Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pregnancy/Maternity Dressing for Special Occasions

Most people think dressing during pregnancy is a chore, especially when you have an occasion to attend. When I got pregnant, I thought the same. However getting myself at ease with certain ideas and thoughts, helped me decode some really easy tips to continue using my existing wardrobe and continue to wear some of the pretty dresses I own, for special occasions. When I say special occasions, it could mean anything from weddings, parties, movie premiers to date nights :-) You can also keep these tips in mind while picking up new outfits for special occasions.

Be proud of your bump
A lot of people like to hide their belly. In India we have a lot of superstitions surrounding it which I am not going to get into, but after the first few crucial months, when the critical stages have been passed, I see nothing wrong in showing your bump. To flaunt your belly along with staying comfortable, choose dresses that are snug in the bodice and have a looser skirt area that is free flowing around the hips and stomach. Make sure the bodice is well fitting and not tight so that in sometime you don’t start gasping for air! 

Plan ahead
Special occasions mean fun times and when your heading out is restricted during pregnancy, the few times you head out, you want nothing to spoil it. Avoid any discomfort in your outfit by planning ahead! Choose a comfortable dress which will also fit you a few days/weeks ahead depending on when the occasion is planned for. Plan and keep your footwear comfortable too, especially if it involves being on your feet for too long.

Keep in mind the length of your dress and heel height
The dress you wear should be of an appropriate length which means not long enough to cause you to trip! That could just be too disastrous! Also if you must wear heels (not a good idea), then stick to wedges as they provide more stability and a base to your entire foot. However try and avoid heels after your second trimester.  

Material check
Pregnancy makes you feel as if your body has an additional heating system within. This happens because you have around 40% more blood pumping around your body to cope with the needs of your unborn baby. Hence, the material of your dress (especially in summer) needs to be such that it can let your body breathe. So, stay away from synthetics as much as possible and choose more of cotton and non synthetic georgette and chiffon.

Simple and long lasting make-up
My tip would be 'Keep it Simple' and let your pregnancy glow show! However, whatever make-up you do use, make sure it is the long lasting and water-proof as you don't want to be rushing for touch-ups in your already heavy state.

Well these are the 5 main ones I keep in mind, and used it to my best at my recent Babymoon in Goa. PS took me for a special candle light dinner to the Spice Studio at the Alila Diwa Goa where Chef Eida attended to us personally and gave us one of our best Goan food experiences ever. I was all dressed in this gorgeous Aztec Print Dress from Romwe and ready to be courted for one of the most special dinners of my life :-)

Tribal Print Diamante White Dress - Romwe
Blue stones flats - Queue Up Footwear
Blue Geometric Stone stretch bracelet - INPINK 

On my lips - L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lincoln Rose
On my eyes - L'Oreal Kajal Magique, L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Kohl Portofino Blue 
and L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Gelmatic Pen Glamor Gold

If you want a RED Lipstick that doesn't bleed and doesn't wear off weirdly in bits after food and drinks, then try the L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lincoln Rose (YES, exactly the shade that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wore at Cannes) and watch it stay in place even after a complete meal!

I loved the lit up passages at the Alila Diwa so much that you see I couldn't stop clicking pictures there. Also, you must also get a glimpse of the lovely dinner we had! 

Hungry?! ;-) I would highly recommend the Goan Potato Soup, Dhabewala Mutton with Appam and the Fish Curry Rice here.

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  1. Very nice post. And you look so pretty and cute. Love your smile :)

  2. Hey congrats gal...1st time on ur blog...m surprised y...loved it to bits :) amazing oost n ur glowing for sure :)

    1. Thanks for loving the blog and the wishes! :)

  3. You are gorgeous! I assumed dressing for a pregnant belly to be difficult as well, but you make it seem pretty simple. Lovely post!


  4. Hey...that's so great !!!

    I feel so happy & proud....

    With best love


  5. Simply great !!!

    U look so cute as a would be mother !!

    Best wishes & love


  6. Love this post! I am 20 weeks and facing a challenge getting dressed 😜 your dresss is gorgeous and flowy, I will need to find something similar! Found you on glad I did! xo

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  8. Pregnancy is the most beautiful phase in women's life and spoiling it by wearing a size larger clothes is waste. I totally agree with points mentioned in the blog and would strongly recommend maternity clothing as against traditional thinking of 1 size larger clothing.

    Here are some advantages of maternity clothes vs one size larger clothes.

    1. Bust size is different with plus size clothes and it'd give you odd fit. Where in maternity clothing is designed keeping this in mind.
    2. Plus size clothes will keep falling off your shoulder and that would make you feel absolutely ridiculous.
    3. Maternity clothes are designed with special care to use it post delivery and most garments include concealed feeding options and hence making traditional thinking of using it only for a few months invalid, I re did my wardrobe wardrobe when I was pregnant and bought all my garments from, site that a friend recommend and trust me it was just amazing to have right maternity wear as against extra size clothes, not only did it make me look presentable but it made me feel comfortable, I'd highly recommend you buy right maternity wear and not extra size tops or bottoms. Cheers!

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