How to Choose Maternity Dresses for Formal Occasions
If you're a mum-to-be, chances are you've at least considered what to wear over the coming months and up until baby arrives.
The internet, books and magazines are chock-full of information about capsule maternity wardrobes.
Everywhere you turn you can find information about the best maternity jeans and trousers and everyday tops and sweaters to aid in the simple creation of your go-to outfit.
In fact, acquiring just a few important items in neutral colours during pregnancy is one of the most intelligent decisions you can make, both in terms of budget and practicality. Having several comfortable pieces of clothing to accommodate your growing bump just makes sense.
A capsule maternity wardrobe, however, has one major shortcoming. A pregnancy lasts nine months, and it's unlikely that over close to three seasons you won't be invited to at least one special occasion.
From summer weddings to Christmas parties, chances are you'll have the need for something to wear to a formal occasion, so be prepared.
While we'd all love to have a team of stylists to dress us in a couture gown that perfectly hugs our pregnant curves, dressing for a special occasion is more likely to have us scratching our heads or even hysterical at the thought of having nothing that fits.
The simplest option is to choose maternity dresses that will work for more than one formal occasion, as there really is no point in spending too much on items that will likely be worn several times at most.
The empire waistline is renowned as a mum-to-be's best friend for formal maternity dresses. These over the bump styles allow for maximum comfort. Choose from cross-top, cowl neck and kimono style necklines. Drop-waist formal maternity dresses can also be beautiful.
For maximum versatility, go with black. You can choose from mini, mid or maxi length black maternity dresses, but keep the temperature in mind when considering your selection. If you go with a sleeveless option you may want to be prepared with a cardigan to wear over it, or you can just be sure to choose one that has at least ¾ length sleeves.
A great little black maternity dress can see you through various events, provided you won't see all the same people each time. They can be dressed up with great accessories that you'll be able to wear even when not pregnant. Add style with a beautiful scarf, unique necklace or sparkling bangles.
If you are truly fabulous and have many events to dress for, or particularly formal events, you may want to stock up on several formal maternity dresses to keep on hand. This will help you not to have to run out at the last minute to dress your bump.
For variety, choose dresses in several different styles, such as knot front, scoop neck and Grecian dresses.
Having a dress with beading or a sparkly embellishment can cut down on your time spent accessorizing as well.
For any formal occasion, show off your maternal glow by complementing your maternity dress with a great hairstyle, fabulous makeup and low heels to minimize strain on your back.
Crave Maternity carries a wide range of formal maternity dresses including a beautiful black sparkle dress in silk that can be worn on many occasions.