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. From fitted sheaths that show off your bump to flowing maxi dresses, embroidered with florals or embellished with lace, there are plenty of choices to fit your own, unique style. In fact, we bet some of these are even cuter than your non-pregnancy go-to’s!
We’ve got summer maternity dresses from celeb-adored brands, like Rosie Pope and Séraphine (the latter loved by the Duchess of Cambridge), and summer maternity dresses from the local shops, including Old Navy Maternity, Gap Maternity and H&M Maternity. We’ve also listed some of the best summer maternity clothes from online retailers, like Pink Blush Maternity and ASOS Maternity. Don't feel like investing in a summer maternity clothes purchase? No sweat. The clothing rental service Rent The Runway has added maternity wear to its rotation. With an unlimited subscription, you can browse the endless options for summer maternity dresses and more by trimester, then select four items to start with and get unlimited swaps throughout the month.
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Cute Summer Maternity Dresses
When it comes to cute summer maternity dresses, believe us: 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 (Florals! Gingham! You name it). Whether you’re looking for summer maternity dresses in bright colors or a maternity LBD, we’ve got you covered.
One of our favorite maternity dresses for any season? Wrap dresses, because you can adjust them to the size of your bump! This one, by Séraphine, is bright blue, short-sleeved and crafted from a jersey knit, making it extra comfy for a full day at the office.
Séraphine Knot Front Maternity Dress, $89, Apeainthepod.com
Welcoming a baby girl? Then this pink hibiscus-hued dress may be right up your alley! It features a fluttery off-the-shoulder neckline and an empire waist, giving that bump plenty of room. (It also comes in white, black and a navy petal print.)
Ingrid & Isabel Off the Shoulder Maternity Midi Dress, $88, Shop.nordstrom.com
As perfect for the office as it is for Sunday brunch, this two-toned summer maternity dress with lace sleeves, courtesy of Kimi and Kai, is a beauty. Pair it with pumps or open-toed wedges.
Kimi and Kai Nell Fit & Flare Maternity Dress, $78, Shop.nordstrom.com
It doesn’t get any cuter than this sweet little number from H&M MAMA. Colorful flowers pop against a muted blue-and-white-striped background, and the sleeveless cut makes it the perfect choice for steamy summer weather. Dress it up for a dinner out with attractive flats and a sweater, or sport some white tennis shoes for a breezy daytime summer look.
H&M MAMA Sleeveless Dress, $30, Hm.com
This rose-colored popover dress by celeb-adored brand Rosie Pope is an easy way to look polished on the run. Plus, its fitted silhouette shows off that bump! Accessorize the look with stacked peep-toe sandals.
Rosie Pope Anita Popover Maternity Dress, $88, Shop.nordstrom.com
This summery cotton striped frock from Seraphine is a casual look that would be great for an afternoon luncheon or baby shower. Or dress it down for shopping or a stroll on the beach. The cap sleeves and belted waist give this simple dress an upscale style.
Séraphine Cotton Stripe Maternity Dress, $99, Seraphine.com
What’s more summer than gingham? Nothing, that’s what! Which is why ASOS Maternity’s Gingham Midi Sundress topped our list of summer maternity dresses. The relaxed silhouette is made to fit through all stages of pregnancy, while the off-the-shoulder design gives a truly feminine flair. And that soft yellow picnic-blanket print? So perfectly seasonal.
ASOS Maternity Off-Shoulder Button Through Midi Sundress in Gingham, $40, Us.asos.com
There’s nothing more classic than a little black dress! And this stretch-jersey one, by another celebrity favorite, Isabelle Oliver, is an LBD for all occasions. Pair it with a blazer and you can take it to the office (and into other seasons), or just keep it as is for a weekend stroll.
Isabella Oliver Ellis Side Ruched Maternity Tank Dress, $139, IsabellaOliver.com
If you’re a mom-to-be who loves minimalism in your summer maternity dresses, rock this simple light blue midi dress by Rebecca Minkhoff. It’s no-fuss shift style makes it comfortable and easy, and detailing along the bottom adds a hint of interest. Without a midriff-defining belt, it’ll fit your growing belly for months to come.
Rebecca Minkhoff Blue Lucy Midi Dress, Renttherunway.com
Easy, breezy—that’s the theme of this rose gold-accented blush shift dress by Collective Concepts. The straight silhouette leaves plenty of room for a growing bump, and the knee-length cut will keep you cool for the summer.
Collective Concepts Maternity Shift Dress, $63, Macys.com
Dotted adorableness? Coming right up! Everly Grey’s high-low dress is pastel perfection as far as summer maternity dresses go, complete with an adjustable ribbon tie at the waistline to work with you as your bump grows.
Everly Grey Crystal Maternity/Nursing High/Low Dress, $69, Shop.nordstrom.com
Look to this sleeveless crepe, knee-length dress from H&M MAMA for a super-cute summer maternity dress. Choose from an attractive orange hue (no, those two terms aren’t mutually exclusive!) that’ll look great against tan skin, or give a nod to the quintessential summer fruit with a lemon pattern set against a turquoise background.
H&M MAMA Crepe Dress, $35, Hm.com
For a cute, fun-in-the-sun maternity look, turn to this lemon-hued midi from M.i.h Jeans. It's slouchy and comfortable as they come, but in a sultry, put-together kind of way. Pair it with pretty much any sandals, oversized sunnies and a wide-brim hat for a totally stylish summer maternity look that'll fit just about any bump.
M.i.h Jeans Yellow Lita Midi Dress, Renttherunway.com
White Summer Maternity Dresses
Nothing says summer like a lineup of pretty white dresses. They just feel so crisp and clean and light, and they look amazing against a summer tan. And you know what? All of that still holds true for summer maternity dresses. Even better, there are plenty of white summer maternity dresses to choose from! From lightly embellished white shifts to lace white summer maternity dresses, your options are endless. Which is why The Bump narrowed it down for you. (You’re welcome.)
At first glance, this white shift maternity dress, short-sleeved and crafted from linen, seems simple. Then you notice that embellished, faux-necklace neckline—ba-zing! It’s a subtle dash of shimmer that can make the dress formal, if you need it to be.
Pietro Brunelli Embellished Maternity Dress, $120, Apeainthepod.com
Séraphine’s white French lace dress is actually a wedding dress, so if you’re pregnant and getting hitched, you may have just found the wedding dress for you. But if you simply fell in love with the lacy details on this summer maternity dress and want to wear it to a formal event, we won’t tell!
Séraphine Short Lace Maternity Wedding Dress, $299, Seraphine.com
This Noppies frock with its short sleeves, scoop neckline and peekaboo hem is a stunner among white summer maternity dresses. Plus, it comes with an optional belt, because who doesn’t want to cinch that waistline?
Noppies Celia Maternity Dress, $190, Shop.nordstrom.com
Perfect for a weekend out, Maternal America’s High/Low Maternity Shirtdress is an easy way to look cool and classic at the same time. Start your day in white sneakers for Saturday morning errands, then trade them for nude sandals for a night on the town.
Maternal America High/Low Maternity Shirtdress, $74, Shop.nordstrom.com
Elegant and easy, simple and sweet—all words that can be used to describe Ingrid & Isabel’s Lace Bell Sleeve Swing Dress. It features feminine lace all over, with scalloped edges on the bell sleeves and hemline. The relaxed silhouette works just as well for the postpartum period as it does during pregnancy.
Ingrid & Isabel Lace Bell Sleeve Swing Dress, $98, Ingridandisabel.com
We’re hard-pressed to find a white maternity dress that we love more than this one from Motherhood Maternity. This simple yet beautiful dress is just as appropriate for a walk on the beach as it is for a mom-to-be bride. The crossover pattern in the front transitions beautifully into a flowing, A-line skirt to flatter any bump.
Motherhood Maternity Cross Back Maternity Maxi Dress, $50, Motherhood.com
Looking to show off that bump? The PinkBlush Ivory Lace Maternity Dress will help you do that! It’s available in seven hues, including ivory, and features a bump-hugging silhouette. Sheer three-quarter-length sleeves add a bit of coverage, which is key when the AC will be turned up!
PinkBlush Ivory Lace Maternity Dress, $75, Pinkblushmaternity.com
Free People’s flowing white dress makes a perfect addition to your bohemian summer maternity dresses, even if it’s not officially a maternity dress. Embroidered details? Check. Bump-friendly A-line waist? Also check. All you need is a pair of lace-up sandals.
Free People Day Glow Midi Dress, Renttherunway.com
One of the best things about white summer maternity dresses (and white dresses in general, of course)? You can pair them with any color shoe! As it’s summer, we say go with something fun—a bright pop of fuchsia, yellow or cobalt would look stunning against the modal jersey of this Rachel Pally dress.
Rachel Pally Short Caftan Dress, $220, Rachelpally.com
And one more white dress with a touch of flair: this sleeveless ponte knit dress from Old Navy sports seasonally-appropriate nautical stripes. The hint of pleating at the waist makes this a great work option, while the soft fabric will have you feeling comfortable all day long. If you find you love this dress enough to buy two, opt for the other option—a playful white polka dot set against a black background.
Old Navy Maternity Sleeveless Ponte Knit Dress in White/Black Stripe, $26, Oldnavy.gap.com
Cheap Summer Maternity Dresses ($50 or Under!)
We may have already covered “cute” summer maternity dresses, but frankly speaking, every dress in this section could have been filed into that one, too! The only difference? All of these summer maternity dresses are $50 or less. Courtesy of H&M, ASOS, Old Navy, Macy’s and Target, each of these affordable summer maternity dresses is a steal.
Breezy is the best way to describe this blush cotton smock dress by ASOS Maternity. The loose cut is as simple as it gets, making this dress a great canvas for just about any accessories you can dream up!
ASOS Maternity Ultimate Cotton Smock Dress, $24, Us.asos.com
Perfect for work, play and just about anything in between is this cold-shoulder bodycon dress from Old Navy in a playful lilac color. Pair it with metallic pumps or flip flops for a trendy summer maternity look.
Old Navy Maternity Cold-Shoulder Bodycon Dress, $18, Oldnavy.gap.com
For something particularly light on those steamy, late-summer days, try this adorable skater dress from ASOS Maternity with a perfectly placed twist in the front. The lightweight sky blue fabric will keep you cool right to the end, and we love that this dress will transition easily to those awkward post-baby months as well.
ASOS Maternity Twist Front Skater Dress, $29, Us.asos.com
A slinky LBD? You got it. Perhaps one of the easiest summer maternity dresses on this list, this maternity dress is crafted from a rayon/spandex combination. It doesn’t get any more comfortable than that! But, like all little black dresses, it’s chic, with a sultry halter neckline that makes it appropriate for a variety of outings and events.
Jessica Simpson Halter Maternity Dress, $40, Motherhood.com
This classic T-shirt dress with nautical-inspired light blue and white stripes is literally short and sweet. The cut, which hits just above the knee, is breezy for summer’s scorching temps, while the bump-flattering shirring along the sides is all femme.
Ingrid & Isabel for Target Maternity Shirred T-shirt Dress, $25, Target.com
We’re in love with the delicate, feminine cut of this knee-length frock from Rosie Pope. The hint of light blue and ruffled detailing just above the waistline lend an elegant touch, while the cut itself is business casual. Perfect for the office!
Rosie Pope Cloud Mia Maternity Dress, renttherunway.com
Stay cool no matter how high Mother Nature cranks the heat with this sleeveless knee-length cutie from Motherhood Maternity. It features a sweetheart neckline with contrasting trim and a summery poppy print that makes it one of our favorite cheap summer maternity dresses.
Motherhood Maternity Floral-Print Sleeveless Dress, $50, Macys.com
Going on a babymoon to a tropical locale? This is the dress you’ll want to bring with you! It features smocking at the bust and a vibrant tropical print. Even if you’re not headed to the islands, you might just feel like you’re on one anyway when you slip into this dress.
H&M MAMA Long Jersey Dress, $30, Hm.com
This cheap summer maternity dress features cold-shoulder cutouts and ruching along both sides. The knee-length cut is modest, if you need a little length for the office, and the coral, pink and navy stripes will make you—and your bump—pop!
Motherhood Maternity Side Ruched Maternity Dress, $45, Motherhood.com
Missing your chambray button-ups? Why not a lace up? You can get all the comfy, denim-like goodness of a chambray shirt in this dress, complete with waist-defining belt. It’s another one of those pieces that you could easily dress up or down, depending on your mood.
Fynn & Rose Maternity Lace-Up Chambray Dress, $30, Target.com
Plus-Size Summer Maternity Dresses
Hey, curvy ladies! Wondering where to find your own lineup of cute summer maternity dresses? Look no further! We found plenty of cute—and flattering—plus-size summer maternity dresses at PinkBlush, Old Navy Maternity and Yours Clothing, to name a few. Pick your poison: lace dresses, floral dresses, maxi dresses and more.
This fitted, short-sleeved dress is perfect for spring and summer. And thanks to the 4 percent Spandex blend, it’ll accommodate your growing bump, stretching to fit until the end of your pregnancy.
PinkBlush White Floral Fitted Plus Maternity Dress in White, $54, Pinkblushmaternity.com
There’s only one word we’re thinking of when we’re looking at this dress: fiesta! Those little pom accents are the perfect party detail, for girls’ nights, your babymoon or even your baby shower.
PinkBlush Pink Pom Trim Off Shoulder Maternity Maxi Dress, $58, Pinkblushmaternity.com
PinkBlush’s chiffon dress with a fun paisley border comes in either a refreshing mint hue or a soft pink hue, lending itself to any skin tone. The light, airy fabric is paired with three quarter-length sleeves, making this the perfect three-season frock. With peep-toe sandals, this dress is made for the summer, but you can easily take it into fall by adding a sweater or jacket and ankle booties.
PinkBlush Mint Paisley Border Chiffon Plus Maternity Dress, $55, Pinkblushmaternity.com
This maternity wrap dress from Motherhood makes a great plus-size summer maternity dress due to its soft, comfortable fabric and adorable contrasting blue detailing. Pair it with some fun, comfy sandals and simple accessories for a look you’ll love.
Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Maternity Wrap Dress, $45, Motherhood.com
For the boho-leaning mom-to-be, this peasant maternity dress with striped details and wide, ruffled sleeves should do the trick quite nicely. Available in three different super trendy colors, it’s a great choice for a casual affair, with a hem that hits well above the knee.
Nestling & Co. Striped Peasant Maternity Dress, $53, Nestlingco.com
For your basic, extra-cozy, colorful maxi dress, look no further than PinkBlush’s Organic Maxi. While we’re partial to the tangerine, the ridiculously comfortable frock comes in a whopping nine colors. And with a cinch right below the bust, it shows off your bump beautifully.
PinkBlush Organic Basic Plus Maternity Maxi Dress, $49, Pinkblushmaternity.com
Thanks to its pullover construction, this cute plus-size maternity dress from Nestling & Co is easy to put on, even when you’re nine months in. The contrasting stripes on the top and sash pop against the long, solid-colored skirt, adding visual interest.
Nestling & Co. Stripe it Lucky Plus Maternity Dress, $45, Nestlingco.com
Another easy maxi, but this one’s special thanks to the beautiful floral print! It’s an elegant touch that makes this Pink Blush dress easy to dress up, should you want to. And why wouldn’t you? Go ahead and add some sparkly earrings, a neutral lip and some fancy sandals, then hit the town looking totally glam!
PinkBlush Ivory Floral Plus Maternity Wrap Dress, $45, Pinkblushmaternity.com
A chiffon dress in playful pink with jewel-embellished neckline and a ribbon tie—what could be sweeter? The lightweight fabric and elegant details make this a plus-size summer maternity dress that’s perfect for a formal affair.
Yours Clothing Bump It Up Maternity Pink Chiffon Dress, $58, Yoursclothing.com
Embrace your curves and your growing bump with this simple yet elegant knee-length number. It’s like the perfect little black dress that effortlessly stands out among plus-size summer maternity dresses. The cap sleeves and cinched waist pair perfectly with the uneven hem to add just the right amount of feminine flair.
Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Cap-Sleeve Dress, $18, Macys.com
Maternity Maxi Dresses for Summer
Maternity maxi dresses are ideal for the 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 maternity maxi 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.
Featured here in a pretty coral hue (though it’s available in six shades), this PinkBlush maternity maxi dress is a standout among summer maternity dresses on this list because it’s strapless! It’s fitted throughout the bodice to just above your bump to ensure a snug but comfortable fit. And it’s easy to dress up; just add a pair of statement earrings or a bejeweled necklace.
PinkBlush Light Blue Strapless Maternity Maxi Dress, $36, Pinkblushmaternity.com
This popover style maxi maternity dress is a winner among summer maternity dresses. Its summery coral hue and ruched detailing gives it the illusion of being two pieces.
**Seraphine Lexington Maternity Maxi Dress, $60, Apeainthepod.com
Being pregnant in the summertime is bound to make you feel hot. Like, next-level hot. This beautiful, breezy maxi from Seraphine is the closest thing to your birthday suit when it comes to keeping things cool. The barely-there, lightweight fabric and spaghetti straps will ensure you’re not a sweaty mess by the end of the day (or your special event).
Seraphine Pastel Printed Maternity Maxi Dress, $109, Seraphine.com
This Nom Maternity high-low maxi dress is useful not only l 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.
Nom Maternity Caroline Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress in Bluebell, $108, Shop.nordstrom.com
Hello, rainbows! MDS Stripes brings us this ROYGBIV-inspired maxi dress with beautiful tiered layers cascading from top to bottom. It’s a great bump-friendly choice for a summer day, no matter what you decide to do. And we love the tie-up detailing on the straps. This colorful dress demands simple shoes, so consider a nude flip flop or white sneakers.
MDS Stripes Multi-Stripe Tiered Maxi, Renttherunway.com
Hearken back to the good old days with this adorable light blue maxi with daisy details from Draper James. The off-the-shoulder ruffled neckline is both sweet and sassy, while the light, flowy skirt and ribbon tie are all femme.
Draper James Blue Daisy Printed Maxi, Renttherunway.com
A Pea in the Pod’s maternity maxi dress in a lilac floral print features a buttoned halter neckline with adjustable straps, making it easy to accommodate your ever-evolving pregnancy body. Pair it with flip-flops and you can take it to the beach or add stacked heels for a special occasion.
A Pea in the Pod Maternity Floral-Print Maxi Dress, $70, Macys.com
This long, printed maternity maxi dress from Diane von Furstenberg boasts a bold, floral pattern in dark jewel tones, making it a dramatic choice for a summer maternity maxi dress. The cinched sleeves and gathered waist add a gorgeous feminine touch. You’ll remember why you love your pregnant body when you rock this maxi!
Diane von Furstenberg Floral Cinch Sleeve Maxi, Renttherunway.com
On the steamiest days of the year, you’ll want something loose and barely there. This smocked maxi dress will be both of those things for you. Available in coral or black, this jersey dress pulls on right over your body, making it so easy to get dressed, even when you’re almost ready to welcome baby!
Gap Maternity Smocked Off-shoulder Maxi Dress, $50, Gap.com
Here’s another great choice for a tropical babymoon, or even just a pre-baby date night. This daring, cleavage-baring frock is gorgeous and comfortable at the same time, so if you’re looking for a long dress that still shows a little skin, this dress stands out among summer maternity dresses.
Rachel Pally Floral Caftan Maternity Maxi Dress, $245, Apeainthepod.com
Formal Summer Maternity Dresses
There’s no denying it: Summer is wedding season, and even while pregnant, you’ll want to be dressed for the occasion! If you’re not attending a wedding this season, you might have a big birthday bash or shower (possibly your own!) coming up. Luckily, there are plenty of elegant—and fun—formal maternity dresses for you to choose from.
A Pea in the Pod Lace Maternity Dress in Botanical Garden green has a cleavage-enhancing sweetheart neckline and a peekaboo lace hem. And if you’re not one for strapless dresses, it also includes optional straps.
A Pea in the Pod Lace Hanky Hem Maternity Dress, $100, Apeainthepod.com
For the outdoor afternoon wedding, consider this mint-hued lace and silk chiffon formal maternity cocktail dress. The lace overlay top is oh-so-feminine, and there’s a little stretch panel in the back, so if you’re buying early, you won’t have to worry about the fit down the line.
Séraphine Mint Lace & Silk Chiffon Maternity Cocktail Dress, $295, Seraphine.com
Long, blush, lined and lace-topped, this Séraphine stunner, which also boasts a stretch panel for a flexible fit, would be just as appropriate for a bridesmaid as for a guest. If you’re engaged and love pink, this could even work for a bride-to-be—check out that rhinestone embellishment on the belt!
Seraphine Blush Silk & Eyelash Lace Maternity Gown, $499, Seraphine.com
When it comes to formal summer maternity dresses, this gorgeous blush sheath dress can’t be beat. While it may not last quite to those final weeks, the stretchy fabric is still pretty bump friendly. This elegant gown would make an excellent choice for a maternity bridesmaid gown.
Solace London Pink Cecile Sheath, Renttherunway.com
Get ready to meet the most amazing dress of all time. Whether you’re in your first trimester or ready to pop, you’re pretty much guaranteed to look absolutely amazing when you don this totally elegant floor-length gown from twobirds. What’s even more amazing? This versatile dress can be styled in a whopping 15 different ways—it’s all in how you decide to wrap it.
twobirds Blush Classic Convertible Gown, Renttherunway.com
Did you get misty eyed when Julia Roberts said, “I want the fairy tale” in Pretty Woman? If so, this might be the formal maternity dress for you. Styled with a spaghetti strap cold shoulder design and drapey, floor-sweeping material, you can be a stunner in red just like she was.
Badgley Mischka Red Cold-Shoulder Gown, Renttherunway.com
You can never go wrong with the LWD (i.e. little white dress), especially one crafted in Italy that features elegant rose detailing on the shoulders. Despite its shorter length, this bump-flattering gown is still an excellent choice for a formal summertime affair. Dress it up with fancy sandals and swinging statement earrings.
Pietro Brunelli Salisburgo Maternity Dress, $140, apeainthepod.com
Exude elegance in this Maya V-neck tulle gown. The pale pink shade is so sweet, while the tonal sequins add a pop of sparkle to the top half. Pair it with sparkly sandals and earrings for a glamorous evening look.
Maya V Neck Maxi Tulle Dress with Tonal Delicate Sequins, $108, Us.asos.com
Is there anything more timeless than a black gown? We think not! This one, by PinkBlush, adds interest with a sequined, tank-style bodice. For ultimate Audrey glamour, accessorize it with pearls and a pair of peep-toe pumps. (Also available in rose gold and white!)
PinkBlush Black Sequin Top Chiffon Sleeveless Maternity Evening Gown, $89, Pinkblushmaternity.com
We’re channeling the Duchess of Cambridge and her fabulous maternity style with this elegant, knee-length gown in navy blue. The three-quarter-length sleeves and peplum empire waist add a touch of understated glam, while the pleated skirt is party-ready whenever you are!
Seraphine Beaded Maternity Cocktail Dress, $159, Seraphine.com
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Updated May 2018