Maternity Dresses (I know).

Oh, friends.  Two weeks ago I was buying more maxi skirts because my rotation of maxi dresses was getting tired.  Last week I confronted the reality that I am getting bigger and there is no way that I will be getting smaller for the forseeable future.

This is now the point in the show where I would like us all to light a candle at the altar of Our Patron Saint HRH The Duchess Of Cambridge Who Guides Us In All Things.

I feel like it’s no secret that I am a massive fan of hers, and that I am especially a fan of her style.  It’s classic, but more importantly, if I had to pick a practical word to describe Kate’s wardrobe, it is Appropriate.   I can’t wear what Kim Kardashian wears, nor would I want to for a host of reasons.  I love what Taylor Swift wears, but her style wouldn’t really suit me.  Kate’s style = wearable and suitable.

As I flipped through the maternity sections of GAP, Old Navy, Target, and LOFT, I found the experience to be…distressing.  I didn’t love any of the styles, and they’re not things that I felt I would wear were I Not Pregnant.  I am not terrifically concerned about what to wear casually, but being well-dressed for work is important to me, and I have also needed to confront the issue of What To Wear For The High Holidays.

So while I already knew about Kate’s love of Seraphine, after Googling “Kate Middleton Maternity Dress,” I found another frock she had worn from Asos and I was completely sold.

Frankly, all of the dresses I ordered cost more than any other dress I would consider ordering were I not pregnant.  There is a tiny part of me that cares about that (AKA the budget-minded side of me that is sort of dying inside).  But there is a bigger part of me that realizes that I will probably be wearing a number of these post-partum because you don’t magically lose all of the weight after you have the baby and that they will definitely be wheeled out for when Little Critter gets a sibling.  All of which is to say, that I’d rather buy some things that I really love once instead of a bunch of mediocre stuff that I’m not terrifically jazzed about.

Asos – Maternity Nursing Kate Wrap Skater Dress in Spot Print with 3/4 Sleeve


Seraphine – Polka Dot Mock Wrap Maternity Dress

Seraphine 1

Seraphine – Green Knot Front Maternity Dress

Seraphine 3

Kate wore this one in fuchsia and also in a floral print.  I still have some feelings about the floral print and might end up sourcing it later, but I decided that the green would be a more practical color for what’s all in my wardrobe at the current moment.

Seraphine – Black  Knot Front Maternity Dress

Seraphine 2

Kate didn’t wear this one, but I felt like getting a longer-sleeved version of the dress (and in black!) would be a smart buy.

Unfortunately, now that Princess Charlotte has been born, I will be left to fend for myself.  Thankfully it will be fall sooner than later, which means that at least when I’m NOT at work, I can start to wheel out the leggings and cardigans.

Mama friends, what were/are your favorite maternity brands?  I’m guessing I’m going to need more than four dresses to get me through this thing.



6 responses to “Maternity Dresses (I know).

  1. Asos and zulily were my go to places when I was pregnant with Tz. I tried to buy things that were classic and comfortable so I could wear them again should we decide to lose our minds and have a second. 🙂 Congrats to you and Marcus. 🙂

  2. Love the dresses!! My favorites: Ingrid and Isabel and Maternal America tops were comfortable, flattering and I wear them post-baby. I think target carries some I&I but I got mine from a small maternity boutique in Florida. I’m sure you can find both brands online. Bump Start tank tops from macys are cheap and great to wear under stuff or on their own and work great while nursing post baby. I would skip old navy maternity all together as a lot of it doesn’t hold up and doesn’t fit very well. As a final thought, I preferred pants that were under the belly rather than with the over the belly panel. They were more comfortable and less hot (and trust me you will start getting hot even in the winter once that baby is big!)

  3. Smart move! And, yes, Kate’s style is classic.

  4. You’re adorable. That’s all.

  5. You look beautiful !

  6. There are definitely some mainstays every pregnant mama needs before she invests in a whole new maternity wardrobe, so here are the top five pieces you better stock up on first.

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