Maternity Fashion Essentials – Your Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

What you need are a few key pieces of maternity wear to form your capsule wardrobe so you can mix and match. Here are some maternity fashion staples that will see you through your pregnancy in style

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If you love fashion, clothes and accessories, that doesn’t stop when you’re pregnant. It does get even harder to put together a stylish wardrobe without resorting to sweat pants, leggings and your husband’s shirt. Throw in existing children and forget it. What you need are a few key pieces of maternity wear to form your capsule wardrobe so you can mix and match. Here are some maternity fashion staples that will see you through your pregnancy in style and give you confidence to rock your changing shape – in my opinion you’re never more beautiful than when you’re blooming with child.

A decent swimsuit for Comfort And Style

Most women only think about wearing a one-piece swimsuit (bathing suit to the americans) to the beach or when swimming, but that really doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re feeling confident, why not rock a bikini? There are so many flattering and funky styles out there. If you’re not sure whether you’ll be using it, you should be, whether you’re on holiday, or taking part in an Aquanatal class, swimming is the best all round gentle exercise when you’re pregnant and will last through all your pregnancies so you’ll be getting value for money. They also have a good resale value on sites like eBay. Take a look at these beauties for inspiration:


  1. One piece maternity swimsuit with contrast strap detail from La Redoute, £75 – get 30% off your first order including sale items, use code STYLE
  2. One piece classic black maternity swimsuit from La Redoute £23.40

Invest in some key Denim pieces

Aside from the stereotypical dungarees for pregnant women, denim definitely has a place in maternity fashion. You might get away with just extending your waistband on your normal jeans or cut-offs; or like me, prefer buying some maternity jeans. You can get over the bump or under bump, and it just depends on preference. I preferred the over the bump ones. Once you find a comfortable pair, they’ll be your best friend. They say just buy your normal size in maternity, but I always found I needed to go up a size. It also depends on the store you buy from. Along with comfort, denim will match just about any hairstyle, shoes, necklace, or earrings that you choose to go with it. Denim skirts are an easy wear too, and in winter look great with thin leggings or tights and boots.


Maternity under bump ripped jeans, New Look

Easy Slip-On Shoes For Convenience and Comfort

I know  – you don’t want to get stuck in the cliche of wearing comfy mum shoes, but when you’re pregnant it’s OK – you’ll be back to wearing heels eventually one day. Pregnancy makes you retain fluid so your feet can swell. Whilst I’ve known some women who are able to zip up their knee high boots right until they give birth, others need to break out the flip-flops sooner than they’d like. Change it up a bit and try mules, slip-ons, trainers and pumps.

Going out Maternity Dresses

Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up – you need at least one go to dress that will do for social occasions. You’re bound to get invited to at least one wedding, and you need something for that works leaving do. The good old wrap dress works wonders, and you can wear it afterwards too.


  1. Jersey maternity maxi dress, La Redoute £49
  2. Rochelle Humes Maternity Tea Dress, £36
  3. Maternity Black Frill Trim Bardot Neck Maxi Dress, New Look £19.99

Maternity Work Wear

Keeping up your work wardrobe can be a hard slog, especially during the 3rd trimester. Stick to tailored maternity trousers that you can team with a jacket that’s in a size larger than your normal, and a few maternity tops and shirts, together with a comfortable jersey maternity dress or two and that’s work sorted.


  1. Printed viscose maternity blouse, La Redoute £29
  2. Cotton maternity shirt, La Redoute £29
  3. Straight leg maternity trousers, La Redoute £29
  4. Linen mix maternity over bump trousers, £17 (Quick, selling fast!)
  5. Maternity Navy Striped Colour Block Ribbed Midi Dress, New Look £19.99

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize

Earrings, statement necklaces and bags will all lift your outfit, especially if you’re stuck with the same few looks. You can change up the accessories and the outfit will look completely different. A statement necklace will detract attention from your growing bump and keep the focus on you. Scarves and hats are winners too. In the summer, protect yourself with a big straw hat and oversized sunglasses, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun’s rays.


Statement necklace, House of Fraser £27.50

Maternity Leggings and Tights

You can still squeeze into your current leggings and tights but you will need at least one pair of each for your later months. If you’re tight on cash just get yourself down to primark and get a few sizes up and you’ll be fine. When you’re on maternity leave you’ll practically live in leggings, jeans and oversized shirts. Treat yourself to some new slippers.

Maternity Active Wear

If you’re a gym person or if you regularly work out, and plan to continue through your pregnancy, consider getting a couple of maternity workout outfits or key pieces. You’ll find it more comfortable than tops that ride up or baggy T shirts and leggings. It will encourage you to keep going too. Women who keep active in their pregnancy tend to have quicker labours and recover easier too.

A Maternity Coat

You might get away with not having a specific pregnancy coat, especially if you’re heavily pregnant over the summer, but if it’s a bitterly cold winter you may have to. I think I got away with it by borrowing someone’s larger coat, or you can just wear it open, but you do end up with a cold bump!


Maternity puffer jacket, La Redoute £49.50 (50% off)

These key wardrobe items should provide you with a basic maternity capsule wardrobe that will see you through your pregnancy and beyond.

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  • Reply Shirley Cheng

    Hello Jenny, I love this blog. I liked your maternity coat which is 2 in 1. I want same as yours. I must say you have a nice collection. I found latest trends dress here that is looking very awesome. Thanks for updating me latest dress.

    July 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Mary

    As far as comfy shoes that look great are concerned, I looooved my allbirds when I was pregnant. At first I just had a small size of the mens’ version, but the womens’ shoes are super comfy too. Plus you don’t have to wear socks! One less bend-over in the morning was very much appreciated!

    August 22, 2017 at 8:51 pm
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