Category: Maternity Wear That Doesn’t Suck

A comfy maternity top that holds it all in

Pregnancy presents some interesting sartorial challenges. Wearing a bra can feel torturous, but keeping the girls supported is a necessity. Covering the belly can feel oppressive, but not keeping it sheathed is out of the question. So what’s a mama-to-be to do? A multitasking bra/tank combo is one of the best options out there. Sure, there are many tank tops on the market with built-in bras, but the new Maternity Bra Tank from Glamourmom was designed especially for the wardrobe challenges every pregnant woman (including me!) face. The ruched detail on both sides of the belly area allows for...

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A nursing dress that looks nothing like a nursing dress

Even though I’m still breastfeeding my six-month old every few hours, I somehow forget that little fact when I go shopping and want to buy all these adorable sundresses for myself. Lifting my dress up over my head every time the baby needs to eat is really not an option. But that’s all changed since finding this adorable, affordable nursing dress that I plan to live in all summer long. I’m once again impressed with the budget-friendly breastfeeding clothes from Milk Nursingwear, this time with their gorgeous, bright halter-style nursing dress that delivers in both fit and function. Unlike...

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Who says pregnancy can’t be sexy?

At 38 weeks pregnant, I can honestly say I feel about as unsexy as a sack of potatoes. But just like putting a smile on your face is supposed to make you feel happier, wearing sexy lingerie should do the same thing, right? That was my mindset when I tried on a set of aggressively saucy purple and black lace lingerie. We’ve all heard the term “hot mama” before, but You! Lingerie, a collection of nursing bras and maternity lingerie is taking the yummy mummy look to extremes. The Azalea Orchid (pictured), the set I was sent, is a...

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A t-shirt that does a pretty darn good job of hiding my bump

While my belly has been massively expanding over the last eight months, my wardrobe hasn’t. My pregnancy dressing tactic has been to buy a few key maternity pieces and then fudge the rest with my regular threads. Fake it ’til you make, if you will. I hate spending money on something with such a short lifespan. But then I found a middle ground where maternity meets postpartum wear. Aussie brand Elk Accessories makes a line of A-line T-shirts that are insanely soft (thanks to a blend of cotton, modal and spandex) and incredibly forgiving. The swingy bottom half of...

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Boden launches maternity. Brilliant!

When I heard that Boden, my favorite clothing company from across the pond was launching maternity, I felt like doing cartwheels. But, being seven months pregnant, I opted for a fist pump instead. Not only am I fan of Boden’s women’s collection, but I’d say about 75% of my son’s wardrobe comes from Mini Boden, their affordable and ridiculously cute collection for babies and kids. (I mean, how adorable are these faded denim board shorts with a skull print?). The Boden maternity clothes have a slightly limited selection at the moment, but it’s still chock full of the staples...

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Maternity style tips from author and maternity stylista Amy Tara Koch

I only had one pregnancy that required winter clothes and boy, was that a challenge. Pants never seemed to fit me and sweaters always made me hot, so I found myself wearing the same few outfits over and over again. Too bad I didn’t have author and style expert Amy Tara Koch’s book Bump It Up back then. The book is chock full of amazing maternity style tips plus advice from some of the world’s most famous fashion designers and stylists. It’s definitely a must-have manual for any pregnant chica, regardless of what number kid you’re on. I recently...

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Glamourmom – Now up to 70% off

I spend almost all of my breastfeeding hours in Glamour Mom nursing tanks and I have the credit card bills to show it. But with their new private sales member club you can now score between 30-70% off these awesome breastfeeding tops. If you’re not familiar with Glamourmom tanks, they are a comfortable, cotton stretch tank tops with a supportive nursing bra that’s smartly fit inside. It’s pure nursing wear genius, really. But unlike many of then nursing tanks out there, they come in a variety of styles – tanks that work under another shirt with more bra-like straps...

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The maternity top that’s saving me from a thousand tiny breakdowns daily

I have discovered maternity top nirvana. Nirvana, I tell you. And I’m pretty sure I will not be taking this thing off until I have my baby. Finally, I’m spared the thousand daily tug-downs of a too-small top. Finally, the underside of my belly doesn’t have to get chilly when I’m out for an autumn walk. Finally, a top that actually fits in those last, gigantic –or maybe that’s just me?– weeks of pregnancy. My near-deliriously happy state is all thanks to a Bashful Bump maternity bodysuit. I know, I know. A bodysuit? How can that be comfortable? But...

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Piperlime goes pregnant

I admit that I’m a sucker for a fancy pair of jeans, mostly because I’ve found over the years that they just wear and fit better. And after almost four kids on an already hard to fit body, those things are really hard to find at budget prices. So I guess it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of designer maternity jeans, now available at Piperlime. With designer labels like Citizens of Humanity and James Jeans, you can stock up on hot maternity denim along with the plethora of other goodies Piperlime offers – like shoes, bags, and more...

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Maternity shirts that keep on going, and going

I’m loathe to buy any new maternity clothes in the middle of my 3rd trimester, but it’s also the point in my pregnancy where all my favorite items start to get a little tight – except for my one all-time favorite piece, my trusty BumpStyle maternity shirt. I’ve raved about these amazing maternity shirts before, and I’m so pleased to see they’ve added a few new styles. A top pick: The lovely kimono sleeve maternity tunics that are perfect for Fall, and for covering my jiggly pregnancy arms. If you’re not familiar with BumpStyle t-shirts, they’re probably the most...

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Not too shabby but affordably chic

When I got word that online boutique Shabby Apple is now promoting their dresses for women, I have to be honest, I was a bit skeptical. I like some but not all of their little girls’ dresses, and on top of that, mail order clothes + cheap prices are a combo that generally doesn’t work for my hard-to-fit figure and picky picky tastes. So when they offered to send a couple of dresses my way to try out, I have to be honest, I was not expecting to like them much. But like them I do! The Tour Eiffel...

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Happy birthday, bras!

The good old over the shoulder boulder holder is turning a whopping 100 today, and to thank her (is it a she? he? it?) for her amazing support (ahem) throughout the years, we thought it would be fun to round up a few of our favorite nursing bras for you expectant and nursing mamas. Now, it’s not just regular bras that have come a long way, baby. Nursing bras are definitely not what they used to be. In fact, with gorgeous bras like the ones from Cake lingerie bras (pictured) it’s hard to tell that they’re made for breastfeeding...

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Gilt Groupe goes maternity. Whoo!

Do you ever have that dream–the one where you go to a big, magical store, and everything is shiny and pretty and on a 50% off sale? I do, and I’m usually riding a glittery pink unicorn with shopping baskets as saddle bags. That’s why I’ve been ogling the sparklies on Gilt Groupe and their amazing flash sales on carefully curated, high-profile brands. We’re talking Fendi, Badgley Mischka, and high end kids clothing at Cosco prices. But what’s particularly cool is that if you join Gilt today, you can feast your eyes (and credit card) on their first-ever maternity...

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Clothes made for women. And not the perfect ones.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I went a little crazy with the maternity clothes. And although my husband raised a skeptical eyebrow and tut-tutted about me buying items that I would — he insisted — never wear again after pregnancy, I proved him wrong. For better or for worse. The problem is, so many of those maternity clothes that have such an accommodating cut aren’t the most fashionable of wardrobe items and really should be put on ebay or handed down to pregnant friends as soon as possible. Which is why I love Canadian fashion designer...

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Maternity clothes that won’t cost you an arm and a cankle

For two pregnancies, my maternity wardrobe consisted of ill-fitting tees that never really covered my belly and dry clean only sweaters that I was afraid to wear. Things sure have changed. I’m smitten with Milan Maternity’s line; even their basics are beautifully made in the softest fabrics and the most beautiful colors. These are pieces that look like normal non-pregnant clothes, just with a little extra room in the belly, which means you don’t have to spend six months feeling like a fashion fail just because you’re growing a person inside you. In addition to the basics — tees...

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Celebrity maternity clothes, on a real mom budget – Chiarakruza comes to Target

We’re always on the lookout for cool maternity wear, and we’ve got a good feeling about this: Celebrity favorite Chiarakruza is bringing their maternity line to Target! Starting February 15, you can get the look of a Hollywood mom-to-be — for a lot less. All while you’re picking up diapers and dinner. Excellent. The Chiarakruza for Target line consists of pieces that are fun and functional — tunics and jeans and flowy dresses — in prints and colors that will pep up even the most cankle-laden mama-to-be. We haven’t gotten to see the line first-hand, but the pictures are...

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Christian Siriano’s maternity line kind of makes me want to be pregnant

Confession: I was miserable in the last trimester of both of my pregnancies. Not because I was huge and couldn’t see my feet and had a person sitting on my bladder. No, I hated that I was compelled to wear really really boring maternity clothes every single day. Times have changed (thank goodness) and now mamas-to-be can pick up super cool maternity pieces designed by none other than Project Runway winner Christian Siriano. The appropriately named Fierce Mamas line consists of tops and dresses; all the pieces are hip, but we’re really loving the plaid tunic. Plaid is hot...

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The winner of The Bump’s Best Fashion Blog is…Cool Mom Picks!

You guyyyyys… We’re so so grateful so many of those of you who rallied and voted for us as The Bump’s Best Fashion Blog for moms. But because we want you to have more to show for it than carpal tunnel, we’re turning over our prize, the $100 Pottery Barn Kids gift certificate, to one of you. It’s the least we can do. (Details below.) We have to say though, that one of the nicest things about this was being introduced to the other finalists, who will definitely keep you moms and future moms looking and feeling fabulous: Bumpwear...

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Chic maternity wear all in one place. And that one place is not a mall, thank you.

Maternity wear has come a long way in the nine years since I had my first baby, but for most of us, the local maternity shopping options are limited, and trolling the Internet for deals takes time away from napping — an important part of staying radiant while you’re pregnant. Here’s a nap-friendly solution: Check out DesignerMaternity.com which does all the legwork for you. The site gathers all of our favorite chic maternity brands like Isabella Oliver and Chiara Kruza (shown here) as well as maternity pieces from lines better known for their non-pregnant clothes (Rock and Republic, Citizens...

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Sexy while pregnant? Abso-freaking-lutely.

These was no way in heck I could wear regular underwear when I was pregnant. Between my growing belly and bum, and my desire to have absolutely nothing grabbing or pulling on me, I had to give in and purchase the special maternity underpants, which let’s face it, are about as sexy as wearing a wind sock. Wait, they sort of are like wearing a wind sock. Well, too bad for me but very lucky for you current mamas-to-be that the super stylish Isabella Oliver just came out with an amazing line of maternity lingerie. We’ve already espoused the...

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More of Me Maternity – The must-have maternity dress for 2009

When I was pregnant, I was always amazed about how little I felt like myself. Yes, having babies is a beautiful, glorious thing, but darn if I didn’t feel like a beached whale stuffed in some boring tenty t-shirt. Oh how I longed to feel like former sexy(er) self. I’m guessing that’s what inspired mom and designer Jessica Boulanger to create her More of Me Maternity line. Her sophisticated and amazingly comfortable maternity dresses are pieces I’d pick off the rack on any given day, baby in my belly or not. My personal fave, the “Take it to the...

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Maternity wear that makes you look chic. Or as chic as it gets when you’re feeling enormous.

Very few things make me wish I were pregnant again. Until now. Rosie Pope, former dancer and model and now a new mom, recently opened a flagship maternity store in Soho where people like Naomi, Salma and Gwen all shopped. But, thanks to the Rosie Pope online boutique, you can shop there too. Even if you’re the type who deigns to use your last name. You can fill a wardrobe full of elegant clothes and accessories–no elastic allowed here–but this time of year you may want to click on over to the dressy stuff and pick out an outfit...

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Ingrid & Isabel Leggings – A maternity wardrobe essential we’d swear by

If you had told me that I’d be wearing leggings almost every day during my pregnancies I would have laughed at you. Well, politely of course. But when I realized how great they felt and looked, I got over myself and gave in to the trend. So if you want the ultimate maternity leggings, snatch up a pair (or two) of Ingrid & Isabel’s belly leggings. Made from the same nylon/spandex combo as their super duper BellaBands, these leggings are somewhere between footless tights and thick cotton leggings, making them extremely versatile for any style and season. Fit them...

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Invisibelt – Putting an end to plumber’s butt for life

Invisibelt is basically an invisible belt that every fashionista seems to be buzzing about these days. Yes, it’s invisible in that magic Wonderwoman airplane sort of a way because it’s clear plastic, but also invisible in that it’s designed to lie flat so it won’t bulk up your tops over your jeans. I always hated that “buckle bulge” thing. The Invisibelt adjusts to fit sizes 2 to 14 (sorry, you freaky size zeros) but I love that there’s also a plus size to fit up to size 4x. This also makes it a very clever maternity option if you...

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Agent Provocateur Maternity – Who Said Pregnant Wasn’t Sexy?

Now at the tail end of my third pregnancy, I admit that I feel the total opposite of sexy. The gigunda belly coupled with the larger than life butt tucked into some pretty scary maternity underpants do not help the situation. But with a little something from Agent Provocateur, like their new Maternity bra and panties set, you might just see that sexy pregnant glow from me yet. A fave among celebrities (because that’s pretty much who can afford it these days), Agent Provocateur is all about the most gorgeous, erotic, sophisticated lingerie designs, and their new maternity pieces are...

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Work Out Clothes for the Real Olympians: New Moms

In my quest to shed those last few extremely stubborn pregnancy pounds, I’ve pulled out the big guns and signed up for a triathlon. (Hold your applause – at least until I pull it off.) This means I’m out biking, running, and swimming just about every single day, all in between feedings. So I’ve traded in my Mountain Blue Eyes nursing fleece for one of their new nursing tanks. Made of the same quick-drying fabric as their nursing tees, these tanks make it a breeze to walk in the door after a run and immediately scoop up the baby...

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A Band of Bamboo

By this pregnancy, number three, I’m pretty familiar with the plethora of maternity belly bands that allow we lucky pregnant women to continue wearing our regular shirts. Or, if you’re me, make the bizarrely short maternity shirts actually cover the top of your pants. Unfortunately I’m also familiar with the lovely belly itch that’s brought by tight clothing on my stomach. But when I tried on the Bamboo Belly Band found at Bambino Land, I couldn’t even tell it was on. Made from a combo of bamboo and just enough spandex, this band is super soft and fitted enough...

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Chiara Kruza Maternity: One Shirt Flatters All

With my first two kids, I collected a pile of mediocre maternity clothes, not one of which I could wear from start to finish. Even my favorite pieces had to be retired after a couple of months – or when I hit the "sausage stuffed in casing" look. Now with the third on the way, I’m going to be smarter about my purchases. Enter Chiara Kruza, a designer (and mom) who has made me excited to get dressed every morning. Her simple, super comfortable pieces will not only take you from trimester to trimester and beyond, but they’ll make you feel like a...

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Parachute Pants Not Included

It’s the plight of pregnant women everywhere, and I’m not talking about constipation. Damn that belly grabbing! No matter how hard I tried, I could never get people to stop pawing at me. So maybe people will heed the words of everyone’s favorite rapper-turned-minister-turned-dad, MC Hammer, eloquently quoted on this Disco Belly maternity shirt. Handscreened on 50/50 poly-cotton (good for stretching over the belly), these shirts will get you a guaranteed chuckle all while telling everyone to back the heck off in the most catchy of ways....

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Wait, So Moms Breastfeed in the Winter Too?

We’ve seen our fair share of nursing cover-ups ’round these parts. The interesting thing is, designers seem so worried about keeping their pieces lightweight–as if a baby didn’t just come out of a 98.6 degree environment–that most of the covers look and feel like Summer designs. So I was impressed to come across the 4-in-1 nursing shawls from mom-run L’oved Baby. The soft microsuede fabric is light and breathable but substantial, and it comes in subdued earth tones and neutrals ("grand sand" looks spiffy in person) that suit the cooler weather. It definitely looks a little more Sundance than...

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