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Tips for Buying Maternity Wear Online

Posted on 20/05/2014 in Newsfeed & Style

Shopping for clothing online is always going to be different from physically going into a store and trying outfits on in a fitting room. Based on our nine years of experience in online maternity retail, here are a few pointers to help you safely shop on the web for maternity clothes, and get it right.

Sizes and fittings:

A good maternity wear retail site will have detailed size charts for different styles and each brand, just as we do at Queen Bee. The importance of accurately measuring yourself can’t be overstated! It’s a good idea to check out the stated length of items as well, rather than just going by the photos, as models are often taller than average. Take note of how close-fitting outfits are in the photos, and if you want something a bit less snug, choose a size up. A good store will also answer your measurement queries promptly.

Tips for Buying Maternity Wear Online | Queen Bee Blog


Stretchy fabrics such as jersey are good for maternity wear as they can grow with you and the fabric content and care instructions should be stated in the product descriptions. Jersey is usually a cotton blend such as cotton/spandex, which makes it more breathable than full synthetics – especially good as you are probably already feeling warmer than usual! Note that if you do look at items in non-stretch fabrics, such as 100% cotton or linen, these will often be a bigger fit all over and may have more of a floaty look to accommodate a pregnant belly full term.


For value-for-money, you want items that will last you throughout the pregnancy and even beyond, and through different seasons. Straight-leg jeans and pants are a good choice as they can be worn with the cuffs turned up during the warmer months. Outfits with side-ruching are very versatile in that they can adapt to changing body size over time and also look great worn post-pregnancy.  For more helpful tips on buying specific products be sure to visit our size guide page here.

Tips for Buying Maternity Wear Online | Queen Bee Blog

Check reviews and credibility:

Make sure to check out customer reviews and business credibility before buying. At Queen Bee, we have had the honour of having been featured on 11 different magazine covers and celebrities throughout Australia have worn our clothes.  We have been finalists in the Mother & Baby awards, been featured on national television and we were winners of the Peekaboo 2013 online fashion retailer of the year competition!

Tips for Buying Maternity Wear Online | Queen Bee Blog


It’s important to check delivery times. At Queen Bee, our stock is 'in-stock' ready to go from our Sydney warehouse, and if you order before 2pm on a weekday we provide next-day delivery if you are in Australia Post's Next Day Delivery Network. We also provide tracking updates so you know just when to expect your parcel.

Business and website integrity:

Check that you can find details of the business’s ABN / ACN, address and phone number. A trustworthy site should also guarantee secure payments and have an easy returns policy, and preferably have a regularly updated blog, a social media page, and the option of mobile shopping.

Tips for Buying Maternity Wear Online | Queen Bee Blog

What experiences have you had with online shopping for maternity wear? Let us know in the comments below!


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