Maternity fashion isn’t the mumuus of your mum’s generation anymore. Rather than hiding the bump, freeing the belly is a new trend thanks to Sophie Turner, Katy Perry, Gigi Hadid and Romee Strijd. Although oversized silhouettes and belly-covering apparel are the go-to default, we’re grateful that there are more options to free the baby bellies from piles of fabric.
Here are our top 10 picks for easy and stylish basics that you can wear throughout your pregnancy (or post baby):
Break the news with these headline-making linen PJs. As Hadid’s favourite new designer, this Aussie brand is famous for its oversized shirts that are perfect to wear throughout all three trimesters. You can wear the set at home, but elevate the funky newspaper print top with a pair of bike shorts when you go outside.
Founded by Anne-Laure Mais (a.k.a. @annelauremais), this Parisian brand is ready to blow up your algorithm with this chic tailored oversized blazer. Inspired by the ‘90s, its boxy silhouette is so perfect to conceal the baby belly if you don’t feel like showing it off. Not only can you wear it to work at home, you can also wear it outside when you dine out with your S.O. Style it with a pullover hoodie, leggings and loafers. Not to forget, this is also beneficial for hiding the post-baby weight, too. P.S. It’s made in the brand’s Parisian ateliers! J’adore!
Relive your Spice Girls fantasy with these Sporty meets Baby Spice pastel purple tie dye sweatpants. Featuring pockets, a split hem and elastic waistband, you can wear them at the mid rise level during the first trimester and sling it down low at your hips during the third trimester. Style with a sweatshirt or oversized white tee alongside delicate gold necklaces.
Look no further than Princess Diana as your athleisure style inspo. Wear this two piece with a pearl necklace, hoop earrings, cat eye sunglasses, shoulder bag and high top sneakers for a royally elevated spin. Not to forget, everything in this collection is proudly made in sunny California!
If you like Ganni, you’ll fall in love with Denmark’s next big thing: MR. LARKIN. Maximalism marries minimalism in the form of this loud lime green linen prairie dress, which is made out of deadstock linen fabric. Featuring a clean square neckline and puffy sleeves, you can wear this dress with or without the belt. Pair this with sneakers and a straw bag when you meet with your friends for brunch.
Say hello to the Little Black Hoodie. As this season’s new LBD, the LBH is the perfect transitional top that can conceal your bump in style. Designed by model/actress Charlotte McKinney, this hoodie bears tattoo-style drawings of bikini clad pin up girls. Throw it over a silky slip dress and style it with strappy mule sandals to a laid back al fresco dinner date. Or, you can style it with the matching sweatpants while you’re working at home, too.
Inspired by the ‘60s, this groovy print feels refreshingly modern in a bodycon midi length slip silhouette. Bearing teardrop cutouts at the back, it’ll give you perfect ventilation for the summer. Wear it on its own over a lacy maternity bra or layer it over a white tee and pair it with slides. Fun fact: this London-based brand only drops two seasonal collections as opposed to four drops per year, so get your credit card out asap before you miss the next drop!
Having a baby bump doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your sex appeal. Flaunt your gym-toned legs with this dramatic ruched linen skirt. Designed by Jakarta-based bloggers turned designers Michelle Koesnadi (of Glisters and Blisters) and Caroline Robianto (of Sergeantkero), this skirt features a drawstring waist that you can wear high or low; pre or post-baby; indoor or outdoor. Pair it with a cardigan, crop top and flossy sandals.
Light as air, this tie front top can accommodate a baby bump in style. You either wear it on its own with a bikini at the beach or layer it over a silky slip dress. Finish the look with lucite hoop earrings and kitten heels. (If you accidentally catch some food stains on it, you can just pop this in the washing machine!)
The wet look leggings of the late ‘00s have evolved into this iteration of matte faux perforated leather that looks like the real deal. Unlike leather pants, these chic leggings are easy to wash and wear everyday. Style it with your favourite band tee and combat boots for a rock ‘n roll look. (P.S. You can wash these by hand and lay ‘em flat to dry! More points for energy conservation.)