White is everywhere this summer and I, for one, cannot get enough of it. I know, you feel like the last thing you are going to buy yourself in your current state is white clothing. I agree–white is not the most practical or even the most flattering, and white presents some serious problems in regards to maternity undergarments (i.e., you must, must wear a nude-colored slip or a camisole).
All of those very valid issues notwithstanding, I happen to think that when you’re talking hot weather fashion, it’s hard for any woman to go wrong with great sandals, a summer tan, and a crisp white dress. Here are a few of my suggestions:
Blossom V-Neck Cotton Maternity Dress
Blossom V-Neck Cotton Maternity Dress–A simply perfect white maternity dress. It works for those deathly hot, humid summer nights when you really wish you could be home, naked, sitting in front of the television, but you have an event that necessitates your attendance in clothing. Pair it with statement jewelry and a bold purse and you are set for an evening out. Or, wear it with flip-flops and a ponytail to the grocery store to buy yourself a pint of Haagen Dazs. Works for both.
Isabella Oliver Summer Everyday Dress
Isabella Oliver Summer Everyday Dress–Another perfect white summer maternity dress. This dress makes wearing a bra a bit more difficult, but if you can find a bra that works, that crossover bust could definitely add a bit of spice to an otherwise innocent-looking ensemble. And the dress has discreet elastic smocking in the back to ensure there is no spillage out of the top. You can order one now from IO, but the dress is not available to ship until later in May.
Johnny Was Silk Floral Dress
Johnny Was White Floral Trim Silk Dress–Keeping in mind my blog posting yesterday, let me first say that this is not a maternity dress. It is, however, a beautiful plus size silk summer dress from well-known designer Johnny Was. Plus-size clothing is a truly great option for a woman in her first or second trimester because the entire piece is cut larger so it allows for the inevtiable reality that all of you is pregnant, not just your belly. You may still have issues with the hem being shorter in the front if you have a significant bump, but a good tailor can fix that.
More of Me White Eyelet Bib Dress
More of Me White Eyelet Bib Dress–My mother adored eyelet and I have vivid memories of my sisters and I spending a good portion of our early summers wearing white eyelet summer dresses with matching eyelet bloomers. Thus, I find More of Me’s white eyelet version of her bib mini dress an irresistible maternity must for the summer. Even if you don’t feel quite prepared to wear it on its own, this looks great over a pair of skinny jeans.
Oh, and I must post photos of both Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson, who attended last night’s Met Costume Ball in custom-designed maternity gowns. Can I be catty and say that I didn’t love either one of their choices? There was just so much stuff going on with both of their dresses, I didn’t feel like either starlet gave her voluptuous body the attention it deserved. And with a cadre of couture seamstresses on hand to sew your pregnant bod into a dress, why not flaunt what you’ve got? I was hoping the chic Selma Blair might make an appearance or the always interesting and newly pregnant January Jones. But no luck there. Just Kate, Jessica and a lot of satin and tulle.