Today we’re excited to bring you a chic Style Guide from our friend Lauren Gores Ireland, who is an L.A.-based lifestyle blogger. You can find more of her musings over at You & Lu. Today Lauren is sharing 7 baby bump-friendly dress options that all of our mommy-to-be readers are going to love! Take a peek… 

Flowy dresses are my new bestie. Really, we’re BFF’s now. I’ve always loved a summer season dress, but my passion for a maxi hit a new high once I entered into my sixth month of pregnancy. I can stylishly show off my bump, while still feeling comfortably chic. Plus, I haven’t had to shop for maxis at maternity stores! I happily splurged on a few new pieces from my favorite brands, knowing the purchase would still work post-pregnancy. I will oftentimes buy the dress in a size up, knowing I can tailor it after my little one arrives.

I’m now nearing my ninth month of pregnancy, which means my daily uniform consists of two staples: a flowy dress and yoga pants. Mamas-to-be… you know what I’m talking about! Since yoga pants aren’t always appropriate for work (sigh), a loose dress is a welcome (and fashionable!) alternative. Below I’m sharing some of my favorite pieces from brands that I love… And since none of them are “maternity” pieces, those of you who aren’t expecting may love them just as much.

The dresses below work beautifully over a growing bump, and they’ll also live in your closet long after the baby arrives! Some of the maxis are certainly investment pieces. But since you can wear them after baby, too, it might be worth the splurge. Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve been hesitant to purchase maternity pieces that can only be worn a few times, so I’m constantly looking for more versatile closet staples.

Steele Agatha Dress

Steele Agatha Dress, $229

Moroccan Maxi Dress

The Jetset Diaries Moroccan Maxi Dress, $288

Striped Off-the-shoulder Flare Sleeve Dress

Caroline Constas Apollonia Striped Off-The-Shoulder Flare Sleeve Dress, $495

LC Lauren Conrad Maxi Dress

LC Lauren Conrad Dress Up Shop Collection Floral Strapless Maxi Dress, $75

Flynn Skye Bella Maxi Dress

Flynn Skye Bella Maxi Dress, $196

Everae Izia Silk Printed Maxi Dres

Evarae Izia Silk Printed Maxi Dress, $369.91

Paper Crown Rio Dress

Paper Crown Rio Dress, Now $198 (on sale!)

How adorable are these dresses? Thank you for sharing your maternity style with us, Lauren!

If you love these styles as much as we do, shop these looks for less below!

Which one of these looks from Lauren is your favorite?

Don’t forget to head over to Lauren’s blog, You & Lu, to see all of the other pretty things she’s been up to!

XO Team LC

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