1 Trend, 3 Ways: Sheer Black Maternity Wear

05/25/2011 at 10:00 AM ET

Peek-a-bump! From Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s revealing dress at the Cannes Film Festival to January Jones‘ see-through tee on May 22 and new mom Penélope Cruz‘s sexy lace top last October, celeb moms-to-be are showing off their greatest asset — their growing belly! — in eye-catching sheer maternity fashions.

Xposure; Alpha/Landov; Bauer-Griffin

From dinner dates to walking the dog, they’re a chic way for expectant moms to proudly show off their bumps.

Ready to shop? We’ve rounded up our faves — for every budget — below!

Courtesy ASOS


Dare to bare? Then you’ll love All Saints‘ roomy Roxanna Silk Dress ($130) with its flattering scoop neckline, drop waist and pretty pleated skirt.

Courtesy Old Navy


Not only does Old Navy‘s Embellished Semi-Sheer Gauze Tunic ($25) work over a tank around town, but the comfy cotton cover-up is equally as stylish over a bathing suit for a stroll on the beach.

Courtesy Forever 21

Bargain Buy

It may not be maternity, but Forever 21‘s Burnout Racerback Top ($9) has just the right amount of stretch for beginner bumps.

— Anya Leon

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Jennifer Chew on

I don’t understand how these outfits can be stunning if you can see their bras through all three of them??? I don’t think people wants to see other people’s underwear through their clothes walking down the street. To me it looks trashy.

Jennifer Chew on

How is women wearing outfits that show off their bras through their shirts “trendy?” I don’t understand it. I honestly don’t think that other people would want to see other people’s underwear through the clothes that they wear. In my opinion it looks really trashy.

Jennifer Chew on

I don’t understand how wearing clothes that show their underwear though their clothes is “trendy?” I understand that these women are trying to show off their pregnant bellies, but I think that there are better ways of doing it without showing off their bras. I don’t think that people want to see other people’s underwear through their clothes walking down the street. I know I don’t…to me it looks trashy.

Tess on

The knockoffs look better, but see-through is pretty tacky, IMO.

D on

I agree, it’s pretty classless. Nobody likes to see underwear and that amount of sheerness. Being pregnant doesn’t change that.

amw on

the pregnant belly is a lovely thing. but the layer of sheer black fabric over it just looks trashy and messy to me. i cant appreciate the belly when im cringing at the clothing.

J on

Why is it suddenly okay to see a woman’s bra because she is pregnant? We’re all adults, we all understand HOW you got pregnant. We do not need to see a demonstration!

Noa on

I so agree with J. !! It’s just ugly

showbizmom on

Also keep in mind the normal person wearing this doesn’t have 10-30+ cameras with flashes going off at them as they walk down the street or show up to do their job. I wouldn’t wear it because I just don’t have the balls to do so, but I see nothing wrong with it.

just sayin’ on

J- Liked your point and the way you summed it up.

If you wouldn’t dress like that ordinarily, why would you just because you are pregnant? Outside the context of a nightclub or a Halloween event this look goes beyond the bounds of good taste.

Mariel on

Maybe im the only one here but i juts love it!!!! I like it a LOT 🙂

Molly on

Just sayin, just stop embarrassing yourself. You sound jealous , immature and full of hate. There are so many prudes here. I guess they want women to only show their eyes. How dare women show skin.

Marsha on

I think the dresses would look great with a contrasting color layer underneath. I agree with everyone here that showing a black lacy bra (or underwear in general) is classless. Don’t get me wrong. I think being pregnant makes a woman beautiful but that isn’t a reason to sleeze it up.

Molly on

Marsha, you sound sexist. You must be proud of yourself for that.

Lou on

I like the out January Jones is wearing, though personally i’d wear a strappy black top underneath…not a fan of the other outfits though!