpers and shirts perhaps? Although you will be sick of the sight of them all by the time you stop wearing them (October if you're lucky). Unless you're about to emigrate to a country where you can't get maternity clothes I'd leave it at that and top up only when you really feel the need.

Antidote Tue 25-Feb-14 19:13:43

Well once the weather warms up (hahaha) you are going to be boiling in those long sleeve tops, tight jeans and jersey dresses, but maybe wait till then to buy more?

I lived in linen trousers, cotton tips and a very light cotton dress at work last summer (smarter than smart casual). At the weekends I was either in my bikini or a sleeveless t shirt and leggings!

WhoWasThatMaskedWoman Tue 25-Feb-14 19:14:50

Oh and you'll presumably need some maternity tights to wear with the skirts.

The great news is that you won't need a special winter coat, so that's a saving.

Bunbaker Tue 25-Feb-14 19:20:44

I hardly bought any maternity clothes. I didn't start showing until 20 weeks and it wasn't worth spending a lot of money on something I was only going to wear for a few weeks. I just got some stretchy skirts, a couple of tops and a couple of dresses. I was also lent a couple of dresses and a pair of trousers. When I wasn't at work I wore leggings with loose tops (which I already had).

x0gawjus0x Tue 25-Feb-14 19:21:58

I've only got one pair of maternity jeans and one pair f black trousers, rest of the time I live in river island plain leggings they pull up right over my belly so comfy just in a size bigger xx

TheRaniOfYawn Tue 25-Feb-14 19:23:44

I had October babies and had:

one pair of jeans
one pair of black trousers
one long black skirt
one short sleeved black dress/tunic
4 long sleeved tops
1 black t shirt
Some long layering vests which were good for breastfeeding afterwards. And which I still wear for tummy coverage.
Bravado bodysilk bras.

HannahG315 Tue 25-Feb-14 19:26:36

I'm 38wks and only ever bought-

2pairs of jeans
One casual maternity dress
One 'going out' dress
One maternity t-shirt

I've mainly warn leggings and long tops, with vests underneath when chilly. Maternity clothes are a rip off personally!

peeapod Tue 25-Feb-14 19:57:11

make sure you save some money for about 30 weeks when nothing fits and you feel like ugh.. from experience..

WhoWasThatMaskedWoman Tue 25-Feb-14 20:13:54

Oh yes, if you plan on bf, when you do splash out on some summer maternity wear, resist the pretty dresses, and go for tops and skirts which you'll be able to wear postnatal.

HelenHen Tue 25-Feb-14 20:30:04

I'd highly recommend one pair of maternity shorts. I had a July baby and lived in them! And keep an eye on New look, I used to pop in every couple of weeks and they'd often have sales... Got great summer vesty tops for £2/3

weebairn Tue 25-Feb-14 20:34:20

It depends how big you get as well. I didn't really wear maternity stuff till 27 weeks and utilised lots of my normal clothes until the end. I mostly lived in a maternity vest + short skirt with elastic waist +trainers in the summer. My normal skirts and shorts mostly fitted, under the bump. Some bumps are bigger than mine was though and you might want stuff earlier, and more of it! I was in scrubs at work which was handy.

I had a pair of jeans, about 4 tops, couple of bump bands, a swimming costume (though I just wore my bikini mostly), a pair of tights, and a couple of cute dresses. More than I needed probably.

weebairn Tue 25-Feb-14 20:34:55

Oh yeah and a couple of non wired bras which were ugly as fuck but comfy.

See, I view this differently. Being pregnant isn't easy. Yes, it's on,y for a short time, but i didn't want to feel frumpy and boring and naff all that time. So I had a few dresses that really showed off my bump. Some lovely t shirts and shirts, a couple of jeans, a smart pair of trousers and some shorts and a skirt. And some jumpers. I'm pregnant again now and plan on adding a few new items. On the New Look website things are v cheap. I don't see it as how little can I get away with - I'd prefer to make myself feel good and look good if at all possible during what is otherwise quite a hard time.

But each to their own smile

OnABabyDiet Tue 25-Feb-14 21:20:12

I have masses of maternity clothes, but mainly bought from eBay! That way I get a load of variety for a fraction of the cost, and as you all say, they're not worn for long so are in great condition.
Only things I bought new were underwear, swimwear, bras and leggings.

I'd recommend a couple of maxi dresses, either maternity or just a bump friendly style! They cover a multitude of sins!

Athrawes Tue 25-Feb-14 21:58:39

If you buy breastfeeding tops - if this is what you plan on doing - then they will last you through pregnancy and beyond so you will feel that you are getting better value. Mothercare has some nice stuff for a reasonable price and they wash and wear well.
You need to feel good - how much you buy depends on whether you are a clothes-ey person to begin with. I bought LOADS!! Some people are OK in oversized DR's shirts and sweatpants, some of us, want to feel all pretty and in new clothes to get past the idea that we are fat!

Dorothy Perkins also really nice and not too dear.

Maternity tights - buy the best and most elastic that you can - you will feel more comfortable for them.

Things like waterfall cardigans (don't start fashion snobs!) are a great idea as they can be snugged around you, can be used to feed and last afterwards too.

SaucyJack Tue 25-Feb-14 22:06:47

I'd add a couple of pairs of overbump leggings as well. Heaven on Earth.

twinklestar2 Tue 25-Feb-14 22:11:43

Thanks everyone. I'm really into clothes too Princess Watermelon!

Everything I have brought is from New Look, apart from the maxi skirt which is Monsoon.

I'm thinking what I buy I can keep for baby number two too! And I can wear afterwards for while.

I think I need to add some vests for when weather gets better...

MissYamabuki Tue 25-Feb-14 22:19:49

You needn't spend a lot of money. I bought a pair of mat jeans at new look for 15 quid, wore them for months then sold them for 10... there is no need to feel uncomfortable / miserable or look hideous while pregnant imo.

Ratfinkle Tue 25-Feb-14 22:22:49

I prefer to have more choice to be honest, as others say I think its worth it if you are usually quite into clothes. But then I get the rage if I can't find anything to wear in the morning so it's worth it! If you are happy to stick with a capsule wardrobe though then great, much cheaper.

I never buy full price clothes though, I go for the clearance section of asos, tesco, new look, asda, jojo maman, next etc. Was looking at tesco clearance earlier, they have some 70% off bargains at the moment incl some nice dresses www.clothingattesco.com/sale/all-sale-womens/icat/wm-sale#esp_cf=pdxtfit&esp_filter_pdxtfit=Maternity

Also if you have any friends who were recently pg ask if you can borrow theirs with a promise to lend them yours in the future? Me and my friends do this and we now have a massive sack of stuff between us! Would backfire if we were pregnant together tho!

twinklestar2 Tue 25-Feb-14 22:28:55

The jeans I brought were in the sale for a tenner, the dresses were in the sale £5 each and the tops were £15 for 3. Bargain I think!

I was thinking of getting these and returning the (unworn) black jeans. Might be more versatile: www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3154934

Misty9 Tue 25-Feb-14 22:51:24

Beware the second pregnancy occurring in a completely different season...! Hardly any of my summer maternity wear was any good for this pregnancy, due in 6 weeks. I get massive, and from early on too, so was exclusively in mat wear by 3/4 months. Bought lots from Facebook groups (don't get on with eBay) and even that's been hit and miss. I stopped work in January but would have probably needed more tops if I were still working.

Staple wardrobe for me is:
Maternity overbump jeans
Overbump purple cords (in Next sale and I LOVE these)
Overbump black leggings (H&M)
Variety of maternity tops (around 4-6)
Maternity vest tops
One maternity jumper (jojo sale)
Maternity wrap dress (my extravagance for Christmas, from jojo)
Maternity tankini
Overbump jogging bottoms and top (2nd hand)
Maternity winter coat - have lived in this from H&M

I'm starting to grow out of some tops already or they've shrunk and I hate being uncomfortable so haven't minded buying some stuff full price. That said, with the weather warming up I've been wearing maternity tops with my non-maternity cardigans etc.

madamginger Tue 25-Feb-14 22:58:48

I had
2 capped sleeved tops,
2 vest tops,
1 pair shorts
1 pair leggings
1 pair combat pants
1 long sleeve top
1 smart top
1 summer dress

The rest was non maternity stuff and dh clothes,
It did my 3 pregnancies and I sold some of the stuff on eBay so well worth the price.
I had 3 summer pregnancies though so didn't need a coat
It was either h&m or red herring from debenhams

Mrswellyboot Tue 25-Feb-14 23:05:12

I was due last September and had a large wardrobe if maternity clothes as intend to have another and figured I may as well buy them from the off to get more wear

Maternity coat
Swimsuit

Jeans
Two pairs black trousers
Five shirts for work
Few t shirts
One expensive black dress
One black cheap maxi

Bought other tops in size up and they were good for postpartum wear

Two maternity nighties
One nursing sleep top
Three pj bottoms

pickletalk14 Tue 25-Feb-14 23:15:18

Definitely save some shopping money for a bit later on as it gets a bit dull having only a small selection to choose from!

Just ordered new jeans @ 27 weeks :-)

WhoWasThatMaskedWoman Tue 25-Feb-14 23:17:29

I do get that if clothes are your thing then you might want to get a wider variety of stuff rather than go for the hair shirt bare minimum. I found H&M good for quirky cheap stuff that relieved me from the tyranny of the sensible capsule wardrobe choice. But I'd still say wait as long as possible to get stuff (unless it's super cheap in a sale) because if you buy early and it doesn't work with your particular pg shape you'll be annoyed.

ShoeWhore Tue 25-Feb-14 23:25:50

I was very pg in the summer 3 times and was very glad I had under bump mat jeans - would have been boiling in over the bump ones. (also they fitted from earlier and were OK to wear immediately post birth as well)

With each pg I wore less and less actual maternity wear and more normal clothes in bigger sizes (again bear in mind you may want some slightly bigger clothes for a little while after the birth). And YY to sharing stuff with friends. It can get very boring otherwise!

HannahG315 Wed 26-Feb-14 00:00:54

Oh yeah the coat! You need a big coat! The styles aren't great though, nor warm enough... A lot of trench coats I seem to recall...

I just got a nice duffel one in a size 16, has done me and will do me after too! smile

dizhin79 Wed 26-Feb-14 00:14:56

am 38 weeks and still in normal clothes! am quite tall though so bub has room to go upwards rather than out, is wait to buy any more as you never know how you'll feel with what you're wearing, you may prefer over bump or under bump

CrispyFB Wed 26-Feb-14 08:57:44

Isabella Oliver is on Zulily today loads cheaper than retail. I'm nearly 36 weeks with my last so no use to me now but I bought quite a lot of lovely stuff earlier in pregnancy this way!

MummyPig24 Wed 26-Feb-14 10:49:16

I bought 2 pairs of maternity jeans, a pair of leggings and 5 maternity tops. I had quite a few dresses that have continued to be suitable. I'm due in 2ish weeks, and have found that everything I've bought or already had has been fine. I didn't want to spend loads of money on clothes that I would only wear for a few months.

HannahG315 Wed 26-Feb-14 11:09:23

Why is it that maternity clothes only seem to be stripy tops?? Or is that my imagination..

eurochick Wed 26-Feb-14 11:13:03

I'm due in August too and finding it really hard. I've ordered some maternity stuff as I am showing already and bursting out of my normal clothes, but the mat stuff is vast!

So far I've ordered:
-2 wrap tops (fine as they will grow with me, but it's bottoms I am desperate for)
-1 black pencil skirt for work (huge, going back)
-2 dresses for work (both big, one is definitely going back, I might keep the other and hope I grow into it soonish)

I have another delivery due today of 3 dresses and a pair of work trousers which I hope will be more successful.

I'm hoping to manage without a new coat, given the timing.

Spaghettinetti Wed 26-Feb-14 12:56:24

I agree with Princess Watermelon. I already feel a scruff with my ever expanding chin and greying hair, so I wasn't prepared to compromise on clothing.

I've found that the most important thing is to have lots of pairs of leggings. I've got 4 pairs (and that's still not enough) and I can wear them with long tops and dresses. I'm now 30 weeks and very little from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe still fits me, so I've had to buy quite a bit...

I've bought about 8 dresses, 2 from Mothercare, 2 from JoJo (both of which are unbelievably comfortable and at about £30 each, I don't think that they were too expensive) and another 3 or 4 from Debenhams (Red Herring Maternity) which I managed to get for around £8-10 each in the sale. I've also got a few things from Monsoon which I've bought in a bigger size. In addition, I've bought 2 pairs of Next harem pants and a few big tops and t-shirts which I found in the sales.

I've found maternity tights to be horrible sweaty things and I can't seem to find any that fit me properly. Personally, I've preferred to wear either leggings of knee-high/long socks under my dresses.

I've tried to follow the same rules that I follow whilst shopping when not pregnant - that's to buy things that I like, rather than thinking I need x amount of tops/dresses. I would say, that if you find something really comfy, it's worth buying two...

HelenHen Wed 26-Feb-14 14:33:40

Eurochick I find it highly unlikely you'd need a coat! Ds was July and I didn't, dc2 due in April and I'm still wearing a couple of my normal coats.

GreenShadow Wed 26-Feb-14 14:45:09

I didn't get very big at all with all three DC, and therefore could carry on wearing a lot of my 'normal' tops. I would therefore recomend that you leave off buying too much until you know if you'll really need it.

BlanketSky Wed 26-Feb-14 18:53:55

make sure you save some money for about 30 weeks when nothing fits and you feel like ugh.. from experience.. <this

and bear in mind how hot you'll get- I went to work today in flip flops, a cotton skirt, long sleeved top and a cardi, and still felt warm! Admittedly in a centrally heated school but still...

Depends how you carry too, which you won't know yet. My bump is a completely different shape this time, which has meant I've been able to wear non-maternity tops longer but also that certain styles don't work at all!

30 weeks and counting here....

Vikkijayne2507 Thu 27-Feb-14 01:54:18

leggings leggings leggins all the way I used my maternity jeans twice as they are just too uncomfortable to wear,
large pyjama top and bottoms a size or 2 up from usual.
maternity swimsuit
and a large coat doesnt need to be maternity for me.
I cant have any tight trousers as ts sets of my braxton hicks and so uncomfy.
I have found long tops that are stetchy with maternity shirts over them look nice and can be dressed up or down.
If buying shirts get a couple of extra sizes as my boobs went bananas and struggle to fit in a lot of tops i bought at 20 weeks.

I agree im getting bored with a lot of the clothes but cant justify buying more.
34 + 1 weeks

Plateofcrumbs Thu 27-Feb-14 04:01:22

In a fit of exuberance any excuse to buy clothes I bought a few dresses in the asos sale (I live in dresses normally) which I think may have been a mistake as they're going to be way too voluminous to wear until I get a proper bump on.

Maternity jeans/trousers have already been a great investment - have been living in them since about 12 weeks. Stretchy tops are also handy right from the early days - actually I can still easily fit in normal stretchy tops for now but being tall I appreciate the fact that maternity wear is cut long, so they work well with the low cut on maternity trousers for me, otherwise I'd have a big gap.

I'm still managing just fine with normal leggings and tights so I'm holding off buying maternity versions.

amandine07 Thu 27-Feb-14 17:56:33

PrincessWatermelon
I'm totally with you on this one! grin

Yes pregnancy is a relatively short space of time but for me, I wanted to be comfortable but also look good- being pg is hard enough!

I wore my own clothes til about 23 weeks- I remember buying some Topshop skinny maternity jeans & it was such a relief to feel so comfortable but also to still look like 'me' in the same style of jeans (rather than the shapeless horrors I'd tried on in other shops!)

Also I found that larger sizes just swamped me; I looked huge & shapeless and didn't feel great

I ended up buying:

1 tankini for the swimming pool
6 non wired maternity/nursing bras- such a relief to wear a comfortable bra again! From M&S came in pairs & all on special offer
4 maternity briefs- only wore these post natal, had a CS
6 tops & 1 vest
3 dresses- one 'going out' one, another 2 that were ok for both work & wearing out
3 maternity cardigans- these were a guilty pleasure! Mainly wore my normal cardigans but these were over half price on sale plus I reasoned that they were suitable to wear after!

That's my tally...I think it all depends on what you're comfortable in & how much you have to spend.

I'm still wearing a lot of my maternity stuff, it feels so comfortable! So really have got about 6 months or so solid use with these clothes so far

mewkins Thu 27-Feb-14 18:12:37

This pregnancy I have only bought 2 pairs of black over bump skinny trousers (a tenner each with codes from h and m) and 4 pairs of opaque tights £2 each in sainsburys sale. That's it for me. I have a few tops from last time am refusing to buy more. I will make good use of the money once on mat leave and desperate for some nice treats so am saving like mad. It is strangely liberating having just a few things to choose from!

MielPop Sun 02-Mar-14 18:30:59

i hardly got anything, managed with all my normal tops and even my coat still fits, but definitly needed the 2 maternity jeans that I got, as I don't want any pressure on the baby from tight pants.

Evie2014 Mon 03-Mar-14 09:30:33

I'd say that one good pair of proper black maternity trousers (not jeans) will be invaluable for you. Get a pair in light material so you can wear them through the summer. They will get you through so many situations from work to going out to even casual if you need them. Then you just have to layer tops.

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Mon 03-Mar-14 09:38:07

A good pair of trousers (try h & m) will see you through the days you have no energy to shave and just need to wear something that holds it all together.
Maternity leggings or pajamas - I couldn't have done without them at home esp when bump grew too big for normal bottoms.
Oh and definitely a back support belt- I had one from Mothercare and it was an essential!!
Try eBay- I got quite a few things there as maternity clothes are used for only a few months anyway so you get them in great condition usually.

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Mon 03-Mar-14 09:40:05

Oh and if this August is anything like last year, cotton sleeveless tops and a short maternity skirt!
IME also there comes a time where you can't tolerate trousers and jeans anymore ie as they don't stretch and even that little bit of pressure under the bump is v uncomfortable.

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Mon 03-Mar-14 09:43:15

Lifesaver- black stretchy maternity skirt from mamas and papas, bought for £15 on sale. My god. I have worn that more than any other article or clothing, ever. It was basically just a band of jersey, long enough to come to the knees.
<<sighs thinking about it>>

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Mon 03-Mar-14 09:43:51

But double jersey so it didn't show VPL etc.

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