Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. A woman glows, her curves fill out, and her body becomes this temple of life. Unfortunately, that’s just how it’s seen in thought, however in the sense of fashion, pregnancy can be quite hideous. Anyone who is pregnant, or has been pregnant, knows that fashionable maternity wear is incredibly hard to come by. Big baggy shirts and elastic waisted pants are great around the house, but what about going out? In the span of nine months, there could be parties, weddings, romantic dinners, a fancy get-together, what-have you. So what do you have to wear? Nothing but a pair of sweats and an over sized hooded sweater. It takes a fine eye and some diligence to find the perfect dress when you’re not pregnant, and it gets twice as hard when you are. Luckily, there are some great designers out there who have noticed this fashion epidemic and have released some well made and trendy, formal maternity dresses. Seriously, if celebrities can look fabulous and pregnant, why can’t you?
First off, it’s best to know what to wear, not just where to find it. Now think, you’re larger than your average woman right now, but in an amazing way. So, you want to slim the pieces you don’t want, and flaunt your new found glory. A great idea for any pregnant woman is a halter dress that will highlight your chest, and that lightly drapes over your baby bump. The shape of the dress will help to slim your arms and lengthen your legs as well. As for color, the typical idea is to reach for black, when really you should aim more for is what will best match your skin tone. If you have cool undertones, its best to find something in blues, greens, pinks, or any blue-based color. These are called “jewel-tones”. Cool tones can also easily wear black. If you have warm undertones to your skin, you’re best bets are yellows, oranges, browns, yellowish greens which are referred to as “earth-tones”. Another great idea for pregnant woman is to wear a pattern. Patterns will help to mask your bump, especially in early stages of pregnancy.
When looking for a formal maternity dress, or any maternity wear for that matter, you should gravitate more towards clothes you would have worn pre-pregnancy. You don’t have to settle for frumpy and shapeless formal maternity dresses. You can still have fashion with true comfort.
Now as to where to find formal maternity dresses. A higher end place to go is the on line sight http://www.maternity-clothing-fashions.com. They have dresses ranging from $100.00 all the way to close to $2,000. They have a fantastic selection to choose from. Maternity dresses, formal maternity dresses and gowns, and even maternity wedding gowns that will wonderfully flatter your new body. All of their dresses are not only beautiful, but comfortable, and stretchy. They are all easily taken in and refitted after your pregnancy. Some of my favorite looks from this site are the Siren Maternity Dress, the Maternity Lace Gown in red and the Eden Lace Maternity Gown. All of these dresses are absolutely gorgeous, and flatter most body types wonderfully.
Isabella Oliver is a more high ended designer who specifies in maternity wear. They have the some of the most fantastic formal maternity dresses that I’ve come across. Some of these dresses look like they’ve come straight out vogue, or the runway. They come in great colors, and beautifully draped fabrics that lay just right to flatter your pregnant body. They also have some tighter pieces for those who really want to accentuate their bump. These formal maternity dresses range from $165 to $850, and with the way they are crafted, are worth every penny. You can find the dresses as well as other great pieces at http://www.isabellaoliver.com.
Another great place to check out would be the LOFT by Ann Taylor. They have a few beautiful black and white printed maternity dresses, all of which are quite affordable. These pieces can easily be worn to a night on the town or to a fancy dinner party.
Millions of woman have to deal with mundane and unflattering maternity formal wear, but why should you? Functionality and fashion can coexist if you know what to look for. There are many great locations to find gorgeous formal maternity dresses to fit your lifestyle, and most importantly, fit your beautiful new pregnant body.
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