• Sun. Jun 23rd, 2024

Best Maternity Clothes 2024 – Forbes Vetted

Among the many rapid changes we experience during pregnancy, the need for different clothing can be one of the most palpable. Everything feels too tight, from your bra to your jeans—and you suddenly can’t reach down to tie your own shoes. So when you’re reaching for the day’s outfit, whether that’s to hit the gym, go to work or snuggle into your bed, the best maternity clothes can provide a confidence boost right when you need it with breathable and forgiving fabrics and stylish designs. Read on for our favorite pieces, staff-tested brands and the cutest maternity clothes to ensure you feel your best.

We’ve personally worn these brands, interviewed to fellow moms and scoured reviews of the following pieces to find the best maternity clothes to get you to the nine-month finish line and even into those hazy postpartum months. We also spoke with a stylist to get tips on finding the right fit and fabrics to match your evolving shape. Read on for the best maternity clothes on the market right now.

Best Maternity Clothes At A Glance

  • Best Maternity Leggings: Beyond Yoga, Storq, Lululemon
  • Best Maternity Jeans: Joe’s Jeans, Madewell, Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Best Maternity Underwear: Lively, Cosabella, Kindred Bravely
  • Best Maternity Dresses: PinkBlush, Ingrid+Isabel, Hatch, Emilia George
  • Best Affordable Maternity Clothes: H&M, ASOS, Old Navy, Quince
  • Best Casual Maternity Clothes: Storq, Universal Standard, Isabella Oliver
  • Best Maternity Clothes For Work: Hatch, Bumpsuit, Angel Maternity
  • Best Maternity Tops And Tees: A Pea In The Pod, Nom, Ripe
  • Best Maternity Swimsuits: Summersalt, Kindred Bravely, Motherhood
  • Best Maternity Jackets And Outwear: Ingrid + Isabel, Seraphine, PinkBlush, We The Free
  • Best Maternity Clothes For Weddings And Events: Seraphine, Kimi And Kai, Show Me Your Mumu

Beyond Yoga maternity leggings consistently outperform other maternity leggings and are recommended over and over again, mom to mom—and top our list of the best maternity leggings after extensive testing. People love them, because they’re stretchy enough to work from your first trimester to your third, are breathable and moisture-wicking and they come in colors both basic and fun, letting your personal style come through in your maternity wardrobe. This popular pocketed version is our fave for keeping all your essentials handy. The brand also offers comfortable jumpsuits, joggers, dresses and all sorts of leggings styles.

What our testers say: “When I put on these Beyond Yoga leggings, I felt a little bit like Goldilocks,” says co-author Lex Goodman. “The compression wasn’t too tight or too loose, the rise of the over-the-belly panel wasn’t too high or too low, and the fabric felt luxurious and soft but also like something that would survive a good workout without issue.”


While we’ve included this brand for its ultra-soft leggings, which are C-section friendly and optimal for lounging, all-day wear and even workouts, anything Storq is a maternity must in our book. The brand’s Oeko-Tex certified leggings deserve a special shoutout, because they’re available in sizes 0 to 30 (with a petite option as well) and come in several super wearable colors. Many reviewers praise how incredibly comfortable they are as well.

What our testers say: “I’ve worn these during multiple pregnancies and absolutely love them, especially for everyday wear,” says Lex Goodman. “They do run a bit on the thin side though so you may want to pair yours with a longer top.”

Lululemon is beloved for its velvety soft, ultra-stretchy and thin yet fully opaque leggings and other activewear selections. What we love about these is that you can wear them before, during and after pregnancy (which make the robust price less daunting). They’re soft, don’t dig in at the waist and adapt to your changing body. They also come in a variety of lengths based on your height, the season or whether or not you prefer a cropped look.

What our testers say: These are breathable, comfortable leggings, which both authors enjoyed in multiple pregnancies. However, they’re not designed for maternity, so they don’t always fit your bump perfectly. We’ve found they roll under the bump during certain trimesters or depending on where the baby was sitting. Coauthor Elizabeth Kadar is also a big Lulu fan, living in her Align leggings throughout her last two pregnancies, in between and after. “I still wear them 18 months postpartum, and they’ve maintained their shape beautifully without stretching out,” she says. “The quality is unmatched.”

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Joe’s The Lara Ankle Cigarette Maternity Jeans

For those who subscribe to the, “I’m not a regular mom; I’m a cool mom” mantra, Joe’s Jeans are a favorite. Not only do they have options that range outside of skinny jeans, but the rise hits at the perfect place on your bump where it’s not too low and not too high. They won’t stretch out after all day wear either. Joe’s also offers the same styles in standard sizes, so if you fall in love with a maternity version, you can return to it postpartum or vice versa.

What our testers say: “As someone who tests maternity clothes for a living, Joe’s are my most worn maternity jeans,” says Goodman. Kadar agrees, noting that finding stylish but comfortable maternity jeans that are on-trend and not baggy by the end of the day can be tough, but Joe’s makes it easy.

These bestselling cropped Madewell Maternity Jeans are comfortable enough for all-day wear and versatile enough to take you from the office to an outdoor concert. The fun flare style is perfect for summer paired with sandals and a tank top or dressed up with a blouse and polished flats. If cropped isn’t quite your vibe, Madewell offers a variety of washes, fits and sizes to suit your personal style. The supportive and super soft over-the-belly fabric on this pair is cut low in the front for comfort and high in the back so you stay covered.

What the parents say: Erin Wyer is a big fan of Madewell maternity jeans for the quality, stretchiness and the fact that they’re often marked down, which is a big selling point for a garment you may only wear for a short period of time.

Abercrombie & Fitch jeans, believe it or not, are amazingly ideal for pregnancy for a few reasons. Not only are they available in sizes 23 to 37 with options for short, regular or tall, but they’re quite on-trend and comfortable—and often on sale. The panel on these maternity jeans has the ideal amount of compression, but can also be folded down if you’re early on in your pregnancy.

What the parents say: “I love that the front pockets of these jeans are functional, which isn’t the case for so many other maternity bottoms,” says Goodman. Los Angeles mom Connie Lin also owns this pair in two colors and says: “I love Abercrombie. They always have sales and stackable codes, and their jeans comes in short, regular and long lengths.”

Not only are Lively’s maternity underwear and bras cute, they’re also surprisingly supportive and breathable. Plus, the brand offers bundle options to help you save a bit of money. These sleek nylon bralettes double as nursing bras with easy-to-use drop-down clips, but don’t look dowdy thanks to the chic signature mesh trim. Many moms note that the band runs a bit tight though, so you’ll want to consider sizing up.

What our testers say: “I wore these wireless nursing bralettes from week four of my first pregnancy until the bitter end and loved them,” says Goodman.

Never Say Never Maternity Boyshort

If you’re looking for maternity underpinnings that up the confidence ante, Cosabella should be toward the top of your list. The brand’s underwear and bras are functional and beautiful all at once, plus they’re actually comfortable, adapt to your body and still look fresh after multiple washes (which isn’t always the case with lace).

What the parents say: Perfect for maternity photoshoots and wearing beyond pregnancy, parents praise the comfort, quality and style of these luxe lace undies. “Super pretty and flattering,” says one reviewer. “Also so soft and comfortable.”

Kindred Bravely Maternity Briefs (5-Pack)

You can kiss all those pregnancy wedgies goodbye. As with other clothing from Kindred Bravely, these maternity briefs stand out because of the cross-over construction. They sit comfortably under your bump even once your baby drops. Kindred Bravely is a standout maternity clothing brand, because of its extended sizing and intuitive construction across categories. You can snag these in a beige/black, pastels or an assorted set.

What the parents say: “The most comfortable underwear I’ve ever had,” says one reviewer. Another adds, “they fit like a glove and are so soft and comfortable.” In fact, so soft, she feels like she’s wearing nothing at all.

We love PinkBlush, because the retailer offers a wide array of brands and prices, both exclusive to the site and otherwise. Many of the maternity dress options are super stylish and fun, like this sweet smocked ruched ruffle hem dress that’s available in seven solid colors. It’s perfect for a baby shower, maternity photoshoot or just paired with sneakers and a cute jean jacket for an everyday outfit. The adjustable tie at the bust is especially great for changing bust sizes.

What the parents say: Many moms applaud the comfort, versatility and adjustability of this feminine dress. One mom in her third trimester writes: “I love the pockets and the adjustable cinching at the bodice so you can create a sweetheart-like neckline and control how much cleavage is showing. I wore this at the end of 28 weeks of pregnancy, but I think it’ll work well at any point of pregnancy and even before/after.”

Whether you’re headed to meet friends, a dinner date or work, Ingrid + Isabel has a dress for the occasion. We love that the quality of the pieces is superb. The fabrics are also incredibly soft, and many of the dresses specifically work postpartum, so you get lots of bang for your buck. This black tunic dress is so easy to dress up or down for any occasion, plus it has pockets to stash your phone or lip gloss.

What the parents say: “I splurged on this dress, and I do not regret it one bit,” writes one reviewer. “I dressed it up to wear to a wedding and got so many compliments on it. I also wore it more casually the following day, because it looks so cute and is very comfortable.”

Hatch is one of the most beloved luxury maternity fashion lines—and for good reason. Not only is the quality bar none, but the styles offered are both timeless and fresh. In short, we wouldn’t mind wearing Hatch whether pregnant or not. The pieces are designed to be donned beyond pregnancy without feeling frumpy or maternity-specific. While pricey, they do hold their resale value really well if that’s the route you want to go. Also note that Hatch charges shipping for returns, so keep this in mind before ordering multiple sizes.

What our testers say: Kadar says her Hatch dresses are still some of the most worn pieces in her closet today. “I especially love their basics, like this long body tank dress, as it can be styled so many different ways, whether it’s warm or cold out. While I don’t own this style, I do own a similar tank top and t-shirt dress that are still in rotation in my closet two years postpartum.”


Emilia George dresses are simply fabulous. If you’re in the market for a chic shirt dress, wrap dress, something with cutouts or even a blazer dress, this is the place to look. The Khloe dress is feminine, flirty and fashion-forward with plenty of room for a growing bump and easy nursing access once baby arrives.

What our testers say: “I love that the pieces don’t look maternity specific and feel sultry and fresh without being revealing,” says Goodman. “The quality is also exquisite.”

As with its standard line, H&M does a fabulous job of creating elevated basics at a manageable price. We love that H&M maternity clothes look like stuff you’d want to wear, pregnant or not. Plus, the cost is palatable for something that you’ll generally wear for a shorter time frame. There’s no shortage of options to choose from based on your own personal style.

What the parents say: It’s worth noting that the brand has made an effort to include more sustainable materials in its maternity collection and the quality is, in my opinion, often better for maternity than the standard offerings. One reviewer dubbed these “the perfect breezy pants.” Another says she’s “going to live in these this summer. I’m due in August and right now my belly has room but everything else fits great.”

ASOS has a ton of lovely everyday options, but its trend pieces, event dresses, work clothes and basics are particularly attractive. Many maternity dresses or tops that are suitable for a party or special event are expensive at other retailers, but not at ASOS. Find fashion-forward picks at reasonable prices in the maternity section of this retailer.

What the parents say: “Always get my dresses from there and they have a good return system,” writes a mom in Goodman’s local moms’ Facebook group.

If you’re in need of basics, including T-shirts and tops, as well as bottoms, Old Navy offers a full maternity clothing line. There are a ton of options across categories, but we especially love stocking up on tees, tanks and lounge items here. Many moms praise the well-priced maternity jeans too, and you can find cute activewear pieces for a steal. Currently, we’re eyeing these bestselling fleece overalls—the perfect cozy new mom uniform.

What the parents say: One mom reviewer declared these top-rated overalls “a pregnancy staple.” They score high marks for softness and style, though they do run big, so size down.

Quince is a team favorite at Forbes Vetted. The brand combines attractive pricing with quality and sustainable fabrics, and the maternity line is no different. Whether you’re looking for a wrap dress for work, leggings for prenatal yoga or great elevated basics to build your maternity wardrobe, we highly suggest Quince. Many items come in bundles and returns are free. Comfortable, flattering, soft and breathable are just a few of the words reviewers use to describe this versatile little black maxi dress, which several note is chic enough to wear to work.

What our testers say: “I recently had the chance to try on several pieces from the new(ish) collection and was pleasantly surprised with the fit and quality,” says Goodman.

Not only does Storq offer sizes 0 through 4x, but the brand stands out because its pieces look different than other maternity brands. They’re infused with an element of playfulness and youth, which is exactly why we love it. These maternity clothes are practical and yet, feel a bit special. The fabric is also exceptionally soft. The placements of the buttons on this specific top are ideal too, meaning you can unbutton the top two buttons and show some collar bone instead of cleavage.

What the parents say: “Bright, polished and easy to wear,” is how one reviewer sums up this perfect pregnancy shirt. Another adds that it “fit great when nine months pregnant and now postpartum is one of my go-to’s to look somewhat put together despite being overtired in the newborn days.”


Universal Standard was founded with the mentality that a woman’s style shouldn’t have to change just because her size does. While the brand isn’t maternity specific, its pieces are made to work for anytime in a woman’s life and are equipped with extra stretch to grow with you. The female-founded brand also offers the Fit Liberty collection, which allows shoppers to exchange sizes for free (within a year) if their size changes.

What our testers say: “I have three casual dresses from Universal Standard that I used in my first pregnancy and continued to wear postpartum for years,” says Goodman.


In both casual and workwear, Isabella Oliver makes beautifully tailored and crafted pieces that we want to wear on repeat. Like this dress, every planet-friendly piece in the collection is easy and effortless with a focus on fit, quality and comfort.

What our testers say: “This sustainable, ethically-made, female cofounded, UK-based brand is one of my new favorite maternity lines,” says Goodman. “I’ve worn this shirtdress a number of times, as well as tops and trousers from the collection, all of which look polished but feel like I’m wearing pajamas.”

From chic stretchy suit pants and sleek skirts to the perfect machine-washable pregnancy blazer, celeb-loved Hatch’s selection of fashion-forward workwear pieces is hard to beat. This double-breasted black blazer is comfortable, yet perfectly polished and looks beautiful paired with matching pants or your favorite pair of maternity jeans and white sneakers for a more casual workwear look. Yes, it will fit and flatter a 40-week bump.

What our testers say: “My Hatch pieces still look brand new years later,” Kadar says. “While I don’t work in an office, I’ve worn several pieces to my husband’s work parties.”

Bumpsuit was born out of the idea that pregnant women should have a chic essential layer that can be endlessly styled for pregnancy and beyond—without irritating seams or elastics that dig in and cause discomfort. What started with a bestselling black stretchy jumpsuit has since grown into a full-blown elevated basics brand beloved for its its comfort, understated style and ability to mix and match with other pieces in your closet. This bump-hugging rib dress features a conservative boat neck and midi length and comes in a rich brown or black for the office or Zoom calls.

What the parents say: While slightly pricy, the Bumpsuit pieces are incredibly wearable and can remain layering staples in your closet long after baby is born. Perfect for business meetings and brunch with friends, this rib dress is “so comfortable yet has amazing compression,” writes one mom. “True to size. Thirty weeks and wish I would’ve ordered it sooner.”

Some work-appropriate maternity options can feel less than modern, but Angel Maternity has created pieces that feel office-ready and classic, while still feeling au courant. The silhouettes are often standard but Angel Maternity frequently incorporates tie waists into its dresses so they come off as less tent-like and more flattering. This textured knit midi is made with a discreet nursing panel for easy breastfeeding access postpartum.

What the parents say: “I bought this dress to wear to my baby shower and I loved it,” writes one reviewer. “It’s super comfortable” and surprisingly “light and airy,” she says.

A Pea In The Pod sells a variety of brands at various prices, including its own signature brand. It has plenty of tees and tanks to choose from, many of which can be used during pregnancy and postpartum. This soft ribbed tee comes in black and white and is so easy to throw on with denim shorts or stretchy linen pants for a cozy but pulled-together look.

What the parents say: Goodman and Forbes Vetted deputy editor Rose Gordon Sala (a mom of three) recommend A Pea In The Pod tees. Both say they were favorites during pregnancy and postpartum.

Nom Crosby Nursing Hoodie

There’s no shortage of cute tops (or shorts, jumpsuit, dresses or pants for that matter) from Nom. The majority of items are meant to suit you during pregnancy and long after so that you can get more use out of items that you fall in love with. This cozy sweatshirt offers nursing access and the ability to wear year-round.

Pretty much everything Ripe makes is worthy of being added to your cart, from its simple but chic dresses to pregnancy and nursing-friendly tops. This lightweight soft rib jersey tank features drawcords so you can adjust the length to cropped with a cute high-waisted skirt (like this matching number) or longer with your favorite pair of baggy 90s’ inspired maternity jeans. It looks great at work or at your neighbor’s summer BBQ.

What our testers say: “I specifically love this brand, because it makes an effort to make pregnancy and nursing accommodations look like fashion-forward flourishes,” says Goodman.

Moms and moms-to-be rave about Summersalt bathing suits because of the way they hug and flatter, while also remaining practical. We appreciate that the swimsuits grow with you from day one of your pregnancy through postpartum, so you can focus on relaxation instead of having to search for that precious suit that fits just right during your early days on this motherhood journey.

What the parents say: “This is the first maternity swimsuit I’ve found that managed to actually handle my chest, which has grown considerably in pregnancy,” writes one mom in the reviews section. Several others point out the practicality of the side ties, which help create the perfect fit, whether you’re newly pregnant or nearing your delivery day.

When we say Kindred Bravely sets itself apart thanks to extended sizing, we mean they go as far as to add sizes that accommodate larger busts, too. As most moms will tell you, apart from your bump, this is one of the areas of your body that will undergo the most changes so specific sizing is a breath of fresh air. This breastfeeding-friendly wrap swimsuit is both practical and flattering—and it’s available in a handful of pretty colors and prints.

What the parents say: “In a time when my body is changing and growing and always uncomfortable, this swimsuit makes me still feel pretty,” writes one reviewer. “It covers nicely and the material is soft. The ruffles around the neckline are a nice feminine touch too.”

While Motherhood boasts a wide range of all sorts of maternity wear, we especially love its bathing suits, which look high-end without the price tag to match. Motherhood offers a number of options for all styles, like this high-waisted, bump-friendly bikini (which is available in a variety of prints and colors), and many offer UPF 50+ protection.

What the parents say: “Best maternity swimsuit I have tried,” says one reviewer. “Very comfortable. Made me feel secure, supported, and cute. Good wide straps to keep my chest contained and lifted. Got many compliments.”

Finding a great-fitting maternity jacket that keeps you cozy without looking frumpy can be quite the challenge. This quilted puffer from Ingrid + Isabel gets the job done in style. It has zippers on both sides you can unzip to make space for a growing belly, allowing for up to 8 inches of extra breathing room. Simply zip back up postpartum to return to your regular size.

What the parents say: “Beautiful, comfortable and so warm,” writes one reviewer. Another praises “the zips on the side that allow me to wear this jacket early on but still provides room to grow. The material is very nice and wears like a nice pre-maternity puffer jacket.”

Seraphine is reinventing the outerwear game for expectant parents by offering a broad range of gorgeous jackets and coats in 3-in-1 designs, made to fit during pregnancy, postpartum and while wearing baby. This parka, and several other coats from the brand—including hoodies, puffers and dad jackets—come with an extra panel you can zip on to keep baby covered too when it’s cold out.

What the parents say: Writer and mom-of-three Jenna Johnson of Mama Bear Living loves this Seraphine parka. “Not only is it the perfect jacket for a growing belly, but it’s baby carrier friendly too,” she says. “After baby is born, you can carry them comfortably while keeping them close to you.”

If you’re looking for great everyday maternity jackets that are always on-trend, we recommend PinkBlush. It carries the cutest laid-back outerwear from a variety of brands, including chic shackets, oversized denim jackets and more casual styles that pair perfectly with your favorite boots and maternity jeans.

What the parents say: If you’re in between sizes, definitely size down, as most moms mentioned this shacket does run large. “Perfect to bundle up the bump or wear postpartum,” writes one reviewer. Another says it’s “super soft and warm” and “looks really cute with a dress or tights.”

Free People’s in-house collection, We The Free, offers effortlessly cool outerwear in a broad range of styles, prints and colors for fashionistas and free spirits. While the clothes aren’t maternity specific, the outerwear in particular is very wearable when pregnant, thanks to generous sizing. This utility-inspired washed canvas jacket has deep patch pockets perfect for storing your phone or a small snack for when hunger strikes. It’s great for chilly spring nights or when you just want to spruce up a simple ensemble.

What our testers say: Kadar purchased this canvas jacket post-pregnancy, but says it could easily work with a bump. “It’s lightweight, perfectly oversized and looks super cool paired with skinny jeans, a fitted tank and sneakers,” she says.

It’s hard to pick favorites when it comes to Seraphine’s offerings (workwear, day dresses and formal wear), but the brand’s gowns and cocktail dresses are particularly eye-catching. This sophisticated silky dress can be worn two ways: as a deep v-neck or with a trendy twist-front halter neck so it’s like two gowns for the price of one. It drapes beautifully over a bump and is stunning for a formal wedding, holiday parties or a maternity shoot.

What our testers say: “I’m a big fan of Seraphine,” says Goodman. “The quality feels unmatched and the dresses flatter the pregnant figure without looking matronly like some other options on the market.”

Whether you’re looking for a cocktail dress, gown or something in between, Kimi and Kai have an array of more affordable options for anything on your calendar. This off-the-shoulder gown has plenty of room for a second or third trimester bump and yet remains figure conscious.

What the parents say: “This dress was very flattering with my smaller bump, and still looks great now that I am well into my third trimester,” writes one reviewer, who purchased this gown for a wedding. Others note that the material is a bit more casual, but stretchy, comfortable and elegant, nonetheless.

Whether you’re in the wedding or just attending one, popular boho brand Show Me Your Mumu has an entire section dedicated to modern, maternity-friendly dress styles for bridesmaids and guests. This sleek maxi slip dress features a cowl neckline to compliment your growing chest, plus a built-in shelf bra lining and criss cross straps to help secure the girls. Like all of the brand’s dresses, it comes in a rainbow of colors to go with any wedding theme or your skin tone.

What the parents say: “This cuts in all the right places,” writes one pregnant mom. “It is very flattering on my body type and I was able to make it work being five months pregnant for my brother’s black tie wedding.”

Made with four-way stretch, Norma Kamali’s dresses and jumpsuits may not be maternity specific, but they’re an ideal option for pregnant women looking to show off their curves. The amount of colors and styles available from the brand is truly mind-boggling and each option is as stretchy (or more) than your favorite maternity leggings. The Diana dress, in particular, is featured on the brand’s website as the perfect “pregnancy look.”

What the parents say: Many reviewers love how stretchy and flattering this dress is, with one mom noting how the ruching even helped hide her “mom pooch.” Another pregnant reviewer recommends sizing up due to the built-in bodysuit, which runs a bit snug.

Why Trust Forbes Vetted

Forbes Vetted not only covers fashion and baby and kids gear, but our contributors have extensive experience testing maternity and postpartum items. We drew on that expertise to curate this list of the best maternity clothing.

  • The author, Lex Goodman, is a mom, shopping writer and product expert with in-depth experience reviewing and testing baby gear and maternity clothes. The co-author of this article, Elizabeth Mitchell Kadar, is a seasoned parenting writer with an extensive background in fashion, and also a mom of three littles ages 7 and under.
  • This piece was edited by Margaret Badore, a commerce editor and toddler mom who has also tried and tested many maternity clothes, both personally and professionally.
  • This story is reviewed and updated regularly. It was most recently revised in May 2024.

How We Chose The Best Maternity Clothes

This piece was written by two moms with multiple pregnancies between them and edited by another mom. As moms, we understand the value of selecting maternity clothing that makes an expectant parent feel confident and comfortable to move about their busy life, from the playground to the office. Here’s how we selected the items on this list.

  • The majority of the brands and items included on this list are ones we’ve worn ourselves and loved. As professional product reviewers, we’ve highlighted our personal favorites and even dish on specific pieces of clothing.
  • We also gathered feedback from other moms, including moms on Forbes’ staff, friends, family and pregnant women in local Facebook mom groups. We pored over customer reviews to get even more insight, from fit to quality, on specific styles featured.
  • We also interviewed style experts, to get professional insight and answer frequently asked questions about maternity clothes.
  • We paid close attention to comfort, style and wearability in particular, both during, before and after pregnancy.
  • We also considered sustainability and sizing inclusivity to make our final choices and ensured a range of brands, occasions and budgets were included too.

What Week Should You Start Wearing Maternity Clothes?

The short answer is everyone’s body is different and that depends on you and your baby’s growth. Some women may need to work in maternity clothes in the first trimester (around week 10), while others might feel fine in their standard clothes until the end of their second trimester (around week 27). This might also depend which pregnancy you’re on.

“It also depends on what pregnancy you are in,” adds Grace Thomas, founder and lead stylist of Builtgracefully, a personal wardrobe styling company based in Portland, Oregon. “Most clients start showing a bit earlier in a second pregnancy versus the first. A good indicator, however, would be when you need a bit more support in your garments. You might want to size up in a bra or top when your bust starts to grow. If you’re uncomfortable around your stomach and are looking for something for extra support, that is also a great time to swap some maternity garments.”

What Maternity Clothes Are Worth Buying?

Anything that fits better in a maternity size is likely worth buying, but there are some key items that you might stock up on more than others. As Thomas points out, you’ll almost certainly need to swap in new undergarments as your body changes (you may want to consider our list of the best maternity underwear).

“Undergarments are really going to be key to comfort throughout pregnancy,” she says. “Bralettes are also a great option, as they will stretch as your bust grows.” She also notes that leggings will come in handy, and we personally found maternity jeans, sweaters and T-shirts to also be helpful.

Ultimately, Thomas says it makes a good amount of sense to “buy versatile items you can wear more than once. Investing in a small capsule wardrobe of maternity pieces is your best option, which will allow you to create many looks out of a select number of pieces.” As someone who bought way too many maternity clothes, Goodman says she agrees.

Can I Just Buy Bigger Clothes Instead of Maternity?

“While there are some items that just work better when designed for pregnancy, like the items I mentioned above, other pieces are just as well-fitting in a larger size. Dresses, sweaters and sweatshirts are all going to be easy to wear in a size or two up,” Thomas explains.

The benefit of this approach is that you can have pieces altered post-pregnancy to fit your body and get more use out of them. This is especially true for dresses and jackets.

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