16 Best Maternity Clothes & Brands For Chic Bumps & Breastfeeding

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16 Best Maternity Clothes and Brands For Trendy Bumps

Feel great in maternity brands for a stylish nine months, and beyond

best maternity clothes and brands for trendy bumps 2021

If, like most of us, you’ve spent a disproportionate amount of time in leggings and joggers over the past year or so then you won’t be a stranger to an elasticated waistband. Maternity dressing – sometimes mistaken for 'sizing-up or replacing structured with stretchy is SOO much more than that. We're talking about stylish clothes that are specifically designed for a pregnant silhouette with comfort and practicality in mind.

Your changing body shape is a joy to behold and while you might have days when you just feel like staying in bed (don't worry, we've got your maternity nightwear sorted, too) on the days where you’re getting stuff done, you’ll need a versatile wardrobe that comfortably lets you look, and feel your best.

What should I look for in maternity clothes?

Look for softness (no waistband cuts or rubs), a wider (or adjustable) back and high waists that sit above your tummy (or ones designed to stay put comfortably below). Choose dresses that skim your bump or go for body-con - a confident, flattering choice for mums-to-be. These are clothes that'll grow with you – and get their fair share of compliments.

What maternity clothes do I need?

Let’s start with the basics – the foundations of feeling good – a maternity bra and some good maternity knickers are essentials.

Adapt your wardrobe to your style. Be realistic. If your vibe is energetic and sporty you’re not suddenly going to default to wearing earthy boho dresses and Birkenstocks every day.

A few good pairs of maternity trousers, long-length tees on rotation and some relaxed maternity blazers or chunky knits normally suffice if you need to feel ‘put together'. We do love a dress though. Oh, and great maternity gym leggings are worth every penny.

While you’re figuring out your new figure there is always the option to rent, not buy. Especially if you’re not looking to downgrade your dressdrobe just because you have a baby in tow. ‘After having my son none of the clothes I owned felt like clothing I would normally wear yet I still needed loose fitting clothes that I could breastfeed in and styles that wouldn’t rub against my c-section scar,’ shares Lyndsay Mason, founder of postnatal fashion rental company For The Creators. ‘My maternity clothes were stretched and baggy but I resented spending more money on clothing I wouldn't be wearing for a long period of time.’ Out of this frustration her rental service for mums was born. Today, this means you can borrow fashion-y dresses, dungarees and button-through tops, from maternity and non-maternity brands (that still work for bumps and breastfeeding). Borrow for 7, 14 or 21 days when Pj’s, leggings and oversized jumpers aren’t your vibe. They also offer a replacement service if your rental doesn't fit.

When should I start wearing maternity clothes?

As early in your pregnancy journey as you want. Most mums-to-be start seeing their shape change from about 12 weeks, second and third pregnancies can show even earlier.

Look for pieces that will give you more mileage postpartum. Think a nursing bra you can use after you stop feeding or a relaxed shirt or a smocked top that you wear to float through summer, whatever your body shape.

Some of us find it very hard to part with our trusty maternity jeans after giving birth, and that’s perfectly fine. You can resume business-as-normal in the wardrobe department as soon as you’re ready, there’s no rush at all.

Our edit of maternity brands will make you excited to dress for first, second, third and fourth trimester – boosting your comfort and confidence now, and after your baby arrives. Let’s get shopping!

Tip: Shop your pre-pregnancy size when you shop maternity clothes. Brands take into account growing bumps with clever design details so you shouldn’t need to size up.

16 Best Maternity Clothes & Brands

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1 BEST FOR BASICS MATERNITY CLOTHES: H&M

Jam-packed with useful nursing bras, throw-on maternity leggings and feel-fab body-con – H&M really is a mum-to-be shopping utopia.

The neutral colour palette makes it versatile and feel more premium than the prices would suggest. We love the way that they style bump-hugging midis with a trendy overshirt. *Adds to basket*

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2 BEST FOR VALUE MATERNITY TRENDS: BOOHOO

Have an online splurge without maxing out your cards at Boohoo. You can pick up everything from a printed maxi dress to mini smock-styles – all with fast delivery.

A chance to celebrate your changing silhouette and play with maternity trends - because shopping is fun.

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3 BEST MATERNITY DUNGAREES: JOJO MAMAN BEBE

A fave high street maternity go-to, JoJo Maman Bebe always serves up nautical-inspired trends in a clean colour palette - perfect for injecting your wardrobe with a bit of classic French styling.

Special mention goes to their great-fitting maternity dungarees. You know that mama-to-be that just seems to have everything motherhood-related aced already? These are what she throws on in the morning with a ribbon in her hair and chic pumps to run her errands.

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4 BEST EVERYDAY MATERNITY BRAS AND LINGERIE: M&S

A quick mention for the foundations of any great maternity wardrobe – the right lingerie. A comfortable maternity and/or nursing bra and soft high-rise knickers should be at the top of your shopping list. It’s not revolutionary, but M&S promises to deliver on both fronts.

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5 BEST LUXURY MATERNITY BRAS AND LINGERIE: SIX AT NET-A-PORTER

Now if you want to treat yourself to some premium maternity lingerie, Try Six at Net-a-Porter - their cloud-soft, lace-trimmed pieces are a bit more pricey but guaranteed to give you a confidence boost.

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6 BEST MATERNITY JEANS: GAP

Busy folks who default to denim will find there’s plenty of great options at GAP. From true blue skinnies to trendy distressed maternity jeans, their soft stretch denim is engineered with a high waist and everyday comfort in mind. Petite? Find cool cropped maternity styles here too.

Oh, and their great maternity activewear is really worth a splurge - throw some in your basket with these camo print skinnies.

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7 BEST OCCASION AND BRIDAL MATERNITY CLOTHES: TIFFANY ROSE

We know the feeling. You’ve got a fancy wedding or event invite and you don’t want to compromise on style. Look no further than Tiffany Rose. Their elegant day and eveningwear dresses will make you feel like a modern princess with great quality and a maternity fit that’s second-to-none.

The brand also sells beautiful maternity bridal gowns. Now, where did we put that hat?

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8 BEST POSTPARTUM MATERNITY CLOTHES: ENVIE DE FRAIS

Tap into the cool French girl aesthetic of maternity brand, Envie de Fraise. It’s packed with chic but affordable pieces for all stages of your journey into motherhood and beyond.

We love the playful mini-me styling, courtesy of the adorable family collection for when your little one arrives. Expect an Insta LIKE from us.

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9 BEST INFLUENCER-APPROVED MATERNITY CLOTHES: SERAPHINE

Another brand with a bridal and occasionwear offering - Séraphine is known for flattering, easy-wear wrap dresses and more (we love their activewear too). And if you want a royal seal of approval, the Kate Middleton – the Duchess of elegant pregnancies – was spotted regularly in the brand when pregnant with Prince George.

For everyday dressing? The mid-range prices but great quality means you can splash out on a few practically perfect separates (like this MAMA knit) and keep them on rotation for months.

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10 BEST FASHIONABLE MATERNITY CLOTHES: ASOS DESIGN MATERNITY

Unless you want to spend half your day scrolling through (admittedly excellent) ASOS maternity looks then we recommend you have some idea of what you’re looking for before you start shopping. Their specialty is catering for new mums with an eye for a trend (like this bit of sparkle) and having fun with fashion.

They also sell petite maternity. Indulge while you can - there'll be less time to play dress-up for a while once your little one arrives.

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11 BEST WORKOUT MATERNITY CLOTHES: LULULEMON

Wait! We know Lululemon doesn't specifically stock maternity activewear but there's always more space for a few more well-designed tights in our lives – like these high-rise leggings.

Lulu's stretchy workout gear, wide waistbands and designs hug all body shapes. Useful on your maternity journey but also when you're slowly getting back to exercise postpartum.

Notable mentions here too for GAP maternity activewear and Seraphine's maternity workout clothes - we feel energised just browsing them.

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12 BEST PLUS-SIZE AND PETITE MATERNITY CLOTHES: NEXT

With many styles available up to a size 22, NEXT caters for your curves and your maternity journey. We love their cropped styles (also great for petites) throw-on dresses, multipacks of versatile jersey leggings and stylish tops to wear on rotation.

There’s even some great swimwear if you fancy a dip.

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13 BEST VALUE MATERNITY CLOTHES: VERTBAUDET

Get ready for a summer of (wardrobe) love - Vertbaudet is full of exceptional value maternity basics that tick all the cute, comfort boxes.

Think stretch jersey, easy stripes and longer-length shirting and blouses like this to feel pulled-together. Plus there’s even maternity jewellery (interesting: the baby feet pendant) to dress to theme if that’s your vibe.

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14 BEST SUSTAINABLE MATERNITY CLOTHES: MAMA;LICIOUS

Smart shoppers are voting with their feet and flocking to Mama;licious for their eco-aware organic, recycled and innovative materials.

Lucky for us, their collection is fabulously on-trend too – who says you can't wear floral bike shorts? We'll be getting our claws into this leopard print dress as the temperature rises.

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15 BEST PREGNANT MUM MATERNITY CLOTHES: MANGO

Second time around? Find classic everyday pieces at Mango perfect for nursing a bump while already running around after a toddler. Yep, the struggle is real - but here’s a no-fuss fashion brand with a small but perfectly formed range that helps you to look and feel better whilst doing it.

We love the easy, stretch over-bump denim for chic, outdoors mamas.

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16 BEST TALL MATERNITY CLOTHES: LONG TALL SALLY

With a limited but incredibly useful selection of maternity jeans and long-length leggings for tall girls (or those with long long torsos), this is THE brand to take your everyday wardrobe to new heights – awkward low crotch, begone!

In tasteful black and indigo styles - you’ll be going back for more when you realise what a game-changer the perfect fit really is.

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