After watching the Oscars the other night, and seeing some of the maternity fashion on the red carpet (both good and bad), I was inspired to write some of my do's and don'ts when dressing the bump for an event. All mothers know, being pregnant can have it's challenges. Especially when you are in your final trimester and you have a black tie event to attend. The last thing you want to do is waddle down the red carpet and attempt to strike a pose. You feel like a whale, your fingers and toes are swollen to their most possible breaking point, and you are just praying that your water doesn't break. So to make your dress searching a little easier, here are some do's and dont's to dressing "the bump" the RIGHT way.
1. DO wear empire. An empire waist dress is a statement in the maternity world of fashion. If you can't find the right cut or fit, you cannot go wrong with this classic grecian style.
2. DON'T get your dress "too early". I posted this on Twitter the other night of possibly one of the worst dresses I've ever seen worn by a pregnant woman. This is what I think was the problem here. She got her dress too early in her pregnancy, her belly grew... a lot (she's having twins), and then her fabric got so stretched out in the midsection that it pulled the entire gown down and out. There is no break between her breasts and her belly which makes her body look like a giant teal egg. She's gorgeous, but this dress is not. As Joan Rivers said, "It's just the wrong dress!!"
3. DO choose fabric that "grows". Jersey material is great for any pregnant lady because it stretches and grows with you! That way, you can choose your dress, and feel confident because you know it will still fit in a few weeks when the event comes. And a bigger plus is the material is comfortable! That's a win in any pregnant woman's book.
4. DON'T go matchy matchy. This rule goes for both pregnant and non pregnant women. I love a good floral gown, but don't match your shoes and gloves (if that's what those are) with your dress. This would have been cute if she had gone sleeveless and swapped out the shoe for a basic black sandal.
5. DO wear BLACK. You can not go wrong with black. Black looks great on everyone. Especially pregnant women. One word here. Perfection.
6. DON'T get swallowed. You want enough fabric, but not so much that the dress looks like it ate you. These women are petite, but these dresses make them look bigger than they actually are! Remember, you want to see the bump; be proud and show that belly off in a better fitting dress.
9. DO accentuate your curves. If you can find a dress that has about 7-8 inches of wiggle room in the abdomen and fitted everywhere else; then go for it! It will be a hard find, but totally worth it!
10. DON'T wear cut outs. Or sheer. Don't wear sheer. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something is just not right with this outfit. I feel like she was trying too hard to be fashion forward, and not dressing for her comfort level. Not my ideal choice of maternity wear for the red carpet.
7. DO bling it out. Don't be afraid to go bold, and shimmer! These types of dresses would be another hard find, especially in the fit department. But if you are early enough in your pregnancy to find one, I say rock it girl!
8. DON'T wear crop. Now as I am a fan of this outfit, and crop tops; it is not meant for a pregnant woman. If I didn't put it in here, and her hand wasn't on her stomach, I bet you wouldn't even know she was pregnant.
11. Do wear your GLOW! Remember you are PREGNANT, and you have that motherly glow no one else does, so let it shine sista!