11 Maternity Style Rules Fashion Girls Follow

Gone are the days when maternity style meant bulky sack dresses and shapeless onesies. Now, with a little clever styling and smart shopping, you can feel chic all the way through your third trimester, and the cute maternity outfits of street style stars the past few seasons are proof.

Fashion types like Miroslava Duma, Eva Chen, and Pernille Teisbaek have navigated the fashion month circuit with babies on board, and their bump-friendly ensembles can offer much-needed inspiration to help guide you out of a 24/7 stretchy-pants rut—not that there's anything wrong with those, but sometimes you may need or want to leave the house in something a little more polished. You may even find ideas on how to wear pieces that you might have otherwise avoided, like high-waisted skirts and belted jackets, or how to dress for more formal occasions like a wedding or cocktail party.

Below, see 11 outfits that redefine pregnancy style, and shop maternity jeans, dresses, tops, and more.


Airy Shirtdress + Flat Sandals
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This oversize silhouette leaves plenty of room for a growing bump, and it's breezy enough to wear in the summer heat.


High-Waisted Skirt + Stretchy Striped Top + Low Heels
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In the early months, skirts with a little give can be worn high-waisted with comfy tops.


A-Line Skirt + T-Shirt + Metallic Booties
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While the clothes are relatively simple—a slogan tee and a knee-length skirt with plenty of room to move—the accessories are flashy enough to make them look special.


Low-Waisted Jeans + Denim Jacket + Booties
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Finally, low-slung jeans are your friend again. Wear them under the bump with an oversize jacket and comfortable statement boots.


Oversize Silk Dress + Platforms
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For a fancier occasion, a dress with a generous fit is key. Try one with a tulip shape that's tapered toward the knees.


Swingy Crew-Neck Sweater + Hooded Coat + Maxi Skirt + Flat Boots
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For winter days, pile on the cozy layers in easy-to-wear neutrals. Even if you have to size up now, you can still wear them long after pregnancy.


Tunic Sweater + Patterned Coat + Jeans + Loafers + Socks
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If you're due in the winter or early spring, you'll probably be wearing your coats open for a while—but you can get away with it with some strategic layering underneath.


High-Waisted Skirt + Camisole + Pumps
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The lacy top and side-slit skirt make this a perfect evening look for a smaller bump.

Related: 8 Pregnancy Outfits That Are So Stylish


Empire-Waist Trench Coat + Knee-High Boots
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The shoulder pads make this look very capital-F fashion, but the idea works with any trench—just take the belt out of its loops and tie it above the bump.


Floral Midi Dress + Blazer + Velvet Knee-High Boots
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If you love pattern and texture, don't let pregnancy resign you to a wardrobe of stretchy black jersey—get creative with free-flowing silhouettes.


Long Coat + Turtleneck + Tights + Boots
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Look for coats with roomier cuts to carry you through the colder months.

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