Sure, delivery gowns provided by hospitals are perfectly fine and it’s certainly not necessary to bring your own. But there are so many things that are out of your control during labor and delivery that it can be reassuring to have a say about something–even if it’s just your appearance! (Especially in this picture-happy Facebook era!) If you’re interested in delivering your baby in style, here are five great fashionable, functional and most importantly, comfortable options when it comes to maternity gowns.
With 10 percent of the proceeds going to breast cancer research, there’s more to feel good about with this light pink and white polka dot gown lined with grosgrain ribbon than just the way you feel in it. Made from 100 percent cotton, it’s totally functional, featuring standard back-snap closures lined with decorative ties and snaps at the shoulders to allow for breast-feeding or exams. You can even have it monogrammed with your initials. $68 (additional $12 for a monogram).
This gown was cleverly designed by a nurse to be suitable for the birthing process—but without the embarrassment of having the back hanging open like on a standard hospital gown. It fits like a typical wrap dress with an empire waist and looks like a regular outfit that’s attractive enough for visitors and pictures. Yet, it’s still functional, opening easily with front ties to nurse or for check-ups. Available in a variety of colors. $65.
This gown got a huge boost when Tori Spelling chose to wear it while giving birth to baby number two. The striking black and white rose pattern hides the fact that this is otherwise very much a standard hospital gown. Made from 100 percent soft cotton, it has practical snap closures in the back to keep you covered and sleeves that easily unsnap for nursing. A removable hot pink ribbon adds a splash of color. $95.