There are so many adorable and affordable maternity clothes available these days. And lucky for us, celebs and fashion bloggers are showing us exactly how to dress our bumps for maximum style. You will need to invest in a few staple pieces that you can layer with more inexpensive maternity wear, as well as looser fitting pieces from your regular wardrobe (and maybe a few borrowed shirts from your significant other, if they’re cool with it).
Below I’m going to share with you the top 10 best styles for cute maternity clothes. Whether you’re pregnant yourself or know someone who is newly expecting, you can’t go wrong with looks like these. Never underestimate the power of wearing clothes that feel good and make you look great during pregnancy—it can be a difficult time with so many changes happening in your body and your hormones raging. Looking put together at work, school, home or out with friends can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself. You also want to keep the seasons and your home climate in mind: if you’ll be pregnant in the summer, it’s a safe bet that you’ll be comfiest in loose, flowy pieces like swing dresses and tunics paired with shorts. If you’re having a winter pregnancy or live somewhere cold, you’ll want a jacket or coat to layer over all of your clothes, and you may consider investing in a great pair of maternity jeans as well. Before you get too far along in your pregnancy, you definitely want to pick up a few pairs of the top 15 best maternity leggings, as well as at least one of the best black maternity dresses on the market.
The following top 10 best styles for cute maternity clothes are pretty much universally cute, flattering and fun. I might just have to snatch up a couple of new pieces before my pregnancy is over in September!
1. The Comfy Cozy Maternity Outfit: Leggings & Tunic
A pair of leggings and a comfy, stretchy tunic make a divine combo when it comes to maternity wear. You will want to purchase a legging with a full panel to get you all the way through your pregnancy, such as these Leading Lady Women’s Cotton Maternity Support Leggings. (You can also see my article on the top 15 best maternity leggings for even more great options!) Tunics pair perfectly with leggings, giving you some breeze on top as well as creating a flattering silhouette. The leggings are hand wash only, and they’re made from 69% cotton, 27% nylon and 4% spandex, giving a super soft and stretchy fit that is perfect for pregnancy. They also come with plenty of support for your growing belly, with additional support for your back, which improves back pain and your posture. These leggings go up to a 2X Plus size, so they should come in a size to fit most women.
The Rags and Couture tunic featured comes in nine elegant colors, all of which look amazing with simple black leggings. I love the pairing of leggings with a tunic because it gives you one fitted item and one that’s more loose, which looks great with most every body type. This tunic is designed and made in the USA. It can be machine washed on cold. This tunic is stretchy and loose fitting, meaning it should grow well with you throughout your pregnancy.
To finish off this look, I would add some strappy sandals, such as these Billabong Women’s Crossing Over Flat Sandal, and a simple pendant necklace.
Price: $19 for leggings | $9.99–$17.99 for tunic
2. The Summer-to-Fall Maternity Outfit: Swing Dress
A maternity swing dress is literally the most comfortable thing you will put on throughout your entire pregnancy. You won’t have to worry about a panel making your belly hot or itchy, and you will get a nice, cool breeze on your legs when the weather is warmer. Many swing dresses, such as this one featured by Mother Bee, don’t have any telltale stretch panels on the sides, meaning you can keep wearing them postpartum as well. This swing dress comes in six great colors, but I love the burgundy best as it so rich and on trend. This dress is seasonally versatile—pair it with adorable sandals for summer or leggings and booties for fall! Made from a 95% rayon 5% spandex blend, this dress is stretchy enough to grow with your belly. It can be machine washed on a cold setting. Best part? It has pockets! I would wear this dress to the office, to a baby shower or even just when lounging around the house.
3. The Go-To Formal Maternity Outfit: Maxi Dress
If you’re pregnant and you haven’t yet bought yourself a maxi dress, you should remedy the situation as soon as possible. Maxi dresses are oh so comfortable, and they give you the full coverage you need if you don’t want your legs exposed. They work for most scenarios: work, school, home, the beach, your favorite restaurant. And they look chic as hell too. This emerald colored beauty from Seraphine is the ultimate in fancy-to-casual maternity style. The gathered empire waist is stylish and flattering, with a knotted belt look to accentuate your new figure. And the dress expands out over your growing bump, making it comfy and practical for your entire pregnancy. The soft and stretchy jersey feels great against your skin, and its deep V means it adapts easily to a nursing gown after your baby is born. If you have a wedding to attend, this dress would pair perfectly with some metallic flats (or heels if you’re feeling brave). Or keep it easy breezy for summer with your favorite flip-flops or tennies. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to styling a maxi like this one.
Price: $84 (20 percent off MSRP)
4. The “It’s Too Hot for Words” Maternity Outfit: Distressed Shorts & Tank
What I love about modern maternity wear is that you can embrace current trends through your clothes while staying comfortable and accommodating your ever-expanding belly! I love the distressed denim trend because it exudes casual cool—it’s perfect for spring break or summer vacay, and it keeps your look from being too boring. (Secret time: I have a pair of distressed denim shorts, and when I went out to see a movie with my friend, she had no idea I was wearing maternity clothes!) I’m digging this shorts and tank combo to bring some color and brightness into your look. And the Motherhood Maternity tank (a top notch brand) is just 10 bucks.
The US&R Women’s Denim A Line Washed Distressed Secret Fit Belly Shorts are a great purchase. They’re made from a stretchy and soft combo of cotton and spandex, with a belly panel to cover and grow with your bump. The panel has an expander on it to help make the shorts last you even longer during your pregnancy. These shorts even come with a 30 day money-back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied by the product.
The Motherhood Side Ruched Scoop Neck Maternity Tank Top comes in 10 solid colors and two striped versions, but I’m partial to the pink for its vibrant hues. The scoop neck shows off your pretty collarbones, and the side ruching expands to grow with your belly. Stock up on this tank in as many colors as you want, as you’ll be wearing the cotton/spandex blend all summer.
Price: $22.99 (61 percent off MSRP) for shorts | $14.98 for tank top
5. The Boho Chic Maternity Outfit: Cropped Jeans & Flowy Top
It doesn’t get more low-key stylish than this combo of cropped maternity jeans and a flowy top. I love this look because it’s equal parts polished and down-to-earth. This is my go-to look for running errands, preschool drop-offs and dinner dates with my spouse. A flowy top makes me feel chic, even when my belly is growing so rapidly its size takes me by surprise every time I look in the mirror. The jeans are the perfect cropped length for spring and summer, and they have just the right amount of distressing (no need to worry about too much exposed skin).
The PinkBlush Maternity Distressed Cropped Skinny Jeans are your investment pair to wear throughout your whole pregnancy. The blend of 78% cotton, 20% polyester and 2% spandex give the perfect stretch and movement. At $55, they’re in that sweet middle ground of pricing that makes them affordable if you plan to rewear over and over again (which you definitely will!).
The Cestyle Women’s Sleevelss Layered Crew Neck Pleated Soft Chiffon Blouse Tank Top comes in four different colors—the blush is my favorite for its simple elegance. The silky fabric (100% polyester) dresses up nicely with a gold necklace and some leather ballet flats. It’s a great work blouse to pair under your blazer too.
Price: $55 for cropped jeans | $26.99 (46 percent of MSRP) for flowy top
6. The Put Together Maternity Outfit: Maxi Skirt & Button-Down Shirt
Okay, I have to say I’m partial to this look. One of my favorite fashion bloggers used to rock a maxi + chambray top when she was pregnant. It looks oh so chic with the sleeves slightly rolled up. She paired hers with red lipstick and a topknot, and it looked amazing. Even with a fresh, bare face, this vibrant skirt and neutral top will look great on your pregnant body. Bonus: Both pieces I’ve chosen for this look can be worn during and after pregnancy. Double score!
The Due Maternity Isabella Pregnancy & Beyond Maxi Skirt is such a fun piece. At just $19.99, you can afford to throw a piece like this into your rotating maternity wardrobe. You may not wear it every day, but it will still get use paired with tank tops or scoop-neck maternity tees. This is a floor-length maxi skirt with an elastic back waistband to accommodate your changing body. There are cute slits on each side of the skirt for ease of movement and a bit of a sassy look. This skirt is made from 100% rayon. It’s machine washable on cold.
The Lilac Maternity Women’s Maternity Heather Button Down Top is truly the perfect button down for maternity wear. It’s the perfect medium tone blue chambray color, and it’s made in the US from 100% cotton. The buttons snap open and closed for quickly getting dressed and undressed. This shirt is hand wash only. It’s a little pricey at $86, but a neutral piece like this will take you through many months of pregnancy and postpartum wear.
Price: $19.99 (48 percent off MSRP) for maxi skirt | $86 for button-down shirt
7. The Easy Breezy Maternity Outfit: Striped Dress
Shh, don’t tell, but I have three striped maternity dresses in my wardrobe right now. They’re just so dang versatile! The navy and white combo of this Everly Gray Women’s Maternity Camila Short Sleeve T-Shirt with Side Shirring is absolutely darling—it’s almost got a nautical vibe. Sometimes wearing a fitted dress with side shirring, like this one has, instead of a looser piece can actually be more flattering. It hugs your bump comfortably, giving you a nice shape with the perfect expanding fit. This dress is made from a blend of 95% rayon and 5% spandex, so it has plenty of stretch to grow with your belly. The short sleeves and scoop neck are flattering on most body types, showing off most of your arms and your collarbones. Pair this dress with gold flat sandals for an everyday look that works in so many different venues, from work to hanging out with the girls. This dress is machine wash safe. And the very best part? Dresses take the guesswork out of putting together an outfit—just grab and go!
8. The Effortless Chill Maternity Outfit: Baseball Tee & Skinny Jeans
This baseball tee with three-quarter sleeves and skinny jeans combo is a fave—it just looks so comfy, casual and cool. The baseball tee comes in 18 color combinations, all of which are neutral and look great paired with skinny jeans or your favorite maternity leggings or shorts. I would wear this outfit while running errands or grabbing a quick dinner with my family. It is effortlessly cool. In the summer, pair it with your favorite broken-in baseball cap, or pick up a new one, like this cool Vintage Washed Cotton Adjustable Dad Hat Baseball Cap that comes in tons of different color combos.
The baseball tee is made by LaClef, and you can score it in your favorite color combo for just under 20 bucks. It’s made in the US from soft, stretchy jersey material. It can be machine washed on cold. Beware that consumers say the shirt tends to run small—you may want to order a size up.
Pair your tee with a high quality pair of stretchy full-panel maternity skinny jeans. This pair by Motherhood Maternity is a top choice for its flattering cut, stretchy panel and good value, at just $39.98. You will be able to pair these skinnies with just about any maternity top in your wardrobe, so they’re an excellent buy for your pregnancy.
Price: $19.99 for baseball tee | $39.98 for skinny jeans
9. The Romantic Maternity Outfit: Floral Print Dress
Florals are so hot for 2017, and why should you miss out on the trend just because you’re pregnant? I’m digging the large blue floral print on this LaClef Women’s Floral Print Draped 3/4 Sleeve Long Maxi Maternity Dress. This faux wrap dress has a built in belt for emphasizing your curves without making you look too bulky. I’d pair this dress with my favorite flat sandals or sneakers and a simple gold bracelet—it really doesn’t need much to make the outfit look great. I think this would make a great outfit for brunch with your BFFs or even for your baby shower. This soft and stretchy jersey dress (made with 5% spandex) comes in 13 different colors, all with a floral print of some kind. You already know I love maxis for their comfort, breeziness and style. Add in the deep V and you have a universally flattering cut that is also perfect for nursing postpartum. This dress fits true to size, with lots of stretch and extra room for your growing belly. It can be hand washed or machine washed on a cold, gentle cycle. It’s made in the US. Consumers describe the colors as “vibrant” but also say that it is not quite long enough for very tall women.
10. The “I’m Not a Regular Mom, I’m a Cool Mom” Maternity Outfit: Motorcycle Jacket & Cool Tee
For the coolest moms on the block, this faux leather motorcycle jacket with blue and white graphic tee is where it’s at. Pair this jacket and tee combo with your favorite maternity jeans, leggings or even a boho maxi skirt. Add some killer ankle boots, such as these Lucky Brand Women’s Basel Boot (I have them in brown and they are close to true love), and your look is complete. If you need help choosing leggings to go with your outfit, check out my roundup of the top 15 best maternity leggings.
The faux leather jacket has plenty of rocker details, such as the zippers, hardware and the details on the sleeves. The black color goes with everything, so if you’re going to be pregnant while it’s cold, you’ll want a jacket like this that you can wear all season long. It has an open front and is made from a polyester/rayon blend. At the moment it is available only in extra small and small sizes; check out another option with a fuller range of sizes like this Zeta Ville waterfall blazer with faux leather sleeves.
The “You’re Kickin’ Me Smalls” tee conjures up sweet childhood memories of watching The Sandlot with my family. The funny take on this memorable quotation makes for a super cute tee from Motherhood Maternity. It’s made from a cotton/polyester blend for a super soft fit, and it has side ruching to accommodate your growing baby belly. The scoop neck and short sleeves keep you cool and highlight your best assets. Wear it with anything from shorts to PJs to my favorite look: this faux leather jacket and tee combo, paired with distressed jeans.
Price: $149.97 (11 percent off MSRP) for the motorcycle jacket | $24.98 for the tee