The Best Maternity Plus-Sized Dresses To Make You Feel Like A Glowing Goddess

and rightly so.

Best Maternity Plus Size Dresses

by Amy Jones |
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I recently tried to find the best maternity plus-size dresses to wear to some parties I had coming up and unwittingly – and I’m trying really hard not to be overdramatic here – plunged myself into hell. I live in London but could find almost no brands with a decent in-store presence, so instead, I spent two weeks ordering maternity clothes online and dealing with an endless carousel of couriers, crushing disappointment and returns because nothing was even approaching 'right'.

I thought it was common knowledge that when you’re pregnant, your boobs get bigger. If I had a fiver for every time I’d watched someone on screen complain about their boobs before realising they are pregnant, I’d have enough to buy a house, or at least a decent bra to contain my suddenly-enormous norks. Can someone tell maternity clothing retailers this?

Many of the dresses I tried looked delightful on the slender models with perfect handfuls of boob (think tight-fitting cocktail dresses) but positively pornographic on me. If I was starring in my own pregnancy-themed strip show, then they might have been okay, but if I wanted to go to a wedding and not have two-thirds of each tit on full display, they were utterly unusable. And that’s when I could even get the dresses on.

During pregnancy, a person’s body changes in myriad ways, but it seems that maternity clothing retailers mostly think pregnant people are straight up and down with a beachball glued to their belly button. It's tough to try and find the best maternity dresses on the market, it seems, but there are some gems out there and luckily for you, we've found them.

Here's our edit of the best maternity dresses to shop right now - just in time for spring/summer.

SHOP: The Best Maternity Plus-Size Dresses To Buy Right Now

Beyond Nine Cece DressCredit: Beyond Nine

Beyond Nine's range is perfect for anyone who'll be pregnant over the summer. Light, airy, comfortable and perfectly designed, its Abbie dress is a best-seller - and we love it.

Seraphine Button-Down V-Neck Maternity DressCredit: Seraphine

Did someone say 'Grecian goddess'? This stunning light blue number would be a beautiful addition to your holiday wardrobe and can be dressed up or down.

Nobody's Child Sansa Midi DressCredit: Nobody's Child
Price: £45 (was £75)

While this isn't technically a maternity dress, sizing up is a good option if you still want to wear something again post-pregnancy. The shirred waist panel on the Sansa midi is great for giving you some extra breathing room, and it also has pockets.


This simple but chic dress from Kim Kardashian's brand, Skims, features a subtle slit to the leg which adds a hint of sultriness to an otherwise modest number. Perfect for any activities you'll be participating in during the spring and coming summer months.

New Look Maternity Black Broderie Shirred Midi DressCredit: New Look

This is a dress that we could live in all summer, and luckily it's available in black or white. With a shirred top for boob comfort and a cool, cotton and linen mix for warm weather, it's a dream. And SO affordable.

Yours Curve Orange Floral Print Pleated Front Maxi DressCredit: Yours Clothing

We know, we know, groundbreaking, but we can't deny a floral number for spring/summer. Pair this with chunky dad sandals on the weekend or trainers and a blazer for work.

Seraphine Red Midi Wrap Maternity DressCredit: Seraphine

This ever-popular wrap dress has an adjustable fit to make you feel ultra comfortable, and is also available in a delightful green colourway.


The pleated detailing is fun and flirtatious and is perfect to twirl in at summer parties. Mocktails only, of course!

MAMA Ribbed dressCredit: H&M
Price: £27.99

With stretchy material and a selection of colours, this H&M dress is perfect no matter what stage of your pregnancy. We love this light green colour, which gives strong spring and summer vibes. Perfect with a denim jacket.

River Island Maternity Black Broderie Skater DressCredit: River Island

A comfortable option for a day at the beach or the park, we love a broderie moment and this skater dress from River Island is versatile and easy to style.

Black Sparkle Maternity Maxi DressCredit: Seraphine

If you have a formal night to attend, then you're sure to steal the spotlight in this sparkly Seraphine number. Although it doesn't look it, it's super-stretchy and doesn't irritate the skin.

Off-The-Shoulder Atlanta Midi DressCredit: Harrods

Sleeper's bestselling Atlanta dress exudes elegance, from the flirtatious off-the-shoulder neckline to the ruffle-trimmed bishop sleeves. It's pregnancy-playful chic at its best, and we are obsessed.

What Size Maternity Dresses Should I Buy?

I should say at this point that I’m aware I will find maternity dressing more difficult than most. I’m a size 16-20, depending on the cut of a piece of clothing, and finding stylish maternity clothes above a size 14 is hard, especially if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. In most places, a generous limit was a size 18. As that’s my usual size in dresses and all the websites encourage you to “order in your pre-pregnancy size”, I thought I’d be okay, but… no.

Deflated, I asked the brands I contacted for their advice. Séraphine, one of the few maternity brands to cater to sizes over a 16 in wedding/bridesmaid dresses, says that 24% of the Clarice dresses were sold in a 16 or 18 and for me, they’d recommend I try a wrap dress. They sent me their “highly requested” Red Floral Bessie dress, worn by Myleene Klass, and when I tried it on, it fit perfectly, with plenty of room for both my hips and my boobs.

New Look, which goes up to a size 20, suggested I try some of their dresses. I’ve been able to get excellent jeans and daywear from New Look (I’ve spent the last few months basically living in their denim maxi dresses, and I’m always complimented on it) and there's currently a range of casual and more formal dresses.

The truth is, you probably won't know what size to buy until you're in the second trimester, but if you're unsure, you can always try sizing up or ordering a couple of sizes to find out which fits you best.

What Should I Consider When Shopping For Maternity Dresses?

What to look for depends on when you'll be pregnant and, therefore, what type of weather you're dealing with, but the main considerations are the fabric, style, and versatility. Opt for breathable, stretchy fabrics like cotton or jersey in the summer to accommodate your changing body comfortably, and that you can layer over tights or under jumpers in the colder months.

Look for styles that offer room to grow, such as ruched panels, shirred tops or wrap dresses, which can adapt as your belly expands. Versatile designs that can be dressed up or down, or used during nursing will maximise wear throughout your pregnancy and beyond, too.

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