Red Carpet Style with Baby on Board
Dressing for a red carpet event, a summer wedding or graduation or a special night out can be anxiety-provoking enough without having to figure out how to hide/flaunt that adorable little spare tire growing around your midsection. Now halfway through my second pregnancy, I feel like I’ve finally got a handle on how to do ‘dressed up’ when you’re ‘knocked up.’
how to do ‘dressed up’ when you’re ‘knocked up.’
I was recently in Monaco for the Monte Carlo Television Festival at a little over 3 months pregnant, not far enough along to show off a significant bump, but just pregnant enough to make all my dresses unwearable and make getting glamorous feel like an impossible task.
My secret is to stick with simplicity and the image of ‘goddess’ dresses. During pregnancy you’re glowing like never before, your hair is looking silkier and typically, you’re pretty damn happy to be carrying a little person around with you all day. I say make all that work for you and run with the theme of Grecian Goddess: flowy, simple, breezy. It works at every stage of pregnancy and is especially appropriate for summer.
This is the outfit that almost didn’t happen. I’d chosen a gorgeous, brightly colored Juicy Couture dress, only to discover at the last minute that once it was backlit it became completely see-through. So in a “we-have-10-minutes-before-we-have-to-go!” panicked scramble, I changed it up to this Elizabeth and James number, which I’d bought it the night before we left without even trying it on! I ended up completely loving the entire look.
Tip: Don’t make the switch to maternity clothes until you absolutely have to. Pick something forgiving and flowy which will fit the rest of you much better, while giving your little bump a little room to breathe.
This was a more casual, fun way to rock the red carpet. I’m a sucker for stripes and loved the sheerness of the bottom of this dress. The colors are unusual, so figuring out what to pair it with was a challenge, but in the end I chose a vintage copper purse, a handful of gold bangles, Juicy Couture earrings, a bracelet and a ring from JewelMint.
Tip: Be bold with accessories! A flowy dress can handle a lot of jewelry and you can really make the look your own.
I absolutely love this dress because it can be worn during almost every stage of pregnancy. It’s also extremely dramatic, (I kind of felt like Melisandre from Game of Thrones) and it photographs well. I think Hatch Collection is one of the best brands out there currently doing maternity, and they just added a line for Petites, so I like them even more.
Tip: Ahem, may I just suggest that you DON’T pair your evening look with a pink hair band, like I accidentally did? Oops.
Photography by: Isabelle Ratane
We hope the longer days will encourage us all to kick back at least a little bit each day this summer. Take your morning coffee and your laptop onto your porch and enjoy the beautiful weather in the hushed moment before the city wakes up and before the busy day begins. Cheers to summer!