Guess which Deal Diva is shopping for affordable maternity clothes?!?
Confession time: I've fallen in love with elastic waistbands. The thicker the better.
The baby bump needs room to expand.
Yep, the Deal Divas are expecting a baby diva! And her mama is all about cheap maternity clothes, even if it means a few frumpy days while preggers. I can't see the point to investing in huge, scary clothes that hopefully will be banished from my closet in a few months.
The secret to finding affordable maternity clothes?
I've been incredibly lucky: My generous friend Rebecca loaned me two bags of her maternity clothing. So I've only needed a few pieces to round out my wardrobe. And rather than spending $35 on a t-shirt at a boutique store, here's how I've been scouting out cheap maternity clothes:
1. Skip the mall. I spent a half hour at Destination Maternity at International Plaza just because they offered me water on a hot day. (Sneaky, sneaky.) I pity bought an overpriced, ill-fitting top, which I later returned.
2. If you're offered hand-me-downs, take them!!! Don't know new mothers in your size? Try searching Craigslist. Many women will post their entire maternity lot, often for $200 or less.
3. Dying for designer maternity jeans? Try a consignment store, where the prices are a fraction of the mall stores. I've found a good selection of mid-market clothing at Stellie Bellie's in St. Petersburg. For the designer, high-end stuff, try Mosh Posh in Tampa. (You'll find their maternity clothes in the babyBloom store next door.)
4. If it fits, wear it! I'm still loving a few non-maternity skirts with elastic waistbands.
5. Fear not the Walmart wardrobe. I found cute maternity capris at walmart.com for $6. And if you're in the neighborhood, check out the sales racks at the Motherhood Maternity store at Ellenton Prime Outlets. Much cheaper than mall prices.
6. Steer clear of "bump cushions." (For the uninitiated, these are strap-on pillows in dressing rooms that show how big you will be in three months.) They are ridiculous. You can see if there's room to grow or not. When in doubt, go up a size. Now isn't the time for vanity sizing.
Please share your tips. Any maternity clothing finds from current, former and prospective belly bumpers?
Deal Diva Letitia
(Photo: Belly casting at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, by Times photographer Lara Cerri.)