Best Maternity Dresses 2022

Pregnancy is a time to celebrate your body as you prepare for motherhood. Sure, you might look and feel a bit different (you are growing a human after all), but that makes the need for maternity clothing you feel comfortable and confident in even more important. We selected the best maternity dress options for every occasion, from your baby shower to that upcoming wedding.

Aside from style and fit, there’s much more to consider when searching for a maternity dress. “The most important thing is that you feel comfortable,” says Liz Teich, a stylist and mom. She suggests opting for “natural fabrics like linen, cotton and even viscose and tercel, which will keep you cooler,” during the summer.

It’s also important to consider the lifetime of the piece, because ah, you won’t be pregnant forever, of course (even though it may seem like it!). Consider: Will you be able to nurse in it? Will it withstand a growing bump? Can it take you from the second quarter to the third?

Teich also recommends playing around with fitted options to emphasize your bump. “I always say to embrace your figure during this time,” she says. Look “for details like ruching and belts to give definition and shape to you bump. Here are the best maternity dresses to do just that.

Best Maternity Dress Overall

The Most Comfortable Bump-Flattering Piece We’ve Tried

As the cheeky brand name suggests, Nothing Fits But is optimal for women at all stages of their journey to motherhood. Crafted with double-layered gauze, a stretchy bust area and tie straps, this dress is a pregnant woman’s summer staple. It’s flattering it’s also easy to wear and breathable—a must when pregnant during the warmer months. There are no hard-to-reach clasps or zippers. Just pull it on. The bust and tie-straps also allow for easy nursing and changing postpartum bodies.

Best Maternity Dress For Baby Shower

Flattering And Breathable Option For Your Big Day

Petal and Pup is known for its maternity friendly dress collection. These are not labeled maternity dresses per se but rather “bump friendly,” making it the perfect stop for those looking for a definitely non-frumpy frock. The flexible Petal and Pup pieces are also great for postpartum.

I specifically love the Axara dress, because its fitted, shirred body highlights your bump and the lightweight fabric keeps you cool even with all those maternity hormones flaring. The thick straps make it flattering and comfortable for a growing bust-line. The subtle floral pattern and color options make it easier to find a suitable option no matter what gender or theme your shower revolves around.

Best Maternity Dress For Wedding Guest

A Glam Pick For Those Who Love Being The Best Dressed Guest

There’s a reason Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was partial to Seraphine dresses and gowns during her pregnancies. The brand is known for making elegant yet comfortable pieces that never go out of style.

This premium georgette fabric gown is a standout. Its demure yet glamorous, and includes nursing access, and a stretch panel and side zip to ensure maximum comfort. It’s a luxurious splurge suitable for a black tie, vineyard, coastal or traditional wedding.

Best Maternity Dress For A BBQ

A Low-Key Option For Warm Days Spent Outside

Whether you’re hosting or heading to a friend’s home, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with a t-shirt dress. This Ingrid & Isabel t-shirt dress comes in several colors and prints and is deliciously comfortable and soft. Pair with sneakers or wedges, depending on the outing. Its easy-breezy style keeps you cool, and yet the mini isn’t so short that bending over or sitting down is cause for alarm. This maternity dress checks all the boxes for a casual weekend outing.

Best Maternity Dress For Babymoon

A Playful Print Optimal For Mom-To-Be Vacation Mode

We expect this Mestizia New York mini dress might become a perennial spring and summer favorite in your closet thanks to its fresh limoncello print and swingy silhouette. It’s not expressly a maternity dress, but brand cofounder Alessandra Perez-Rubio Loverde, who is currently expecting, has declared it a personal go-to for pregnancy.

It’s easy to get on and off, which is always a plus while pregnant. The off-the-shoulder aspect makes it nursing-friendly and the eye-catching print is helpful in minimizing your bump if you’re in the early stages of pregnancy. It’s also an instant confidence booster given it has such a glam vibe and fun print.

Best Maternity Dress For Photoshoot

A Standout Choice To Help Highlight Your Bump

What better way to celebrate this special time than to memorialize your bump with a maternity photoshoot? Sure, you can always go casual or bare-bumped, but a simple and classic maternity gown is a foolproof way to ensure you’ll love your photographs forever. This Motherhood photoshoot-specific gown comes in pink, blue, black and cabernet and calls attention to your bump wonderfully. It can also be recycled as a wedding guest dress in a pinch.

Best Maternity Dress For Work

A Classic Piece That Makes Getting Dressed For The Office Simple

Shirt dresses, whether pregnant or otherwise, are a perpetually flattering and polished choice for the office. We’re partial to this Gap maternity option thanks to its tie-front, below-the-knee hem and flattering but relaxed fit. Because it’s made of viscose, the fabric falls nicely, doesn’t wrinkle and looks professional. And, although it’s the optimal maternity dress for the office or Zoom, it’s also easy to dress up or down to follow your plans. The button front allows for postpartum pumping or nursing, too.


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