What to Wear with Maternity Leggings?

Maternity leggings are an essential in every mom’s wardrobe–especially when you are pregnant. Your body is changing every week and it’s one of the only things that you can count on fitting throughout your pregnancy and after baby. The problem is finding a good pair of leggings. Some are too thin, too long, too short, make you hot, roll down, and the list of issues goes on.

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If you're still unsure how to style them and don't know what to wear with maternity leggings - don't fret. Now the maternity market has plenty of trendy leggings that go with your body and each stage of your pregnancy.

Types of maternity leggings

When shopping for pregnancy leggings, you'll see a few different styles:

  • Over-the-bump maternity leggings These maternity leggings feature a stretchy belly panel that's big enough to cover your entire bump. Many moms-to-be prefer this style in the third trimester, when they need a little extra support.

  • Under-the-bump maternity leggings Maternity leggings without a belly panel are designed to sit under your bump. The waistband on under-the-bump leggings is stretchy enough to expand with your growing belly.

  • Non-maternity leggings Some moms-to-be swear by certain brands of regular leggings that are comfortable enough to wear during pregnancy. If you go this route, it's a good idea to go up a size or two.

No matter where you like to wear leggings, you're sure to find a few outfit ideas among this roundup. Check out the looks, along with our legging-outfit tips ahead. So let’s talk about what to wear with maternity leggings, shall we?

Short Dresses To Wear Over Leggings

Short Dresses To Wear Over Leggings

Instead of designated tunics you can also wear a short dress over your leggings. An asymmetrical dress or draped dress will make a real statement. If you have pushed a shorter dress to the back of your closet before you don’t feel confident about the length, it could be time to get it back out and try it with leggings.

Things To Keep in Mind When Considering What to Wear With Leggings:

  1. Make sure your leggings are opaque and made of a thick material.
  2. Pair with accessories to elevate your leggings outfit.
  3. Wear longer leggings rather than cropped, it gives you a more finished look.
  4. Be sure to wear the right kind of underwear (aka make sure you can’t see panty lines!).
  5. Contrast tight leggings with an oversized, loose-fitting top or cardigan to balance out the look.
  6. Make sure whatever you wear on top covers your rear end or is long enough.
  7. Remember, leggings are not pants and shouldn’t be worn to substitute pants.
If I can't wear leggings, I'm not going!
A tunic is the perfect full-coverage top with leggings.

Maternity leggings with tunic

Wear them with a long shirt.

Maternity leggings with shirts

You can stick to all black for the sleekest look.

All black with maternity leggings

Throw an oversize jacket on over a top.

Maternity leggings with jackets

Pair high-waisted leggings with a hoodie and an oversize sweatshirt.

Maternity leggings with a hoodie and a sweatshirt

An oversize tee add an effortless, comfy vibe.

An oversize tee and maternity leggings

Pair with a pretty blouse to make them street-worthy.

Maternity leggings with a pretty blouse

Take things a step further and try a unitard.

Maternity unitard

A baseball cap is the perfect sporty accessory to wear with leggings.

Maternity leggings with baseball cap

The best outfits follow a similar formula: Longer Tunic or Shirt + Layering and/or Accessories + Boots/Shoes. As you scroll through the outfits, note how each look incorporates this easy formula in some way or another.

Posted in Fashion on Jul 11, 2020


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  • Racheal 1 year ago

    I love leggings while pregnant. I lean towards cotton workout ones. I become self conscious with purchasing leggings because I see so many women walking around with their underwear showing through leggings.