All About Maternity Dresses
Our selection of beautiful maternity dresses are available in every size to satisfy your needs regardless of what trimester you’re in!
If you’re searching for maternity dresses, you likely have one on the way. We would like to offer our congratulations! Pregnancy can be exhilarating, overwhelming, petrifying — probably even a little sickening (okay, maybe more than a little). But cut through all the burning emotions and sensations and you’re still you.
Yes, pregnancy comes with change. When your diet, lifestyle, body, and the way society perceives you all shift in a span of weeks, it can feel like a felony identity theft. Rest assured you’re still there, buried beneath the baby toys, developing the best future for you and your little one.
Our goal is to dig mothers up, to help them reconnect with themselves during this radical shift. Because the truth? No amount of hormones, cramps, bloat, fatigue, or sleepless nights can defeat that determined woman. Your image and fashion CAN stand strong in the face of your changing world.
What is a Maternity Dress?
A maternity dress is just what it sounds like: a dress, feminine and stylish, that’s tailored to fit a round belly. Womens maternity dresses are the preferred option for expectant mothers because they flatter a blooming belly and keep the wearer comfortable without sacrificing style.
If you want to see some examples, you can browse an array of beautiful maternity dresses right here on our site! Here’s a taste of our extraordinary options:
- Maxi Dresses - For that “classic beauty” aesthetic, you can never go wrong with a maxi dress. These flowing, perfectly tailored dresses drape your body in sensationally smooth cloth, accentuating your bump in all the right ways. The result is a clean, graceful look that suits every occasion.
- Bodycon Dresses - If you’re bumpin’ and curvy and not afraid to show it, our line of body contouring dresses is for you. These form-fitting dresses hug your blooming bod’ and bring out your motherly form.
- Long Sleeve Dresses - Casual and cute, our long sleeve dresses keep you comfortable while allowing you to express your style. You can dress this look up or down and accessorize to the max! Perfect for day outings and events.
Almost all maternity stores sell dresses, but the best selections (and most budget-friendly) come from online vendors. We’re one of the top merchants for maternity dresses because we offer a gorgeous variety that other stores can’t begin to match!
How Are Maternity Dresses Different from Normal Dresses?
Womens maternity dresses have a bit more length and fabric around the waist. Most dresses will also have elastic in the waistline to accommodate more growth. All other parts of the garment, like the bust and sleeves, have regular proportions.
These features result in a comfortable, well-fitting dress that flatters your changing body! Maternity dresses look and feel divine, partly because they don’t fit tight. When your clothes aren’t squeezing the life out of you (no pun intended), you can smile and radiate that positive energy you’re now fabled to have.
In fact, the loose fit of maternity clothes is better for your condition, as tight clothing can restrict blood circulation and movement. These constraints can lead to digestive issues and even fungal/yeast infections in the genital area. That’s unacceptable for your baby’s home, don’t you think?
Why Do I Need a Maternity Dress?
We could write a book about why you need a maternity dress, but to keep it short, think comfort and special occasions. Your life doesn’t pause when you become pregnant, so why should your fashion? And with pregnancy being a tremendous milestone in your life, the events and celebrations will keep coming.
To start, you might kick off your family journey with a baby shower. This day is crucial not because of the bountiful presents (though that’s awesome), but because it celebrates your transition to motherhood!
We want our mothers-to-be to set the tone for their new role on this day, to express their most confident selves. That’s why we decided to sew a colorful variety of baby shower dresses — not just one or two. Plus, we offer a rainbow of colors to suit your mood:
Honestly, where does it end? After the baby shower comes the gender reveal, and then maybe a maternity photoshoot sprinkled somewhere in between. There are several occasions to dress for maternity success, but never forget that your attire is all for you. Pretty maternity dresses are there to elevate your esteem, image, and comfort.
How to Dress Fashionably During Pregnancy
There are only two rules to remember if you want to look effortlessly sexy in pregnancy clothes: flatter your form and honor your style.
Without all the personal elements that turn your fits’ into a signature look, maternity clothing can look generic and uninspired. You must choose unique maternity dress clothes that speak to your personality and style. That’s where we step in to help!
Whether you want to flaunt the bump with a bodycon look or go boho with a maxi style, we offer trendy maternity dresses that express your authentic taste.
Plus, our dresses can flatter your bump at every stage of your pregnancy! There is no belly too round, wide, or convex to shine in a beautiful maternity dress. Let’s dive into some tips for dressing your form throughout your journey.
A mama-in-the-making is best dressed in maternity outfits that suit her taste and figure. Now, choosing to wear maternity clothes DOESN’T mean giving up style. Cue our line of chic, beautiful maternity dresses.
You already make enough sacrifices as a new mother; you don’t need to surrender your femininity, comfort, or allure. We’re here to help you find maternity wear that makes you feel beautiful while you rock that bump and pine for caffeine.
Whether you want a casual long-sleeve look, a glow-up for the baby shower, or a statement for a special occasion, we got you. No, you won’t be strapped for colors or sizes, and you won’t need to fret over price. We offer a range of styles that fit every budget and bump.
How to Dress in Early Pregnancy
During your first trimester, you may actually want to downplay your proportions. We say this because you may not be showing a proper baby bump yet, but your body will have grown in other ways (code: it’s common to put on some pounds).
So, since you’re not really “showing” yet, the goal is to maintain your normal look while minimizing any bloating or extra pounds. You can do this by ditching the tight clothes and befriending relaxed tops. Empire-waisted tops, wrap shirts, and even beautiful maternity dresses can all flatter your silhouette during your first few weeks as a mother-in-the-making.
For pants, you may keep wearing what you usually do with the addition of a belly band for extra stretch and comfort. Don’t be afraid to keep them unbuttoned! That’s what the belly band is for. With the addition of a long, flowing top (but nothing tent-like), no one will know a thing.
How to Dress in The Second Trimester
Starting week 13 in the second trimester, and you probably have a bump that draws your girlfriends’ envy. The problem is that you’re growing out of sizes every other week, and you don’t have the money to keep visiting the maternity boutique! The solution? Clothes that grow with you.
Now is the time to invest in adjustable pieces like tie-backs, buttons, wraps, and anything with decent elastic. Trendy maternity dresses can spice up your wardrobe while keeping you comfy until the end of your term. Your bust will also be quadrupling in size, so durable maternity bras and V-necks will be a godsend during these weeks.
As your hips and abdomen continue to expand, you can expect to wear legging more often. Thankfully, you can dress black leggings up or down for a casual or formal look. Maternity jeans can also flatter your figure and support your bump.
How to Dress For Third Trimester of Pregnancy
When you’re about to pop in the third trimester, finding comfort in ANYTHING you wear might be a daily struggle. At this point, women's maternity dresses are going to be your go-to. Maternity dresses are breathable and won’t restrict any part of your body, so they provide ultimate comfort during this incredibly uncomfortable time.
You’ll probably live in leggings, and that’s okay. Tunics and pretty maternity dresses go great over leggings. Mix and match! This may seem like a far simpler shade of your former style, so go ahead and accessorize with chic jewelry.
How to Dress After Pregnancy
The biggest challenge of postpartum fashion may not be clothes, but finding the time and energy to put together a look when you have a newborn. Don’t worry — there are hacks.
- Nursing Clothes - Nursing tops can be quite stylish and comfy! Nursing clothes have also come a long way since dull beginnings. We recommend investing in tank tops and bras that allow for quick and painless (if ever) breastfeeding.
- Fit Your Form - Your body just downsized considerably, but your wardrobe doesn’t quite match. You don’t want to buy new clothes since your figure is still changing, so dig up some older pieces that are closest to the shape you have now.
- Accessorize - Understandably, it may be hard to find a single piece that fits the way it should. That’s why accessories are your best friend. Distract people from your transitioning form! And remember, this is only a temporary stage.
- Keep it Clean - We recommend clean, uncomplicated looks that keep your silhouette simple. Add shapewear underneath classic outfits and rock it. Avoid tight materials and opt for softer fabrics that fall over your body — they add less weight.
Where to Buy the Best Maternity Dresses
Finding the right maternity store or website with the perfect blend of quality, style, and affordability can be a challenge. However, your search ends here! Welcome to MaternityDresses.com, where we showcase an array of stunning maternity dresses for women.
Our unique advantage lies in being the direct manufacturer of our dresses. This allows us to offer elegant maternity wear at more affordable prices compared to traditional maternity boutiques. We handle everything from sourcing the finest fabrics to the final stitching, ensuring quality without the added costs.
Unlike other maternity clothing outlets that rely on third parties for production, thus incurring additional costs passed onto customers, we operate independently. This means we can deliver superior quality maternity wear at prices that are budget-friendly.
Explore our extensive collection, which boasts a diverse range of styles and designs that cater to every expectant mother's taste – something our competitors can only aspire to provide.
Frequently Asked Questions About Maternity Dresses
What Do You Wear Under A Maternity Dress?
Maternity support shorts and shapewear can make you comfortable while smoothing your form. Most products will cover from the waist to the mid-thigh, supporting and shaping your entire pelvic region. They prevent thigh chafing too! You can wear these garments underneath regular or pregnancy clothes with little issue as long as you find the right size.
What Size Maternity Dress Should I Buy?
We offer all of our dresses in small, medium, large, and extra large. Your maternity dress clothes size is the same as your pre-pregnancy size. So if you wore a medium before you became pregnant, then a medium size dress should be the one for you. Check out our maternity dress size guide for all the details to get the perfect fit for you!
What Shoes Do You Wear With Maternity Dresses?
Comfort and stability are the keys to pregnancy footwear. You want a pair of shoes with decent arch support and fantastic sole traction to prevent slips (and perhaps memory foam for extra cushion!). We recommend loafers, sneakers, sandals, and low-heel boots. You can stick to the brands you know and love, just ensure the shoes are easy to walk in.
How to Dress For A Pregnancy Photo Shoot
For your pregnancy photo shoot, select an outfit that gracefully showcases your maternity silhouette. A popular choice is a floor-length maternity dress, ideally fitted around the bust and flowing over the belly, creating an elegant, timeless look. Choose solid colors or subtle patterns that enhance rather than overpower your natural radiance. Consider the fabric's suitability for your shoot location—light and airy for outdoors, structured for indoors. Keep accessories simple and complementary, focusing on a natural hairstyle and understated jewelry to accentuate your glow. Above all, prioritize comfort to ensure you feel as beautiful and at ease as possible, capturing this special moment in your journey to motherhood.
How to Dress to Hide a Pregnancy
If you’re not ready to show the world your bump, you can always downplay your proportions with various garments. The following can obscure a rounded belly:
- Peplum tops (the kind of blouse with a flare at the waist).
- Large jackets.
- Busy patterns.
- Dresses and skirts with strategic waistlines.
Keep on the outerwear — vests, baggy sweaters, and blazers also conceal a bump better than you think.
Can You Wear a Maternity Dress if You’re Not Pregnant?
Sure! What’s stopping you? Our beautiful maternity dresses can look stunning on any woman, regardless of whether they’re pregnant or not. Plus, they’re super-duper-extra comfy and ready to fit a belly. If you found yourself at a party faced with an outrageous amount of cake, and you somehow ate all of it, then a maternity dress would be your best friend. Food babies, real babies — it doesn’t make a difference here.
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