Hunting down the best maternity dresses is no easy job. So far during my pregnancy all I’ve wanted to wear is dresses (anyone else like me can’t stand waistbands digging into bump?) and have been shocked at the lack of options out there for expectant mums. It’s taken me a while to locate the brands with the coolest cuts, but also the ones that properly cater to my changing body shape. I’m not after frumpy thank you very much, what I really need are investment designs with the potential for post-baby wear too.

Constantly searching for new options, here you’ll find the best maternity dresses for expanding bumps, from high street to boutique finds. Thankfully Topshop and Asos maternity are always pretty on point, with regular drops of new collections and a devotion to tapping into big trends – I’m pregnant, I haven’t lost my fashion sense! Don’t overlook the niche, boutique brands that design for pregnant ladies alone though, people like Isabella Oliver are absolute life savers!

These reliable haunts offer maternity dress options spanning weekends, weddings, parties, special occasions, work and beyond. Proving there’s more to maternity dressing than just smocks, step this way for the ultimate bump-enhancing frock fixers. Here’s your best maternity dresses guide.

Isabella Oliver Best Maternity Dresses

London-based maternity brand Isabella Oliver never fails when it comes to well-fitting maternity dresses. Their slashed-shoulder LBD is one of those never date pieces you’ll wear time and time again, while this grey t-shirt dress will serve you well styled up with blazers, bombers and trench coats. The Grayson caviar black dress I’m wearing above is such a good fit, it holds everything in, without being too tight and the high neckline and long sleeves make it winter-friendly. With subtle ruching around the middle – super flattering and expands with bump – it’s one of those maternity purchases you’ll wear to death. There’s plenty more day friendly stripes, block colours and formal occasion pieces to pick from too.

Topshop Best Maternity Dresses

A maternity collection centred around the season’s leading trends, from military to animal print, when it comes to maternity dresses Topshop has you covered. Expect daytime stretchy, striped pieces, slips, tea dresses and more. Fave autumn buys include this animal print midi dress, (try a polo underneath), and the versatile monochrome shirt dress. Don’t forget to check out the range of maternity jeans, nightwear and lingerie too.

Asos Best Maternity Dresses

The great thing about Asos maternity is that a range of varied brands sits alongside Asos own-brand, meaning there’s heaps and heaps of maternity dresses to choose from. Drops hit the site every few days (prepare to get addicted) and on top of cool new frock buys there’s weekend, work, fitness and loungewear pieces too.

Marks and Spencer Best Maternity Dresses

For reliable everyday essential dress buys look no further than Marks and Spencer maternity. Crammed full with those easy jersey basics that can be dressed up and down depending on the occasion, snapping up a couple of these no brainer buys early on in pregnancy is a clever move. The beauty of a simple three quarter sleeve buy like this breton striped number is the flexibility it offers. Going into colder autumn spells you can layer a jumper on top, and it will look equally on point with a khaki parka or smart wool coat. Converse or ankle boots to finish – you pick.

New Look Best Maternity Dresses

New Look’s maternity dresses are great for those everyday buys you’ll live in. From shirt dresses to easy prints and tunics, this pocket-friendly maternity collection’s well worth a look.

Nine In The Mirror Best Maternity Dresses

Expert maternity destination Nine In The Mirror is that place to go when you really want to treat yourself. With designers including Marni and Alexander Wang, here you’ll find maternity specific brands like mum-to-be pro’s Hatch, sitting alongside bump-friendly pieces from well known luxury labels.

Dorothy Perkins Best Maternity Dresses

Dorothy Perkins maternity ticks off all your bump needs, whether you’re in the market for throw-on jersey dresses, office-appropriate cuts or something for a night out. This black cord pinny dress is an easy fabric win for autumn, plus with a simple roll neck or blouse underneath, you’ll look French preppy chic in no time. Bonus.

Next Best Maternity Dresses

Next’s maternity dress selection offers up simple silhouettes that can be elevated or pared back depending on the occasion. Their green floral print dress works just as well for the office with smart add-ons, as it does for shopping at the weekend with a gilet and boots.