Swears by: the best maternity dresses
Pregnancy doesn't have to mean months of shapeless mumus; with so many brands offering on-trend maternity options, it's easier than ever to retain your personal sense of style throughout your pregnancy
ASOS Button-Through Maxi Dress, £35
ASOS is a great source of reasonably-priced, fashion-conscious maternity wear – this dress being no exception. With a pretty floral print and plunging neckline, its whimsy is countered by the slits in the leg, which give it a bit of edge. Composed of soft elastic fabric, comfort also reigns.
“I vote ASOS. I always see nice maternity dresses on there that I'd love to buy even if they came in non-maternity size.”Buy now from ASOS
Envie de Fraise Polka Dot Dress, £58.99
Everybody loves a polka dot, and this dress has the added trimmings of a ruffle sleeve and elegant shin-length hem. The flattering wrap neckline is just the cherry on top. What's more, its design gives you easy access for when/if you're breastfeeding – so you can make use of it long after giving birth. We call that a bargain and a half.
“Envie de Fraise have lovely maternity dresses and they do free returns.”Buy now from Envie de Fraise
Katie Piper Black Maxi Dress, £24.95
Fancy yourself a maternity-worthy LBD? Well, this Long Black Dress might be the one for you. A chic wardrobe staple, you can easily dress it up or down – for day or night. You get some real bang for your buck with this edition, too – composed of a flattering, stretch material that will fit your body throughout pregnancy.
“I'd suggest Katie Piper's range. I bought a couple of her dresses which were fab quality, and only £25ish.”Buy now from Want That Trend
ASDA Bardot Midi Dress, £18
We're slightly obsessed with this steal from ASDA. For less than £20, you get a stylish pure-cotton midi; complete with an elasticated bardot neckline and button-down front. The high-cut waist is also designed to help accommodate your growing bump.
“My Asda maternity dresses all fit perfectly and made me feel so comfortable.”Buy now from Asda
H&M MAMA V-neck Dress, £24.99
More florals for summer – but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. This dreamy deep blue maternity dress has detachable ties around the front, so you can style it as you like. Perfect for wedding guest season, it's also ideal for a casual everyday look – just add a light denim jacket and trainers.
“My maternity dress from H&M was lovely and comfortable. So much so that I wore it after pregnancy.”Buy now from H&M
Seraphine Maxi Wrap Dress, £65
Got some extra cash to splash? From a brand favoured by the likes of Kate Middleton, this maxi dress exudes poolside glamour. The wrap bust is both flattering and functional – giving easy nursing access so that, again, you can wear it well after pregnancy. Meanwhile, its empire line allows the fabric to drape elegantly over your bump, and you can tweak the tie to adjust the fit.
“I had a beautiful maxi dress from Seraphine for my summer pregnancy. Super flattering and comfortable.”Buy now from Seraphine
Mamalicious Printed Maxi Dress, £38
Lemon up! We love the fun, fruity design of this maternity dress – perfect for a summer 'do', the beach, or for the everyday. Its V-neck and leg slits are both flirty and flattering, while the jersey quality adds an element of comfort. Fitted with plenty of room for your growing bump, it's also equipped with an adjustable tie-band.
“I've been really happy with the quality of everything from Mamalicious.”Buy now from Mamalicious
Topshop Belted Midi Dress, £25
In a hue that makes us think of waving palm trees and iced mojitos (rather than virgin cocktails and ice chips), this maternity dress will liven up any look. Bang on trend with its midi cut and side slit, the tie – just below the bust – gives it a neat, streamlined silhouette. Meanwhile, its ribbed material and U-shaped neckline offer a slightly sporty touch. So if you're going for effortlessly cool, this might be the dress for you.
“I loved Topshop's maternity wear when I was pregnant. The dresses are fab.”Buy now from Topshop
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JoJo Maman Bébé Maternity & Nursing Tunic Dress, £39 (£35.10 with code)
If dresses aren't your usual style (but you've been forced to acknowledge their utility when pregnant), these tunics from JoJo Maman Bébé are a good halfway house. You can layer them over leggings or jeans, or wear them with bare legs when the temperatures rise. They're designed to be worn after you've given birth too, with handy nursing slits if you decide to breastfeed.
“I bought two tunics. I wear them constantly with leggings or jeans and they've been very much worth the cost. They're also feeding-friendly so I plan to get a few good months out of them postnatally too.”
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Isabella Oliver Wrap Dress, £119
This sweet floral dress from Isabella Oliver is a great investment. Made using soft, premium jersey, its wrap design makes it suitable for breastfeeding. Wonderfully transitional, you can wear it throughout spring, summer, and autumn – just add some black tights when the weather gets chillier.
“I had a couple of Isabella Oliver wrap dresses and wore them to death – in fact, I wore little else for the last two to three months of pregnancy. They were well worth it for me.”Buy now from Isabella Oliver
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