This has been one rough winter for most of the country! My home state of Minnesota hasn’t seen temperatures this low since before I was born! I have to be honest that although I consider myself to be a very well dressed woman, even I find it difficult to look stylish while trying to stay warm in sub-zero temperatures with wind chills forty degrees below zero. Finally we can see the light at the end of this wind tunnel. Spring is almost in the air! You know what that means, time to start updating your maternity wardrobe!
Building a Spring Maternity Wardrobe on a Budget
You want to be strategic about building your spring maternity wardrobe. After all, maternity clothing tends to be expensive and you will only be wearing these clothes for a short period of time. At this time, you don’t know if you will ever wear your maternity clothing ever again. So here are my tips on building a spring maternity wardrobe on a budget.
As always, take stock of your current wardrobe to see which timeless and stretchy items will convert well into your new spring look. I listed all the details and exactly what you need to be looking for in 8 Items in Your Pre-Pregnancy Closet that Convert to Great Maternity Clothes. Once you figure out what you have to work with, you can start looking for filler items. Here are some things to consider:
1. How far along are you? Will you still be pregnant in the summer? If so, layers will be your best bet in terms of saving money. For example, you can purchase a couple of maternity dresses for the summer and layer them with leggings and cardigans for the spring.
2. Do you plan on nursing your baby? In my opinion, nursing clothes are even more ridiculously overpriced than maternity wear. Luckily, many maternity tops are designed to convert well into nursing tops. So if you are in your second trimester or beyond, consider filling the gaps in your maternity wardrobe with items that will serve you well into your nursing days. These items are usually well labeled to inform shoppers of their versatility. Most experts say that within a few weeks of baby’s arrival, you will be able to wear things that fit when you were about five months pregnant. This was certainly true for me and the rule of thumb I used for purchasing clothing later on in my pregnancy.
Even though most retailers are already offering spring collections, I don’t recommend that you rush in to purchase spring clothing just yet. Right now these clothes are at their highest price points. Get to know your favorite stores’ sale and clearance cycles. In most cases, these new collections will be discounted fairly quickly and since it’s still cold out, there is no rush. If you aren’t sure which stores to start at, take a look at my list of the Top 7 Places to Buy Cheap Cute Maternity Clothes.
Becca Daniels is a self-proclaimed fashionista from St.Paul Minnesota who believes that “just because you are pregnant and on a budget, it doesn’t mean you should look and feel frumpy”. She is the momma behind Inexpensive Maternity Clothes, a blog focused on helping women find stylish and inexpensive maternity clothes online. Keep in touch with Becca on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.Yum