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55 Maternity Summer Dresses to Stay Cute and Cool This Season

Get ready to stock your seasonal wardrobe with these easy, breezy, beautiful pregnancy dresses for summer.
ByThe Bump Editors
Updated
February 23, 2021
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Hello, Mom-to-be, and welcome to your summer pregnancy! On the one hand, there’s the heat to contend with, which isn’t the world’s biggest plus. But on the other hand, a summer pregnancy calls for summer maternity clothes, and let us tell you: They are pretty darn cute. There are plenty of summer-appropriate separates on the market (think: shorts, tees and skirts), but when the weather heats up you just can’t beat an easy, breezy maternity sundress.

The best maternity summer dresses are made from breathable, natural fabrics and can be dressed up or down, depending on the situation. For serious cost-per-wear, look for dresses that you can wear during all four trimesters and beyond. Other than that, it really does come down to personal preference. From fitted sheaths that show off your bump to flowing maxi dresses with floral embroidery or lace embellishments, there are plenty of maternity sun dresses to fit your own unique style.

Ready to get going on your warm-weather pregnancy wardrobe? Scroll to see our list of the best maternity clothes for summer. Whether you’re looking for something cute and casual to rock on the beach or an affordable yet formal style to wear to work, we’ve got just the thing.

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Where to Shop for Maternity Summer Dresses

On the hunt for the best summer maternity clothes around? You’re in luck! There are tons of fashion-forward maternity brands online, so you can shop from the comfort of your home, avoiding the stuffy dressing rooms and seemingly endless queues. Here are five of our favorite places to buy (or even rent!) cute maternity summer dresses.

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ASOS: ASOS has a massive selection of trendy styles from a selection of great brands. Pro tip: If you’re looking for summer clothes at unbeatable prices, be sure to check out the ASOS Design maternity range.

HATCH: For quality maternity clothes that’ll last you through pregnancy and beyond, HATCH is known for chic looks that will make even your non-pregnant friends jealous. We’re obsessed with the brand’s summer collection that’s chockablock with floaty feminine styles made from natural fabrics.

Nordstrom: Nordstrom carries a variety of brands that you know and love: Angel Maternity, Kimi + Kai and Loyal Hana, to name a few. And of course, we can’t get over Nordstrom’s flexible (and free!) returns—a must when you’re still getting used to dressing a completely different shape.

PinkBlush Maternity: This brand has a fantastic range of trendy maternity sun dresses and plus-size styles at an affordable price point.

Rent The Runway: Don’t feel like investing in summer maternity clothes? No sweat. The clothing rental service Rent The Runway has maternity wear in its rotation. With an unlimited subscription, you can browse the endless options for maternity summer dresses and more by trimester, then select four items to start with and get unlimited swaps throughout the month.

Cute Maternity Summer Dresses

When it comes to cute maternity summer dresses, the choices are truly endless. They come in every color under the sun and with the prettiest embellishments too, including lace, a variety of necklines and prints galore. Whether you’re on the hunt for casual maternity dresses for summer or something with seasonal flair, we’ve got you covered.

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Seraphine cotton stripe maternity and nursing dress

This cotton striped frock from Seraphine is a casual maternity summer dress that’s versatile enough for any summer outing. The cap sleeves, pockets and optional belt waist give this simple dress an upscale style. Once baby is on the scene, this dress will seamlessly transition into your postpartum wardrobe thanks to the invisible zippers at the side that allow for easy nursing access.

Buy it: $75, Seraphine.com

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Stowaway Collection chelsea maternity/nursing dress

Simple, chic maternity summer dresses will be your daily go-tos—like this one from Stowaway. Made of a stretchy cotton blend, it hugs in all the right places, has pretty lace shoulder embellishments and can take you from day to night with a quick accessory swap.

Buy it: $90, Nordstrom.com

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Everly Grey araceli maternity/nursing dress

Incorporate some fun florals into your summer maternity outfits. The fresh daisy print with a feminine ruffled trim is the perfect way to make a seasonal statement. This classic wrap-style dress can be tied tighter during the early stages of pregnancy and looser as your bump grows. It even has a pull-up nursing panel, making this a top pick among maternity summer dresses.

Buy it: $65, Zappos.com

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PinkBlush Maternity red floral crochet tassel tie maternity shift dress

This red maternity summer dress is simply too cute to pass up. The crochet and tassel detailing give it a beautiful boho vibe, perfect for all of your summer events during pregnancy.

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Ingrid & Isabel flutter sleeve maternity midi dress

With summer maternity clothes like this Ingrid & Isabel look, you’ll never want the season to end. The tiered style can easily accommodate your growing bump, and the flutter sleeves add an extra feminine touch. Whether you’re headed to the park or a socially distant hangout with friends, this pregnancy summer dress is all you need.

Buy it: $118, IngridandIsabel.com

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Storq T-shirt dress

Of all the maternity summer dresses you buy, you’ll get a lot of use out of a basic tank shirt dress like this soft and simple silhouette from Storq. With a deep scoop neck and ribbed jersey fabric, this straight-cut dress can be easily layered and sits just below the knee for an uber-flattering look.

Buy it: $90, Storq.com

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Nom Maternity Beatrice asymmetric dress

If you’re a mom-to-be who’s been on the hunt for an animal print maternity summer dress, this flattering frock with subtle leopard print is just right. The spaghetti strap V-neck neckline draws attention upward, while the asymmetrical skirt with side slits makes it comfortable and easy. Plus, the nursing layer makes it perfect for postpartum too.

Buy it: $128, Bloomingales.com

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Pact maternity ruched midi dress

Need a versatile maternity summer dress? Look no further than this simple tank dress from Pact. The stretch cotton material and relaxed fit will keep you feeling comfy and looking chic all season long. Meanwhile, the scoop neck and ruching detail showcase your curves without being restrictive. Pair it with a denim jacket and sandals for a relaxed daytime look or add a slick of lipstick and a clutch bag for a glam night out.

Buy it: $75, WearPact.com

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Seraphine cotton and tencel maternity and nursing shirt dress

This classic striped button-down dress is one of our favorite summer maternity outfits. It’s lightweight to keep you cool, and the empire waistline is designed for comfort. Bonus: It’s nursing-friendly, so it’ll take you beyond pregnancy.

Buy it: $109, Seraphine.com

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Sexy Mama Maternity two-tone reversible zig-zag maternity dress

This two-toned sleeveless maternity summer dress, courtesy of Sexy Mama Maternity, is a beauty. The bold pattern is oh-so-flattering and the ultra-soft stretch material will hug your curves in all the right places. Pair it with open-toed wedges for a casual yet put-together daytime look.

Buy it: $66, SexyMamaMaternity.com

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PinkBlush Maternity ivory floral tie sleeve maternity plus midi dress

For a cute, fun-in-the-sun look, turn to this floral plus-size maternity summer dress. It’s as fun and comfortable as they come and can easily be dressed up or down. Pair it with sandals, oversized sunnies and a wide-brim hat for a totally stylish summer maternity outfit.

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Loyal Hana Rio tye dye nursing and maternity dress

Show off your shoulders—and your bump—in this trendy, tie-dye maternity summer dress. With an empire waistline and a roomy tiered skirt, this dress is perfect for every stage of pregnancy. Better yet, this boho style has discrete zippers at the side for easy nursing access, meaning it’s ideal for postpartum wear too.

Rent it: $165, LoyalHana.com

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Universal Standard foundation cami dress mom

If a solid navy blue dress is more your color, you can’t go wrong with this style from Universal Standard. Made from a super-soft ribbed jersey, this little number is the perfect layering piece that’ll form the basis of countless summer maternity outfits. Add a linen blazer and pumps for a put-together work look or pair it with sandals and a smile for a day at the beach. Bonus: This pregnancy summer dress is available in sizes 4XS to 4XL.

Buy it: $62, UniversalStandard.com

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A Pea in the Pod chambray button front maternity dress

A button-down chambray dress is a summer pregnancy wardrobe staple for a reason. This classic style is made from breathable cotton and features a cinchable tie waist for the perfect fit.

Buy it: $88, APeainthePod.com

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Cake Maternity trifle reversible maternity dress

Having a little black dress in your closet is always a good idea. But how about having an LBD that offers two looks in one? This reversible style from Cake Maternity does just that—with solid black on one side and black and white stripes on the reverse. Talk about clever maternity summer dresses!

Buy it: $88, CakeMaternity.com

White Maternity Summer Dresses

Nothing says summer like a lineup of pretty white dresses—they just feel so crisp and clean, and they look amazing against a summer tan. And you know what? All of that still holds true for maternity sun dresses. Even better, there are plenty of white summer maternity dresses to choose from! From boho maxis to chiffon midis and shirt-dresses, your options are endless. Which is why we’ve narrowed it down for you. (You’re welcome.)

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Jessica Simpson A-line maternity dress

How cute is this A-line option by Jessica Simpson? The white maternity summer dress gets an upgrade thanks to the puff sleeves, tiered skirt and crochet cut-outs. This knee-length style, equally appropriate for the office or a picnic, is the summer dress we’ve been dreaming of. Plus, it comes in black and a floral print too!

Buy it: $80, Motherhood.com

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HATCH Collection the Jenna dress

For another casual white maternity summer dress, go with this relaxed-fit sundress. Made from a lightweight linen Tencel blend, it has subtle pinstripes and ruffle details that are downright dreamy. Better yet, this sweet style has a button-down front that’s ideal for nursing moms.

Buy it: $278, HATCHCollection.com

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Seraphine white lace trim maternity and nursing dress

This white summer maternity dress has it all—lace detailing, a feminine tiered skirt and a delicate back tie to ensure a flexible fit throughout your entire pregnancy. And with a concealed zipper on the bodice, it makes for the perfect nursing dress too.

Buy it: $65, Seraphine.com

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Pietro Brunelli Tessa maxi maternity dress

What’s more seasonally appropriate than a white summer maternity maxi dress? One with a delicate floral print, of course! The puff sleeves, gathered bodice and romantic flower print on this one gives us serious Bridgerton vibes.

Buy it: $188, APeainthePod.com

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Boohoo Maternity broiderie anglais smock dress

This white maternity dress has a beautiful, relaxed vibe, perfect for all your summer events. We adore the eyelet detail, scalloped edges and exaggerated three-quarter length sleeves. Plus, it’s made from 100 percent cotton that’ll keep you cool on long sunny days. Not bad for $50, huh?

Buy it: $50, Boohoo.com

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Rachel Pally linen caity dress

If you’re in need of a white maternity summer dress, Rachel Pally has a great selection of maternity-friendly styles, made from premium natural fabrics. We love the look of this relaxed white linen midi dress with a scoop neckline and adjustable spaghetti straps.

Buy it: $246, RachelPally.com

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Missguided white shoulder pad maternity shirt dress

Searching for a maternity summer dress with a sleek silhouette? Check out this cool style from Missguided. Designed to fit from five months of pregnancy onwards, this pick has padded shoulders and pocket details that give it a modern feel. The cotton shirt dress can be worn casually with sneakers or dressed up for a date night.

Buy it: $51, Missguided.com

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Jessica Simpson plus size clip dot flounce maternity dress

Searching for plus-size maternity summer clothes for a special event? This little number could be the one for you. The gold polka-dot print and sheer fabric add a touch of glamour. And the V-neck, cinched waist and tie-back (which makes it an easy nursing dress too) all add up to amazing comfort and versatility. Available in sizes 1X to 3X.

Buy it: $130, Motherhood.com

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Ingrid & Isabel tiered maxi dress

Elegant and easy, simple and sweet—all words that can be used to describe this style by Ingrid & Isabel. It features a scoop back, wide ruffled sleeves and a flowing tiered maxi skirt. The relaxed silhouette works just as well for the postpartum period as it does during pregnancy.

Buy it: $108, IngridandIsabel.com

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PinkBlush Maternity white tiered cutout accent maternity dress

This dress with a cutout pattern offers a subtle sexiness to add to your collection of pregnancy summer clothes. The round neckline, double-lined fabric, half-sleeves and relaxed fit make this mini dress a keeper.

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Sexy Mama Maternity tie strap smock top maternity dress

This classic white maternity sundress is a fabulous option for a bohemian-inspired baby shower, but it’s also practical enough for daily wear. We adore the smock bodice, adjustable tie straps and full-length tiered skirt. Bonus: The empire waist is designed so you can even wear this after pregnancy.

Buy it: $64, SexyMamaMaternity.com

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Yours Clothing bump it up maternity cream hooded jersey dress

Next up is a plus-size maternity summer dress that’ll take you anywhere. Made from a soft, stretchy jersey, this dress has a dipped hem at the back for added coverage, a V-neckline and a built-in hood that gives it a laidback street-style vibe. All that for under $50? Not bad at all.

Buy it: $49, YoursClothing.com

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Legoe Heritage Santorini dress

This button-up shirt dress will be the perfect addition to your summer maternity wardrobe. Feminine and chic, this 100 percent cotton pregnancy summer dress is suitable for work and weekends and is great for nursing as well. Talk about a win-win.

Buy it: $109, LegoeHeritage.com

Maxi Maternity Summer Dresses

Maternity maxi dresses are ideal for summertime. The pullover styles are a breeze to slip on, no matter how much your baby bump has grown. And when the temperatures fall at night, the length of the maternity maxi dress will keep you warm. While jersey dresses are the easiest for day to day, there are also plenty of elegant night options too, accented with prints and a variety of necklines.

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H&M MAMA smock-topped cotton dress

Affordable maternity summer dresses have never looked so cute! The smock-top on this ankle-length pregnancy dress is a pretty and practical feature, fitting your shifting shape throughout pregnancy and beyond. Additional features like the voluminous tiered skirt and flounce-trimmed shoulder straps make this dress a budget-friendly pregnancy wardrobe staple.

Buy it: $40, HM.com

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Nom Maternity Caroline maternity/nursing maxi dress

This Nom Maternity high-low maxi dress is useful not only while pregnant, but also right after giving birth! The stretch jersey material expands to fit your growing bump, and the V-neck bodice is discreetly designed to offer easy access while breastfeeding.

Buy it: $108, Nordstrom.com

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PinkBlush Maternity magenta lace mesh overlay maternity maxi dress

Who doesn’t love a little lace and eyelet trim for summer? The boho design, scalloped hemline and bold color make it a sure-fire winner this season. PinkBlush is a great go-to brand for maternity summer dresses (this one is available in 20 colors and comes in plus-sizes too!).

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A Pea in the Pod lined side slit maternity dress

Stay cool this season in this gorgeous maternity summer maxi dress, featuring bump-flattering side-ruching and a soaring side slit. The blue floral print with pops of yellow takes this relaxed T-shirt dress to the next level.

Buy it: $128, APeainthePod.com

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Seraphine pastel printed maternity maxi dress

Being pregnant in the summer is bound to make you feel hot. Like, next-level hot. This beautiful, breezy paisley print maxi dress is the closest thing to your birthday suit when it comes to keeping things cool. Plus, the soft, flowing drapery and elegant crossover bust will make you feel like a Greek goddess.

Buy it: $109, Seraphine.com

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Motherhood Maternity floral chiffon maternity maxi dress

Searching for summer pregnancy outfits that walk the line between casual and formal attire? Take a look at this floral maxi dress by Motherhood Maternity. The trendy coral color keeps things fresh, while the empire tie waist and floor-length skirt add a touch of sophistication. Pair it with a denim jacket for a family BBQ or statement accessories for a fancy affair.

Buy it: $60, Motherhood.com

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Ingrid & Isabel cotton summer dress

We’re besotted with this fun abstract-print maternity sundress by Ingrid & Isabel. Made from lightweight cotton, this dress has clip-off straps for easy nursing access and a stretchy smocked back to ensure a comfortable fit. It’s a great bump-friendly choice for a summer day, no matter what you decide to do.

Buy it: $118, IngridandIsabel.com

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Universal Standard Emily cupro maxi dress mom

Another maternity summer dress that’ll be in constant rotation: the Emily Cupro maxi dress. This silky, stretch cupro dress (available in sizes 4XS to 4XL) is ideal for soon-to-be moms that like to keep things simple. Oh, and did we mention that this dress has pockets?

Buy it: $168, UniversalStandard.com

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HATCH Collection the Anaelle dress

HATCH is known for their show-stopping maternity sun dresses—and this one is no exception. It’s cut from a silk cotton blend and has a graphic peony print, which is a modern take on classic floral styles. Added features include a V-neck, dramatic asymmetric ruffles and a high-low hem that’ll blow in the breeze.

Buy it: $328, HATCHCollection.com

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A Pea in the Pod tiered maternity maxi dress

This romantic red maternity summer dress is a must-have. Crafted from cool cotton, this roomy maxi will keep pace with your progressing pregnancy. Pair it with your favorite sandals and be prepared to turn heads.

Buy it: $95, APeainthePod.com

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Yumi Kim Whitney maternity maxi dress,

Shopping for a maternity summer dress to wear during your pregnancy photo shoot? This stunning blue floral gown may be the one you’ve been waiting for. The racer back and thigh-high split are sassy, while the light, flowy skirt keeps things sweet.

Buy it: $258, YumiKim.com

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CoEdition sealed with a kiss morgan maxi dress

How about a plus-size maternity summer dress that’ll take you from day to night in a flash? This pretty pink maxi from CoEdition is super-versatile thanks to the adjustable neckline. Wear it off-the-shoulder, as a tube dress or pull the sleeves up all the way to create a U-neckline style. Either way you’ll look fabulous!

Buy it: $80, CoEdition.com

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Kimi + Kai Clara maternity or nursing floral print maxi dress

Show off your shoulders in this long, printed maternity maxi dress that boasts a bold, floral pattern. The gathered empire waist adds a gorgeous feminine touch, and there’s also hidden nursing access under the flounce layer on the bust. You’ll remember why you love your pregnant body when you rock this maxi!

Buy it: $88, Macys.com

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Rachel Pally maternity maxi dress

Glamorous mamas rejoice—this luxe maternity maxi dress is on-point for summertime. The floor-length dress has a deep V-neckline and flutter sleeves that embrace the kimono and caftan trend.

Buy it: $238, Macys.com

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Bump Biddy maternity plus elliana floral chiffon dress

Hello, sunshine! This yellow plus-size maternity summer dress is the pop of color your pregnancy wardrobe is crying out for. The beauty of this chiffon wrap dress is in the small details, like the pretty floral print, cuffed sleeves and a high-low hem. Simply gorgeous.

Buy it: $68, BumpBiddy.com

Cheap Maternity Summer Dresses

We may have already covered "cute” maternity dresses for summer, but frankly, all of these cheap maternity summer dresses we found could easily be filed into that section too! The only difference? All of these options are $50 or less. Courtesy of H&M, ASOS, Old Navy and more, each of these affordable maternity summer dresses is a steal.

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Old Navy maternity sleeveless bodycon midi dress

Take a walk on the wild side and show off those curves with this form-fitting maternity summer dress. Ruching keeps this body-con pregnancy dress super-comfy, while the lightweight cotton jersey fabric will keep you cool.

Buy it: $20, OldNavy.com

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H&M MAMA cotton shirt dress

When it comes to pregnancy summer dresses, you can’t go wrong with a cotton shirt dress. H&M comes through with this affordable and adorable sleeveless look. The tie waist below the bust and light blue hue make this a seasonal standout (available up to XXL).

Buy it: $30, HM.com

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GAP maternity overlay nursing dress

This playful red maternity dress is just delightful. (And if red isn’t your hue, this maternity dress style comes in three other colors.) This short-sleeve T-shirt dress is super-comfy, and the pull-up overlay allows for discreet nursing.

Buy it: $50, GAP.com

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ASOS DESIGN maternity button through smock dress in sage green

This sage green look is both stylish and comfortable. The summer pregnancy dress features a button-down front designed to fit during pregnancy and beyond.

Buy it: $29, ASOS.com

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PatPat maternity sweet print tube top tunic short-sleeve dress

How cute is this off-the-shoulder denim pregnancy summer dress? The stretchy, cotton spandex blend dress has a flirty look, thanks to the adorable pom-pom trim.

Buy it: $38, PatPat.com

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Boohoo maternity ditsy floral V-neck tea dress

We’re in love with this feminine knee-length frock from Boohoo. The floral vine print and flounce sleeves are elegant, while the cut itself is casual enough for an everyday summer maternity outfit.

Buy it: $30, Boohoo.com

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The Nines by HATCH 3/4 sleeve maternity dress

For gorgeous, top-quality maternity summer clothes at affordable prices, look no further than The Nines by HATCH. We’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for this striped style from the collection. The chic dress, made from organic cotton, has patch pockets and is available in sizes XS to XXL.

Buy it: $28, Target.com

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Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel short sleeve button-down T-shirt maternity dress

This buttercup yellow gingham dress is all sorts of adorable. Wear it to picnics in the park, low-key dates or to brunch with friends. The soft twill fabric is lightweight, and you just can’t beat the price for a dress you’ll get so much use out of.

Buy it: $30, Target.com

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PinkBlush Maternity royal blue plus maternity tank dress

Go bold with this brilliantly hued plus-size maternity summer dress. The round-neckline dress is infinitely wearable, comes in three colors and is available in sizes 1X to 3X. Pair it with sandals for a casual-but-cute day look or heels and accessories for an evening outing.

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ASOS DESIGN maternity super oversized frill sleeve smock in blue floral

When it comes to summer maternity clothes, floral prints are pretty much a staple. Get the look with this short-sleeved oversized smock dress that’s ideal for daily wear and casual get-togethers.

Buy it: $32, ASOS.com

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H&M MAMA cotton dress

H&M has tons of cute summer maternity dresses. This easy-to-wear style, made from soft jersey cotton, has a removable tie belt below the bust that’ll cinch you in at the waist. Plus, the punchy orange hue and trendy tiered skirt are totally on trend.

Buy it: $25, HM.com

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Mother Bee Maternity open shoulder maternity dress with ruffles

Last up on our list of the best maternity summer dresses is this pick from Mother Bee Maternity. The off-the-shoulder maxi gives a nod to the tie-dye craze without being too much. This dress is available in three stunning shades, but our personal favorite is the “blue sky tie dye.”

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