When there is a special occasion and you need to dress the part, then you’ll want a beautiful maternity gown that is not only stylish but comfortable too.

Formal dress shopping can be challenging at the best of times, and this is especially true when you are pregnant. It is all about seeking out a dress that is not only complementary to your blooming figure but is also easy to wear – that means it should be made with good-quality, soft materials, plus have some flexibility so it will stretch and not be too confining. After all, you might want to move around and maybe even dance at this formal event, and you need to be able to do so freely.

Depending on the style you prefer, you can find a maternity gown that is long or short, has different bust styles, comes with or without straps and sleeves, and varies in waistline design. There are also countless colors and designs to choose from.

It is all about finding the ideal type of maternity gown that makes you feel beautiful, both inside and out.

Dress shopping can be a pain in the you-know-what, especially when you are pregnant, and your body is constantly changing. However, finding a great maternity gown gets easier when you know what to look for.

First off, what style of dress do you normally feel the most comfortable in? Is it shorter or longer, or does it have a V-neck or three-quarter sleeves? They have the same style in maternity dresses too, so stick with what you like. Also look for soft, flexible materials that wear well and help you accentuate those curves in the most beautiful of ways.

You don’t have to sacrifice on style or comfort level when buying a maternity gown – there are plenty of options to choose from!

1. Editor's Choice: Xpenyo Maternity Maxi Dress

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This is the quintessential casual dress for pregnancy.

If you want a pretty, all-purpose dress to add to your maternity wardrobe, look no further than the Maternity Maxi Dress from Xpenyo. It comes in a wide range of colors and motifs (like animal prints, florals, and more), and it’s made from a comfy blend of rayon and spandex – it feels soft against the skin and still has elasticity for your blossoming curves. The pull-on closure makes it extremely easy to slide on and slip off. The crisscross front and empire waist are very complementary to your silhouette as well.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Variety of colors and patterns
  • Pull-on closure
  • Crisscross front
  • Empire waistline

Cons:
  • Not ideal for big-breasted women

2. Runner Up: Molliya Maternity Long Dress

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For more dressier occasions, this is a beautiful maternity gown with lovely details.

If you’re attending a wedding or other black-tie affair, this is the maternity gown for you. This long maxi dress is made from beautiful lace and has pretty off-the-shoulder detailing for a look that is refined and sophisticated. Choose from five lovely colors. It is 95% polyester and 5% spandex – the mix is both soft as well as flexible to move around in (plus, it will grow with you throughout your pregnancy). The top area has subtle floral detailing, while the long bottom is sweeping and drapes nicely against your figure. This maternity gown can be put into the washing machine on the cold setting for easy maintenance. It looks lovely at formal events or even for maternity photography shoots.

Pros:
  • Formal
  • Comfortable
  • Five colors
  • Machine washable

Cons:
  • Sized slightly larger

3. Best Casual: HELLO MIZ Women’s Faux Wrap Maxi Maternity Dress

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When you want to dress up just because, you get this adorable wrap maxi dress.

Sometimes a girl just wants to put on a dress because she just feels like it – a great choice is the HELLO MIZ Women’s Faux Wrap Maxi Maternity Dress. This polyester/spandex maternity gown has cute good looks and is very comfortable to wear. It wraps around your curves and helps accentuate only what you want to. Not only can you wear this maternity dress throughout the nine months of your pregnancy, but it can be worn well into post-partum too. It has an easy-to-wear V-neck and three-quarter sleeves. Wear it with slip-ons for casual cuteness or dress it up with accessories. There are more than 35 colors and motifs to choose from.

Pros:
  • Casual
  • Comfortable
  • Wrap-around dress
  • 35+ colors and patterns
Cons:
  • Thinner material
4. Best Lightweight: Mother Bee Maternity V-Neck Dress

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This maternity gown is simple and elegant.

Your beautiful bump is going to take center stage in this pretty and chic maternity gown – the Mother Bee Maternity V-Neck Dress is simplistic and understated, and makes for the perfect dress to wear during and after pregnancy. The polyester and spandex blend is not only silky soft, but it is also very lightweight, so although you are wearing a floor-length dress doesn’t mean it should be heavy and cumbersome. The top is a crossover of ruched material, which also falls below the waistline for a flattering figure. Choose from over 30 colors. This maternity gown is machine washable too.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Ruched material
  • 30+ colors
  • Machine washable
Cons:
  • Sized slightly large
5. Best for Pregnancy Shoot: JustVH Velvet Maternity Off The Shoulder Half Circle Fitted Gown

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Show off those beautiful curves in this tasteful maternity gown.

Nine months might feel like a long time when you’re in it, but you’re actually pregnant for a short period of time, which is why you should invest in a beautiful maternity gown for a photo shoot. Consider the Velvet Maternity Off The Shoulder Half Circle Fitted Gown from JustVH. It has everything you would ever want in a maternity gown: lovely classic colors like burgundy, navy blue, and hunter green, great details such as an off-the-shoulder neckline, ruching across the bust (which is flattering as well as has more room to grow), and a small train. It’s made from sumptuous regal velvet and practical everyday cotton, so you get the best of both worlds.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Dressy
  • Off the shoulder
  • 10+ colors
Cons:
  • Sized slightly small

6. Best To Grow With You: My Bump Women’s Ruffle Off The Shoulder Maxi Maternity Dress

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Dressed up or down, this maternity gown is great for all occasions.

With a casual hat and chunky sandals, it’s a casual maternity dress, and with a bit more bling is can be elevated to dressier status. Any way you look at it, the Women’s Ruffle Off The Shoulder Maxi Maternity Dress from My Bump can be as stylish as you want it to be – it’s all about what you pair it with. The fabric is uber-soft with a slight sheen and comes in more than 35 colors and styles. The comfortable four-way stretchy fabric that it is made from creates a smooth back and textured front, both of which complement your curvaceous silhouette. It is soft and will never stretch out – it just drapes over your body in the prettiest of ways.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • 35+ colors
  • Stretchy
  • Smooth back
  • Textured front
Cons:
  • Thinner material
7. Best Retro: ZIUMUDY Maternity Retro Dress

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This maternity gown is ideally suited for mamas-to-be who love a dress with some retro flare.

From the mermaid outline to the bell sleeves and the off-the-shoulder neckline, this maternity gown just screams retro good looks. The ZIUMUDY Maternity Retro Dress was created from a cotton and spandex blend that lets mom not only feel comfortable but look amazing too. Available in five solid colors, this maternity gown will hug your body in all the right places. The longer train is a lovely touch. It’s perfect for a more formal event or even a maternity photoshoot.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Mermaid style
  • Bell Sleeves
  • Off the shoulder
  • 5 colors
Cons:
  • Sized slightly small

8. Softest Choice: Ecavus Women’s Off Shoulder Maternity Dress

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You won’t believe how soft this maternity gown is!

The main thing mothers-to-be are looking for in a maternity gown is that it be comfortable, and it doesn’t get any softer than the Women’s Off Shoulder Maternity Dress by Ecavus. The mainly polyester maternity gown is silky-soft against the skin and flows beautifully right to the floor, creating a flattering outline for your new curvy figure. With more than 10 colors and styles, this polyester/spandex maternity gown is not only easy to wear but it is simple to maintain too as it is machine-washable. The V-neck and higher waistline also help to accentuate your body in all the right places.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Soft
  • 10+ colors
  • Machine washable
  • V-neck
  • High waistline
Cons:
  • Not a lot of bust support
Time to get gussied up, even with your baby bump? A beautiful maternity gown will help you get all dressed up but will also accommodate your bumps and curves, providing support and form-fitted comfort where you need it most. In the end, you will not only be comfy, but you’ll look radiant too.

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