Originally Published by Brittanie Dreghorn
March 7, 2021
Building out your maternity wardrobe can be tricky. On one hand, you’re only going to be wearing these items for a short amount of time, but on the other, you’ll be living in them for at least six months of your life. While it may be a relatively short part of your life, you still want to feel great in what you go out in (and some items you just need for practically – like workout wear!) If you shop well and opt for timeless, classic pieces, you can also hold onto them for a second or third pregnancy (or forth – go you!). We can certainly see the value in investing in quality, ethically made maternity wear for your pregnancy, that can be worn again, or passed onto someone else. These are our picks for your ethically made and environmentally friendly pregnancy wardrobe.
Sort out your staples up front to ensure you don’t miss any pregnancy yoga or pilates classes. Brisbane-based brand dk active has your maternity activewear sorted, making a range of pregnancy gym and yoga leggings, bike pants, and nursing sports bras and tops. They’re available in a core selection of designs and colours, and are all ethically made in Brisbane.
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Still looking for some supporting threads for your workout? Active Truth in Brisbane is making a range of cute pregnancy and maternity activewear. The brand prides itself on inclusivity, so it’s no surprise that it has an extensive range for your to wear pre and postpartum. Shop for high performance activewear staples that will serve you during pregnancy, post natal and during breastfeeding.
If you’re going to be heavily pregnant anywhere near the winter months (or if you live in southern states of Australia), you’re likely going to be living in jeans. Investing in a pair of locally made, quality maternity jeans from Justice Denim will give you a staple item to wear in the cooler months, and help support girls in need. The brand has an over-belly or under-belly style to suit your needs. Justice Denim’s Australian manufacturing is certified by Ethical Clothing Australia.
Embody Women values inclusive body shapes and surprises, so it’s only natural the brand includes a maternity style. Specialising in denim, the brand produces quality maternity jeans in a classic straight leg and indigo dye. They have an over-belly waistband for comfort. Embody Women’s garments area all ethically made in Australia.
Isle of Summer’s styles are made for soon-to-be and new mums. The range of dresses, skirts, shrugs and tops in flowy styles ensure there’s plenty of room for your bump. Plus the dresses are designed to work while breastfeeding as well, with buttons on the top half so you’re not pulling your whole dress up in public. Isle of Summer’s garments are ethically made in Brisbane by a husband and wife team.
Melbourne-based textile and fashion brand Variety Hour doesn’t specifically make maternity wear, but we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t include these gorgeous threads on this list. With a focus on inclusive sizing and styles, the brand’s garments will easily fit and flatter you throughout your pregnancy. The hardest thing will be deciding what to buy! Variety Hour’s garments are all ethically made in Melbourne.
Turn your slumber into self care with the beautiful threads by Brisbane-based brand Sleepy Dee. Catering for pregnancy and breastfeeding, these gorgeous sleepwear styles will have your sleeping sound while your bub does (who are we kidding?) The maternity collection includes nightdresses, pants, tops and robes in super soft bamboo or luxurious silk. You choose. Sleepy Dee’s garments are made in Brisbane.
A classic, ethically made T-shirt that makes breastfeeding a breeze? Yes please! The Maison Mabé Australian made nursing tee shirts are a must have for any soon-to-be or new mum. Made from 100% organic cotton, the shirts have hidden access cleverly designed in so that you can open with one hand, without having to put your baby down. Claps for that.
Sorella Organics is an independent Australian label making a collection of sleepwear and loungewear for men, women, maternity and baby. The brand opts for soft, GOTS-certified organic and fair trade cotton ensuring each piece is kind on the skin, kind to the environment, and kind to the farmers growing the cotton. The collection is made in Australia, Fiji, & India. Sorella Organic’s maternity collection includes sleepwear and staples, wraps and robes in soft organic cotton.
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