A comfortable, well-fitting pair of maternity jeans is an invaluable addition to your pregnancy wardrobe. Dressed up or dressed down, they will become your go-to item of clothing over the next 9 months but finding the perfect fit can be a minefield, especially as a lot of high-street stores no longer stock their maternity ranges in-store so you are forced to purchase ‘blind’ online.
Unless you strike it lucky first time, you will probably lose the will to live trying on numerous styles, brands and sizes until you find ‘the ones’, so I have pulled together my ‘Top 6’ maternity jeans on the market at the moment.
1 // H&M MAMA Slim Jeans, £29.99
2 // Blossom Maternity Neo Skinny Jeans, £135
3 // Gap 1969 Full Panel Always Skinny Jeans, £44.95
6 // New Look Maternity Supersoft Jeans, £19.99
I have primarily focused on skinny/slim jeans in my ‘Top 6’ as that’s what I like to wear but there are many other shapes and styles to consider including bootleg, straight leg and cropped. You also need to think about whether you want the jeans to fit over or under your bump. It is a very personal choice but I am a huge advocate of the ‘over the bump’ variety, not the sexiest with the full jersey waistband but they are super comfy and they give you a nice silhouette (not a muffin top in sight!).
It’s also worth taking the following into consideration when purchasing maternity jeans:
- Fitting can vary from brand to brand, so try before you buy where possible. If you’re buying online, check that the returns policy is straightforward and ideally free. Online retailers normally offer free delivery over a certain spend, so if I know there is no charge to return the goods I always make sure I spend the amount that guarantees me free delivery and then I return what I don’t need/want.
- You shouldn’t need to go up a size when purchasing maternity jeans as they are specifically cut to accommodate your bump. If you are a size 12 in your non-pregnant state, chances are you will be a size 12 in pregnancy jeans as well.
- Don’t sacrifice style over comfort – you will probably live in your jeans so make sure they are comfortable.
- Look for jeans that have an element of stretch but not too much as it is very common to get sagging around the knees and bottom if the jeans contain too much Elastane/Spandex; 2% is the ideal amount.
Everyone’s bump is different and unfortunately there are no rules as to what will suit you best, but I hope that the above will make you feel slightly more informed when choosing maternity jeans that are right for you.