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Best Maternity Skirts of 2021

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These are the best quality, comfortable maternity skirts for any occasion.

It’s easy to find maternity dresses, jeans, and leggings, but if you want a maternity skirt you’ll have to look a lot harder — especially if you want a good quality, comfortable option. We’ve done the searching for you and have compiled a list of the best maternity skirts for every occasion.

We’ve only selected the very best options to review and have narrowed our list down to 10 maternity skirts.

Our Top Picks

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Product Image of the Beachcoco Women's Maternity Maxi Skirt – High Waisted Fold Over Elastic Waist...
Best Over-the-Belly
BeachCoco: Women’s Over-the-Belly Maxi-Maternity Skirt
  • Breathable and stretchy jersey material
  • Fold over waistband for comfort
  • Comes in multiple colors & patterns
Product Image of the Over Under: Cinch Hem Maternity Skirt
Best Hem Cinched
Over Under: Cinch Hem Maternity Skirt
  • Drawstring-cinched side rushing
  • Over- or under-bump elastic waist
  • Flattering fit
Product Image of the MakeMeChic Women's Stretch High Waist Midi Maternity Pencil Skirt Pregnancy...
Best for the Office
MakeMeChic: High Waist, Midi, Maternity Pencil Skirt
  • Button-elastic adjustable waist
  • Soft & super stretchy material
  • Variety of colors and patterns
Product Image of the Loyal Hana: Layered, Ruffle, Maternity Maxi Skirt
Best Smocked
Loyal Hana: Layered, Ruffle, Maternity Maxi Skirt
  • Flowy silhouette
  • Smocked waistband
  • Doubles as a dress
Product Image of the Over the Bump: Denim Maternity Skirt
Best Denim
Over the Bump: Denim Maternity Skirt
  • Cut-off and frayed hem
  • Fold over stretchy waist
  • Faux front pockets
Product Image of the My Bump Women's High Waisted Floor Length Maternity Maxi Skirt with Tummy...
Best Maxi
My Bump: High Waisted Floor Length Maternity Skirt
  • Simple, stylish, comfortable
  • Comes in multiple colors & patterns
  • Snug fit
Product Image of the Mermaid Maternity: Maternity Swim Skirt with Attached Briefs
Best Swim
Mermaid Maternity: Maternity Swim Skirt with Attached Briefs
  • Full coverage belly panel
  • Built-in briefs
  • Chlorine-resistant fabric
Product Image of the Angel Maternity: Stripe Maternity Midi Skirt
Best Midi
Angel Maternity: Stripe Maternity Midi Skirt
  • Over-the-bump waistband
  • Lightweight and stretchy fabric
  • Side slits
Product Image of the My Bump Maternity Skirt for Women - Comfort Stretch High Waisted Tummy Control...
Best Pencil
My Bump: Maternity Pencil Skirt
  • Includes an extra stitched-in panel
  • Great for any occasion
  • Available in 7 color combinations
Product Image of the Angel Maternity: Jersey Maternity Maxi Skirt
Best Plus-Size
Angel Maternity: Jersey Maternity Maxi Skirt
  • Perfect balance of fitted and loose
  • Available in sizes up to XXL
  • Soft & stretchy jersey material

How to Choose the Best Maternity Skirt

These are the things we consider when looking for the best maternity skirts.

Size

Maternity clothing sizes are aligned with your pre-pregnancy size. So, if you would usually wear a medium skirt, choose a medium-sized maternity skirt. It will be cut to accommodate your growing bump and ensure the hem stays roughly level instead of riding up at the front.

Style

You will always feel more comfortable and confident when you’re dressed in clothes suitable for the place you’ll be wearing them.

We’ve found a range of styles, from casual maternity skirts you might wear at home or to run errands to more professional styles that are appropriate for business attire.

We adore the boho-style smocked skirt on our list, and the swim skirt is excellent for those times when you need a little cover-up.

Budget

You can generally expect to pay somewhere in the region of $50 for a casual maternity skirt. But some higher-end options can run to $150 or more.

Comfort

Under-the-bump styles are best for early pregnancy, while over-the-bump maternity skirts will keep you comfortable in the later stages. If you go for a lower-sitting skirt, you’ll need longer tops to cover your bump as your belly grows.

Natural fibers will generally keep you cooler than man-made fibers or fiber blends, so it’s a good idea to opt for cotton or other more breathable fabrics whenever possible.


The Best Maternity Skirts of 2021

First, we made a long list of every maternity skirt we could find that was readily available to anyone across the country. Then we removed any skirts we had negative personal experiences with.

Next, we ruled out any options that had no online reviews or mostly negative reviews, along with any that didn’t meet our strict quality control. After all, a skirt could look excellent online, but if the stitching frays or it gets misshapen in the wash, then it won’t be the best maternity skirt for anyone.

Finally, we went through the criteria above and ranked the remaining maternity skirts according to size, style, budget, and comfort. These are our top ten picks.

1. BeachCoco: Women’s Over-the-Belly Maxi-Maternity Skirt

Best Over-the-Belly

Although this skirt is made of man-made fibers, we still found it to be surprisingly cool and comfortable due to its loose-fitting design.

The skirt washes well and comes out of the dryer wrinkle-free and ready to wear, which is a bonus if, like me, you hate ironing.

On a mom-to-be of average height, this skirt sits just above the ankle, and the fold-down belly panel makes it easy to reduce the length if you are on the shorter side. The stretchy material also makes this a comfortable postpartum skirt, so you’ll really get your money’s worth.


2. Over Under: Cinch Hem Maternity Skirt

Best Hem Cinched

This over-the-bump, ribbed jersey skirt is roughly knee length on our five-foot-seven mom-to-be. The material is soft and stretchy, but most importantly, the ribbed material doesn’t seem to pull out of shape or stretch in odd directions over your belly.

The cinch at the side is adjustable, so you can tighten it a little to enjoy the cinched style or pull one side further up to adjust the hemline.


3. MakeMeChic: High Waist, Midi, Maternity Pencil Skirt

Best for the Office

The high-waist pencil skirt by MakeMechic is affordable enough for you to buy in several colors or patterns. This means you can have enough skirts for the entire week without having to deal with laundry as you’re balancing the demands of a job and pregnancy.

There is a button-elastic adjustable waist, so you won’t have a wide, gaping waistband at the beginning of your pregnancy or a tight, uncomfortable waistband toward the end.


4. Loyal Hana: Layered, Ruffle, Maternity Maxi Skirt

Best Smocked

With a ribbed belly panel and an elasticated waist, this layered maternity skirt from Loyal Hana does double duty as a dress.

Wear it at your waist and the skirt will hit roughly six or eight inches above the ankle with the top of the slit at your lower, to mid-thigh. Alternatively, wear it as a dress, and the hem will skim an inch or two below your knees with the top of the slit sitting firmly at the top of your thigh.


5. Over the Bump: Denim Maternity Skirt

Best Denim

The cut-off and slightly frayed hem of the Over the Bump, denim maternity skirt allows you to enjoy your favorite casual style while you’re sporting a belly baby.

There’s a large navy fabric panel at the belly which you can fold down during early pregnancy and leave up during the later stages. This panel is practical, but it will require a longer top if you want to hide it to keep your pre-pregnancy, casual style.


6. My Bump: High Waisted Floor Length Maternity Skirt

Best Maxi

The only, slightly negative aspect of this skirt is its length. On our five-foot-seven mom-to-be model, the skirt hem rested on the floor, so she had to adjust the waist to bring it high enough that she wouldn’t trip when she walked.

Despite this issue, the skirt is comfortable and affordable, and there are enough colors and patterns available for you to choose a skirt that is appropriate for almost any time and place. You can dress the skirt up or down, making it a flexible maternity wardrobe staple.


7. Mermaid Maternity: Maternity Swim Skirt with Attached Briefs

Best Swim

If you still fit your pre-pregnancy two-piece swimsuits and feel comfortable and confident wearing them while pregnant, there’s no reason to purchase a new one. But if you’re like me and prefer to keep your belly under wraps, this swim skirt is a fabulous option.

The waistband section folds down and is just wide enough to keep the skirt in place on your bump, so there isn’t an excessive amount of fabric to contend with in the heat. And the built-in briefs have a modest boy-shorts cut with the bottom of the brief sitting at or just past the crease in your thigh.


8. Angel Maternity: Stripe Maternity Midi Skirt

Best Midi

Cute, casual, and sporty, this midi maternity skirt from Angle Maternity stands out because it isn’t another big, flouncy midi maternity skirt. Not that there’s anything wrong with big and flouncy, half my wardrobe fits that description, but this style is a little more unique.

The fitted style may not be best for every shape, but the belly panel can be worn under or over the bump. The only reason it doesn’t sit higher on our list is that this skirt is not machine washable and must be hand washed and hung to dry.


9. My Bump: Maternity Pencil Skirt

Best Pencil

Available in seven color combinations and in sizes from small to extra-large, this pencil skirt is an excellent option if you’re on a tight budget.

Smart enough to dress up for work but casual enough to hang with friends or go out for a relaxed meal, this skirt is great for nearly any occasion. It also includes an extra stitched-in panel to accommodate your growing belly.

On the downside, the sizes run small. Even though this is supposed to be form-fitting, the sizing for a medium runs about two to three inches smaller at the waist than expected.


10. Angel Maternity: Jersey Maternity Maxi Skirt

Best Plus-Size

One of the few maternity skirts we could find in which sizes run to XXL, this option from Angel Maternity is snug enough around the belly to hold the skirt at an even hem length all the way around.

It’s a little looser around the thigh and flows from the knee down. It’s the perfect balance of fitted and loose, which can be exceptionally difficult to find in larger sizes — maternity or otherwise.

This skirt lost points because although it’s machine washable, it’s not machine dryable. The fabric is also a little on the thinner side, so although it will be cool on hot days, it might not work if you spend a lot of time outdoors in colder weather.


Rock Your Bump

The most important thing to remember when trying to find the best maternity skirt for you is to wear what makes you feel comfortable. When you’re comfortable, it’s easier to feel confident, and that confidence boost might be the difference between a good day and a bad one.

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About the Author

Patricia Barnes

Patricia Barnes is a homeschooling mom of 5 who has been featured on Global TV, quoted in Parents magazine, and writes for a variety of websites and publications. Doing her best to keep it together in a life of constant chaos, Patti would describe herself as an eclectic mess maker, lousy crafter, book lover, autism mom, and insomniac.