Swears by: the best maternity dresses

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 kimono pleated midi dress, £35

ASOS kimono pleated midi dress, £35

Although you might not feel chic and elegant, this ASOS dress will at least help you look the part. With a flowing skirt and romantic silhouette, you're bound to turn heads wherever you go – be it a Christmas party or a summer wedding. And for a look with such transitional potential, £35 is pretty unbeatable value.

“So gorgeous I was sad to be too small for it after I had my babies.”

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Katie Piper 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Skater Dress, £24.95

Katie Piper 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Skater Dress, £24.95

We all need a wardrobe staple, and they don’t get much more versatile than this chic wrap dress. With its relaxed, comfortable fit and flattering neckline, you’ll be able to wear it all day and into the night.

“I love this above-the-knee skater dress from the Katie Piper selection, it's really nice while not being too frilly.”

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Hush Emanuelle Dress, from £45

Hush Emanuelle Dress, from £45

This relaxed-fit shirt-dress is great for accommodating a bump without completely abandoning any sort of silhouette. We love the off-beat prints, flattering 3/4 length sleeves and knee-length hem of this dress, but our favourite thing about it has to be the pockets – perfect for stashing whatever bizarre foodstuff you're craving.

“I got it from John Lewis and I’m delighted with it! Can be dressed up and down and it’s so comfy too.”

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Isabella Oliver Danni Ruffle Maternity Dress, £129

Isabella Oliver Danni Ruffle Maternity Dress, £129

This soft jersey wrap dress from Isabella Oliver is ideal for events where you need to dress up, but don't want to compromise on comfort. The wrapover style means you can adjust the fit throughout pregnancy and beyond, and the ruffle details and slightly dipped hem keep it on-trend.

“I wore an Isabella Oliver wrapover dress to a wedding with nice jewellery. I managed to feel quite elegant despite being the size of an elephant at the time.”

Buy now from Isabella Oliver

ASOS Maternity Button-Through Skater Dress, from £28

ASOS Maternity Button-Through Skater Dress, from £28

ASOS is a great source of reasonably-priced, fashion-conscious maternity wear and has the added bonus of free returns, meaning you can order a selection and send back anything you don't love. These skater dresses can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion, and the button-through design makes them ideal for nursing later.

“Skater dresses were my saviours in every way. So forgiving!”

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Phase Eight Velvet Maxi Dress, £99

Phase Eight Velvet Maxi Dress, £99

For a properly posh 'do', full-length gowns are the way to go. Not only do they look suitably glamorous, they're also brilliant for hiding any, er, ill-effects pregnancy might have had on your previously-shapely calves. The flattering empire-line cut of this maxi is perfectly designed to drape over your bump.

“I wore a Phase Eight maxi dress when I was pregnant, and it certainly would have been possible to breastfeed in some of the lower-cut ones.”

Buy now from John Lewis

ASOS embroidered long sleeve tea dress, £28

ASOS embroidered long sleeve tea dress, £28

This dress is perfect for a bit of understated class. With its pretty, floral embroidery and a fit to emphasise your bump, rock it in the winter with a cardy and some black tights, or all on its own come summer.

“It fits perfectly, and can be made casual with tights and a pair of flat boots.”

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Serephine Navy Blue Bodycon Maternity Dress, £38

Serephine Navy Blue Bodycon Maternity Dress, £38

A brilliant basic, the soft, stretchy material is super flattering on your bump. Sleek and sophisticated, dress it up with jewellery for the office or for a night on the town, or keep it casual with trainers and a chunky knit.

“I wear mine with a long cardigan. It's so comfortable.”

Buy now from Serephine

JoJo Maman Bébé Maternity & Nursing Tunic Dress, £39 (£35.10 with code)

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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ASOS Sequin Tulle Midi Dress, £80

ASOS Sequin Tulle Midi Dress, £80

Go full glamour in this frothy tulle dress from ASOS. With its bejewelled bust and sweet lemon hue, it’s the perfect occasion wear for the summer wedding season, and is surprisingly wearable during the winter party season too. The dress is also designed to fit you from bump to baby.

“Despite being 10 days post giving birth, I felt wonderful wearing this to a family wedding.”

Buy now from ASOS

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