Updated October 2018
I was working in a corporate office up until my first son was born. Because my career was in fashion, I needed to strategize daily about how to dress my bump fashionably, while still being comfortable. I took the challenge head-on, and found some great items I could easily mix and match and wear regularly.
Here are some great, stylish pieces you can wear to the office while preggo. Be forewarned, there are a lot of black and dark colors shown below. I always felt more confident in darker hues, and they also tend to be the most universally flattering.
Maternity Pants & Skirts
I had a black pencil skirt I wore to death while pregnant. I wore tops over it and also tucked them in to define my waistline (because I often felt like a big round ball). I paired it with tank tops in the summer months, and transitioned to sweaters in the fall.
Having a few pairs of black pants in different styles is the best strategy when dressing for the workplace. I wore a pair of black wide legged pants to my office with fitted tops and long sleeve tees, paired with cute kitten height heels. This style of pant works best with tighter fitting tops to balance the volume of the complete outfit.
These pants look tailored enough for a polished office look, but remain comfy. I can see a chic flat or kitten heel paired with them, being worn in a number of ways. A blouse or sweater will complete the look perfectly. And the price is right!
A chino pant is a great polished option for the workplace. The rolled hem on these pants are great for showing off heels and cute flats. Pair with a blouse and top with a cardi for a polished yet comfortable office look. These are available in four colorways.
Maternity Tops & Blouses
Cowl necks are a great sweater style while pregnant. The volume of the neck line distracts from the otherwise larger mass at the waist – ha!
I love this top for the office during the cooler months. Both colors are great, but the teal is especially fun paired with black bottoms. The peplum detail at the arms and waist offer an element of flare to an otherwise basic long sleeve top, and the dot detail on the fabric gives it a fun, updated texture!
The neckline on this blouse is a nice update from typical “shirting.” The fabric is lightweight and on trend, while still polished enough for an office atmosphere.
Maternity Sweaters and Jackets
I love the drapey front of this jacket. It’s cozy but also perfect for wearing at the office. The cream color is beautiful and would go with pretty much everything. The knit sleeves add great texture to this highly-rated style.
I lived in cardigan sweaters during my pregnancy. And I didn’t mind investing in them either as they can be worn after and non maternity most times! A black cardi, in a longer hem, can be paired with so many tops and blouses and worn with pants, over dresses and skirts. This sweater is SUPER soft and highly rated.
The contrasting sweater knits on this dress are so perfect for fall. I love that you can wear this dress post pregnancy as a nursing dress.
This dress is ideal for fall and winter. It’s office chic, but so comfortable at the same time. Pair with boots or flats for the perfect look.
The floral print on this dress is bold and pretty. The color is so perfect for the season with brown or black booties.
Sam Edelman Felicia Flats ~ $100
These flats from Sam Edelman are a pregnancy staple. Oftentimes, you can find certain colors or prints of this shoe style on sale. Nude and black are my favorites because they go with everything!
Clarks Clarkdale Arlo ~ $160
This bootie is super cute in black or brown and has no heel for added comfort while pregnant. This style would be ideal with a crop pant or dress style. Clarks are notorious for comfort; trust me: you’ll want to put on this pair every morning.
Chimes Ginger Chews ~ $8
Although not a fashion item or accessory, Chimes Ginger Chews were my office BFF; I kept them in my desk drawer well past the 20-week pregnancy mark, because the nausea just wouldn’t quit.
Jewelry is always a great way to elevate your maternity style, and the statement earring has taken the spotlight from the statement necklace. Add these to an otherwise basic outfit to take your look to the next level.
That’s our maternity office-wear update for the fall — now get back to work!
Yours truly ~ Kristen
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