I’ll be honest here, having never been ‘in the family way’ I know practically nothing about maternity wear. However we’ve had several pleas from readers recently about fashionable, seasonal clothing for pregnant ladies and I was keen to help out. Luckily for me (and you) two thirds of the Rock My Limited team are mothers and so I’ve pulled together this post with their advice for anyone looking for summer maternity wear. We’ve even thrown in a few posh frocks too as it can be a pain shopping for wedding attire with or without a bump!
I love these three dresses; The Mamalicious Mini Dress, The Fit and Flare Floral Dress and The Fluted Maxi. ASOS maternity stuff is really good and cheap too, so you don’t feel bad for spending on something you’ll only wear a few times. I found if I had anything nice to get dressed up for when pregnant I still needed to be comfortable so stretchy dresses in soft fabrics were best. I think dressing things up with accessories is key so if you’re feeling self conscious you can distract people with a sparkly earrings or a statement necklace or maybe an oversized clutch bag.
Lorna is proud mummy to football superstars Elliott and Joseph and more recently to gorgeous little Anabelle and has embraced her bump three times!
You literally can’t go wrong with this ASOS essentials pack. I teamed many of my pre pregnancy clothes & accessories with these basic items or just brought non-maternity clothes in a larger size which seemed to work well from weeks 20-32. All of theses items can be dressed up or down whatever your occasion and your personal style.
This is a seriously cool Topshop split back top in it’s own right, never mind that it’s maternity. It would look fabulous with the above essentials leggings dressed down with flip flops or trainers or on a date night teamed with the soft jersey midi skirt and heels.
I suffered with swollen feet & legs during my last pregnancy when I attended a wedding with only three weeks to go in the height of summer and I’d chosen a short dress. Maxi dresses are so flattering I’d wish I’d seen this baby blue number. Especially as I attended another wedding only nine days after our little lady was born and had to literally strip off (in a private room I might add) to breastfeed her. The genius nursing pocket in this ASOS Maxi Dress would have been such a blessing plus I have a huge soft spot for illusion crop top layers this season.
Another layered top on this gorgeous Embellished Dress, are you sensing a theme here? But the genius split back not only expands with your bump it also expands with your breasts as lets face it they grow too. I love the embellished top layer giving you just enough sparkle & making you feel glam for that special event.
I was rather on the large side during pregnancy, and would have people comment all the time, “haven’t you had it yet?” and “you’re going to pop.” I’d actually find myself saying it before they had a chance sometimes just because I knew what they were thinking. Anyway I say embrace the bump and your new shapely figure, it’s a truly beautiful thing, an absolute miracle!
I find M&S clothes fit me perfectly and are great quality. I had quite a few maternity items from there which were great. I’m a big fan of the Wrap Dress when pregnant as you can alter it to suit your changing bump. This black number is perfect for the office but could be dressed down with sandals or glammed up for an evening with a pretty necklace. Plus black is the most flattering when pregnant so whats not to like?
I never normally wear tight clothes but when I was pregnant I somehow found them more flattering. The looser items just made me look giant. I had a small bump with Molly so could get away with it more but everything seemed twice the size with Alice! This Striped Tunic Dress would be great as you can wear it with some leggings or tights as the summer comes to an end.
I’m loving this Kimono teamed with a vest top and a pair of M&S Skinny Maternity Jeans. I had a few pairs when I was pregnant and they were just so comfy and made me feel much more normal as I’m not a leggings type of person.
Alice was a summer baby and I actually had her during a heatwave so had to deal with extreme heat in the last week of pregnancy, during birth and with a teeny newborn. I found loose lightweight natural fabrics the best in those final few days. Then lots of cooling Evian water spray – an essential for the hospital bag! It was also nice to have a cold shower and cover myself in a nice cooling body lotion afterwards.
As we all know Lolly welcomed adorable Hector in to the world last October. Hector’s Nursery will soon be gracing these pages!
I only discovered Isabella Oliver quite late into my pregnancy when I was fed up and felt like the size of a house so didn’t invest. Next time round though I’ll definitely be purchasing a couple of key buys from the store. I love this Tunic Style Dress for summer that could easily be adapted to Autumn winter with a pair of tights and a cropped jumper.
A very pregnant, about to give birth any day now friend, sported these Seraphine Trousers on a recent meal out together and she looked AMAZING. Even in my non pregnant state I quite fancied a pair myself. She assured me that they were very comfortable and lightweight and since they had a drawstring would be the perfect trouser post birth as she returned to her pre-pregnancy figure.
Mama to the delightful Mabel, our blog queen is a big fan of the Maxi.
As soon as I bump “popped” I went tight, personally it made me feel as though I had some shape – I didn’t mind looking pregnant at all, I just found that being short and with a bump everything looked like a small marquee unless it was very fitted.
This Ribbed Scarlett Dress from Boohoo is only £15 and the colours are lovely. I have one in black, grey and green for my next summer holiday. They have so much stretch and are quite long so would easily fit over a growing baby whilst keeping you cool in the warmer months.
Super cute Leo’s mommy Becky has a top style tip for summer mama-to-bes. As skin can be more sensitive during pregnancy you might choose to cover up your shoulder. Becky suggests layering a tee over a maxi and knotting the t-shirt above the bump for a cute daytime look. Boohoo have a wide range of maxis.
Now folks it’s over to you. Can you recommend any stores for summer maternity wear? What did you wear (or are wearing) to a wedding when pregnant during the warmer months?