Today, I am thrilled to feature a post on ethical maternity fashion from my good friend Christie Barker! She is a Poshmark stylist, momma-to-be, and my go-to person for fashion advice. Check out her Poshmark closet and keep in touch with her on Insta!
When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to be extra conscious about choosing ethically made and secondhand fashion. I knew I would only be wearing these clothes for a short time. I wanted to create the least amount of waste possible and make more informed choices for what I was purchasing new.
I first went to some local thrift stores and only found one pair of maternity black work pants and not many maternity options in my size. So, I decided to buy secondhand online. I joined a buy/sell/trade group for maternity clothes on Facebook and got a beautiful dress to wear to a wedding and a few other events. That got me thinking about using the huge resource that is Poshmark.
I’ve been selling and buying on Poshmark for three and a half years. Poshmark is an amazing place to buy both new and used clothing, shoes, and accessories. I started to search through some of my favorite maternity brands and ended up getting some great deals on some key pieces.
This yellow floral cold shoulder top is by A Pea In the Pod, another popular maternity brand. I think this top is great for a night out. I also got a deal on this top, which normally retails for $88. I bought it for $15 plus shipping on Poshmark. The listing said it had been worn before, but it didn’t look like it!
This pink and blue floral midi dress is from ASOS Maternity. It is actually also a nursing dress with easy access for breastfeeding under the top layer. I love the print, and I love that you can wear it as a midi dress without people knowing otherwise! It was originally $58, and I got it for $12 plus shipping on Poshmark–a great deal! I wore this to my anniversary dinner and got lots of compliments!
I also looked to my favorite ethical boutique, The Flourish Market, for some easy and breezy dresses. I already owned a handful of their “The Everyday Maxi” dress (not pictured in this post) that were perfect for both when I had a smaller bump and now at 36 weeks since they are soft and stretchy. They will continue to be a go-to postpartum. This was huge for me, because I was looking for clothing that would be able to make the transition.
What I wanted later in my pregnancy was something more loose fitting for these hot NC summers. The “Nora” dress (pictured here) is perfect! I love the fit, pockets, and cute striped pattern. The best part is that The Flourish Market donates 5% of sales from this product to Help One Now’s Kairos Village in Peru, providing safe housing for young girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking. Pretty cool, all while looking stylish for the summer!
Y’all, I am so excited that Christie was able to find so many fashionable options for styling her baby bump! To make it even better, she was able to go light on the environment and her wallet by purchasing secondhand and was conscious about purchasing ethically made clothing when she did buy new.
Are you loving any of these pieces, or do you have other suggestions for ethical maternity fashion? We would love to hear in the comments!
P.S. – Use this link for 15% off your first online purchase from The Flourish Market. You’re welcome! 🙂
Thank you so much for posting this!! I struggled so much finding maternity clothes during my six pregnancies. I am definitely going to add a link to this on my website (www.changetheworldbyhowyoushop.com) and you’ve give me the idea to add a new page to the site to help people find ethical maternity clothes!!
So glad you found this helpful! 🙂 There are already so many challenges that come with pregnancy, I imagine people would love to have an easy resource for how to find ethical maternity clothes! Awesome idea for your site!
Love this so, so much! Christie, your picks are gorgeous! I’ve found a few things in the maternity section at Clothes Mentor (but not all of their locations carry maternity anymore so you have to check with each store), and have had my eye on a couple pieces on Poshmark. I love that you’ve been able to find so many! Laura, thanks for featuring this awesome post! 🙂
I can’t wait to see what you found at Clothes Mentor! Also….if you find any great baby clothes…you know a blogger who’d love to feature them 😉
These are all such cute pieces! Being pregnant is such a short amount of time that it seems so wasteful to buy entirely new things, but it had just never occurred to me to secondhand shop for them. I’ll be keeping this tip in mind for the future!
I’m keeping it in mind too! Glad there are people going before us to show us the way! 🙂
That stripe dress looks amazing on you! I’ve been wanting to stop by The Flourish Market so thank you for providing that discount code! 🙂
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