One of the most exciting days for an expectant mama, a baby shower is a celebration for you and the baby who will soon be in your arms. You’ll be surrounded by love, good wishes, cake and some pint-sized presents. You want to look your best and maximize that pregnancy glow. Most of us are familiar with picking a great dress for a special occasion, but the decision when you’re dressing a baby bump can be difficult. The current trend in maternity fashion is about enhancing, not minimizing, your pregnant figure.
Here are six picks for your consideration.
1. Grecian goddess
If your style is boho chic or you want to channel your inner goddess, a long draped maxi dress may be right for you. Choose an empire waist that will highlight your baby bump beautifully. If you’re feeling daring, here is a lavender version with a thigh split.
2. Just add sparkle
For moms-to-be who prefer shorter hemlines, a chiffon skater dress is the perfect combination of party dress and maternity fashion. The swishy fabric will skim over your figure. If you get one embellished with jewels or beads, all your photos will have a little extra sparkle.
3. Put a bird on it
Whether you’re a “Portlandia” fan or just like a pretty print, this cream dress with bright birds and leaves is a cheerful choice for your baby shower. The off-the-shoulder neckline will frame your face—just add earrings.
4. Trending trouser
If you feel more comfortable in pants, opt for a printed jogger. This oversized style is trendy, but decidedly mom-friendly. Pair ornately printed pants with a simple crewneck tee. Keep this look polished by adding fancy flats and a statement necklace.
5. Body-con bump
Perhaps the most baby bump-enhancing style to wear on the day of your baby shower is bodycon. Don’t be afraid to wear a figure hugging dress while pregnant. A bold print like spots or stripes makes a stylish statement.
6. Statement color
Minimalism is the style du jour, so if you want to look understated but impossibly chic, go for a big swath of bright color. You’re already glowing, but you’ll glow even more in this hot pink maxi dress with sheer panel insert.
Final notes: When in doubt, dress comfortably and choose shoes that will carry you through all (or most) of your party. May your special day be filled with diaper cakes and real cake.