Buying Second Hand Clothes for Maternity Wear

Monday, May 27, 2013

I am well on the way to establishing a decent thrifty maternity wear wardrobe for the coming months.  Being that I previously had no suitable clothes for an expanding belly, and absolutely refuse to buy retail-new maternity brands, I have so far purchased some second-hand additions, and adapted a pair of existing jeans.  I intend on making / refashioning a few extra's as baby grows.

I search opportunity shops with a sole purpose of covering an expanding belly, but do not go looking for the traditional (boring) belly-banded jeans, instead, I try find other interesting ways to accommodate my larger waistline.  Here's how:

Jersey Fabric

Jersey fabric is my best friend! Jersey fabric is made with a light weight yarn, and (can be) very stretchy. The most common clothing garment made with jersey fabric is the t-shirt, yet draped dresses and tops can also be made from the same stretch material.  My favourite purchase so far, is a sleeveless mod style jersey dress, with a stretch at the waist, which I found in my local Vinnies for $6.  In my mid pregnancy stages this will be my go-to winter garment, matched with tights (stockings) and a long sleeved top underneath. I know that as I hit the latter part of my third trimester, this dress will probably not fit anymore, but for now, it is perfect.  Bonus points that I can wear it when I am not pregnant too!

Larger Sized Tops and Blouses
It may seem obvious to buy loose fitting blouses and tops for comfort around a growing bump, and yes I have purchased a few second-hand loose fit tops.  However, what I have been doing more-so, is looking at tops larger than my usual size.  This particular blouse, which cost $2.50 from a local opportunity shop, is four sizes bigger than what I usually wear. At this stage, when my bump is not too huge and we are in the middle of winter, I wear it with a vest, a cardigan, and/or a jacket over the top.

Elastic waists
Can we see a trend here?  S-T-R-E-T-C-H!. We all know that elastic stretches, and therefore, when on the lookout for a skirt, I'm searching for one with an elasticated waist that will grow with me. I recall in my last pregnancy, wearing elasticated waist skirts underneath my huge bump, and intend to do the same this time. My favourite elastic waist skirts found recently, include these two skirts found on my recent op-shop tour.  The blue skirt was $6, and the black asymmetrical skirt with draped fabric, $10, both from Salvos.  (I am wearing the blue skirt in the image below):

Tops with extra length 

It is commonly known that when a belly starts to grow, tops and blouses tend to ride high above it, which can cause skin to show, oh no!  Belly bands are perfect to alleviate this problem, however, I have also been on the look out for tops that have extra length.  With a bonus 10-20cm or so included to a top's usual length (which would normally stop at the waist) makes the world of difference.  There is a DIY way to solve this problem, and that would be to sew an additional strip of fabric to the bottom of an existing top.  I've yet to try this out yet, for now, longer length tops and belly bands will do.

Readers, do you have any additional tips for adding to a second-hand maternity wardrobe?



The Redgewells said...

all clever idea's, love the blue skirt

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Ooooooh it's so lovely to see you modelling your new goodies here:). I couldn't wear anything with a band in the final trimesters of all my pregnancies because my stretch marks itched like crazy! xo

Lisa said...

Been thru both summer and winter with BIG bellies (both babies about 9 1/2 lbs). Here's what helped me. Summer: huge tent-style tanks (take in at the shoulders for modesty); replace elastic in lightweight oversize pants (can go under the bump) while taking in the back; today's hi-lo fashion should work with tops and skirts as long as the front isn't too-too short. Winter: poncho!; open cardis; layers to accommodate internal temp fluctuations; lots of scarves; low-heel boots. Hope this helps!

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