I adore the concept that Rent the Runway brought us in 2009. Designer clothes for a fraction of the price? Yes, please! We have all had that "closet full of clothes with nothing to wear" moment, and Rent the Runway brought a way to look like a million bucks without spending....well...a million bucks. Recently, a few companies have jumped on the clothing rental bandwagon but in a different form- maternity. As a mom-to-be, you probably have a surprising amount of occasions in which you will most likely see the same people. Sure, you could use the same dress each time, but all of these events are photo opps, at which many people will want to capture you in all of your "glowing glory" (ahem...uncomfortable, tired and nauseous more likely).

Here are a few sites and sample pieces that make maternity wear affordable, if only for the Cinderella-at-the-ball, must-return-the-dress-at-the-stroke-of-midnightness of it all.

Borrow For Your Bump

Brands:

Inanimo

LAmade

Lilac

Molly Ades Maternity

Maternal America

NOM

Paige Denim

Seraphine

Details:

  • Browse by size, style or designer
  • Buy or borrow the piece(s)
  • Borrow for one month, two or three OR pay a monthly rental rate
  • Return in a pre-paid envelope

Cost:

  • To Borrow- pieces are lent at 75% off retail price
  • Shipping is free on orders of $75 or over
  • Optional damage protection- $5 flat rate

 

Rent Maternity Wear

Brands:

9Fashion

Fierce Mamas

Maternal America

More of Me Maternity

Olian Maternity

Vanessa Knox

Details:

  • All items are dresses
  • Browse dresses by occasion, collection favorites or price
  • You receive a 48 Hour Try On Period with every order
  • First Try On Returned dress (and second size free dress) return ship for free
  • Rent for 1 or 2 weeks
  • If available, receive free 2nd size

Cost:

  • Rental prices are up to 70% off retail price
  • Shipping starts at $8 flat rate
  • One week rental starts at $35

Mine for Nine

Brands:

Attesa

Everly Gray

Hatch

Heather Lehman

Jules & Jim

Juliet Dream

La Bella Madre

Mama AppleMaternal America

Maternite

Mayreau

More of Me

Olian

Ripe Maternity

Seraphine

Details:

  • Borrow by the month with the exception of evening gowns
  • Create a wish list and a wait list for additional items
  • Option to purchase borrowed items
  • Option to rent an additional size for a nominal amount

Cost:

  • Free shipping over $75
  • $5 optional insurance
  • Items start at around $11 to borrow

 

What items are at the top of your maternity wish list?

 

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