With so many oversized, unstructured winter coats available this year, it is close to a pregnant woman’s shopping paradise. Choose one of the plush shawl-collared coats with a sash to tie over your bump and you will be both incredibly on-trend and warm. Joseph’s Cashmere Ludlow Coat is my current favorite.
It does, however, still remain more difficult to find a winter weather-appropriate maternity coat. German maternity line Bellybutton Maternity has been and still is the best go-to destination for winter weather maternity coats. Each year, Bellybutton offers its popular black hooded Sakiko Maternity Down Puffer Coat, which I own and every pregnant woman should own if she lives in a climate where puffer coats are necessary. It is the perfect winter maternity basic and also, the perfect postpartum winter coat. I went to give mine away to a friend last winter and I had worn it so often while nursing, it smelled just a bit like breastmilk, so I thought better of it.
This winter, Bellybutton has expanded its winter coat selection and it now has an impressive selection of colors and styles available, especially if you are looking for a puffer coat or a fashion-forward hooded parka. I especially love Bellybutton’s new Phyllis Parka, which is available in both olive and blue and has a zip-out piece that can be added for third-trimester wear.
There are already several international maternity designers who provide a zip-out portion for winter maternity coats and I think it is incredibly clever. The Canadian-designed “M Coat” is the standard-bearer, and also provides a zip-out option for carrying your newborn underneath the coat. The “M Coat” is gorgeous, but costs close to $600. Bellybutton’s coats are expensive, but not as pricey, with the Phyllis Parka priced at approximately USD $340.