If you’re reading this because you’re pregnant, congratulations mommy-to-be! Your life is about to change forever!
Your priorities will change. Your sleep habits will change. Your weekly shopping list will change. Your vacation plans will change.
Getting your nails done every week will take a backseat (which will now be filled with a car seat) to getting a daily shower.
And, for at least a few months, your wardrobe will change too.
The good news is that maternity clothes today are more stylish than ever. The bad news is that if you’re pregnant during the summer months, you’re probably going to be very, very hot.
No worries, mama.
There are so many summer maternity dresses to choose from that you’ll be able to look and feel your coolest, no matter the occasion.
Here are 13 fantastic maternity dresses for summer that you’ll want to wear over and over again.
What to Look for in a Summer Maternity Dress
Summer will undoubtedly feel hotter when you’re pregnant. So when shopping for dresses, look for lightweight fabrics to keep you as cool as can be.
Since there’s no way to know how big your bump will get or how fast it will grow, it’s also a good idea to look for stretchy fabrics that can expand as your body changes.
If you’re planning to give birth during the summer or early fall, look for nursing-friendly features, such as layered bodices or V-necks. That way, you can get more longevity out of your summer dresses, even once the baby is born.
Depending on your pre-pregnancy body type and which trimester you’re in, you might not need to limit your shopping to maternity brands and stores. For example, if you have a petite frame or don’t have much of a bump, you might want to transition to wearing babydoll dresses or t-shirt dresses in one or two regular sizes bigger than you normally wear.
How Do Maternity Sizes Work?
For the most part, you’ll buy the same size maternity clothing as you would regular clothing.
For example, if you usually wear a size medium, you’ll buy a maternity medium. If you typically wear a size 10, you’ll buy a maternity size 10.
Every woman’s body is different and grows at a different rate during pregnancy, so there may be instances where you’ll need to buy a size smaller or larger than what you’re used to. You may also need to buy a size or two larger as you near the end of your pregnancy or if you feel your bump growing at a faster rate.
13 Maternity Dresses Perfect for Summer
Whether you want to show off that baby bump in a form-fitting look or keep it easy and breezy with a flowing silhouette, here are the best maternity dresses if you’re preggers this summer.
This midi dress is crafted in double-layered gauze and features cuffed short sleeves, a crossover V-neckline, and a self-fabric sash at the waist that you can tie in front or back. It’s polished, pretty, and comfy, making it a must-have for any stylish mommy-to-be.
This sundress features a sleeveless A-line silhouette with ruffled straps and a tiered skirt that screams I’m pregnant, and I still look super cool!
The BB Dakota Tiered Maternity Dress is lovely in a pastel lilac hue and effortless in a loose cut with a scoop neckline. It’s the type of maternity dress that will easily find its way into your everyday wardrobe long after the baby is born.
Flowy and feminine with a solid lining and a lace mesh overlay, this maxi dress makes for the perfect bridal shower or maternity photoshoot dress.
The Pink Blush Maternity Lace Mesh Overlay Dress features short bell sleeves, a V-neckline, and scalloped edging at the hem. If you’re attending an all-white summer wedding or a white party on the beach, you’ll be happy to know that this dress comes in two dozen colors, including white.
Comfortable and casual, the Liu & Qu Women’s Maternity Tunic Dress is one of Amazon’s best sellers in the maternity category.
This inexpensive dress features a tiered silhouette with short sleeves, a V-neckline, and a flounce hem that adds a playful touch. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, but we especially love it in polka dot prints.
Available with or without neck straps, we adore the Mother Bee Maternity Open Shoulder Dress with Ruffles for a few reasons.
One, it’s super lightweight.
Two, it’s available in more than two dozen colors, patterns, and prints, including tie dye patterns and colorful floral motifs.
Three, it boasts an off-the-shoulder maxi silhouette with ruffled details that make it super feminine and fun.
Dressed down with flat sandals or dressed up with sparkling jewelry, this versatile design can be worn anywhere and everywhere!
Show up to your baby shower or a Sunday brunch looking super cute and feeling completely comfortable in the Xpenyo Women’s Casual Maternity Maxi Dress.
Inspired by the classic wrap dress silhouette, this maxi dress boasts short sleeves, a crossover V-neckline, elastic cinching beneath the bust, and shirred details. This flowy design comes in a variety of solid colors and bold allover prints to suit every mood and style.
A bit of side ruching makes the Musidora Maternity Ruched Bodycon Dress a fun alternative to the basic t-shirt dress. This short sleeve dress has a scoop neckline and a stretch fit that makes it totally comfortable to wear.
It comes in a huge range of colors and prints, and for the under $20 price tag, you might want to pick up more than one.
The Momoka Dress from NOTHING FITS BUT is a maternity must-have. This sleeveless dress features a smocked bodice with a square neck, a tiered maxi skirt, and wide straps that tie into bows on each shoulder.
Available in solid colors and floral prints, this dress has a boho-chic quality, so you can still look like you have a carefree attitude, even if you’re not feeling carefree at all.
Available in a variety of solid colors and floral prints, this scoop neck tank dress is the perfect way to show off your new body. The Rnxrbb Women’s Summer Sleeveless Maternity Dress is made from soft and lightweight viscose/spandex fabric and features ruched sides that add a bit of oomph to the overall look.
Wide straps make it bra-friendly!
It can be hot wearing denim in the summer, but in 100% lyocell, this mini dress has a cool, breezy feel with a contemporary alternative-to-denim vibe. The H&M MAMA Tie Belt Dress features short puff sleeves, a V-neckline, a gathered elastic waistband to rest above your bump, and a tie belt that adds an ultra-girly touch.
Dressed up or dressed down, this look works for a Saturday afternoon, a casual night out, or a day in the office.
Looking for a fab baby shower dress or a colorful style that you can wear to a summer wedding? The Seraphine Floral Silk Maternity Cocktail Dress is oh-so-pretty in a multicolor watercolor print.
This silk design flatters in a sleeveless cut with an empire waist, a crossover V-neckline, pleated accents that add a touch of texture, and a stretch panel in the back to accommodate your growing baby bump.
Seraphine is a favorite amongst celebrity moms and royalty. Kate Middleton, Coco Rocha, Carrie Underwood, and Kate Hudson have all been spotted rocking this beloved brand over the years!
As comfortable as your favorite loungewear pieces, the Old Navy Sleeveless Shirred Nursing Midi Dress is perfect for hot days, pregnant or postpartum. In soft, drapey rayon with a bit of spandex for stretch, this shirred nursing dress features a layered front panel so that you can nurse baby with ease.
This comfy tank dress can easily transition into a great fall piece as well. Just top it with a long sleeve cardigan or denim jacket, throw on tights or leggings, and rock it with an ankle boot instead of your summer sandals.
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a night out. With the ASOS Cami Midi Dress you can flaunt your new curves and still express your sexy, pre-pregnant sense of style!
This midi dress features spaghetti straps, a V-neck, and a bodycon fit with ruched details that add texture and style. It’s perfect for a date night, a girls night out, or a night of partying (sans cocktails) on your babymoon.
Long Live Your Maternity Dress?
Now that you’ve found an awesome maternity dress, you’ll wear it for a few months and then you’ll toss it as soon as baby is born. Right?
You can (and probably will) wear your maternity clothes after you give birth.
Every woman’s body is different and recovers from pregnancy at a different rate. But if you’re like most women, you’ll probably continue to wear your maternity dresses for at least a few weeks after you’ve delivered your precious little bundle of joy.
So go ahead, mama. Treat yo’self & that bump!
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Our Favorite Maternity Dresses for Summer:
- Hatch the Carolina Dress
- BB Dakota Tiered Maternity Dress
- Pink Blush Maternity Lace Mesh Overlay Dress
- Liu & Qu Women’s Maternity Tunic Dress
- Mother Bee Maternity Open Shoulder Dress with Ruffles
- Xpenyo Women’s Casual Maternity Maxi Dress
- Musidora Maternity Ruched Bodycon Dress
- NOTHING FITS BUT Momoka Dress
- Rnxrbb Women’s Summer Sleeveless Maternity Dress
- H&M MAMA Tie Belt Dress
- Seraphine Floral Silk Maternity Cocktail Dress
- Old Navy Sleeveless Shirred Nursing Midi Dress
- ASOS Cami Midi Dress