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What Maternity Work Clothes Do You Need?

What Maternity Work Clothes Do You Need?

Are you a working mom-to-be? Sticking to a company dress code can seem challenging, especially when you know you will only wear these clothes for a limited time. Choosing versatile essentials gives you the workwear you need without buying a whole new wardrobe

If you pick out your maternity work clothes thoughtfully, you may need fewer items than expected. Choose maternity basics that balance comfort and professionalism, such as dresses, tailored pants or skirts with adjustable waistbands, and maternity tops with stretchy fabrics. Mix and match your items to get the most out of your wardrobe.

When Should You Start Wearing Maternity Clothing at Work? 

It is entirely up to you when you start to wear maternity clothing, as long as you stick to attire that fits with your workplace dress code. In general, most expecting moms begin to see changes in their bodies at the end of the first trimester or beginning of the second trimester—around 12 to 16 weeks.

Some working moms switch to maternity clothing when their bump becomes more noticeable, or their regular clothing begins to feel too snug or uncomfortable. You should start wearing maternity workwear when it’s most comfortable and practical for you to do so.  

Can You Wear Regular Business Attire While Pregnant?

You can continue wearing your regular work clothes while pregnant, especially during the early stages. If your work attire looks professional and makes you feel confident, wear regular clothes as long as possible.

The transition to maternity work clothes largely depends on your personal preferences and the pace at which your body changes. Some may find their regular work clothing fitting comfortably well into the second trimester, while others might require maternity wear as early as the first trimester.

As your pregnancy progresses, your hips, baby bump, and other body parts shift, making wearing your regular work clothes more uncomfortable. The key is to listen to your body and switch when you feel your regular clothes no longer provide the comfort and flexibility needed to support your growing bump.

How Can I Hide My Baby Bump at Work?

Show off your baby bump in the workplace if you feel comfortable doing so, but, sometimes, you may prefer to minimize the appearance of your pregnant figure. There are a few ways you can hide your baby bump (especially early in your pregnancy):

  • Wear looser-fitting tops and blouses.
  • Dress in dark colours, which create a slimming effect.
  • Opt for structured clothing like blazers or tailored dresses that skim over your bump without clinging.
  • Choose clothing with prints or small-scale patterns to draw attention away from your bump.
  • Avoid form-fitting clothing that is too tight around the midsection.
  • Wear high-waisted bottoms to create the illusion of a longer torso.

Tips for How to Dress for Work When Pregnant

When pregnant, whether you’re dressing for errands or a day at the office, comfort should come first. Dressing for work when you’re expecting can be cozy and stylish if you follow these tips:

  1. Look for clothing made from breathable, stretchy fabrics like bamboo, cotton, or jersey.
  2. Invest in timeless maternity work basics, such as neutral-coloured pants, skirts, dresses, and tops, to create several outfits out of a few simple pieces.
  3. Purchase maternity work pants with adjustable waistbands or elastic panels to accommodate changes throughout your pregnancy.
  4. When buying maternity clothes, choose pieces that align with your workplace dress code so you always look polished—even at the end of the third trimester.
  5. Use accessories to elevate your maternity work outfits.
  6. Wear comfortable, professional shoes with low heels (or flats), and add cushioned insoles. In colder temperatures, wear supportive shoes or boots with good traction.

And if you’re already thinking ahead to how to dress for your return to work, read this Personal Stylist’s 3 Tips for Postpartum Style

What Should I Wear to Work in Summer When Pregnant?

As the temperature rises, look for maternity work wear made of lightweight and breathable fabrics, such as cotton or silk, that keep you cool and comfortable throughout the day.

Some garments or outfits to consider are:

  • Loose and flowy dresses and skirts to allow air circulation.
  • Sleeveless or short-sleeve tops that you can cover with a blazer or cardigan if needed.
  • Light-coloured clothing that reflects sunlight keeps you cooler than dark-coloured clothing that absorbs heat.

What Should I Wear to Work in Winter When Pregnant?

Layering becomes your best friend in colder areas when you want to stay warm, comfortable, and professional at work.

Some garments or outfits to consider are:

  • A moisture-wicking base layer made of material like bamboo.
  • An insulating layer of a cozy cardigan or sweater made of wool, cashmere, or knit blends.
  • Sensible maternity pants with a stretchy waistband that pairs nicely with a sweater or long-sleeved blouse.
  • Maternity dresses with tights. Higher necklines and long sleeves add warmth and choose opaque tights made from thicker materials, like a wool blend.

Maternity Clothes for Work and Home

A capsule work wardrobe for your maternity wear can see you through your days at the office with confidence and grace. At Nest Designs, we make beautiful maternity clothes for moms-to-be that feel exceptionally soft, look sensational, and accommodate your growing bump.

Add some of our maternity pieces to your capsule work wardrobe. Shop the Nest Bump maternity collection.