Dressing Your Bump for Summer

When you’re pregnant, what to wear might sound like one of the least important things to be thinking about. But the fact is, it’s on a mama-to-be’s mind more than you think! With a new bump to style, getting dressed has never been weirder. Should we wear bigger clothes to cover our new belly? Or should we be looking for bump-revealing stretchy things that show off our temporary shape? Or is comfort the only thing that matters?

Styling looks is now a whole new board game. And we don’t get any training or help!

So, if you think you might struggle as we change into the warmer seasons and could do with a little extra help and inspiration, this is the blog for you. From lightweight dresses that keep you cool and comfortable at all times while still being stylish to the most comfortable of Sunday looks, here, we’ve sourced all of our fave summer maternity clothes to keep your style on track this season.

Maternity Maxi Dresses

Our all-time favorite way to dress a bump for the summer is to opt for a flowing and super feminine maxi dress. Not only does a maxi dress take care of a bunch of different occasions from a summer BBQ to a more formal event leaving you looking eternally chic, but it’s SUCH a comfortable option for you and bump. Plus, you don’t have to think about what you wear underneath as much – just opt for comfort!

Why not opt for bold and bright and don’t be afraid of statement prints. While there are many maternity options out there, when it comes to a loose-fit maxi dress like these styles, you could also just size up a couple of times and hit the non-maternity maxi dress collections too!

ASOS maternity is always a great go-to for maxis.

When you choose to size up on non-maternity maxis, opt for relaxed-fit shift maxi styles or dresses with a waistline right under the bust to make sure you have enough fabric room for your bump.

Stretchy Midi Dresses

Another dress that always looks good with a bump – as long as you feel comfortable showing off your shape – is a stretchy jersey midi dress. This is perfect for those who really want to embrace their new mamalicious body and can be the perfect choice for anything from a lunch date to your baby shower.

This kind of dress is also super versatile because it allows you to layer in any way that suits your style. From an oversized denim or plaid shirt to a sharp blazer or longline cardigan, adding a jacket to a stretchy midi dress lets you create lots of different looks from just this one piece.

Easy picks for layering with a stretchy midi dress →

Maternity Denim

No matter what the season, denim is always pretty high on the agenda when it comes to styling casual looks. And in summer, it’s no different. These days, maternity denim, and jeans in particular, have gotten very good. Not only are they comfortable and with both over and under bump options, but they look great too. Plus, finding a range of on-trend fits is just as possible as with regular, non-maternity jeans

Again, ASOS is a winner when it comes to maternity jeans.

And Madewell does great classic cuts.

Joe’s Jeans are under-bump maternity jeans with stretchy pocket panels to keep up with your growing bump.

We are obsessed with these denim shirt dresses from the ASOS maternity range too!

Maternity T-Shirts & Leggings

When you just want a simple and comfortable summer look to head out in with your bump, a pair of super comfortable maternity leggings and a tee is always a good choice. Plus, you can layer with a denim jacket or shirt for any extra coverage you want.

Maternity leggings are super important. Even if you were not a leggings wearer before, chances are pregnancy will leave you with a whole new kind of respect for these stretchy and uber comfortable pants. The most important thing about maternity leggings is the fabric quality. They need to stay opaque and avoid stretching into see-through-ness at all costs. Giving you the confidence to wear them while you’re out and about and not just at home.

An investment, but Spanx maternity leggings are known to be some of the best when it comes to quality and lasting for your whole pregnancy no matter how often you wear them!

Some other beaut quality options:

Pair with relaxed t-shirts for a super casual and comfortable look.

Maternity Skirts

Last but not least, for summertime, it’s nice to have a couple of skirt options. Stretchy waistbands are now officially your friend but that doesn’t mean your skirts can’t look super chic and cute. Midi length, A-line and voluminous skirts are a great choice. Super flattering and more importantly, comfortable. Style any of these stretchy midis with a simple t-shirt or even a maternity bodysuit if you really feel like showing off your shape a little more.


When you’re shopping for maternity clothes, the most important two things are comfort and confidence. Whatever you can wear that makes you feel as comfortable as possible and gives you the most confidence is the right way to go. So, while our picks are some of our fave current maternity pieces, they’re only right if they’re right for you and your style.

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