If you’re expecting and already have a calendar full of wedding invites from now until September, shopping to fit a growing bump can be a challenge.

But rather than staying confined to the maternity sections, try searching further afield: there are many non-maternity styles that will suit a formal dress code, avoiding you having to splash out on a dress designed only to fit a pregnant figure that will have little use once you’ve had your baby.

Investing in a dress that will see you through changing body shapes will spare your bank balance and wardrobe space, without having to compromise on style or comfort. Not to mention, it’s a step in the right direction towards reducing your fast fashion consumption; as the saying goes, quality over quantity.

We’ve handpicked and reviewed the floaty, fitted and fashionable pieces that are not only occasion appropriate, but you’ll be able to wear long after the festivities have finished.

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The verdict: Maternity wedding guest dresses

We loved the Zara pleated patchwork dress for its simplicity; a shirt dress never goes out of style and can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels or down with box-fresh trainers.

If you’re looking to splurge, then the Toast cotton linen wrap front dress is a strong contender thanks to its lightweight, breathable linen fabric that will be a reliable go-to when the summer weather kicks in.

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