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 PLAYING WITH APPAREL January 8, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Your maternity style was incredible, you rocked every look

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

  • Reply arollorkins January 8, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Oh well, I’m not the optimal audience for these tips, but I always really enjoyed your maternity outfits. You made the pregnancy look so chic like no other!

    Xx, Lora | Cherry Cola Style

  • Reply Julia Mazzucato January 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Your pregnancy style was so chic. You managed to look so chic and put together all the time and this is such a great post. <3 Hope you, Russ, and Ivy are well!

    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Reply Liz H. January 8, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    What a great post! You look amazing. Happy weekend!


  • Reply Publicist in Pearls January 8, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    You look amazing in all of them! You rocked maternity style! Hope you’re having a great weekend with your precious litl’ one!

    xo, Jennifer

  • Reply Nevena Krstic January 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    You look so stylish in all of these jeans! I’m glad that you found some favourites to wear during your pregnancy! πŸ™‚ xx


  • Reply Izabela Nair January 8, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    You wore some amazing jeans during your pregnancy. I never knew that they are so many different maternity styles available.


  • Reply Amy-Anne Williams January 8, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    These outfits are so nice, I adore all of these jeans on you haha. And I agree with the person below, but that’s only if I ever become brave enough.

    Little Moon Elephant

  • Reply My De Beauvoir Diaries January 8, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    This is so informative, if I’m ever brave enough to have children, lol, I will deffo be reading this again!

    X Hayley
    New post: http://mydebeauvoirdiaries.com/why-i-love-the-masculine-chic-look/

  • Reply Rosa Larissa Klara K. January 8, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    What a super helpful post Amy! I basically only wore H&M maternity jeans back when I was pregnant and they are still in good shape so I think I will only need maybe one or two new pair when I am pregnant again (whenever that will happen :D) Thank you a lot for your last sweet comment on my blog : )
    Sending much love!

    Rosa Larissa Klara

    conscious lifestyle of mine

  • Reply FAB le Frique January 8, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Gap has the most amazing jeans’, whatever jeans you’re looking for. I wish we had Gap here in The Netherlands! πŸ™
    xx Frederique

  • Reply Laura January 8, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Such great tips! You always had great maternity denim!

  • Reply Jessica Lee Hart January 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I definitely don’t need maternity jeans, but I will definitely keep this post for the future.

    Jessica xo

    the way to my Hart

  • Reply Rina Doria January 8, 2017 at 12:27 am

    I will definitely be coming back to your blog once I’m pregnant because you had the best maternity style! I always thought that I would just get a belly band but it looks like I’ll need to consider other options!

    xoxo Rina Samantha

  • Reply Caitlin January 8, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Congrats on your pregnancy!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  • Reply Beautetude January 7, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    This is such a helpful post. You look amazing in those jeans.

  • Reply Jacqueline Rendine January 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Your maternity looks were always on point!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  • Reply Akaleistar January 7, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Great to know!

  • Reply Cielo Fronteras January 7, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    You are rocking your denim looks! Love these outfits! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Reply Threads for Thomas January 7, 2017 at 11:46 am

    You seriously had the cutest maternity style! When I was pregnant I didn’t like the belly band or rubber band trick, as I found them uncomfortable, so having a great pair of maternity jeans was a must for me. This is such great guide!

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