How To Dress Your Baby Bump For Special Occasions

If you’re pregnant and have a special event coming up, you may be at a loss on what to wear. Formal attire is usually pretty uncomfortable and the last thing we want to when we’re pregnant is to try to do is squeeze into a tiny cocktail dress and throw on a pair of stilettos. However, at Ultimate Mom, we know how important it is to sparkle on a night out, so we have some easy glam tips to help you and your baby bump shine for any upcoming special occasion.

How To Dress Your Baby Bump For Special Occasions

Show Off Your Baby Bump

Heidi Klum, Beyoncé, and Reese Witherspoon all rocked the red carpet displaying their baby bumps loud and proud. So when you dress for your formal event, don’t be afraid to show off your bump! Go ahead and grab a bodycon, a wrap dress, or something with an empire waist that will proudly show off that you are a glamorous mom-to-be. Baby bumps are beautiful and your pregnant figure looks best when you aren’t trying to hide it.

Dress For Comfort

You don’t have to compromise style for comfort on your special occasion. You can definitely have both. Opt for a dress made with a stretchy or flowing material so it feels cozy. Avoid anything with hard structure built in like corset spines and rhinestone backing. When you try on your dress, stretch around a bit. Then sit down and stand up a couple of times to see how it feels. If it is at all uncomfortable skip it for something else. Then instead of pairing your dress with a pair of heels, opt for flats. We love these jeweled ballerina flats from Gianni Bini. If you really want a heel, opt for a kitten heel like these metallic Nina Tessie kitten heels from Zappos.

Go For Bold Colors And Prints

The instinct is to wear dark colors like black, navy blue, and violet. Many women think that dark colors make them look slimmer and though there is so truth to this, bold colors and patterns can also help you show off your figure. If you are really worried about wearing a bold color, look for something with ruching along the sides. This little sewing trick slims any figure but will still highlight your beautiful baby bump. Plus, ruching will make the dress extra comfortable so you’ll feel great through the event.

Add Sparkling Accessories

If you try on a few different dresses and none of them look right or feel comfortable, wear your favorite dress and dress it up with some costume jewelry. Costume jewelry can take even the most casual dress and give it a formal twist for an elegant occasion. Imagine throwing something like this IPink Pearl statement necklace or this Lovage Crystal Choker Collar on a basic black dress. So don’t worry if you can’t find something super comfortable off the rack, you can step up any look with the right accessories.

Get Support

One of the best ways to stay comfortable and look fabulous happens underneath your dress. Wearing the right supportive lingerie help show off your mommy shape while still offering you plenty of support. Consider picking up a few essentials like a maternity bra like the BellyBra from Target or a supportive, non-binding shaper like the Spanx Power Mama Shaper. These essentials will keep you comfortable and supported so you can enjoy the whole event without any aches or pains.

Our Four Favorite Stores For Dressing A Baby Bump For Any Occasion

Knowing where to shop is half the battle when prepping for a special occasion. These four stores have formal attire that is specifically designed and tailored to fit a pregnant woman’s body, so you will be comfortable and chic all night:

  • ASOS Maternity: Known for selling cutting edge fashion essentials to 20-somethings, many mommies-to-be overlook this fantastic maternity shopping destination. ASOS has a wide selection of maternity clothing including special events outfits for both day and night time occasions. When shopping for your next occasion, check out ASOS. Make sure to skim through their Outlet section where you can find occasion maternity dresses for as low as $13.00.
  • Pink Blush: Pink Blush specializes in beautiful maternity clothing. They offer a great selection of occasion dresses to wear to any event from a formal dinner to an outdoor spring wedding. Pink Blush also offers a Maternity Plus line, so women of all shapes and sizes can look fabulous at their big event. We love this gold glam fitted mini dress that would be flattering on any soon-to-be mommy.
  • A Pea In The Pod: Probably one of the best-known maternity clothing designers, A Pea in the Pod has a great selection of dresses that would work for your next event. They also have a great selection of maternity underwear for one stop shopping. Our favorite dress has to be this bold green Ella Moss Relaxed Fit dress, it’s so elegant but also looks super comfortable!
  • Seraphine: Seraphine has an entire section dedicated to maternity party clothing. They offer dresses, separates, and fun maternity accessories like these gorgeous Embellished Maternity Belts that will make your outfit shine while also showing off your beautiful bump. We love that Seraphine challenges the standards of pregnancy fashion and believes that women should show off their pregnancy beauty. Plus, all their clothing grows with your bump, so you don’t have to worry about ordering something and it being too small by the time it arrives.


So if you have a special occasion coming up, don’t worry. You can be comfortable, look elegant, and show off as the proud mama you are. So follow these simple tips, check out these great stores, and have fun putting together the look for your special occasion!