Ready to ditch the loungewear, mama?
Being pregnant in the summer isn't easy. Well, it's never easy, but carting a bump around in hot, humid weather is a special kind of challenge. There's more sweating, more rubbing and getting dressed becomes an exercise in figuring out how little you can wear without being arrested. (Hot tip: If you're battling thigh chafe, get this STAT.)
So what should a pregnant woman wear in the summer? The best summer maternity outfits are lightweight and breathable, and while dresses are always a go-to choice, there are other stylish options that keep you cool while looking hot.
We've rounded up our favorite summer maternity outfits, including maternity dresses, jumpers, and overalls that we promise you won't be totally sick of by the time fall rolls around.
Summer Maternity Dresses
If color + pattern is your thing, make room in your closet for this sweet ruffle cap sleeve maxi. It comes in floral, gingham and polka dots, and works for everything from maternity photoshoots to backyard bbqs.
A sophisticated go-anywhere maternity dress that transitions to nursing wear? YES PLEASE. The empire waist accommodates a growing belly while the flowy crop lifts to reveal feeding access.
Sophisticated and oh-so-flattering, the Sona dress from Hatch works before, during and after pregnancy—good thing too, since you're never going to want to give it up. The tie waist and side slits make it feel special without being fussy and the olive color has all the safety of a neutral without being boring.
Effortless and versatile, Hatch's Maxi Nursing dress is no doubt a high-quality investment piece. But considering you can wear it anywhere through pregnancy and beyond, it's a great option for capsule wardrobe fans.
Button down dresses are cropping up all over this season. (It's a 90's vibe and we're here for it.) We're loving this breezy v-neck number that comes in black and white which can be worn with or without the tie sash.
How gorg is this summery green? Pair that with crêpey fabric, a shortened hemline and v-neck wrap cut and you've got a dress that checks all the boxes.
The stretchy jersey tank dresses from Tupelo Honey are a three-season staple. Once sandal season ends, throw it on with some booties and a cardigan and you're instantly fall-chic.
Soft, comfortable and super budget-friendly, you can't go wrong with this short sleeve black sheath dress. The side slit offers a little extra room to move while the stretchy fabric grows with your bump.
This easy-to-wear maxi dress from Loyal Hana features a breezy tiered design and flowy fit ensuring that it transitions well from pregnancy to postpartum. Zippers on both sides of the chest make for easy access when you need to pump or breastfeed. And to top it off the deep blue motif means no one's going to notice if you spring a leak. (It happens, mama.)
This classic striped button-down dress pulls your look together instantly. It's lightweight and airy enough to keep you cool even as the temps rise and the flattering cut easily transitions to a nursing dress once baby arrives.
Style meets sustainability with this ruched midi dress from Pact. Like the rest of their line, it's made from 100% organic cotton and fair trade manufactured.
What's more versatile than an LBD? How about a reversible LBD that flips to something more exciting? This simple and stylish tank dress is solid black on one side and chic black and white stripes on the other.
Feminine and flowy, this lightweight cotton dress is 100% summer. The colorful abstract print is a refreshing break from traditional solids and the smocked back detail makes it comfortable the whole day through. What's more, added snap straps make it a great postpartum nursing option.
Summer Maternity Jumpsuits
Jumpsuits are everywhere these days, but it's hard to find one that's not just basic black. We love this romantic style which comes in a sweet lavender print on cream and a light denim blue.
The empire waist and wide-legged silhouette of this floral jumpsuit offers a flattering (and adjustable!) fit that will carry you from pregnancy to postpartum. But what we love most are the finishing details: a pretty cut out at the neckline and exposed rose gold zipper up the back. Ooh la la!
There are only two camps when it comes to this look. Either, "sorry, no, I'm not a mechanic" or "I've seen the light and this is my uniform now." Whether you're already on board or want to give it a try, the military inspired jumpsuit from size-inclusive Universal Standard is the perfect choice. They offer free at-home try ons, so if it doesn't work, no sweat.
Hatch is a standout in the world of maternity fashion because everything is so well thought out and meticulously designed. One of our summer faves? The gauzy Wraparound Jumpsuit. With its scoop-neck, harem-style legs and a tie waist that you can wrap and tie in the front or back, it literally does all the hard work for you. Just put it on, and strut your stuff, mama.
This wide-legged cropped jumpsuit will easily become your weekend uniform. Tie shoulders make it a great transitional piece for nursing postpartum.
Pregnant or not, a black jumpsuit is a wardrobe staple. I mean, who can't appreciate a piece of clothing that looks completely pulled together in one fell swoop? This jumper from Ingrid & Isabel has the addition of an exposed front zipper which not only offers a fun visual pop but also a practical way to nurse when your bump turns to baby.
Summer Maternity Overalls
Storq has achieved overall perfection with their Anytime Overalls. The super soft and lightweight cotton spandex accommodates mamas in every trimester while the unstructured fit and tapered ankle keep you comfy without looking sloppy. The only problem? Choosing between four fabulous color options.
Stretchy, cropped and totally summery, the wide-legged overalls from Gap are the perfect blend of casual and stylish. And go right ahead—wear them before Memorial Day. No judgment here. (We're rule breakers too.)
If you're looking for a similar look but prefer full length, Old Navy's got you. With a stretchy side panel and chic slim legs, they just might retire your jeans for a while.
Traditional more your jam? No problem. The slim fit denim maternity overalls from Gap are where it's at. The dropped front waistband hugs your belly while a hidden elasticized band offers adjustment as your belly grows.