Maternity fashion has certainly changed over the years. Have you ever seen a picture of your mom pregnant in the 1980s or 1990s? She probably lived in shapeless sacks or invested in two or three expensive maternity tops from the only town store selling clothes for pregnant women. Whatever they had on the rack, she was stuck with. Thankfully, in 2023, women are breaking the mold on maternity fashion and are no longer confined to boring, awkward pregnancy outfits as their bellies grow.
Today’s expecting mom can wear bold, bright jumpsuits or bare her belly. Figure-hugging tops and sweater dresses are in vogue, as are slouchy pants. And baggy tees? Those are still a maternity fashion staple for comfort — because comfort is the name of the game for today’s pregnant woman. Here are nine trendy maternity looks we love and the celebrities who inspired them.
Maternity Fashion: Dresses
Fashion trends in maternity dresses range from loose and puffy to figure-hugging and form-fitting. Also, long, midi, and short are all the rage. Basically, wear whatever dresses you like best because the rule of maternity fashion is this: There are no rules.
One celeb who has turned pregnancy style on its head this year is Rihanna. Mostly because she hasn’t worn much traditional “maternity” fashion; instead, she wears whatever makes her feel good throughout her pregnancy. Here, she’s sporting a black midi-fitted dress, which has been super popular for pregnant women this year.
Black Tank Midi Dress
Our pick for a practical, staple black midi dress is this one from Storq, and it comes in two other fun colors. It’s silky soft and has a built-in shelf bra, so there’s much to love with this easy-to-wear dress you can pair with sneakers or heels, a coat, or a cardigan.
Our girl Lindsay Lohan is a mom! And her pregnancy style has been A-DOR-A-BLE. This IG snap of her in a loose, comfy one-shouldered shift dress is the inspiration for another trendy maternity fashion dress style. Because loose and flowy means cool and comfortable, and who doesn’t want that?
Puffy-Sleeved Loose-Fitting Dress
This one-shouldered shift dress from Lulus isn’t a maternity dress, so if you go with it, order it big so you can wear it for a while. But it is lightweight and has pockets, so it’s already a winner in our book.
Maternity Puffy-Sleeve Dress
Want a puffy-sleeve dress that is maternity fashion? Check out this puff-sleeved smock dress from ASOS for a breezy summer look.
Keke Palmer is absolutely rocking the ribbed sweater dress trend here, but don’t worry, we’ve got a side-slit sweater midi dress you can order that will mirror this look almost exactly.
Long-Sleeved Ribbed Midi Dress
Made from 52% viscose, 28% polyester, and 20% nylon, this gorgeous, ribbed midi dress is form-fitting and on-trend but also soft and comfortable for your ever-changing body. This is perfect for the fall and winter seasons.
Maternity Fashion: Jumpsuits and Leggings
Maternity fashion has changed when it comes to pants too. For example, super slouchy and baggy are in now. Also, overalls are still a fave (as are loose-fitting jumpsuits), and leggings will never go out of style. At least, we hope.
For celebrity inspiration, Kaley Cuoco‘s pregnancy style is so cute here as she sports a comfy jumpsuit at the pumpkin patch.
This jumpsuit screams comfortable, doesn’t it? And in neutral shades of charcoal, black, and brown, you can wear it with pretty much any shoes, jacket, and accessories. Soft and casual PLUS super practical? This maternity outfit has it all.
Leggings are a girl’s best friend — pregnant or not — and celebs know it like we do. Yvonne Strahovski (aka Serena Waterford from “The Handmaid’s Tale”) looks amazing in maternity leggings on IG — although we’re pretty sure she’d also look amazing in a brown paper bag.
For maternity leggings, we recommend the MAMA Before and After Leggings from H&M. With a full panel that can fold down and soft cotton-blend fabric, this one’s a smart buy at an affordable price. Why not get a couple of pairs?
Maternity Fashion: Crop Tops and Harem Pants
One of our favorite maternity fashion trends this year is the crop top. Pregnant women are realizing they can rock a crop top at any age and with any sized belly — and we’re here for it.
Naomi Osaka’s entire look here is pretty fab — the trendy crop top and loose-fitting harem pants. This isn’t your mother’s maternity look, that’s for sure.
The best thing about “maternity” crop tops is they’re not maternity wear. Investing in a few flowy tops like this one from CRZ Yoga is smart because you can wear them long after the baby’s arrival.
Can you believe harem pants are back? And why wouldn’t they when comfort is what’s in style? Plus, how cute does Naomi look? If you love this style as much as we are, these maternity harem pants by Free People are just the loose, flowy, and oh-so-comfortable bottoms your pregnant body needs as your belly expands. You can move in them, sleep in them, and do anything in between.
Maternity Fashion: Skirts
Tennis skirts and golf skorts are very popular right now, so pregnant women are getting in on the fun. Like all the other athleisure options out there, tennis skirts and golf skorts are that easy, functional bridge between working out and running around after your kids — because you can wear them to do anything.
Who better to inspire us than the tennis queen herself, Serena Williams? This look is cool, casual, and perfect for a round of tennis or a round of coffee with your bestie.
For our Serena Williams style look-alike, we choose the Maacie maternity tennis skirt for its helpful features like a pocket for your phone and built-in shorts underneath. Choose among blue, pink, gray, white, and black, and boom! You’re ready to take on the world — Serena style.
Monochromatic Skirt Set With Crop Top
Pink Blush Maternity offers a gorgeous set in five vibrant colors — with a cardigan. Note that this set runs slightly small, so consider sizing up. Whether you complete the look with a baseball hat and Adidas sneakers is your call.
Maternity Fashion: Comfy and Practical Layers
Layering makes sense when you’re pregnant — that’s why this maternity fashion style never gets old. You can be chilly one minute and feel like you’re on the surface of the sun the next, so heading out in a cute dress with a long cardigan over a top is smart, sensible, and super cute. (And in case you haven’t noticed, sneakers with dresses are all the rage right now.)
For more celeb maternity fashion inspo, we give you an adorable outfit from Christina Milian. Her fitted zip-up rib dress is the perfect example of how you can be cute, comfy, sexy, casual, or ready for a night out with one piece of clothing. This adorable dress is figure-hugging and fun, and we found a similar one you might want to try.
Fitted Rib Dress
To mirror this fabulous fitted blue dress, how about this button-down rib dress from Ripe? It’s an easy, sensible purchase as it can be dressed up with a blazer and heels or down with a cardigan or jean jacket and sneakers.
A comfortable cardigan you can wear with multiple outfits is always a smart buy — pregnant or not. But to pair it with your new blue dress above, this extra layer will help keep you warm when it’s chilly out and add extra color and flair to your fit. We love the modal striped knit cardigan from Lands’ End. You’ll wear this lovely piece for years as your pregnancy ends and your baby grows in your arms. Quality, practical cardigans are never a bad idea.
Maternity Fashion: Classic and Colorful Swimwear
Like every other category on this list, the theme is the same: Wear what you want and what makes you feel good, including at the pool or the beach.
New mom Lindsay Lohan rocked this classic black suit while pregnant. The black one-piece is like the little black dress of swimsuits. Easy, looks great on everyone, and it’s always on trend. We see why Lindsay chose it, and we think you might too.
Classic Black One-Piece
For your LiLo dupe, have a look at this beauty from ASOS Maternity. Scoop neck? Check. Sturdy, thick straps? Check. Room for a growing belly? Check. Get one in green or pink, too, and you’re ready for a day at the beach. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
If plain black is too muted and you want to make a “splash,” Blake Lively’s red and pink flowered suit is just the inspiration you need. Of course, because she’s Blake, this exact suit sold out in like 11 seconds after she posted this snap on IG, but we found a dupe that looks pretty similar in black and another bright, colorful, flowered swimsuit you’ll love.
Cutout Detail One-Piece Swimsuit
It isn’t a maternity swimsuit, but neither is Blake Lively’s! We think this one is a perfect dupe for her flowered cutout swimsuit that she wore. The black suit with the white piping detail around the petals will be a wonderful contrast against your skin as you soak up the sun.
Bright and Colorful Swimsuit
One of the things we love about Blake’s suit is the subtle opening at the chest to provide a little extra ventilation and an opportunity to show a little skin while keeping your swollen boobs supported (a pregnancy must). This suit has a different type of cut-out but still offers a fun little skin exposure while making sure you’re comfortable and contained at the same time. Plus, the floral pattern and bright colors are perfect for enjoying the sunshine.
Maternity Fashion: Trench Coat and Bright, Fitted Tee
News hit recently that there’s another Kardashian on the way, which means we probably have a whole new line of maternity fashion wear coming our way (it is the Kardashians, after all).
We’ve already seen a glimpse of Kourtney’s style this pregnancy — including this cool white coat and rocker, fitted tee — and we’re fans.
Maternity Trench Coat
A rain-resistant lightweight coat like this one is always a smart buy, as it protects you from the elements and provides a thin layer of warmth year-round. Our top pick is this 3-in-1 maternity and baby-wearing trench coat that does it all. Features include hidden side zippers that adapt as your baby bump grows and a zip-in kangaroo panel that fits over your baby carrier or sling. This coat is soft and breathable while also being water-resistant and chic. An excellent investment you’ll use for a long time.
Fun T-shirts are for pregnant women, too; we’re grateful for that. Whether it’s a traditional maternity-style top or just an oversized T-shirt you love (like this one) with room for your bump, wearing your fave T-shirts throughout these nine months is the thing to do. This line of tees paired with that gorgeous coat, and you’re the cutest pregnant lady around town now.
Maternity Fashion: Wide-Leg Jeans and Belly-Baring Top
One staple pregnant women need is a good pair of jeans. Wide-leg maternity jeans are a good buy because they can be dressed up with heeled boots and a cute sweater for work or date night or dressed down with flip-flops and a comfy tee for running errands or playing in the backyard. The name of the game is comfort and fit, so if you got those, you’re golden.
Whether it’s a loose-fitting pair of boyfriend jeans, flared-leg ’90s wash style, or this wide-leg, light-washed jeans worn by Karlie Kloss, all that matters is that you feel good in them. And, if you love her entire outfit here, we’ve got a comfy nursing bra and a white tunic top so you can replicate the whole look.
Wide-Leg Maternity Jeans
Angel Maternity’s cotton-rich denim offers generous stretch and a wide, elasticized waistband to accommodate your changing body. Also, the tie is removable if you love the extra flair. If not, take it off for a more streamlined look.
Underwire bras are out, and new gentle lift technology (like the jelly gel in Momcozy’s ripple-up bra) is in. This comfortable and supportive bra comes in various colors and has a beautiful, scalloped edging, making it the perfect choice for an open-shirt look like Karlie’s. Whether you choose the open-top, belly-baring look or not, a well-fitting nursing bra that feels good on your skin is an absolute must. Your boobs will grow, harden, soften, shrink, and leak fluid throughout the next few months, so don’t skip this one.
White Button-Down Shirt
You can’t go wrong with a lightweight tunic-style top that can be worn year-round and is easy to layer. For a belly-baring style, even non-maternity shirts work, as you’re not stressing about buttoning them up over your bump. We recommend this boyfriend-fit maternity shirt for its classic look and practicality. Wear it loose with leggings or tucked into dress pants and under a blazer, and you’ve got two different looks. And if unbuttoned and belly-baring is your jam, it works for that too.
Maternity Fashion: Figure-Hugging Turtlenecks
Gone are the days of expecting pregnant women to wear loose-fitting clothing if they don’t want to. You want to flaunt that belly, those boobs, and all those gorgeous curves? You absolutely should because your body is beautiful. (And it’s on trend!)
Rihanna makes another appearance on our list of celebs who inspire the hottest maternity looks — this time with a gorgeous monochromatic look. We especially like her fitted turtleneck because it looks comfortable and can be a staple in your closet to wear with anything.
This long-sleeved turtleneck maternity top is like Rihanna’s and can be completed with a matching jacket for that trendy one-color outfit or just paired with jeans for an outfit that can work for any occasion.
White Denim Jacket
This classic denim white jacket can be worn during pregnancy and beyond. It’s a great layering piece that mimics Rihanna’s look. We recommend sizing up for a more comfortable, roomy feel!
White Denim Skirt
Jean skirts are back in, and we are loving this chic white denim midi skirt look. While this is not a maternity skirt, you can wear it below your bump with a belly band to hold it up. Then you can wear this for years to come.
The best thing about maternity fashion trends in 2023 is that they are all about wearing whatever makes you feel beautiful, comfortable, and proud of your amazing body. If figure-hugging is your go-to, go for it. Rock all the clingy turtlenecks and midi dresses you want. If you’re a loose, flowy kind of gal, check out the puffy-sleeved shift-dress trend, or even grab a plain button-down shirt out of your closet and skip the buttoning part to let fresh air flow all over your skin. Snag some wide-leg jeans and a soft jumpsuit, and you’re ready for whatever this pregnancy throws at you. Happy shopping, mama. You’re gorgeous!