Summer Maternity Fashion
Summer maternity fashion can be tricky. Having to deal with heat and humidity while getting enough support from your garments is a difficult balance. Following, you'll find maternity options to tide you through any occasion this summer, from the formal to the every day.
ASOS Maternity Midi with Drape Back ($63, sizes 2-16): This is a perfect daytime summer wedding dress that's flattering and shows some skin without being too revealing.
Casual Everyday Wear
For everyday wear, look for a selection of easy to match pieces that can be styled in different ways. Jersey blends are the best materials to stock your maternity closet with, as they are extremely stretchy without losing their shape and are machine-washable. Tart Maternity is a California-based brand with a large selection of casual basics for the pregnant mom-to-be, from solid jersey basics to graphic prints.
Tart Maternity Essentials Starter Kit ($198, sizes XS-L): Everything you might need in your pregnancy, this Tart Maternity Essentials set comprises leggings, a ruched dress, a tank top, and a stretchy pencil skirt made from a jersey-modal blend.
Casual Everyday Wear - Jeans
Jeans are an everyday staple, and that doesn't change, even when it's hot out! Try a pair of classic white denim jeans for the summer months. Lots of companies now offer maternity denim, including higher-end denim labels like 7 For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, and Paige Denim, but these jeans cost close to $200. For a more affordable option, Gap has a great selection of maternity denim as well.
Gap 1969 Inset Panel Resolution True Skinny Skimmer Jeans ($70, sizes 00-18): Gap's Resolution denim is soft and extra stretchy, and their inset panels are elastic side panels that give the illusion of regular jeans.
Workwear in summer is always tricky, but workwear while pregnant is even more so. Look for jersey dresses that stretch over your curves, with higher necklines and a longer length. Seraphine, in particular, has a selection of beautiful workwear, including dresses perfect for the office. Seraphine has been worn by celebrities like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Gwen Stefanie, and Thandie Newton.
Seraphine Navy Maternity Shift Dress ($70, sizes 2-14): This is a multi-purpose shift dress that works well for even the most conservative of offices. The longer sleeves keep you warm in an air-conditioned office, and the ruching is especially flattering over a growing belly.
A fun, summer shift dress is an essential while on vacation. Look for a sleeveless dress in a shorter length and brighter color with materials like breathable cotton or wrinkle-free ponte. The brand Maternal America offers some great preppy options in fun colors and patterns.
Maternal America Vintage Ponte Knit Maternity Dress ($140, sizes XS-L): Made from easy ponte knit, this fun print is perfect for a summer BBQ or beach party. The gathered bodice cinches right under the bust and is flattering.
It's important to work out, even while pregnant. Look for stretchy fabrics made from quick-dry material and stay away from pants with too much compression. Old Navy offers a wide selection of affordable workout clothes to accommodate you throughout your pregnancy.
Old Navy Maternity Go-Dry Tanks ($23, sizes XS-XXL): These tanks are some of the most highly rated on the Old Navy active website, and are made from soft jersey. The racerback style also has smocked side panels for added flexibility.
When pregnant, tankinis are your best bet when it comes to swimwear. It's easier to put on compared to a one-piece bathing suit, and provides more modesty and support than a bikini does. Look for tankinis with underwire that can support a larger bust, as well. Motherhood Maternity offers a wide range of affordable swimwear, many in fun prints.
Motherhood Maternity Cross Back Maternity Swim Top ($27, sizes S-L): This swimsuit, in figure-flattering black and a fun dot pattern, also has a sexy cross-back.
Summertime means wedding season, and it can be challenging to find an appropriate dress that's flattering but also sophisticated enough for a wedding. ASOS is a great website to find any clothing item you might be on the look out for, but ASOS Maternity especially offers a great selection of dresses that run the gamut from dressy-casual to evening.
ASOS Maternity Swing Dress with Embellishment ($109, sizes 2-16): This is a fabulous dress for a more formal wedding, as the swing shape is extremely flattering on larger bellies, and the embellished neckline detail adds pizzaz without being too over the top.