The world’s biggest fashion icon Rihanna recently announced she was pregnant and has been serving us with the most incredible maternity looks ever since.
It got me thinking about maternity wear. Rih Rih is throwing out the rulebook and we salute her, but what about the rest of us?
Whether it’s ugly, boring or downright uncomfortable, it seems like so much maternity wear doesn’t quite cut it. When your body starts changing, you can feel at a loss for how to dress.
If you’re pregnant and suddenly at a loss for how to dress for your new body, fear not; we’ve scoured the high street for the best maternity wear to keep you both stylish and comfortable.
Just because you’re on maternity leave doesn’t mean your style has to be.
If you don’t want to break the bank buying a whole new maternity wardrobe, the key is to buy a few carefully selected pieces that you can incorporate seamlessly into your wardrobe. A good pair of maternity jeans, some good quality leggings and a few stretchy dresses can go along way.
Bump-friendly clothing has come a long way in recent years with a lot of high street brands now having dedicated maternity lines. Here’s our edit of the best pieces on the high street.
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ASOS has the largest range of maternity wear on the high street, so it’s a great place to start for affordable, stylish basics to wear during your pregnancy.
Shop smart and you can even wear (some of) them when you’ve had your baby.
High rise ridley ‘skinny’ jeans, £20 – buy now
Square neck midi smock dress, £40 – buy now
Maternity over the bump rib kick flare trouser in black, £16 – buy now
Ribbed midi dress with roll neck in taupe, now £30.40 – buy now
Oversized jumper with collar in stripe, £28 – buy now
Wrap midi dress in high shine Navy satin, £45 – buy now
H&M’s maternity range is another great high street option, but their styles are a little more fashion-forward.
Floral dresses, dungarees and colourful pieces will keep you feeling like yourself when your body is changing.
Tie-belt crêpe dress, £29.99 – buy now
Denim dungarees, £34.99 – buy now
Leopard print Maternity/nursing pyjamas, £29.99 – buy now
Draped satin dress, £24.99 – buy now
Mom Ankle Jeans, £34.99 – buy now
MAMA Shirt dress, £24.99 – buy now
GAP might not be the first place you might look, but it has a fantastic selection of basics for mums-to-be to choose from.
I love the longline tops and tiered dresses, while the selection of maternity denim is not to be missed!
Tiered Dress, £59.95 – buy now
Popover Shirt, £49.95 – buy now
100% Recycled Puffer Jacket, £129.95 – buy now
Maternity Sweatshirt Dress, £44.95 – buy now
Breast Dressed is a unique brand for mums-to-be, dedicated to creating sustainable maternity and breastfeeding wear to make you look and feel good throughout all stages of motherhood.
Each item is handmade ethically in the UK, so you can rest easy knowing you’re shopping from a trusted source.
Their brand message is so strong, we almost forgot to mention how beautiful the pieces are! They’re practical of course, but the dresses and jumpsuits are so pretty that even when you stop breastfeeding, you won’t need to stop wearing them.
Cotton Maternity Dress Airi in Gingham, £125 – buy now
Maternity & Nursing Jumpsuit Ada in Printed Stripe, £155 – buy now
Maternity & Nursing Dress Airi in Pink, £145 – buy now
Marks & Spencer
M&S is known for its brilliant basics, from lingerie and hosiery to good quality knitwear, so it comes as no surprise that its maternity wear steps up to the mark too.
There’s not a huge amount to choose from, but its nursing bras, stretchy jeans and basic tees are so useful during pregnancy. They don’t break the bank either.
Maternity Animal Print Midi Shirt Dress, £45 – buy now
Maternity Over Bump Legging, £12.50 – buy now
Maternity V-Neck Midi Column Dress, £29.50 – buy now
Maternity Half Sleeve Wrap Top, £15 – buy now
Believe it or not, Kim Kardashian’s shapewear brand also caters to pregnant women.
Skims offers sculpting bodysuits, tights and nursing bras that are just as chic as the main line.
Sculpting bodysuit, £62 – buy now
Nursing sculpting bra, £42 – buy now
Maternity solutionwear tight, £66 – buy now