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Maternity Dresses to Keep You Feeling and Looking Great

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As your baby bump starts to grow, it’s easy to want to begin buying a whole new wardrobe of maternity clothes. Some of the best additions to make are a few maternity dresses. They are about as comfortable as you can get when it comes to maternity wear and are great for daily wear, casual wear, or even maternity shoots and special occasions. Here are some great dresses we recommend.

Purchasing Maternity Dresses

As with most things, the right dress will ultimately depend on you and your comfort and style. But, these few key points can help you determine which one best suits you:

  • Style: Casual comfort, maternity shoot grace, baby shower cuteness—the list goes on when it comes to style. What are you planning to use the dress for? You’ll likely choose something different for social occasions, photoshoots, or casual runs to the grocery store.
  • Size: To make sizing more straightforward, maternity clothes typically don’t need to be a few sizes bigger than your pre-pregnancy size. If you wore a medium before, then you can often wear a medium in maternity.
  • Materials: Your hormones are likely to make you sweat (possibly more than usual), so opt for fresh, natural, breathable fabrics and avoid synthetics and chiffon.
  • Versatility: Not all maternity clothes have to be stored away after the bump is gone. Some will still be great for postpartum comfort.
  • Fit: Tight clothes will not hurt your baby, but many pregnant women may find them uncomfortable. Choose a dress that allows you room to move and breathe.

Top Choice: Saslax Maternity Off-the-Shoulder Gown

Woman in flowing burgundy dress proudly holding baby bump.

This envy-worthy long-sleeved maternity dress is available in multiple colors (almost 30) as well as a range of sizes to make sure you get the best dress for you. It is made of lightweight and low-stretch jersey material that is not see-through for comfort and peace of mind. There is a stylish sweetheart neckline with an off-the-shoulder design and a bit of a train, making this dress ideal for engagement or maternity photos or even as a bridesmaid dress.

Top Choice

Saslax Maternity Off Shoulders Long Sleeve Half Circle Gown for Baby Shower Photo Props Dress Burgundy 162 XX-Large

This comfortable dress comes in multiple color options for almost any special occasion.

Best Sleeveless: Rnxrbb Women’s Summer Sleeveless Maternity Dress

Sleeveless black dress with baby bump.

This maternity dress is available in multiple colors and sizes and is made of soft jersey fabric. It’s truly designed with expecting moms in mind. There is elastic side ruching along the sides to help create a flattering fit that eliminates any baby bump stretching and allows you to wear this dress even after giving birth! With a sleeveless design and a knee-length, this dress will be comfortable for all seasons—whether in the heat of summer with some sandals or in the winter with a sweater and boots, this dress will keep your comfortable and stylish throughout all stages of your pregnancy.

Best Sleeveless

Rnxrbb Women Summer Sleeveless Maternity Dress Pregnancy Tank Scoop Neck Mama Clothes Casual Bodycon Clothing,Black M

Ideal for all seasons, this dress can be styled with anything from work to a casual BBQ to keep you comfortable and stylish.

Best Casual: Liu & Qu Women’s Maternity Bodycon Casual Dress

Comfortable-looking short sleeved striped dress with baby bump.

Available in multiple striped colors, this dress is made of soft fabric for ultra comfort with high elasticity to move with you while being light and breathable. The design is slim and elegant with ruched sides and both short and long sleeves to choose from to make sure you’re always comfortable.

Best Casual

Liu & Qu Women's Maternity Bodycon Ruched Side Dress Casual Short Sleeve Dress for Daily Wearing Or Baby Shower

Made of lightweight and stretchy fabric, this dress will keep you stylish and comfortable for just about any casual occasion.

Best Three-in-One: Baby Be Mine Three-in-One Gown

Woman smiling showing off gray and white polka dot maternity dress with front and back opening.

This cute dress is ready for anything an expecting mom needs it to be! Available in multiple cute and fun prints to match your style, this dress can be a maternity nightgown, a labor and delivery gown, as well as a nursing gown. There’s a sewn-in adjustable empire waistline for the perfect fit and a discreet front panel to allow free movement and easy medical examinations or fetal monitoring. There are snaps in the back for total coverage to make you feel comfortable (and for easy epidural access), as well as snaps on both shoulders (great for that first skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding). The material is 100% jersey knit and is completely machine washable for total comfort and to always be ready when you need it.

Best Three-in-One

Baby Be Mine 3 in 1 Labor/Delivery/Nursing Gown Maternity (S/M, Gray Polka Dot)

This dress transitions with you from pregnancy to labor to after-birth with convenient style and snaps.

Best for Photoshoots: AnxiSiming Maternity Dress

Women in flowing white dress looking down at and holding baby bump.

This dress comes in various soft colors and is made of breathable fabric to keep you comfortable while in front of the camera. Each has a solid color with an off-the-shoulder design. It is a maxi dress with a high-low design, a sheer chiffon layered open bottom, short sleeves, and cinching under the bust to perfectly display your gorgeous baby bump. It can be easily opened for added photo awe or kept closed to be worn as a cocktail or evening gown.

Best for Photoshoots

Maternity Dress for Photography Off Shoulder Chiffon Gown Split Front Maxi Pregnancy Dresses for Photoshoot (White, XL)

This dress allows you to show off your bump all the right ways to look stunning for any maternity photoshoot.

Alesha Billie Alesha Billie
Alesha Billie is a momma to three kiddos (unless we count the furry ones) who has been writing and researching for over 15 years. After a start as a romance ghostwriter, she's written countless full-length novels in addition to articles, blog posts, advertorials, memoirs, and eBooks. Read Full Bio »
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