Since my post, The Best Jeans Reviewed, was so popular, I thought it would be only fair to do a post entirely on maternity jeans, too! So I bring to you: the ultimate maternity jeans review! I know what a struggle it can be to find a GOOD PAIR of maternity jeans- you know, ones that don’t lose their shape, or stretch out too much and get all bunchy. Your body is growing and supporting a baby, the last thing you need is to feel frumpy and blah on TOP of that! So I made it my mission to find the BEST maternity jeans, and review them here! I’m even throwing in a few that I tried out that are just “meh” to show the comparison. I hope you find this post helpful, and please share with any of your pregnant mama friends!! Because when you find a GOOD pair of maternity jeans, it is a total game changer.
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THE ULTIMATE MATERNITY JEANS REVIEW
Old Navy jeans are some of my very favorite, for comfort, style, fit and the price point can’t be beat! These are the best value jeans I tried and loved, as they are SUPER comfortable, fit like a dream (no sagging or pulling them up all day long!), hug the booty just right (something you definitely want while pregnant- I’m sorry, but feeling frumpy is NOT OKAY when you’re making a human)! These have the size elastic too, instead of a full panel, which I like! I actually am a fan of both, if done right (you’ll see a few full panel jeans in this post that pass the test!), but as far as the lower price point maternity jeans, I definitely recommend the side elastic panel, as they tend to fit better in general. You can’t go wrong with these, and bonus! They will be great for postpartum, too!
Another reasonably priced pair that are affordable and from everyone’s favorite store, Tarjay! What I love about these jeans: They have a real zip fly and button closure. Side panels. Their downfall? They are very low rise- they sit below the belly, so you have to pull them up when you bend over. Let’s just say, you get that “plumber look” if you aren’t careful. ;) They are, however, comfy and cute, and a nice dark wash that makes them look more expensive. There are no real front pockets, which is a big minus in my book, and also something I do not understand. What’s so hard about putting in some pockets?! They run big, so size down from your pre-pregnancy size.
Another super comfy and affordable pair from Old Navy (Update: sold out, but shop all Old Navy maternity jeans here)! They are stretchy and comfy and fit true to your pre-pregnancy size. They are high rise, so there’s no crack in bend over (major plus). Side panels. No real pockets (wah wahhhh).
I have some AG jeans in non-maternity, so I had really high hopes for the maternity version. And I’m happy to report they did NOT disappoint! These jeans are so good!! And holy cow, they actually have REAL pockets (yay)! I love the details of the frayed hem and rips- they don’t look “maternity.” They have style to them. They fit true to pre-pregnancy size and are comfy and have good stretch. Full nude panel. Make your booty look great. This is my top pick and are absolutely worth the splurge!
Okay, here’s one of the disappointing pairs. This is a designer denim, but one that I do not recomment and am definitely returning. They have weird “half” pockets in front and too short of a crop in the leg (I am 5’9″ so keep that in mind). In general, this pair is just a bit stiff, and not as comfy as others. It’s a pass for me.
Same brand, Citizens of Humanity, and once again a disappointment. Maybe it’s just these particular styles I tried out, but ditto to the above, plus I’m not a fan of the shiny wash of these.
Okay, I’m so excited for this pair (similar)! They are so affordable and so comfy! Great if you need a pair of black denim! Stretchyyyy and cute, with a full black panel, but no front pockets.
Tall- This pair is just $35! This pair comes in short, regular and long!
Petite- This pair is a cute option for petite sizing!
Plus- This pair is super cute and just $40! Love this cute ripped boyfriend pair, too!
I hope this post was helpful!
I actually found that I had different preferences in both of my pregnancies! I carried my daughter so high that the full panel jeans always had a huge line halfway up my belly. I swore by the side panel jeans only. I carried my son super low though and couldn’t stand my side panel jeans. I ended up preferring the full panel with him. So weird how that can happen!
SO interesting!! But I’m in the same boat- my first two pregnancies I was NOT a fan of full panel- this time around, I love them both! Go figure!
I got a pair of madewell maternity jeans and they are full panel and I LOVE them! Very expensive but worth it to me if you only invest in a couple good pairs!
Madewell jeans are some of my favorites!
The side and low panels can make your bump look a little weird if you have any extra “fluffy” in your belly. It’s almost like it pushed the fluffy part of me up and then it gushed out like a love handle would. Not a good luck. Full panel all the way for me. I’m currently on the hunt for jean shorts and have a few pairs from Motherhood Maternity in my cart.
Ha! This is true! Definitely depends on your body type for which one you prefer! ;)