When I was in my third trimester back in 2010, I was unexpectedly laid off due to budget cuts because of the weak economy. That actually turned out to be a blessing because I was able to stay at home with my daughter but as you can imagine we had to get creative with our finances after literally losing income overnight. I’ve always been a deal seeker but I had to take it to a whole new level and since we really couldn’t afford to buy maternity clothes that I would only wear for a short time, I had to think outside the box.
One tip that I share with my friends when they get pregnant is to head to Target for the best maternity tank top ever! It’s flattering, it’s comfortable, it layers well, there are lots of color choices, and it’s under $10. However there is a twist to this deal because you will not find it in the maternity section! If your Target is set up like mine, the women’s clothing is on the right hand side when you enter the store. There are always tables of really affordable tanks, shirts and cardigans by Mossimo. That is where you find the tank top! It’s the Mossimo Supply Co. Junior’s Long & Lean Tank and it is only $9 although I’ve seen it on sale for $4.50 online!
I know what you’re thinking. That skinny little tank top is supposed to cover my ever growing bump? Yes, it can. Since it is a long tank top, there is room for it to stretch over your belly especially because it also has 5% spandex. Target.com has 23 color selections and you can get these tank tops in size XS to XXL. You might have to go up a size or two in order to accommodate that beautiful belly but it all depends on your body since we come in all shapes and sizes.
I dug up an iPhone picture that shows me wearing a Mossimo Supply Co. Junior’s Long & Lean Tank at 34 weeks to prove this actually works. I kept wearing these tank tops until the only thing I could fit in was my muumuu dress from Gap.
They also shrink back nicely when you wash them so I was able to wear them after giving birth as well. They weren’t baggy in the belly but I needed a little room anyway as my belly shrunk back down to (almost) normal. I found them easy to breastfeed in while at home, I just removed one strap off my shoulder rather than lifting my tank top up. I highly recommend giving these a try and if you do, let me know how it goes!