I got this email a few days ago:
As the Unofficial Queen of Leggings, you’re the first person I thought of to recommend a good, high-quality pair of black maternity leggings. In my non-pregnant state I’m a huge fan of Zella Live-In leggings and I’d love to find a similar nice, opaque black pair that work well for both workouts and slug life and casual outfits. Ideally, I’d like to stay around $50 or less, but I’d consider paying more for a really good pair.
I’m almost 20 weeks and my non-maternity options are starting to cut my mid-section half and I now have a really unattractive double-stomach thing going on!
My favorite maternity leggings were from Target and from Forever 21. Forever 21, unfortunately, no longer makes their maternity stuff. It’s a shame, because they were great, cheap basics. I wore the hell out of their leggings. (And continued to wear them post-birth because WHY NOT.) Target still has them though! Here is a Liz Lange pair similar to the ones I had ($17). I really hated full-panel leggings and pants which is why I took to demi-panel ones instead. I think these Target ribbed leggings ($25) are adorable too. The gray color is fun for lounging around at home! If you haven’t tried a full-panel legging, this pair for $30 might be a good one to start with. They’re ponte pants, so they’re probably more opaque and thick than regular leggings.
Something I saw today that is REALLY cool: GapFit now makes maternity gFast leggings! They’re just $40 (get 40% off with code GAPSAVE). I’m really into GapFit stuff right now and some friends keep telling me to try these leggings because they love them so much. Because they’re made of technical fabric, they are probably more opaque and durable than a standard cotton pair.
Some other inexpensive pairs: ASOS has a support legging for $40, Topshop maternity leggings are just $20 and Topshop’s ponte maternity pants are $40. Boden’s maternity leggings are $34 and have 129 4.5 star reviews.
If you don’t mind spending a little more, Isabella Oliver makes really good maternity stuff. Her leggings are $72. Plush gets fantastic reviews for their leggings and they make a fleece-lined maternity pair for $82.
One last option: Aerie doesn’t have maternity stuff, but they do make a yoga legging with a foldover waistband. Just unroll that waistband and you’re good to go. They’re only $20 and I LIVE for Aerie’s comfy stuff.