When you think of maternity photos, you probably envision a woman holding her beautiful bump under a long, floral-printed dress with a flower crown on her head. And while we love the gorgeous, ethereal vibe those photos carry, we have news for you: there’s more than one maternity aesthetic for you to consider.
Whether your style is classic, edgy, or more traditionally feminine, the perfect dress is out there for you. (If you’re typically a jeans-and-leather-jacket kind of girl, go ahead and skip the dress all together.) The key is to find something that shows off the bump and makes you feel beautiful, comfortable, and—most importantly—like you. Here are a few places to start.
It’s hard to go wrong with black-and-white stripes — especially vertical stripes, which work wonders in elongating your frame. This number is modern, polished, and even works in the office—try layering it over black tights on a cool day.
Hatch The Ricky Slip Dress ($278)
This slinky dress has a classic maternity photo feel thanks to its length and soft color palette, but hits a more modern and streamlined note. We love how the material hugs the bump, and we especially love how this piece looks underneath a leather jacket for a post-maternity shoot dinner. It’s available in other colors as well, but we’re partial to gender-neutral yellow.
Ulla Johnson Estelle Dress ($695)
Is it technically a maternity dress? Well, no. But that doesn’t matter—Ulla Johnson does breezy cuts so well, making designs from the brand perfect for a growing belly (and, hello, comfort!). While this dress carries a hefty price tag, it could easily be used for your baby shower or other events long after the pregnancy is over. We love the short hemline—who says you have to go floor-length for maternity photos?
Again, not technically a maternity dress. But pregnant or not, how can you not swoon over this dreamy number? It’s perfect for the lady who loves that traditional floral look for maternity photos, and it can truly be worn post-pregnancy as well. This style comes in a few colorways and you can’t go wrong with any of them…though this stunning shade of blue is ideal for boy moms.
Don’t want to spend a fortune on a maternity dress? We don’t blame you. This maxi option is pretty, fluid, and it won’t break the bank for that black tie wedding coming up.
The floor-length floral look is popular for a reason—it’s super feminine and represents the new life you’re growing. Feel free to wander barefoot through the grass during your photo shoot in this pretty number.
Bump-defining silhouette? Check. On-trend off-shoulder detail? Check. Affordable price point? Check. Seriously comfortable, breathable fabric? Check. Really, what more could you want?