The Best Summer Special Occasion Dresses for Moms (Plus, How to Style Them!)

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Now that vaccination rates in the U.S. are rising and many restrictions are being lifted, you might have a full social calendar for the summer again. Personally, I have four weddings this year—plus all of the showers and other events that go along with that. Not to mention graduation parties, baby showers, and more types of occasions that typically take place in the summer.

Here at The Everymom, our team has had many discussions about what everyone is wearing to these types of events these days. It’s hard to remember the days of getting dressed up to attend a party, and figure out what kind of dress (and the rest of the outfit) is appropriate for specific occasions.

We figured that other people might be struggling with this too, so we’ve rounded up the best dresses on the internet for weddings, showers, and graduation parties (that also work for whatever else you may have going on this summer!). Bonus, many of them are bump-friendly if you’re pregnant this season. Check them out below!

 

Baby and Bridal Shower Dresses

dress / wedges / bag / hoops / hair clips

Old Navy

Smocked Waist-Defined Floral-Print Midi Dress

This on-trend floral dress has a breezy silhouette and can easily transition from shower to date night.

3 colors available

Universal Thread

Ruffle Sleeveless Tiered Dress

Dress this lightweight and breezy dress up or down, depending on the occasion.

bump-friendly

inclusive sizing and multiple colors available

H&M

Airy Dress

Flattering and versatile, this dress had us at "airy" (plus it's only $20!)

4 colors available

bump-friendly

Morning Lavender

Off-the-Shoulder Maternity Dress

Are you the baby shower guest of honor or pregnant this summer? This maternity dress has a smocked top and pretty floral detail for summer occasions.

H&M

Balloon-Sleeved Dress

Another airy favorite, this cotton balloon-sleeved dress includes a tie-detail at the neckline and comes in 3 colors.

bump-friendly

MELLODAY

Scallop Trim V-Neck Printed Dress

Ultra-feminine, this pretty pink floral maxi includes a smocked back for a flattering fit.

Old Navy

Fit & Flare Puff-Sleeve Smocked Floral-Print Mini Dress

'90s floral vibes but with an updated puff-sleeve.

Banana Republic Factory

Ruffle Midi Dress

A classic, you'll find plenty of occasions to wear this floral midi—from baby showers to back-to-office attire.

2 colors available

Madewell

Linen-Blend Allie Mini Dress

We love this pretty in peach, linen-blend dress.

sizes XXS - XXL

Pink Blush

Floral Maternity Plus Size Dress

We love this citrus print maternity dress. It's a perfect pick whether guests are honoring you at the baby shower or you're helping someone celebrate.

4 colors available

Old Navy

Sleeveless Ruffled V-Neck Swing Dress

The ruffled v-neck detail gives this pretty floral dress some extra interest.

3 colors available

 

Graduation Party Dresses

dress / sandals / bag / sunglasses / hoops

Old Navy

Puff-Sleeve Midi Swing Dress

What Daphne Bridgerton might wear to a party this year, this puff-sleeve swing dress comes in 2 summery colors.

bump-friendly

Madewell

Gingham Sweetheart Ruffle-Tiered Midi Dress

This sweetheart neck tiered dress was made for a picnic or an outdoor party. Dress it up with sandals or down with white sneakers.

Old Navy

Vintage Sleeveless Tie-Dye Midi T-Shirt Dress

An everyday fave, you'll get endless uses out of this tie-dye 100% cotton dress.

2 colors available

Universal Thread

Short Sleeve Shirtdress

An editor and reader favorite, this short sleeve shirtdress is a summer MVP.

inclusive sizing and 6 colors available

STITCHDROP

Floral Sleeveless Tie Front Midi Dress

A fun option for breastfeeding moms, this floral dress includes a tie at the neck for easy nursing or pumping access.

3 colors available

bump-friendly

Old Navy

Sleeveless Smocked Floral Mini Swing Dress

The tassels take this dress up a notch. Wear it for a party, then use it as a cute swim cover-up.

Madewell

Ruffle Button-Front Trapeze Dress

Floral with a flowing silhouette, add gold accessories for a party-ready look.

bump-friendly

Madewell

Linen Blend V-Neck Tank Dress

An everyday dress favorite, this one easily transitions to grad party attire.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Scuba Knit Midi Dress

A reader favorite, this cute and comfortable option is perfect for a grad party stop-by (before enjoying the rest of your day).

6 colors available

J.Crew Factory

Square-Neck Tiered Dress

Summer and gingham just go together and this one fits the bill for an outdoor grad party.

bump-friendly

 

Wedding Guest Dresses

dress / heels / clutch / earrings / lip gloss

Express

Printed Ruffle Strap Smocked Back Maxi Dress

The ruffled straps make this a fun, feminine pick for a summer wedding.

Express

Satin Cowl Neck Maxi Slip Dress

A classic silhouette, this midi slip dress comes in 3 shimmery hues.

Express

Tiered Halter Neck Midi Dress

Chic and sexy, you'll be dancing the night away in this pretty halter dress.

2 colors available

A New Day

Elbow Sleeve Eyelet Dress

Adorable, on-trend, and under $30!

inclusive sizing and 4 colors available

H&M

Pleated Dress

You'll look sophisticated and serene in this dusky green pleated dress.

2 colors available

MELLODAY

Puff Volume Sleeve Ruffle Hem Dress

Bright, fun, and perfect for a summer wedding!

bump-friendly

Madewell

Linen-Blend Lucie Smocked Midi Dress

This sweet linen blend option can be dressed up or down, depending on the wedding setting.

3 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

Cap Sleeve Scoopneck Midi Dress

A pretty floral option with a sexy slit to transition from daytime to nighttime.

Reviews say this one runs big, so consider ordering down a size.

ASOS

Floral Ruffle Detail Midi Dress

This floral midi is giving us serious Mother Nature vibes and is perfect for an outdoor wedding.

 

Pregnant this summer? Check out our favorite summer maternity dresses