Mother and Baby

What to wear to work if you're pregnant (but hate maternity clothes)

People underestimate the difference stylish maternity clothes make to the way you feel, and this is especially true at work, where you might be feeling at your most vulnerable. Just because you're growing a baby doesn't mean you can't look great. From smart maternity dresses to office-friendly pregnancy trousers, these chic (but comfy!) outfits are perfect for 9-5.

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Cropped Peplum Jacket, £85,

Whether you wear it to work or to a wedding, this versatile bouclé jacket emphasises your slimmest point, your empire line, and neatly frames your growing bump.
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Maternity Belted Utility Dress, £42, Topshop

Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t still follow the trends. Case in point: this utility shirt dress in khaki, which comes with a neat tie-belt to give your growing silhouette definition.
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Pinstripe Maternity Dress, £34, Next

Nothing says ‘work’ like some pinstripes but this maternity dress makes them stylish too. With ruching at the waist to accommodate your bump and a clever V-shaped top hem, this frock will quickly become your go-to office look.  
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Green Spot Twist Maternity Dress, £45, Jojo Maman Bebe

As your pregnancy continues, it can be hard to be creative with clothes – but you can always have fun with a pretty print. This green spotted dress is perfect for summer days in the office and the twist detail hides a breastfeeding slit so you can use it for discreet nursing on maternity leave too.
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Maternity Jennie Ruffle Sleeve V-Neck Top, £12, Boohoo 

V-neck tops are an easy option for pregnancy but the ruffled sleeves on this powder-blue tee make it stand out from the norm.
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Kirkton Maternity Skirt, £59, Isabella Oliver

A little ruching goes a long way when you’re pregnant and this skirt’s elegant folds make for a fantastically flattering fit. It’s also made from a stretchy premium jersey so, even if you’ve got a long day at the office ahead, you’ll always feel comfy.
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MAMA Linen Shirt, £24.99, H&M

Linen is an overlooked fabric for maternity wear but it’s an easy option it you want to stay cool. This baby blue shirt has a rounded hem and is smart enough for the boardroom but can also be worn on casual days when you just want to wear jeans. 
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Maternity Katy Crepe Wrap Dress, £15, Boohoo

This wrap dress comes with fluted sleeves and a tie just above your bump. Plus, there are six colours to choose from so you’re bound to find one that works for you.
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MAMA Wrap Dress, £34.99, H&M

Wrap dresses have become synonymous with pregnancy wear recently – partly because they are easy to adjust as you grow, but also because they always look smart. H&M’s wrap dress comes with well-designed flounces and an elasticated seam, something you’ll really appreciate in the third trimester.
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Red Back Tie Maternity Dress, £39, Jojo Maman Bebe

Make a statement in the office with this red, semi-fitted shift dress. It comes with some clever little details including a keyhole opening at the back, tie back (great for adjusting things as you get bigger) and feeding slits for after the baby comes.
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Tailored Cropped Maternity Trousers, £55, Seraphine

There are a lot of maternity workwear dresses on the market but finding a smart pair of trousers can be tricky. This pair from Seraphine have an elasticated over-bump band, to keep your stomach secure, and front pleats that lengthen and flatter your legs. 
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Carine Maternity Dress, £89, Isabella Oliver

Want no-fuss workwear? This gorgeous pussy-bow maternity dress is the answer. Made with a viscose-elastane mix, it’s easy to wear, while still being smart. Plus, it has the added bonus that you can wear it after your pregnancy too. 



Charlotte is an award-winning journalist who's interviewed six Oscar winners, a Greek princess and a Cbeebies presenter.

She's written for GLAMOUR, Vogue, Stylist and The Independent during her career, and, though she writes about beautiful children's clothes, her own two children refuse to wear them.

She likes sunshine and log burners but not at the same time.  


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