Dressing the Bump: The Fashion Girl's Guide to a Pregnant Party Season
Hello, my name is Jade and I am the proud owner of a pregnant body. Over the past five months, I've learned that maternity dressing for events is hard, but not impossible. While your go-to Levi's may no longer fit, there are ample brands that will, such as: Ellery, Camilla and Marc, Bassike and Zimmermann (cue another excuse to shop).
Whether you're dressing for Sunday lunch or after-five, follow the lead of Pernille Teisbaek and Eva Chen—embrace the third-piece rule, experiment with different shapes and don't be afraid to go up a size in brands you already wear. You're pregnant, not lacking taste!
Scroll to shop bump-friendly event outfits you'll continue to wear post-birth.
Camilla and Marc Hiraku Sleeveless Dress ($480)
While finding breezy dresses to accommodate the bump is easy, finding ones that don't make you like you're wearing a tent is not. Style with a cropped jacket to create a flattering silhouette (Kimmy K and Chrissy Teigen both used this trick).
This dress has ample room for bub, yet the high split shows enough leg to give you extra length and shape.
Susan Driver Small Hoop Large Hoop Earrings ($765)
When spending your pennies on expensive clothes no longer seems practical, channel your energy into accessories—specifically, gold earrings you'll wear with everything. Take advantage of the cluster piercing trend and opt for only one at a time.
Casual Christmas Drinks
Camilla and Marc Blasco Top ($340)
If Camilla and Marc is already one of your go-to labels, you'll be pleased to know the brand's oversized tops are perfectly suited to an expanding belly. (Fun fact: every time I wear this top, I receive compliments aplenty.)
While the off-shoulder trend isn't new, exposed collarbones is one of the most flattering looks for an expanding waistline.
New Year's Eve
Zimmermann Aerial Flounce Jumpsuit ($695)
File this under: Important Information You Need to Know. During pregnancy, jumpsuits are more flattering than maxi dresses because they nip in at the ankle/leg, showing off your actual size (rather than creating a wider silhouette). This version from Zimmermann is a little on the sheer side, so you'll want to pair with flesh-coloured underwear. Yes, it's a little more casual than your usual NYE attire, but chances are you'll be spending the night at a house party rather than taking on the CBD.
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