Prepare yourself friends, I’m delving back into the world of fashion. Oh Em Gee. I know I said I’d retire on a high note after being featured over on ‘Styling You’ last week and while I did think about riding off into the sunset on the coat tails of glory, I ended up thinking that maybe I’d dip my toe in one more time.
Turns out writing about clothes is FUN and when you’re battling a severe case of all day heartburn backed up by approximately four hours sleep, adding a dose of fun to the menu is instantly appealing. I also realised that in compiling my ‘Maternity Must Have’s‘ post last week (you can check it out HERE), I touched on but didn’t expand on a whole category dearest to my heart; awesome budget maternity finds that still look fab.
I’m a budget fashion kinda girl at heart. Yes, I can appreciate the more expensive stuff but nothing gives me more of a thrill than snapping up something stellar at Big W, Kmart or one of those tiny, independent clothing stores that seem to line the outer edges of most large shopping centres. Ironically, I ALWAYS find that it’s the stuff I buy for under $40 from the chainiest (yep I made up a word) of chain stores that I end up getting complimented on the most. Case in point; the dress I wore to the first day of the Problogger 2013 conference. Never have so many people commented on Instagram asking where it was from. I’d bought it from a shop in China Town called ‘Paper Scissors’ for $25.00.
I find shopping for maternity wear no different really to shopping when I’m not saddled down with a bump the size of a small planet. When I was pregnant the first time around, the offerings weren’t all that great and I did find that I had to go online a lot more to source what I was looking for. Fast forward two and a half years however and it seems that Aussie retailers have stepped up their game. I’ve still hit my favourite online haunt (ASOS) a couple of times this pregnancy but have largely managed to get by with my staple essentials and a few new bits and bobs.
Here are my fave budget buys, all for under $50, that will last you from the first trimester well and truly into post partum territory.
From the top left corner…
Target Maternity Woven Shirt – $15
I love Target maternity wear as it stands up to being washed regularly (a must with my son around) and doesn’t seem to shrink and become shorter like some of my maternity (and regular wear) does. I’m 172cm so not crazy tall but tall enough to need some decent length and this covers my belly perfectly. Will also be ideal for breastfeeding due to the buttons (buttons = a breastfeeding mamas best friend)
Target Ladies’ Animal Print Tunic – $35
This isn’t strictly a ‘maternity’ item BUT I love a bit of animal print plus the long length and snuggly material makes for a perfect Autumn wardrobe addition. While I reckon fitted is pretty much always best when you’re sporting a bump (baggy can make you look bigger), sometimes a gal just wants something loose and comfy. I’d pair this with leggings or skinny jeans on the weekend.
Target Maternity Stud Front Tee – $15
I love me some texture in a top and the studs down the front of this t-shirt make it a little bit ‘fancier’ than a bog standard oatmeal coloured shirt. The fit is also excellent and long enough to keep my bump under wraps (though I sometimes will stick a longer length singlet underneath in a contrasting colour just to make sure).
Nine&Mine @ Big W Space Dye Twist Top – $11
I have this top in the black but kind of wish I’d bought it in the magenta now. It’s made from an almost stretchy kind of twill which means it holds its shape really well and is long enough to sit snugly at the waistband of my jeans. Snug without being tight, I like the tie detail in the front as it makes it a bit more interesting.
Target Maternity Skinny Leg Jeans – $40
I don’t own these… yet. I’m seriously tempted to buy a pair though and if I wasn’t 35 weeks gone, reckon I would have clicked ‘ADD TO CART’ when I was perusing the Target website for images. I love the faded wash (something I’ve actually found tricky to come by in maternity jeans) and the soft topped, high waist band = all day comfort. While I’ve chosen this particular wash, these guys also come in a bunch of different (darker) shades as well.
ASOS Maternity Matte Leggings – $38.89
I’m not ashamed to admit that I love a good pair of leggings. Before you lambast me, I’m talking the ‘proper’ non-see through variety that are more pant than tight. These remind me of my Sass And Bide ‘Rats’ Leggings’ that usually get a thorough beating during winter, worn under everything and anything. The matte texture makes them a bit more ‘fashion forward’ and, believe it or not, they’re pretty darn flattering.
Cotton On ‘Lexi’ Sleeved Dress – $19.95
I’m firmly of the opinion that a good body-con dress is a pregnancy essential. To be honest, it’s probably the only time I wear anything remotely full length and tight. Fitted clothing, when chosen correctly, can actually make you look a lot more compact than swathing yourself in layers of baggy stuff. While this isn’t ‘maternity specific’ wear, the longer length and stretch makes it fit over a bump really well.
Target Maternity PU Pocket T-Shirt – $30
It’s a black t-shirt.. With a difference! Loose fitting without being baggy, longer length AND with a faux leather pocket, it’s pretty much a winner on all accounts.
ASOS Maternity Exclusive Colourblock Breton Stripe, $38.89
I love a good breton stripe so it was a no-brainer that I’d like this long sleeved top. Great length, great colour combo and a really nice fit, I reckon it’ll be easy to wear post partum as well.
Have you scored any maternity wear bargains? Spill the beans in the comments below!
Linking up with #mummymondays over on The Multitasking Mummy and the gorgeous Kimba at ‘Kimba Likes‘ for Wardrobe Wednesday