First of all, thank you to everyone who submitted questions on our Ask Us Anything post. Our next two weeks are C-R-A-Z-Y with travel (I’m going to Munich for a week for work, Benjamin’s going to Vegas for nearly a week, then we drive to Pennsylvania/Delaware/Maryland for a wedding and some family time — the fun never ends!), but I promise we’ll answer each and every one of your questions at some point soon. You brought up some great topics! Feel free to add more questions if you think of them, too.
Speaking of weddings and travel, we have FIVE coming up in the next 6 months! I love weddings. I love the dresses and the flowers and seeing what kind of style the couple put into their big day. I love the dressing up and the dancing and the food. But I am a little anxious about all of these upcoming weddings because I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR. Stylish, formal maternity dresses are few and far between. For some reason I find that they tend to be (1) made out of really horrible, synthetic, unbreathable material, (2) super plain and/or very casual, or (3) outrageously expensive, if you do happen to find the one, beautiful, stylish option. What’s a fashion-conscious pregnant girl to do?
Recently I joined a really awesome service called Rent the Runway. They rent expensive formal dresses for a fraction of the cost ($75 to wear a $300 dress? Sign me up!). They send you the dresses for nearly a week, give you 2 sizes just in case one doesn’t fit right, and send you a prepaid envelope to mail the dress back in (and they take care of the dry cleaning). Incredible! Unfortunately I found this beautiful resource right as my belly is beginning to pop beyond the confines of normal dress measurements, so I can’t take advantage. But that got me thinking: does such a thing exist for maternity dresses? I’ll save you the Googling… the answer is: sort of. Rentmaternitywear.com is a similar concept, but, like the maternity dress racks in stores, the selection is very small, and not that exciting.
I work right near a Filene’s Basement, so although they don’t have a maternity section, I thought maybe I could find a cute non-pregnant person dress that was flowy enough around the middle that I could wear it to at least the first two weddings of the summer. I’m not exactly sure when this happened, but apparently my ribs have expanded along with my belly — I could barely fit into ANY of the dresses!!! Not sure how that works, exactly, since I still wear extra small tops, but I think it’s just that normal dresses were not designed to accommodate my new, uhhh, curves. Oh my. I do think if I could find a long, strapless dress that is only fitted around the chest, that would work beautifully. Unfortunately it’s prom season, though, so all the long dresses are adorned with fake diamonds and jewels… not really my style!
I’ve even looked at maternity specialty stores like A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity, but have found either casual summer sundresses or super expensive formalwear. I’ve scoured websites like Old Navy, Gap, and Ann Taylor LOFT, but I keep finding either plain black dresses or looks that are too casual for my weddings. So far the best site has been Nordstrom, but even their selection is almost all plain designs, solid colors and strange fabrics. Sigh.
Any suggestions of places I haven’t thought to look yet? The weddings are creeping closer and closer, so I may just have to bite the bullet and buy something I don’t love. But I hate spending money on things I don’t love.