Congratulations on that baby bump – now it’s time to find some maternity clothes! Some moms will try to make it through without buying any. But, more than likely, you will get fed up with trying to fit into things and just want something comfortable – even if you will only wear it for a few months! It is time to go shopping. (spoiler: those maternity jeans will probably still fit you for a little while after the baby is born – do not be afraid to put maternity clothes in your hospital bag)
That being said, you do not want to break the bank on clothes with such a short shelf life. So, here we go! These are some great places to find inexpensive but still really cute maternity clothes. This is not 1984. You do not have to wear a floral muumuu…unless, you want to…and it is really cut…and you are really comfortable – it’s your belly you can do what you want!
Where to Buy Maternity Clothes
Note: We put these options in alphabetical order. One is not better than the other unless it has what you need!
1. ADAPT YOUR WARDROBE
Yes, technically not a place. But, you can wear your own clothes for a long time – maybe even the entire time with some help. Grab button extenders for jeans and bras and size up in shirts you think you may wear after delivery.
I mean, what can’t you find there? These are some of the best rated finds (thousands of 5 star reviews) on the site right now.
I know it says ‘coat’ in the name but, if you’ve never been, they sell all the things – including maternity. You will have to go shop brick and mortar-style as they do not have online availability. That is due to their business model including low prices and high turnover.
4. DEPARTMENT STORES
Let’s go to the mall! Most major department stores have maternity selections (at least online). And, while regular prices may be a bit high almost all of them run sales and/ or coupons. In particular, check out JC Penney and Kohl’s.
Likewise, be sure to check out discount department stores like Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s. Often they have a maternity section and they are usually really great for cute and affordable tops!
H&M is pretty much the gold standard for trendy clothes. So, if you are a trendy mama head over to their store – online has more options.
If you buy nothing else, you need a good pair of maternity jeans. Motherhood may not be the least expensive but they have been around and know how to make jeans for a growing belly. Check out their sale section for some great deals or head over to Zulily – they are often on the site with great discounts.
…because a mama needs some yoga pants – and the maternity ones at Old Navy fit really well! Not all their stores have maternity sections but they have a large selection online. Plus, it is so easy to shop their site and Gap together. Gap has timeless comfortable classics that you can get great deals on – don’t forget the promo code (they change often but almost always have one running – and, you do not even have to look for it. They put their current codes right on the main page).
Really, really cute – think Instagram moms – and really affordable clothes. A lot of their pieces really can transition to non-maternity wear.
Has anyone’s Facebook feed not been blasted by ads from Shein? Their maternity clothes are really nice looking but definitely know your measurements and read reviews before you buy. However, after that you will find very inexpensive and cute items!
10. SHOP SECOND HAND
Just like you are looking for maternity clothes – so were the pregnant women before you. Similarly, they don’t know what to do with their lightly worn items. Head to Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace, thredUP, Resale Shops (including Children’s like Once Upon a Child & Kid to Kid and Just Between Friends markets) and you can find steals on gently used items.
Super shopping tip: On Mondays at most Goodwill Shops you can get 75% off certain colored tags – many items still have retail tags on them!
Target has a great maternity selection with a little bit of everything. Over in lingerie they also have some great nursing bras and tanks. (I seriously lived in those tanks! They are great for layering if you like a little modesty when nursing in public – and your baby keeps ripping away the nursing cover because he’s an exhibitionist… (maybe, that was just a me thing?).
Besides, once you find yourself pregnant sometimes you just appear at a Target – you might as well pick yourself up something nice.🤣
For sizes 10 to 30 check out Torrid. They have everything from clothes to nursing bras…and they run really, really good sales (recently, they were offering an extra 50% off clearance).
Walmart is the store that built it’s brand around being affordable – and it has a maternity department. Its in-store options tend to be limited but it is a great place to pick up basics like layering tanks and t-shirts.
One more bonus option! If you are really not wanting to commit to a maternity wardrobe consider renting. Yep, La Belle Bump and Rent the Runway (use our link and get $30 off your first order) rent maternity clothes for a flat monthly fee with unlimited exchanges, free shipping, and the ability to cancel your subscription at anytime. Then, if there is something you love you can just buy it from them. Alternately, you can buy their pre-loved items at a steep discount.