Not that many years ago, the mention of maternity clothing brought to mind a rather frumpy image, as there were not as many options available that fell into the category of “cute.” But these days, maternity fashion has been revamped. Forget you mother’s shapeless, elastic-waistband jeans. Pregnancy in this day and age doesn’t have to mean losing your person style or flair!
It is relatively easy to find fashionable shirts to wear when expecting. A friend of mine recently had a baby and never even wore an actual maternity shirt; instead, she opted for cute tops with an empire waist that she can continue to wear now that the baby has been born. Pants, jeans, and skirts, however, can be more of a challenge. Finding a pair of pants that fits properly is a challenge for most women even without carrying a baby. But there are many stylish options available to fit any look!
Bisou Bisou makes some adorable maternity jeans, available at JC Penney for between $30 to $32 depending on size. The jeans are pull-on with a comfortable, supportive, all-around elastic waist. The jeans are wide-leg and come in a dark denim that is perfect for either dressing up or dressing down. They would look equally good with jeans and a casual top as they would with a blouse and dress shoes.
Textures are hot this fall. Don’t get left out just because you are expecting! Motherhood.com has many stylish pants to offer, including these fabulous herringbone slacks in a medium brown, which cost about $30. They have a cute side-button detail (which is very popular this season) and an adjustable belly that allows you to wear them throughout your pregnancy. They are elastic-free for those who just can’t bear the thought of being bound in by a stretch strip of fabric. Motherhood.com also offers $6 shipping on any size order, which could potentially save you a lot of money!
You can even fid cute corduroy pants to wear during pregnancy, like the adorable cargo cords from Old Navy. These pants feature a low-rise waist with an elastic back and a drawstring for superior fit and comfort. They are available in both olive green and a beautiful, rich purple. Corduroys are a classic choice because they can be worn as casual wear or as business casual, depending on what they are paired with.
For warmer days or more formal occasions, a skirt is the ideal choice. There are many cute maternity skirts available, like the Secret Fit Belly Knee Length A-Line Floral Skirt from Destination Maternity. This skirt is a rich chocolate brown with a delicate pink floral pattern and an all-around elastic waist for support and to minimize the appearance of your belly.
For comfort and casual style, try the Jersey Maternity Skirt from Juliet Dream and available at Blossom Maternity. The soft jersey cloth is comfortable and cool to wear. The knee-length skirt can be worn two ways; either with the wrap-around waistband, or alternatively it can be worn with the top folded down and tucked below your belly. It comes in basic black, charcoal, or a subtle plum. It is a little more pricey at $78, but is designed so that you can continue to wear it post-pregnancy as well!
Remember, just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable! Look around and you might be surprised at the array of styles available in maternity pants and skirts!