10 Pregnancy Styles We Love for the Summer

The hottest maternity trends for the hottest summer days.

10 Pregnancy Styles We Love for the Summer

Oh mama, it's going to be hot outside very, very soon. You know what that means, right? You're going to be hot too... But hey, warm weather, salty air and sandy days are reason enough to celebrate with a brand new wardrobe. That's right, as your belly grows and the temperature rises, you'll want to dress as cool as possible, so now is the perfect time to pull together a capsule that is easy, functional and stylish. So from breezy dressed and trendy hats, we've curated the hottest maternity trends for the hottest summer days. Here are 10 pregnancy styles we're crushing on for summer.


1. Floral Maxi Dresses. Florals screams summer, and the print compliments your overall round belly while simultaneoulsy camouflaging details like your protruding belly button. I am loving this maxi from Zara and this style from Envie De Fraise.

2. Embroidered Tops. An oversized boho-inspired embroidered top will function from the beach to the street and will flex with your changing shape. I am loving the marigold top from Doen and this striped tassel top from LOFT maternity.

3. Ponchos. Throwing on a poncho over a tank or a swimsuit will up your pregnancy style game in a snap. I am loving this one from Theory and this one from Free People.

4. Jumpsuits. One-piece dressing makes things super easy, and a jumpsuit is a fashionable and functional way to embrace pregnancy style. I am loving this polka dot style from Isabella Oliver and this one from Black Crane.

5. Shoulder Baring. Shoulder baring, a major trend for this summer, can easily be pulled off while prego. I am loving this beautiful off the shoulder linen maxi dress fro Elle-Est-Grece and this one-shoulder white beauty from from Place Nationale.

6. Caftans. A style that will eternally fit your changing shape, caftans are quintessential chic beach styles to throw over a swimsuit and parlay into dinner in. I am loving this style from Mara Hoffman from and this one from Hatch.

7. Eyelet & Lace. Feminine fabrics like eyelet and lace will up your pregnancy girly glow. I am loving this easy style from GAP and this lace cami dress from ASOS maternity.

8. Bodycon dresses. Show off your bump this Summer with a bodycon dress that highlights all your new beautiful curves. We are loving this fitted black style from Legoe Heritage to wear with bump and beyond, and this striped one from Bae Label.

9. Flat Sandals. If you’re the pregnancy in heels type, we think you rock, but for most of us a flat sandal is the way to go to keep as our balance continues to shift with a growing belly. I am loving these from Nisolo and Proud Mary.

10. Hats. Buy now, wear now, wear later too. Hats are an easy accessory that you don’t have to worry about not fitting next summer, post-babe. I am loving this style from Janessa Leone, and this one from Lack of Color.

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This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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