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The 20 Best Maternity Dresses for Fall and Winter 2022

Self [Non-Video] 9/21/2022 Amy Marturana Winderl, C.P.T.

As someone who spent the first 24-ish weeks of pregnancy in the spring and summer, I lived in dresses. I was surprised to learn that the best maternity dresses aren’t even maternity dresses at all.

As my body has gone through changes, I’ve been so grateful that I could just throw on a dress and not have to worry about a tight and uncomfortable waistband over my growing belly. I’ve navigated the inevitable wardrobe crisis any pregnant person will feel once they can no longer button their jeans (or in my case, jean shorts), and learned that certain dress styles and cuts—smocked, tiered, wrap, bodycon, and anything with a high and elastic waistband—can take you through your entire pregnancy and beyond.

Ultimately, I’ve relied on a mix of non-maternity dresses and maternity dresses so far. And turns out, I’m not alone. When I asked pregnant people for their best maternity dress recommendations, they all echoed the sentiment that you can find great dresses both meant for pregnancy and not.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best maternity dresses to carry you through this fall and winter, from retailers like Amazon, Nordstrom, Target, and other maternity brands like Hatch and PinkBlush. Because let’s be honest, comfort is priority number one during this stage of your life, and dresses often tend to be the easiest and most accommodating option when your belly is growing noticeably bigger from one week to the next.

1. Old Navy Fitted Rib-Knit Midi Cami Dress

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Old Navy Fitted Rib-Knit Midi Cami Dress

$35.00, Old Navy

While it’s not technically a maternity dress, this rib-knit dress stretches right over your growing baby bump and is so easy to just throw on with a jean jacket or cardigan. I love that I could wear it all summer and can also transition it into fall—and I can keep wearing it post-pregnancy, too.

Available in sizes S, XL-3X and Petite XL-XXL.

2. Ingrid and Isabel Cozy Dress + Sweater Set

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Ingrid and Isabel Cozy Dress + Sweater Set

$134.00, Ingrid and Isabel

I’m so excited to wear this dress and sweater set all fall long. The material is thick and stretchy and not at all itchy (is it just me or does everything make my belly itchy lately?!) and the silhouette accentuates my bump in the cutest way. It goes great with white sneakers, but you could also wear it with heels and a blazer to dress it up.

Available in sizes XS-XL.

3. KIM S Boho Flutter Short Sleeve Maternity Dress

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KIM S Boho Flutter Short Sleeve Maternity Dress

$39.00, Amazon

A smocked dress is another great style for pregnancy. “It’s accommodating and also doesn’t require a bra or nipple pads (usually),” says Arielle P., 32. The delicate flutter sleeves and pretty pastel colors of this smocked dress make it a great choice for a baby shower. Throw on a jean jacket and you’ve got an easy, cute option for the fall months ahead.

Available in sizes S-XXL.

4. Pinkblush Floral Short Sleeve Maternity Maxi Dress

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Pinkblush Floral Short Sleeve Maternity Maxi Dress

$89.00, Pinkblush

I bought this floral dress for my fall baby shower, and I absolutely love how it fits and feels. The wrap neckline and tie waist (with elastic underneath) sit at just the right spot, and the slit on the side is a nice addition. The pattern and colors are really beautiful and perfect for the season. Overall, I feel like a pregnant goddess in this flowy number.

Available in sizes S-L.

5. Good American Belted Body Dress

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Good American Belted Body Dress

$99.00, Good American

If you haven’t noticed, rib-knit dresses tend to be a big hit with pregnant people—myself included. This one isn’t maternity-specific, but it’s really stretchy and the front tie lies at just the right spot above my bump. I love that it's versatile enough that I can dress it down or up depending on where I’m going.

Available in sizes XS-4XL.

6. Astr The Label Tiered Short Sleeve Dress

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Astr The Label Tiered Short Sleeve Dress

$89.00, Nordstrom

“Some of the best maternity dresses are not maternity dresses at all—just dresses with extra room that you can wear through pregnancy and beyond,” Dana S., 32, says. She specifically recommends tiered midi dresses. This gauzy number has a stretchy waistband that makes it comfy as your body changes.

Available in sizes XS-L.

7. Seraphine Blue Floral Maternity & Nursing Dress

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Seraphine Blue Floral Maternity & Nursing Dress

$95.00, Seraphine

“I’m a big fan of Seraphine dresses,” Ashley F., 31, says. “The cut, quality of fabric, and overall style make it my go-to brand when looking for chic maternity (and postpartum) wear.” This maternity dress is great year-round, and has hidden zippers making it nursing-friendly, so you can get even more wear out of it.

Available in sizes 2-14.

8. Gap Maternity Henley Midi Sweater Dress

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Gap Maternity Henley Midi Sweater Dress

$98.00, Gap

“The best dresses for me were maternity and non-maternity from Old Navy and Gap,” says Alicia K., 32. “Anything bodycon I found to be the most comfortable and I wore them from winter all the way through summer.” This henley sweater dress is a cozy staple that will carry you through fall and winter.

Available in sizes XS-XL.

9. Pinkblush Knit Wrap Fitted Maternity/Nursing Dress

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Pinkblush Knit Wrap Fitted Maternity/Nursing Dress

$78.00, Pinkblush

“Loved this dress for the holidays!” says Lindsey T., 34. “I wore it on Christmas when I was 28 weeks pregnant and it hugged me without being uncomfortable. And the wrap style makes it easy to put on!”

Available in sizes S-XL.

10. Motherhood Maternity Turtleneck Babydoll Dress

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Motherhood Maternity Turtleneck Babydoll Dress

$40.00, Amazon

Dana S. was also a big fan of Motherhood Maternity’s dresses throughout her entire pregnancy. This turtleneck dress is perfect for cooler temps and is made of soft and stretchy material. And you can’t go wrong with a babydoll silhouette—it’s a good way to ensure the dress will fit at any point from week four to week 40 in the third trimester.

Available in sizes M-XL.

11. Ingrid And Isabel Smocked Chambray Midi Dress

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Ingrid And Isabel Smocked Chambray Midi Dress

$128.00, Madewell

I love this smocked chambray dress from Ingrid and Isabel. It’s made of a substantial fabric, which makes it great for transitioning to colder temps. It also pairs perfectly with winter boots and a leather jacket, so I’ll be living my best basic fall life in this thing for the next couple of months.

Available in sizes XS-XL.

12. Laughido Short Sleeve Ruched Sundress 

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Laughido Short Sleeve Ruched Sundress

$40.00, Amazon

Erica S., 32, recommends this ruched midi-length body-con dress—and honestly any similar style—as a maternity staple. “Pregnancy is such a wonderful time to wear things that accentuate your body that maybe otherwise you would be nervous to wear!” she says. She also found that longer than knee-length is key: “Because as your body grows you want something that has room to rise up if needed.”

Available in sizes XS and M-XXL.

13. Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel 3/4 Sleeve T-Shirt Dress

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Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel 3/4 Sleeve T-Shirt Dress

$25.00, Target

There's really nothing like an easy breezy T-shirt dress. This one has ruching along the sides, which I’ve found is a nice way to add some shape and show off your growing belly a little bit without the full-body tightness of a bodycon dress.

Available in sizes XS-XXL.

14. Cozy Earth Rib-Knit Bamboo Hoodie Dress

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Cozy Earth Rib-Knit Bamboo Hoodie Dress

$165.00, Cozy Earth

As someone who works from home, I live in athleticwear. This hoodie dress is so soft and cozy and basically feels like a nightgown—except I can throw on my shoes and go run errands in it and not look like I’m in my PJs. It’s the perfect lounge dress for pregnancy and beyond.

Available in sizes XS-XXXL.

15. Lulus Always Growing Black Floral Smocked Balloon Sleeve Midi Dress

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Lulus Always Growing Black Floral Smocked Balloon Sleeve Midi Dress

$68.00, Lulus

“For dresses, I also relied on Lulu’s, and would look for an empire waist or size up for bodycon dresses,” Brittany P. says. This floral print dress has an empire waist (meaning it drapes under the bustline) and is smocked, so you’ll get all the stretch you need around your ribs before the chiffon material drapes down over your growing bump.

Available in sizes XS-XL.

16. The Nines by HATCH Ribbed Maternity Dress

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The Nines by HATCH Ribbed Maternity Dress

$38.00, Target

Hatch’s Target line, The Nines, has some maternity clothing gems at relatively affordable prices—including this turtleneck rib dress. The lightweight ribbed material and bodycon fit paired with long sleeves and a turtle neck make it a chic go-to for fall and winter.

Available in sizes XS-XXL.

17. Petal & Pup Katerina Dress

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Petal & Pup Katerina Dress

$99.00, Petal & Pup

Another great way to find non-maternity maternity dresses? Search the “bump-friendly” section of certain retailers. Brittany P. recommends Petal and Pup, which is where she found a dress for her baby shower. There are tons of great options, including this floral maxi dress that has a waistline that sits comfortably above your bump.

Available in sizes 0-6 and 10-12.

18. Fixmatti Backless Slit Maxi Dress

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Fixmatti Backless Slit Maxi Dress

$50.00, Amazon

“Any sweater wrap dress is so wonderful for pregnancy,” says Erica. S. “It covers your chest, and hits the bump at the perfect angle.” Amazon’s chock full of options of this style—this particular dress has 4.5 stars and over 2,900 reviews, and it comes in 16 different solid color options.

Available in sizes S-XL.

19. Splendid Doe Cotton Blend Tank Midi Dress

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Splendid Doe Cotton Blend Tank Midi Dress

$138.00, Nordstrom

Splendid makes really great basics, and I have a tank dress (similar to this one!) from the brand that I’ve loved wearing the last few months. It’s so easy to throw on with sneakers and is a good option for when you don’t want something super snug around your belly.

Available in sizes XS-L.

20. H&M MAMA Ribbed Jersey Dress

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H&M MAMA Ribbed Jersey Dress

$25.00, H&M

Rib knit, side ruching, midi length. This dress ticks off some major “most-wanted” features in the maternity dress category. And let’s not forget, it’s got some nice spandex stretch. Plus, it comes in colors that make it easy to pair with neutrals and wear from one season to the next.

Available in sizes M-XXL.

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