Your Guide To Affordable Maternity Wear

Pregnancy brings on a lot of new things and an expanding waistline is unfortunately amongst the first things to go (at least it was for me). I found that it took me quite a while to become comfortable in my new body and finding the right maternity clothes were essential to making myself feel a little bit like myself again. One problem remained: affordability.

I’m not sure if you know just how expensive maternity clothes can be, but I was shocked that in my search for cute maternity clothes I was averaging about $150+ for jeans and $60+ for blouses and shirts. I am a huge advocate for stretching the bank for quality items, such as denim, because I don’t find myself having to replace them that often. In that same breath, I had a difficult time justifying the expense for clothing I’d only wear for a few months. So, what’s a preggo girl to do?

Here are a few ways I’ve been able to save when shopping for my ever changing body.

Stitch Fix

I was overjoyed when I learned that Stitch Fix was beginning to include a maternity line as an addition to their service. I was eager to find out if their stylists were able to find me comfortable and affordable pieces that I could wear from home to work and could last me throughout my pregnancy and beyond. Unfortunately it’s been quite a hit and miss simply because I know my body best and it’s hard to rely on someone else to make style choices for me at this stage in my pregnancy. However, I love discovering new brands and even with the fixes that don’t wow me, I learn more about my own style preferences and am better able to communicate that with my stylist.

Pink Blush Maternity

After some perusing on Pinterest for maternity outfit inspirations I stumbled upon Pink Blush Maternity. I had never heard of this brand before so I decided to check out their website and poke around. OMG do they have adorable stuff! I knew I was in love when I already had five items in my basket and I had only been on their site for a few minutes. Pink Blush has become the answer to my pregnant-self prayers! I now have access to affordable, stylish and comfortable maternity clothes without feeling guilty because I know I’ll be wearing these items well after our baby arrives.

Another great plus: they carry plus sizes, accessories, and shoes! Oh, and don’t forget that nice free shipping on every order.

Here’s a peek at today’s outfit which is pulled from some of the items in my most recent purchase. I was eager to get my hands on this cardigan because it just oozed holiday spirit and I have no problems skipping right into Christmas even if it’s still November.

An easy guide to maternity wear by my newest favorite maternity line! Check out these fall favorites on the blog!

Plaid Open Cardigan | Suede Cuff Top
Denim: Jessica Simpson (similar) | Necklace: Banana Republic Outlet | Booties: Marshall’s

An easy guide to maternity wear by my newest favorite maternity line! Check out these fall favorites on the blog!

Open cardigans are another favorite style of mine at the moment. I rarely ever close my cardigans anyways and the open style allows for a fun draping effect.

An easy guide to maternity wear by my newest favorite maternity line! Check out these fall favorites on the blog!

I’m kind of in love with these elbow patch details!

An easy guide to maternity wear by my newest favorite maternity line! Check out these fall favorites on the blog!

The top has a faux suede neckline and cuff detailing. I love the color and the shirt itself is super comfortable and leaves room for Third Trimester Kelly.

And just to get your holiday style inspirations flowing, here are a few of my current favorite picks from Pink Blush. Which pieces do you like the most?

Here are my top picks from Pink Blush Maternity!

pink blush maternity does not endorse or compensate me for this post. I just love this brand and want to share it with all of you! All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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Stitch Fix: Maternity Edition

With a show of hands how many of you knew that Stitch Fix now includes maternity styles?!

That’s right! A few months ago (before I got pregnant) I remember being silently excited about this newest addition to the Stitch Fix service because I knew, well I didn’t know but I sure did pray a lot, that sometime soon I would be in need of some cute and affordable maternity fashions. Yesterday I received my very first MATERNITY box and couldn’t wait to rip open the tissue paper and see what my stylist had for me.

This go-around I told my stylist that I was in my second trimester and already showing a pretty significant bump and would need classy but casual clothes that could easily be worn for work and at home. When it comes to investing in maternity clothes, aka clothes I’ll only be able to wear a few months out of this year, I want the pieces to be versatile and support my growing belly as I move along in my pregnancy. That way I’m not overpaying for clothes I can only wear a few times before it’s too small. Luckily my stylist heard my calling and although I’m not keeping everything, we’re on the right track. Let’s see what I got!
With a show of hands how many of you knew that Stitch Fix now includes maternity styles?! That’s right! A few months ago (before I got pregnant) I remember being silently excited about this newest addition to the Stitch Fix service because I knew, well I didn’t know but I sure did pray a lot, that sometime soon I would be in need of some cute and affordable maternity fashions. Yesterday I received my very first MATERNITY box and couldn’t wait to rip open the tissue paper and see what my stylist had for me. This go-around I told my stylist that I was in my second trimester and already showing a pretty significant bump and would need classy but casual clothes that could easily be worn for work and at home. When it comes to investing in maternity clothes, aka clothes I’ll only be able to wear a few months out of this year, I want the pieces to be versatile and support my growing belly as I move along in my pregnancy. That way I’m not overpaying for clothes I can only wear a few times before it’s too small. Luckily my stylist heard my calling and although I’m not keeping everything, we’re on the right track. Let’s see what I got!

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Creative Commune Feora Maternity Dress: $88 – RETURN
Pixley Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan: $48 – KEEP

I absolutely fell in love with the floral pattern and colors of this dress! It is very spring/summery, but considering we still are experiencing daily temperatures of 90 degrees I was excited to try it on. Since I have a larger bust, and even more-so since becoming pregnant, it’s nice to find dresses that have a modest neckline like this one from Creative Commune.

So what’s the problem? Unfortunately it was very snug and left absolutely zero room for any more of me to fit inside it. As much as I loved the dress I couldn’t commit to it for the long run. Also, the keyholes detailing in the back makes it impossible for me to wear it to work without a cardigan or cover because of my tattoo.

I absolutely fell in love with the floral pattern and colors of this dress! It is very spring/summery, but considering we still are experiencing daily temperatures of 90 degrees I was excited to try it on. Since I have a larger bust, and even more-so since becoming pregnant, it’s nice to find dresses that have a modest neckline like this one from Creative Commune.

I absolutely fell in love with the floral pattern and colors of this dress! It is very spring/summery, but considering we still are experiencing daily temperatures of 90 degrees I was excited to try it on. Since I have a larger bust, and even more-so since becoming pregnant, it’s nice to find dresses that have a modest neckline like this one from Creative Commune.

I absolutely fell in love with the floral pattern and colors of this dress! It is very spring/summery, but considering we still are experiencing daily temperatures of 90 degrees I was excited to try it on. Since I have a larger bust, and even more-so since becoming pregnant, it’s nice to find dresses that have a modest neckline like this one from Creative Commune.

Creative Commune Bleu Maternity Dress: $88 – RETURN

My husband called this the ‘ink blot dress,’ but there was something about it I really liked. Considering the pattern was a little ink blot test-like and slightly busy, I liked that it was comfortable and gave me some room to grow. I also liked the sleeves even though my husband wasn’t a fan of them. Although there were things I did like about this dress, there wasn’t enough overall that I loved so I’ll be sending this one back.

My husband called this the ‘ink blot dress,’ but there was something about it I really liked. Considering the pattern was a little ink blot test-like and slightly busy, I liked that it was comfortable and gave me some room to grow. I also liked the sleeves even though my husband wasn’t a fan of them. Although there were things I did like about this dress, there wasn’t enough overall that I loved so I’ll be sending this one back.

Kut From The Kloth Maternity Skinny Jean: $78 – KEEP

I was very excited to see a maternity jean in my box because aside from leggings, jeans are a staple item that any pregnant woman should have in their closets. I love the stretchy full panel fabric that extends all the way up my belly! Although the jean material is a bit too stretchy for my personal taste (no real denim here), I am remembering that the stretchiness offers me room to grow as I move on to the third trimester down the road. Lastly, I was looking for a more true black jean versus this sort of faded black, but I don’t completely hate them.

What are you thinking? Are they worth keeping?

I was very excited to see a maternity jean in my box because aside from leggings, jeans are a staple item that any pregnant woman should have in their closets. I love the stretchy full panel fabric that extends all the way up my belly! Although the jean material is a bit too stretchy for my personal taste (no real denim here), I am remembering that the stretchiness offers me room to grow as I move on to the third trimester down the road. Lastly, I was looking for a more true black jean versus this sort of faded black, but I don’t completely hate them.

I was very excited to see a maternity jean in my box because aside from leggings, jeans are a staple item that any pregnant woman should have in their closets. I love the stretchy full panel fabric that extends all the way up my belly! Although the jean material is a bit too stretchy for my personal taste (no real denim here), I am remembering that the stretchiness offers me room to grow as I move on to the third trimester down the road. Lastly, I was looking for a more true black jean versus this sort of faded black, but I don’t completely hate them.

    Top: Motherhood Maternity | Cardigan: Previous Stitch Fix

LOVEAPELLA Davidi Button Detail Maternity Top: $48 – KEEP

Such a comfortable top and I love the little button detailing along the shoulders. And I feel like it should be mentioned that my husband really liked it as well. It wears a little too large on me at the moment, but again I’m looking for maternity pieces that I can wear throughout my pregnancy and possibly keep for later use. It’s lightweight, has a 3/4 sleeve, and the grey stripe pattern is classic and easily worn with practically any jean or legging.

Such a comfortable top and I love the little button detailing along the shoulders. And I feel like it should be mentioned that my husband really liked it as well. It wears a little too large on me at the moment, but again I’m looking for maternity pieces that I can wear throughout my pregnancy and possibly keep for later use. It’s lightweight, has a 3/4 sleeve, and the grey stripe pattern is classic and easily worn with practically any jean or legging.

Such a comfortable top and I love the little button detailing along the shoulders. And I feel like it should be mentioned that my husband really liked it as well. It wears a little too large on me at the moment, but again I’m looking for maternity pieces that I can wear throughout my pregnancy and possibly keep for later use. It’s lightweight, has a 3/4 sleeve, and the grey stripe pattern is classic and easily worn with practically any jean or legging.

Overall I was happy with my fix considering I got exactly what I asked for in terms of the types of of pieces I needed, my ability to layer them, how comfortable and lightweight the material was. I actually loved a lot of what I received, however they just weren’t in my size or gave me adequate room to grow as I approach almost halfway through my pregnancy! This was a great first step and I look forward to working with my stylist and refining my notes so they are more detailed and clear abou what I need in my next fix.

Have you been on the fence about trying Stitch Fix? Are you pregnant and looking for a convenient and affordable way to try new styles in the comfort of your own home? I would love for you to consider using my affiliate link for your first fix. No pressure, but this is a great service for women on the go and who may not have all the time in the world to go shopping for themselves. Not to mention once you sign up you too can start earning referral credits towards your fixes simply by sharing Stitch Fix with your friends.

So you’re interested in Stitch Fix, but what do you get?

For $20 styling fee, which goes towards any purchases from your fixes, you receive 5 handpicked items from a qualified stylist. Once you receive your fix in the mail you have 3 days to try on your pieces, keep what you like and send back what you don’t in a prepaid shipping envelope. It’s that easy! How do your stylists know what to pick out for you? You fill out a quick style survey, link to your fashion Pinterest board (very important!), and you even have an opportunity to write a little note to your stylist explaining what you’d like to receive before your fix is styled and shipped. I’ve been with Stitch Fix for almost a year and have loved this service. For more details on how to get your best fix, read about my tips here.

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