Forget what you’ve heard about maternity wear because clothing for expecting mothers has vastly improved over the years. Maternity dresses especially have been reimagined and redesigned: What were once basically wearable sheets that simply hung over your bump have transformed into flattering, shapely pieces that actually enhance pregnancy curves — not to mention they add some serious style to your wardrobe.
Of course, not every brand has upped the ante with its offerings, so shopping for the best maternity dresses can still be trying at times. Luckily we’ve scoured the internet to find the best maternity dresses so you don’t have to go through the motions of trying on and, inevitably, tossing off the duds. You don’t need that kind of exhaustion.
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In order to say yes to the dress, however, you must first establish what kind of dress you’re looking for. If you expect your bump to protrude in the warmer months, opt for something lightweight that’s easy to throw on and that pairs well with flip flops or sandals. If you RSVPed “yes” to a formal event pre-pregnancy that’s taking place smack dab in the middle of your term, a floor-length gown is a classic choice.
Of course, no matter where you don your maternity dress, comfort comes first and style comes second. It’s just an added bonus if you can meet both criteria in one garment. It all boils down to your preferences and circumstances, but we think the stylish maternity dresses below can cater to any mama and every occasion.
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1. Liu & Qu Bodycon Maternity Dress
For running errands, grabbing lunch with girlfriends or just hanging out at home, this maternity dress from Liu & Qu is the perfect little number for a cute and comfortable outfit choice. Available in short-sleeves, long-sleeves and a wide range of colors, the piece is made from a combination of rayon or viscose and spandex. It features ruched side seams for a hint of flair and expendability, so you can rock this dress throughout your entire pregnancy. It’s also the perfect staple piece for your pregnancy wardrobe as it can be dressed up or down with the right accessories.
2. Dance Fairy Molliya Maternity Maxi Dress
This maternity dress from Dance Fairy is absolutely stunning. The Molliya style features ruffled sleeves with an elastic neckline that can be worn off-the-shoulder, and comes in different lengths. Available in a range of colors from Wine Red to Royal Blue, the dress is made from a blend of polyester and spandex to ensure a comfortable fit, no matter how big your bump is. If you’re looking for a gown to wear for an elegant occasion such as a wedding, benefit, cocktail party or formal date night, you can’t go wrong with this pick.
3. Mother Bee Maternity Faux Wrap Maternity Dress
Another darling dress to add to your pregnancy wardrobe, Mother Bee’s maternity gown is not only beautiful, it’s also extremely comfortable (hello, best of both worlds). The full-length maternity dress features a faux-wrap closure and adjustable belt, is incredibly soft to the touch and the material offers just enough give so that it can expand with your growing stomach. The color and pattern selection is breathtaking, including solid hues and vibrant florals.