I’m at the end of my pregnancy, can you believe it?  It seems like just yesterday I was announcing the fact that I was pregnant, and then immediately after my discovery of the baby’s gender.  :) But now I’m ready to share the results of my quest to find maternity clothing that is both comfortable AND stylish, and I’m excited to tell you about my experiences – good and bad.  Some of these brands I worked with on product reviews and some I bought myself.  Any companies I worked with directly don’t know about this post and I’m not obligated to add them in any way – but I will identify the clothing I bought and the clothing I reviewed for you.

Rest assured that anything included in this post is a maternity product I had a TERRIFIC experience with personally and highly recommend!

If you’ve recently been or are currently pregnant, you know what I’m talking about when it comes to a quest to find comfortable clothing to wear.  We are pregnant for such a short time, though it can FEEL like an eternity.  There are usually two seasons that you need clothes for – and then it’s all over.  I did go a little too crazy with the spring seasonal clothing and ended up with 6 or 7 tank tops, two pairs of shorts, a skirt, and a pair of capris that I haven’t been able to wear during the colder weather. Oops! Well actually I did wear the tank tops for layering during the Fall/winter months, so that’s not entirely true.  And I wear leggings with the skirt.  But you see what I mean.  Before I had a chance to actually wear them very much it was time to think long sleeves! So being wise in purchasing maternity clothing is very important.

Now.  Here are a few of my favorite places to shop, both online and in-store, and what I liked or didn’t:

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Motherhood Maternity (www.motherhood.com): I’ve had GREAT experiences with the clothing I’ve purchased both in-store and online – but I can’t recommend purchasing bras or underwear.  The bras don’t seem to hold up well and I’ve never found one (in two pregnancies) that was really comfortable.  Underwear has fallen apart at the seams too quickly, too.  Not good!  As far as the clothing goes, they can be pricey but everything I’ve purchased has been quality and held up well, and they do have good sales if you keep an eye out for them.

Some of my favorite purchases from MM (click to go the product – some are on sale now!):

This coat was on my wishlist but it must be sold out now – sad!:

Oh, and I also have this ruched side graphic tee and it’s super comfortable and lasted through all three trimesters (size small even!).  It’s on clearance now but only available in large.  But if you see those on sale in-store or online with the stretchy ruched sides, grab one!

Bravado (www.bravadodesigns.com): I worked with Bravado on a review of the Bliss Nursing Bra and WOW – I went from torture (I was wearing Motherhood Maternity bras, ahem) to instant comfort as soon as I put it on.  I have worn it throughout my entire pregnancy and am SO happy with it!  I plan to buy more for sure.  At $54.00, it seemed too pricey for me at first glance, but considering how many bras I’ve had to buy in the past I KNOW it’s worth spending it all in one chunk and actually being comfortable in pregnancy and when nursing.  By the time I was done nursing Emma (after a little over a year), my MM bras were stretched out and SO uncomfortable.  I couldn’t wait to stop wearing them.  So let me say again:  buying a nice bra like the Bliss Nursing Bra is WORTH IT!

Belabumbum (www.belabumbum.com): I recently purchased the set on the left when Zulily had a TERRIFIC sale going (see, it is worth joining Zulily!).  This set is so pretty, soft, and comfortable, I love it!  And I love that it’s great for maternity and nursing wear.  The same goes for the bamboo chemise on the right, which I actually purchased from Overstock.com for REALLY cheap.  It is also soft and comfy and something I’ve worn through my entire pregnancy.  It’s not a nursing chemise, but really nice and I’ll definitely wear it for nursing as well.

Just Jen (www.justjen.com): This is another maternity shirt I received for review and it is one of my favorites!  I wore it constantly through my second trimester and can still wear it if I wear a black belly band with it – it did get a little too short, making me wish I had gone one size larger or had purchased another one in a larger size for the third trimester.  But it is SO comfortable and became my absolute favorite maternity t-shirt.  I can recommend them highly.  Oh, and NO crystals fell off despite my numerous washings – YAY!

Preggers (www.rupreggers.com): If you’re going to be wearing a lot of dresses and skirts during your pregnancy, it’s worth investing in a pair or two of these.  I received a  pair of their tights and stockings for review and love them!  They’re really comfortable to wear, just a total PAIN to put on – but once you get past putting them on they’re awesome.  ;-)  Another reason to like them:  They work like compression stockings, relieving swelling and improving circulation.  I had a chance to test that out myself since I haven’t been too swollen this pregnancy but so far but I did notice a cooling feeling and relief when on my feet.  Oh, and they don’t show under clothing.

BumpStyle (www.bumpstyle.com): This is another FAVORITE maternity top because it makes me look good, lol.  I love it’s versatility (it can be worn four different ways), and the fact that it can be worn after pregnancy, too!  It’s super comfortable, stretchy, and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it.  I received this one for review.

Everly Grey (www.everlygrey.com): Another company I worked with (review here) and am SO happy with the clothing I received.  The turtleneck is my most comfortable winter top so far, and to my delight has stretched nicely so that I can wear it in my third trimester.  YAY!   The quality of the nursing top (right) is wonderful and it’s really soft.  I was really happy with these two items and would definitely purchase in the future.

Milan Maternity (www.milanmaternity.com): I took advantage of their Black Friday sale and bought a top and a sweater – and I love them!  I’m so glad I made this last order because I think this will be my last time being pregnant and it feels nice to know I have a couple tops that I’m comfortable in and make me look good despite my size.  I also can wear the sweater after the baby so I’m happy about that.  :)  Recommended highly!  I love all of their clothing styles.

(Oh and here’s me in the shirt on the left)

Kiki’s Fashions (www.kikisfashions.com): I’ve had great and not great experiences here, so you have to be careful.  The sleeveless top I reviewed never was real comfortable by itself though it’s nice and long and definitely stylish.  The problem is that the bodice part runs small (something I was warned of).  It looks really cute under a sweater but I never did love it.  Then recently I purchased a dress from them (below – mine thankfully isn’t that short on me) and LOVE it!  It’s not even available anymore but I did find a picture of it for you.  I think the key to shopping here is to not be afraid to ask questions about the sizing before ordering if you are questioning, and to be ready to exchange it if you don’t love it.  The prices are so awesome that it’s worth some trial and error!  My friend Erin reviewed a top from Kiki’s too and she looked AMAZING in hers (she’s the pretty pregnant girl in the picture on right) so maybe my first experience was just a fluke.  Oh and the first top I reviewed and didn’t love is gone now.  They have a pretty high turnaround of clothing and an excellent sale and clearance under $10 area so it’s a place worth keeping an eye on.

For Two Fitness (www.fortwofitness.com): I almost forgot this one!  I worked with this company on a review of one of their maternity fitness tanks and it is SO comfortable and flattering.  It’s the only top I’ll wear for working out.  There are some really cute designs, too.  I recommend checking them out.  :)

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More Places TO BUY

Kohls: I love the quality of the clothing there and have had a great experience with their jeans and tops.  They are pretty pricey, so if you can get a coupon before you go in that would be awesome! JCPenney: I didn’t love their style in general and their in-store selection was limited, but I did get two very cute spring tops when I first was pregnant that I loved.  Shop online here.

More Places NOT TO BUY (or just be cautious and try on everything first)

Target: Did not like anything I bought from their new maternity section, and don’t love their selection. Old Navy:  Our Old Navy had pretty much NOTHING to pick from, though I know my friend Erin got a really cute maternity skirt there that she liked.  I tried on several different pairs of jeans and nothing looked good.  For this reason I was afraid to make an online order, though their online selection has some pretty cute-looking stuff.

Great Places to Look for Deals on Maternity Clothing:

Overstock.com
Zulily (Limited-Time Deals)
Liluxe (Limited-Time Deals)

♥  One of the best tips I can give you for finding deals is to follow your favorite companies on Facebook and Twitter and keep an eye out for coupon codes, flash sales, etc.  That’s how I found out Milan Maternity was having a Black Friday Sale!

Where do you like to shop for maternity clothes?  Do you have any specific recommendations?

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13 Responses to My favorite (and not-so-favorite) places to buy maternity/nursing clothing

  • Great list! I love my Bravado bras too and while I’ve worked with them on my blog I bought all the items myself before I had a blog when I nursed my boys. (I’ve done posts for them only because I believe in their product so much) SOOOOOOOO worth the money, especially for me being a bigger busted woman.

  • Great list. Will pass this to my loved one who is PG. I also love Lilac maternity and I’m not pregnant. :)

  • Thanks so much for this roundup. I’ll be in need of some maternity clothes soon, and will check out these places (maybe a review or two too!).

  • What a great post! When I was pregnant in 2004 I had a terrible time finding maternity clothes that fit right. I wish I would have had this list then!

  • Love this post! Wish I had it 4-5 months ago…before I bought the Motherhood Maternity underwear that fell apart with the first wash!

    I also have been unable to find anything at Target during this pregnancy, except some layering tees that I got for $5 each. Another place that is like JC Penney in that there is not a lot of selection is Sears. They have some good prices with quality similar to Motherhood Maternity’s clothing. I got a pair of dress pants and 3 shirts there for around $30.

  • Those clothes are beautiful! It makes me wish I was pregnant just so I could wear them!

  • WOW! What a great and informative post! I’m 5 months pregnant so this is really relevant to me. I’ve never actually purchased a maternity bra (in 3 pregnancies) but that’s good to know about Motherhood vs Bravado Designs. I also saw a few of my favorite companies on your list too!

  • Great list. Back a decade there wasn’t much good maternity stuff besides Motherhood (which I loved), so it’s so great there are more choices now. Thanks for sharing.

  • I’m going to save this page to refer to next time I have a baby…some of those styles are awesome! I wish I knew about them the first time I was pregnant!

  • Another great place where I found things (other than children’s consignment!) was Baby Gap. In the very back, they had a small section, but the selection and sales were phenomenal. The most expensive thing I bought was $20 shirt.

  • Congratulations! I was out of the loop and didn’t know that you were expecting soon. Love your honesty in this review. I also didn’t have any luck at Target. I actually bought a few inexpensive maternity jeans at Ross.

  • Great list for those mommies that are prego!

  • Oh my goodness, that purple shirt is ADORABLE! AHH!

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