Ah, pregnancy. It’s one of life’s most magical experiences—what the female body is capable of producing never ceases to amaze. It’s a time of dramatic changes on every front, not least in the wardrobe department, as your body prepares to accommodate another little human being. Even the most dedicated best dressed list-toppers can find themselves in a quandary when it comes to being comfortable and pinpointing a maternity style.
A few months into your gestation, it’s likely that a lot of what you already own may become redundant, but it doesn’t mean that you have to start dressing completely unlike yourself or solely wearing maternity clothes. Knowing what to look for (where waistlines sit, or how to choose between cropped or oversized jackets) might actually make shopping for this new—if relatively brief—chapter of your life fun.
We’ve scoured the maternity wardrobes of some of the chicest pregnant women out there to bring you their tips for staying true to your fashion fanaticism with a bump… Scroll through the pictures below for all the inspiration and key pieces you may be looking for.
Style Notes: Danish street style star Pernille Teisbaek is proof that oversize shapes can be fashion-forward rather than feeling like you’re relenting into unwanted options. Her denim-on-denim look at the shows didn’t add bulk, especially when balanced out by a little flesh. Take her lead, and go the whole hog with equally directional accessories such as sunglasses and unexpected ankle boots.
Teisbaek’s denim jacket is by Balenciaga, but we’ve spied a similar version in Topshop that will last you well after your pregnancy.
Style Notes: If you’ve been dreaming of cashmere joggers, let Philippa Ross, fashion editor at You magazine and one half of We Are Twinset, make a case for their outside-the-house appropriate-ness in this black pair. An elastic waist and baby bumps make the best of friends, and as black is always smart, no one will think you’re about to do the shopping. Just remember to keep the look smart—like Philippa with her handbag and polished shoes—if you don’t want to feel out of character.
Want something chic and stretchy? These from Allude will do nicely, thanks.
Style Notes: Editor Anya Ziourova demonstrates that leather bikers can work during pregnancy—as long as it’s a cropped style. Here it adds edge to a very girly Dior minidress. A short cut won’t crown your bump, and you’ll wear it for years to come—pregnant or not.
This classic version will never go out of style.
Style Notes: The supremely well-turned-out Eva Chen balances a short, floral dress with flat shoes for a city look that’s practical yet pretty.
ASOS stocks some of the coolest maternity wear around.
Style Notes: Pandora Sykes looks incredible by embracing her bump in this Galvan dress.
This isn't maternity but the ruffle sits just right under the bump.
Style Notes: For Sofie Valkiers, founder of Fashionata, she discovered that striped pieces were the best for her. Not only do they flatter the bump, but they’ll be wearable postpartum.
Wear this over T-shirts, black trousers and jeans. (PS: It's on sale too.)
Style Notes: Think you’d like to try the tonal trend? Yes, you can! Being with child is no excuse… just look for stretchy, forgiving materials to keep your style game high.
A maternity saviour that’s not even from the maternity rails.
Style Notes: There’s no better way to make an outfit more exciting than by adding some eye-catching accessories. Take a tip from Clementine McVeigh, and go all out by adding a statement bag, headpiece and sunglasses.
You don’t have to worry about this not fitting you in a few months.
Style Notes: Susie Lau has found comfort in Topshop’s Lucas maternity jeans, thanks to their super-soft waistband.
You'll get so much cost-per-wear out of these.
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This was updated by Elinor Block in January 2018.