When you’re pregnant in the summer, it calls for nice, summery maternity clothes. While there are lots of options like shorts and skirts and whatnot, nothing works better than an easy, breezy summer dress. When we started looking for good pregnant dresses for summer, we found that most of the good ones were made from breathable fabrics such as viscose, Lyocell, 100% cotton, or linen. And it would get extremely hot for us, not just because of the additional weight but also because our hormones were doing a number on us. That’s why we fell hard for cute maternity dress styles for the summer, especially flowy, kaftan-style dresses that are perfect for concealing the bump.
What’s more, some of our friends who were in the later stages of their pregnancies during summer opted for something more form-fitting. That way, they were able to show off their curves and the bump! To that end, check out our detailed guide on how to choose which dresses for pregnancy during the hot weather.
Moyabo Knit Ribbed Maternity Dress
There’s nothing that works like a ribbed dress, and when it’s a ribbed maternity dress, then it’s all the better, isn’t it? That’s why we fell in love with the Moyabo Knit Ribbed Maternity Dress. There’s a lot to love about this mock-neck knit dress, starting with the fabric. It’s a wonderful mix of 62% polyester, 34% cotton, and 4% spandex. Thus, it was perfect for summer’s transitional temperatures, and that too without being too lightweight or sheer for when we ran cold. What’s more, it’s available in seven different colors, which is perfect since we all have such a wide range of color preferences – as many as 14! We especially loved the classic, elegant style of the dress with a midi length, long sleeves, and a turtle neck. Finally, it’s super versatile and was easy to style with boots, leggings, trench coats, and even jackets.
- It stretches to accommodate pregnant bellies and bodies.
- This dress comes in many bright, British, and neutral color choices.
- It’s very stylish.
- Some women might not be a fan of the bodycon fit.
Smallshow Ruched Maxi Maternity Dress
Most stylish. We found the Smallshow Ruched Maxi Maternity Dress to be one of the most stylish maternity dresses we’ve ever seen. One of the best features of this dress is the shirring that goes all down the sides. It’s what stretched to accommodate our growing bumps. What’s more, the spliced neckline is an absolute favorite, as it offers lots of breathing room for our chest and lots of flexibility too. The fabric, which is a mix of rayon and spandex, is comfortable, while the two sides split design and the tank neck allow for freedom of movement during pregnancy. Whether it was a baby shower, the beach, or even a brunch with the girls, this Smallshow dress was absolutely perfect.
- The dress is as stylish as it’s comfortable.
- The shirring allows for stretching during pregnancy.
- The tank neck design is comfortable.
- Not everyone might like the sleeveless design.
Peauty Maternity Maxidress
Most comfortable. There’s yet another maxi dress on this list; this time, it’s the Peauty Maternity Maxidress. There’s something classically elegant about this timeless maternity dress. Not only did we wear it during pregnancy, but we also wore it postpartum, thanks to the ruched waistline. It allowed us to stay stylish while also being comfortable when our bump expanded during pregnancy. In fact, many Amazon shoppers wore this dress not just for baby showers but even for maternity shoots. We especially liked that there are as many as 12 color and pattern options in this, including the amazing red one below. Wrapping up the features is the button closure, which ensured comfort and flexibility all the time.
- This maxi dress is a versatile one.
- It’s a mixture of rayon and spandex, making it perfect for pregnancy.
- It’s lightweight and comfortable.
- Some people might run hot in this maxi dress.
Maacie Maternity Summer Dress
Do you love prints but are tired of spring florals, like us? This illustrated Maacie Maternity Summer Dress is just the thing you’re looking for. Not only is this dress on the shorter side but also simple enough for us to wear everywhere. Plus, we found it appropriate to wear everywhere, from a weekend brunch to a vacation to the beach. Since it’s a mixture of polyester and elastane, the stretchable fit was very comfortable. Moreover, the skin-friendly and breathable fabric was a blessing when we’d get too hot, hot weather or not. But that doesn’t mean that the dress doesn’t have style; it does have in the form of ruffles and a front bow knot. Since it’s a wrap-style dress with adjustable shoulder straps, the dress practically grew as we did. Wrapping up the features is the layered hemline, which only adds to the style.
- We loved the spaghetti straps and the smocked back.
- It fits women of all shapes and sizes in their pregnancies.
- The dress is very versatile.
- Some women might get conscious of the shoulder straps.
Mother Bee Maternity Wrap Dress
The Mother Bee Maternity Wrap Dress is one of the best pregnant dresses for summer babymoons. This airy ruffled midi dress ticks all the boxes, and we paired it with a wide-brimmed summer hat and a big chic beach bag. Made from a mixture of spandex and rayon, this pull-on dress can be easily washed in the machine. Plus, the fabric has a very stretchy and soft feel. We loved the short sleeves, which allowed us to wear this even in the middle of the summer. The hi-low ruffles add interest to the style of the dress, while the faux wrap design ensures that we didn’t have to break our heads trying to figure out the pre-tied dress. So, we were comfortable in every stage of the pregnancy. All in all, this dress is perfect for all sorts of occasions, including photoshoots, weddings, and baby showers.
- This is a versatile dress perfect for a range of baby-based occasions.
- The wrap dress is pre-tied.
- The dress has a very stretchy and soft feel.
- Some might not prefer the asymmetric ruffled hemline.
BISHUIGE Plus Size Summer Maxi Dress
Best dress with pockets. Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? We sure do, which is why we loved the BisHuige Plus Size Summer Maxi Dress. This dress is no exception and is available in a whopping 35 different patterns and colors. One of the highlights of this dress is the high elastic waistband, which sat very comfortably above our bumps. What’s more, the mix of rayon and spandex makes the dress very comfortable, especially in hot and humid weather. Since it has an elastic closure, the comfort goes up by bounds. Two side pockets, which were our absolute favorite part of the dress, wrap up its features.
- It comes in 35 patterns and colors.
- It boasts an elastic closure.
- It’s as versatile as it’s comfortable.
- It’s not lined.
ZIUMUDY Off-Shoulder Wrap Dress
The ZIUMUDY Off-Shoulder Wrap Dress is one of our favorite dresses to wear during outings during pregnancy. I mean, a high slit and draped shoulder details – what more could we want? For one, the material is a mix of mercerized cotton and spandex. It’s very breathable, soft, and comfortable to wear. Since it’s a super-stretchy dress, it fits most kinds of sizes and shapes. But what we like the most are the features that made us look more charming, such as the wrapped top, the V-neck, and the dropped sleeves. It perfectly stretched our figure lines, and the slit shows very nicely on our leg too. Whether it was a maternity photoshoot, a baby shower, or even a brunch with the girls, this dress has been our go-to for just about every occasion.
- It’s very flattering on all sizes and shapes of bodies.
- The dress is very comfortable to wear.
- It comes in five gorgeous solid colors.
- It can only be washed by hand.
KIRUNDO Ruffled Flowy Mini Babydoll Dress
The KIRUNDO Ruffled Flowy Mini Babydoll Dress is one of the best mini dresses we’ve worn during pregnancy. This swiss-dot chiffon dress is an absolute summer must-have, complete with rolled sleeves and a gorgeous V-neckline. So, not only is it flattering, but also it allowed us to style it in different ways.
“During summer, when it’s very hot, this dress was exactly what we expected – and then some. It’s style and comfort in one amazing package.”WOW Travel
It’s made from 100% polyester, yes, but it comes with a complete polyester lining. So the fabric didn’t prick us on the inside. Even then, the fabric is very soft and made the dress breathable and lightweight. The best bit? We were able to pair this dress with everything from gladiator flats to comfy canvas shoes and everything in between.
- The dress comes in a whopping 17 colors, including the summer yellow below.
- The Swiss-dot chiffon radiates a gorgeous look.
- It has a complete lining.
- It’s on the expensive side.
R.Vivimos Long Sleeve Floral Print Bohemian Maxi Dress
Best short dress. There’s something about bohemian-printed dresses that we absolutely love. that’s why it was love at first sight for us with the R.Vivimos Long Sleeve Floral Print Bohemian Maxi Dress. Not only did we use it as a casual dress for the summer, but we even used it as a cover-up when we went to the beach! So, this dress is a very versatile one. Secondly, the dress is made from a mix of cotton and rayon and is very comfortable to wear in all seasons. The unlined lining made it all the more comfortable to wear as it didn’t pinch us from the inside anywhere. The lantern sleeves ensured that the summer heat didn’t stick to our arms, while the button-up closure meant easy in and out. The ruffles added interest to the print, but the highlight was the double slit on the side. It allowed our legs to get ventilation and breathe.
- We loved the bohemian print all over.
- The dress comes in multiple sizes.
- The double slit and the lantern sleeves ensure breathing space for the arms and legs.
- The slit might be a bit too high for some people’s tastes.
STAUD Women’s Shoko Sweater
Versatility comes to town in the form of the STAUD Women’s Shoko Sweater. This timeless, classically designed sweater dress was very easy for us to style in different ways. Not only did we wear it as a dress during hot summer days during pregnancy, but also we paired it with a t-shirt and jeans as a long cardigan when the temperatures suddenly dropped. Either way, the bold half-white, half-brown, color-blocked design was a very stylish and comfortable way to accentuate our bump. The thick material mix of nylon and viscose also made it very supportive. The long profile, along with the button closure, wrap up the details on this gorgeous sweater dress from Staud, which we were stoked to find on Amazon.
Check out a detailed YouTube video review of the dress from “It’s Chelsea Jackson.”
- We loved the classic color-blocked design.
- The button closure and the long profile ensure comfort.
- The dress is very versatile and can be styled in multiple ways.
- It doesn’t have any color options, unlike the other dresses.
The Drop Women’s Britt Tiered Maxi Tent Dress
Best sleeveless dress. There are many reasons why the Drop Women’s Britt Tiered Maxi Tent Dress is one best pregnant dresses for summer. Firstly, the dress is made from a 100% lightweight Tencel lyocell material. That is among many other things that cause it to have its flowy silhouette, which kept us cool even on the hottest days during summer, and that too in the thick of pregnancy. Moreover, we were able to adjust the thick shoulder straps easily via a hidden button, so it ended up looking stylish too. If that wasn’t enough, the back of the dress even comes with an elastic band at the top, allowing the dress to stretch and fit us comfortably. Wrapping up the features is the excellent length, which hits right above the ankle. So, it was the perfect length for us to be able to wear it just about anywhere, including to the beach, brunch, and even our photoshoot.
All in all, this breezy maxi dress has all the makings of a summertime staple. Even US Magazine agrees with us – check out the detailed review of the dress.
- There are two hidden side pockets ideal for holding all essentials.
- The dress is machine-washable.
- The hidden button helped adjust the dress easily.
- Some might not be comfortable with the shoulder straps.
Coolmee Off Shoulder A-Line Maxi Dress
The Coolmee Off-Shoulder A-Line Maxi Dress ticks all the right boxes when it comes to the perfect summer dress. For one, it’s comfortable, breathable, and lightweight, thanks to the modal and viscose rayon mix of the build. Secondly, it’s easy to pull on and take off, thanks to the elastic closure. That’s a very important feature as we wanted to be comfortable during our pregnancy in the hot summer months. The ditsy floral print, which comes in as many as 40 fun prints and colors, is the highlight of the dress. In fact, the choices range from a hot-looking black solid color to a summer-yellow floral print. In fact, we even used this dress as a cover-up when we went to the beach – multi-use, anyone?
- It can be washed in the machine.
- It can be worn on multiple occasions.
- The pattern and color choices are amazing.
- The off-shoulder design might not be comfortable for everyone.
Prinbara Ruffle-Sleeved Pleated Midi Dress
A great style at every stage of pregnancy – that might just be the motto of the Prinbara Ruffle-Sleeved Pleated Midi Dress. Made from 100% rayon, this dress was extremely comfortable for us, even in the height of summer. The skin-friendly material isn’t see-through either, which was a blessing. What’s more, we had the choice of as many as 20 color and pattern options, including the fun color-blocked option below. It’s available in multiple sizes ranging from XS to XL, which means that it would fit a variety of pregnant bodies and bellies. We also loved the additional features of the flowy body, the high-low hem, and the ruffled strap. Wrapping up the features is the pleated swing bottom and the side pocket, able to put all our essentials.
- The dress comes in 20 color and pattern options.
- Its features, like the hem, the side pockets, etc., are excellent.
- It comes in multiple sizes.
- None, really.
While we love all the dresses above, the ones below have been picked for their specific features.
- Most stylish: Smallshow Ruched Maxi Maternity Dress
- Best dress with pockets: BISHUIGE Plus Size Summer Maxi Dress
- Best sleeveless dress: The Drop Women’s Britt Tiered Maxi Tent Dress
- Best short dress: R.Vivimos Long Sleeve Floral Print Bohemian Maxi Dress
- Most comfortable: Peauty Maternity Maxidress
How To Choose The Best Pregnant Dresses for Summer?
One of the most important factors we took into account for pregnancy dresses for the hot weather is comfort. Comfort is one thing that’s paramount during such times. So, we looked for maternity dresses that fit well and also allow unrestricted movement. Since proper sizing is essential for us, we thought that choosing a dress that made us feel confident and comfortable is a must.
Material and fabric
Since pregnant bodies can overheat quickly, we wanted to opt for breathable and lightweight fabrics like linen or cotton, which work the best. What’s more, these fabrics conformed to our body temperatures and kept us comfortable in hot weather too. Another key consideration is the material, especially stretchy fabrics such as spandex. Such fabrics helped accommodate growing bellies throughout the pregnancy.
Another important factor we were looking for is versatility. The summer maternity clothes we were looking at were designed to be worn not just during pregnancy but even after the baby comes. We found many maternity brands that invest a lot of effort in creating stylish and functional clothing. A particular type of dress that is a favorite among pregnant women is the empire waist dress. Do you plan to pump or breastfeed after delivery? Choosing a dress with nursing-friendly buttons or zippers is important.
Finally, other essential factors that we looked at were how well it complemented our style and the ease of wear.
What dresses are best for during and after pregnancy?
Wraparound dresses, long gowns, and maxi dresses are the easiest and most comfortable to wear after pregnancy. Look for breathable, lightweight dresses that’ll keep the body cool and protected from high temperatures.
What type of dress is best to hide pregnancy?
Empire waist and maxi dresses are the best choices if someone wants to hide their pregnancy.
Which maternity dresses will be the trend for 2023?
Maternity dresses that will supposedly be in vogue in 2023 include slit dresses, sequin dresses, denim dresses, and knitted ones.