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Whether it’s your first baby on the way or you are expecting a third child, maternity style always manages to feel slightly complicated when it comes to formal events. Regardless of how cute a baby bump can look all dressed up, finding a fun frock that manages to toe the line between stylish and comfortable is not the easiest quest — but it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.
If you’ve been invited to a friend or family’s nuptials and are (or plan to be) pregnant on the big day, the edit of maternity guest dresses below will check off one item on your pre-wedding to-do list. Continue ahead for gorgeous options in an array of colors featuring romantic detailing like delicate ruffles, voluminous puff sleeves, soft velvet textures, and oh so much more. And remember: if you find a dress that lends a flowing silhouette that can accommodate a bump, don’t worry if it’s not from a maternity brand. You make the rules!
Read on for the best maternity wedding guest dresses.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: Kim and Kai Abigail Off-the-Shoulder Maternity Dress
Minimalist at heart? No problem. This pared-down black dress is ideal for a fuss-free guest attending a semi-formal wedding.
What to Look For in a Maternity Wedding Guest Dress
There's no need to sacrifice style for comfort when it comes to maternity wedding guest dresses. In fact, there are scores of styles out there that are not only bump-friendly but fashion-forward, too. When shopping for a maternity wedding guest dress, keep in mind that the fabric and silhouette will play a big role in the overall comfort and fit of the garment. Dresses made of stretch cotton, lace, jersey, and stretch crepe are much more breathable than other fabrics while styles with elastic, adjustable, or no waist require little or no adjustments. Additionally, dresses designed with a stretch lining also make for a relaxed and flattering option that doesn't require too many alterations.
What are the most maternity-friendly dress silhouettes?
Some universally flattering and bump-friendly silhouettes are empire waist dresses, wrap dresses, muumuus, A-line, and body-skimming dresses. However, finding the right maternity dress is all about choosing a silhouette that flatters your body type and makes you look and feel your best.
What dress fabrics are the most comfortable for pregnant wedding guests?
This is ultimately a personal preference. While some expecting mothers may prefer to wear loose-fitting silhouettes crafted from flowing fabrics like jersey or chiffon, others may feel more comfortable in more structured or body-hugging silhouettes made from fabrics such as stretch crepe or crisp cotton.
Can I wear a non-maternity dress?
Absolutely! There are no rules that say you have to buy your wedding guest dress from a maternity brand.
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