Yes, You CAN Wear a Maxi Dress

maxi dress pregnant

Photo from Old Navy

Guest blog from Lucky magazine editor and CafeMom Meredith Rollins. She has a two-year-old son and is pregnant with her second, due in September.

There seems to be a fair amount of debate about whether anyone, pregnant or not pregnant, can pull off a long summer dress. So I decided to put it to the test and try the one that has been sitting in my closet for the past two months -- scary admission, I know.

I bought it from Old Navy on a (hormone-induced?) whim way back in March: the empire cut would be good for my growing belly, I thought, and it¹s long enough that I could play trucks with my toddler on the floor and not flash anyone.

But then it hung there, laughing at me.


So I finally took out for a test drive. And...the dress ROCKS. I'm not super-tall (I'm 5'6"), but I don't think I look stumpy in it -- the key is to make sure the hem is an inch or so off the floor, so it doesn¹t drag. It has a narrow silhouette that's flattering, and the jersey fabric is weighty enough to keep it from billowing out and making me look huge. The one thing I did was layer a slim-fitting scoopneck t-shirt underneath, because I'm not really comfortable going without a bra. (A little white tank would be good, too.)

So my vote is firmly in the "yes, you can wear this" column. I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner...and this weekend I'm going back to buy these gladiator sandals to wear with it.

Do you have a perfect summer pregnancy dress? And where did you find it?

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