44 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.
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Updated July 11, 2022
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Hello, mama-to-be, and welcome to your summer pregnancy! With heat and high temps in the forecast, a summer pregnancy calls for summer maternity clothes. There are plenty of seasonal separates on the market, like ruched tees and tanks and stretchy side-panel shorts 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 that can be dressed up or down, depending on the situation. For serious cost-per-wear, look for dresses that you can don in all three trimesters and beyond. Other than that, it really comes down to personal preference. From fitted sheaths that show off your bump to stylish swing dresses that let all the air flow and flowing maxi dresses with Grecian goddess appeal, there are plenty of maternity dresses to fit your own unique style and have you feeling your best once the weather heats up.

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, an affordable yet formal style to wear to work or something polished and put-together for all the social soirees that come with the season, we’ve got just the thing.

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 queue (a big bonus when you’re already out of breath and getting familiar with non-stop thigh chafe). 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, many of which are amazing options for summer special occasions (from engagement parties to weddings, just to name a few). 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 chock-full of floaty feminine styles made from natural fabrics. And just launched last year, the exclusive-to-Target line, The Nines by HATCH, offers a delightful selection of HATCH threads (summer dresses, included) at thrifty prices.
  • Nordstrom. Nordstrom carries a variety of brands that you know and love: Angel Maternity, Kimi + Kai and Nom Maternity, 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 in a totally unpredictable season.
  • PinkBlush Maternity. This brand has a fantastic range of trendy maternity sun dresses and plus-size styles at an affordable, you-can’t-help-but-to-buy-in-bulk price point.
  • Rent The Runway. Don’t feel like investing in summer maternity clothes that might not make it another season? No sweat. The clothing rental service Rent The Runway has maternity wear in its rotation (because you can still party safely when you’re pregnant). 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. And 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: $39,

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Stowaway Collection uptown maternity dress

Simple, chic maternity summer dresses will be your daily go-tos—like this one from Stowaway. Made of a stretchy cotton and spandex blend, this update to the classic sheath hugs in all the right places with flattering ruched detail that can take you from day to night with a quick accessory swap. Our favorite part? It slips on overhead. Not having to squeeze into a straight-jacket-fit silhouette or wobble while stepping into a zippable ditty is a true summer win when you’re preggo.

Buy it: $60,

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Everly Grey kristi floral maternity/nursing dress

Incorporate some fun florals into your summer maternity outfits. The fresh flower print with a feminine scalloped hem is the perfect way to make a seasonal statement. This faux wrap-style dress can be tied tighter during the early stages of pregnancy and looser as your bump grows. It even has a discreet hidden panel at the bust, making it a top covert nursing pick when your peanut arrives.

Buy it: $70,

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PinkBlush Maternity mauve floral tiered tassel tie maternity dress

This unicorn floral maternity summer dress is just simply too cute to pass up. The ruffle accents and tassel tie detailing at the straps give it a beautiful boho vibe, perfect for all of your summer events during pregnancy.

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Storq on repeat T-shirt dress

Of all the maternity summer dresses you buy, you’ll get a lot of use out of a basic t-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. Only challenge? Which neutral color choice to choose: cinnamon, black or sage?

Buy it: $88,

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Angel Maternity shoulder tie maternity dress

A smocked bodice adds perfect-stretch to this bump-friendly sundress. With adjustable ties at the shoulders, it’s a great (and discreet) nursing-friendly option.

Buy it: $60,

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Seraphine cotton and lyocell 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. It’s nursing-friendly, so it’ll take you beyond pregnancy, and with a chic, tailored finish complete with pinstripes, collar and adjustable buttoned cuffs, you can totally twin with Meghan Markle in mom-mode.

Buy it: $115, Seraphine

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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, a fedora and a chain-bearing crossbody bag for a casual yet put-together daytime look. (Because those days of leaving the house without a bulky diaper bag are numbered).

Buy it: $66,

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HATCH Collection the Jenna dress

For another casual, yet easily transformable maternity summer dress, go with this relaxed-fit sundress. Made from a lightweight linen-tencel blend, it has a subtle, sunset-rivaling stonewash finish and ruffle details that are downright dreamy. Better yet, this sweet and edgy style has a button-down front that can fit a basic tee underneath (the dress take on maternity overalls) or be stripped down for access for nursing moms. Postpartum perfection, yes please!

Buy it: $149,

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PinkBlush Maternity lavender floral tie sleeve maternity plus midi dress

For a cute, fun-in-the-sun look, turn to this pastel 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 fetching summer outfit or a gorgeous maternity session style.

Maxi Maternity Summer Dresses

Maternity maxi dresses are ideal for summertime. The pullover styles are a cinch to slip on, no matter how much your baby bump has grown. And when the temperature dips at night, the length of the maternity maxi dress will keep you warm. While jersey dresses are the easiest and most versatile 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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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!). And we’ve seen this style make its rounds as a stunning wedding guest, maternity photo and baby shower dress ALL over Instagram.

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A Pea in the Pod luxe side ruched maxi maternity dress

Stay cool this season in this gorgeous maternity summer maxi dress, featuring bump-flattering side-ruching and a soaring side slit. This LBD (long black dress, this time) sports comfortable short sleeves, which is nice for a casual look, with flats or gladiator sandals. But throw on some pointy-toe stilettos (if only for the first part of the night) and do a side-swept ponytail with some soft curls, and you’ve taken this relaxed T-shirt dress to the next level.

Buy it: $51,

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PinkBlush Maternity floral front tie empire maternity maxi dress

Being pregnant in the summer is bound to make you feel hot. Like, next-level hot. This beautiful, breezy tropical flaura-print maxi dress is the closest thing to your birthday suit when it comes to keeping things cool. Plus, the soft, flowing drapery, adjustable front tie at the bump and tiered ruffles with lettuce edge trim will make you feel like a Greek goddess.

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Motherhood Maternity tie strap sleeveless maternity maxi dress

Searching for summer pregnancy outfits that walk the line between casual and formal attire? Take a look at this preppy print maxi dress by Motherhood Maternity. The green and white floral iterations keep things fresh, while the empire waist, delicate tie strap design and ankle-length skirt add a touch of sophistication. Pair with a denim jacket for a family BBQ or statement accessories for a fancy affair.

Buy it: $35,

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Ingrid & Isabel off-the-shoulder maxi dress

We’re smitten with this fun geometric, feather print maternity sundress by Ingrid & Isabel. Made from lightweight and shape-shifting rayon (which mimics the soft feel of silk, cotton and wool), this dress can be worn with the flutter sleeves up or pulled down over the shoulders for two dynamic looks. It features smocking along the bust and through the back to ensure a comfortable fit. So whether you want to slip on slide sandals or sneaks—or go with a more formal mule (and a light summer pashmina), it’s a bump-friendly choice.

Buy it: $70,

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Kindred Bravely magnolia tiered nursing & maternity maxi dress

Summer pastels are some of our favorites, and we can’t help but feel tickled pink with this secret garden-inspired sundress. The sleeveless maxi design works for weddings, baby showers, birthday parties and even brunch, if you’ve worn out all your pregnancy leggings and finally want to show a little leg when you’re out with the ladies! And since it’s constructed with slightly sheer chiffon and fully lined with stretchy fabric, it’s got that easy, breezy vibe you’ve been craving on the daily.

Buy it: $80,

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PinkBlush Maternity beige leopard print v-neck maternity maxi dress

If you’re a mom-to-be who’s been on the hunt for an animal print maternity summer dress, this flattering yet wild leopard print is just right. The short sleeves, v-neck and rounded slit-side hemline make it comfortable and easy, while the pockets add playfulness. Add some fierce cat-eye sunglasses and you’re set!

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Motherhood Maternity Pietro Brunelli Chloe ruffle-sleeve smocked maternity dress

Looking for a summer maternity dress with nap dress-type styling? We’ve got your dream dress right here. Crafted from 100% cool cotton, this roomy maxi will keep pace with your progressing pregnancy. Pair it with your favorite sandals or laceless slip-ons, and be prepared to turn heads… Or lay out a plush blanket in your backyard and make good on that third trimester nap-in-the-afternoon routine. It’s that cozy.

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Bump Biddy maternity plus elliana floral chiffon dress

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

Buy it: $40,

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Mother Bee Maternity open shoulder maternity dress with ruffles

Last up on our list of the best maternity summer maxi dresses is this pick from Mother Bee Maternity. The off-the-shoulder maxi embraces the tie-dye craze without being over the top. And it’s available in three stunning shades, but our personal favorite is the Grateful Dead-conjuring “red tie dye.” Call us suckers for some classic rock edge.

Short Maternity Summer Dresses

You really can’t beat a shorter silhouette when the sun is shining and your comfiest maternity shorts are all, inconveniently, in the laundry. Look for designs that flow away from the body, because things are bound to get a little stuffy and sweaty. Also, don’t forget to invest in under-the-dress bests (like breathable spanks, slip shorts or bandelettes) and friction-forgiving essentials (lotions, gels or safe non-talc-based anti-chafing powders) when you know you’ll be up on your feet most of the day.

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PinkBlush Maternity square neck puff long sleeve maternity dress

Anyone else feel like they need a flower crown or some retro aviators to finish off this look? The solid-hued maternity dress features a square neckline, long puff sleeves, a smocked elastic back, a ruffle hem and a double-lined skirt that has movement and moxy for days. And when you have kaleidoscopic coral, light blue, mauve or olive green shades to select from, you can’t go wrong.

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Angel Maternity color block tiered maternity/nursing dress

If you’re pregnant in the summer, and can power through its ebbs and flows without throwing out the words “I feel like a beached whale,” then we salute you (because it’s hard to do). But instead of letting the high temps bring you down, just imagine yourself as a beautiful mermaid. This seafoam green, teal and white color-blocked swing dress with flutter sleeves can help you get there too!

Buy it: $59,

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Angel Maternity zip maternity/nursing dress

Offered in navy, burgundy and black, this knee-length look is perfect for the office (be it in-person or behind a screen) and at home. The drawstring waist flatters your growing bump, while the v-neck and half-zip closure provide some subtle sexiness (mamas need it too!). And once baby gets here, the zip placket allows for easy nursing and pumping.

Buy it: $49,

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The Nines by HATCH 3/4 sleeve polo maternity dress ivory striped Perks of pregnancy? Wearing something classy and collared without pants. Say it with us, “ahhh.” In a mid-weight cotton-jersey blend with a nursing-friendly button placket and an easy shift silhouette, this polo dress is just the thing to throw on and get out the door in. It also has pockets, just sayin…

Buy it: $36,

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The Nines by HATCH sleeveless smocked jersey maternity dress

When the AC just isn’t cutting it anymore, it’s time to bust out a dress that truly feels like you’re wearing nothing (in actuality, though, your fit is flawless). This pull-on style is easy to wear and will grow with you thanks to its super-flattering jersey fabric and the front-and-back smocking that follows the flow of your body. Cute ruffle details and a keyhole-button closure at the back are just icing on the cake. It’s the kind of dress that’ll make you feel psyched to be pregnant in the summertime.

Buy it: $38,

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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 two other summer-savvy colors). This short-sleeve T-shirt dress is super-comfy, and the pull-up overlay allows for discreet nursing when you need it.

Buy it: $60,

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A Pea in the Pod chambray front button 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. The WFH potential of this shirt dress is off the charts too, because you can look Zoom-ready on the top with comfy slippers on the bottom (no one needs to know!).

Buy it: $88,

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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 impeccable 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,

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PinkBlush Maternity ruffle off shoulder ruched maternity dress

This dress has gotten so many tags on Instagram, it’s obviously won the hearts of many a pregnant mama—and with good reason. Available in 13 on-trend colors, the off-the-shoulder ruffle neckline and ruched sides put your bump on display in the best way possible, so even if you weren’t planning on snapping any selfies, you’ll probably find yourself clutching your belly and begging for a few #preggoandproud portraits.

Maternity Beach Dresses

Nothing says summer quite like a collection of beachcomber couture. Looking at the lightweight and lazy (yet still luxe) lineup in our list, these maternity beach dresses are crisp and clean. And, yes, they’ll look amazing with your summer pregnancy glow. From boho maxis to caftan cover-ups, your options are endless. Which is why we’ve narrowed it down for you—you’re welcome!

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Ingrid & Isabel flutter sleeve 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, the beach or a socially-distant hangout among friends (yep, we’re still having them), this pregnancy summer dress is all you need.

Buy it: $128,

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A Pea in the Pod caftan maternity swim cover-up dress

Beach cover-ups aren’t the most flattering garments to begin with, but this one is strikingly stylish. Handcrafted in India, each imprint is as unique as you are, and you’ll feel like you’re floating in airy cotton as you lounge poolside and then flock to dinner on a beautifully lit dock. In a few words, this tie-dye caftan is “oh-so babymoon ready.”

Buy it: $35,

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O’Neill Miranda dress

Not everything has to have the maternity caveat in front of it in order to qualify as an easy, breezy option for expectant moms. Case in point: this woven midi dress with a halter back and an all-over print design. Available in sizes XS to XXL, the frothy sundress and dual bathing suit cover-up gives us all the Aquarius/ “Let the Sunshine In” vibes. How super refreshing!

Buy it: $60,

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ASOS DESIGN maternity exclusive pleated midi dress with kimono sleeve and tie waist in floral print

There is just so much to love about this kimono-sleeve pleated midi, but let’s begin with that floaty, sheer chiffon fabric—it’s everything you need in a summer maternity stunner. The wrap front, tie waist and all-over floral design do a great job of camouflaging or spotlighting your bump (whichever you’re more comfortable with), and the peacocky palette is pristine for beachside nuptials. Add some metallic accessories and you’re ready for a night under the stars.

Buy it: $52,

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HATCH Collection the Carolina dress

Breathable is the name of the game when you’re dressing the bump in months May through September. And according to a ton of new and pregnant mamas, this soft, double-gauze fabric frock helped them do just that—breathe—when they were expecting. Consider this linen-mimicking, lighter-than-air dress your secret weapon for breezing in and out all summer long with a pretty, fete-worthy tie you can wear at the front or back. It’s an amazing find for a beach wedding or for taking bump pics at the seashore!

Buy it: $198,

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Old Navy Sleeveless Maxi Tiered Dress

This super-easy maxi dress flows over your bump. It’s so comfortable and simple, you’ll want to wear it all summer long. Word to the wise: Get it in black and yellow!

Buy it: $35,

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HATCH Collection the Evelyn knit dress

This knit maternity tank dress with pointelle detailing in soft, grow-with-you cotton isn’t what instantly comes to mind for the summer months—but we’d like to rejigger that narrative. Especially when a babymoon in, say, Maine is concerned. The dress can be worn barefoot on the beach during the day and cozied up under a cardigan when the temps drop a few degrees.

Buy it: $167,

Maternity Summer Dresses for Under $50

We may have already covered "cute” maternity dresses for summer, but frankly, all of the affordable maternity summer dresses we found could easily be filed into that section too! The only difference? All of these options are $50 or less. Woohoo!

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ASOS DESIGN maternity bandeau tiered maxi beach dress in khaki

Soft and drapey might as well be poster words for the fit and feel a summer-pregnant mama shops for. This green option is made for the beach and comes equipped with a tie waist, tiered skirt, ruched bodice and non-suffocating bandeau neck; it can be worn on its own or over a maternity swimsuit.

Buy it: $27,

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Old Navy maternity short-sleeve rib-knit henley bodycon dress

Take a walk on the wild side and show off those curves with this form-fitting maternity summer dress. The shirred sides keep this body-con pregnancy dress super flexible, while the lightweight soft-washed, rib-knit cotton keeps you cool and comfortable. We’re digging the wild papaya, geyser and navy stripe varieties, but, really, all of them are sensational for summer.

Buy it: $40,

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Boohoo maternity button-front chambray midi dress

How cute is this A-line denim pregnancy summer dress? The stretchy, woven cotton blend has a flirty look and a flexible feel that is divine for both strolls on the boardwalk, at the zoo or during al fresco dinner date nights with your partner. Plus, who can resist a get-up that goes oh-so-well with a pair of vintage platforms?

Buy it: $24,

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Old Navy maternity sleeveless printed linen-blend midi dress

It’s true, you can’t show up for the summer social scene (carnivals, state fairs, picnics, gatherings at the beach) without a festive pastel plaid cami maternity dress in rotation. This one from Old Navy has a seamed empire waist and a smocked, elasticized back that makes it easy to move in. And it looks as fashionable with a cross-front tunic as it does with a denim jacket. The bucket hat is optional, but certainly preferred!

Buy it: $50,

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

When it’s stifling outside and you can’t decide between a T-shirt or a dress, consider something like a T-shirt dress that has all the benefits of both. You can wear it to picnics in the park, low-key dates or to brunch with friends—with a pair of maternity undershorts (under or over the belly work equally well). The heavy stretch jersey fabric and adorable patch pocket are so apropos for summer, and you just can’t beat the price for a hybrid dress you’ll get so much use out of.

Buy it: $10,

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H&M MAMA before & after pregnancy/nursing dress

H&M has tons of cute summer maternity dresses. This easy-to-wear, sleeveless and calf-length style, made from soft modal- and cotton-blend jersey, is the quintessential layered look for summer (as in, looks phenomenal with a denim jacket or soft-styled cardigan). And once the weather gets milder, the double layers help retain warmth while allowing easier nursing access.

Buy it: $30,

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H&M MAMA low-backed dress

What says beachy chic more than a short, airy viscose dress decked in palm fronds and ferns? This low-key, plunge-back dress is the perfect ensemble for a mama-to-be to dip her toes in the water and relax in the sand. It highlights a gathered neckline for added volume and a narrow tie belt at the waist for additional tailoring. Complete the look with a canvas tote and your favorite sandals.

Buy it: $30,

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Romantic Gypsy Women’s Maternity Dress with Long Sleeves

With a bright and bold pattern, this flattering tiered dress has a loose silhouette for all-day wear and easy movement. We love the billowing sleeves and V-neckline.

Buy it: $ 30,

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