Best Maternity Dresses Under $40
Best Maternity Dresses Under $40
December 21, 2021

Best Maternity Dresses Under $40

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Best Maternity Dresses Under $40.
Best Maternity Dresses Under $40

Having a growing belly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style (or your entire paycheck, for that matter). These top-rated maternity dresses will go the distance, taking you from your first trimester to delivery and beyond.

Every dress on this list is $40 or less, and we’ve found the best options for every occasion—from brunch to the office to just lounging around at home.

Baby Shower Showstoppers

Florals and ruffles aren’t necessary for your baby shower, but they’re certainly a staple. This off-the-shoulder style flatters both your bump and your neckline, and there are dozens of floral patterns and colors to choose from to match your baby shower theme.

We love everything about this wrap-front maxi dress (it’s flattering on any body type and is super comfy), but just look at that flower sash! It’s a unique detail that’s sure to get attention at your shower.

This long-sleeved empire-waist maxi dress is also really comfortable, which is a must when you’re pregnant and having to entertain baby shower guests for an afternoon. It comes in floral prints or solid colors, and the regal-looking jewel tones are flattering on any skin tone.

It’s the 2020s, and the pleated skirts that dominated fashion a century ago are back in style. This super affordable pleated dress from Shein, the modern budget fashion go-to, even has a belted waist to accentuate your bump (and bring the style of the 1920s to your party).

Double Duty: From Officewear to Eveningwear

Whether it’s paired with a blazer and pumps or a clutch and ankle boots, this dress can take you from your 9-to-5 cubicle straight to dinner and (non-alcoholic) drinks in a flash.

Made with 95% cotton, this dress is flattering, breathable and suitable for any season (wear as-is in warmer weather or throw on a cardigan or jacket in cooler weather), and it looks great with just about any kind of shoes, so it’s a perfect option for all-day wear no matter what on your agenda.

Sophisticated turtleneck on top, fun flare skirt on bottom—this dress is the meaning of double duty. Pair it with some maternity tights and ankle boots and you’re set for just about any occasion.

Everyday Staples

This dress can really get you through your day-to-day, whether that means running errands, meeting friends for lunch or taking a much-needed rest/Netflix day on the couch. Dress it up or down to fit your mood, since it looks just as good with a pair of sneakers as it does with heels and a statement necklace.

Pregnant in the summer? This sleeveless tank top dress is made from a soft, breathable cotton blend that’s perfect for warmer weather.

On the flip side, if you’re pregnant in colder weather, you’ll want something to help keep you and your baby bump warm. Between the long sleeves, cowl neck and sweater-like jersey knit, you’ll be super comfortable and cozy for the season.

While most of your everyday, I’m-nauseous-so-why-bother-looking-good maternity clothes probably consist of oversized shirts and stretched-out leggings or pajama pants (don’t worry, we’ve been there too), sometimes you just want to throw on something cute to feel like your old not-pregnant self again. The flowy skirt, empire waist and multitude of fun patterns to choose from can do a lot for sprucing up your daily maternity wardrobe.

For Brunch with the Besties

You may not be able to partake in bottomless mimosas with the rest of the group, but this breezy, tie-waisted dress says you can still do brunch comfortably (and you can always ask for a mom-osa instead!).

Want to go for a more chic look for a morning out on the town? We put this dress somewhere between Hollywood starlet and beach babe, and it really brings some effortless style to any maternity wardrobe so you can dress to impress at the brunch table.

Flowy, feminine, ultra-breathable. We love this dress for warm summer mornings in the park or hanging out with friends, and the stretchy waistband ensures the fabric won’t feel tight on your bump so you can wear it at any stage of your pregnancy.

A Formal Look (for Less $)

The high-low skirt is a popular look, and pairing it with a baby bump makes a bold statement. This dress is a comfortable option for semi-formal events—and look, it has pockets!

Want to feel like an absolute queen? This elegant, flowing chiffon dress looks effortlessly elegant, like you walked right out of a Disney princess movie. The empire waist and floor-length skirt leave plenty of room for your bump no matter what size it is, and it’s a lovely option for pregnant wedding guests.

This luxurious velvet dress is perfect for holiday parties or fancy dinners. The bodycon style gently hugs your bump without being snug, so you can take part in the feast and not worry about running out of room (at least in your clothes).

Whether it’s for a maternity photoshoot, a wedding or an evening at the opera, this gown practically screams elegance. The polyester/spandex blend keeps it stretchy yet sleek, and it comes in a variety of deep jewel tones that look great no matter the occasion or season.

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