It’s time for cozy sweaters and jeans that hug like your best pal. But when your bump is starting to show, it’s also time to invest in maternity clothes. We scoured the maternity-wear sphere for the best new and trendy styles — some of which will turn into your favorite nursing gear. Read on to find out what’s hot, and how to make it work for your awesomely blossoming body.
Audrey & Olive Choker Neck Sweatshirt Dress
Style this loose, flowy piece ($42) as a dress, top, or tunic and you’ll get tons of mileage out of it. The skin-tone neutral reads classic but the choker neck lends a modern flair. Make it work for running errands with jeans and flats, or dress it up with wedges.
Audrey & Olive Speckled Dolman Sleeve Sweater
Perfect for farmers market strolls with a laid-back weekend vibe, this loose and boxy sweater ($42) is a wardrobe staple, whether you’re pregnant or post-partum. The body is generous and has lots of swing to it, but the sleeves are nice and snug to free hands for all that nesting you’ll be doing.
NOM Campbell During & After Flannel
This is one of those shirts ($88) that looks great oversized but will stay flattering as your belly grows. Cuffed sleeves and a black-and-white buffalo-check pattern are going strong in the style department. And if you fall asleep for an afternoon siesta in it, all the better. A little wrinkle makes it look even more effortless.
NOM Jenna Pant
These modal-polyester pants ($88) in a dark slate color make perfect sense with a t-shirt and sneakers. But how sleek would they look done up with wedges and a blouse? Either way, the cinched ankles and cinched waist make for an ultra-comfortable outfit.
JoJo Maman BeBe Mid Wash Maternity Overalls
Is there anything more comfortable than a pair of overalls? These cotton-rich denim dungarees ($69) have just the right amount of stretch. A tapered leg keeps them flattering while adjustable straps and plenty of pockets are both practical and stylish.
JoJo Maman BeBe Navy & Red Stripe Knitted Maternity Tube Dress
This dress ($79) looks better the more your belly grows. The high neck and ribbed style give it a ’70s feel, but it’s still contemporary as a semi-fitted silhouette. The midi length makes it work for a dinner date or a day at the office. Add stockings to wear it well into the winter.
BOOB Simone Long-Sleeved Top
Here’s that shirt ($79) you’ll be wearing all autumn. A classic stripe is always a safe bet, especially when the cut and fabric are so crisp and clean. Made with super-soft organic cotton and designed with a wide, round neck and long sleeves, this shirt thinks ahead with an extra nursing panel on the bodice so you can feed on the go.
BOOB Jackie Polo Neck Dress
Nobody would ever guess this chic black dress ($109) is for pregnant and nursing women. It’ll hug your curves while providing easy access for baby and is made with supple, soft lyocell for added wintertime warmth. The basic black is easy to accessorize and make it all your own.
Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel for Target Maternity Crossover Panel Jeggings
Super-skinny black wash denim ($34.99) is just edgy enough with a raw hem cut right at the ankle. Plus, knee slits make these jeans feel decidedly grunge. And they’re super affordable, because you don’t want to spend a ton on jeans you’ll only wear for a handful of months.
Motherhood Maternity Cold Shoulder Maternity Dress
You’ll look impossibly on trend and current at any cocktail party in this open-shoulder, body-hugging dress ($49.98). The exposed zipper and form-fitting style give it almost an athletic vibe, but you can dress it up with a shawl or cardigan on cooler days. It comes in black and burgundy, so you could consider getting both for the affordable price.
Pea in the Pod Blank NYC Drape Front Maternity Jacket
Before temperatures cool down too much, throw this drapey jacket ($128) over your shoulders to stay warm and stylish. It’s a modern military style with a feminine touch and comes in black, dark grey, and olive for three completely different looks.
Pea in the Pod BB Dakota Faux Fur Trim Maternity Jacket
This western wintry look is still of-the-minute and ultra-sophisticated in this white, grey, oatmeal palette. Finally, a cool-looking coat ($188) that will actually fit over your bump.
Belly Bandit Perfect Nursing Tee
This might be slightly more than you’re used to spending on a simple t-shirt ($59), but it’s totally worth it. The design is smartly made for both maternity and nursing with easy access via a hidden second layer. Stock up on white, black, and heather grey for full coverage in all ways.
Belly Bandit Perfect Nursing Dress
A pregnant and nursing mom’s dream, this versatile tube dress ($109) helps you transition from bump to breastfeeding thanks to hidden side zippers. Choose from basic black, heather grey, or heather blue and then use as a blank canvas to accessorize according to the weather and occasion.
OluKai Waipahe sneaker bootie
Pull off the cool-and-casual mom-to-be look without making your feet ache. The new fall/winter collection from Hawaiian-inspired brand OluKai is tops on comfort while taking advantage of the popular athleisure trend. You’ll love the Waipahe ($120) sneaker bootie with its soft, moisture-wicking microfiber footbed and elastic gore at the heel for slipping on and off. Made with premium full-grain leather, it comes in four stylish colors: a sleek black, cool charcoal, buttery tan, and rich brown.
What is your cold-weather fashion staple. Tell us below!
— Whitney C. Harris