I was pregnant in the winter of 2016/2017 and although I actually enjoyed that time, I remember that finding clothes that made me feel like ME was really hard. I refused to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes because I thought “how long am I even going to be able to wear this?” Everything on the market was a shirt that said some maternity joke on it or just wasn’t my style in another way. Late in the pregnancy I finally stumbled upon a brand called Stowaway Collection, but at that point I had my few pieces and didn’t want to spend more money on “temporary clothing”. Boy was that a mistake.
Here’s what you don’t think about when buying maternity clothing— when that baby comes out, you’re not instantly back to your old size. In fact it took me about 8 months to finally fit into my old jeans. So once I was in the “keep a newborn alive” portion of motherhood, I then had to buy a whole new batch of temporary clothing, some of which were for nursing purposes and some were just to feel presentable and a little like myself. I was really regretting my decision to not buy the Stowaway pieces.
Fast forward to this past August. I had already launched HudsonCounty60, and Stowaway’s publicist had reached out to me. As she was pitching the line the little light bulb went off. I knew the brand already and was so excited to learn that they were actually based in my own backyard.
Stowaway Collection is owned and operated by mother daughter duo Debbie and Stephanie. Not only are they all your mother/daughter goals (I’m already trying to figure out how my mom and I can go into business together), but they’re pretty incredible business women. When pregnant with her first child, Stephanie realized there was a real lack in the market for maternity clothing that didn’t “make you look like a tent”, and also allowed you to feel put together. Stephanie has a bit of a background in fashion, but they’ve essentially learned on the job and developed this amazing fashion brand.
The line is full of beautiful pieces that celebrate your new, beautiful shape and bump, but take you to nursing and beyond. The pieces are made of materials that last and everything is made in USA. A full collection of clothing, Stowaway is made with the modern pregnant woman in mind, so pieces are not only fashionable but also work appropriate.
One of the most important things I wanted to film with Stowaway Collection were the pieces that Stephanie thinks are absolutely essential for every pregnant women. In our second video, Stephanie and Debbie shared what they thought you must get. What made the list? A simple, yet stylish off the shoulder top with a zipper for easy nursing access in beautiful vivid color, a gorgeous form fitting dress with faux leather accents and strategically placed splits on the shoulder, and a pair of beautiful slacks that have a seem down the front of leg and elastic waist, so they easily transition to the postpartum period.
It’s also important to mention that they always offer free shipping and returns, which I think most pregnant woman can attest is an absolute life saver. For more information on Stowaway Collection check out their Instagram here, and to shop, check out their website here.
See you soon, friends!