Monday, June 20, 2011

Rental Maternity Clothes

We have some more "activity" posts and giveaways coming for you soon, but while we whip those up into fabulous nuggets of information, let's take a moment and talk maternity.

In case you missed the announcement over on our Facebook page, this Mom in Chapel Hill is pregnant again. Hooray! Which means maternity clothes again. Boo! And to top it off, I have some weddings and formal events to attend during the pregnancy.

I am going to be honest. I want to look as good as I can while pregnant (hence why I picked this photo- that's how I want to look while pregnant). Therefore, I want nice maternity clothes that fit and are as flattering as they can possibly be. Yet who wants to drop loads of money on maternity clothes when you have limited use of them? Enter rental sites.

Ok, before you get all skeeved out, let me assure you these are safe. Clothes are cleaned and it isn't any different than consignment.

That said, here are the best options we can find at MiCHill-

  1. MineforNine.com has everything. Dresses, suits, casual tops, pants...even nursing wear! At Mine for Nine the rental period is pretty flexible. Plus I love their slogan: "Retail therapy for pregnant women. Minus the Guilt."

    You sign up for a specific period and if you keep it longer you simply get charged for as long as you have it. There are also options to buy off of Mine for Nine. If you get a piece of clothing you love and just have to own, when the season is over you can buy it. As far as damaging the item, they don't seem to concerned about it. Everyone makes messes (they must have seen me dine in my third trimester before, my "shelf" of a belly is a disaster when I am done) so just do your best, they say. Although they do still charge a $5 insurance charge and you can buy additional insurance if you want.

  2. www.rentmaternitywear.com is just designer dresses (very cute!) and has been featured by People magazine. They are a little more strict on your rental period, meaning that when your contracted period is over, which is either 1 or 2 weeks, you have to get it back. They have the same general laidback policy to damage that Mine for Nine seems to have, and then also ask folks specifically NOT to clean them before returning. Dry cleaning is included in the price. But these are some really gorgeous dresses for everything from your baby shower and more casual to formal wear for any sort of military ball or cruise (babymoon!) you might go on.

  3. www.bellybumpboutique.com is even more strict then Rent Maternity Wear.com. You get 7 days, that's it. And they also add damage waivers and they charge you the full price of the dress until you return it successfully. But they also have some really pretty dresses (definitely think formal wear on this one) so if you have a specific need in mind, check them out.
So do you own formal maternity wear at home that you are looking to get rid of (lucky you)? Alas, none of these boutiques accept or buy donated dresses from private places. Most of them work directly with designers and high-end retailers. However, if you feel like your pieces are just that nice, wouldn't hurt to email them I suppose. Of course, you can also look at consignment shops and shows.

4 Comments:

At June 20, 2011 at 8:13 AM , Blogger Hines-Sight said...

congrats! When are you due? That's great news.

 
At June 20, 2011 at 8:16 AM , Blogger allison c said...

Due Dec 15th & I went late with my first - a holiday baby!

 
At June 20, 2011 at 8:22 AM , Anonymous Kristen said...

Shut the front door - rental maternity clothes? I am so there. (due Oct 6)

 
At July 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

FashionForwardMaternity.com also rents designer maternity clothes on a monthly basis. With a flat rate of $23.50 per item/month and free shipping both ways this is a great way to build your dream maternity wardrobe and get the variety and style you deserve!

 

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