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How To Create a Maternity Wardrobe For Less

Don't blow baby's college fund on pregnancy clothes. Spend less on your maternity wardrobe with the help of these steps.


  • Step 1: Ask friends who have been pregnant if they have maternity clothes you can borrow. Raid a man's closet for clothing such as cardigans, blazers, and T-shirts.
  • Step 2: Don't be afraid to repeat an outfit that works. After your baby is born, you'll never have to wear it again! That is, unless you decide to go for number two.
  • FACT: Did you know? In an effort to conceal their changing figures from public view, Victorian women wore corsets during pregnancy, despite some knowledge of the potential harm to their fetuses.
  • TIP: Some stores that resell children's clothes also carry maternity clothes.
  • Step 3: Shop thrift stores to find deals on maternity clothes. Look for skirts with elasticized waists and stretchy or plus-sized tops.
  • Step 4: Make a belly band by cutting off the bottom 12 inches of a stretchy, seamless top. Wear the band over your regular pants to hold them up and hide the open button.
  • TIP: Handy with a sewing machine? Make your own maternity pants by replacing the waistband with stretchy fabric.
  • Step 5: Layer stretchy dresses over yoga pants for a cute, comfortable look that shows off your belly.
  • Step 6: Wear your regular clothes as long as possible. When you can no longer button your pants, loop a rubber band or hair elastic through the buttonhole and around the button.

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