My husband and I during our recent Christmas Photo Shoot for our family!
I'm writing this post as my tummy is blossoming with our fifth baby inside me-and since I'm at my third trimester I'm almost at full bud! :) So I know full well the joys and trials of maternity tops.
For my pregnancies, maternity tops are essential. I know some ladies say they can get away with just buying larger size woman's tops but I can never do that. I carry my babies low and all in the front, so a typical maternity top works well for me.
I hear ladies say all the time that it is hard for them to find modest maternity tops. While I admit there are immodest tops galore out there, I actually like some of my maternity tops better than my regular tops! I don't pay a lot for maternity tops - in fact I don't think I have ever bought a maternity top full price. Here are my secrets for tops.
When you are pregnant thrift stores, garage sales, and children's consignment sales
can be your best friend. In today's society where many families have two children and then are done-women practically give away their maternity clothes at garage sales. I have found very nice tops for just .50 each at garage sales.
In order of cost, it is cheapest to shop first at garage sales, then thrift stores, then consignment sales.
But in order of ease of shopping,
and an almost sure guarantee of finding something, it is easiest to shop first at children's consignment sales, then thrift stores, and then garage sales. :)
So it really depends on how much time you have to spend looking for clothes. I have also seen lots of clothes listed on Craigslist, but generally they are sold in bundles and you might not like everything you get so I have never done this for myself. But it's another option.
Most of the clothes in my closet are Motherhood brand. They are classic and seem to last a long time. Depending on the style of shirt I think Motherhood does run small, so keep that in mind. I've worn a size large in Motherhood so it will be modest, and I generally always wear a size small!
Here are some of my favorite tops that are available online right now. I think they are flattering and feminine looking.
I like blouses that have a defined waist on them since I carry so low.
The only way I would wear this would be with a white knit top under it-long sleeve or short depending on the season. This would be really cute and modest!
My sister gave me two brand new sweaters she found on clearance at Kohls to wear for this pregnancy. They are warm and cute!
Don't forget about just solid t-shirts. I wear long sleeve knit tops around the house with my denim ruffle skirt
a lot. They are comfortable and warm for everyday.
I find that most maternity tops are cut really low, so this pregnancy it has been a huge blessing to discover the modest layering shells.
I wear these almost every day! It has been the perfect solution to my previous problems of finding an adorable shirt but it just would be really low cut. Finding an actual maternity camisole that is cut high is almost impossible, so these work great.
Finally, don't forget that clothes do start to look outdated over time. If you start out buying used clothes for your pregnancies and are on your fifth baby, chances are some of those clothes are going to look really old, ragged and outdated by now. I went through my clothes this pregnancy and got rid of a sack full of clothes that were long needing to be retired. :)
Shopping for maternity clothes can be fun and stressful at the same time! I'd love to hear where you find your clothes, and if you actually buy maternity clothes or not.
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Labels: Modesty, Pregnancy, The Modest Mom