Stylish Maternity Clothes: What To Wear In Pregnancy

So you’re pregnant and wondering what to wear. Stylish Maternity Clothes are on your agenda. Well let me tell you this is a great time to enjoy looking wonderful while staying in fashion at the same time. There are so many online and High Street Maternity Stores selling stylish maternity clothing; you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Forget about the tent dresses and wearing your husband’s baggy T-shirts or jumpers. This is a time to look slim and on trend. Your neat bump can be a fashion statement rather than a problem to be hidden under yards of loose fabric.

Lots of stylish maternity clothes have the ability to stretch and grow with your expanding belly. Some companies use runching or stretchy material. Take a look at these great Maternity Style Tips


Best Natural Fabrics:

When you’re pregnant you’ll find that you have your own central heating system on-board. This means that you can often feel hotter than your non-pregnant friends.

Go for natural organic fabrics such as cotton, silk or wool. Look out for hemp and bamboo fabrics too. These are more recent additions to the clothing market, but they feel lovely and soft and can breathe with your changing body temperature.

Best Flattering Styles:

Look for stylish maternity clothes that are flattering and incredibly versatile. Buy items that you can wear before, during and after pregnancy. This way you can economize while feeling stylish and looking great.

Layering is a great way to go. Start with a few basics like long-line vests, camisoles, tops with and without sleeves, leggings and then add some skirts, tops or dresses that you can mix and match depending on the weather and your mood.

Wrap-a-round dresses and tops are wonderful as they fit whatever stage of pregnancy you are at – and after the baby has arrived!

Maternity Denim Jeans:

If you enjoy wearing denim and want to continue doing so during pregnancy you can find plenty of styles. Remember that your belly will keep growing and you’ll need all-over stretch in your jeans. It may not be necessary to buy jeans with an elastic waistband; instead you can find ones that sit below your bump.

If you have some denim jeans that sit on your hips (low rise) you might find that these will fit you right throughout pregnancy. So don’t go rushing out to buy new ones. It could be that some of your pre-pregnancy clothes turn out to be stylish maternity clothes too.

First Trimester Clothes:

Now just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that you need to start wearing maternity clothes right away. If this is your first pregnancy you may be able to wear your regular clothes until you get to your 2nd Trimester.


* Raid your own closet or wardrobe not your husband’s!

* Loosen your belt and give yourself room to breath even though you don’t necessarily show yet.

* Find some maternity bras without under-wire as wires can bruise your breast tissue and restrict circulation.

* Look for clothes that were slightly too big for you before pregnancy.

* Wear shirts or jeans with a top button undone or zip not quite done up.

* Wear a long, stretchy camisole under your shirt or blouse. As your belly starts to grow you can stay covered up if your blouse is short.

* Look at all your stretch fabric clothes and see which will be comfortable.

Second Trimester Clothes:

Your pregnancy is really starting to show! Now is the time to start purchasing stylish maternity clothes. Also sort through the clothes that fitted you up until now and store away those that are too tight. You will probably find that quite a few clothes will fit you all the way through pregnancy.

TOP CLOTHES FOR 2nd trimester:

• A free flowing long cardigan is a great piece to cover or show off your growing bump. Get one in fine wool or a cotton mix.

• A Belly Band (see details below)

• Stretchy trousers and skirts that have a roll-down waist band.

• Cross-over, wrap-around tunics and dresses that expand and flatter.

• Flat comfy shoes.

• Long camisoles and tops to cover your bump.

HOT TIP: throughout pregnancy

Buy at least 2 or 3 ‘Belly Bands’. They cover the gap between jeans or skirts and short tops. Make sure the band is strong enough to hold trousers up by themselves. They allow you to wear normal tops for longer because they bridge the gap caused by your growing belly.

Third Trimester Clothes:

Okay, this is when your regular clothes will mostly be too tight or too short and you’ll really need those new maternity clothes. Remember that you can wear shirts or blouses open with a camisole underneath. Mix and match lots of different color-ways.

The Tie Tunic

, pretty tops or dresses with a yoke-style neckline are really in fashion right now. Make the most of this and get a few that you can wear after the baby is born. These types of tops are also great for nursing or breastfeeding as you can just lift them up and pop baby to your breast under the loose fabric.

Avoid itchy or synthetic fabrics wherever possible as your hormones will be making you feel itchier, stickier and warmer than normal. Cotton and linen are the coolest fabrics.

Maternity Bathing Suits:

During pregnancy you may need one or two maternity bathing suits. Whether it’s just for regular swimming or for holidays in the sun. There are many designer bathing suits to choose from including lots that cover up more than you would normally if you’re feeling self-conscious.

Maternity Bikinis & Tankinis:

Your normal bikini may fit you if it’s made of stretchy material, however you may need a larger size top. Experiment and see what works for you. A sarong or wrap is ideal as a beach or pool-side cover up.

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Isabella Oliver (UK)

Isabella Oliver (UK)