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.
- Breathable and stretchy jersey material
- Fold over waistband for comfort
- Comes in multiple colors & patterns
- Drawstring-cinched side rushing
- Over- or under-bump elastic waist
- Flattering fit
- Button-elastic adjustable waist
- Soft & super stretchy material
- Variety of colors and patterns
- Flowy silhouette
- Smocked waistband
- Doubles as a dress
- Cut-off and frayed hem
- Fold over stretchy waist
- Faux front pockets
- Simple, stylish, comfortable
- Comes in multiple colors & patterns
- Snug fit
- Full coverage belly panel
- Built-in briefs
- Chlorine-resistant fabric
- Over-the-bump waistband
- Lightweight and stretchy fabric
- Side slits
- Includes an extra stitched-in panel
- Great for any occasion
- Available in 7 color combinations
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.