Updated October 2018
When I first heard the term “athleisure,” I rejoiced. This word embodied my daily leggings-led momiform.
The trend has only continued to expand since my first pregnancy, now even holding its own category on many clothing websites. Leggings used to be held to the standard of “not being pants,” and alas, we are now free to wear leggings-as-pants beyond the confines of the gym.
Maternity Athleisure Equation
I’ll break it down for you, here’s a simple equation you can follow when dressing up your bump in chic athletic wear:
tee shirt +
comfy sneaks +
a pulled together (and comfy) mama
My name is Kristen and I’m the Fashion Editor here at Lucie’s List. I’ve picked the best of the best for you — having crawled through hundreds of items across countless websites — reading all the reviews (I should’ve counted leggings alone – let me tell you there are a lot!). I also crowdsourced amongst fashion industry mommas and pooled in votes from our audiences across Social Media platforms to hear what others feel are the best items for a pulled together athleisure look. We update this list monthly to ensure it’s current.
Best Maternity Workout Clothes
Let’s begin with bottoms — listed in order of price (low to high), with plus-size at the bottom of each category ~
The Gap has a number of fabulous maternity leggings, offered in both low rise and full tummy panel options – based on your preference. I found the most long-term support from the “full panel” style, so I purchased this crop style for the “between seasons” and wore them frequently.
These come up super high, which is perfect for those big bumps. Reviewers rave these leggings keep their fabric integrity, which can be an issue for some of the budget styles.
Available in black and charcoal, these comfy and highly-rated Motherhood Maternity leggings fit well, hold up in the wash and are VERY comfortable. Come in sizes 1-3x.
Old Navy Maternity Rollover-Waist Yoga Shorts ~ $17 ($12 on sale)
You may still be in need of some maternity shorts despite the fact that we are rolling into winter. These shorts are cute and comfy—they weren’t constricting through the thighs (as many shorts are), yet they still fit my growing waist.
While most of the time I prefer a skinny pant leg, sometimes a wide leg opening is just necessary for comfort. These pants pack an amazing value and are highly rated! I would grab these in black and charcoal, as I could see myself wearing both very often.
These joggers offer a full panel for belly support and the ankle is loose (but still tailored), so it won’t constrict those swollen ankles. These pants look hip when paired with a cute pair of sneaks (see below)!
I recommend stocking up on a number of basic Old Navy Maternity tees for your maternity and postpartum wardrobe. Black and white is reliably flattering, but it’s always nice to have a few bright colors and striped options in your shirt drawer for some variety.
Gap is another awesome store to shop for basic tees. Since I was pregnant in the winter and spring, I loaded up on white, black, and gray long-sleeved options that helped me feel comfortable and fashionable throughout my pregnancy.
Although a tad pricey for a tank, this top lasted me throughout my entire pregnancy and nursing months; it’s definitely an MVP in the ol’ closet. The fabric on this shirt is super soft and comfy, and it also offers great booty coverage—which was a major must-have for me as my backside expanded right along with my bump!
Motherhood Plus Size Side Ruched Maternity Top ~ $35 ($19 on sale)
This is the perfect top to rock with your new fave leggings (see above). This top is longer in fit, offering good booty coverage. The stripe print, lace-up detail, and sleeve ties are fun additions to an otherwise basic top. Bonus: you can often find great specials on this site, where you can buy two and get the third item free. Love me a deal!
Sweaters & Jackets
In your postpartum nursing days, all you want is a hoodie, though it’s logitically difficult to take it on and off all the time. This sweatshirt has a handy side-zip nursing option that solves this problem!
This is the perfect topper to complete your athleisure look. The side zip engineering is genius and offers a fun break from the typical ruching found on most maternity items. You can adjust it as your bump grows from beginning to end (from bean to watermelon!). Your best bet is to size up on this style to get ultimate comfort for the long haul.
I love the tonal look of this cardi. I could see myself wearing this style throughout my entire pregnancy and beyond. And the price is right too!
To top it all off (ha!), this baseball cap is a major player in the maternity athleisure wardrobe. It works nicely on those days when you need to cover up your unwashed hair, yet still look pulled together.
If I were to recommend just one apparel item when it comes to maternity and nursing, it would be this bra. It was comfortable to wear starting in the second half of my pregnancy, and it remained an all-star while nursing. I ended up buying this bra in four different colors during my first pregnancy, and it lasted right through my second pregnancy. Free of wires and other uncomfortable poky bits, this bra is both supportive and comfortable.
Aviators are a classic sunglasses style, and I swear they look great on everyone. This brand offers on-trend styles at about half the cost of larger brands like Ray Ban.
These sneakers come in many colors and would look adorable with any of the leggings reviewed here or maternity denim (or anything, for that matter)…
Nike Air Presto Sneaker ~ $120
I loved my Nike Prestos during my pregnancy! My ankles and feet grew, yet they still didn’t feel constricted in this shoe. I wore these until the very end… as in, at 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant, they were still on my feet—and it wasn’t because I couldn’t get them off!
Back to: Maternity Clothes Series
- Maternity work wear
- Maternity swim
- Maternity sleepwear (pajamas!)
- Maternity jeans
- Maternity coats