Bump Friendly Clothing for the Stylish Pregnant Woman

July 25, 2017

When it comes to maternity clothing, I try to stick to the necessities. I’m 16 weeks today, and already find myself barely fitting into my normal jeans, shorts, and even workout leggings! They’re just too tight on my belly! [Insert ugly crying face]. With Harley, I didn’t have this issue until much later on in the pregnancy.

While my goal is to wear as many non-maternity items as possible, I do think there are a few legit maternity pieces worth having:

  • Skinny Jeans: I live in skinny jeans year round, even in the Summer. Personally, I think investing in a designer pair was worth the money, only because I wore them to death when I was pregnant with Harley. Heck, I even wore them for months after having her because they were just so much more comfortable! And now, I’m about a slice of pizza away from being in them completely for the next 24 weeks or so!
    • Another Possible Option: If you’d really prefer to wear your regular jeans as long as possible, try a Maternity Belly Band. I’ve heard mixed reviews. Some people consider them a life saver, and others hate them. I personally never used one, so am open to hearing your thoughts! Also, some people use a rubber band or hair tie to close their normal jeans. I did this in the beginning with my first pregnancy, but feel more comfortable and secure in actual maternity jeans.

  • Black Leggings: Finding a good, thick pair that can be worn during a sweaty workout as well as styled with a cute tunic is ideal. When going for a non-athleisure look, I recommend wearing a long enough top or cardigan to cover the tush. Like jeans, they look great with sneakers, flats, booties, and boots! As mentioned above, almost all of my non-maternity leggings dig into my stomach, so I need to get a maternity pair stat!

  • Casual Body-Con Dress [preferably to the knee or midi length]You may think I’m crazy for suggesting a tight fitting dress, but I personally think it’s so flattering when you can see your shape, your curves, and that baby bump!! There are tons of maternity and non-maternity options that will work, depending on how big that belly is! If you stick to a neutral color, you will get so much use out of this dress! It can literally take you from an office setting to date night.

see an example below:

Bump Friendly Bodycon Dress

Dress [see a very similar maternity style here]  //  Cardigan  //  Sunnies  //  Bag  //  Similar Shoes

Other “no brainers” for me are soft tee shirts, flowy tunics and dresses, and of course, cozy cardigans that aren’t necessarily considered “maternity,” but work with or without the bump.

check out some of my picks and recent purchases below:

As my belly grows, I’ll be sure to keep you posted on some more bump friendly finds! And I’ll definitely be taking more pictures too!

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  • Jessica July 25, 2017 at 10:24 am

    For the first 6 months I was able to get away with mostly non maternity. Now I am DEFINITELY living in maternity wear. At least on the bottom anyway. I agree that one pair of designer maternity jeans are a must. They wash so much better then the less expensive ones and they make me feel chic!
    xo Jessica

  • Mallory | Bumps and Bottles July 25, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Love this post! I’m 22 weeks tomorrow and the bump is growing! Your picks are great! I totally agree with the leggings. I’m avoiding jeans at all cost right now lol

  • LuxMommy July 25, 2017 at 10:43 am

    You are just too cute! Love this!

  • Rachel July 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Love all your picks! The black dress looks amazing on you! I ordered it in the grey and I love it.

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

  • Jenna Colgrove July 26, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    what a great round up!! you look fab!!

  • Angelle July 26, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    You look beautiful!! I love your choices. And, you will look amazing when that baby bump starts showing!!!!


  • Annette July 27, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I was able to get away with non maternity during my pregnancy but I did invest in a pair of maternity leggings and loved them.

  • Meghan July 28, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Seriously you’re the cutest. Very chic maternity style and you can rock this look after the baby!

  • Adriana July 30, 2017 at 11:38 am

    You look so gorgeous! I love all of your choices. xo


  • Sandy a la Mode July 31, 2017 at 10:41 am

    You are so pretty and seriously glowing! I love all of your picks, they’re great for the baby bump!

  • Mariam July 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    This post is just so adorable! Love your picks!

  • Alexis August 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Loving all the picks!