Maternity dresses: The Marie Claire edit

It's hot out there – these dresses will keep you (and your bump) cool, whatever the occasion...

Maternity Dresses, The Marie Claire edit
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It's hot out there – these dresses will keep you (and your bump) cool, whatever the occasion...

Finding maternity clothes which are flattering and fit well is hard at the best of times. Add in soaring temperatures and all the different events that happen in summer and it can seem like an impossible task. Fear not, armed with our round-up of pretty dresses for every occasion, it won't be. And you and the bump don't even need to hit the shops - all these beauties are available online, right now.

Head to Ganni for your super-stylish wedding guest outfit, Rosetta Getty for cute holiday numbers and Topshop is where it's at for day-to-evening workwear dresses.

Before you start your search, here's just a few things to consider:

Get the timing right - If it's your first pregancy, you usually won't start showing until your second trimester, so there's no need to splash out straight away.

Know where to go - If you're going to hit the shops, always check which ones have maternity departments before you head out. No one wants to waste valuable time (and energy) five months pregnant.

Be confident - Don't be afraid to embrace and accentuate your growing bump. Loose-fit dresses are ideal for concealing areas you're not feeling too great about, but generally a slim-fit option, especially around the arms and chest can be the most flattering option during pregnancy.

Specialist maternity shops are not your only option - we say go further afield and try some of your favourite High Street stores. Just stick to fabrics that have some stretch in them, ruching detail that accommodates a growing bump, see Zara for a sporty style that will hug your bump or a floaty maxi dress from Magda Butrym. Also if you unsure of what size to go for it is wise to go a size up to make sure it fits all the way through your pregnancy.

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