When you have a wedding or other formal event to attend, pulling an old dress from the back of your closet is always an option — unless, of course, you’re expecting and no longer fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes. In other words, you’re going to need to go shopping for some maternity formal wear, and while finding a special-event dress can be an already-challenging venture it becomes even trickier when you have a growing belly to work around.
Throughout the nine months of your pregnancy, you’re bound to have a special occasion to attend. Whether that be an engagement, wedding or your own baby shower, you won’t be able to whip out the maternity jeans you’ve been wearing daily. Wardrobe updates can seem daunting when your options are scarce, but it doesn’t have to be.
The truth is, there is maternity formal wear out there that isn’t just cute but comfortable and flattering to boot. If anyone has ever told you that you’re better off finding a needle in a haystack than finding a chic maternity dress, then they’re clearly not shopping in the right places. Keep scrolling to discover maternity formal wear fit for the fanciest occasions that’ll earn you all the compliments.
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1. PattyBoutik Mama Cowl Neck Maternity Dress
If this PattyBoutnik dress wasn’t maternity, we could totally see it in the windows of Bebe. Whether you’re going out for date night or attending an engagement party, you’ll have all eyes on you in this ensemble. With measurements small to extra-large based on your bust size, this ruched formal outfit has a cowl neck detail that adds an alluring touch. It comes in burgundy, dark olive green, navy and black, and no matter which color you choose, you can rest assured that the thick rayon-spandex material won’t be see-through. We suggest ordering one size up from your pre-pregnant size to prevent the knee-length material from riding up.
2. Mother Bee Cowl Neck and Over The Shoulder Maternity Dress
This off-the-shoulder maternity dress with a floor-length design is a favorite for maternity photoshoots, thanks to its romantic design. Since it comes in a whopping 30 solid colors and floral designs, you’ll find an option to fit any style, vibe and season. We especially love the empire waist, which provides ample room for your growing baby as well as a goddess-level flowing fit.
3. HELLO MIZ Women’s Maternity Floral Lace Bodycon Dress
It’s a good thing that lace is eternally in style because this burgundy dress draped in floral lace is what maternity dress dreams are made of. The V-neck bodycon dress comes in 15 different colors, ranging from soft pastels and dark neutrals to an eye-catching electric royal blue. Hip-hugging, lightweight and comfortable, it’s impossible not to feel like your best self once you slip this on. Plus, it can be worn before, during and after pregnancy.