1 Trend, 3 Ways: Red Maternity Mini Dresses

02/29/2012 at 10:00 AM ET

Are star moms-to-be on red alert? In recent months, we’ve seen everyone from Alyson Hannigan (Jan. 11) and Jessica Simpson (Nov. 29) to Kristin Cavallari (Feb. 8) stepping out in bold mini dresses — and they look hot!

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If you want to look instantly sexy, opt for short red maternity dress. Not only is it a great way to show off your bump, but it puts your gorgeous gams on display too. Ready to shop? We’ve rounded up our top picks — for every budget — below.

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Talk about wow! From the side ruching to the angled scoop neck, Catherine Malandrino‘s Shirring Detail Maternity Dress ($275) will flatter your figure the whole nine months.

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Wrap yourself (and your bump!) up in ASOS Maternity‘s Grecian Drape Dress ($63), which features stylish pleats, a plunging V-neck and adjustable sash.

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Add some spice to your wardrobe with Merona‘s Chiffon Dress ($40). Just pair it with a cozy cardigan and you’ll be more than ready for a night on the town.

— Anya Leon

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Shelby on

That was Jessica on November 29th?! Goodness, is she having triplets or what? Seems like she has been pregnant forever!

sweeti on

everybody talked about Bey and her heels and what is this i see? Oh!!Its women in heels! i knew people were just hatin on Bey.

Dee on

Just looking at Jessica makes me feel uncomfortable – she musT be sooooo reaDy for that baby to come!

Lis on

They are trying to give Jessica height in any way they can! haha! In the heels AND with her hair!!! Do we know what she’s having??

J on

Let it go Sweeti.

lyndzi on

Alyson looks the prettiest in her dress. Jessica is always smiling even though the last I saw her on t.v. the other day it looks like the poor girl is going to pop!

Marky on

The other 2 look tiny and hardly pregnant at all, and Jessica is huge! Like lots of women she got the enormous gazongas right away, and she has the straight out front bump. Bless her heart, I bet she is very anxious to have this pregnancy done and new baby in her arms!!

MiB on

Jessica doesn’t look that big considering that she is nearly due (isn’t she nearly due?). She has probably got one of those pregnancies where you get really big really fast and then you stay more or less that size for the rest of your pregnancy, because I don’t really think she looks that much bigger than the first officially pregnant photos we saw of her.

A former colleague (who by the way is also pretty short) was exactly like that, people would say she looked about to pop already early in her second trimester. Our boss on the other hand looked barely pregnant (think Alysons belly in this pic) when she went on maternity leave 3 weeks after my colleague, and she was overdue!

Anyways, love the lovely red dresses (alyson’s is my favourite)

Marky on

The picture of Jessica is from Nov. 29, so that was 3 months ago. She “exploded” fairly early and just got bigger every month. I’m the same height as Jessica, and weighed about 104 when I got pregnant the last time; I never looked bigger than she did in November, but I was still ready for that baby to deliver, lol! Yeah, it’s funny how it changes from pregnancy to pregnancy, and from one woman to another. Skin tight clothes don’t look the best when your pregnant belly gets to a bigger size, IMO. Hope Jessica’s baby comes pretty soon!

Julianna on

Wow! Jessica’s pic was taken three months ago? She sure looked ready to pop, and I’m certain she is due any day now. However, the hue of her dress was my favorite out of all three shown. She looks beautiful and so happy during pregnancy!