Fashion Throwback: A Glimpse on the Evolution of Maternity Fashion
It is quite fascinating how the world of fashion has changed all throughout many decades. This includes how expecting mothers incorporate fashion style in their maternity clothing. If we are about to compare maternity fashion today to how it was over 100 years ago, you will definitely be in awe at how drastic the changes have become. Back then, pregnant women try their best to conceal their bumps by wearing oversized billowing dresses whereas today, mommies embrace their precious baby bumps with fitting bodycon clothes! Join us as we go through the history on how maternity fashion has evolved.
More fabric and more ruffled details are featured in the Adrienne dress as the Georgian era emerges. Maternity dresses often include a bib that can be ties around the neck to allow easier breastfeeding.
Large and puffy dresses dominated the early 1860’s take on maternity fashion. It aims to fully cover the bump and disguise it as petticoat; which explains the skirt’s enormous puff size.
As 1925 emerges, pregnant women had finally learned how to let go of those suffocating maternity corsets and resorted to something more loose and comfortable such as clothing made from chiffon and silk.
Women used to only limit their maternity pieces to loose dresses, but later on, the early 1930’s in particular, separates have finally made its way to maternity fashion. The pleated blouse can be initially worn with a belt and as the baby bump grows bigger, it can later be worn loosely.
It actually took so long before designers realized that pants can also make great maternity wear! Women used to limit themselves in dresses and skirts but in the 1950’s, garter pants and stretchable trousers have ruled maternity fashion. It all started here and went on to the next decades – up until today!
The entire 1950’s is all about the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. As this is considered as Hollywood’s Golden Era, famous celebrities have constantly been under the spotlight – from the beginning of their careers, love life and for female celebrities, pregnancy. Elizabeth Taylor donned classy dresses maintaining her glamorous image despite her pregnancy. With this, she had set a trend when it comes to expecting mothers to dressing up glamorously. Read more about Elizabeth Taylor here – Elizabeth Taylor: The Jetsetter Fashion Icon
Who does not know Jackie Kennedy? She’s known for her class and simplicity and this image absolutely reflected her choices of tailored maternity clothing.
To make room for the mom’s growing baby bump, inverted pleats have become quite popular in the 1960’s. One example was Princess Margaret with her A-line coat featuring an inverted pleat.
Maternity fashion in the 1980’s is somehow a mix of the early history of maternity fashion, particularly back in the 1600’s and 1800’s. It features extreme volume which makes quite a shapeless silhouette. Although Princess Anne showed up in her billowing maternity fashion with elegance and beauty with her oversized ivory cape.
Another member of the royal family joins the list! Of course, one of the most anticipated pregnancies in the whole world is from the British Royal family. Here we see Princess Diana wearing an oversized polka dot dress which apparently gives superior comfort and style. Her highly-publicized pregnancy influenced expecting moms all over the world to follow Princess Diana’s maternity fashion style.
Denims used to be a huge no-no for pregnant women but Demi Moore proved everybody wrong when she wore denim jeans while pregnant with Dakota Johnson. Her maternity denim jeans were specifically made for her by Juicy Couture creators Gela Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy.
Well say hello to the young Kris Jenner, one of the most popular moms of all time! In 1997 (and the late 90’s in particular), stretchy black ensembles have become so popular. Maternity tights have also emerged and gain popularity worldwide.
With more maternity dresses actually embracing the baby bump, expecting mothers began to join the trend and experiment with more designs. In this particular look, Kate Beckinsale donned a black floral dress and cozy fur coat to match.
Who can ever miss the Beckhams! Victoria Beckham also embraced her growing baby bump in her fitted black miidi dress.
We are talking about a millennium! As the year 2000 comes, expecting mothers are becoming more and more confident and daring. Enough of the hiding and trying to camouflage that beautiful baby bump! Sarah Jessica Parker showed off some cleavage in her pretty babydoll dress while pregnant with her first son.
Graphic tank tops for expecting moms? Why not! Pop princess Britney Spears shows everyone how proud she was with her baby bump!
More and more pregnant celebrities have learned how to embrace their baby bumps while donning a glamorous piece on the red carpet. Look at how elegant and ethereal Gwyneth Paltrow looked while showing off her baby bump!
Hands down to one of the most amazing moms of Hollywood – Angelina Jolie! She knows how to flaunt it on the red carpet all while being heavily pregnant with her and Brad Pitt’s twins.
Victoria’s Secret supermodel Gisele Bündchen shows everyone how to perfectly master maternity street style with her chic wardrobe choices! She went with monochromes all while being able to show off her baby bump.
Miranda Kerr has everybody shook when she famously walked the SS2011 Balenciaga runway while pregnant! This is one proof that expecting mothers and high fashion designer pieces can actually be a match made in heaven.
Just like Gisele Bündchen, it seems like January Jones how to work her maternity street fashion in superior style. Comfy maxi chiffon dress matched with a long cardigan and a pair of lace booties – gorgeous!
Alessandra Ambrosio looked beautifully gleeful in her striking purple dress with features a roomy silhouette to allow superior comfort; all while flaunting her beautiful baby bump.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is also one of the members of the British royal family whom had a highly-publicized pregnancy. Well, if you’re carrying the heir to the throne, that’s already a given! The duchess didn’t disappoint the public as she continuously walks in great fashion with her maternity pieces.
Lastly, bodycon dresses have finally made its way to maternity wear. It s quite empowering to see how expecting mothers embrace their baby bumps with flattering bodycon clothing. Of course, we all know that Blake Lively is one of our favorites when it comes to mastering maternity fashion!
Here are more chic maternity clothes that ruled 2016:
Which of these styles do you think should stay on trend? If you want to read more about Maternity fashion, you can check – Maternity Wear Fashion for the Winter Season and Maternity Wear: How to Dress When You’re Pregnant.