What Are the Best Stores for Low-Cost Maternity Clothes?

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Old Navy (T-shirts starting at $10/jeans starting at $20) carries a large collection of... more 
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Old Navy
Related: Best inexpensive baby cribs
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Old Navy (T-shirts starting at $10/jeans starting at $20) carries a large collection of maternity clothing. Everything from jeans and activewear to swimsuits and outerwear is available, but not every location stocks the maternity line. Luckily ordering online is easy, delivery is quick, and returns are hassle-free, according to reviewers.
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Wed, Nov 13, 2013 12:39 PM EST

By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com

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Parenthood comes with a variety of new expenses. Some are to be expected and others seem to come out of nowhere. Maternity clothing is one that's easy to anticipate and needn't make a huge dent in the baby budget. Cheapism.com, which makes recommendations based on reviews from consumers and experts, has highlighted three stores that offer casual outfits for less than $40.

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Garb that accommodates a growing belly ranges in style and price, but no matter how much you spend, you should feel comfortable and unrestricted by your new wardrobe. If you're uncertain what maternity clothes you need, consult a handy checklist like this one from BabyCenter. Try to be strategic about what you buy new and see if you can find other essentials around the house. Search your partner's closet, for example -- oversize T-shirts make comfy pajamas and oxford shirts are relatively gender neutral. Jersey knits with some stretch, jackets and tops that can go unbuttoned, and pants with elastic waistbands can also serve you well for some time.

High-quality secondhand maternity clothing also turns up online and in consignment shops. Focus on thrift stores in more affluent neighborhoods to find designer gems at a discount (and keep in mind that they can still be expensive). Asking friends who have recently become parents for their hand-me-downs and organizing a clothing swap with a larger group are also tried-and-true options.

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