When I found out I was pregnant, I made a list of the basics I thought I'd need. The idea of maternity dressing is an odd thing. I know that I might not feel my best, and I believe having clothes I love and that fit can make me feel better. On the other hand, I try to buy things for the long term, and the idea of buying things I'll only wear for 5 or 6 months pains me a bit. My plan is to buy basics, use things I already have, and accessorize the hell out of them. Then I'll treat myself to a few things when I start to get the itch to change it up.

 

Here's my list of basics I think I'll need:

  • Skinny jeans - am looking on ebay for a deal on AG maternity skinny jeans, my favorites so far. If that doesn't pan out, will go with something from Old Navy or Gap (after all, they won't need to last for long!)
  • Leggings - purchased from Old Navy
  • Yoga pants - purchased from Old Navy
  • Dressy dress - will be able to borrow from sister
  • Cute top(s) - will buy when I start to get bored with everything else, hope to find ones that will work even after pregnancy
  • Tanks - one purchased from Old Navy
  • Tees - one purchased from Old Navy
  • Striped tee - my staple and I can't go months without one! I like this one from ASOS.
  • Coat? - would like to try to find at consignment or thrift
  • Jewelry - to keep things interesting when I get bored with my basics

Keep in mind that I work from home and don't have to get dressed up or even business casual very often, so that helps. My sister (who has two babies) recommended that I add a pair of nice black maternity pants to the list for dressy occasions. I already have chunky sweaters, long cardigans, a maxi dress, and several flowy tops that should work all the way through.

So, with all that said, here's a belated list of what I bought in October: above, maternity long sleeved tee, tank, yoga pants, leggings, and a gauze scarf (not pictured). Because of a discount code and rewards for using my gap card, the total for
these five items was $30!

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In addition, I bought a chunky cardigan at Zara ($60) and a necklace from Etsy ($31), for a total of $121 for the month. I actually returned the Diane von Furstenberg dress from my September purchases ($175), so I'm coming out ahead, which is great, considering all the new expenses I'm going to be running into soon!

If you're just joining us, my monthly clothing budget is $200. I think it's important to have a budget and a plan or wish list of what you need because it prevents you from making mistake purchases. Another reason is that it alleviates any guilt you may have about shopping. If something is within your budget (and especially if it's on your wish list), you don't need to feel guilty about buying it - and who doesn't want that? I started these posts because of Franziska and her Budgeting Bloggers group - here's their latest. Here are my previous months' budget posts:  September,  August, July, June, May, and April.

How are all of you doing with your spending?
Any must-have maternity items I left off of my list?