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The Parisian maternity style edit

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Maternity style can be challenging at best (which is why the Mama Style is here, obviously). However, taking cues from the failsafe French-girl look can simplify the process. Whether or not you’ve visited Paris, you’re likely familiar with the French girl aesthetic. This is most marked by features like modern stripes, great fabrics,  a classic red lip, simple or no jewelry, authentic knits and effortless wrap dresses. It’s easy to translate this to create french maternity style. I don’t know about you but this sounds like the perfect mix for expectant mamas.

French style has been on the scene since the early 1950s and was made famous by style icons like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. Today, modern-day influencers continue to reimagine this timeless look with core staples punctuated with designer accessories. However, the French approach to beauty and style is way more important than the clothes themselves.  The look is low-maintenance (yes, please!), slightly carefree (we don’t even need to try – yay!), and just undone enough to create a chic and effortless appearance. Sounds perfect for pregnancy right? It is.

To simplify your french maternity style wardrobe, consider investing in a few key pieces like the ones below, and follow some simple rules to make your style choices easier. These timeless pieces will never go out of style, and you’ll be able to add them into your wardrobe well after your pregnancy. With a little inspiration from the French-girl look, you’ll feel more confident in your maternity wardrobe than ever before. 

Let’s go shopping:

Monochrome

Credit: @llesdeux
Mama Before & After 2-Piece Maternity/Nursing Set Light Beige
Credit: H&M

Mama Before & After 2-Piece Maternity/Nursing Set Light Beige

Frankie Pant | Coffee
Credit: On High Rotation

Frankie Pant | Coffee

Ultra Mini Classic Boot (Women) Chestnut Suede
Credit: Ugg

Ultra Mini Classic Boot (Women) Chestnut Suede

Modern stripes

Credit: @leiasfez
Alpaca Blend Jumper Dark Beige/Black
Credit: Arket

Alpaca Blend Jumper Dark Beige/Black

The Felted Merino Half-Zip Sweater Black / Bone
Credit: Everlane

The Felted Merino Half-Zip Sweater Black / Bone

Oversized Cotton Jumper Off White/Black
Credit: Arket

Oversized Cotton Jumper Off White/Black

Zipped Cotton Maternity & Nursing Sweater Striped
Credit: Seraphine

Zipped Cotton Maternity & Nursing Sweater Striped

Shop more maternity sweaters here. 

Spring layering

Credit: @jeannedamas
The Renew Long Trench Coat Trench Coat Khaki
Credit: Everlane

The Renew Long Trench Coat Trench Coat Khaki

Garment-Dyed Trench Coat Greige
Credit: Arket

Garment-Dyed Trench Coat Greige

The Italian Wool Modern Trench Burgundy
Credit: Everlane

The Italian Wool Modern Trench Burgundy

Randy Trench Beige
Credit: Anine Bing

Randy Trench Beige

Find more maternity coats and jackets here. 

Oversized shirt

Pregnant woman wearing white oversized shirt
Credit: @leiasfez
Oversized Cotton Shirt White
Credit: Arket

Oversized Cotton Shirt White

Franca Textured Button-Down Shirt - Chocolate Franca Textured Button-Down Shirt - Chocolate Xs
Credit: Apero Label

Franca Textured Button-Down Shirt – Chocolate Franca Textured Button-Down Shirt – Chocolate Xs

Iris Stripe Button-Down Shirt - Cinnamon / Pink
Credit: Apero Label

Iris Stripe Button-Down Shirt – Cinnamon / Pink

Find more maternity blouses and shirts here. 

Cable knit

Credit: @jeannedamas
Cable-Knit Wool Jumper Off White
Credit: Arket

Cable-Knit Wool Jumper Off White

Cable-Knit Cotton Jumper Beige
Credit: Arket

Cable-Knit Cotton Jumper Beige

The Cotton Merino Cable Turtleneck Canvas
Credit: Everlane

The Cotton Merino Cable Turtleneck Canvas

Cable-Knit Alpaca Jumper Off-White
Credit: Arket

Cable-Knit Alpaca Jumper Off-White

Find more bump-friendly sweaters here.

Loafers

Pregnant woman wearing black leggings and black loafers
Credit: @shoppisticated
Shiloh patent-leather loafers Black
Credit: Rag & Bone

Shiloh patent-leather loafers Black

Embellished glossed-leather loafers Black
Credit: Burberry

Embellished glossed-leather loafers Black

Leather Penny Loafers Black
Credit: Arket

Leather Penny Loafers Black

Shop more cute and comfy shoes here.

Bodycon dress

Pregnant woman wearing white maxi dress
Credit: @annelauremais
Soft lounge long sleeve dress marble
Credit: Skims

Soft lounge long sleeve dress marble

Fits Everybody Maternity Long Slip Dress | Onyx
Credit: Skims

Fits Everybody Maternity Long Slip Dress | Onyx

Discover more bodycon bump-friendly dresses here.

Ballet flats

Pregnant woman wearing ballet flats
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Kirsten leather ballet flats Cream
Credit: Aeyde

Kirsten leather ballet flats Cream

Metallic Leather Mary Jane Flats Silver
Credit: LE MONDE BERYL

Metallic Leather Mary Jane Flats Silver

The Day Mary Jane Blush Tan
Credit: Everlane

The Day Mary Jane Blush Tan

The Day Ballet Flat Black Mesh
Credit: Everlane

The Day Ballet Flat Black Mesh

Classic sneakers

Pregnant woman wearing classic sneakers
Credit: @jeannedamas
Samba Og Shoes Cloud White / Green / Supplier Colour
Credit: Adidas

Samba Og Shoes Cloud White / Green / Supplier Colour

Gazelle Bold Shoes Core Black / Cloud White / Cloud White
Credit: Adidas

Gazelle Bold Shoes Core Black / Cloud White / Cloud White

Campo Sneaker In Extra White & Black Extra White  Black
Credit: Veja

Campo Sneaker In Extra White & Black Extra White Black

Timeless not fast fashion

Pregnant woman wearing timeless outfit form The Mama Set
Credit: @mrskunz
The linen-blend oversized shirt White
Credit: Madewell

The linen-blend oversized shirt White

Oversized Cotton Shirt Blue
Credit: Arket

Oversized Cotton Shirt Blue

Halle Skirt Black
Credit: Nom Maternity

Halle Skirt Black

Maternity jeans

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@adelinerbr
Kyle Wide Leg Jean Light Blue
Credit: Ripe Maternity

Kyle Wide Leg Jean Light Blue

Organic Cotton Tapered Post Maternity Jeans
Credit: Seraphine

Organic Cotton Tapered Post Maternity Jeans

Find more maternity jeans here.

Tube dress

Pregnant woman in the sun wearing tube dress
Credit: @jeannedamas
Claire Off-Shoulder Maternity Dress Ponti Stripe
Credit: Soon Maternity

Claire Off-Shoulder Maternity Dress Ponti Stripe

Mint Green Striped Ribbed Sleeveless Knit Maternity Dress
Credit: PinkBlush Maternity

Mint Green Striped Ribbed Sleeveless Knit Maternity Dress

Ivory Striped Sleeveless Sweater Maternity Midi Dress None
Credit: PinkBlush Maternity

Ivory Striped Sleeveless Sweater Maternity Midi Dress None

Simple accessories

Oversized cat-eye acetate sunglasses Black
Credit: Loewe

Oversized cat-eye acetate sunglasses Black

Square 1971 Classic Sunglasses In Gold And Green
Credit: Ray-Ban

Square 1971 Classic Sunglasses In Gold And Green

Bold Huggie Hoops yellow
Credit: Mejuri

Bold Huggie Hoops yellow

14K Yellow Gold Engravable Diamond Bar Bracelet
Credit: Brilliant Earth

14K Yellow Gold Engravable Diamond Bar Bracelet

Shop more stunning accessories here.

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Style Editor. Minimalist mama writing about capsule wardrobes. Inspired by French women yet also unafraid to leave the house with food on me.