You’ve bought ruched t-shirts and capris in every color from Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, and you’ve ransacked the racks at Target for a decent swimsuit. But, dear beautiful-bellied mamas, there is more out there! We’ve rounded up a few local spots and some of the best websites out there for everything from the perfect nursing bra to the chicest of jumpsuits. Go flaunt that bump!
Photo: Le Tote
Located in the heart of Bethesda, this children’s and maternity consignment shop is your go-to local spot for gently used and high-end clothing, baby gear, toys, and gifts. Coach diaper bag? Check. Pink plush swan rocker? Check. More importantly for the well-dressed mama-to-be, Wiggle Room has a well-stocked inventory of designer clothes for every season. You’ll find Isabel Oliver and Jessica Simpson dresses, Citizens of Humanity and For All Mankind jeans, Motherhood Maternity swimsuits, and a huge selection of nursing bras and nursing covers. Their selection is always changing, but you can sign up on their “wish list” for help finding a particular special item.
This chic and timeless line of clothing, founded in 2011 by Ariane Goldman, is your online source for beautiful pieces for before, during, and after pregnancy. Slip on one of their tailored jumpsuits and you just might forget you’ve got a growing bump. While we’re coveting their everyday essentials and sweet sundresses, we’re especially in love with the Georgie Jumper: though it’s an investment at $278, adjustable straps and a racerback silhouette that allows for a supportive bra means you can wear it for nine months or more!
Well Dressed Mama
Concetta Aires, the mother-of-two and finance wizard behind Well Dressed Mama, knows that that adorable maternity or post-partum swing dress will not look nearly as adorable if you’re wearing an ill-fitting bra. Concetta also knows that, whether you’re dragging your feet through your third trimester or sleepwalking with a newborn, it’s h-a-r-d to leave the house to engage in any kind of self-care. Enter Well Dressed Mama’s concierge service, where Concetta comes to you to help you select and get fitted for nursing bras, tanks, pants, and shorts. Delivery for all products is free within Washington, D.C., and shipping outside of the District is free for orders over $100. Who knew you could get a pretty t-shirt bra that makes you feel good AND makes for easier nursing?
If you’re grimacing at the idea of buying clothes you might only wear for one season, consider a subscription service—we love the glamorous maternity pieces offered by Le Tote (which you may have already used even before you had to consider your growing waistline). They offer plans with different quantities ($69/month gets you three pieces of clothing and two accessories, while $79/month gets you four pieces of clothing), and you can wear the pieces as many times as you’d like and return them when you’re ready for a refresh! Think: Summer & Sage athleisure, RIPE workwear, ikat print knot-front sundresses, and elegant lace yoke nursing dresses. Sign us up!
Bellies & Babies
Driven by the principles, “reduce, reuse, and rethink,” this family-owned and operated consignment shop carries everything from high-end baby, children’s, and maternity clothing as well as popular gear, toys, handmade gifts, and a small selection of popular retail items. Perhaps Bellies & Babies’ greatest asset is their maternity rental department, where you can find a wide selection of designer maternity dresses to borrow for any special occasion—rather than forking over hundreds of dollars for a gown you might only wear once. We also love their commitment to giving back to the community and families in need.
Trendy, affordable, and real: this site has the modern mother in mind and shares the model’s hip and bust measurements for all images of their clothing, so that you know what that split-sleeve midi dress is REALLY going to look like. They carry every accessory from belts to boots to socks, and boast an extensive line for plus-sized mamas. Plan ahead and treat yourself to one of their pretty delivery robes, too!
Where do you go to shop for cool maternity clothes? Tell us in the comments below.