Searching for a maternity look which you won’t see on everyone else? Or something a bit out of the ordinary?
One place to look online is at American maternity clothes stores. With a much bigger domestic market, USA maternity clothes brands and manufacturers provide lots more variety, and differing levels of quality, from value to luxury, for “moms-to-be”.
Here are some of the best maternity clothes stores from the USA – or at least some of the better known ones – all of which deliver to Ireland, directly or indirectly.
1. DESTINATION MATERNITY / A PEA IN THE POD / MOTHERHOOD MATERNITY
These are the three websites belonging to Destination Maternity, the biggest maternity clothing company in the world. A Pea in the Pod is the place to go if you want to buy designer maternity clothes. Big US maternity clothing brandnames, like Jessica Simpson, Dita Von Teese, Wendy Bellissimo and Joe’s Jeans are here. It has a premium denim range designed by 7 for All Mankind.
Motherhood is great for basics and essentials, and for baby too, with leggings, tops, jeans and lots of multipacks.
All three stores ship to Ireland. They even have an Irish 01 customer service number which is 01 4433715. It uses a company called International Checkout to deliver, and your delivery charges, Customs & Excise and courier costs are all calculated by this company and paid for when you order. The good news about this is that you can see your costs in € EURO as you buy.
Around for over 100 years, Nordstrom is a big brand, upmarket fashion store retailer, with 110+ stores across the USA. Nordstrom has a massive range, of upmarket, quality maternity clothes. Its maternity clothing brands include Rosie Pope, Tart Maternity and the UK’s Isabella Oliver.
Nordstrom.com is really focused on international sales. For delivery to Ireland, You will be able to see your prices in Euros – and its international shipping rates means you will pay for all the delivery and customs charges upfront and will not have to pay extra on delivery to Ireland.
Hatch is a unique collection of wardrobe essentials for the busy mum-to-be, who is interested in fashionable, elegant and modern maternity clothes. Very different, very unique and quite pricey at €200-€400 for dresses and €125-€350 for tops. Unlike the others, Hatch Collection is NOT able to calculate your delivery and customs charges before they ship – and you will be liable for these when they arrive in Ireland by courier. Also, there are no returns or exchange.
4. PINK BLUSH MATERNITY
Pink Blush is a very different mid-market brand in the US maternity clothing market, with an emphasis on everyday, good quality maternity clothing that remain quite upbeat, fun, feminine – even flirty! You will feel confident wearing their tops, dresses, pants and skirts that are different than found on this side of the Atlantic – and easy enough on the wallet as well.
The drawback is like Hatch, you will be responsible for paying customs and excise charges when they arrive, after paying relatively high courier shipping costs (which are based on the value of the order).
Target is that big American department superstore (a la Macys and Bloomingdales). Its key brand is Liz Lange maternity, who pioneered maternity chic in the late 1990s by creating slim-fitting, stylish, body conscious clothes for pregnant women. The Liz Lange Collection at Target is a value conscious collection. Target has everything you need for the nine months starting from $9.99.
The bad news? Target does not ship directly to Ireland; you would have to use someone like MyUS.com.