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Chic summer maternity style

These maternity lines offer modern moms-to-be stylish options.

Expecting mothers needn’t sacrifice style to be comfortable in the heat.Expecting mothers needn’t sacrifice style to be comfortable in the heat.Expecting mothers needn’t sacrifice style to be comfortable in the heat. (Photo: HATCH)

One of the hardest things about being pregnant is saying goodbye to the vast majority of one’s closet for the better part of a year. When your body changes, even for the most beautiful of reasons, your whole sense of self and style is thrown off. Clothing is required that will adapt and flatter you as your life and family evolves.

Those lazy, hazy summer days add curves to any mommy-to-be’s wardrobe decisions. As we sail into August, we’re letting cooler styles prevail, sharing a few of our favorite maternity lines whose summer collections will surely help you look and feel your best.


HATCH

This Grecian-inspired dress from HATCH will only flatter as your body changes in the heat.

HATCH’s summer collection of timeless, incredibly comfortable and breathable clothing is filled with dresses, tops, jumpers and swimsuits that will be uber-flattering as you grow. We're mildly obsessed with HATCH’S goddess-like, Grecian dresses that work well worn with heels, sandals or even shoeless – the latter always preferred, depending on your trimester.

A long, flowy dress is ideal as you can slip right into it and look effortlessly chic and comfortable. It will also work with every single body type, and it's one of those pieces you can wear post-pregnancy as the fit is naturally loose.

Another reason we love HATCH: They give the nonprofit Every Mother Counts $5 from every purchase on the site.


Nom

Nom

Nom’s collection has limitless possibilities, whether you decide to wear one of their pieces to a casual play date or pair it with heels or wedges for a long overdue #nokids dinner date. The collection makes use of elastic waistbands, ruching and stretchy spandex fabrics so you’ll feel light and free.

Nom clothing is designed to be practical and transition seamlessly into a woman's lifestyle. Their line of nursing tanks, for example, are so pretty you'd never know a nursing panel was discreetly hidden.

The line was founded in 2002 by momtrepreneur Jennifer Strom Simonte, who understands what fashionable pregnant mamas want. This made-in-USA brand has stores in Chicago and New York and is available online at Belly Dance Maternity.


Topshop Maternity

This flattering plunge front with halterneck tie from Topshop Maternity is perfect for the poolside and pregnant set.

As the temps rise and your belly expands, we get how totally overwhelming it is to figure out how best to handle swimming and sunning (with ample safe sunscreen, of course).

You'll give others serious bump envy wearing a Topshop Maternity one-piece which will look demure, and will enhance – and support – your curves. The brand's selection of fun and flattering vibrant patterns will suit you well for a day of rest and relaxation by the water. We recommend opting for a self-tie halterneck for personalized comfort and a plunging neckline, which complements a one-piece.


La Robe Bleue

This La Robe Bleue dress is ideal for work and is made of soft stretch fabric, with no zippers or lining.

Yoga pants may not be in your company’s dress code, so finding appropriate pieces that will still look polished and professional at work is key. Have no fear. There's no need to face your closet each morning in terror.

Israel-based La Robe Bleue creates form-fitting silhouettes that hug your curves comfortably all day. Designer Orly Rodrigue started her line of designer maternity clothing after her first pregnancy when she noticed that most of the maternity clothing on the market was designed to be functional but not at all stylish. "You might be working right up until your due date and need great work clothes that keep you looking professional and stylish," says Rodrigue.

La Robe Bleue can be found in retail chains, luxury stores and boutiques in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Moscow and Paris. U.S. customers can order on Etzy.


J Brand

These white skinny maternity jeans by J Brand are perfect for breezy summer nights.

White skinny jeans are a summer wardrobe staple, but the mere thought of "maternity denim" sends many pregnant women running, as fast as they can.

California-based J Brand has changed that with its timeless and sophisticated jeans that emphasize fit and comfort. Its maternity line provide moms-to-be with skinnies that are flexible and adaptive to the beautiful contours of the body. The Mama J Rail offers a relaxed fit and instantly slimming look with elastic panels on each side of the waistband that will provide comfort from breakfast through dinner. Who knows, you may even want to sleep in them.


Photos courtesy of HATCH, Nom, Topshop, La Robe Bleue and J Brand.

Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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