Wednesday, April 02, 2008

What you need to know before buying Maternity Clothes!

Your baby bump is barely showing and you're ready to rush off to the local mall to try on those cute maternity fashions! We can't blame you as there is an abundance of new maternity fashions and styles out there. But WAIT! Read these 5 quick tips before you spend a penny - we want to make sure you know how to select the correct items, stay stylish and save a penny or two.
  • Remember that most maternity wear is sold by Pre-Pregnancy size. Although it is impossible to tell how much weight you'll gain and where you'll gain it, it's important to start with your pre-pregnancy size to ensure a correct fit.
  • Determine your needs! It's important to know where you'll be wearing your new items, so that you can select just what you need and not be tempted to over purchase! It's no good buying 3 pairs of cute jeans if you need clothes for the office!
  • Choose a few basic items that can be mixed and matched. A pair of pants, a skirt, a dress, jeans and several tops/tee shirts will usually be enough to start with.
  • Remember that you can sometimes purchase non-maternity wear in a larger size. Although this will usually not work throughout the whole 9 months - as the item will be larger all over and not just in the areas you'll need it! It's sometimes handy to have a few non-maternity items in a larger size as they can be worn after the baby is born when you're not quite able to squeeze back into your favorite jeans.
  • There are some great maternity accessories out there. You can avoid purchasing maternity wear altogether for the first few months by extending the life of your pre-pregnancy clothes with a BellaBand or B-Buckle.

Julie's Personal Tip: Don't think that just because you tried on the "belly" in the store that your new purchases will fit once your own belly starts to appear. I know this from first hand experience! A beautiful silk suit, which I planned to wear to a summer wedding, looked super cute in the store (with the "belly" on). But - looked terrible several months later. Luckily that little black office dress in the closet easily doubled as a wedding outfit when paired with some cute accessories.