While many offices have relaxed their dress codes a bit over the past two years, you may still find yourself in need of a suit sometimes — and that can get complicated when you’re pregnant. As we all know, maternity workwear can feel really limited, but stylish maternity suits (and even maternity blazers) are particularly lacking. It’s even tougher if you’re looking for plus sizes. (In fact, this is an update of an older post, and there are even fewer maternity suits and blazers available now than a few years ago.)
For those of you who needed a suit while pregnant, which brand was your favorite? If you’ve cobbled together a mismatched suit from separates, what are your tips?
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- Seraphine: Their maternity workwear styles include two blazers and tailored black pants, like this under-bump slim-leg pair.
- Angel Maternity: The brand’s workwear includes suiting separates, including navy and black maternity pants (in sizes up to 3XL!), and this black blazer.
- Motherhood Maternity: The site has some suiting separates in their bi-stretch suiting line, but zero blazers as of May 2022. (The brand is also available at Amazon.)
- ASOS: ASOS’s maternity line has a few very affordable suiting separates, including this black maternity wrap blazer (lucky sizes only) and this other black wrap blazer (sizes 2–16)
- Isabella Oliver: The brand sometimes has suits or suiting separates — unfortunately, not as of May 2022. Its workwear section mostly consists of dresses.
- A Pea in the Pod: has some suit separates among their workwear
- Figure 8: offers various maternity brands, although the maternity suits category is currently empty, and the maternity career wear category contains a single Isabella Oliver blazer.
- J.Crew: The company has a collab with maternity brand Hatch, but currently, no suiting is available. Check resale sites for past styles. (Hatch itself doesn’t have any suiting on its own website.)
Check sites like eBay and Poshmark for maternity blazers and suits, particularly for hits from the past, such as maternity suits from Theory or Eva Alexander, or A Pea in the Pod‘s suiting line, and also search Etsy for vintage or new finds that might work.
I bought some maternity blazers in my first pregnancy, but in my second pregnancy (when admittedly I only gained the minimum weight), I found that my regular, non-maternity blazers fit up until week 38 or so.
What to Wear Instead of Suits When You’re Pregnant
Commenters have discussed this topic in the past, coming up with the following ideas for what to wear instead of suits when you’re pregnant:
1. Wearing a jacket (regular or maternity) with a work-appropriate dress
2. Buying non-maternity suits in a larger size (sometimes several sizes larger) and making do with a BellaBand for any fit issues with the pants.
3. Wearing neutral maternity bottoms (tailored maternity pants like this pair from Angel Maternity or a pencil skirt like this one from Emilia George) with a purposely non-coordinating, non-maternity blazer, such as something in tweed or linen
- Some readers have said they’ve worn a long, tunic-y style maternity shirt so the blazer/pants purposely didn’t touch, preventing the mismatched fabrics from being obvious.
- Other readers went the other way and bought jackets longer than they normally wear, in fabrics that almost matched their maternity pants, since they thought that suited their pregnant frames better. (One particularly mentioned pairing Gap maternity pants with affordable Calvin Klein blazers-as-separates.)
Moms-to-be: Have you found stylish maternity suits you like(d)? If not, what have you been wearing as alternatives? Do you buy maternity blazers or simply wear your jackets unbuttoned?
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