Maternity summer dresses are a must in hot weather. Of course, there’s no perfect time of the year to be pregnant, but any mom who’s spent the better part of her nine months of pregnancy during the summer will tell you that it’s not the easiest of seasons. This is especially true if wherever you’re living experiences some sweltering summer days. Let’s just say that selecting the right maternity (and postpartum) wardrobe for summer can make all the difference. So, if you’ve got your due date calendar out, and it’s telling you you’ll be extra pregs in the heat, get yourself a few dresses. You’ll thank us later. (Hot tip: If you’re looking for a great gift for a mom-to-be, a dress is a good choice!)
The one major plus to being pregnant in the summertime is the fact that you can throw on lightweight maternity summer dresses and don’t have to worry about fitting into pants of any kind. Summer dresses allow for maximum breathability, are usually made from super soft fabrics and are also generally flattering for you and your bump.
Luckily, there’s no shortage of maternity summer dresses on the market, seeing as most moms-to-be plan to live in them from May through September. Whether you’re looking for a casual maternity summer dress to wear to backyard barbecues or some fancier options for weddings and maybe even your baby shower or maternity photoshoot, we’ve got you covered.
Here are the best maternity summer dresses for 2021.
Best Maternity Summer Dresses
If you’re on the hunt for a maternity summer dress that gives you enough coverage that you can also wear it in the spring and on cooler summer days, this is a great option. It has a flattering V-neck front, puffy short sleeves that go down all the way to your elbows, and it’s maxi length and made from polyester so you know it’s breathable. Bonus: it’s machine washable, so you don’t have to worry about taking it to the cleaner’s.
This gorgeous wrap dress is about as flattering as they come, no matter how you look or feel in whatever trimester you’re currently in. It is knee-length to give you just enough coverage while also allowing for maximum breathability, has a flattering V-neck design and comes in several colors. Be sure to check the sizing carefully, since it’s based mostly on your bust.
We love to browse ASOS for affordable on-trend fashion, and they’ve got nearly a thousand maternity dress options. This rose-patterned dress is super easy to dress up without feeling stuffy. Its high neck makes it a bit more formal, but you can easily give it a more casual vibe with a jean or leather jacket and flip flops. The material is polyester and you can machine-wash this dress.
Ali Levine, celebrity stylist, mom of two and founder of the podcast Everything With Ali Levine is obsessed with this brand because their dresses are true quality, and they carry you from maternity to nursing and even postpartum, she explains. “A lot of moms don’t think about how much their wardrobe can change after pregnancy,” she says. “Even if I didn’t, having something that’s quality and comfortable but also fashionable and stylish, makes me feel good as a new mom and on my body,” she says.
Whether it’s a day in the park, a date night with your partner, or baby shower day — this dress works for every occassion. And at such a great price, you’ll probably want to get it in multiple colors too (it comes in over 20!). The flowy detail makes it the ultimate summer dress and perfect for your maternity journey. And the best part? It’ll look great afterwards too.
It’s so great that this top-notch maternity brand partnered with Target to make affordable, yet super stylish, maternity clothing that flatters your growing body. “White is perfect for spring too and the light weight knit you can dress up and down,” says Levine.
Moms and moms-to-be love Hatch, as they offer some of the dreamiest designs for growing bumps, and it’s hard to beat the quality (we know, the items are pricy!). If you’re looking to splurge for yourself or a loved one, we love this floaty maxi dress that’s designed with a strategic V-neck (ideal for nursing, postpartum). It’s meant to be casual, but you can always dress it up with jewelry and heels.
If you’re looking for something soft, feminine and flattering that you can wear dressed up or dressed down, look no further than Seraphine Maternity. This sage floral-print dress drapes so nicely over a growing baby bump thanks to a sash tie that crosses over at the front. This comes in handy post-baby too, since the wrap tie opens to allow quick nursing access.
If you’re in the market for something ultra flattering and also super versatile so you can wear it to everything from a backyard barbecue to a fancy wedding, this is a great buy. It’s made out of a soft and super stretchy viscose-polyester-spandex blend and has side elastic ruching to allow room for your bump.
Don’t be intimidated by the fact that this is a bodycon maternity dress. It’s light, stretchy and ultra comfortable, thanks to a polyester blend that’s incredibly forgiving. It features ruched sides to make sure that it’s never too tight on your bump and is perfect for a baby shower or a brunch with friends.
With over 20 different colors to choose from, this maternity dress has a look for everyone. It’s so soft and has a pull-on closure that makes taking it on and off so easy (something you’ll appreciate towards your third trimester). It’s extra breathable, which comes in handy on a hot summer day.
If you don’t need anything fancy, but prefer a long dress for the summer that can accommodate your growing baby bump, this style is a great choice. It’s made of mostly viscose with 5 percent elastane and hits just below the knee so it’s ultra flattering. It comes in four colors: black, burgundy, charcoal and navy.
Best Casual Maternity Dresses
If you want options when it comes to your maternity summer dress, you’ve come to the right place. This dress comes in 24 different color and print varieties, all with the same rayon and spandex material. Each dress features a V-neck wrap that is flattering on pretty much any mom-to-be.
If you’re looking for something short and lightweight, we love this babydoll dress that has a tie-front T-shirt bodice (which is removable) you can easily lift up if you need to nurse. Made of mostly rayon, the fabric is airy and comfortable for hot weather. It also comes in two other colors: black floral and sienna floral.
This dress is perfect for a nautical-themed baby shower (and it comes in a variety of other prints and colors if that’s not the theme you’re going for). It is strapless and full-length, with a cinched area that hits right under your bra line, so small-busted ladies likely don’t even need to wear anything underneath.
This simple, yet feminine, dress is perfect for a hot summer day, since it features a delicate, embroidered design, has short-sleeve off-the-shoulder detailing and a flattering above-the-knee length. Pair it with sneakers or sandals for a cute and casual look at the next girls’ brunch!
Talk about options! If you can’t make up your mind when it comes to a summer maternity dress, but know you want one that has some side ruching to accommodate your growing baby bump, you’re in luck. This brand sells 40+ different colors and prints of pretty much the same dress give or take a little arm length.
This brand launched in 2015 and originally specializes in bedding; however, in the last few years, they’ve added bath, apparel, kitchen, and table products to their collection and it’s clear to see why. All their products, including this gorgeous summer dress, feature quality European flax, are stone washed for maximum softness and are super lightweight for comfort and breathability. Fun fact: Meghan Markle was spotted wearing this dress last summer.
This isn’t technically a maternity dress, although it can work for the first two trimesters at least, since it’s A-lined and free flowing. It also comes in handy for future summers and warm-weather vacations when you’re no longer pregnant.
Though not technically a maternity dress, this one has 5-star reviews from tons of expecting moms. It’s maxi-length and made from 95 percent viscose, so it’s not only full-coverage but also super comfortable. It comes in a variety of colors and prints and is even comfortable for long outings or even walks.
Moms-to-be love the versatility of this maternity dress and the fact that it comes in so many different colors and styles. It’s sized well—meant to align with your pre-pregnancy size—and is made from a soft and super breathable fabric that has the perfect amount of stretch.
This nursing-friendly maternity dress is so soft and pleasant against the skin. It has the right amount of stretch and is nice and lightweight for those extra hot summer days. It’s worth noting that this one is meant to be a bit roomy, so if you like your summer dresses on the tighter side, consider sizing down.
There’s nothing fancy or complicated about this dress, but that’s what so many moms-to-be love, especially for hot, summertime weather. It comes in five different flattering colors and hits just above the knee, so it provides the right amount of coverage. It also has fun pockets, in which you can store little things like your keys or face mask.
It’s a shame to invest in a maternity dress that you can’t also wear during the postpartum period. If your baby is arriving this summer or early fall, this dress will seriously come in handy, since it’s nursing- friendly. We also love the light fabric that’s super breathable and the fact that it’s a maxi-length dress for extra coverage.
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