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
Whistles Lola Dress, £95
Although you might not feel chic and elegant, this classic Whistles dress will at least help you look the part. Perfect for the office or for an evening out, the simple shape of the Lola dress accommodates a bump without swamping you in material. It's available in a longer length if you'd prefer a bit more thigh coverage, and you can get your hands on this exclusive pineapple print style at John Lewis.
“I recommend the Whistles Lola; it's very versatile and can be dressed up with heels and jewellery for dinner or dressed down with boots and tights for work."Buy now from Whistles
Matalan Floral Wrap Tea Dress, £16
There's no rule which says you have to dress exclusively in maternity gear. In fact, pieces like this Matalan tea dress are often your best bet as they can be adjusted to accommodate a growing bump and you can continue to wear them post-partum too, meaning you get even more bang for your buck – and this Matalan number is a bargain to begin with.
“I'm loving this. It's not in the maternity range but I just bought two sizes up; it fits my twin bump comfortably at 34 weeks and the front undoes with one button to breastfeed.”Buy now from Matalan
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.”Buy now from Hush
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 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!”Buy now from ASOS
Phase Eight Caitlyn Maxi Dress, £96
For a properly posh 'do', full-length gowns are the way to go. Not only do they look suitably glamorous, they are also brilliant for hiding any, er, ill-effects pregnancy might have had on your previously-shapely calves. The flattering empire-line cut of this Phase Eight maxi will drape over your bump while the simple colour block design prevents the dress looking tent-like.
“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
New Look Ribbed Sleeveless Jersey Maxi, £17.99
Pregnancy doesn't have to mean long, flowing dresses – sometimes a more fitted option can be more flattering, as A-line shapes can exaggerate your bump. These comfy jersey maxis are a wardrobe stable and can be layered with tops, cardigans and jackets for endless outfit combinations. Not bad for less than twenty quid.
“I have two non-maternity maxis from New Look, both nice heavy jersey. I wore them all the way through my pregnancy until I gave birth last week.”Buy now from New Look
Boden Casual Jersey Dress, from £35
This dress is a Boden bestseller for a reason. It's comfy, versatile, and will flatter your body as it changes throughout your pregnancy. Plus, it's 96% breathable cotton, so it should help you keep cool if you're going to be pregnant over the summer. We particularly love the summery lemon print and on-trend flamingo print styles.
“Empire line dresses can be really flattering as they fit your current body shape, but make the most of your new 'assets' whilst providing plenty of space for the dress to flow over your bump.”Buy now from Boden
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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H&M MAMA Wrap Dress, £34.99
If you've got a wedding coming up but don't fancy spending a fortune on a formal maternity dress you'll probably only wear once, H&M is a great option. Their maternity dresses look great, but won't cost you an arm and a leg, meaning you can enjoy the day in comfort and style. Plus, these wrap dresses have great re-wear potential: the hook-and-eye fastening on the v-neck makes them a great nursing option, too.
“H&M has great maternity wear. Stylish, decent quality and cheap.”Buy now from H&M
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