The Pregnant Mum’s Guide to Maternity Dresses for Every Occasion


During pregnancy is a super exciting time, though many mums-to-be find that dressing for your changing body shape can be a real challenge.

Versatility is key to choosing maternity dresses that will last you for your whole pregnancy. The right dress will skim your smaller early pregnancy bump, offer support and coverage to your bump during the end of your pregnancy, and even allow you to breastfeed during the ‘fourth trimester’ of your pregnancy, once your baby has been born. So what should you be looking for? Here’s everything you need to know about shopping for your dream maternity dress.

Choose a Simple Black Dress

Karl Lagerfeld once said, “One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress”, he wasn’t wrong!  Plus, if you’re looking for just one dress to carry you through your whole pregnancy then a well-fitting black dress is the perfect choice.

Black batwing crepe shirt dress by SilkFred

You can wear a black dress with coordinating pumps to the office every day until your maternity leave begins. Add a pair of heels and oversized earrings for a Saturday night out with the girls. Mocktails, anyone? Alternatively, with a show stopping collar necklace and a sequin covered clutch bag, the same dress could even work for a formal black tie party. Expecting or not, the right LBD is one of the most hard-working pieces in your wardrobe.

Stick to Your Own Style

Dressing for two doesn’t mean that you can’t still dress like you! If you’ve always had a rock chick aesthetic then being pregnant doesn’t mean that you should suddenly start wearing floral dresses. Stick to your own sense of style – you’ll be amazed at just how versatile modern maternity wear can be.

Pick Natural Fibers

Most people say that pregnant women are beautiful, glowing, and radiant. But, as any pregnant woman will tell you, they’re also hot, sweaty and uncomfortable. This is especially true if you’re  pregnant during the summer months. When choosing maternity dresses look for natural fibres that will help to keep you feeling cool.

Synthetic fabrics such as polyester tend to leave you feeling hot and itchy. Cotton with a touch of elastane is a much better choice. Cotton is comfortable and breathable, while the elastane will give your bump room to grow comfortably. Whilst cotton might not seem appropriate for formal occasions under normal circumstances, it works well during pregnancy, and will allow you to showcase your bump and your newly changing body shape.

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