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When you're expecting, maternity dresses can quickly become a wardrobe staple—especially during warmer months. Find maternity dresses from top brands, including Motherhood, Gap, and Old Navy, at thredUP for up to 90% off retail.
What Makes Maternity Dresses Better
Although it can be tempting to stick with regular clothes and simply size up, the best women's dresses you can buy during pregnancy are maternity brands. You may have trouble finding a regular dress that provides enough give in the right places or accommodates your growing belly without being too loose on your upper body.
Maternity clothes are typically more durable than others and designed to work throughout your entire pregnancy. They often use lighter, stretchier fabric and special styles, such as side ruching, that give you room to grow without looking frumpy during the earlier stages of pregnancy. You may even find that you feel more confident in clothes designed to flatter your changing body.
If this is your first pregnancy, you may not be familiar with maternity clothes or the brands that offer them. Some brands exclusively design clothes for women who are nursing or pregnant. One example is A Pea in the Pod, a maternity brand known for its luxurious clothing and designer fashions. Motherhood maternity dresses are another popular choice and often more familiar to customers.
Many retail stores also offer maternity styles alongside their regular clothing lines, including Gap and Old Navy. Target carries a maternity line by Liz Lange, while Kohl's boasts a special line from Motherhood called Oh Baby. Other maternity brands include Introspect Maternity, Momo, ASOS Maternity, and Mimi Maternity.
Styling Maternity Dresses
Like other women's dresses, maternity dresses come in a variety of styles. Some are shorter and fitted, while others have a higher waist and flared skirt. Maxi dresses are also popular. In recent years, maternity fashion has veered away from voluminous blouses and extra-full skirts into more fitted silhouettes.
No two bodies are exactly alike—especially during pregnancy—so try out a few different styles until you find what works best for you. Most dresses are versatile enough for either formal or casual wear, depending on the accessories you choose. A jean jacket over a dress, for instance, makes it casual enough for a weekend picnic in the park, or you can dress the same piece up with heels and a statement necklace. Keep wearing shorter dresses throughout colder months by adding a scarf, leggings, and booties.
Find the Brands You Want at thredUP
Maternity clothing can be expensive. Fortunately, maternity dresses are the perfect thing to buy secondhand, since most women only wear their maternity clothes for a few months and limit their activity during that time. At thredUP, you'll find a variety of like-new items from popular maternity brands—including those mentioned above. Each item is unique, and inventory changes every day as new treasures are posted.
Thanks to thredUP, building a maternity wardrobe has never been easier. You'll find gently-worn clothes from all of the best maternity brands, and you'll have plenty of money leftover to splurge on baby clothes, nursery decorations, or anything else your little one will need.