If you're keen to save a heap of money avoid the extra pain of buying all-new maternity clothing, I suggest investing in a few key maternity basics, which can be mixed and matched with your regular clothing. And keep an eye out for good quality pre-loved items, such as those being sold here at Baby Bump Cover, in addition to hire maternity jackets, suits and evening wear.
Take advantage of what you already own, plus these will be some of the essentials that are still definitely worth investing in, in addition to a couple of bump/belly bands to go over your regular pants when they won't do up any longer, and to extend the length of regular tops when they're just too short to cover your bump.
So these are the maternity clothing items that I would consider essential to purchase to make your maternity dressing comfortable from the first trimester through to full-term:
At least one black and one white maternity singlet top
A couple of plain maternity T-shirts (short or long-sleeved depending on the season - these are perfect for layering under maternity-specific dresses and cardigans!
Two striped maternity t-shirts - one short-sleeved, and one long-sleeved. Again, these are great for layering.
Black maternity leggings - great for around the house or out exercising.
Black opaque maternity tights - if you're like me, you never would have worn a tunic length top prior to being pregnant - but it all seems okay when you wear it with a bump and pair of black opaque tights!
Well-fitted maternity bras! Buy quality wire-free bras that are suitable for nursing as well to be sure to get your money's worth.
Comfy maternity track pants or yoga pants (a pair you already own might suit the job if they sit under your belly, or are made of a fabric that stretches back into place, such as Lululemon brand yoga pants).
Once you have these basics, you can mix them with your regular clothes, as well as make some smart choices in some maternity-specific clothing you've purchased second-hand. This will definitely help you keep the cost of maternity dressing down, which you can then put towards a Babymoon!
The first outfit featured here is made-up of a non-maternity striped maxi-length skirt that I've just put on over my head and worn as a strapless dress - teamed with a white maternity cropped jacket, and citrus-coloured accessories. As long as a maxi skirt is loose rather than tight this is a great option as a maternity dress! Just make sure you define your waist with either a maternity jacket, or belt (with or without a cardigan depending on the weather!).
The second outfit uses a black strapless maternity dress with a non-maternity waterfall-style jacket, patent black belt to emphasise the top of your bump, black suede wedge shoes (all important for taking into account poor pregnancy balance and sore, swollen feet!), along with some pretty pearl strands. Waterfall cardigans and jackets that you already own are perfect for cooler-weather maternity dressing, and can be combined with your maternity dresses, tops and pants for a more budget-friendly option (as maternity jackets are really expensive to buy - which is exactly why we hire them out here at Baby Bump Cover).
Hopefully using some of these tips you DON'T PANIC and buy an entire new wardrobe just for the few months of pregnancy that you will need maternity clothing - you can make do with a few good quality maternity items and mix and match them with your own pieces in combination with a few sensible maternity-item purchases and hiring instead of buying when you can!