We don’t need to tell you how hard it is to find the perfect pair of jeans—we’ve all searched far and wide, high and low, and tried on more pairs in more dressing rooms than anyone really needs to know about. Once you find the perfect fit, you’re set. Until you get pregnant, that is, and you need to stow that perfection away for the better part of a year. Thankfully, many of our favorite denim brands have heard the mama-to-be denim SOS and are offering bump-friendly styles in nearly every silhouette under the sun. From the skinniest legging jeans to baggy boyfriends, there are denim options for office dressing, weekend lounging, and everything in between.
So what exactly do you want in a pair of maternity jeans anyway? Well, aside from looking like you’re wearing your favorite (i.e non-maternity) jeans, ultimately you also want to feel really, really comfortable. Which is why you’ll see that many denim styles have a full belly panel which pulls up over that baby bump. You don’t really need it until you’re well into pregnancy, however (it provides nice support, too), so you might also want to consider investing in a pair with a simple elasticized waist or elastic insert panels, which allow for sideways stretching without being pulled up high.We suggest you try on all the options available to determine which suits your body and your bump best.
Fabric-wise, there are also many variations, from denim-look soft cotton leggings to cotton denim with lots and lots of stretch. Did we mention that you can also get your hands on some so-hot-right-now maternity overalls? That’s right, mamas, no need to miss out on the look of the moment just because you’re pregs. If you need further evidence of this, check in on our Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen’s Instagram—she’s living proof that dressing with a bump can be ridiculously stylish.
We’ve scoured the web for the best options in maternity denim, from skinnies to leather-look jeans—click through the slideshow above to see all of our favorites.