best Maternity Dresses for summer.

ashley@featherstonemedia.com

ashley@featherstonemedia.com

Introduction

Being pregnant in the summer can be rough, no matter where you live. You’re likely already tired, sweaty and uncomfortable — and the summer heat just makes all of that so much worse. Thankfully, there are ways to dress for the weather to stay comfortable and cool without resorting to unflattering muumuus. Enter the summer maternity dress, which is an easy way to stay covered up and cute without too much restriction on your sweaty skin. 

Whether your style leans towards long, flowy sundresses or effortlessly-chic midis, there are a number of maternity dresses that will keep you cool on the hottest days but can easily be paired with a jacket or sweater on cooler ones (should such a thing exist in your typical summer climate). 

How we chose the best maternity summer dresses

  • We turned to the What to Expect community to gather a consensus on brands and specific maternity dresses that moms-to-be have worn and loved.
  • We also used the What to Expect community to determine what features matter most in a summer maternity dress. Per their guidance, all of the dresses on our list are:
    • Reasonably priced ($50 or less, with a few exceptions for special occasion dresses)
    • Available in a range of sizes, colors and patterns
    • Made of breathable material to keep cool on warmer days
    • Machine washable
  • We selected dresses that had overwhelmingly positive reviews regarding fit, comfort and style. 

Other features to look for in summer maternity dresses

In the past, fashionable maternity dresses may have been harder to come by. Today, there’s no shortage of sundresses, T-shirt-dresses and even cocktail dresses that accommodate a growing bump. But when you’re pregnant, it’s not always enough for a dress to look cute — it should be comfortable and functional, too.

Here are a few features to keep an eye out for when looking for a summer maternity dress:

  • Lightweight fabric: When you’re pregnant, the slightest bump in temperature can feel like you’re sitting on the equator, so try opting for breathable fabrics like cotton, rayon or linen.
  • Stretchy material: The best maternity dresses will grow with you, so look for ones that include a bit of spandex or other accommodating materials like cotton. Smocked bodices also allow room for your expanding bump.
  • Double lining: Yes, maternity dresses need to stretch — but you don’t want them to stretch to the point where they’re completely see-through. Double lining is a nice extra feature to have.
  • Nursing-friendly features: If you plan on breastfeeding, look for dresses with v-necks, removable straps, buttons and zippers. This will allow you to wear the dress postpartum and make nursing easier.

Here, the summer maternity dresses to wear that will get you through the hottest months of the year.

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