Maternity clothing in Japan

This time around I felt like I started showing much sooner, or perhaps because I was starting to show in summer (when clothes are a bit more revealing), I began to wear proper `maternity clothes` sooner too.

I stocked up on the basics (a pair of maternity jeans, and 3-4 short sleeved maternity t-shirts) at H and M which has a maternity section in their Shinsaibashi store, as well as a good selection online (here).

I also kept wearing my maxi skirts, so didn`t have to buy much more until the cooler weather hit! In Autumn, I bought a couple of long sleeved tops and some maternity tights/leggings on sale at H and M, some supportive maternity underwear from Wacoal and Nishimatsuya, and a cute long sleeved sweatshirt on Etsy (here).

I`ve been wearing my long cardigans (coat-igans?) from last season too, which look great with the bump!

Some other places to buy maternity clothes in Osaka (and perhaps in other parts of Japan are listed below), happy shopping!
Here goes...

CHEAP (good for basics)

 Muji - online store and also located in several locations around Osaka - check store finder page here.
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.

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

KandMaternity - this online store sells imported maternity clothing. It is all in Japanese but apparently the I have heard that the owner 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!!!), NordstromA 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... so GOOD LUCK!

If you happen to know of any other stores, let me know and I`ll add them to the list.
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!)
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 on Rakuten, Amazon japan and in general.
When navigating a Japanese website, things can sometimes get a bit confusing, but shopping for clothes never needs to be stressful... here are some more words that may come in handy...
レディース - ladies
  • アクセサリー - accessories
  • シューズ - shoes
  • コート/アウターウェア - coat / outer wear
  • カーディガン/ニットウェア - cardigan / knit wear
  • トップス - tops
  • シャツ/ブラウス - shirts / blouses
    • パンツ - pants (trousers)
    • デニム - denim
    • ワンピース - one-piece (dresses)
    • ベーシックアイテム - basic items
    • スカート - skirts
    • ジャンプスーツ - jumpsuits
    • ジャケット/ベスト - jackets / vests
    • ランジェリー - lingerie (underwear)
    • ソックス/タイツ - socks / tights
    • ナイトウェア - nightwear
    • スポーツウェア - sports wear
    • スイムウェア - swim wear
    • ショートパンツ - short pants (shorts)
    • マタニティウェア - maternity wear 
    • プラスサイズ - plus size clothing
    Good luck! and happy shopping!


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