It’s a funny old time for fashion, we’ve emerged from lockdown, we’ve broken free from loungewear life but the thought of wearing actual proper ‘dressy’ clothes still feels like all too much of an effort. Throw a growing bump into the mix and there’s only one objective for your outfits and that’s comfort.

If you’re moving through the trimesters and finding it a bit tricky to find your style then have a look at stretchy separates. Adding few key pieces like a flared rib trouser, a wool tube skirt or a jersey jumpsuit to your maternity wardrobe will allow you to see how versatile, and comfortable(!) they are.

Now is a great time to be expecting as it’s moment in fashion where a more elevated style of loungewear is an acceptable choice of outfit. Think cool co-ords, luxe leggings and sweater dresses. All of which still have comfort at their forefront.

Here are a few style pointers to ensure your look is more modern minimalist and less sofa chic.

Fabric – It’s important to always look at the label. See if there is any science behind the style which can really help in comfort when it comes to maternity wear. For example, these flared leggings from are made in a Punto fabric which is a super soft double-knit material with extra stretch to accommodate a blossoming bump. Cotton jersey and wools fabrics are great for allowing stretch and keeping you comfortable and always look for elasticated waistbands. Avoid anything too rigid and don’t be afraid to size up from your original size as oversized cuts keep you looking cool. Just remember if you go oversized on top, then keep to a fitted style on the bottom and vice versa.

Another thing to note when it comes to fabric is texture, look for ribbed, quilted or velvet styles which are super flattering over bumps and very AW21.

Colour – There’s a high chance you already have a fair amount of black in your wardrobe, so invest in muted tones such as creams, greys, dusky pinks and sage green which will complement the black and keep your look up to date. Just because you’re pregnant, it doesn’t mean you should sacrifice on style, nor adopt a new look! Retaining your original sense of style throughout pregnancy is so important for helping you to feel like you and keep you feeling confident in how you look.

Soft, cooler tones like these, work well if you like the minimalist look; a stretchy sweatshirt dress like this one from looks great with all black accessories. Keep jewellery to a minimum too for a more streamlined look.

Footwear – For the majority of these looks, a simple white trainer would work well, whether it’s a wool skirt, a flared trouser or a jumper dress. Remember comfort is key when it comes to maternity dressing, if you feel uncomfortable then you will look uncomfortable too! Your feet size can change from around the the seven-month mark as your bones become more malleable and spread apart so look for a style that’s super supportive. The New Balance 327’s good for giving you that tiny bit extra height if you’re not so keen on wearing flats.

Style upHow you style your separates is key. Team tube skirts with a classic white shirt to keep your look polished. Throw a trench coat over a wool co-ord to maintain a level of smartness and make sure you accessorize with luxe fabrics such as leather or suede. The idea is to dress-up your dressed down look! A heeled mule can totally transform a pair of jersey ribbed trousers or a well-chosen set of earrings of necklace can take a jumpsuit from day to night in an instant.


So rather than going out and investing in fancy dresses you may never make use of, or living in maternity jeans for the whole nine months, try looking for a few cool and comfy separates that you can style up or style down to suit you.

Anna Woodham