Topshop, the British cheap-and-chic emporium, opens in the U.S.

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During those nine months of pregnancy, you need the wardrobe basics, like black pants or a great pair of jeans. But you also need a few inexpensive, of-the-moment pieces that make you forget, at least for a minute, that you're dressing around a basketball.

Enter Topshop's Maternity Collection. The British fashion emporium that routinely brings great design to the masses (think Target's Go International series with edgier European designers) is now available stateside. Yes, you can find inexpensive uber-trendy pieces at H&M Maternity, but Topshop is available online as well as at their flagship New York City store. You'll find chunky cardigans, skinny jeans, stretchy dresses, and even cute preggo lingerie. And once your babe makes her way into the world, you can dress her in Topshop Mini.

And even better news: You won't have to dip into your soon-to-be little one's college fund to finance your shopping spree. Tops are about $24 to $50, pants about $50 to $80, and dresses around $60 to $100. But before you buy, realize that returns must be shipped back to the UK, unless you can return it to the New York store.

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