Being pregnant in summer can be really uncomfortable, especially if you’re further along your journey. Between swollen feet, feeling heavy and well, just plain over it the last thing you need is to feel uncomfortable and unfashionable. If you’re looking for comfortable and stylish maternity clothes to keep you cool, we’ve got you covered. Here we’ll answer some of the most popular questions about maternity clothes for hot weather and recommend some of our fave dresses to see you through the warmer weather.
Tips for dressing while pregnant in hot weather
- Choose light-colored clothes where you can. Light colors reflect heat, which will help you stay cooler.
- Avoid wearing synthetic fabrics. Synthetic fabrics can trap heat, which can make you feel even hotter. Save the synthetics for summer evening wear.
- If you’re sweating when you’re getting ready, go for looser clothes.
- Stay hydrated and use sunblock. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and prevent heatstroke.
- Moisturize. Chafing can make you feel really uncomfortable. Use a sorbolene cream between thighs or under arms, or check out these thigh savers, perfect under a cool dress.
Whether you’re looking for a new maxi dress, a pair of shorts, or a swimsuit, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect maternity clothes for hot weather.
24 of the best maternity dresses for summer
The key to dressing for summer is to think about what you’ll spend the most time in and choose the most breathable material. Opt for cotton and linen during the day as these materials will keep you cooler. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear synthetic fabrics, which many fabulous dresses are made of. Rather, save them for the evening or situations you won’t be wearing them for many hours at a time. We’ve given you plenty of options when it comes to maternity dresses using regular dresses too as well as mixes of fabrics so you’ll be sure to be inspired.
Summer maternity dress for special occasions
Weddings are always so much fun! Choose a summer maternity dress that makes you feel amazing and enjoy the time spent on hair and makeup. These occasions are perfect for capturing stunning bump photos before your little one comes, too. When it comes to wedding guest dresses, keep it light and cool when it comes to material and turn up the dial on style and color.
Layered one shoulder dress
Charis dress – peach print
There are some great bridesmaids dresses around for pregnant mamas from brands that specialize in maternity styles. We love Show Me Your Mumu for their huge range of plus and maternity styles. Gold is a great light color and perfect for summer. Check out more bridesmaids dresses here
Samantha ruffle wrap dress Rose Gold Luxe Satin
This dress gives us love hearts for eyes. It’s the perfect elevated style for maternity photoshoots but it’s also ultra versatile. Wear it on holiday, over swimwear, out for dinner… it’s a stunning dress and made to last.
Fleur tie-detailed pointelle-knit cotton maxi dress White
Norma Kamali’s range of designer event dresses have gone viral amongst stylish pregnant mamas for a reason – they are ultra cool and suit every curve. Check out the huge range of colors and one shouldered styles too.
Diana gown in cinnamon
The Soon Maternity Leo Cap Sleeve is a stylish and professional option for work. What we love is the classic silhouette and above the knee cut. Wear with open toed heels and a light blazer for the office.
| Leo Cap Maternity Dress perfect for your work maternity wardrobe Black Tweed
Summer maternity dress for special occasions
The Cleobella Abigail Ankle Dress is a stunning dress from a regular brand that easily takes the crown for best summer dress. Flowy and flattering, it’s 100% cotton, with side pockets (LOVE a pocket!) and perfect for just about any daytime occasion. You could even wear this as a maternity photoshoot dress.
Abigail ankle dress in ivory
Cutest maternity dress for hot weather
For those scorching days, choose this 100% viscose caftan over a bikini or swimsuit.The drawstring is super cute while the caftan is stylish while feeling like you’re wearing nothing at all.
Tracey caftan in natural black
Most gorgeous maternity maxi dress for summer
A beautiful flowing maxi that’s breezy, great quality, affordable and comes in the neutral hues of the season? Check out the Korbela dress. Made of linen material that was seriously impressive quality, it’ll fit your bump as well as postpartum. Reviewers say it fits true to size so you may want to size up if buying for a bump.
Korbela dress – beige
Best plus size maternity summer dresses
This is a style that’s quite timeless and great for just about any body shape. The A-line shape is super flattering while the colors are a vibe. Spaghetti straps are great for summer but you might need to grab a bandeau top to wear underneath.
Plus Poplin Ruffle A-Line Midi Dress Bandana Red
Best rated pregnancy dresses in different colors
Made from stretch, organic cotton and cut to flatter, this a beautiful off-white option you can buy in your current dress size as it stretches to accommodate. Sporty and minimalist, it’s so easy to dress up or down.
Ftan Ribbed Stretch-Organic Cotton Midi Dress Offwhite
An absolute staple for any womens’ wardrobe, pregnant or not, is the black tank dress. We love the Long Body one from Hatch as it’s super flattering and exceptional quality. One of the team’s favorites when it comes to basics but also a little bit elevated because of the length.
The Long Body Tank Dress, black,
Probably the easiest dress in this list both in terms of color and style. In your third trimester and can’t even think about wearing something tight? Fear not – the Bobi dress will save you. It’s so perfect we all agreed it deserved the MS badge. Better still? It’s on sale – so get it fast!
Handkerchief midi dress in sandy
A beautiful and different take on the beige dress, this linen cross back dress is an elegant option for summer. The wooden beads are a great touch and it’s at a fab price point.
Linen cross-back dress Beige
Brown remains very stylish for another season. This dress combines a great color with a classic, luxurious cut. Made of breathable fabric it’s a great choice for summer days or nights. You’ll wear it every day.
Bisetta organic cotton-voile maxi dress Brown
The Lovers and Friends Yvette Maxi Dress is an eye-catching and fun dress for summer evenings. We say it’s more of an evening dress because while the style is incredible, the material is probably a little too hot to wear during the day.
Yvette maxi dress in pink
The Show Me Your MuMu Lilian Maxi Dress is a stunning and eye-catching option for summer. It’s made from a soft, shimmery fabric that’s perfect for a night out. The dress has a relaxed fit and a flowing silhouette that’s perfect for a special occasion. Again, not something we’d wear under the sun for too long as it’s not super breathable but look at her, she’s beautiful!
Lilian Maxi Dress Platinum Confetti
Casual summer dress for pregnancy
The Madewell Theo Sleeveless Midi Dress is a comfortable and stylish option for summer days and nights. It’s made from a soft, breathable fabric that’s absolutely perfect for hot weather. The dress has a relaxed fit and a lovely silhouette that’s perfect for a casual day out or for a more casual look in the evenings. It’s very versatile and will come alive with some gold jewelry.
Theo sleeveless midi dress Loden
Short pregnancy dresses for summer
100% cotton and featuring a self-tie cami strap, this dress is super cute and flirty. We love the mint color, which looks even better in real life.
Mint Tiered Maternity Mini Dress Mint Green
If you’re looking for a more bodycon fit, the Skims rib tank dress is the perfect choice. Figure hugging cotton and spandex blend, it’s super affordable and available in a range of colors. Rock lighter tones for summer and show off your curves in style.
Cotton rib tank dress bone
100% cotton summer dress for pregnancy
The Katherine Maxi Dress from Hatch is cute and timeless. 100% cotton and breezy, it’s lightweight and voluminous. Pair with delicate jewels and sandals for an elevated look.
The Katherine Maxi Dress, white,
Best nursing summer dresses
A simple, organic and eco-friendly do-it-all dress in calming colors. Boob Design’s quality is undeniable and this dress just seems to make life easier when you’re in it – it’s literally that comfortable. Perfect for pregnancy and postpartum.
Ribbed Maternity Tank Dress With Nursing Access Trench Coat
Best affordable summer dress
Seriously the simplest, easiest maternity dress and also the most affordable. Wear it with sandals, white sneakers, Birkenstocks and pair with a cross body bag. Voila!
Mama cotton tube dress White/black striped
Best maternity summer dress with sleeves
Sometimes I feel a little more confident in longer sleeves. The trick for sleeves in summer is to choose cotton and stay away from colors that will show sweat patches. This is a gorgeous dress that lets you breathe, while being elegant at the same time. Oh and it’s the perfect pink.
Isabella midi dress in pink
Best sleeveless dress for pregnancy
This is such a light, breezy and versatile dress. We love the colors too and it’s made of a super light Tencel linen blend that frankly feels like you’re draped in air. Reviewers love how light it is, and how it transitions so well to postpartum.
The Nadia Easy-Nurse Dress, Lilac,
What are the best fabrics for maternity clothes in hot weather?
Cotton is a breathable fabric that will help you stay cooler in hot weather, while linen is another breathable fabric that is perfect for hot weather. Viscose is a synthetic fabric that is made from wood pulp. It is soft, breathable, and wrinkle-resistant. Look for viscose blends as well as modern fabrics like Tencel and Modal.
What are some stylish maternity clothes for hot weather?
The best styles are ones that are timeless summer items in simple colors that you can dress up or down. Maxi dresses, shorts made from breathable fabrics, tank tops and button up shirts you can wear over crop tops or tank tops.
Where can I find affordable maternity clothes for hot weather?
The Mama Style has a range of affordable maternity clothes from H&M Mama, ASOS, Nordstrom, Pinkblush and more.