Reader Question - maternity wear in Osaka

QUESTION : Thanks for the info on baby clothes, but baby hasn`t arrived yet... where can I get maternity clothes here?

ANSWER : I wrote a post on this a couple of years ago... so I`ll give you that information, plus any more I know about now...

Here goes...

CHEAP (good for basics)

Muji - online store and also located in several locations around Osaka - check store finder page here.
* H and M - they have lots more stores now (store info here) and have a small selection of maternity wear. No online shop yet.
Akachan Hompo - online store and real stores located in Honmachi and other places here.
Nishimatsuya - stores located in suburban areas around Osaka, and an online store through Rakuten
Sweet Mommmy - although I haven`t used this site, I have seen some recommendations online (and they have an English website!)
Nissen - very cheap online store
Belle Maison - also cheap online store
Angeliebe - online store - also haven`t shopped here, but they specialise in maternity wear apparently.
* NEXT UK have stores in Japan, and also an online shop.

Also check out the womenswear sections of your local `malls` like Itoyokado and Aeon which often have cheap maternity clothes (not the most stylish maybe, but ok for mixing and matching!)

More EXPENSIVE (good for one-off and formal items)

Mama`s & Papas - online store which ship to Japan. They used to have stores here, but I couldn`t find any information this time.
Isetan Umeda - there are some items on the 7th floor, but again, mostly baby and kids` stuff.
KandMaternity - this online store sells imported maternity clothing. It is all in Japanese but apparently the owner (Kanako) can speak English if you want to contact her.
* Also, most of the big department stores (Hankyu, Hanshin, Daimaru etc) have some maternity items on the Kids/Baby floor, but I have found most of their selections are VERY limited and really expensive.
* Other stores which ship maternity wear to Japan include ASOS (FREE shipping to Japan!!!), Old Navy, Nordstrom, A Pea in the Pod, lots of shops on Etsy, and more. A quick google search of `maternity wear international shipping` will produce a myriad of options!

Now although I have shopped at some of these stores, and heard of others, I can not guarantee that they will have your size, or that the staff speak English or have things you like. This is just information... GOOD LUCK!

If you happen to know of any other stores, let me know and I`ll add them to the list.

And if you are brave enough to head online, check out the words マタニティ ウェア (maternity wear) for lots of options in Japanese.


Fran xx


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