With gifts to buy, plans to make and baby on the way, we know you have a lot on your plate this holiday season. And when you're pressed for time and money—not to mention sporting a baby bump—getting dressed for holiday gatherings can feel totally overwhelming. Before you have a wardrobe meltdown, take a deep breath, light a soothing holiday candle and let us take the reins.
Best Maternity Holiday Dresses
Whether you’re celebrating with family, headed to an office party or hitting the town for New Year's Eve, we've got you covered with a sparkling selection of festive maternity holiday dresses. Best of all, every stylish look costs less than $100—score!
Tied with a Bow
You're carrying the gift of life, so why not top your belly with a bow? Rent this joyfully red maternity Christmas dress for well below retail price. Consider it an early Christmas present.
Rent it: Sail to Sable Red Ruffle Maternity Dress, $45 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
We love this dress for its statement sleeves and sleek shape. Plus, the seasonal color makes it a great maternity Christmas dress option.
Buy it: A Pea in the Pod Side Ruched Maternity Dress, $88, Amazon.com
You already have a pregnancy glow—now it's time for some shine. This shimmering maternity holiday dress comes in a unique silhouette.
Buy it: H&M MAMA Glittery Dress, $50, HM.com
Take a walk on the wild side in this animal print maternity dress. The turtleneck and midi skirt will keep you warm, plus the shade of red suits the season.
Buy it: Zara Mom Textured Weave Dress, $30, Zara.com
Have a more formal event to attend? Try this trendy maternity gown in a rich winter hue. The velvet top paired with the pleated skirt is stylishly unexpected.
Buy it: ASOS DESIGN Maternity Pleated Velvet Cowl Neck Maxi Dress, $87, ASOS.com
The Cold Shoulder
Want to show a little skin? Consider maternity holiday dresses in a cold shoulder style. Bonus: The flowy shape of this dress is chic and comfortable.
Rent it: FOR 2 by Ramy Brook Heather Maternity Dress, $75 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
You can't go wrong with maternity holiday dresses sporting classic black lace. This number—available in plus sizes—gets a modern update thanks to sheer sleeves and a bohemian silhouette.
Buy it: PinkBlush Black Lace Mesh Overlay Plus Maternity Maxi Dress, $95, PinkBlush.com
Cool as Ice
Icy hues make this long-sleeved maternity holiday dress an easy choice for winter. We also love the ruching around the waist.
Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Ruffled Line Detail Maternity Dress, $50, Motherhood.com
Show Your Stripes
Maternity holiday dresses festooned with sequins are fun, festive and formal—perfect for a New Year's Eve party. Add stripes for an extra dose of style.
Buy it: Zara Mom Striped Sequin Dress, $100, Zara.com
Another fabric that goes hand-in-hand with the holidays? Velvet. We're big fans of the keyhole neckline on this fit-and-flare maternity holiday dress.
Buy it: A Pea in the Pod A-line Maternity Dress, $90, Amazon.com
We're simply obsessed with the shape of this unique maternity holiday dress. The wintery color is just the icing on the cake.
Buy it: ASOS DESIGN maternity jacquard kimono midi dress, $92, ASOS.com
This maternity holiday dress has dramatic sleeves and a swingy skirt—what more could you want in terms of comfort and style?
Rent it: Rachel Pally Genevieve Maternity Dress, $45 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com
Mad About Plaid
A mock neck, houndstooth pattern and pockets make this dress effortlessly cool for the holidays.
Buy it: Zara Mom Midi Dress with Pockets, $36, Zara.com
Fit and Flare
Dare to dazzle in this sparkly red number—it's a bold, beautiful choice for a maternity Christmas dress this year.
Buy it: ASOS DESIGN Maternity wrap midi dress with all over sequin, $87, ASOS.com
That's a Wrap
When in doubt, wear a timeless wrap dress. If you're still not sold, know that this one doubles as a nursing dress, so it's even practical post-baby.
Buy it: Ingrid & Isabel Flutter Sleeve Knit Wrap Maternity/Nursing Dress, $98, Nordstrom.com
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Published November 2018
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