So you're pregnant – congratulations! Suddenly it's time to consider what this means for your wardrobe. The high street is rife with frumpy florals and maxi dresses which – frankly – might as well be tents.
Still, don't fret – Mumsnet users have waded through all that to find the most fashionable pregnancy clothing, ranging from supermarket bargains to stylish efforts from Topshop, ASOS and H&M. So whether you're looking for breezy day wear or a statement piece for a special occasion, read on for the maternity wardrobe of your slightly weird pregnant dreams.
Here are the 11 maternity dresses Mumsnet users swear by:
1. ASOS Maternity Embroidered Midi Tea Dress, £32
ASOS is a great source of reasonably-priced, fashion-conscious maternity wear – this black dress being no exception. With a pretty floral print and V-neckline, you can counter its whimsy with a black leather jacket or a pair of chunky boots. Composed of soft, breathable jersey, 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.”
2. Envie de Fraise Polka Dot Dress, £59
Everybody loves a polka dot, and this dress has the added trimmings of a ruffle sleeve, flattering wrap neckline, and elegant shin-length hem. 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.”
3. H&M MAMA Nursing Dress, £25
A floral dress for spring – revolutionary, we know. This dreamy maternity dress is composed of soft jersey, and has a wrapover top designed for nursing access post-pregnancy. Dress it up with low heels for a brunch date, or add a light denim jacket and trainers for an everyday look.
“My maternity dress from H&M was lovely and comfortable. So much so that I wore it after pregnancy.”
4. ASDA Bardot Midi Dress, £10 (was £18)
We're slightly obsessed with this steal from ASDA. For a tenner, 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.”
5. ASOS Maternity Wrap Midi Dress, £30 (was £35)
Wonderfully transitional, you can wear this pretty number in spring right through to autumn. With sleeves that make a subtle statement, the dress is composed of a lightweight, woven fabric that will drape elegantly over your bump.
“I recommended ASOS Maternity to everyone when I was pregnant. I found the quality and fit to be absolutely fine, and the designs are stylish. I wore mine then passed them onto a pregnant friend, and I'm hoping to wear them again with my next pregnancy.”
6. Katie Piper Black Maxi Dress, £25
Forget the little black dress – it's all about the long black dress. A chic wardrobe staple, dress it up or down for day or for night. You get some real bang for your buck with this edition, too – composed of a flattering, stretch material designed to 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.”
7. Seraphine Midi Wrap Maternity Dress, £65
Got some extra cash to splash? From a brand favoured by the likes of Kate Middleton and Myleene Klass, this midi dress exudes 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. It's also available in navy.
“I had a beautiful midi dress from Seraphine for my summer pregnancy. Super flattering and comfortable.”
8. Mamalicious Striped T-shirt Dress, £38
Lemon up! We love the chic simplicity of this maternity dress. Perfect for an everyday look, layer it up or down with jewellery, a light jacket, or knitwear when the temperature drops. Fitted with plenty of room for your growing bump, it's also equipped with adjustable tie-strings.
“I've been really happy with the quality of everything from Mamalicious.”
9. Topshop Smock Peplum Shirt Dress, £35 (was £49)
A safe bet for on-trend maternity dresses, Topshop's done it again with this polka dot, peplum shirt dress. Pair it with heeled booties and jewellery for an effortlessly cool, day-to-night look.
“I loved Topshop's maternity wear when I was pregnant. The dresses are fab.”
10. JoJo Maman Bébé Maternity & Nursing Tunic Dress, £39
If dresses aren't your usual style (but you've been forced to acknowledge their utility when pregnant), this tunic from JoJo Maman Bébé is a good halfway house. Layer it over leggings or jeans, or wear it with bare legs when the temperatures rise. It's 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.”
11. Isabella Oliver Emmie Maternity Dress, £139
Looking for a pop of colour? This oh-so-flattering shirt dress is a great investment. Fabulously 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.”
If you want even more tips, check out Swears By for regular roundups of the best shopping recommendations from Mumsnet users.
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