The Top 15 Maternity Dresses to Make the Most of Your Bump this Holiday Season



This picture was taken less than 24 hours before I went to the hospital to give birth to Greenlea.  I was in a friend’s wedding and although I wore a different dress to the ceremony, I chose this one for the reception because it was so comfortable.  At 9 months pregnant, if you describe anything as “comfortable,” and it doesn’t look like a tent?  You BUY it.  Immediately.  Being pregnant in the summer was so much easier than the colder months, though.  I could throw on a maxi dress (maternity or non-maternity, like this one from Target) with a belt over my bump and call it a day.  Dressing a bump in the winter?  Much harder.  It was very difficult to find anything that fit that wasn’t maternity, but finding cute maternity clothes can be a challenge.  My saving grace was the maternity line from ASOS because it was stylish (truly!) and affordable, and they have that whole free shipping/free returns thing that I love.  I’ve scoured their site as well as many others to find the best options for maternity dresses this holiday season.  There are no tents here, Mamas!

1. Ingrid & Isabelle Shirred Nursing Friendly Maternity Dress: I love everything about this dress: the longer length of the sleeves, the color, the flattering ruching, the v-neck . . . it just looks so comfortable and versatile.  It also comes in this awesomely bright berry color.

2. Manhattan Socialite Dress from Rent the Runway: This is a Badgley Mischka dress, and although I could never afford it at almost $400, I could definitely afford to rent it for $40.  Rent the Runway is a GREAT place to get your dresses, pregnant or not!  They have a section of “bump-friendly” dresses, and one of the best features of their site is that they have a ton of customer images to search through so you can see what the dresses look like on “real” people.

3. Anthropologie Carraway Embellished Swing Dress: An unexpected color for the holidays, this dress is gorgeous all on its own.  The top has intricate detailing in sequins and beads to add a little sparkle.

4. ASOS Maternity Body-Conscious Dress with Drape Overlay: This is such a flattering dress . . . it’s tight to the body, but the chiffon top drapes so nicely over the belly and I love the flutters on the side.  Also comes in dusty pink and turquoise.

5. Isabella Oliver Haddington One-Shoulder Dress: I have always loved one-shoulder silouhettes, and this simple dress is perfect for pregnant mamas.   It’s made of jersey so it’s comfortable and machine-washable and works for all trimesters!

6. Isabella Oliver Ruched Midi Maternity Dress: Mamas RAVE about this dress (also comes in black – see the boutique below) because it hides lumps and bumps, is comfortable and can easily be dressed up or down.  This is a necessity for your maternity wardrobe.

7. James Perse Raglan Sweatshirt Dress: This sweatshirt dress from James Perse (also comes in grey) would look equally awesome with leggings and Uggs at the grocery store or with killer heels and a fabulous necklace at a party.  Versatile, comfortable & easy.

8. ASOS Maternity Exclusive Bardot Dress with Half Sleeve: Bright red is always a fun color during the holidays and the length is a little longer for a little more coverage.  This one also comes in blue and green and works through all three trimesters.

9. Isabella Oliver ‘Belmont’ One Shoulder Maternity Maxi Dress: If you have an event to go to over the holidays like a wedding or black-tie affair (or if you just want to look stunningly elegant), THIS dress would be gorgeous.

10. Paper Dolls Maternity Dark Floral Pencil Dress: I loved the print of this dress and it has lace detail on the sleeves.  Throw on some black tights and booties and you’re good to go!

11.  Paper Dolls Maternity Lace Insert Bardot Dress: Black lace is perfect for the holidays and this one can be worn year-round due to the short sleeves.

12. ASOS Maternity Pleated Mini Dress with Lace Detail: This comes in white or black and the lace detail on the sleeves goes around to the back . . . those little details make such a big difference.

13. ASOS Maternity Exclusive Swing Dress with Twist Front: I loved this dress when I saw it.  The color is awesome as is the flattering deep-v neckline and it would work just as well for postpartum, nursing moms.

14. New Look Maternity 3/4 Sleeve Lace Body-Conscious Dress: I had a dress like this before I got pregnant that I wore all the time, so getting one for pregnancy was a no-brainer.  There’s something so easy about black lace and long sleeves . . . it’s elegant and effortless.  (And you gotta love the price!)

15. ASOS Maternity Exclusive Swing Dress with Baroque Embellishment: I love the cream color of this dress . . . it’s a nice break from the typical black of the holidays.  The top is actually sheer with beaded detail . . . SO pretty. Don’t you love the way it moves?

I still love searching for maternity dresses (I hope to have another baby in a few years), and I came across some more that I would love to have in my closet!

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I hope this helps those Mamas who are expecting find a dress that they love this holiday season!




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