The postpartum period is tricky. We all want to look cute but we have to decide if it’s worth spending money on new clothes that we’ll *hopefully* shrink out of. I put it off for quite a while but, now that I’m seven months postpartum and haven’t lost a pound (not due to a lack of trying, mind you) and decided that getting clothes that fit was an important step in helping me feel better about the way I look.
Problem is, we’re now a single income family so we don’t have money to just be putting toward a whole new wardrobe. If you’re in the same boat, here’s what I did to build my postpartum wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Affordable Postpartum Clothing Ideas
There are always a lot of great things at the thrift stores near where I live. I’ll visit Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc and it often takes some digging but I usually walk away with a few items for a couple dollars a piece. If you want something a little more high end Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange (here in Portland), and stores like that are a great option!
If you’re not able to (or not wanting to) leave the house there are great online thrift store options. ThredUp is definitely my favorite online consignment store. Not only do I buy clothes there but I also send in the clothes I no longer wear and get credit for my next shopping spree! (Hint: Using that link to get to ThredUp gives both you and me $10 credit to the store!) Some other great online consignment stores are Swap.com and Twice.
Invest in a Few Staples
You probably have a specific item (or items) of clothing that you feel like a rockstar in as long as they fit well. For me, it’s pants. If my pants are too tight I feel horrible! I decided that it was important to me to invest in some larger pants and shorts for this season. I typically wear H&M pants and Old Navy shorts so I went to the stores, found the sizes that fit me now, and payed full price for some items of clothing that *hopefully* won’t fit me for too much longer. Figure out what items you’re willing to pay full price for and let them help you feel good about your body.
I love Ross, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx because I’m always finding great items of clothing for cheap there. I’ve been able to buy some larger shirts, new shoes (my shoe size changed!), and a dress or two (that I can nurse Caleb in) for a fraction of the price of other stores.
Once again, if you don’t want to leave the house there are great online discount stores. Some great ones I’ve bought from are Jane, Groopdealz, Rose Wholesale, or SheInside. Some deals only last a few days so you have to snatch things up when you see them!
If you don’t already, now is the time to shop the clearance racks. Since you’re *hopefully* only going to be this size for a short while, you don’t need to get timeless pieces. Grab cute, comfy clothes for super cheap in the clearance section! It’s so fun to see what’s available at stores like Target, Old Navy H&M, Forever 21, and more!
I hate to say it but it might be a good idea to keep some of your maternity clothes in your wardrobe for the postpartum period. Shirts without ruching can be good if your tummy has maintained some flab, stretchy skirts are great when you can’t shimmy into your structured skirts yet, even maternity pants can be worn after the baby’s been born.
Where do you shop when you’re needing a change in your
wardrobe but don’t want to spend too much?
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