Sun, heat, humidity and days at the beach are here. Jeans and sweaters are being set aside as we reach for lighter fabrics and colors. As a new mom or mom-to-be, finding a dress that fits just right can be challenging. Here are some tips on finding a dress that’s perfect for you that will look great all season:

Straight As

A dress with an A-line shape is the perfect partner in crime for women with hourglass or pear-shaped figures. The line of the skirt will skim over your hips, while highlighting your waist, making you look perfectly proportioned. Opt for natural fabrics like linen or cotton to ensure breathability on days when the mercury makes it way into the 90s and higher.

The Empire Strikes Back

For those of you who are expecting, or who are still trying to lose a little of that baby tummy, a dress with an empire waistline is your go-to.  The empire shape will highlight the tiniest part of your body (just under your bustline) and flow out from there. For moms-to-be, think back to when Angelina Jolie was pregnant with her twins. She wore empire waist couture gowns to all her premieres and looked stunning.

To the Max

Moms with boyish figures will love maxi dresses. Typically made from light, flowing fabrics, these floor-skimming dresses will keep you feeling cool in the summer heat. They also can be easily dressed up for the office. Just add pretty flats, a cardigan sweater, and a statement necklace. For the weekend wear it with metallic flats and a simple bracelet for a look that is effortlessly cool.

Wrap Star

This type of dress, made ubiquitous by Diane Furstenberg, is a great option for women with a rectangle-shaped bodies. The wrap portion allows you to adjust the dress for a DIY-tailored fit, and the V-shaped neckline will highlight your curves without being too revealing. The wrap dress works on most body types. Its adjustability allows you to get more mileage out of it while your body weight is fluctuating since you can tie it tighter or looser to fit your changing needs.

Whether you’ve just had a baby or a little one is on its way, you’ll be able to find a dress that suits your body shape. And you’ll soon hear that coveted phrase from your friends: Where did you get that amazing dress?

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