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Best maternity tops, for work and weekend

Categories: maternity


Finding something to wear every day can be tough enough; add in a baby bump and it gets even harder. Look for tops that combine soft, stretchy fabrics with some sort of structure; an empire waist or a belt will help you avoid the shapeless lump syndrome that sets in about the sixth month. And while neutral pieces are easy to wear over and over (add a scarf or bright necklace or colored cardigan), be sure to include a few bright pieces in your maternity wardrobe. A rich jewel tone both highlights any pregnancy glow you’ve got going on, and brightens up a tired complexion (because let’s face it, not every day is a glowing day). The top at left is available at Target for $16.99.

Here are my favorite picks — none of these is terribly expensive, which makes them a nice option since they’re really only going to be part of your closet for a short time. Keep them looking good by washing in cold water with a gentle detergent, and line drying (you can toss knit pieces in the dryer to fluff them after they’re dry).

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Knit Twist V-Neck Top by Bellyssima, LOFT, $59.59 (currently 25% off)
3/4 Sleeve V-Neck Faux Wrap Maternity T-Shirt, Motherhood Maternity, currently $14.99
Tiered Cowl-Neck Top, Old Navy, $19.50
Gathered Drape T, Gap, $29.50

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  • Great post on tops! How about some help on finding good maternity jeans! I am 15 weeks pregnant and in desperate need of finding maternity jeans!

    Jessica C.  |  October 1st, 2010 at 10:20 am

  • I absolutely love Target’s maternity stuff!
    I’m not pregnant, but every time I walk by the maternity section I gaze longingly at the cute, long tops… they’ve got some great sweaters right now.

    Fancy Pancakes  |  October 31st, 2010 at 2:20 am

  • These are gorgeous. Thank you for posting them, Susan.

    Speaking of maternity wear… I’ve been gobbling up your posts on maternity style, and on fashion in general, but I’m still wondering about this.

    I’m pregnant (29 weeks) with my first baby. I work in a fairly casual office environment (post-graduate education). Most of the time I wear dresses and tights and tall boots, but after a few months of this, I feel a little bored. If inspiration strikes, could you post some more outfit ideas for the highly pregnant?

    Thank you so much.

    Alexandra  |  November 25th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  • The Gap maternity drape top is by far one of my favorites for this pregnancy! Fits nicely on top and grazes the hips without clinging.

    But make sure to stock up on camisoles and tanks. All three shirts I bought from Gap Maternity (including this one) are extremely low cut–definitely too low for a work environment.

    Amy  |  February 22nd, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  • Adore your blog! We should work together, I run a maternity fashion related blog, get in touch if you want to collab? Jade x

    Yummy Mummy Maternity  |  March 6th, 2011 at 5:13 pm