Dress Shopping for Moms-To-Be
How to dress when you're expecting
By Anna K.
January 2, 2012
Whether you've got a bun in the oven or its one of bridesmaids, formal maternity gowns have come a long way! When dress shopping, know exactly how pregnant you'll be on the big day. While there are many maternity bridal gowns available, it is also possible to purchase a normal empire-waist gown if you're in an earlier stage of pregnancy such as the second trimester. Before committing to a dress, make sure that you're clear on the lead time. Pregnant women should put off dress buying to the last possible moment since their bodies are continually changing. Many gowns can be let out an inch or two, but don't contain tons of extra material. Here are some key points when dress shopping:
Empire, Empire, Empire!
You definitely don't want a traditional wedding dress that comes in at the waist. Not only will it be uncomfortable, but it will also be unflattering. However, that doesn't mean that your waist has to disappear just because you're pregnant. Some dresses use embroidery to create an illusion of a waist.
Flowy and Slinky Fabric
Stiff fabrics like taffeta will not drape nicely over the baby bump. This will make you look even bigger than you actually are, which is never a good thing. Softer materials like silk or chiffon will soften your shape.
Vertical pleating down the front of the gown gives your room to expand.
Low Dipped Neckline
A low dipped neckline gives the dress great proportions from the bust to the empire waistline and the waistline to the bump. A collar that is too high gives a disproportionate look.
Watch Out for the Bump
There needs to be extra material in the front to accomodate the bump or your gown will fall shorter in the front than back. A bridal consultant can give you more information on just how much extra material you'll need at the front.
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Posted by Anna K.