If you’ve been following the newly minted royal couple on their post-nuptial adventures (waving hands, here), you might have caught mom-to-be Meghan Markle in this little black dress and-trench maternity outfit. I’ll admit that I’ve been coveting the look, too, and OF COURSE the original Asos dress she’s said to have been wearing sold out faster than you can say “We can never be royals.”
But we appreciate the reminder that a little black dress is a timeless maternity wardrobe staple, so I found three awesome little black maternity dress alternatives you’ll love. Hey, even if you’re not pregnant.
Best of all, you don’t have to be a duchess to afford these looks — not that I’ve given up hope entirely on joining the royal family somehow one day.
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I bought a Boob Design dress shortly after having my son, because it also happens to be designed for nursing, making it a smart investment. No exception with this sporty, comfy, but totally chic Boob Design Haley maternity dress that I’m wanting to add to my wardrobe. Because while Meghan Markle may have a different dress for every day of the month, some of us need maternity/nursing clothes with longevity. ($119, Boob Design)
I love that this Ingrid & Isabel black maternity dress is so unapologetically sexy, which is something we don’t see all the time in maternity wear. Even so, the close fit of this dress still looks comfy since it’s made of stretchy sweater material. Wear it with black booties like in the picture for a stylish urban look or dress it up with (low, comfy) heels for the office. ($58.80 on sale right now at Nordstrom, regularly $98)
Velvet is one of my absolute favorite materials for the colder months. And I’m imagining you’d feel very luxurious — and even a bit, ahem, royal — in this plush, very affordable Gap velvet black maternity dress. It’s a great pick for holiday parties, plus the tie-waist means you can wear it at any stage of pregnancy — and probably after, if you’re anything like me. ($59.95, Gap)