Updated July 2019
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 Dresses & Skirts
Rosie Pope Avery Dress ~ $138
We all need a LBD in our wardrobe — and yes, even when we’re expecting. This Rosie Pope dress, which is made from 100% cotton lightweight knit fabric, is perfect for work: the princess cut and empire waistline help define your bump during all stages of pregnancy, and the elbow sleeves and longer length provide enough coverage for the office. If you’re not keen on black, it comes in two other colors.
Plus size mamas, I hit the jackpot on this perfect work knit dress! This super cute and comfortable number, which has just enough coverage, is offered in three prints and two solids at a compelling price point. The ruched detail will keep you comfortable during all stages of your pregnancy. It’s available in 1X-3X.
Shirt dresses are so easy for work during pregnancy: one piece and done. I love this one because it’s a great mix of femininity with the floral print and color and simplicity with the silhouette of a shirtdress. The flattering tie waist adds a nice touch and length makes going to work easy any day of the week.
Made from premium ponte di roma fabric, this skirt is form-fitting and super flattering to the bump. Plus, the soft jersey belly band smooths for a seamless look. The button tabs to the side is a clever way to adjust as your belly begins to grow. But my favorite thing is the tulip detailed hem — such a subtle and delicate way to elevate an otherwise classic look.
Pencil skirts are always going to be part of the workplace, and we love Pink Blush Maternity’s. Offered in five perfect colors and extended sizes, this skirt features an elastic waistband and double lining. This skirt is also super flattering with ruched sides and hits right below the knee — perfect length for the office.
I wore a lot of maxi dresses to work during my pregnancy. Why? They are so effortless and comfortable. Plus, no tights required, which is great for summer. Offered in three patterns and three solids, this knit maxi from A-Glow at Kohl’s is also in sizes XS-XXL. Pair this flowy look with a structured denim jacket and flats!
This dress is office chic, but so comfortable at the same time. Pair with booties or flats for the perfect look year-round.
Hatch – The Ina Dress ~ $248
The Ina dress from Hatch comes with a pretty hefty price tag, but guess what: you can wear it every day, everywhere; plus, it’s bump friendly, nursing friendly and bra friendly. With a feminine v-neck, this dress also gathers at the waist to give a slight definition to the bump and falls perfectly right below the knee. White is such a great summer color that’s also timeless and chic, and we love the batik diamond details.
Made from the finest ponte soft stretch fabric, this blazer is extremely flexible and comfortable. Complete with an adjustable back piece, it will give you a fitted look through every stage of your pregnancy, even postpartum. Pair this with a ponte skirt for a head-to-toe suit look or toss it on with some denim and a blouse for a more casual work day.
We also love this maternity blazer from A Pea in the Pod, which is made of a super light crepe material. This is fully lined and drapes seamlessly on the body. Pair this with a cute shell top and a stylish crop trouser to complete a more elevated work look.
These grazer pants feature an under-the-bump style and stretchy waistband. This is a classic look for work, and the cropped length makes it the perfect fit for the hotter months (and even for fall). You can pair it with a blazer for a more formal look and give it some edge with wedges. If you’re going for a more casual finish, go with a jean jackets or a minimalist pair of sneakers like Keds or Converse.
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.
Truth be told, I always like to toss in a bit of pattern when it comes to my work wardrobe. Enter these black and white gingham pants from Old Navy. The beauty of patterned pants, is that you can go simple with the rest: an easy top or sweater and flats, and voilà! These have an ultra smooth full panel for maximum support and are made from a soft cotton twill complete with a two-way stretch — a perfect, comfy fit for a growing bump. Available in sizes 0-20.
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.
You want a jumpsuit in your work wardrobe rotation. This one is so easy to dress up or down, transitioning seamlessly from work to playground. Just add a light linen shirt or jacket or cardigan over it, and you are good to go.
Maternity Tops & Blouses
H&M MAMA Creped Top ~ $17
This sleeveless animal print is perfect layered under a blazer or even alone if you have a more flexible office dress code (and if it’s hot outside). Paired with a trouser, this A-line number adds just the touch of fun every pregnant girl loves.
This roomy blouse will be with you from pregnancy to your nursing days. We love that this top can accommodate a bump and also allow you to pump with ease. That’s right, with this blouse from Loyal Hana, you’ll be able to pump at work comfortably, thanks to the hidden zipper in the middle.
Throw on a floral feminine ruffle top with added length — it will be flattering, comfortable and easy for work. This piece from Nom Maternity has concealed zipper openings for nursing, so it will be with you for months, even years. Pair it with a nice pair of denim or a work trouser for a more polished look.
Bae Soulmate Shirt ~ $89
Polka dots are one of the patterns that are super easy to wear! This button down top from Bae is SO cute! Made from lightweight viscose to flatter and comfort your growing bump, this shirt will be your office go-to. You could also tie it up above your bump, over a maternity maxi dress for a more playful, but still totally suitable-for-work outfit.
A classic woven button down in solid white is undeniably an office essential — mine got me through many days at the office. The fluid fit of this Envie de Fraise top flatters through all steps of your pregnancy, and it can be dressed up or down so effortless.
Tunics are great to take the bump to the office, too. This one from Motherhood is offered in three patterns and three solids, and it has a compelling price point — so snatch them up quickly. It has just enough sleeve coverage, and it comes with a removable waist tie so you can either wear it flowing or close to the body depending on your mood.
Maternity Cardigans and Jackets
Even in the summer, offices can get chilly, with the AC blasting all day long. Always be prepared to cozy it up with a cardigan — the quintessential layering piece for pregnant and non-expecting women alike. This easy lightweight open cardigan from Motherhood can be tossed over any outfit on your way to a meeting or a quick escape for lunch. Offered in two colors and sizes S-XL.
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.
Maternity Office Shoes
*For more ideas, check out our LL Staff picks for summer pregnancy shoes.
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 — now get back to work!
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