Saturday, 5 March 2016

Ultimate List of Maternity Friendly Retro Clothing!

I am nearing the end of my pregnancy journey, which is both exciting and bittersweet! I know I will miss pregnancy once it's all over (I did with my first daughter). And it means soon we will be returning to our more standard pinup posts! I've got lots planned, but I wanted to end my maternity friendly posts with a bang and provide you with the knowledge of every article of clothing/brand that I know of that will work for a bump!

Right then, let's get started!


It just wouldn't feel right to start with any brand other than my beloved Pinup Girl Clothing. Their maternity friendly options have increased over the past couple of years (as have their kiddie clothing offerings!)

They have an entire collection of maternity friendly clothing, which, for the most part, is actually just their standard sizing that has been tried and tested on baby bumps! There are a few actual maternity options as well.


Preggers Scrumptious Dress - Size up? - No. Blog post regarding fit can be found here

Sailor Swing Dress - Size up? - No. Blog post regarding fit can be found here

Deadly Dames Dress - Size up? - Yes, one size if you want it to fit throughout the entire pregnancy. Material has a bit of stretch but its definitely not bengaline!

Dames Dress - Size up? - No. It will fit throughout pregnancy and should shrink back to its normal shape after!

Funny Face Pants - Size up? No. These are like yoga pants but hot.

Niagra Dress - Size up? - No.

Hotrod Honey Dress - Size up? - No. Very stretchy material.

Ava Dress - Size up? - Yes! One to two sizes, depending on how big your bump is and how much weight you have gained.

Monica Dress - Size up? No. Very stretchy!

Jessica Dress - Size up? No.

Erin Dress - Size up? No. This one is exciting as it comes in a longer sleeved swing version as well as shorter sleeved wiggles! Variety!


Gia Top - Size up? - No, however this one is better worn with high waisted bottoms, as your growing bump will peek out of the bottom as you get bigger! Currently out of stock but I have been advised it is restocking soon.

Boatneck Top - Size up? - No.


Jenny Skirt - Size up? - Yes, one to two sizes, depending on how big your bump is and how much you have gained.

Perfect Pencil Skirt - Size up? - Yes, one size. The waist band has minimal stretch, but the rest of the skirt is super generous for a bump!


Oh, Heart of Haute, no ultimate pinup list would be complete without you. From their stretchy dresses to their free waistbands complete with back ties to adjust fit, they made some supremely bump friendly pieces of clothing without even meaning to! Plus, many of their dresses have toddler versions thanks to their Ava Adorable line, so if you're all crazy pinup mama like me and happen to be pregnant and have a baby girl and want to match with her, they've got you covered.


Super Spy Dress - Size up? No. Blog post on fit, quality etc can be found here .

Milan Dress - Size up? Yes, one size. Blog post on fit etc can be found here .

Donna Dress - Size up? No. Blog post here!

Sweetie Dress - Size up? No. Waist ties in the back!. Blog post here!

Irene Dress - Size up? - No! Blog post on fit and quality here.

Beverly Dress - Size up? - No. Waist ties in the back!

Hilda Dress- Size up? - No. Waist ties in the back!

Hilary Dress - Size up? - No. Waist ties in the back!

Jenni Dress - Size up? - No. Waist ties in the back!

Monte Carlo - Size up? Yes, one size.


Marilyn Tee - Size up? No. Very stretchy.

Terri Top - Size up? No.

Lily Top - Size up? No.

Sweet Sweater - Size up? No. It ties SO perfectly just above your bump! Must have for pregnancy!


Next up is another favourite of mine. I wore more Le Bomb Shop than any other brand throughout this pregnancy! They have very affordable offerings, and basically all of them listed below will work for you after pregnancy too, as you really don't need to size up for most of it. The silhouette of their dresses in particular are good for disgusting that post baby bump that you'll have for awhile whilst your uterus contracts back down.

Almost all of their clothing comes in a huge variety of prints and colours too! So, if you find a dress you like, you can go and order it in every color of the rainbow and still not break the bank. It's a beautiful thing. 

Dresses -

Betty Sun Dress - Size up? - No. Blog post on fit and quality can be found here .

Miss Mabel Dress - Size up? - No. Blog post on fit and quality can be found here.

Miss Betty Doll Dress - Size up? - Yes, one size, only because the waist of the dress is a tad less stretchy than the rest. Blog review can be found here.

Eleanor Paige Dress - Size up? - No.

Peasant Top Dress - Size up? - No.

Maggie May Dress - Size up? - No.

Peggy Sue Sundress - Size up? - No.

Lucy Dress - Size up? - No, unless you tend to rock a very large bump during pregnancy. Then go up a size so that the hemline does not rise too much towards the end of pregnancy! Blog review of fit and quality can be found here.


Classic Bombshell Pinup Tank - Size up? - Yes for the ones on which the straps do not criss cross, no for all others. The ones without criss cross straps are a little tight around the back, which would only worsen during pregnancy.

Sail Away With Me Tunic Top - Size up - No.

Cutest Cropped Cardigan - Size up? - No. These are fantastic as they are, as the name suggests, cropped. This means you can button them all the way and have them fit nicely above your bump. It also means that many of the above mentioned sundresses can be made cooler weather friendly!


Pretty in Pleats Skirt - Size up? Yes, one size. Blog post on fit can be found here.

Sightseeing Sweetie Swing Skirt - Size up? - No. The smocked elastic waistband means there's no need at all!

Stylish Staple High Waisted Mermaid Skirt - Size up? No. Super Stretchy.

Stylish Staple High Waisted Pencil Skirt - Size up? No. Great alternative to the Perfect Pencil Skirt by Pinup Girl Clothing, as you do not need to size up for this one during pregnancy!


Moonboot Studios have created the world's best retro staple dress. Seriously. The Cherrybomb and the Cheri Dress are the most comfortable things on the planet, and they both come in oodles and oodles of colors. They are handmade and their prices reflect that, however keep an eye out for sales if you are after a bargain! They have them fairly regularly. Their dresses can also be made in long sleeve, short sleeve, cap sleeve, criss cross straps and more!

Cherybomb Swing Dress - Size up? No. Blog post on fit and quality can be found here.

Cheri Dress - Size up? No.


I don't have much from Stop Staring, but I plan on growing my collection ASAP as their offerings are stunning, and their quality is amazing. I wore my Billion Dollar Baby Dress over and over again this pregnancy, and would own it in every colorway if my wallet so allowed.

Billion Dollar Baby Dress - Size up? Yes, two sizes due to the fit of the waist. Full review on fit etc can be found here


ASOS regularly pumps out super pretty wiggle dresses at fantastic prices. I won't bother linking to specific dresses as their stock is always changing, but make sure to check them out here.


I don't own very much from Trashy Diva, but have seen their pieces rocked by a few pregnant pinups!

Retro Wrap Dress - Size up? No.


The stock at Unique Vintage is continuously changing, so it's always worth having a look. Wrap dresses in stretch knits are commonplace at UV, and these are very ideal for both during and after pregnancy.


As most of you know, Hell Bunny do not have their own website and instead sell through stockists. I will provide links to wear I purchased my Hell Bunny dresses, however if you are in another country it probably won't be ideal for you to purchase through these suppliers. A quick google search should help you find these dresses elsewhere!

Cannes Dress - Size up? - No!

Melanie Dress - Size up - Yes and no. standard sizing will fit your belly just fine, but if you are bustier, especially during pregnancy, order up. Blog review here!



Sparrow Lush Dress - Size up? - No.

Diva Swing Dress - Size up? - No.


Lush Top - Size up? No

Sophia Top - Size up? No.

Mindy Top - Size up? No.


This adorable Etsy store has some maternity specific options. I have not ordered from them personally, but they quality certainly looks lovely. Find their maternity options here.


This brand is perfect for you rockabilly girls who want maternity clothing with edge! Their whole website is bump friendly. Check them out here.



Hot Glam Dress - Size up? Yes, one size if you are near the end of your pregnancy.



Tiger Lily Swing Dress - Size up? - No. Good amount of stretch to it.

Paula Dress - Size up? - Yes, one size depending on how generous your bump is!

Suzanne Dress - Size up? - No.


Creator of the ultimate pussybow top, which is now available in a dress!


Pussybow Dress - Size up? - No. Lots of stretch

Wednesday Adams Dress -  Size up? - No. Lots of stretch


Pussybow Top - Size up? - No! Be sure to check out all their colorways, there are many! Full blog review here 

Kitty Kat Top - Size up? - No. Be sure to check out all their colorways as the link only leads to one!

Peephole Top - Size up? - No. Be sure to check out all their colorways as the link only leads to one!

Peter Pan Top -  Size up? - No. Be sure to check out all their colorways as the link only leads to one!

Don't Cross Me Top -  Size up? - No. Be sure to check out all their colorways as the link only leads to one!

Bow Bolero -   Size up? - No. Be sure to check out all their colorways as the link only leads to one!

Lolita Top - Size up? - No.


Retro Pinafore - Size up? No.



Trixie Doll Dress - Size up? - No. Stretchy Bengaline!

Tempest Dress - Size up? One size towards the end of pregnancy

There you have it! I will continue to add to this list as I run across more dresses that I know will work for a pregnant body. I have researched, purchased, and been sent maternity friendly clothing from several brands, as you can see above! I felt like I was able to stay completely true to my style throughout this pregnancy, and I truly hope this list helps you to do the same.

If you have any questions, please hit me up, here, on facebook or via instagram! I would love to help <3

In the mean time, I have some fun posts coming up soon, including how to survive that fourth trimester known as after birth with a sprinkling of glamour, what to wear for breastfeeding, and then lots of reviews on some gorgeous pinup peices. I can't wait!

xo, Miss Betty Doll



  1. Wow, wow and wow again, what a detailed, fantastic list. Thank you for taking the time to put this incredibly handy directory together for the vintage/pinup fashion world. You absolutely rock!!!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. And thank you for sticking with me through all my maternity posts, beautiful! I appreciate it so much <3

  2. You look so lovely in vintage maternity clothes! And thank you so much for your sweet comment; I try to mix modern with vintage so comments like your make my day! XO

  3. Thank you so much for this list! I'm near mid-pregnancy and have a few dressy occasions this coming spring and summer, and have hated the idea of having to sacrifice my usual style.
    Do you happen to have any idea about the Heart of Haute Fifi dress with regard to bump friendliness? It appears to tie in the back and be an empire waist, but I was curious to know if you had tried or heard anything about it in pregnancy.

    1. Hi beautiful!

      It is a very similar cut amd fabric to the Irene dress, which I own. It should work in one size up for most of pregnancy :) it wont stretch but the tie in the back means it is quite free waisted!

      I'm so happy you found the list useful ♡♡♡

  4. Thank you for taking the time to make this list. I realized that I already have quite a few dresses that are on this list and can continue to wear them in the remaining months of pregnancy. <3

  5. This list is incredible, and I'll have to keep all of these in mind! A few pieces that I found to be maternity friendly that weren't mentioned were PUG's peasant top (until my 8th month), Zooey dress, and Luscious dress. I pretty much lived in Jenny skirts for my last month! Collectif's Dolores dress was also a super versatile option for all 9 months. I also really loved Le Bomb Shop's Soubrette Brunette dress--the elasticity made it so comfortable for lazy days :)

  6. Thank you so much for compiling this list. I am 6 months pregnant with our first child and I have found this list invaluable for sourcing clothing that suits my style and caters for my expanding waist line. Your sizing guide has been very helpful!

    Just wondering if you have any suggestions for where to start looking for retro style nappy bags?

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