Photo by Lindsey Belle // 37 weeks
Looking back at these pictures, it’s hard for me to believe that my bump is gone! (Or, rather, it’s not really gone yet as I still feel like I look about 5 months pregnant, but it’s strange that after nearly a year there’s not a baby in there anymore.) I’ve gotten a bunch of questions over the last several months about favorite maternity wear, so I wanted to share some of my top maternity-friendly finds that I basically lived in over the last 8+ months (yep, I started wearing maternity pants around 10 weeks, and am still wearing them 2+ weeks postpartum as they are the easiest on my c-section incision while it heals). With each of my three pregnancies I have discovered new brands (both maternity and non-maternity) that work well with a growing bump, and more flattering ways to wear things for my body type and the way it changes when pregnant.
Photo by Lindsey Belle
I just discovered the Luxe Essentials Denim (LED) line of maternity jeans during this pregnancy and loved the styles, comfort and price point – I bought them in 3 different washes and styles: Boyfriend Jean, distressed dark wash, and classic black jeggings (which I also wore to work a lot with a nicer top and blazer).
MATERNITY TANKS, TEES, AND LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS
I lived in these tops for the following reasons – they were stretchy and comfortable, form-fitting enough to show a differentiation between my boobs and belly which helped me not look like a total house, and were great for layering with blazers, sweaters, kimonos, etc.
I got these H&M MAMA 2-packs in black and white for tank tops (worn above in black) and t-shirts, and also loved these Ingrid & Isabel tanks, t-shirts and 3/4 sleeve shirts. I bought this ATM long sleeved T in white and black and they are hands down the softest, most comfortable shirts I think I have ever owned. They are expensive for t-shirts, but were lifesavers for me this winter/spring when I needed to layer and my skin was SO sensitive to different textures (even cashmere on my skin itched and drove me nuts). I wore them out and about and sometimes wore them to sleep in too.
I also loved this Royal Henley top/sweater by La Ligne (worn 2 pics above with the LED boyfriend jeans) – it was long enough to cover my bump well into the third trimester, was really stretchy, comfortable and flattering, and the front buttons also make it a great nursing-friendly shirt postpartum.
Dress by Ingrid & Isabel (striped version here) // 39 weeks
BASIC DRESSES (good for layering)
This non-maternity Enza Costa dress (which I got in black and phantom) was great for layering with long sweaters or blazers. It was so soft and comfy and I found myself wearing the two I got all the time (with tights and boots in the winter/spring and with ballet flats/sandals in the warmer months). I also loved that the length went below the knee which I felt was more flattering (my knees looked pregnant this time around too – not so cute).
As my bump (and boobs and butt) grew, I found that tighter, more form-fitting dresses and tops were actually a lot more flattering than looser clothing (thanks to the aforementioned belly/boob differentiation factor), and the soft stretchy fabrics were also just a lot more comfortable to me. I loved this tank dress and this 3/4 sleeve dress (worn in black in the pic above), both from Ingrid & Isabel.
I also loved this cute polka dot dress (above) from Isabella Oliver (c/o) – on major sale right now – which I frequently wore to work with a black blazer or cardigan over it. The pic above was taken on my last day in the office before baby Jack arrived! 🙂
Blue Boheme dress (above and below)
CASUAL DRESSES (flowy and comfy)
I have a couple non-maternity dresses that worked well in late 2nd and 3rd trimesters and will also be good for a couple months post-partum (when you just want something loose as your body goes back to normal), like this, this, and this (first and last one shown in the pics above and below).
One of my go-to casual looks was maternity jeans and a tighter shirt with a loose open sweater or kimono over it (preferably one that covered my butt). Splendid makes some nice casual ones like this, and I also loved wearing longer cardigans that hit between mid-thigh and knee like these by Theory: this, this and this. I wear these types of sweaters when I’m not pregnant too so have amassed a collection of good neutral options over the years in beige, cream, black (like the one linked above) and grey. You can’t go wrong! I also lived in 2 long Missoni cardigans that I got a couple years ago from TheOutnet.com – a few cute options here, here and here.
In warmer weather I have liked throwing a light kimono over jeans and a tank/t-shirt (like what I wore below to the flower fields in CA). Revolve.com and Anthropologie.com have a bunch of cute kimono options.
OTHER FAVORITE MATERNITY-FRIENDLY BRANDS/WEBSITES
Hatch Collection has a bunch of incredibly chic and comfortable pieces for maternity and after. Their stuff is a little pricier, but I have found the quality to be really good (several pieces have lasted me 5+ yrs and 3 pregnancies!) and love that I can wear them after pregnancy too. I got a few of their silk tops in my previous pregnancies and they were part of my workwear staples again this time around. They don’t seem to make the ones I have anymore, but I love this one, this one, and this one. I was also in love with this comfy t-shirt for lounging/sleeping during my whole pregnancy and have basically been living in it since giving birth as well (the deep v makes it really easy for nursing). I also think this trench is adorable if you’re in the market for a light jacket.
Nine In The Mirror is a genius London-based e-commerce site that curates an amazing selection of mostly non-maternity wear that works great with (and also without) bumps. They have an impressive selection of designers, and you can even shop by trimester, occasion, etc. I also love how they show the clothing on both pregnant and non-pregnant models so you can see what it looks like both ways. I bought 2 great dresses from the site a few months ago (one from Ba&Sh and one from La Double J – sadly both are sold out now) and am so excited to keep wearing them post-baby. They are currently having an amazing sale it seems, so if you have a special event coming up (or just want to feel fab), you should definitely peruse their selections.
I liked wearing Spanx maternity tights in cooler weather and these Spanx maternity shapers with tight dresses in warmer weather as a way to just smooth everything out. The belly panel makes them comfortable enough for all-day wear. I also had a pair of these Spanx maternity leggings which were great for layering with Ts and sweaters in cooler weather.
I hope this was helpful for all of you expecting mamas out there! If you have any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments!