Summer is starting to roll in and you’re going to be needing some seriously comfy and breezy new ways to dress that bump in warmer temps. From off-the-shoulder to flowy and feminine, we’ve found maternity shapes to match summer’s most on-trend styles.
1. A top that goes from day to steamy nights: Ingrid + Isabel Off the Shoulder Lace Top
Whether you’re “relaxing” with your toddler over a park picnic or soaking in the last pregnancy days by dining out with your special someone, this beautiful Ingrid + Isabel Off the Shoulder Lace Top takes you anywhere. It has plenty of room to grow and enough stretch to wear on or off the shoulder. Try it with the Mia Boyfriend Short to feel like your younger, cooler self.
Pro tip: Those hot summer nights will feel a lot cooler with a lightweight cotton. Added air flow will be your best friend in the heat.
2. A dress that goes with the flow: Rachel Pally Jae Dress
In those sticky summer months, easy, breezy clothes are a must. The Rachel Pally Jae Dress is a gem. Soft as butter to wear, it will glide over that bump, add a little shoulder glam to your look, and keep you feeling feminine with its modern floral “chipotle peony” print. Super points for possibly being able to wear it post-pregnancy. Looking for a maxi version? Try the Cap Sleeve Isa Dress. This super-long version–the gorgeous fabric will sweep the floor–will look ethereal and elegant in those must-take pregnancy photos.
Pro tip: For dresses that hug tight, we love the extra support of Belly Bandit’s Thighs Disguise. These wonders smooth out all those little bumps and lumps.
3. A picture-perfect dress that won’t break the bank: Embroidered, Belted Bardot Dress from Target
Nothing shows off that bump better than tying a cute bow right above it. Target’s Embroidered, Belted Bardot Dress from Who What Wear comes in a bold, black and white gingham or a classic narrow blue stripe. Technically, it’s not a maternity dress, but the loose style should work through about your second trimester. And, you can’t beat the under $40 price tag.
Pro tip: Target has this gem in both Women’s and Women’s Plus sizes to make sure every body is looking and feeling its best!
4. A sail-worthy shift: Isabella Oliver’s Nia Dress
Nothing says summer like popsicles, lemonade stands or stripes. Isabella Oliver’s Nia Dress has stretch and rusching everywhere you want–and need–it, and the jersey easily goes from day to night, beach to bar (pass the club soda!), park to playdate.
Pro tip: When your back is hurting and you need some extra comfort, try pairing a cute sundress with a pair of sneakers. We always love a classic pair of Converse white Chuck Taylors or Keds for Kate Spade.
5. A dress that won’t cause bump sweat: Off the Shoulder Midi Dress
From the moment we slipped on Ingrid + Isabel’s Off the Shoulder Midi Dress, we wanted to stay in it all day. The super soft fabric glides over (aka hides) every bump, the off-the-shoulder ruffle adds a little romance, and the midi length means you can bend over to pickup those left-on-the-living-room-floor toddler toys without fear.
Pro tip: For the hot summer months, it’s worth investing in a strapless bra that fits your new curves.
6. A swimsuit that supports pregnancy boobs: Rosewater by Cake Frappe Tankini
Swimsuits are a lot like lingerie, right? Every body, curve, and shape is different. That’s where it comes in extra handy to have an amazing pregnancy and nursing wear company design a maternity swimsuit. Rosewater by Cake has upped the comfort and support game with its . This racer back style gives ample lift, plenty of adjustability, and lots of stretch thanks to the side ruching to take you from beginning to end of summer.
Pro tip: It may feel like a lifetime, but pregnancy really is just a little blip on the parenting radar. Enjoy it, flaunt it, and get out there this summer showing off your hard work growing that bump!
7. The white shirt you’ll live in: Boob’s Classic Short Sleeve Top
If you’re like us and have to restock your white shirts annually–thanks sweat, spit-up, and finger paint splatters—then indulge in one, or two, or three new white shirts to take you from pregnancy through nursing. Boob’s Classic Short Sleeve Top is super soft organic cotton and doesn’t shrink in the wash as you’re growing the bump. The top panel design adds a touch of extra detail and lets it double as a perfect nursing shirt.
Pro tip: Ways to keep that white extra bright? We’re just as clueless as you.
8. For classic khaki shorts: Over-the-belly shorts from Liz Lange
Ok, these may technically be more olive than khaki, but they still have that summer camp feel that just doesn’t age. from Target score points for length (not too long, not too short), style (not too boring, not too trendy), and comfort (not too saggy, not too tight to squeeze the belly). And, the price couldn’t be more right.
Pro tip: It’s up for debate with blue jeans, but olive/khaki are definitely up there for the most versatile colors. We love pairing with anything from a classic tank to something with a summer punch, like Old Navy’s Tie-Front Flutter shirt.
9. The perfect bag for summer nights: Tuckernuck’s Sunflower Mia Mini Fringe Clutch
If you can squeeze in a couple extra date nights before baby comes, dress the part and grab a sweet little clutch that just fits the essentials. Tuckernuck’s Sunflower Mia Mini Fringe Clutch is tiny, but it’s packed with style – and a snap closure to hold everything in.
Pro tip: Looking for something that can take you into next summer, too, with room for at least a couple diapers and wipes, try the Banago Natural Olivia Tote.
10. To throw a little shade in style: Quay Australia Paradiso Flat Lens Cat Eye Sunglasses from ASOS
Did you know there’s such a thing as “millennial pink”? The color is having a major moment, and we particularly love it on our faces. ASOS’s Quay Australia Paradiso Flat Lens Cat Eye Sunglasses add a pretty pink to brighten that glow.
Pro tip: When toning up your shades, try balancing that with a lighter blush on the cheek.
11. Shoes perfect for pregnancy feet: Valentino’s Rockstar Slide
Also having a throwback to the 90s moment? Slides and mules. Whether in black, white, millennial pink, or fur, slides are reclaiming their role as a summer staple. We love Valentino’s Rockstar Slide for its comfort and embellished detail.
Pro tip: Looking for something more budget conscious? There are tons of budget-friendlier ones, like Adidas’ Adilette Slide.
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