The thought of wearing maternity jeans in pregnancy makes some people cringe. Shoot – it’s hard to find the right jeans on a normal day, but with a pregnant belly? Oyyy. Not to mention… COVID — jeans seem like sooooo 2019!
I totally get it.
But I promise: once you find the best maternity jeans, you’ll want to wear them every day, even if you’re staying home. They’ll be as versatile in maternity as they are in normal life (normal, haha).
Here’s my cheat sheet to help you find the perfect pair:
Here are our favorites for Fall/Winter of 2021. We chose these winners based on our own experience combined with reader polls and user reviews. Enjoy!
There will come a day when your regular jeans will no longer zip up…. but you just need a little extra space. Yes, you can extend the life of your regular jeans by wearing this BellaBand over your unfastened (non-maternity) waistband. It’s also amazing for the postpartum months, either to keep your maternity jeans up as you start losing baby weight or for fitting back into your regular jeans.
Denim for Fall/Winter 2021
Maternity Skinny & Straight Jeans
We love these skinny fit jeans that hit at the ankle, but our favorite part is the high-rise crossover panel that offers belly and back support as your bump grows. At $25, these are awesome, everyday maternity jeans Target style for #everymom.
H&M maternity jeans are hands-down a crowd favorite. Yassss, we are in
This jean was one of the top favorites in a recent poll (and highly rated in general). The “Secret Fit Belly” is a seamless stretch maternity panel that grows with you throughout your pregnancy. The calf is narrow without being tight and the back pocket is REAL. They come in long and petite sizes, so you can easily find the perfect fit.
This very highly rated maternity jean on the internet comes to you from J Crew. The classic blue indigo wash is just gorj as we roll into fall and winter. There’s a beautiful formality that lends itself to an elevated look while remaining comfortable. J Crew FTW.
This is a great value from Nordstrom. Confession: I loved these jeans so much during my pregnancy, I bought a second pair (yeah!). These inky black (true black!) ankle-length jeans are perfect for fall and the raw, stepped hem keeps it real.
Another reader favorite, these maternity jeans are very flattering, super comfy and fit great. *Tend to be very skinny at the bottom which makes them perfect for boots. *They run a little big.
These have a great “real denim” feel (compared to jeggings), are super comfy, and stay up well. Many love that they look and fit like true non-maternity jeans. *Note that even the tall size is not full-length.
Great to dress up or down, these comfy jeans keep you put together when you’re feeling anything but. The belly panel is so soft, you can wear them all day long.
Madewell’s iconic perfect vintage jeans, but for expecting mamas — yes, please! These have a broken-in feel and a retro look, and they don’t look like maternity jeans at all. Perfect for the fall, with some slip-on sneakers or boots.
Wide & Boyfriend Maternity Jeans
A great slouchy, live-in pant for an effortlessly cool look. These look great with a simple white button-down shirt, and expecting mamas love how comfortable and soft they are.
Bring back the 70s and give your maternity wardrobe a little… flare (yep, we went there). Flare jeans are all the rage right now, and it turns out they pair really well with a bump. The destructed legs give it an edgy look that we love.
A classic wash and a relaxed fit (without being too baggy) is a perfect combo for a cool, comfy everyday maternity look. People love that these maternity boyfriend jeans stretch with their belly without needing the pregnancy panel.
Maternity Jeans Plus Size
These maternity jeans flatter during any trimester and keep you comfortable, so that you can keep rocking denim even as your bump grows.
These soft, stretchy jeans are super comfortable and have a great fit. On the spectrum from skinny to boot cut to flare, they are more flare (!), despite the product name. *Note: runs long.
The best Plus-Sized Maternity Jeans reported from multiple sources, these fashion-forward distressed jeans look great in any context and come in 1-3x. Highly recommend!
Denim Overalls and Accessories
Gap Denim Baseball hat ~ $22
The dad hat is taking center stage of the cool mom’s wardrobe. So move over, mom jeans (and bad hair day), the baseball cap is here to save the day. We love this dark wash — a perfect addition to your fall rotation.
As fall rolls through, get ready to bust the most versatile item of clothing in your closet: the denim jacket. This one from Gap has an oversized look that will work great with your bump (and beyond). It’s also a great layering staple to have for the colder months.
Rejoice mamas — these black overalls are made of a soft stretchy denim to grow comfortably with your baby bump. Put on a stripe top underneath, and you’ve got yourself an easy everyday look.
That’s all for now, ladies. I hope you find some jeans that make you and your bump feel great!