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Best cotton dresses for a cool and comfy pregnancy

When it comes to maternity fashion, comfort is always top of mind. Cotton is one of the most comfortable fabrics, which is what makes it perfect for pregnancy. The breathable fabric is perfect for the summer but is still warm enough for cooler weather. But not all cotton dresses are the same and it’s important to look for dresses that are 100% cotton for maximum comfort. 

The benefit of cotton for pregnancy isn’t just comfort, it’s also versatility. You can wear cotton dresses to most occasions. It can be dressed down for a casual outfit to the beach, for travel or for lounging at home, and dressed up for a night out or to wear to work. Picking the right style and accessories makes a difference!

The good news is there are endless cotton dresses available; the flip side is it can be overwhelming to sort through the options. Luckily, we’ve done the research and have rounded up the best cotton maternity dresses available by color, shape and style.

Best cotton maternity dresses (neutrals)

A dress in a neutral color is a key essential for any wardrobe. Here are a few picks for cotton dresses to wear throughout all trimesters.

This T-shirt style dress is an effortless style available in both white and navy. Grab it in both colors!

Although a  cotton poplin tunic isn’t technically a dress, the longer silhouette provides more coverage when paired with leggings, shorts or a skirt. It can be easily dressed up or down and it comes in black, white and a blue stripe.

The Poplin Tunic Black
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The Poplin Tunic Black

You can’t go wrong with a simple t-shirt style, and this dress is no exception. Wear it with sandals for travel, with a stacked heel for an evening out or with sneakers for every day.

Augustus Dress In Onyx
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Augustus Dress In Onyx

This jersey dress is simple in its design but provides maximum comfort thanks to the soft fabric, and also offers easy access for nursing. Plus, it’s available in both gray and black!

Jersey Maternity Dress With Nursing Access Grey Melange
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Jersey Maternity Dress With Nursing Access Grey Melange

Best colored cotton maternity dress

This ribbed sleeveless dress from H&M is already one of our picks for most affordable, but it’s also worth mentioning for the wonderful colors it comes in. Yes, there’s black and a striped option, but if you want to inject some color into your maternity wear, we love the bold green and bright blue options.

Mama Ribbed Sleeveless Dress Green
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Mama Ribbed Sleeveless Dress Green

You’ll be pretty in pink in this ribbed knit dress from Hatch. The fabric is a thicker cotton providing more durability with all the comfort.

Best plus size maternity dress

A shirt dress is an effortless staple and so is denim. This shirt dress combines the two!

Plus oversized denim shirtdress in lunar wash
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Plus oversized denim shirtdress in lunar wash

What’s better than a denim mini dress with puff sleeves? This dress is so versatile; you can dress it up with heels or dress it down with sneakers. Throw a nice lightweight cardigan on top, and you’re ready to go. It’s also perfect to throw on when you have last-minute visitors.

Plus Annamarie Mini Dress In Lunar Wash Denim Malina Wash
Credit: Madewell

Plus Annamarie Mini Dress In Lunar Wash Denim Malina Wash

Best maxi cotton maternity dress

This spaghetti strap maxi dress isn’t a traditional maternity dress, but the loose fit at the hip and elastic waistband will work with your baby bump. The fit is flattering and the color is a chic choice for maternity (and postpartum) wear.

Bisetta organic cotton-voile maxi dress Brown
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Bisetta organic cotton-voile maxi dress Brown

A simple, minimalist maxi is perfect for pregnancy. This dress offers slim straps and a V-neck shape that will flatter your new curves while giving room for your growing bump.

Maxi dress in hazelnut
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Maxi dress in hazelnut

For a maternity take on a classic white summer dress, try this one from Hatch. The fit makes it easy to wear and provides extra room to grow with you.

If a midi dress is more your speed, try this spaghetti strap midi dress. The smocked bodice and flowy skirt will compliment you as a you grow, and it comes in so many pretty colors.

Theo sleeveless midi dress Loden
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Theo sleeveless midi dress Loden

Most affordable cotton maternity dress

When it comes to affordability, It’s hard to beat H&M’s prices. Their MAMA collection offers many cotton maternity dresses under $50, like this strapless striped option.

Mama cotton tube dress White/black striped
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Mama cotton tube dress White/black striped

Best boho cotton maternity dress

It doesn’t get more bohemian than a peasant sleeve dress, but this maternity version feels more minimalist than costumey. @ssarahtjulander is wearing this in the main image and looks incredible.

Boho Maternity Mini Dress Almost Black
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Boho Maternity Mini Dress Almost Black

Not only is this dress 100% cotton, it’s an elegant spin on boho. The pointelle knit is breathable, providing comfort, and the silhouette is roomy enough for pregnancy and classic enough for postpartum.

Fleur tie-detailed pointelle-knit cotton maxi dress White
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Fleur tie-detailed pointelle-knit cotton maxi dress White

The combination of a smocked bodice and off-the-shoulder detail makes this dress a flattering take on boho chic. The fabric is a textured cotton gauze which signals breathable comfort for particularly hot days.

The Dream Dress Golden Brown
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The Dream Dress Golden Brown

Best minimal cotton maternity dress

When it comes to minimalist maternity style, a tank dress is the answer. Here are two of our favorites: 

Tank dress with stretch is perfect for days when you need ease and comfort.

Ribbed Maternity Tank Dress With Nursing Access Lavender
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Ribbed Maternity Tank Dress With Nursing Access Lavender

This tank dress offers lightweight cotton in a minimal, clean silhouette and also comes in a variety of colors.

The organic cotton weekend tank dress Brown
Credit: Everlane

The organic cotton weekend tank dress Brown

Best printed cotton maternity dress

The classic stripes make this dress classic and chic and the added elastane offers more stretch

Mama ribbed jersey dress Cream/Striped
Credit: H&M

Mama ribbed jersey dress Cream/Striped

Not technically a maternity style, this shirt dress works for pregnancy thanks to its generous cut/silhouette while the stripes keep it chic and timeless

The Daytripper Shirtdress Kalamata / Canvas Tan
Credit: Everlane

The Daytripper Shirtdress Kalamata / Canvas Tan

Best cotton dress for nursing and postpartum

Postpartum, you’ll need a dress that provides easy access for feeding, in addition to being comfortable. For quick feeding/nursing access, try this striped dress in any color. The classic stripes and discreet bust detail will give you ease and style.

The pleat midi dress offers a chic silhouette while the hidden zips on both sided provides easy access for nursing in a discreet way.

Michelle Pleat Feeding Dress White
Credit: Soon Maternity

Michelle Pleat Feeding Dress White

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