Updated May 2019
Building a basic maternity wardrobe from a few tops, comfy pants, and dresses of different lengths should help you breeze through the 9 months (and a few afterwards!) of dressing your baby bump.
Pro tip: choose your clothes in a similar color palette that easily mix and match to get as many looks out of your maternity clothes as possible. We call this a “capsule.”
Our Favorite Casual Maternity Clothes
Cozy and Comfortable
Let’s face it: when you are pregnant, being cozy is key. Easy fabrics are your friend, and you can dress it up or down for any occasion.
This tie front knit top comes in solids and polka dots, and it is the perfect piece for a BBQ or even a night out to a casual dinner. The knit tie detail gives the top an empire waist silhouette that shows off the bump in a perfect way. Pair it with a cute pair of knit pants to complete the look.
Zara Knit Tie Dye Dress ~ $69
Tie-dye is back! Well, but did it ever really go away? I love this cotton dress. It’s the perfect length, and the sleeve coverage is nice for pregnant women who do not want to show their arms. The electric blue is a cheerful pop of color, which is perfect for summer.
Joggers, joggers, joggers… They are an undeniable pregnant mama’s wardrobe must-have! These cozy joggers from GAP come in three colors and sit below the belly for comfort, easily draping through hips and thighs. It was such a plus on a hot summer day. Plus, they come in sizes XS-XXL, and they are made from fabric that is sustainably sourced from responsibly harvested trees.
Nothing screams “summer” like linen and white. These joggers are made of smooth lightweight breathable linen-cotton, and they have a full panel over belly for maximum support. Offered in sizes XS-XXL, these joggers can be paired with a striped tee for a cute summery nautical look.
Where do I start with this $58 beauty from Pink Blush Maternity? If you’re planning your baby shower, a maternity photo shoot or a casual dinner out, this dress is The One. The v-neckline and short sleeves are flattering and are a perfect balance with the cinching under the bust. Perfect for nursing after pregnancy so this dress can stay in your closet for months after delivery. Plus, it comes in various colors, and sizes range from XS to XXXL and Tall. *Available in plus sizes.
Jumpsuits — one piece of clothing and done! Designed to fit through all stages of pregnancy with an adjustable waist drawstring, this jumpsuit from ASOS features a knit fabric that’s comfortable and easy to move in. I love this look with a pair of sneakers or a summer slide.
This versatile Nordstrom dress is made from extremely soft fabric and drapes beautifully over your curves — very flattering with a baby bump. The inside panel allows for nursing after the baby arrives, so you’ll get more bang for your buck. Plus, the bright color is just beautiful for summer. And should I add that this dress is machine washable? Easy care is key when you’re expecting, no?
This bodycon dress, which is made of machine-washable cotton, is a classic and oh so flattering. Offered in two colors and a print, it hits just above the knee and has great arm coverage for those moms-to-be who are more modest. The ruched sides create flexibility, which makes this affordable dress suitable for all stages of pregnancy.
Graphics are everywhere, and they are so fun and the ultimate caj’ wardrobe essential! I especially love all these cute baby sayings. These from Motherhood are washable and breathable, which you’ll appreciate if you are pregnant during the summer months. These tees are also available in plus sizes, and the side ruched detail is flattering for all body types — so everyone can appreciate this trend.
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ French saying?! If you’re planning on a gender reveal announcement, this is it! This t-shirt from Motherhood, which also comes in pink, is super cute with denim or shorts. Simple, but timeless — you can’t go wrong with this style. *Available in plus sizes.
This color blocked chevron maxi dress from Pink Blush Maternity is everything! The cinched elastic waistline is beautiful with any baby bump. You can pair it with a simple sandal or a summer wedge. So on trend!
When you think denim, you always think jeans right? Well guess what! Denim, a resistant fabric that has been around for so many years, is so much more than that. And with an ever growing bump, it really opens up the opportunity for some great summer looks.
Looking for a layering piece for the summer months? Get a denim jacket. Pack it with you everywhere, and you’ll be ready for any air conditioning that comes your way and cool nights at the beach alike. This jean jacket from Seraphine is so versatile: you can pair it with dresses, joggers and so much more — your options are endless.
Made from premium low stretch denim, these GAP overalls are on trend this summer. Offered in sizes XS-XXL, the drop front waistband hugs your belly and is extremely comfortable. They also come with a concealed adjustable button closure at side waist, and it gives you room to grow through your pregnancy. Plus, let’s be honest: pregnant women in overalls is the absolute cutest!
Pair this pullover tunic top from Target with your favorite maternity leggings or white denim, and you have the perfect outfit for any casual occasion. The flattering tie waist shows off your beautiful baby bump, and the fabric is so soft against your belly, you will never want to take it off.
A denim skirt is a summer wardrobe staple. This one from ASOS features a low rise waist to make room for your growing bump, a jersey panel for extra support, and an extended tab for extra room throughout your pregnancy. But it doesn’t stop there. You can remove the bump band so that you can wear the skirt long after your pregnancy. Win! Win!
Boho Meets Baby Bump
This 60s and 70s style of free spirited dressing is the perfect combo of cool and comfy for any expecting mom. Think Sienna Miller and Kate Moss in 2005 as they walked the streets of NYC. I mean, who doesn’t want to be as cool as them? I found some great pieces that will be perfect for a day party at the park or just a stroll through the farmers market with a cup of decaf.
I Love love love this dress from Pink Blush Maternity! The lace mesh overlay is just beautiful and a great detail to either dress up or down. Offered in extended sizes and colors, the material drapes perfectly over the bump, and the bist and skirt are double lined. Pair it with a cute sandal or a ballet flat, and you’re sure to be turning heads all summer long. *Available in plus sizes.
Boho prints are always so fun while pregnant. If you’re feeling beachy, this dress from Zara features shells on the neckline. The roomy sleeve has a beautiful drape and sits nicely on the arm, just below the elbow. And with the drawstring waist, you’ll be able to adjust the fit during every trimester to flaunt your beautiful bump.
For those hot summer days, this cami trapeze dress is going to keep you cool and cute. The bright flower embroidered detail really bring this dress to life. The midi length is a nice alternative to a maxi dress to still get coverage while being a bit more playful.
Tunics are all the rage during pregnancy — the length is just great to avoid flashing your bump at everyone. The relaxed body and pleated center front of this Old Navy top is easy and effortless. The eyelet sleeve and tie neck are sweet touches to make this top special at a compelling price point. Made from soft cotton, its light-weight machine washable and sits just below the hip for a perfect fit.
Mixing floral prints is a beautiful trend, and I absolutely love everything about this dress. The rounded neck is romantic, and the A-line silhouette is so comfortable for any activity. This floral number is great for a day at the park or a lunch with girlfriends.
In all of my years in fashion, I’ve noticed that the #1 challenge for women is to put their outfits together. “What do I pair this with?” “Ok, these pants are great, but what shoes should I wear with it?” “Should I tuck this top in, or leave it out?” Don’t you worry, mama, because I am a pairing expert of sorts, and I am here to help.
Old Navy Maternity Rollover-Waist Linen-Blend Pants ($36) and Ruffled Linen-Blend Sleeveless Top ($19)
These gold lightweight linen pants come complete with a soft jersey rollover waistband, and it also comes in other colors that would go perfectly with this top choice. This floral top, either as a tank top or with long sleeves, features stunning tropical prints that matches the pants effortlessly.
Loft Riviera Pants ($79) and Flower Stripe Strappy Cami ($49)
“How do I wear white pants?,” is one of the most common questions I get. These cropped cotton pants from LOFT come in sizes 00-18, and the top XXS-XXL. The freshness of the white pants, mixed with the navy and white print, screams “summer” and is the best combination for any occasion.
There is nothing like a good accessory. It’s a fun way to complete any outfit. Wondering how? Here are a few suggestions.
Every girl needs an elevated flip flop in their lives. This scallop girl from Banana Republic comes in eight colors and has a comfort foot bed — so your tired pregnant feet can be comfortable even after a long walk. Plus, they’re so easy to slip on and off, which will come in handy when that beautiful bump of yours gets in the way.
Canteen handbags are soooo on trend right now, and this price point can’t be beat. This one from Amazon comes in a straw material, and it has a long strap, which is a good option if you like a cross-body bag. Perfect for a little jaunt around town or a day out with girlfriends.
Ok ladies, this skinny scarf is going to be your next best friend. Let me tell you all the ways you can add her to your wardrobe. Tie it in your hair as a headband or around a ponytail; tie her around your neck for that chic french look or around your wrist (my favorite way) to add a pop of print and color to your wardrobe. I have also started tying these skinny scarves on my hand bags to add a bit of flare. All in all, it’s such an easy way to elevate your look.
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