We regularly get calls from our wonderful customers – sometimes in a small panic – as one of their bridesmaids has just announced their pregnancy or they are looking for a dress to fit their breastfeeding pal who has just given birth. Whilst babies are obvious fabulous news we understand that it can be tricky when trying to find that perfectly fitting bridesmaids dress. Fear not, this happens ALL OF THE TIME and the good news is that you can rock one of our dresses just as easily whether bump or sans bump. As (we like to think) experts in this field here are a few tips on finding the ideal style for you…
As bloody obvious as it sounds, when looking for a dress to fit your pregnant bridesmaid look for something loose fitting at the waist – a wrap style dress is a fantastic option as it can be tightened or loosened as much as necessary. Our Florence and Tokyo wrap dresses lend themselves excellently as maternity bridesmaids styles as they wrap to cover any bump perfectly. Depending on your due date and increased bust we would usually recommend ordering 1 -2 sizes up from your normal size. Plus, a wrap dress is perfect for easy access breastfeeding, as is our Seville dress with its shoulder ties.
Another style that works really well is empire line as the waist seam sits just under the bust and above the bump. Try our Mykonos dress for a modern take on the traditional empire line dress with cold shoulders sleeves and waist darts that allow for extra room below the bust.
Also if you are worried about your bump raising the hem of your dress at the front, we can make any of our dresses in a longer length (there is an extra charge for this service) – that way you can have it altered to be slightly longer on the front when on the hanger, but perfectly even all the way round when worn over your bump.
But don’t just take our word for it, we asked the ever stylish Founder of chic beachwear brand Pampelone, Holly Scarsella (www.pampelone.com) how she found wearing our Oyster Florence dress for her sisters big day when she was 8 months pregnant.
‘Being a bridesmaid is such an honour, especially for your sister, but finding out that it will be two days before your due date at 9 months pregnant filled me with apprehension. I was so nervous about how I’d feel but that changed as soon as I tried on my Rewritten dress. I felt a million dollars – the cut suited a 9 month pregnant woman perfectly.’
Holly Scarsella, Founder of Pampelone Clothing
If in doubt and there is more you want to know, just give us a call on+44 (0)20 8801 5053 – we are a pretty flexible bunch and would love to help as much as we can.