3.30.2012

Dresses that work for the Pregnant & the Non-Pregnant Alike

Maternity fashion has come a long way (or so I'm told), but as someone who enjoys being stylish-it still has a way to go.  As I have been venturing into the world of Maternity fashion I have learned two things: 1-it's not all very flattering, 2-the super cute stuff has the price tag to go along with it.  Of course there are exceptions to that statement, but my solution (for now) is to find styles by the designers and companies that I love (non-maternity) that will work alongside my changing body.  So let's talk dresses.

Exhibit #1: The Stretch(y) Dress
Sydney from The Daybook Blog in H&M
Why it works for a prego chick:
It stretches. Enough said.  Essential to remember-make sure its long enough-there is now more belly to cover. Keep it classy.
Get this one @ H&M right now for only $25
Why it works for any woman:
This dress style is great to layer over leggings, thrown on a vest, a statement necklace, or scarf. Definition of versatile.

Exhibit #2: The Maxi Dress
Megan from the Frugalista Diaries Blog
Why it works for a prego chick:
This flowing style hugs you where you want it to (eh-the ladies), and keeps it easy-breezy everywhere else.  No pressure on the belly either (potty runs are now safer).
Get it @ the Blue Door Boutique for $45
Why it works for any woman:
This effortless style looks polished and approachable.  It's simple to transition from the beach to a night out, and sexy because it leaves something to the imagination.

Exhibit #3: The Trapeze Dress
Splurge Dress from Saks-we won't even talk about price
Why it works for a prego chick:
Well-there's no waistline yet you still get to show off those sexy stems that keep you moving everyday.
From the Sacramento Street Blog
Why it works for any woman:
There's no waistline!  Show off your arms and legs without baring every single curve in your body.  Pair it with a statement clutch and bold shoes-you will turn heads for sure.

See Exhibit 4 & 5 after the jump!

Exhibit #4: 3/4 Sleeve, Shift Dress
From the Ascot Friday Blog
Why it works for a prego chick:
The shape of this dress leaves room for your growing belly to breathe while still being chic and classy.  Wear it with flat sandals during the day or strappy heels at night-also a versatile choice.
From the Atlantic-Pacific Blog
Why it works for any woman:
This is a classic shape that has repeated itself for a reason.  Sexy with a little leg, but not over the top-you could be confused as a hooker in the wrong part of town-kind of sexy.  The above look is a great example of how accessorizing can take a simple color-block dress to a rave-worthy outfit.

Exhibit #5: The Empire Dress
U.K. Street Style
Why it works for a prego chick:
An empire dress should hug you right under the ladies and accentuate your itty-bitty waistline (even when you are pregnant). A clean look that will leave you full of confidence.
Vintage Style Dress from Spool No. 72
Why it works for any woman:
Similar to the prego women, this dress hugs in the right spots and flows right off the hips-creating a stunning silhouette.  This look is easy to achieve with multiple dress styles- have a belt?  Just cinch the waist and admire your shape.

Which style speaks to you?

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