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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  • Reply Siffat Haider January 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

    You absolutely killed the pregnancy style game and looked fabulous in everything you wore (including jeans)!

  • Reply style frontier January 7, 2017 at 4:16 am

    totally love the tips and outfits!

    happy new year!


    style frontier

  • Reply Cinzia Satta January 7, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Great list and tips! Love your style!

  • Reply Sonia / Chanel January 6, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks for your tips and congrats on your girl!

    Chanel | Je M’appelle Chanel

  • Reply Gretchen Grace January 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, I really love your style, so classy!

    This is stupid of me but I didn’t even know there was different kind of maternity jeans. I thought pregnant women just tried and tried until the jeans could somehow fit. Haha.

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

  • Reply Vale January 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Great tips, I am gonna keep them in mind in case I need them and pass them on to a preggo couple of friends of mine =) Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion & beauty blog

  • Reply Valerie Price January 6, 2017 at 11:35 am

    These are such great tips! I’m loving all the beautiful looks!


  • Reply Francesca Gori January 6, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I love your Outfit I can’t have a pregnancy but I love so much your maternity beauty:)


  • Reply Meri Wild January 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Great ourfits! <3


  • Reply Violette January 6, 2017 at 11:23 am

    That’s good to know because you always looked so on point with these maternity looks! Have a nice weekend!


  • Reply Britney January 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Exhausted list! I will have to save this for future reference and share with my expecting friends. You always had the best outfits!

  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom January 6, 2017 at 10:39 am

    When I was pregnant I basically shopped at A Pea in a Pod for nicer stuff (I was still working then) and then I’d get my more casual stuff at Gap or Old Navy maternity. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any hand me downs or anything, so I was stuck buying a lot of stuff new! I guess I could have tried second hand stores, but anytime I went in them I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. This is a great post for anyone that is pregnant and looking to find some perfect fitting jeans. It really is a challenge with your preggo!


  • Reply Karly @ Miss in the Midwest January 6, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I’m so jealous of all you ladies that totally rocked your maternity style! I hope I can be so lucky. I’m definitely saving this for later for reference when/if I ever need maternity jeans.

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista January 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

    I love how stylish maternity clothes have become, every single piece looked fabulous on you! I had no idea Gap had maternity jeans! Happy Friday <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Keri H January 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Definitely not in need of this now, but it was still interesting to read! Need to refer to this in the future πŸ™‚

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Reply Anna White January 6, 2017 at 9:57 am

    You’re such a cutie!! Love your style! XO –

    Anna | http://www.parkavenueblogger.com

  • Reply Aracely January 6, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Great tips, my sister is expecting and is having such a hard time finding anything to fit her. Wah!

  • Reply Michelle Orsi January 6, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Pinning this post for my future life πŸ˜‰


  • Reply Jodie Filogomo January 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Okay…so I know this sounds crazy, but sometimes I wonder if the maternity pants would be beneficial for some of the older women. I always hear them complaining about the tummy bulge after menopause, so this may be the way to go!!

  • Reply LoveLaughExplore January 6, 2017 at 9:11 am

    wonderful tips. and these all look so great on you

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