Dressing when you’re pregnant is always a challenge, but it’s especially tricky during colder months when you’re not only battling a protruding belly but also polar vortex temperatures. “There are definitely lots of maternity coat options out there,” says Grace Kapin, co-founder of Storq, “but it’s hard to pull the trigger on what can feel like a particularly temporary piece of clothing.” To help us scope out the best maternity winter coats that aren’t crazy expensive (or hideous), we spoke to Kapin; Eva Dorsey and Yelena Ferrer, the owners of New York City maternity and children’s consignment shop Jane’s Exchange; Ariane Goldman, founder of Hatch; and Wild Was Mama store manager Victoria Tartaglione. Bonus: Some of these coats are not maternity clothing at all and can seamlessly transition into postpartum wear.
Maternity winter coats
Jane’s Exchange co-owners Dorsey and Ferrer like to keep things budget-friendly at their consignment shop in the East Village, and Mamalicious is among the more affordable brands they carry. While the maternity fur-trimmed hood parka coat they recommend is now sadly sold out, here’s a similar, shorter version in a trendy dusty rose with an adjustable drawstring waist that’s designed to fit pre- and postpartum. The best part is that it’s currently on sale for under $100.
Here’s another padded coat from Mamalicious that comes with a detachable maternity panel (essentially an extender for your bump) that can accommodate space for wearing your baby once you give birth. There are also drawstrings for maximum adjustability, while the longer length is great for more extreme weather. It also happens to be on sale for 50 percent off.
Dorsey and Ferrer also recommend this belted puffer from Motherhood Maternity: “Motherhood Maternity has this great three-in-one hooded parka that you can wear all throughout your pregnancy and then post. We love the navy color.” This coat also comes with a removable center panel for your belly. Postpartum, you can flip it over to create a pocket in which to hold your baby while wearing a carrier.
A favorite of Wild Was Mama’s Tartaglione’s is the M Coat, “a trendy, warm, and most importantly, practical three-in-one coat for any pregnant mama braving the cold.” Made from down, it features a center panel that can also accommodate baby-wearing postpartum. But you can remove the panel and wear it as a regular coat, too. “It has a sleek and stylish design, which can be hard to come by in the maternity clothing world,” says Tartaglione. It’s also machine-washable.
For something a little more vibrant, Dorsey and Ferrer recommend this swingy red wool cape with Little Red Riding Hood vibes that won’t feel constricting at all, no matter how far along you are. In general, Dorsey and Ferrer also see “a lot of women using ponchos or capes in all different fabrics and styles and it adds a really gorgeous flair.”
Non-maternity maternity winter coats
For those who want to opt out of buying maternity-specific winter coats altogether, Storq’s Kapin suggests going for oversize wool coats, like this piece from Acne Studios. “We’ve seen lots of conveniently spacious cocoon coats this season,” says Kapin. Hatch’s Goldman agrees: “Some of the moment’s more avant-garde shapes tend to have room [for your belly].” While it’s definitely an investment piece, you’ll be wearing it long after you have your baby.
As ubiquitous as Amazon’s Orolay coat is, it would make a great maternity piece, given its oversize silhouette and side panels that zip open for extra room. A bunch of reviewers agree, including one who writes: “I am currently 7 months pregnant and bought this coat a month ago, wearing it non-stop since it arrived. It’s delightful! I was so skeptical of an affordable garment with so many positive reviews, but I can’t imagine a better coat for the price. The bonus is that it’s versatile enough to wear through my pregnancy, but stay in my closet permanently.”
And a few bonus layers
“If you’ve reached a point where even buttoning an oversized coat is no longer possible, we’ll opt to go deep on layering,” says Kapin. “That way you can peel back or add on layers as needed. We all know the sporadically heated subway car is not actually a godsend when you’re wearing 800 wool things.” For the most efficient layering technique, Kapin suggests starting with a tight base layer, then a thermal piece or sweater on top. “Add a shorter jacket plus a longer, larger coat over that. If the coat doesn’t close, we’ll fill the gap with a big wool scarf wrapped around our neck with the ends hanging long in front. Then close the whole thing up with a belt.”
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