By: Susannah Jaffer; Photography by Michael Bernabe; Hair and Makeup by Kelly Bilimoria
Pregnant and glam? Of course it’s possible, but for many mums-to-be out there, the thought of dressing up your bump alone can feel like too much effort! These maternity style tips will make sure you look and feel fabulous for your next event, be it brunch, ball or baby shower!
Look out for clever construction. This dress has a side seam for nursing access and concealed zippers for discreet breastfeeding for after baby arrives, too.
Choose the right style
When shopping for an evening dress, choose a style that draws attention to the most flattering parts of your body (and when you’re pregnant, that’s probably not going to be your waistline!). Katie has fabulous shoulders, so I chose a dress with an embellished neckline to highlight that area, which in turn minimises attention to her baby bump.
Block colours work well
A dress in a block colour gives the effect of a column and elongates your frame – this works best if the dress is loose and flowing, rather than hugging the body.
Feel the material
Material also plays a part. The double-layered Tencel and rayon fibres in this piece make it feel comfortable against the skin and flow beautifully over the body. It’s easy to wash, too!
Always go for colours that flatter your natural features. Generally, a special event isn’t the best time to try a shade you’ve never worn before. Bringing an honest friend along on a shopping trip for a second opinion always helps.
Slinky & Sultry
Natural fibres work well
This elegant number is crafted in bamboo spandex, which skims over pregnancy curves perfectly.
Try metallic accents
The shimmering snake-print silk panel draws attention again to Katie’s toned top half and elongates her figure.
Wear statement jewellery
Eye-catching statement jewellery like this chunky stone bracelet can help to draw attention away from a growing tummy; I also chose the blue shade to complement and bring out the colour of Katie’s eyes.
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