Baby showers are increasingly popular in the UK, and why shouldn’t mums be able to enjoy an afternoon or evening indulging in tiny cupcakes, drinking mocktails and opening parcels filled with treats for the soon-to-arrive bundle of joy and herself?
But for many mums, a big dilemma comes before the big event: what to wear? This, of course, will depend on the type of ‘do’ being planned, but it’s far more complicated than that when there’s a baby bump and raging hormones to consider. The best advice we can offer is to pick something that makes you feel great but is also comfortable to wear – especially after all that cake. Dresses are a really versatile choice, and bold colours such as red and great patterns will really make a statement, whilst figure-skimming dresses will show off your bump at its best. Want more ideas? We’ve got them. Just check out some of these great maternity dresses would make the ideal starting point for the perfect baby shower outfit.
You might feel like you should steer clear of figure-hugging dresses, but why? After all, almost all dresses are figure-hugging when you’re pregnant, and people really do want to see that bump. Choose a great cut and you’ll be good to go. We love the Mamalicious Jersey Dress from Asos, not least because for £32 you actually get two dresses, one in red and one in black, meaning that you can take your pick depending on your mood on the day. Another top Asos choice is the ASOS Maternity Bodycon Mini Dress In Stripe With Cross Front, which can easily be dressed up or down depending on the venue and feel of your baby bash. If you want a style that doesn’t feature quite such a prominent bump, Asos also has some great choices, not least the super-flattering Maternity Midi Skater Dress With Cape Back, priced at £38, and the scrumptious orange Maternity Skater Dress With Scoop Neck And Flared Sleeves, a bargain at just £22.
If the varicose veins have taken hold and you’d rather have quads than get your legs out, there are plenty of maxi options out there, ranging from the £189 Isabella Oliver Florence Maternity Dress in teal to the Aqua Draped Maternity Maxi Dress, on offer at £45 at Seraphine. There are also plenty of dresses out there that are perfect for a casual get-together, meaning you won’t feel overdressed even if you’re celebrating in your own lounge. Excellent choices include the Sleeveless Overlay Maxi Dress, £26 from Topshop, the Envie de Fraises Zora Maternity Maxi Dress, £39 at Mothercare, the Blue Tropical Print Pleated Front Dress, £19.99 from New Look, and the Brown Floral Printed Maternity Maxi Dress, currently on sale for £36 at Seraphine. Grab a fluffy cardie if you need one and you’ll be ready to celebrate your impending arrival. Enjoy yourself and relax – there’ll be plenty of time to worry over the years to come.