10 best maternity jeans
From over-the-bump to under-the-bump jeans, don't let pregnancy prevent you from wearing a well fitting pair of your favourite denim trousers
A good pair of jeans are every woman’s wardrobe staple but when you’re pregnant, things can get a little trickier.
Do you just opt for the next size up and hope for the best?
Or undo your top button and cross your fingers nobody notices? Luckily, the answer is neither: there are more maternity jeans options than ever before – that are perfectly made to suit you and your growing bump.
There’s plenty of variety too. Whether you’re looking for a basic jeggings or an immaculately cut designer pair that will take you through each of your trimesters, there’s something for everyone.
Some women prefer under-the-bump options while others opt for an over-the-bump style.
Some might opt for dungarees or more on-trend ripped trousers.
Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve tested out some of the best maternity jeans on the market: taking into account style, comfort, how they adapted to growing bumps and of course value for money. Here are ten of the best maternity jeans.
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Maternity Jeans Sophia-Stonewash: £49.99, Lily and Ribbon
Specialist maternity brand Lily and Ribbon were set up after the owner’s frustrations at trying to source fashionable yet functional maternity clothing. And the dedication shows: these stone wash, slim fit jeans (which come in two leg lengths) were the most comfortable of the bunch – and fit like a second skin. With a discreet under-bump panel, the elasticated waistband (with added buttonhole) adapted perfectly to our bump as we wore them for weeks on end. The customer service is also excellent—as the first pair were a little snug; returns was straightforward and quickly dispatched. A perfect all-rounder at a great price.
Maternity Rosie Under Bump Jeggings: £14, Matalan
We all know that jeggings are a woman’s best friend on days when you want something comfortable and stretchy. The Maternity Rosie under-bump variety from Matalan was the best jegging we tried: a combo of super-soft cotton fabric with a comfortable under-bump panel. While the close fit was very flattering, we found these had less give than some of the others in the round-up; so while they’re perfect for your first and second trimester, you might need something with a little more room in your third. Overall, at just £14, they offer unrivalled value and are suitable for all: offering sizes 8-24.
Mid Wash Maternity Dungarees; £45, JoJo Maman Bebe
Every mum-to-be needs a pair of jean dungarees and these from JoJo Maman Bebe will see you right through your pregnancy. With the top part offering adjustable straps and the waist having adjustable side buttons to then loosen as your pregnancy progresses, they maintain maximum comfort: whether you’re on week 4 or week 40 of your pregnancy. Unlike many maternity jeans, the jean fit is comfortable without being tight fitting around the leg. Our only advice is that they do seem to come up slightly big on the sizing—so ordering a size down might be the solution. The perfect wardrobe staple.
Maternity Under The Bump Slit Knee Jean: £25, Boohoo
For those looking for something more on-trend, these under the bump slit knee jean from Boohoo are ideal. With a small under the bump panel (those later on in their pregnancy might need an extra bump band for support) and trendy slits at the knee; it’s almost hard to distinguish these from Boohoo’s regular denim range. They’re also excellent value for money.
Over Bump Black Skinny Maternity Jean: £49.99, Seraphine
Stylish maternity fashion brand Seraphine are loved by celebs far and wide; extending even to the Duchess of Cambridge. Despite their famous admirers, Seraphine are still reasonably priced – and these over the bump black skinny jeans are our favourite style of their offerings. The over-the-band bump provides plenty of comfort and support (making them ideal for every stage of your pregnancy) while the tailored skinny fit and black denim makes them dressy enough for evenings out too. If you’re looking for something a little more stylish to team with heels, these are your best bet.
Slim Fit Maternity Jeans: £28.80, Mamalicious
If your fashion choices are usually a little bolder, then there’s no need to limit yourself to blue and black denim during your pregnancy. Mamalicious offer plenty of traditional choices-but also their maternity jeans in red, light pink (a lovely summer choice), grey and maroon. While their slim fit option in the colour “wine tasting” is perfect for the festive season, we think they work just as well all year round. What’s particularly impressive is the softness and comfort of these pair: the snug cotton over-the-bump band is super soft; whilst the jeans feel tailored and smart without a super-tight fit. We wore them for hours without the band moving an inch and found them to be both stylish and comfortable.
Super Stretch Maternity Skinny Jean: £79.99, Isabella Oliver
These super stretchy maternity jeans certainly live up to their name. Made by luxury maternity brand Isabella Olivia, these skinny jeans have a regular jersey over-the-bump panel with additional elasticated support; meaning they have plenty of give and flexibility to take you right up to your due date. The skinny fit is extremely flattering whilst being extremely comfortable-another great option for both day and evening wear.
Sophia Fly Front Jegging: £26, Simply Be.
The Sophia Fly Front Jegging from plus-size brand Simply Be, available in sizes 14-26, has an over the bump panel comes with an adjustable waistband (with inner button) – meaning they can be loosened as your pregnancy progresses-whilst the material itself was incredibly soft. Our reviewer noted that these offered all the comfort you’d expect from leggings while still looking as smart and fashionable as a real pair of jeans. Like some of the styles in our round-up, these do seem to come up on the big side, so bare that in mind when ordering.
Mama J Skinny Mid-rise Maternity jeans: £210, J Brand at Selfridges
If you’ve got the money to invest in one perfect pair of jeans, you’d be unlikely to go wrong with US cult brand J Brand. Known for their unrivalled fit, they also offer a maternity version of their popular skinny jeans. At first glance, we weren’t even sure these were maternity jeans – a nod to just how discrete the under-bump support (which is housed in the pockets rather than going all the way across the belly) is. Yet, once we slipped them on, we were in no doubt they were up to the job: super stretchy, seemed to effortlessly mould to our body without digging into our bump and were incredibly comfortable. These are a costly investment but given the style, it’s likely you could wear these post-birth too. For those who like to keep up with their designer labels, it is definitely worth it.
Maternity Under the Bump Mom Jeans: £40, Topshop
Many of the maternity jeans on the market offer a skinny fit, so we were thrilled to try the relaxed, looser fit of these mom jeans from Topshop. With an elasticated under-bump panel and a welcomed loose-fitting (but not at all baggy) leg fit, they are definitely the perfect slouchy maternity jean. The rolled up, slightly cropped leg works equally well with flip-flops in the summer and boots and flats in the winter months.
Verdict: Maternity jeans
For an all-rounder that delivers on price, comfort and fit we recommend the Sophia Stonewash by Lily and Ribbon. For those who want to invest in a statement pair, we love J Brand’s mid-rise maternity jean, while a special mention should go to Matalan’s under-the-bump jegging for offering incredible value.
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