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As if shopping for new clothes weren’t tricky enough, pregnancy makes things, well, even more complicated.
When you’re pregnant, your body is changing and evolving every single day, and it can be near impossible to keep up clothing-wise. While some of your staples will still fit comfortably (like those super stretchy yoga pants), you may find yourself in need of new items, like office-friendly slacks or a black-tie-appropriate dress for your friend’s wedding.
So, how do you score yourself a brand-new wardrobe that you’ll likely only wear for a few months without emptying a hefty portion of your bank account? Enter maternity clothing subscriptions and rental companies.
The outfits you’ll rock during pregnancy will most likely be unique to those 9 months (and a few months into the postpartum period). Unless you recently won the lottery, there’s no real need to spend buckets of money on an entirely new wardrobe that won’t last.
It’s also hard to anticipate how your body will change during pregnancy, especially if it’s your first rodeo. Some baby bumps grow faster and larger than others, and some mamas expand in other areas beyond the belly.
With maternity clothing rentals and subscriptions, you have the opportunity to order clothing just a few weeks before you intend to wear it and (the best part) you get to return it in exchange for something new.
This way, you’re always flaunting clothes that flatter your constantly changing body without breaking the bank.
To create this list, we reached out to new and expecting moms to learn what clothing companies they relied on most during their pregnancy and postpartum periods. We also relied heavily on customer reviews and factored in other considerations including price, offerings and versatility.
Here are the maternity clothing rentals and subscription services that the expecting and new-parent set found to be the most helpful, convenient, and style-centric.
Prices are current as of Sept 1, 2020.
Brought to you by two maternity brands you know and love — Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod — comes a long-awaited, just-launched subscription service catering to moms-to-be and new moms specifically. It features a mix of everything, from new-to-the-season styles to classic wardrobe staples.
How it works: You create a virtual wardrobe of items that are best suited to your style and shape and select 3 items at a time to be sent right to your doorstep. Once you’re finished styling those pieces to the max, you select 3 new items and send back the old. Upon return to the warehouse, all clothing is wet-cleaned, dry-cleaned, and steamed under high heat for sanitary purposes.
|Member benefits||In addition to free shipping and returns, as well as unlimited box swaps, you get to purchase any of the items you’ve rented at a discounted rate.|
|Subscription||Monthly subscription with unlimited swaps|
You’ve heard of this online clothing rental service. But what you may not know is that they have a section that caters specifically to the expecting set. Yep! Rent the Runway Maternity launched a few years ago and it’s been a hit with the mom-to-be crowd ever since.
How it works: With Rent the Runway, you get to choose between three different plans, all of which you get to rent four items at a time. Once you select your plan, you enter your due date and see the style that matches your trimester. Select four items at a time, and they’ll arrive at your doorstep in a matter of 2 business days.
|Cost||$89/month for one swap, $135/month for two swaps, and $159/month for unlimited swaps|
|Member benefits||Rent the Runway has one of the largest selections of high-end designers and offers them up for rent at an affordable rate. With your membership you also score free dry cleaning and rental insurance (hey, accidents happen!) as well as free 2-day shipping.|
|Subscription options||Each month your chosen four items are sent to you and, depending on your plan, you can send them back for one swap, two swaps or unlimited swaps.|
With more than 1,000 different items to choose from — including blouses, sweaters, jeans, and even fancy dresses — Mine for Nine is a great option for moms-to-be who are looking to mix and match stylish items with the basics they own at home.
How it works: Browse through the options on their site and choose however many items you’d like to rent. You get to keep each item for a month (except for special occasion wear, which you must return within 14 days).
|Cost||No monthly fee for membership — you simply pay for the number of items you rent.|
|Member benefits||Not sure of your size? Order the same thing in two sizes for a nominal extra fee. Also, if you need an item for a specific date, like a wedding, you can include that information during checkout so the item will be reserved for you when you need it.|
|Subscription option||No subscription required.|
Le Tote is simple and straightforward, which is why so many moms-to-be love their subscription-based service. It’s great if you’re looking for both clothing and accessory additions to your wardrobe.
How it works: Once you create an account, you’re prompted to fill out a style questionnaire that your stylist uses as a guide to make clothing and accessory selections for you. You make the final play call when it comes to what you like and get the chance to swap out anything you don’t like. Your chosen clothing items are sent to you via mail inside a tote for you to wear for as long as you want before sending them back or purchasing them.
|Cost||Starts at $79/month. Optional monthly damange insurance is an additional $5.|
|Member benefits||Score up to 50 percent off the retail price on anything you buy, and all shipping is totally free (both ways!).|
|Subscription options||Monthly membership includes three clothing items and two accessories with unlimited swaps. Additional membership options are available to add on clothing items and accessories.|
If you’re a fan of Anthropologie, Free People, and Urban Outfitters, this is the maternity clothing rental option for you. Nuuly was started by URBN, the parent company behind the three brands, in early 2019, and they launched a maternity option about a year later.
How it works: Like most clothing rental subscriptions, Nuuly starts you off with a profile questionnaire. You fill out all the important details, including your height, weight, and where you are in your pregnancy.
Next you start browsing photos, filtering by size, style, color, and occasion. You save the items that you like to your closet or add them directly to your Nuuly bag for checkout. Your six chosen items are sent to you in the mail in a zippered bag with a prepaid label for easy returns. Send those items back within 30 days and select your next six — easy as that!
|Member benefits||Laundry and repairs are covered, no late fees, and free returns.|
|Subscription options||Subscription includes six items a month. Pause or cancel anytime.|
If you’d prefer to buy your own maternity clothes, but just need some help shopping for trendy pieces that suit your figure, Stitch Fix is a great option. It’s not a subscription service, but rather an easier way to shop for clothes that match your needs.
How it works: Upon creating a Stitch Fix account, you’re prompted to take a brief, 5-minute quiz that asks you the basics: your style, size, and price range. Up front, you pay a $20 styling fee that gets credited towards any items you end up purchasing later on.
Once your stylist makes selects, you’ll receive your items by mail so that you get to try on pieces at home. You keep what you like and send back what you don’t!
|Cost||$20 styling fee plus whatever you decide to purchase|
|Member benefits||Receive personalized styling suggestions from a Stitch Fix stylist based on where you are in your pregnancy. Toward the end of your trimester, give your stylist a heads-up, and they can recommend nursing-friendly items.|
|Subscription option||No monthly subscription required.|