Lori Solomon: Remember the number one thing to look for when buying maternity jeans is fit. Fit! Fit! Fit! Comfort and fit! Keep in mind that denim is the one item that is difficult to buy early and keep through your whole term because it has less stretch than most other fabrics. More than likely the first pair should be purchased during the fourth month.
HM: So what kinds of jeans are out there and how do you know what’s right for you?
LS: Comfort is key. Make sure you have enough hip space. Pay attention to where the denim meets the panel. The denim should fit a little snug on the legs and bottom. As, with all denim, it will stretch as you wear it. All the brands do denim differently, so be sure to try them on and figure out what works for you. For example Paige Premium Denim does a great classic boot cut, fits true to size and is good for virtually all body types. The Paige styles have a supportive over-the-belly panel for those who like the extra support. Juicy has a mid-panel that comes halfway up the belly and seems to be one of the most comfortable. They do a classic jean, a straight leg and a skinny. J Brand is a new entry into the maternity market and has a lower rise. The panel is cut into the sides of the waist band making it almost invisible. They offer a full range of leg options including: 22' Love Story, 16" Straight Leg and 12" Pencil Super Skinny. These are great post-partum when you want the look of a regular jean but the extra comfort of a maternity jean.
Through the course of your pregnancy your two most important purchases should be a great pair of jeans and a nice pair of pants; they will take you everywhere. Finally, when buying denim or any maternity item don't get hung up on sizes; they vary from style to style and brand to brand. If you don't wear jeans Veronique offers lots of options from dresses and skirts, to cords, leggings, and techno twills.
Visit Veronique Maternity online for fabulous fashion forward options. Be on the look out for Loris' follow up post on Maternity Denim Trends.