Done the Impossible: Affordable Maternity Clothes

When I first started outgrowing my pants– around 12 weeks – and was forced to undertake the dreaded quest for maternity clothes, I had an absolute conniption. Why? I hate to shop for clothes. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. I buy things online when I have to. Lest you doubt my sincerity, I bought my wedding dress online without a single trip to the store and did not have it altered before I wore it.

If I have to go to a store, I go with a list. I buy from the list. I do not deviate from the list. I leave. If my clothes get too tight, I prefer to just stop eating for a while as opposed to having to shop for new clothes. I really hate shopping for clothes.

And I’m cheap. Frugal doesn’t cut it. If it ain’t 80% off, I’m probably not going to buy it. I can live this way because I pretty much gave up on being trendy and hip in the womb. It just isn’t who I am. Classic styles and solid colors are my friends.

So, shopping for maternity clothes was a special kind of hell for me. Have you looked online at the prices of these clothes that you are only going to wear for a few months? What a frakin’ rip off. It is insane. So I saddled up and went on a mission for maternity clothes in brick and mortar stores. I didn’t want anything fancy. I just wanted something to get me through. News Flash : not many traditional stores have more than a rack or two of ugly, most assuredly not classic, and expensive maternity clothes.

And what is up with the leggings? Who wears them? Certainly not people with thighs like mine. At least I would hope not. I lived through that part of the 80’s and 90’s. I don’t want to do that again. I’m not going to wear them, especially not as every part of me is getting wider. Muumuus first!

So I caved even further and went to Motherhood Maternity … in a (I almost can’t say it) MALL. I had some luck there and by the grace of God found a sale – not 80% – but a sale. My self-respect and sanity held on by a thread. I bought five pair of work pants (yes, from a list of things I needed) and a skirt and ran like hell.
The problem remained that I still didn’t have any tops. I seriously contemplated just wearing my husband’s shirts. If not for wanting to at least look semi-professional at work, I might have done it too.

I then contemplated consignment shops. There aren’t many in my area that carry maternity clothes. I live four miles from downtown and 20 miles from every decent consignment shop in the area. Consignment shops are a sprawl kind of thing apparently. Urbanites are SOL. I didn’t want to spend my weekend driving around in circles burning gas, time and energy for something that was hit or miss at best. There are so many other things that need to get done besides shopping for something to cover yourself with.

Hmmm. What to do? I endeavored to find a truly affordable online maternity consignment shop. Not one of those places that charges you full price for used stuff. I figured one had to exist. And ONE does. It took me forever to find it. By Jove I found it. And I feel just a smidgen mighty. It must be shared.

It is It is fantastic. It offers cheap, lightly used, name brand clothes and flat rate shipping. Buy the whole dang store and have it shipped for 5 bucks flat. It doesn’t get better.

The site is a bit clunky. It is a bit early 90’s kind of like the leggings. This I can gladly overlook. If you make an order and you don’t hear anything, don’t worry. Your clothes will arrive. They aren’t particularly communicative but they have what you need.

I have saved massive amounts of money and time using this site to purchase my maternity clothes. CravingStyle has been there for me many nights. It saved my weekends and daylight for important things like spending time with family, building Halloween props, having panic attacks, and getting ready for the baby.

I would highly recommend it to anyone who is pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant, or has a friend who is pregnant. If all this isn’t already good enough, they have kids consignment too.

Cheap. Brand Name. Flat Shipping. No Need to Leave Your Couch.

I say again. It was sent from the heavens. It is almost better than beer.

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