7 Wardrobe Ideas for Your Maternity Photoshoot

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7 Wardrobe Ideas for your Maternity Photoshoot

Coming up with wardrobe ideas for your maternity photoshoot is a lot of fun!  The most important thing to consider is that you should love everything you bring and feel confident wearing each item.  If it doesn’t meet those critieria, it stays at home.  Remember – you can always borrow things from friends or buy some items online.  Do this well in advance of your shoot so you have time to try things on for size and fit.  The following wardrobe ideas for your maternity shoot are to be used as a starting point – so go with what excites you and leave the rest!

What to Wear for Your Maternity Photoshoot

Matching Lingerie Set

Classic and elegant, a matching lingerie set always looks good.  You can go for a basic no frills set or go as lacy as you like. This is about you feeling really comfortable in your own skin, so make sure that whatever you choose feels authentic to you. Also, make sure that your bras fit you properly during pregnancy and afterwards too as your body changes. If you are local to the East Midlands, I would recommend Chloe Mabey, a bra fitter specialising in fitting pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Maternity portrait of a woman sitting with her legs to the side wearing a matching lingerie set and white shirt



Tailored, leather, biker style, denim, floaty, oversized – the options are endless!  The great thing about wearing a jacket for your maternity session is that you can wear something you already have as you won’t want it to fit around your bump – we want to show that off! You could pair this with your favourite undies or with jeans for a fun, confident vibe. Or, as seen below, simply pair with briefs or knickers.

Black and white maternity photoshoot of a woman wearing a black jacket and black briefs.


Fitted Dress

Jersey dresses look sleek and stunning for maternity shoots and really show off all those magnificent curves!  Just make sure that it fits snugly – the fabric should stretch slightly around your body. Plain, unpatterned fabric is best so that all the attention is on your shape.

Maternity photoshoot of a woman with braids wearing a fitted jersey dress to emphasise her pregnancy curves
Maternity portrait of a woman in a fashion pose wearing a fitted jersey dress

White Shirt

This is a classic choice, also very well suited to boudoir portraits and I love it! Go for crisp cotton for a relaxed morning vibe (as below). If you want to wear it off your shoulders, go for something 1-2 sizes bigger so there is enough fabric without you being swamped.

Maternity photoshoot of a woman smiling  in plain black underwear with a relaxed white shirt off the shoulders

We can also use fabric and drape this around you for all the dreamy Greek goddess vibes… Sheer fabric works beautifully when backlit and shows just enough of your beautiful curves without covering you up too much.

Maternity photoshoot of a woman in white semi-sheer chiffon fabric draped to look like a goddess

Cropped Top

If you want to show more skin, a cropped top will bring the attention to your bump. Make sure that it is well fitting and hugs your body for a great silhouette.

Maternity photoshoot of a woman sitting down wearing black briefs and a black cropped top.  Her pregnant tummy is shown

Cardigan / Kimono / Robe

If you want to be a little more covered up, a cardigan, robe or kimono is a great option. Consider the fabric when you select this sort of item. Do you want something more fluid and flowing with lots of drape? Or something more casual?

Maternity photoshoot of a woman smiling sitting on the floor in plain black underwear.  She is also wearing a relaxed cardigan and her hand is around her pregnant tummy


Striking jewellery that is meaningful to you can look fabulous! If you have some personal pieces that are precious to you, bring them to your session and we can incorporate them into your portraits.

Maternity photoshoot of a woman smiling and looking towards the camera.  She is wrapped in black tulle with African jewellery


I hope this has inspired you to choose some fabulous items to bring to your maternity shoot! If you would like some personalised help or advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch and book your complimentary consultation. You can find out more about maternity sessions here.



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