The best maternity evening dress you can buy in 2020 – The Sun
September 30, 2020 - Party Maxi Dress
PREGNANCY doesn’t mean you need to ditch the glamour.
There are plenty of brands specialising in pregnancy occasionwear at a range of prices, so you’ve got lots of options when it comes to finding the best maternity evening dress to suit you.
Unless you’re a celebrity, you’re not likely to need more than a couple of maternity evening dresses through the entirety of your pregnancy.
Although if you happen to be due in summertime, you may end up needing a few maternity evening dresses on rotation for the summer wedding/races/parties circuit (it’s the year that you’re 38 weeks pregnant in sweltering mid-July that you’ll end up with the most summer party invites – trust us).
The main criteria for a maternity evening dress is comfort – you want a style that looks good when you’re 20 weeks pregnant, and still looks and feels good at 40 weeks.
No matter your aesthetic, there’s a maternity evening dress online for you, whether you’re looking for short or long styles, lace or frills, or a simple stretch dress that can do daytime to evening (just add accessories).
From budget buys at Amazon to the UK’s specialist maternity dress purveyor, Tiffany Rose, check out our top picks for best maternity evening dresses below.
1. Best day to night: Purpless Maternity 2in1 Skater Dress
- (AD) Purpless Maternity 2in1 Skater Dress, from £9.99 at Amazon – buy here
For a maternity evening dress that you’ll definitely wear more than once, this stylish skater design is a good pick.
Not only does it accommodate your growing bump thanks to its stretch viscose fabrication, but it also has a nursing-friendly top, plus it comes in a selection of colours.
‘I had it on for my birthday when I was 15 weeks and then on Christmas day when I was 31 weeks pregnant.
‘I will also wear it again after giving birth as it is suitable for feeding. It is super comfortable and looks very nice on me.
‘It is really good value for money considering maternity clothes can be expensive’, notes a reviewer.
2. Best for beach: Xuanran Strapless Maternity Dress
- (AD) Xuanran Strapless Maternity Dress, £23.99 at Amazon – buy here
This cotton-chiffon dress is a maternity evening dress pick for two main reasons: beach events and maternity photo shoots.
The dress is split in the middle from the belly down, making it a particular favourite for photo shoots – it looks phenomenal in pictures – but reviewers love it for outdoor events, too.
Choose from a selection of colours, and pick from strapless or long-sleeved.
3. Best LBD: JoJo Maman Bébé Velvet and Lace Maternity Dress
- Velvet and lace maternity dress, £49 at JoJo Maman Bébé – buy here
From cocktail parties to Christmas – and everything in between – this formal dress from JoJo Maman Bébé has a round neck, slim fit and belted waist tie.
The velvet-lace combo is elegant and timeless.
4. Best evening gown: Tiffany Rose Eden Gown
- Eden gown, £249 at Tiffany Rose – buy here
If you’ve got lots of occasions during your pregnancy, or one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments where you’ll be meeting the Queen and want to pull out all the stops, or you’re getting married, Tiffany Rose has an incredible selection of black tie, red-carpet and bridal maternity dresses.
The Eden gown is a stunner and comes in three different hues with very different effects (in blue, it’s ready for evenings; in white, it’ll take you down the aisle).
This lace-overlay dress has a flattering plunge neck and a royal fan club, including Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Crown Princess Victoria.
5. Best for breastfeeding: Séraphine Maternity & Nursing Gown
- Sky blue maternity and nursing gown, £229 at Séraphine – buy here
This absolute stunner of a dress would be on an occasion wear wish list, pregnant or not.
It’s made from lined georgette fabric, beautifully drapes over the bump and has a stretch panel at the back to grow with you, as well as lace detailing and an elegant neck tie for stylish finishing touches.
The maxi-length dress is also nursing-friendly, with buttons on one side and an opening on the other, so you’ll be wearing this long beyond your pregnancy.
Best figure-hugging: Isabella Oliver Grayson Maternity Dress
- Grayson maternity dress, £89 at Isabella Oliver – buy here
Isabella Oliver is another destination for maternity evening dresses, and, for those looking to save cash and the planet, there are pre-loved and rental options available on the site.
The Grayson is a winner for anyone looking for a figure-flattering maternity evening dress. It has ruching at the sides, a high neck, 3/4 sleeves and is made from breathable, natural fibres.
‘Wish I bought this dress weeks ago. Worth the money! Finally feel pregnant and still put together without a lot of effort!’ writes a fan.
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