Maternity jeans can be the bane of a pregnant woman’s existence. The hunt seems never-ending, the trying-on can be defeating and the entire process of buying and returning is exhausting. It’s a lot of effort, sometimes for very little reward—but that’s where we come in. We’ve done the dirty work for you, finding the 15 best maternity jeans, no matter your body type, style preference or stage of pregnancy. These are maternity jeans you won’t just tolerate for the next nine months, but truly love. You might even be sad to pack them away once baby arrives. Here, we’ve gathered up the best maternity jeans by style, cut and color.
Best Maternity Overalls
Want an easy way to look adorable throughout your pregnancy? Invest in a pair of maternity overalls. Our favorite pair is from ASOS, thanks to its straight-leg cut (read: roomy and comfy), adjustable straps and side buttons (for your growing bump), and multiple wash options (we love the khaki). All you have to do is add a T-shirt or tank for a look that’s effortlessly cool.
Buy it: ASOS Design Maternity Denim Overall, $67, ASOS.com
Best Maternity Skinny Jeans
If wearing a pair of skinny jeans while pregnant sounds unappealing, you probably haven’t found the right pair. Enter the MAMA Skinny Jeans by H&M, which are so well-made and comfortable, you can rock them right up until the day you deliver. The right amount of stretch makes these maternity jeans comfy without sagging, the full panel actually stays up and real back pockets and belt loops make it easy to keep the waistband in place. Two added bonuses: They come in eight washes and won’t break the bank.
Buy it: H&M MAMA Skinny Jeans, $50, hm.com
Best Maternity Boyfriend Jeans
It can be tempting to reach for your partner’s roomier jeans as your pregnancy progresses. Opt for a comfy yet flattering looks with these Levi’s slim boyfriend maternity jeans, which manage to be roomy without looking messy, thanks to the slight distressing, cuffed hem and just the right amount of bagginess. And you’ll love that they ring in at less than $50.
Buy it: Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women's Maternity Slim Boyfriend Jeans, $46, Amazon.com
Best Bootcut Maternity Jeans
Finding any pair of bootcut maternity jeans can be surprisingly challenging—and locating a good pair is even more of a struggle. Luckily, this pair from H&M is not only a dark-wash bootcut style, but also a great option in terms of quality, comfort and price.
Buy it: H&M MAMA Bootcut Jeans, $50, hm.com
Best Maternity Flare Jeans
Pregnancy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style—particularly if you snag these Gracie flare jeans from Ingrid & Isabel. Besides the just-dark-enough wash and elongating flare shape, one of the best features of these jeans is the supportive band across the back. Maternity jeans that look good and ease your aches and pains? We approve.
Buy it: Ingrid & Isabel Gracie Flare Maternity Jeans, $85, Nordstrom.com
Best Plus Size Maternity Jeans
Whatever your opinion of the Kardashians is (love them, hate them or some combination of the two), there’s no denying that Khloe Kardashian has made a killer line of jeans with Good American, particularly for those with curves. Her new Good Mama maternity jeans are no exception. They’re a plus-size pregnant woman’s best friend, thanks to an over-the-bump panel that won’t dig in, a design made to hug (not suffocate) your assets and sizing that runs up to a 24 (a rarity in maternity).
Buy it: Good American Good Mama The Home Stretch Maternity Skinny Jeans, $159, Nordstrom.com
Best Petite Maternity Jeans
Jeans that don’t require any alterations are a petite person’s dream—but when you’re a petite pregnant person, that dream seems more and more like a fantasy. LOFT is one of the few retailers that carries petite sizing in their maternity line, and their denim is top-notch. Our two favorite features? A nude over-the-bump panel that’s easily concealed under tops, and a 27-inch inseam that negates the need for any hemming.
Buy it: LOFT Petite Maternity Skinny Jeans, $80, LOFT.com
Best Tall Maternity Jeans
Being born with a long torso and long legs may seem like a blessing, but when it comes to looking for maternity jeans, it can quickly become a curse. Over-the-bump panels often don’t stretch high enough and inseams are frequently too short, leaving the fit a hot mess. Motherhood Maternity Long Secret Fit maternity jeans solve both of those problems with a 33-inch inseam, an extra-long bump panel and multiple styles to choose from. (Our favorite is the skinny stretch.)
Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Long Secret Fit Belly Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans, $35, Motherhood.com
Best White Maternity Jeans
The perfect white jeans are hard enough to find when you’re not pregnant; add a growing bump to the mix and the task can seem near-impossible. But the holy grail of white maternity jeans does exist, and it comes to you via J Brand. Their White Mama J maternity jeans manage to be both flattering and not see-through, thanks to a thick denim material that hugs in all the right places. These jeans are so great, in fact, some users said they continued to wear them well beyond their pregnancy.
Best Black Maternity Jeans
Black jeans are a maternity wardrobe staple. They can take you from day to night, the office to dinner out, everyday life to special events. Given their versatility, it’s worth investing in a quality pair—and the best is the darker hued sibling of the J Brand white maternity jeans mentioned above. The Black Mama J’s are a top-rated favorite; their only downside is that you’ll wish you had found them sooner.
Best Maternity Jean Shorts
Jean shorts that are both mom- and bump-appropriate? Yep, we’ve found ‘em. These not-too-long, not-too-short, side-panel denim shorts from Citizens of Humanity will keep you cool (and looking cute) throughout the hottest months of your pregnancy.
Best Distressed Maternity Jeans
Looking for maternity jeans with some edge? Look no further than this distressed pair from ASOS. With just the right amount of knee rips and distressing along the hem (as well as an over-the-bump panel and a legging-like feel), this denim pair will be one you reach for again and again.
Buy it: ASOS Design Maternity Shrunken Boyfriend Jeans, $39, ASOS.com
Best Maternity Capri Jeans
Maternity jean capris are a great option for those mamas who are pregnant in the summer and don’t feel comfortable wearing shorts. These straight leg cropped maternity jeans from Motherhood Maternity nail it in the fit, style and comfort departments, making them the ultimate triple threat in the world of maternity denim.
Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Secret Fit Belly Straight Leg Maternity Crop Jeans, $25, Motherhood.com
Best Cheap Maternity Jeans
Not looking to spend an arm and a leg on clothes you can only wear for a few months—but also don’t want to skimp on quality? Target’s Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Crossover Panel Skinny Jeans are the answer to your budget-friendly prayers. They have a designer look and feel with several washes, cuts and styles to choose from at less than $30 a pair, leaving you extra cash to spend on baby essentials—the ultimate pregnancy win-win.
Buy it: Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Crossover Panel Skinny Jeans, $30, Target.com
Best Designer Maternity Jeans
There reaches a point in every pregnancy when the only comfortable pair of pants to wear is leggings—unless you own these Emma Power Legging Maternity Jeans by DL1961. Yes, they’re an investment, but the side-stretch panels extend the life of these jeans, making them work when you’re just showing, ready to pop and postpartum. Plus, the thick, legging-like material helps sculpt your legs without feeling restrictive. Based on sheer comfort alone, these designer maternity jeans are worth every penny—but throw in how awesome they make you look, and it’ll be the smartest money you’ve ever spent.
Buy it: DL1961 Emma Power Legging Maternity Jeans, $178, Nordstrom.com
Published September 2018
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