There are quite a few things about pregnancy that can be uncomfortable. But one thing most moms appreciate when it comes to maternity logistics is the chance to wear comfy and loose clothing at every occasion. And no place do tights and a nice flowing dress feel more comfortable than when you’re strapped into an airplane seat for a long-haul flight.
Herewith, we’ve researched the most stylish and comfortable maternity dresses for travel, with options for en-route and once you get there, too – whether you’re headed on a family vacation to the Caribbean or off for a city escape in Europe.
Flouncy sleeves, cute cutaways on the shoulders and a just-above-the-knee length are a few of features of this Pea in the Pod frock that will keep you feeling pretty whether you’re in your second or third trimester. Available in black only, it’s perfect paired with wedges for a dress-up night on a cruise or even a romantic dinner out on the town. The fabric is 100-percent polyester, so you don’t have to worry about wrinkles once you pull it out of your suitcase, either.
Ruched sides are a girl’s best friend when pregnant. They make for a cute and feminine embellishment that expands with your expanding belly for maximum comfort, at the same time. And this easily packable Liu & Qu Ruched dress—available in short or three-quarter sleeves and made from a viscose and spandex blend—goes easily from the airplane to the beach to the hotel buffet. Choose from striped and floral patterns or jewel-toned solid hues that you can dress up with ballet flats or dress down with a pair of sandals.
With its high waist and loose-flowing skirt below, the DUNEA Maxi Dress is perfect for the pregnant traveler. Choose from a tank top or three-quarter sleeve top, with skirt patterns that range from solids to florals. The rounded top and stretchable fabric makes it easy for on-the-go breastfeeding eventually, too. And the long skirt falls around your ankles, making it a cinch to stay comfortable in various positions in a cramped airplane seat in a way you just can’t when wearing jeans.
You’re at your most feminine when you’re pregnant, even if you don’t always feel that way—which is why we really love the girly details like the cute, capped sleeves and side bow tie wrap on this adorable My Bump dress that packs down to next to nothing. Fun patterns range from tropicals and florals to a subtle oriental motif that segues well to urban outings. The best part? The fact that this dress is a wrap and therefore adjustable in size means you can wear it post-pregnancy, too.
Here’s a pretty dress from LaClef that really shows off your bump thanks to front pleating details on the empire waist that complement your growing belly through the various stages of pregnancy. The look is simple and classic, with plaid and solid colors among the options. Made of viscose, nylon and spandex, the dress’s fabric grows with you and stays mostly wrinkle-free in transit, too.
Bohemian and elegant at the same time, this timeless maxi dress by Yumi Kim is a splurge, to be sure. But we love the feminine wrap style, the sleeves that fall somewhere between cap-length and tank-style, and the delicate flower print. When you want to (try to) feel pretty, slightly dressed up and comfortable all the same, this one’s a winner.
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The LBD is an essential in any woman’s wardrobe. And if your travels are going to involve getting dressed up at some point, this gorgeous frock with a crochet laced insert across the décolleté and grow-with-you ruched sides is a showstopper. The length falls just below the knees and the material is thick and comfortable. And while black is always our go-to for a dressy night out, other pretty color options include dark red, navy blue, and a pretty forest green. This is a great one to consider for your maternity photo shoots, too, as it wears beautifully at every stage of pregnancy.
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