The best maternity summer tops for expecting mums

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by Anne Lora Scagliusi |
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As the summer sun starts to shine across Britain, there's a collective sigh of relief as we trade our trench coats for lighter, breezier attire. It’s also the best time to flaunt those bellies, mamas! So, whether you're soaking up the sun by the pool, flipping burgers on the BBQ in the garden, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk through the park, finding the perfect maternity summer tops is a must, especially to keep you cool during those inevitable heatwaves.

We've selected the most stylish maternity summer tops featuring everything from flowy chiffon tops to adorable tees that accentuate your bump beautifully. From staple pieces available in both neutral tones and vibrant colours, offering you versatile options from colourful days to more understated looks at varying price points. We’ve got budget-friendly maternity pieces to higher-end statement looks that you could wear even postpartum. Pair them effortlessly with maternity jeans, dungarees, or casual shorts for stylish comfort throughout your pregnancy.

The best maternity summer top in 2024 at a glance:

Best maternity summer top for comfort: Seraphine White Cotton Curved Hem Maternity Shirt, £55

Best maternity summer top for style: Isabella Oliver Dora Maternity Ecovero Top, Caviar Black, £34 (was £49)

Best maternity summer top for affordability: New Look Maternity White Ruched Cotton Blend Sleeveless T-Shirt, £12.99

Best maternity summer top for special occasions: River Island Pink Ruffled Maternity Top, £32

Best maternity summer top for casual wear: Asda Maternity Navy Striped Short Sleeve Top, £8

Best maternity summer top for layering: PrettyLittleThing Maternity Sage Linen Blazer, £9.75 (was £30)

Best maternity summer top for comfort

Seraphine Cotton Curved Hem Maternity ShirtSeraphine

A staple in any maternity wardrobe, this timeless and classic white cotton shirt from Seraphine features a curved hem that flatters your growing bump. Its classic design allows for effortless styling with shorts, skirts, or leggings, making it a practical choice for both comfort and style during pregnancy and beyond.

Pros

  • Classic, crisp timeless white shirt
  • Versatile styling 
  • Nursing/pumping access 

Cons

  • Higher price point 
  • The ultimate classic white cotton shirt
  • Curved hem

Best maternity summer top for style

Isabella Oliver Dora Maternity Ecovero Top, Caviar BlackIsabella Oliver/ John Lewis
Price: £34 (was £49)

www.johnlewis.com

If you are looking for an eco-loving maternity brand, then you might want to check Isabella Oliver's maternity collection. This elegant black maternity summer top is definitely a must-have piece that you'd re-wear over and over again even post-birth. It is made from sustainable Ecovero fabric, ensuring comfort and breathability in the summer heat. Its versatile design transitions seamlessly from day to evening wear, making it a perfect for occasions when you want to look chic without compromising on comfort.

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Sustainable fabric
  • Versatile for day or evening wear

Cons

  • Might not be an option for people who are not used to showing lots of skin
95% ecovero viscose, 5% elastane
Asymmetric Neckline
Machine washable at 30°C

Best maternity summer top for casual wear

This casual short sleeve top from George is just the perfect bump tee you're looking for this summer. Its lightweight fabric and relaxed fit is ideal for staying cool on warm days. The navy stripes add a touch of nautical charm, making it versatile for casual outings or even a beach day.

One reviewer said: "Brilliant item, true fit and very comfortable."

Another reviewer said: "Perfect gift for my pregnant friend she loves it! Great quality super reasonable price!"

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Casual style
  • Suitable for everyday wear

Cons

  • Limited size range 
Do not dry clean
Fabric composition: 95% Cotton 5% Elastane
Iron according to instructions on care label
Soft ribbed fabric
Can be tumble dried
Can be machine washed

Best maternity summer top for affordability

Ideal for warmer days, this sleeveless top from New Look combines a soft cotton blend with ruched detailing that accommodates your growing belly. Its affordable price and simple yet flattering style make it an essential addition to any maternity wardrobe this summer. You can easily pair this with a fitted or flowy maxi skirt.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Ruched detailing for a flattering fit

Cons

  • Limited availability
<strong>Material:</strong> soft, stretch-cotton jersey
<strong>Fit:</strong> relaxed
<strong>Colour:</strong> off white
<strong>Neckline:</strong> stand neck
95% Cotton, 5% Elastane

Best maternity summer top for layering

Price: £9.75 (was £30)

www.prettylittlething.com

Perfect for adding a touch of sophistication to your maternity summer outfits, this sage linen blazer from PrettyLittleThing is lightweight and stylish. Its oversized fit provides comfort while its faux linen material gives a relaxed look, making it a stylish choice for maternity wear during summer events, brunches or outings.

Pros

  • Stylish linen material
  • Oversized design for comfort 
  • Perfect for layering

Cons

  • May not be suitable for all summer climates 
  • Available while stocks last
 Faux Linen

Best maternity summer top for special occasions

For those looking to embrace feminine flair, this pink ruffled maternity top from River Island is an excellent choice. Made from lightweight organza fabric, it features delicate ruffle details that add elegance to any maternity ensemble, making it ideal for special occasions or outings where you want to feel stylish and comfortable.

Pros

  • Feminine ruffle detail 
  • Lightweight organza fabric

Cons

  • Delicate fabric requires careful washing 
100% Polyester
Do not iron
Machine wash at max 40°C very gentle

This oversized stripe shirt from Whistles is from the non-maternity collection but you can always size up and will fit you just fine. It offers a relaxed yet chic option for pregnant women this summer. Its timeless stripe pattern and loose fit provide comfort and style, perfect for everyday wear or casual outings where mothers-to-be want to maintain a fashionable look without compromising on ease of movement.

Pros

  • Chic oversized design
  • Versatile stripes

Cons

  • Higher-end price point
Relaxed fit
Button fastening
Front patched pocket
Length: 76.5cm

Price: £17 (was £32.99)

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Made from airy linen fabric, this popover shirt from H&M's MAMA collection is designed to keep you cool and comfortable in the summer heat. Its adjustable fit with a tie belt under the bust ensures a flattering silhouette, making it a versatile piece for maternity wear during warm weather.

Pros

  • Airy linen fabric
  • Adjustable fit with tie belt 

Cons

  • Sizing can run large 
Sleeve: Length: 63.5 cm (Size M), Back: Length: 68.0 cm (Size M), Shoulder: Width: 44.0 cm (Size M)
Length: Regular length
Sleeve Length: Long sleeve
Fit: Regular fit
Collar: Turn-down collar<br><br>
Neckline: V-neck<br>

This denim shirt from Next offers versatility for expecting mothers with its oversized fit and denim fabric that transitions effortlessly from casual day wear to a stylish layering piece for cooler summer evenings. Its design also accommodates nursing post-pregnancy, making it a practical choice for long-term use.

One reviewer said: "Fits perfectly and doesn’t feel like you are restricted, good quality and length."

Another reviewer said: "Beautiful shirt and lovely fit. Feel smart again. True to size."

Pros

  • Versatile denim style
  • Can be used post-pregnancy for nursing

Cons

  • Heavy fabric may not be suitable for all summer days.

Price: £ 29.99 (was £49.99)

shop.mango.com

Ideal for adding a touch of uniqueness to your maternity wardrobe, this pink ramie cape from Mango features a lightweight fabric that's perfect for summer. Its cape design offers a breezy, flowy feel while its 100% ramie composition ensures breathability, making it a stylish yet comfortable option for expecting mothers this season.

Pros

  • Unique cape design, lightweight ramie fabric 
  • Ultra-chic, breezy resort style vibe

Cons

  • Requires careful handling due to delicate fabric 
Composition: 100% ramie
Ramie fabric. Rounded neck. Unclosed. Party and events collection.
Side length 44.49 in.
Back length 22.64 in.

What to consider when choosing a maternity summer top

Design - What features does the top include? Does it grow with you? Can you breastfeed wearing it?

Size - A quality piece of maternity clothing should be able to fit in your regular clothing size.

Budget - There are so many amazing affordable maternity tops so don't worry about breaking the bank.

Style - What colours and prints do you love? What suits your personal sense of style?

Material - Try to choose materials that will keep you cool and comfy during the warmer months.

What maternity summer top would look good on my body type?

For hourglass figures, opt for tops that accentuate the waist like wrap styles or peplum tops. Apple body type can benefit from empire waist or flowy tunics to minimise the midsection.

Pear body type look great in boat necks or off-the-shoulder tops that draw attention upwards. Rectangle body type can add curves with ruffled or layered tops, while inverted triangles balance broad shoulders with flowy tops and soft necklines.

Petite frames should consider crop tops or vertical stripes to elongate the body, while tall and slender figures can showcase their height with longline tops and bold patterns.

Each choice should prioritise comfort and confidence to complement your changing body beautifully.

What should I wear in hot weather during pregnancy in summer?

Higher temperatures can be particularly overwhelming when you're pregnant, but the right materials, whether you're wearing a maternity top or something more formal like a maternity dress, can help you to feel more comfortable. Cotton and viscose are both lightweight and breathable, combined with some elastane for some added stretch and you've got yourself a fabulous choice for summer.

Lastly, for all of us who are or have been pregnant, we know that there are days when even the sunniest weather can make us feel down, and no maternity summer top can change that—and that's okay. Give yourself grace during those times when you may feel overtired or bloated. Remember, your body is doing an incredible job hosting your little one.

Elle Mace, Positive Psychology Coach, emphasises, “Pregnancy is a time of profound physical and emotional changes, and practising self-compassion and body acceptance is crucial for the wellbeing of expectant mothers.

Understanding the natural changes your body undergoes can normalise the experience and reduce anxiety. Acknowledge and appreciate the amazing process your body is undertaking to nurture new life. Do positive self-talk and incorporate daily affirmations to foster a compassionate and accepting mindset. Speak to yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer a friend.”

About the expert

Elle Mace is a master practitioner and therapeutic coach. Her practice focuses on empowering individuals through understanding and navigating various aspects of physical and emotional well-being. She holds ILM Level 5 Coach and Mentor qualification and has expertise in life coaching, positive psychology, menopause, relationships, neuroscience, and self-worth.

Anne Lora Scagliusi is a Senior Digital Writer at Mother & Baby. She is a Scotland-based journalist with over a decade of international writing experience, specialising in women’s health, maternal mental health, and wellness. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, and Glamour and has appeared on several Vogue global editions. She is mum to a one-year-old bambino and lives between Italy and the UK. You can follow her on Instagram.

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