Dress Your Bump: A 3rd Trimester Guide to Feeling Good and Looking Chic

There’s no hiding it...that baby bump is out there loud and proud now! Third trimester maternity style is still all about showcasing your belly (hey, you’re workin’ hard to grow that little peanut, you should show off your progress!), but with an added dose of comfort and ease. 

Go With The Flow 

Comfort may be the name of the game in the home stretch of pregnancy but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with shapeless caftans or baggy sweats. A sleek pair of leggings paired with a fitted tank and a flowy belly-grazing top like our Cocoon is crazy comfy (and crazy easy to throw on).

Our picks: Blanqui, Baobei Maternity 

Embrace Monochrome

When you’re still adjusting to your new proportions (and they’re changing basically every day), a head-to-toe monochromatic ensemble can help elongate your body by creating the visual “trick” of uninterrupted lines. It doesn’t have to be super matchy-matchy; just stay within the same color family! Adding a long top layer like a cardigan or a duster creates a cool and flattering tone-on-tone look, and gives your outfit some movement.

Our picks: Hatch (paired with this Madewell cardi), Isabella Oliver 

Empire State of Mind

One of the first maternity gowns ever made was from the Baroque era; it was called “Adrienne” and was an empire waist dress with a giant neck ruffle and brocade sleeves. Thank goodness the style’s gotten an update since then, because it’s perfect for the 3rd tri mama! It’s universally flattering, skims the bump without clinging, and (our fave) takes about three seconds to put on and look adorable. Go for a deep v or sweetheart neckline and steer clear of ruffles...they can pull a little babyish.

Our picks: Rachel Pally, Hatch (belt it over the bump to get the empire effect), Emilia George

Overall, We Love This Look


True story: I lived in my Hatch maternity overalls basically my entire third trimester...paired with slip-on flats and a simple top, they’re like the casual version of an LBD. Try dressing up a distressed pair a la Liv Tyler with a black blazer and red lip, and keep the look from feeling too “Fannie Farmer” by sticking with solid tee colors and simple accessories. 

Our picks: Storq, Hatch, Gap

Go Ahead and Jump

Ah, the jumpsuit: overalls’ sassy cousin. They’re comfortable, they’re easy...they’re basically the socially acceptable work-around to wearing pajamas in public. Keep the color solid and the accessories to a minimum (a pair of drop earrings or a large cuff is perfect), since the jumpsuit style itself already makes a bold statement.

Our picks: Loyal Hana (this one or this one are adorbs), Hatch  

Risky Business 

You won’t be pregnant forever (even though it might feel like it at this point!), so your maternity clothes aren’t going to be in permanent rotation in your wardrobe. This can be a great opportunity to try something new and be a little bolder. A brighter color, an unexpected combo of fabrics or trends, a leather moto vest (we see you, Jessica Alba!), a freakin’ crop top! Embrace your bump and use it as an excuse to take some fashion risks.

Our Picks: Asos, Pink Blush (add a cropped leather or denim jacket to this dress!), or just basically emulate Katy Perry

Beautiful Inside and Out

While you’re flaunting that gorgeous belly with this 3rd trimester outfit inspo, think about how you’ll make your fourth trimester feel a little more beautiful as well. AMMA’s New Mama Bundle is a thoughtfully curated gift box full of products specially chosen to ease your transition into postpartum and mamahood, including herbal bath soak, delicious lactation cookie mix, and a luxurious Cocoon. Add it to your registry or treat yourself to the gift of self-care...you deserve it!


Cover photo via Navy Grace

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