Baby on board, what do I wear!? Step two: Plan your shopping
Today is all about making your lists. Now back to evaluating your regular wardrobe before you go and start spending your hard earned money on maternity wear!
Step two is short and sweet today. This step is all about planning your maternity shopping expedition.
In step one you learned about the different aspects of evaluating the clothing (specifically stretch items) that you currently have in your closet. You have organised, packed away all the items you won’t need during your pregnancy (or that no longer fit) in proper plastic bins and have pulled out all of your accessories from the woodwork.
Now you are ready to look at what how you can enhance what you do have and makes lists of what you don’t have or will need in the coming months.
Fancy the season: Start with making a list of the seasons you will be pregnant and an approximate stage you’ll be during each of these.
• Maternity Bathing suit: To consider if you will be within your second or third trimester during the hottest summer months.
• Maternity winter coat: To consider if you will be within your second or third trimester during the winter months.
• Maternity business suit: To consider if you have a job that requires business attire.
• Special events: Will you have any events like weddings or other special occasions that will require you to buy something a little formal? Jot this down on your calendar and note what phase you expect be in during that time.
Make a working list: Create a working list of items you think you will need.
• Determine if you will need any of the items listed in Fancy the season. Jot these down.
• Build some outfits based on what still fits you in your closet. Are you still just squeezing into these things? Are these items you have kept in your closet because you plan on wearing them out? Do you feel that you can sustain these throughout the first trimester, possibly the second in your pregnancy?
• Look at your lifestyle. Now may not be the time to go with a whole new image overload especially with your body changing rapidly. If you are accustomed to wearing jeans to work and on week-ends, consider planning to buy a few cute dresses for those showers or other weekend events you may have coming up. But if you are a denim girl, you will want your denims when you are pregnant. Research maternity jeans styles you may want to invest in. On the flip-side, if you are a business woman and live in dresses or suits, then plan accordingly with your list items. Again, work with your seasons and what stage of pregnancy you will be in.
• Create your wish list. Begin from the bottom up. I say that because bottom pieces are what you will need least of and moving upwards (tops) you will want the most of! Start adding things like pants, jeans, skirts and then move up to camisoles, t-shirts, dressy tops, bras and underwear etc. Put an approximate number of how many pieces of each you feel you may need. How often in one week do you currently wear your basic black pants? Jeans, favorite T-Shirts? Remember that you won’t be building in the same numbers as you have now.
Step Three will outline how to narrow your list and at what point in your pregnancy you should consider buying these items!
Until then, enjoy your wish list making and evaluating!
If you missed the first step click here to read step one!