Everything You Need to Know About Maternity Jeans

January 6, 2017

I had some posts I planned to share after Ivy was born discussingΒ maternity clothing/style. When she came early, everything got a little off. I thought I’d still go ahead and share this one. Let me know if you have anything specific you’d like to know about maternity dressing or anything I can help with.

One of the first things not to fit me while pregnant was my jeans. The options: try a belly band, use the rubber band trick, and/or buy new maternity jeans. Well, I tried both the belly band and the rubber band trick and found them both really frustrating. TheyΒ involve extra steps when you need to go to the bathroom (which was more often than normal!), and both involved pants that really didn’t fit me well/slid down. Everyone carries differently. These may work well for you! For me, it was time to purchase some maternity jeans. I felt clueless amidst the sea of options, so today I am sharing everything you need to know about maternity jeans.

I have been fortunate enough to work with brands through the blog affording me more maternity denim than I think most people purchase. This was been a blessing for me, and I think it has taught be a lot. I thought I’d pass what I learned along the way.

Everything You Need to Know About Maternity Jeans: The Fit

  1. Demi Panel – This is a short, elastic band that essentially replaces the top of normal jeans. It takes the place of the button and belt loops. For me, these worked really well in the beginning because they added some give. As I got farther along, they dug in and folded over when I sat down. I was fortunate enough to get one pair for $2 when our Gap maternity was closing and borrow another pair from a friend. They got me through from when my jeans didn’t fit to the full panel stage (see below).
  2. Full Panel – This is also a stretchy band that replaces the top of normal jeans, but instead of being short it goes all the way over your belly. In the beginning, this panel was too much. Without a belly to hold it up, it just slid down. Once I got farther along (say 22+ weeks), these were ideal. Soooo comfy.
  3. Inset Panel – This is a stretchy panel that takes the place of the pocket area only on normal jeans. It allows the give you need and still keeps the jeans looking more normal (you don’t lose the button). I personally did not like this option. I found them less comfortable and experienced some of the same issues I did with the demi as I got father along.

Everything You Need to Know About Maternity Jeans: Where to Shop

  1. A Pea in the Pod – This is without a doubt my favorite maternity shop for everything, especially denim. They carry so many brands, styles, and options. They have the designer brands, but they also carry their own, more affordable line, called Luxe Essentials which I really liked.
  2. Gap – Gap has really awesome, affordable maternity denim. I tend to really like regular Gap denim, and their maternity denim translates to their regular sizing and fit. It makes it easy becauseΒ most people are familiar with Gap denim. Just order your normal size!
  3. Asos – I love Asos for maternity pieces in general. They offer modern, trendy pieces and the denim is no different. I did find that most of their denim is the demi panel.
  4. Madewell – I didn’t know Madewell offered maternity denim until I did a post with them! I loved the cropped flare I received. All their options are the inset panel, so it wasn’t quite as comfy (again just a personal opinion).
  5. Shopbop – Similar to A Pea in the Pod, Shopbop offers designer maternity denim. They have a really good selection of trendy, nice denim. While I didn’t personally order from them, I tried some of the same jeans through A Pea in the Pod.
  6. J.Crew – J.Crew offered select denim and pants in maternity. I never personally had any, but I bet it is great!
  7. Topshop – I think a lot of people love regular Topshop denim. They offer some great maternity options. I did not personally own any.
  8. Nordstrom – Nordstrom has a good selection of denim a little nicer than Gap and Asos while also carrying designer denim.
  9. H & M – I never personally owned any H & M denim, but they have a good selection at reasonable prices.

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63 Comments

  • Reply Lily Ayala January 6, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I’m sure this will come in handy to so many women, Amy. You had such awesome maternity style!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Reply Pamela January 6, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Definitely saving this for the future! You have the cutest maternity style!! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  • Reply nikoline January 6, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I never thought of maternity jeans, but I actually love the look!

    TheNormcoreRebel

  • Reply Meagan Brandon January 6, 2017 at 7:36 am

    What a great post–definitely useful for someone who knows next to nothing about maternity clothing (me!) I’ll bookmark this one for the future because jeans are my favorite and I’m not willing to give them up πŸ˜‰ You were so chic throughout your entire pregnancy!

    Meagan
    http://www.meagansmoda.com

  • Reply Abby January 6, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I was actually surprised that you got to wear a lot of jeans while pregnant. It’s amazing how much fashion has evolved – maternity dresses/outfits no longer mean matronly right?

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  • Reply Raindrops of Sapphire January 6, 2017 at 7:25 am

    You really were one of the most beautiful pregnant ladies when it comes to fashion. The bump suited you so much and you wore everything that flattered you. Maternity jeans are always a tough one as like you said, everyone carries differently, but I think you nailed it!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Reply ElleSees.net January 6, 2017 at 7:24 am

    This is so helpful!! Thanks for sharing for those mamas to be!

  • Reply Diamonds and Dachshunds January 6, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Oh my goodness, I remember reading one of your blog posts when you were still pregnant! Congrats on your darling little girl, the picture on Instagram is just gorgeous. This is such a great post for expecting mamas, thanks for sharing!

    xxxx from Emily // http://www.diamondsanddachshunds.weebly.com

  • Reply Kelly Kalinkewicz January 6, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Such a great post–I’m going to send it to one of my bridesmaids who is expecting! All awesome tips! Happy Friday!!

    http://www.rosyoutlookblog.com

  • Reply Alya Mooro January 6, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Interesting read! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy new year lovely!

    Alya | MoorizZLA xxx

  • Reply Blaire Bingham January 6, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Focusing on finding good maternity denim is a great place to start when it comes to looking stylish while being pregnant. This is a great post chock full of good advice. Have a great weekend!

    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Reply Courtney January 6, 2017 at 6:40 am

    This is such a helpful guide!! I can’t imagine having to go through the extra steps involved with using a belly band or a rubber band. These jeans look amazing on you!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

  • Reply Rachel January 6, 2017 at 6:31 am

    You had a fabulous collection of maternity jeans and wore them so well! Good to know the stores where you had luck — my cousin just had a baby in August and found so many cute things from Asos and A Pea in the Pod too! Have a great weekend, Amy Ann!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply Rach January 6, 2017 at 6:24 am

    This is so helpful and will be using this post as reference later in the future. There’s so many things I didn’t know about maternity jeans!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  • Reply Christie Belle January 6, 2017 at 6:09 am

    I love that you kept wearing jeans during your pregnancy. And you found such great ones. I’ve sent this post to my cousin who is pregnant and is struggling for clothing options xx
    http://christbelle.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Reply Biana Perez January 6, 2017 at 5:46 am

    You rocked denim like no one else during your pregnancy – just pinned this post for whenever that time comes in the future! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine January 6, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Oh how I wish they’d had these cute maternity jeans back in the day. I had one pair I loved and that’s about it; lots of legging, lol. You shined throughout your whole pregnancy and were the best model for stylish maternity wear! Happy Weekend gorgeous!!

  • Reply theblackblush blog January 6, 2017 at 3:43 am

    You look gorgeous in all of these denim outfits!
    xx

    The Black Blush

  • Reply Carmen Jny (carmitive) January 6, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Wow you look gorgeous in every single of this denim looks! I have never known that there were SO many versions of maternity jeans πŸ™‚
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

  • Reply Tina Phan January 6, 2017 at 2:53 am

    All of these maternity jeans made your mommy style so effortless! I had NO idea that Madewell even carried maternity jeans so that’s good to know! Asos looks like they always have some cute maternity clothes!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

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