Why Buy When You Can Rent?

06.23.10 Great maternity looks without breaking the bank


Now that you're expecting, we're sure you've been hit with the sticker shock of maternity clothing prices, particularly evening wear. And now that it's summer wedding season, it seems like a waste of money to spend so much on a dress that you're only going to wear once. That's where online rental clothing services come to the rescue.

Belly Bump Boutique offers moms-to-be the chance to rent maternity formal wear from a variety of styles and designers, including Maternal America and Fierce Mamas for Moody Mamas by Christian Siriano. (Last year, the Project Runway winner shared his fashion tips for moms-to-be with our readers.) The online shop features free return shipping, plus dry cleaning is included in the price.

Expectant women can also find chic evening dresses online at Rent Maternity Wear—save money and feel beautiful at the same time! Just go online and choose your dress from the site's various selections under different occasions (from baby shower to weddings to cocktail parties), then check out and wait for its arrival by FedEx. It comes with a prepaid return mailing package; and no dry cleaning is necessary.

Both websites offer sizes extra small (XS) to extra large (XL). Rental prices start at $35.

When you're expecting, dressing for two means finding the right look for you and your new baby bump. When it's all about ease, some straightforward staples will get you through your days in comfort and style. (Don't forget the comfy maternity jeans!)

Or how about seven looks for less: Check out an entire week of maternity styles, each piece for less than $60.

Now that it's summer, think about some bohemian-inspired bathing suits to set an easygoing vibe for the summer while you're expecting.

But when it's all parties, all the time: Celebrate your blossoming belly with these fancier styles and dresses.

Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.