10 Affordable & Practical Places to Buy Maternity Clothes, According To Moms

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Whether you’re expecting or know a mama-to-be, bringing a little one into the world is a beautiful, miraculous journey. But it’s certainly not without its challenges, especially when it comes to your changing body. When your favorite pieces aren’t fitting just right, that’s a sign it’s probably time to start looking for places to buy maternity clothes to help you look and feel your best.

If you shudder at the concept of maternity clothes, let us put your mind at ease. The maternity styles of yesteryear are long gone: shapeless moo moos and plain garments with little personality are not the norm today, thanks to brands that have reimagined this category. Expecting moms also have access to the best maternity style inspiration, thanks to social media platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, and TikTok where fore-mothers and fellow preggos flock to share their findings.

To help with your journey, InStyle spoke to fashion stylists about their go-to brands to shop for maternity clothes that are anything but boring.


<p>Courtesy of Abercrombie</p>

Courtesy of Abercrombie

Abercrombie continues to impress across the board. Not only has the brand made it a priority to become more inclusive in its size offerings, but the clothing label also caters to expecting customers these days. I can vouch that Abercrombie’s maternity jeans, shorts, and jeggings are well worth the investment.

I have been living in the Maternity Jean Legging lately. No matter what Gen Z says, skinny jeans will never go out of style in my book. They were the one mainstay in my bottoms assortment that I was most reluctant to give up when my baby girl started growing. Abercrombie’s maternity jeggings have changed the game for me. Not only do they deliver the functional style I’m after (hello, functioning pockets!), but the elastic belly band is comfortable and super roomy for when my bump gets bigger.


<p>Courtesy of Hatch</p>

Courtesy of Hatch

Fashion stylist and style expert Naina Singla tells InStyle that it's important to curate a small capsule collection of maternity clothes that make you feel “comfortable and beautiful” throughout your pregnancy. One of her favorite brands for expecting mothers is Hatch, promising that although it’s at a higher price point, it's worth the investment just for the quality.

“Hatch takes the guesswork out of what pregnant moms need in a collection called “The Top 20 Capsule Wardrobe,” which consists of chic and elevated pieces that work well for every stage of pregnancy and beyond,” Singla explains. “Some essential pieces to choose from with this brand include jeans, denim jackets, leggings, and comfortable dresses.”


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Courtesy of Quince

Another place to buy maternity clothes that Singla (and myself!) swears by is Quince. Its average price point, high quality, and sustainability standards are why Singla is an advocate for the brand, especially because of its materials.

“[Quince maternity] items look and feel on trend and the styles closely resemble top-tier designer clothing,” Singla says of the brand’s offerings. “They have a wide selection of dresses, loungewear, intimates, tops, bottoms, and swimwear. In addition to sustainable fabrics, they also have some items made from Mongolian cashmere, a great option for maternity wear that looks and feels luxurious.”


<p>Courtesy of Target</p>

Courtesy of Target

You might be surprised at how many clothing brands that aren’t marketed as “maternity” can work for styling the bump. While Target does have a designated maternity section, I’ve had a lot of luck in the store’s dress section and browsing its jumpsuit selection. New styles are constantly added, and you can shop mini, midi, and maxi styles, depending on your preference.

I recently purchased the A New Day Women’s Asymmetrical Midi Slip Dress. It boasts adjustable straps and is constructed from a mid-weight jersey fabric that goes on like butter with plenty of give for growth around the middle. I'm also partial to Wild Fable’s Ruched Front Maxi Slip Slip Dress, which would work as a baby shower outfit, as well as the Seamless Fabric Bodysuit that is top-tier in the stretch department.

Stitch Fix M.O.M

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Courtesy of Stitch Fix

A fashion subscription service that caters exclusively to expecting mamas? Yes, please. I recently received my first box in the mail and the stylist behind its curation truly hit the nail on the head. Stitch Fix stylist Jillian Obarski, a fellow mom, tells InStyle that the stylists behind Stitch Fix’s maternity boxes are specially trained to work with clients in every stage of pregnancy and motherhood.

“Whether working with a M.O.M. stylist like myself or shopping directly from Stitch Fix’s Maternity Shop, the service offers multiple ways for soon-to-be moms to discover items uniquely suited to their needs,” Obarski explains of the service. One of Obaski's favorite brands for casual maternity clothes is Beyond the Bump: "My favorite staple item includes the Spacedye Love The Bump Maternity Pocket Midi Legging, which can be dressed up or down." She adds: "It’s the perfect addition to your maternity wardrobe that is flattering from first trimester to postpartum.”


<p>Courtesy of Bodily</p>

Courtesy of Bodily

In addition to clothing, personal stylist and style therapist Christina Stein says that revamping the intimates drawer is “key to feeling comfortable in every phase [of pregnancy].” One of her top places to shop for expecting clients is Bodily. The brand has a selection of bras and underwear that, Stein says, are "meant to be worn through every phase, as well as post-pregnancy, so you're comfortable while breastfeeding!”


<p>Courtesy of Lake</p>

Courtesy of Lake

Lake has been my go-to for pajamas and loungewear during my pregnancy. The brand has a maternity-specific selection, which includes dresses and two-piece sets. My favorites have been the DreamKnit Kimono Set and Maternity Tank Gown. While they feel luxurious like other lingerie and nightgowns, I'm comfortable wearing them around friends and family. They’d make a great hospital bag item for anyone delivering in the spring or summer.

7 for All Man Kind

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Courtesy of 7 for All Mankind

Co-founder and CMO of Toccin, Alex Toccin, tells InStyle that jeans and leggings were a large part of the maternity wardrobe, especially because her children were born in the winter. She cites  ‘The Ankle Skinny’ from 7 For All Man Kind—one of the brand signature styles—as her favorite pair of denim, describing them as “super flattering.”


<p>Courtesy of Reformation</p>

Courtesy of Reformation

Personal stylist and mom-to-be Catherine Towne tells InStyle her goal in pregnancy is to find maternity clothes that she could wear beyond delivery. One of her go-to shops for these types of pieces has been Reformation, and she highlights the label’s Gale Satin Mid Rise Bias Pant as a pair of stretchy bottoms that tick the capsule wardrobe box.

“With lots of room for your growing belly, I wore these throughout my pregnancy with sweaters, blazers, button-downs, and t-shirts,” Towne says. “I know I’ll have these as a staple in my wardrobe for years to come."


<p>Courtesy of Toccin</p>

Courtesy of Toccin

In addition to comfy denim, Toccin tells InStyle that she loved wearing knit dresses during her pregnancy and was inspired by her experience to begin designing knitwear for Toccin. It made sense for the brand’s mission. “I know first-hand that our offering has many styles to wear through pregnancy and beyond,” Toccin says of her brand’s roster. She points to the Jolene knit dress: "[It] features our signature Toccin tie-front which allows for different styling options with a bump."

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