Wondering how to survive a wedding when pregnant? It's hard enough finding the perfect wedding guest outfit, even without the added complication of a newly-formed bump and needing maternity wear. So to get a grasp of the ideal occasion wear for expectant mums-to-be, fashion stylist Lexxi Davis has some handy tips to help you shop the most stylish maternity wedding guest dress ideas that you'll love.
Styling The Bump
A lot of expectant mums often opt for oversized maternity dress styles that swamp the body. Flowing floor-length dresses look beautiful - as long as they hug around the bump for a flattering look. Shirred and side-rouched styles are great options for pregnant wedding guests as they stretch around you and give you space while still being comfortable and refining your silhouette.
Go Classy But Comfortable
Whether you're three months in or about to pop, chances are you're going to be exhausted already. So opting for an outfit that's comfortable is probably the most important point when looking for the ideal dress. You don't need to go full on jersey: there are fantastic outfit options for those expecting, just look for styles with that little extra stretch.
Say No To Stilettos
You're not going to be drinking copious amounts of fizz, so previous weddings where the bubbles have numbed your dancing feet will not apply now. So choose your shoes wisely, low block-heel sandal always look chic, plus if your feet are swollen, they have more room to breathe. Alternatively opt for flats. There are plenty of amazingly stylish pumps out there that are wedding ready - go for embellished or silky styles to fit the formal theme.
Accessorising Is Everything
While you might only be left with a few dresses that fit come wedding day, you can amp up your accessories to pull off a stylish wedding guest outfit. Opt for bejewelled hair pieces with a messy braided up-do (to keep you cool), or a brightly coloured bag to add style to an otherwise simple get up. Go for fail-safe Gucci, or look to Kurt Geiger who also have some beautiful new-in bags, that are guaranteed to get compliments.
You might want to buy something new for your friend's wedding, but remember that you're not going to be pregnant forever! Choose floaty but flattering styles that you can wear again, when the baby has arrived and the bump has gone. Nine In The Mirror have a great range of designer dresses selected especially with maternity in mind, so you can splurge on a good quality garment that you can treasure forever.
Getting The Style Right
Unfortunately with a big bump in the way, certain dress styles just don't work. Wrap dresses are one of the best for mums-to-be, as they hug your curves in all the right places and you can tie it to the most comfortable size. Floral prints work well too, as they flatter your bump and divert the attention from your temporary tummy. Just look to Beyoncé for the ultimate mum-spiration.