That's a long time to keep wearing the same few pieces, but who wants to spend a lot of money on clothes they'll only wear for a year?
Keeping in mind that some of these options may be out of the question right now due to the coronavirus, here are seven ideas for shaking things up without breaking the bank.1. Take a fresh look inside your own closet
Trapeze dresses or coats, palazzo pants, blousy shirts, empire-waist or wrap-style dresses
, or yoga pants with fold-down waistbands are all examples of loose-fitting clothing that can be worn to work.
One tried-and-true method is to layer a button-down shirt over a camisole, leaving the bottom few buttons undone. Many pregnant women also employ "the rubber band trick": To get a few more weeks out of your regular pants and jeans, loop a rubber band or hair tie through the buttonhole and around the button. After that, you can buy even more time by using a Bellaband or similar stretchy cloth band to keep the jeans up without having to button or zip them.2. Go through your partner's closet
Men's button-down shirts are especially useful. Unbutton them over a stretchy T-shirt for a cardigan-like effect, or belt them high to create a shirt dress over leggings. Men's boxer shorts and tank tops also make for comfortable pyjamas.3. Use coupons from websites and apps to save money
Many websites and apps now deal in coupons to save money, such as Askmeoffers and CouponsABC, which all provide deeply discounted clothing site coupons and offers.
If you're looking for truly massive discounts and aren't too picky, maternity wear "lots" - batches of same-size clothing - are by far the best deal. When you start looking for maternity clothes, keep in mind that you're less likely to find popular items like leggings, T-shirts, maternity bras, and belly bands. You'll have better luck looking for long-lasting items like jeans, as well as lightly worn work and vacation outfits. If possible, wash used clothes in hot water with soap or have them dry-cleaned to ensure that any pests are removed.4. Make a substitution
You want to get rid of some items. There's more you'll need. Other parents are in the same situation as you. The solution is to use online swap groups. Facebook is a great place to find swap groups; try searching your city and terms like "buy sell trade," "swap," "moms," and "parents." There are also groups that are not geographically restricted, such as Maternity Clothes Swap Site. Because these groups are always "closed," you must apply for membership (which happens quickly and simply).
Moms' groups enjoy passing items around as well. "At my Mothers of Preschoolers group, there is always a table where we put used maternity clothing
, children's clothing, and toys for free exchange." Alternatively, organise your friends and neighbours, as long as you can plan pickup with social distance in mind. Even though some of the clothes became out of date, people were constantly adding new items to keep all of the pregnant ladies looking fashionable.5. Visit a thrift or consignment shop
Obviously, if your city or town is on non-essential business lockdown, this is not an option. In normal times, however, most cities and towns have at least one consignment shop or thrift store that specialises in or sells maternity clothing on cheap
. It might take a few visits, but keep in mind that you don't need much.6. Keep an eye out for moms' group and special-event sales
This option also relies on the lifting of business-as-usual restrictions. However, when this occurs, many cities organise special-event sales organised by moms groups or local used-gear vendors. Ask around and look for flyers at local baby stores; many sales are yearly or biannual and provide some free local advertising.7. Go to garage sales
When life returns to normal after the pandemic, and the weather permits, many families will be eager to resume the tradition of garage sales to clear out the boxes of maternity and baby items they may no longer require - and this perennial source of great finds has entered the modern era. Otherwise, look for old-school tacked-up notices and flyers. If the sellers are selling baby essentials and toys
, there's a good chance they'll also be selling some barely worn maternity jeans.