Maternity Fashion for the Changing Seasons
Welcome early hints of spring with transitional styles that will keep you appropriately warm—or cool!—as we bid farewell to winter.
For the expectant set, a new season—while symbolic and perhaps sentimental—often brings about the challenge of outfitting the bump under a new set of needs. First and foremost, pregnant people need to remain comfortable while still feeling somewhat put together. Next, they need to have versatile pieces that will last through the duration of pregnancy, preferably without breaking the bank on items that can only be used for 40 (or so) weeks.
While winter is great for staying warm with lots of layers, the budding spring requires transitional clothing that’s cozier earlier in the day and can gradually be shed as temperatures rise. It may be more of a puzzle to figure out your outfit each morning, but with the right pieces, you can be pregnant and excited about the warmer weather ahead. From tops to bottoms to outerwear and more, we’ve curated a just-right maternity collection to help you with the season’s change.
Ribbed Dress + Sweater Set
This matching duo from Ingrid+Isabel combines all the best features for in-between temps. Thick, ribbed bodycon fabric grows with your body without feeling constricting. The coordinating cropped sweater provides coverage when needed and comes in a stylish, boxy cut you’ll reach for well after baby arrives. Soon-to-be parents know that options are always appreciated, and this set provides lots of them. $134
Padded Bomber Jacket
For the days that call for outerwear, a bomber jacket is a great option for added warmth without the weight and bulk of a winter coat. This lightly padded pick from H&M comes in varying colors (including spring-inspired pastels) and is a bit oversized, making it both on-trend and on-point during pregnancy. $50
A staple in prenatal wardrobes, overalls are loved by parents (and their kids!) everywhere. This twist on a classic design by Storq is the perfect maternity must-have. Featuring a soft cotton spandex jersey, it’s roomy, unstructured, and tapered toward the ankle, making the length workable for varying heights. It can be dressed up or down, is nursing-friendly, and comes with adjustable tie-straps for achieving the right amount of drape. $110
Elastic Waistband Bottoms
Oftentimes, pants are the first thing to go in a pre-baby wardrobe, but with HATCH’s HATCH’s luxe linen blend maternity pants, you’ll have a year-round option that always delivers. The elastic waistband can be worn over or under your belly, and the tapered, straight-leg fit is flattering and comes with roomy side pockets. These will be your go-to bottoms anytime you want to take a break from your regular maternity leggings. $188
Don’t be tempted to shy away from buttons just because you’re sporting a different silhouette. This button-back shirt from Madewell already comes oversized, but the open-back design allows for even more room as needed. A clean, white blouse is a classic for a reason, and it can also act as a base layer when worn with your favorite blazer. $65
Yes, smocked … it’s not just for babies! The Hill House Nap Dress has revitalized the traditional house dress of decades past and has a cult following of influencers that say it’s a must-have item you can wear around the house, to the grocery store, to the office, or even on vacation—all while being comfortable enough to sleep in. The lightweight crepe material is ideal for layering or wearing as is once it really starts heating up outside. $150
If you need some insulation but can’t commit to a coat, opt for a vest instead. This weatherproof puffer vest from A Pea In The Pod prioritizes form and function while you’re out and about. We love it because in addition to being a cute staple, it offers enough space for your growing belly and a longer silhouette for comfortable coverage (aka you don’t have to put on “real” pants). $120
For the afternoons that reach sitting-on-the-patio temperatures, cool off in these pull-on linen blend shorts from Old Navy. They’re easy, breezy, and perfectly relaxed through the waist, hip, and thigh areas, so you can wear ‘em for hours on end. $33
PSA: Pregnant people can rock all trends, including the satin skirt. Ripe’s mid-length version comes with an elastic waist that sits over the bump to create a flattering fit in all trimesters. Available in three neutral colors, it’s begging to be worn to your baby shower, on your babymoon, or anytime you need a little extra shine. $69
Striped Nursing Tunic
Some of the best pieces to invest in during pregnancy are ones that are breastfeeding-friendly, too. This striped maternity and nursing tunic by Seraphine covers all your needs; it’s made of soft, stretchy cotton jersey, comes with a self-tie belt for adjustable fits at the waist, and once your little one is born, the statement tortoiseshell buttons open on the side for easy feedings. $59
Long Sleeve Shirtdress
For fans of the shacket, this Universal Thread shirtdress is sure to please. As a one-and-done option, it makes getting dressed quick and painless, and it’s versatile enough to go from day to night. Available in several colors and made with lightweight twill cotton, it offers breathability, comfort, and accessible style. $35
A case of spring fever likely means you will venture outside more often to enjoy the fresh air and soak up some essential vitamin D. Take a fashion-forward step in the right direction by grabbing a hat before leaving the house. During pregnancy, your skin is more sensitive to the sun and prone to conditions such as melasma. This Free & Easy bucket hat will keep your scalp covered and help prevent unwanted exposure to the sun’s rays. $40
Here’s hoping your entry into spring—and your entry into parenthood—are both cool and comfortable.
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