06/12/2012 12:10 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Pregnant Lily Allen Wants Another Girl - To Save Money With Hand-Me-Downs

Pregnant Lily Allen wants another girl - to save money with hand-me-downs! PA

In these times of austerity, even the stars are feeling the pinch – including pregnant singer Lily Allen.

The mum-to-be is hoping that she and husband Sam Cooper have a sister for their 13-month-old daughter Ethel – so that she doesn't have to buy new clothes.

The 27-year-old said: "Fingers crossed it's a girl. Then I can dress her in leftovers from the last baby. That's important. I don't want to have to buy anything new."

Lily Allen with daughter Ethel in her Silver Cross pram Lily Allen/Twitter

And Lily, whose new baby is due this month, gave her top fashion tip for dressing a baby bump, joking: "Just don't leave the house, basically."

Commenting on the experience of her second pregnancy she tweeted: 'Alien, inside me. #weird'.

A bit of advice, Lily, from a dad who knows all about the benefits of hand-me-downs: when you pass on the older child's second-hand-clothes to the younger, wrap them like a present and pretend they're a special treat. They won't know the difference!