Updated 15th September 2021
This September is the 26th year of Jeans for Jeans Day (where wearing your favourite jeans can help raise money for children with genetic disorders) so what better time than now, to buy a pair of stylish maternity jeans.
It’s estimated that one out of 25 children is diagnosed with a genetic disorder. – that’s 30,000 babies and children in the UK each year.
So far Jeans for Genes has raised over £45 million for these children so it’s really an easy way to do a lot of good (and look good doing it!)
We know it can be a little daunting to find the perfect style of jeans for your shape and tastes at any time. But throw in a growing bump and the decision can be overwhelming!
So, to make this process a little easier we’ve rounded up some of the best maternity jean styles for 2021. All you need to do is sit back and relax, we’re pretty confident there's something for everyone amongst our top 10 styles below.
What are the most comfortable maternity jeans?
Before you take a look at the different style options it’s important to decide whether you want to go for jeans that sit over or under your bump.
This will come down to personal preference (and you’ll find lots of online forums like mumsnet packed with opinions on this) but there’s lot of advice that suggests under the bump are most comfortable for early pregnancy and over the bump jeans are more comfortable later on as your bump really starts to grow.
How do you choose the right size?
Choosing your size is much easier than you think. If you were a UK 12 before pregnancy then that’s the size to buy now. Most maternity jeans are made from soft, stretchy cotton, designed with comfort in mind.
The 10 best maternity jeans styles available
1. Organic Over the Bump Black Maternity Boyfriend Jeans by Isabella Oliver
Our top pick is a pair of stylish over the bump Organic Maternity Boyfriend Jeans for £69 from Isabella Oliver. For a relaxed, contemporary maternity jean that fits and flatters, the search ends with this planet-friendly jean.
Crafted in an authentic stretch organic denim, using less water than normal denim during the manufacturing process, you will live in these throughout your pregnancy.
We love this simple black turtle-neck jumper too – you can dress the ensemble up or down by adding a jacket to match the occasion.
This week, to mark the marvellous work done by Jeans for Genes week in raising funds to help children affected by genetic disorders, we’re giving away a pair of these jeans in our Jeans Giveaway. Enter here before Monday 20th September
2. Organic Cotton Under Bump Blue Maternity Jeans by Seraphine
If it’s an under the bump organic pair of jeans you’re looking for then look no further than Seraphine.
This is one of our favourite online maternity stores and a firm favourite with celebs such as Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet and Carrie Underwood.
Seraphine’s organic range includes these super slinky ‘organic cotton under bump blue maternity jeans’ for £52. With a soft jersey panel (allowing the jeans to grow with you) these are perfect if you like a low rise look or prefer to tuck in your top!
These flattering skinny jeans are made sustainably from 81% organic cotton and 17% recycled materials, so you’ll be helping to save the planet whilst looking a million dollars!
3. Light Wash Sophia Maternity Jeans by Lilly and Ribbon
An over the bump favourite for anyone who prefers a little more support and coverage (or wants an extra layer now that the weather’s turning colder) are Lillyandribbon.com’s maternity jeans Sophia for £49 (and available in three shades of denim – we love the light wash)
This pair comes in three leg lengths for an even better fit, and was voted the best maternity jeans by The Independent, The Mirror, The Sun and Grazia. They’re a super stretchy and comfortable denim and the perfect versatile pair of jeans to pair with sexy heels or practical trainers.
4. Paige Verdugo Maternity – Nottingham Jeans
OK, so they’re not cheap, but if you’re a real jean freak then these could be the pair for you. A dark denim, smart pair of maternity jeans that really form your body are the Paige Verdugo Maternity – Nottingham jeans from Paige.com.
These £190.99 under bump jeans are mid-rise and have an ultra-skinny fit for all the loyal skinny jeans lovers out there.
5. Black Mid-rise Maternity Flared Jeans from River Island
For those of you wanting to be bang on trend then these subtly flared slim leg jeans from River Island are the ones for you. They’re made from super stretch denim, worn over the bump, are mid-rise and a snip at £42. Made from Responsibly Sourced Cotton via River Island’s partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative, who work to improve cotton farming practices, these fab jeans come in blue denim too.
6. Pcmlila Slim Fit Maternity Jeans at Mama:licious
If you’re looking for a bargain Mama:licious has a sale on some of its popular jeans this week. This pair really caught our eye:
These Pcmlila slim fit jeans (reduced from £42 to £29.40 in their sale) come with distressed detail at the knees and have frayed hems to complete the look. Designed to fit right through your pregnancy these jeans are made from 100% cotton and work well with a t-shirt for an everyday cool look.
7. Loose Fit Smock Maternity Trousers from Mama:licious
An extra comfortable pair, again in the mama:licious sale, is their loose fit smock maternity trousers made from 100% organic cotton. This pair was originally £42 but is down to just £21 right now! They’re a light blue, lightweight denim and have elasticated waist which fits over the bump. However, it's the lovely loose fit that makes them so easy to wear and an ideal match for your go-to t-shirt and trainers.
8. M&S Mom Tapered Jeans
These maternity Mom Tapered Jeans from M&S (£45) come with a substantial over the bump panel and a flattering tapered leg, that offers much more freedom of movement than some of the slimmer fit jeans (perfect for those of you who are second time mums and running around after other little ones). Available in this medium blue denim, or a darker indigo mix, we were also impressed by the inclusive sizing, with three leg lengths on offer across sizes 6-24.
9. Topshop Maternity Bleach Ripped Mom Jeans from Asos
At £48 we think the relaxed tapered fit of these jeans makes them perfect for casual days out. Unlike many other maternity jean they are made of non-stretch denim and come with a bleach-blue wash finish. High rise with a stretch-jersey bump band these distressed jeans are designed to fit from bump to baby.
10. Asos Maternity Mom Jean in Washed Pink
Our final suggestion, if you’re looking for something a little more outside of the box, is this adorable baby pink pair from Asos.
The Asos design maternity mom jean in washed pink with over the bump band are cheap (£35 – down to £22.65 on sale) cheerful and just so cute for dressing up or down.
We would normally suggest trying on lots of the best maternity jeans before buying but having got so used to shopping online following months in lockdown we expect you’ll feel more comfortable buying online.
Luckily most of these sites have great returns policies, so you can pop them on and check that they fit well and are comfortable to move around in!
If you’ve been asking yourself “What are the best maternity jeans?” we hope this article has helped. Check out our Secret Saviours blog to read more pregnancy related articles.
And if you want to read more about what Jeans for Genes is all about, and how you can help raise money for children with genetic disorders, you can head to https://www.jeansforgenesday.org/ for more info!