Do I really need to buy maternity tops?
The answer is yes, you do! Maybe not during the first or even second trimester but I can promise when you get to your third trimester, you’ll look like you have a basketball down your top. It’s a good idea to try and wear your regular clothes for as long as possible but at some point you’ll reach the stage where comfort wins. Luckily there’s a great selection of maternity tops out there including ones that are specifically designed for nursing. As for how many maternity tops you need, it really depends on your lifestyle and how often you need to dress up or down. A good rule of thumb is to have at least five maternity tops in your wardrobe to see you from second to fourth trimester and beyond.
Features to look for when shopping for pregnancy tops
- Look for styles that flatter your bump, such as ruching or ribbed material
- The last thing you want is to be ironing. I mean, why. So choose material that’s easy to wash, and doesn’t crease.
- Have an array of versatile necklines, such as V-neck, scoop neck, or boat neck so that you feel like you’ve got options in your newfound capsule wardrobe.
- Invest in tops that can be worn after pregnancy, such as nursing tops. We adore the range at Preggi Central.
“When it comes to nursing specific tops, you now have the option to look for those that allow you to control your level of privacy. These aren’t just stylish but incredibly practical”, says Preggi Central founder and CEO Shelley.
“Sometimes it’s not enough for your nursing top to just allow you to get your boobs out. Your favorite top can mean that your midriff or even your entire breast can feel the breeze, and that’s not always preferable depending where you are and your personal preferences. Luckily, there are tops specifically designed for easy and discreet public breastfeeding, so you can limit your public exposure – even if the grandparents are around!” she says.
Get wardrobe ready with our best ever maternity tops
Best maternity nursing tops
Apéro’s Oblique Embroidered Cropped Wrap Tee in Charcoal beige is the perfect combination of fashion and functionality. The tee features a not-so-discreet nursing panel that gives it a divine look, allowing you to nurse your baby in public with ease. Made from 100% cotton, this tee has a flattering cropped and relaxed fit that accentuates your growing bump. The color is on-trend and can be paired with jeans or leggings for a casual yet stylish look.
Oblique Embroidered Cropped Wrap Tee – Charcoal / Beige
Best maternity tank tops
H&M’s maternity tank tops are the easy addition to your casual wear maternity wardrobe. Made from a soft cotton blend, these tank tops are comfortable, breathable and will keep you feeling cool and relaxed during the hot summer months. H&M’s MAMA range feature ruched sides for a flattering fit that accommodates your growing bump and are available in a range of versatile colors. Make these a staple in your preggo wardrobe and throw a shirt over them for an easy daytime look.
Mama 2-pack nursing tops Black/dusty pink/light beige
Best maternity shirt
Hatch’s Boyfriend Shirt is a cool, flowy take on the classic white shirt and it’s perfect for any occasion. It’s such a great length and can be dressed up or down as part of your minimalist maternity wardrobe.
The Boyfriend Shirt Vanilla
Best maternity crop top
The Rena Top by Hatch is the perfect summer maternity crop. Made with 100% cotton, this cropped shirt features an off-the-shoulder design. Its short cut makes it perfect for that bump pout photo, or you can also wear it with high-waisted skirts for a more conservative look.
The Rena Top, black,
Perfect pregnancy tops for work
The Poplin Tunic Black top that happens to be extremely comfortable too. Crafted from crisp cotton poplin, it showcases a crew neck with front opening, front pleats, and easy Kimono sleeves. The densely woven cotton poplin not only ensures durability and breathability but also delivers a cool, crisp texture.
The Poplin Tunic Black
For a more formal workwear shirt suitable for the days you’re in the office, consider checking out The Boyfriend Shirt. Crafted from 100% garment-washed cotton, this flowy maternity blouse can be worn throughout your entire pregnancy and beyond.
The Boyfriend Shirt Umber
Best plus size maternity tops
Kindred Bravely’s Classic Nursing Maternity Sweater in Navy is the perfect option for plus-size moms-to-be. This premium crewneck sweater is a timeless style that is both functional and versatile featuring a breastfeeding panel for easy access to nursing and pumping. The soft, stretchy, lightweight knit is subtly ribbed and slim-fitting without being too snug, making it a comfortable and flattering choice for your minimalist wardrobe.
Classic nursing & maternity sweater Navy
Dressy maternity top
Step out in style with the Dissh Simone Pearl Satin Shirt. Made from luxurious satin, the relaxed fit accommodates your growing bump without being “maternity”. Pair with the matching skirt, black maternity jeans or over skinny jeans and heels for a desk to dinner look
If there’s one thing we miss wearing with our bumps, it’s the silk or satin cami. Say no more, said our friends at Maternal America, as they released this beautiful black satin camisole in bump-friendly style. Just add jeans, heels and a blazer and you’re good to go.
Winter maternity tops
A long-sleeve kambaba top is a pregnancy wardrobe staple, and the cashmere oversized turtleneck from Everlane is the perfect choice. The elegant elongated turtleneck and relaxed fit make for a chic and comfortable look, plus it’s sustainably made from 94% recycled cashmere and 6% recycled wool.
The cashmere oversized turtleneck Kambaba
The Rib-Knitted Cotton Jumper from Arket is the perfect addition to your winter maternity wardrobe. Made from 100% cotton, this jumper has a cozy oversized fit in black with stone trims, making it an ideal long-sleeve option. Pair it with leggings and boots for a trendy and effortless winter look.
Rib-knitted cotton jumper Black
The H&M MAMA Nursing Top is a versatile wardrobe staple that you can dress up or down a million different ways while honoring the bump at all times. It’s super affordable and versatile so you might as well get a few of them!
Mama nursing top Black
Perfect pregnancy tops for summer
Stay cool and comfortable during the summer months with this pregnancy tank top for summer, and the best part is that it comes with matching pants. The white color of the outfit gives it a super clean look.
Florida Lounge Maternity Tank Top & Pant White/White
The Cotton Rib Long Tank in bone is perfect for a day at the office when matched with wide-leg pants, or for a day out with the girls paired with straight-leg jeans. Throw on a blazer and cat-eye sunnies, because why not?
Cotton rib long tank bone
The Maternity/Nursing Split Hem Top & Skirt is a versatile option that you can wear in two ways: with the top flowing down or tied in a bow to accentuate your belly.
Maternity/Nursing Split Hem Top & Skirt Navy
Best workout tops
The Lj Maternity Active Feeding Long Sleeve Top in Titanium from Lorna Jane is a versatile top that you can wear to the gym or for a pram run out and about. Better still, it’s got a zip for nursing so you can nurse your bebe on the go. Reviewers say it runs longer down the torso, which is even more flattering.
Lj Maternity Active Feeding Long Sleeve Top Titanium
The Nike Dri-FIT Short Sleeved T-Shirt is made with sweat-wicking fabric to keep you cool and dry during your workout. A great activewear buy for pregnant mamas, it can definitely be worn postpartum too. And in true Nike style, the quality is there for the long run.
Dri-Fit (M) Women’S T-Shirt (Maternity) Olive
Fav cardigan to wear during your pregnancy
An investment piece you’ll wear forever, this oversized thick knit cardigan from Hatch will have you covered from bump to baby and beyond. We love the color, quality and material. Constructed from 100% cotton, it’s breathable yet warm, and its shape will carry you through many seasons.
The Cotton Marlow Cardigan, ivory,
Best jacket to wear during a winter pregnancy
We had to include this sherpa jacket because it’s just so cool. We love that it’s designed for maternity, but no doubt you can wear it forever. White and super cute, pair it with activewear or rug up with combat boots, leggings and a beanie. It’s giving major snow bunny vibes and we love it. It comes in black too x.
Micro Sherpa Envy Shacket Ivory
Classy blazer to wear during your pregnancy
Blazers can be tricky when you’re pregnant so it’s great to see this option in the mix. We love the oversized fit – you can wear it before, during and after pregnancy, while the quality is exceptional as you can expect from Everlane. It comes in different colors.
The tencel™ oversized blazer Black
Most comfortable (but stylish) pregnancy friendly top
The Modern Breton Tee Toasted Almond / Black from Everlane is the perfect go-to tee. Made from 100% cotton, it provides stretchy, breathable comfort for your growing bump. The boat neck design makes it look sophisticated while the stripes are effortlessly stylish.
The Modern Breton Tee Toasted Almond / Black
Warmest knit maternity top
The Lune Polo Cable Knit Sweater from Hatch is the perfect knit top for a winter pregnancy. Made with a cotton-cashmere blend, it’s warm and cozy without being irritating on your skin. The classic, relaxed fit and ribbed texture give it a timeless appeal that will last beyond pregnancy. The slight puff sleeves add a feminine touch and the frost blue color makes it easy to pair with any bottoms.
Best oversized shirts for maternity wear
The Oversized Linen Shirt from Preggi Central is the perfect staple. Paired with shorts, throw it over swimwear or wear over a figure hugging dress set from Preggi Central, the lightweight breathable linen provides a relaxed, oversized fit that’s perfect for pregnancy.
Mama 2-Piece Ribbed Set Black
Must-have skirt and top set
The Pinstripe Oversize Cotton Poplin Button-Up Shirt is a must-have for any pregnant woman’s wardrobe. This stylish shirt is made from 100% cotton, and its oversize nature makes it perfect to grow with your bump. It’s suitable for any occasion – can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with sneakers.
Pinstripe Oversize Cotton Poplin Button-Up Shirt Light Blue
Affordable tops for pregnancy
H&M MAMA’s range of budget-friendly options for pregnancy are the best! We love this two pack nursing top combo. This top is made from a soft, stretchy jersey fabric that provides a comfortable fit for your growing bump and discreet nursing access for beyond. You can definitely pair with a skirt and pants for work or just as easily combine with jeans for a weekend vibe. At an affordable price point, you can stock up on multiple colors to mix and match with your favorite bottoms.
Mama 2-pack nursing tops Powder beige/white
Best chambray top for pregnancy
Chambrays are not going anywhere. The Hatch Denim Organic Cotton Maternity Shirt has taken it to the next level when it comes to style and preggo fit. Made from organic cotton, it’s soft, breathable and perfect for pregnancy. The relaxed, oversized design allows for easy movement and accommodates a growing bump.