10 Maternity Wardrobe Must-Haves for Working Moms-to-Be

We’re guessing sweatpants aren’t in your company’s dress code. Luckily for you, the existence of comfy, stylish maternity work clothes isn’t a crazy pregnancy dream.
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October 12, 2020
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It’s hard enough dragging your pregnant self to the office every day, but coming up with cute maternity work clothes every morning can be a tall task. Here’s the good news: You can still put together stylish, professional, bump-friendly looks without replacing your entire wardrobe. The key is to select a few signature pieces versatile enough to take you from executive meetings to laid-back Mondays. (And if you really want to sidestep shopping, you could just rent those pieces from maternity rental clothing companies like Rent the Runway.) Here, we’ve curated a list of must-have maternity work clothes that are as fashion-forward as they are comfortable. With tons of styling options, you’ll reach for these items again and again.

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A Flowy Blouse

A pretty, patterned maternity blouse is both versatile and practical, and will easily carry you through your entire pregnancy. Wear it with a blazer and slacks for an office-ready outfit or alone over jeans for a more relaxed look. This top from Ingrid & Isabel is a standout thanks to the chic print and flared French cuffs and is loose enough to keep you comfy in any trimester.

Rent it: Ingrid & Isabel Arrow Smock Neck Maternity Top, $30 for four days,; or buy it: $74,

Image: Courtesy ASOS

Black Maternity Pants

A chic pair of black pants is a working mom-to-be’s best friend. Perhaps the most adaptable of all maternity work clothes, black pants can be dressed up or down and go with pretty much anything. Plus, black tends to be super-flattering. These slim-fit maternity pants from ASOS hit right at the ankle so you can show off your favorite shoes. Pair them with a colorful set of flats or, if you’re up for it, be bold and don some heels to make your legs look miles long.

Buy it: ASOS Design Maternity High-Waist Pants, $40,

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A Structured Blazer

A classic blazer reads boss—bump included. Toss it on over everything, from dresses to jeans, and you’ll look instantly pulled together and ready to power through your day. We love how the ponte fabric gives this maternity jacket from Seraphine an extra bit of bump-friendly stretch.

Buy it: Black Maternity Jacket, $159,

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A Button-Down Shirt

Crisp, white blouses are a professional mama’s go-to maternity work clothes. They have the awesome ability to transform any outfit into smart business attire, with minimal effort. The classic button-down gets a maternity makeover with this tailored, collared, three-quarter-length sleeve shirt from ASOS. Go for a Mad Men vibe by pairing it with a pencil skirt, fitted cardigan and structured bag, or use it to dress up your favorite pair of maternity jeans.

Buy it: ASOS Design Maternity Three-Quarter Sleeve Shirt, $29,

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Dark Wash Jeans

Take Casual Friday to a whole new level with stylish dark-rinse jeans. The darker tone lends better to a business look, and you’ll still get to revel in the comfort of your favorite jeans. The boot-cut silhouette on this pair from Loft is flattering and work-appropriate, and a stretchy roll panel discreetly covers and smooths your belly. Plenty versatile, they’ll take you straight from the office to dinner out.

Buy it: Maternity Skinny Jeans in Dark-Rinse Wash, $80,

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A Little Black Dress

The search for that ideal LBD doesn’t stop just because you’ve got a baby on board. A simple, perfect-fit black dress is a maternity work clothes essential, whether you’re lunching with clients or presenting to the board. Good thing we found this super-chic pregnancy edition from Of Mercer! It’s form-fitting and oh-so-flattering, thanks to the side ruching and stretchy fabric, and the knee-length hemline is office-friendly.

Rent it: Of Mercer McCaren Maternity Dress, $30 for four days,; or buy it: $175,


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A Cardigan

Don’t forget about another office essential: The cardigan, a bump-friendly piece of clothing if ever there was one. Pick out your favorite pre-pregnancy cardigan and wear it open to drape around your belly. It’ll protect you from the arctic blast of the office AC without drowning you in fabric. (And when you’re hit with a hot flash, it’s a cinch to slip off.) Tailor-made for moms-to-be, this velvety soft maternity sweater will feel heavenly against your super-sensitive skin.

Buy it: Velvet Rib Knit Maternity Cardigan, $158,


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A Pencil Skirt

Nothing gives off professional vibes like a classic pencil skirt. And just because you’re sporting a bump these days doesn’t mean it’s off-limits. This trim maternity skirt from Rosie Pope offers a tailored cut to fit and flatter your growing belly and keep you looking office-chic.

Buy it: Rosie Pope Pret Maternity Skirt, $98,

Image: Courtesy Yumi Kim

A Statement Dress

Add it to your list of pregnancy to-dos: Find a dress that makes you feel amazing all nine months. There’s no need to hide in black maternity clothes your whole pregnancy—a fun statement dress should be in every mom-to-be’s collection of maternity work clothes. This eye-catching option from Yumi Kim has work-appropriate long sleeves and a below-the-knee hem, but sports an attractive v-neck to give just a hint of that new killer cleavage.

Rent it: Yumi Kim 5th Avenue Maternity Dress, starting at $30 for four days,; or buy it: $178,


Image: Courtesy Ingrid & Isabel

A Cozy Sweater

Everyone loves a soft, fabulous sweater that looks great and goes with just about anything. Why not add one to your wardrobe of maternity work clothes? We love this cowl-neck sweater from Ingrid & Isabel. For a casual look, pair it with your dark-rinse jeans, or jazz it up with those black maternity work pants that fit just right.

Rent it: Ingrid & Isabel Cowl Neck Sweater, $30 for four days,; or buy it: $78,

Updated September 2018

Plus, more from The Bump:

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