If you’re reading this, chances are you’re expecting a little one, so first and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS, mama bear!
Now, most people would think that shopping for maternity clothes isn’t as important as the other things on one’s pregnancy to-do list, but trust us when we say that it actually is!
Why? Well, that is exactly what we’ll be looking at in this article. So stick around, mamas, because not only will we be delving into the biggest maternity clothing debate we know of, but also into some of the biggest and most common questions that soon-to-be mamas have about buying maternity clothes!
To Buy or Not to Buy?
Okay, first things first – to buy or not to buy?
This is a debate that has raged for years, and unfortunately, there has been no clear answer to date, and there most likely never will be, as deciding whether or not you need maternity clothes ultimately comes down to personal preference – particularly comfort.
Some pregnant women, for example, do not see the need to invest in maternity clothing, especially if they can still wear most of their regular clothes – the more loose-fitting ones. Some pregnant women, on the other hand, prefer to wear maternity clothing because it is much more comfortable than regular daywear.
So, to put it succinctly, the choice is YOURS, mamas! If you don’t want to get maternity clothes, you don’t have to; if you want a closet full of them, then go for it!
FUN FACT #1: Lane Bryant, an American retail women’s clothing store chain, is credited with pioneering the concept of maternity clothing.
When to Buy Maternity Clothes?
So, when should you buy maternity clothes?
Well, we can’t really tell you for sure when to buy maternity clothes as that depends on your body and comfort, but there are a few tell-tale signs that you may need them, some of which are as follows:
- Your baby bump peeks out from under your shirt
- Your button-down shirts can’t be buttoned all the way down
- You can no longer buckle or button your pants
- You begin to prefer spandex over any other garment you own
- You start to feel uncomfortable in clothes that you were previously fine in
So, mamas, if anything on the list above sounds familiar to you, then that’s your cue!
Where to Buy Maternity Clothes?
Finding where to buy maternity clothes that suit their style and needs is a common concern among pregnant mothers, but we can assure you that you don’t need to be concerned, mamas. If anything, in today’s highly evolved fashion industry, you’re either overwhelmed or spoilt for choices!
We undertook the arduous task of sifting through the hundreds of maternity stores and clothing options available online and compiled a list of our top 5 picks for where you can buy maternity clothes in Singapore.
1. ZALORA Singapore
2. UNIQLO Singapore
3. H&M Singapore
4. Clary & Peg
5. EMMA & KEI Maternity
The best part about all of these brands is that you can do all your maternity shopping from the comfort and safety of your own home!
FUN FACT #2: There are plenty of maternity brands that specialise in all types of maternity clothing worldwide, some of which include Seraphine (United Kingdom), MomNuri (South Korea), Cherry Melon (South Africa), and Le Tote (United States).
How to Buy Maternity Clothes?
Last but not least, perhaps the biggest question of all: how do you buy maternity clothes?
Shopping for maternity clothes isn’t all that hard. You just have to keep one thing in mind, mamas, one that we’ve mentioned several times throughout this article, and that is – you guessed it – COMFORT!
When it comes to comfort, nothing beats cotton. Cotton is light, airy, easy on the skin, comfortable, and extremely easy to care for, making it an excellent choice for maternity clothing.
Now that you know what kind of fabric to go for when buying maternity clothes, here’s a list of a few maternity clothing “essentials” that you should consider adding to your shopping cart.
- Blouses and Tops (preferably loose-fitting ones)
- Maternity Jeans
- Maxi Dresses
- Blazers and Coats
Of course, there are no hard and fast rules about what is and isn’t essential when it comes to maternity clothing options because, like everything else, it’s up to you, mamas!
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