5 cute and formal maternity photo shoot dresses for summer

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The congratulations are coming in. Now, it’s time for you to show off your baby bump in all its glory with a stunning maternity photo shoot. You know what that means, right? Time to start shopping for cute and formal maternity photo shoot dresses.

Lots of babies are born in September, so there’s a good chance you’re currently prepping a summer pregnancy shoot. Choosing the right dress can feel overwhelming, but don’t let it stress you. Every mother-to-be is different, and formal maternity photo shoot dresses for summer really do span the gamut. Whether you’re looking for a boho maternity dress, a Pinterest-worthy maternity photo shoot dress starring lace or something with a bit of tulle to give your maternity shoot that Giambattista Valli edge, there really is a cute and formal maternity dress for everyone. 

Take a look at the stunning maternity gowns and dresses below to get inspired for your upcoming shoot and to celebrate your little one’s arrival in serious style. 

1. Tuscom Lace Maternity Dress, $16.71-$17.59

Credit: Walmart
Credit: Walmart

If you really want to go all out for your photo shoot, this is the dress you’re sure to find all over digital mood boards. This lace gown from Walmart is less than $20 and can serve as nightwear or lingerie after the photo shoot is done.

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2. Yellow Collar Long Sleeve Lace Maternity Dress, $50.08 (Orig. $62.60)

Credit: Lukalua
Credit: Lukalua

Available in sizes extra small to 3X, this maternity dress from Lukalua just works for spring or summer. The gown is dramatic and floor-length with a sweetheart neckline. Plus, the lace overlay makes this dress look all the more royal.

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3. Tie Front Gown with Train, $158

Credit: Sexy Mama Maternity
Credit: Sexy Mama Maternity

There are a plethora of maternity gowns at Sexy Mama Maternity. However, the brand’s tie front gown with its train is perfect for summer. The gown is sleeveless, while the front tie lets you highlight your baby bump proudly. This maternity dress is also made from a stretchy lightweight fabric so it molds to your shape. If blue isn’t your color, rest assured the dress comes in a bunch of different shades. 

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4. Mauve Off Shoulder Ruffle Maternity Plus Photoshoot Gown/Dress, $58.50 (Orig. $78)

Credit: Pink Blush Maternity
Credit: Pink Blush Maternity

Expectant mothers who are plus-size don’t have to rely on sizing up in clothing to achieve a sweet maternal photo shoot look. Pink Blush Maternity offers this off-the-shoulder ruffle gown that’s available in sizes 1X to 3X. It’s simple and sweet, and you can shop it in three other colors. Bonus: it’s 25% off with code FIRSTDIBS.

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5. ASOS DESIGN Maternity skater embellished mini with flared sleeve, $121

Credit: ASOS
Credit: ASOS

Some moms love simple gowns, while other moms love fashion. You can up the ante on your maternity photo shoot with this ASOS Design skater skirt dress. It’s embellished, stylish and flowy. Plus, there’s a good chance you can wear this for another special occasion. 

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P.S. If you don’t want to splurge on a one-off cute and formal maternity photo shoot dress, there are also maternity photo shoot dresses to rent with Rent the Runway. That way, you don’t have to fully commit to a special occasion look. 

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