For a fashion-forward woman, being pregnant often means having to sacrifice style for comfort and function. In the past, women have resorted to large, flowy dresses and sweatpants. This is no longer the case thanks to the availability of online shopping and the inclusion of pregnant women by fashion designers. In today’s world women have access to thousands of comfortable, beautiful, functional and affordable designs. We’ve put together a list of some of the best in maternity wear for the expecting fashionista in your life.
Sofsy Nursing Dress
The Sofsy Tie Front Nursing and Maternity Dress is as stylish as it is comfortable. It is made of a rayon blend and is available in five flattering colors. The front tie can be secured in various ways to change the appearance of the dress to your liking. The elastic material is comfortable and breathable. The neckline of the dress features a convenient opening that can be used to nurse your baby without feeling exposed. The concealed opening and added length on the front of the dress allow you to feel comfortable and concealed without being matronly.
Tank Column Dress
This tank column dress by Momo Maternity is for the soon-to-be-mama who still wants to look beautiful during a night on the town. It is a sleeveless, scoop-neck bodycon dress. The ruching at the sides and hips provide the best fit for your growing belly. The added length ensures that it is truly floor-length, despite a baby bump. It comes in four colors and can be dressed up or down depending on your accessories and the occasion.
Mother Bee’s wrap dress is the ultimate in casual style. It is made of a rayon blend which allows for stretching in all the right places. The quarter-length sleeve, v-neck and knee length hemline make this dress flirty and fun. The wrap ties in the front, typically right at the top of the baby bump, to allow the fabric to flow around you without constriction. This dress is available in a staggering twenty-six colors and designs and is very reasonably priced. It has an average customer rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars and comes from an entire line of adorable maternity wear.
Secret Fit Belly French Terry Maternity Leggings
No self-respecting fashionista would be caught dead without a few pairs of leggings in her closet. These leggings are made by Motherhood Maternity and have an average customer rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. Their Secret Fit Belly technology allows the wearer ultimate comfort and the perfect fit without others seeing the stretchy belly band. The belly band prevents the leggings from sliding down and provide additional support to the growing belly itself. They are extremely versatile, can be dressed up or down and are comfortable enough to lounge around at home in. These leggings are available in a variety of colors to suit every wardrobe.
Maternity Tunic Top
This cowl neck top is made by PattyBoutik and is perfect for the working pregnant woman or mother of a newborn. It is made of a stretchy fabric that hugs the body. The long sleeves and length of the top make it cozy and comfortable. The buttons along the side are not just for decoration, the top five buttons come open to allow for easy access when feeding or pumping. This top can be dressed up or down for work or with a pair of jeans. The top comes in six colors and has an average customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Lace Sheath Dress
This adorable maternity dress is made and sold by PattyBoutik. It is made of a stretchy rayon fabric with ruching that is designed to hug your growing curves. The crew neckline is crocheted into a beautiful lace pattern that comes down to form cap sleeves. The length, at just below the knee, combined with the neckline and lace across the back give just the right amount of coverage. It comes in four jewel-toned colors sure to look good on any complexion. This dress is a hit with an average customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Online retailer BlackCherry designed this off the shoulder maxi with the free-spirited fashionista in mind. The dress is made of stretchy breathable fabric for increased comfort. The off-shoulder cap sleeve and left thigh slit provide a bit of added sex appeal without being overwhelming. The ruching under the bust allows for growth of your belly bump and provides additional support to the bustline. This dress can be dressed up with a necklace and heels or dressed down with a jean jacket for a more casual event. If you purchase this dress with your maternity photoshoot in mind, accessorize with a flower crown and sandals for an ethereal look. With over two hundred customer reviews and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, this dress is a fan favorite.
Striped Nursing Top
Milk Nursingwear created a design for a casual yet cute top that has hidden functionality. The Striped Solid Yoke Nursing Top has three criss-crossed front panels that form a cute, flowy design. In actuality, the top panel lifts up to allow for convenient and covered breastfeeding or pumping. The top itself is adorable and does not give away its utility as a nursing top upon first glance. The striped pattern adds to the already interesting design and is available in black or red. Pair this shirt with jeans or leggings for a cute daytime look.
This long-sleeved tunic top is made by Hello Miz and is great for colder weather. The loose fit and billowy fabric allow for layering underneath in the wintertime, (ordering a size up is recommended for more of a loose fit). The crossover v-neck and long hemline work well for an expecting mother who is more modest or wants to be as comfy as possible. This tunic is available in heather gray, floral or mocha. Pair with leggings, a scarf and tall boots for a fashionable fall outfit.
The true fashionista knows that style is critical, even while asleep. This maternity nightdress is cute and comfortable for a time when sleeping comfortably becomes more and more difficult. Goldenwork’s nightdress is very soft and flowy with half sleeves and an elastic band under the bust. The v-neck makes nighttime feeding and pumping easy, making it multi-use for pregnancy and after birth. They come in blue and gray and are available in a set with matching sets of maternity panties. The nightdress and matching panty sets have an average customer rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
During pregnancy, it can become difficult for a woman to feel beautiful or stylish. Your rapidly changing body and seemingly limited fashion choices can wear down on one’s self-esteem. All women are beautiful and all women, especially those in the midst of their pregnancy, should have access to affordable clothes that make them feel beautiful.