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What to wear to a wedding: Pregnancy special

#stylethebump with our stylish tips for dressing up

What to wear to a wedding: Pregnancy special

Choosing an outfit for a wedding is hard enough under normal circumstances – especially when the weather forecast changes every five minutes – but when you’ve got a bump to think about, shopping for a special occasion can feel impossible.  After all, how do you know what suits you when you don’t recognise your own body anymore?  

Batwing or angel sleeves look hip and elegant while keeping you and your bump cool

You’ve spent the last few months in baggy tops and oh-so stretchy maternity jeans, so going out without that blissful elasticated panel you’ve come so attached to can be daunting. But the good news is, pregnancy fashion’s come a long way since the days of smock dresses and clown dungarees - now you and your bump can look chic too. And remember, this might be your last chance in a while to get dressed up and let your hair down on the dancefloor (even if you’re sipping sparkling water rather than prosecco) so make the most of it…

Show off your shoulders

No matter how much people tell you you’re blooming, you just feel blooming frumpy – and blooming grumpy! – most of the time. Give yourself an instant boost by drawing attention to the bits of your body that aren’t housing a back-flipping foetus. There’s a huge trend for naked shoulders right now, so, like pregnant Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel, pick a patterned maxi that makes the most of the bits of you that still have angles while gliding over your blooming bump.

Snap up this maternity mix print maxi dress from George

Make a statement with bold accessories

Even if you don’t feel like going all-out with your outfit – and really, nobody will judge you if you turn up in a casual jersey dress; in fact, they’ll probably wish they were so comfy - you can nod to high fashion with your accessories. The good news is, while your boobs, bum and tum might be expanding at an alarming rate, your head is the same size it’s always been. Plus, thanks to all those crazy pregnancy hormones, your hair is probably looking the best it ever has. Choose an on-trend floppy hat to keep the sun off your face and draw attention to your long, lustrous locks.

This George monochrome straw effect hat is just the ticket

Give your tired feet a break

A long day at a wedding – standing in church, posing for photos and, of course, tearing up the dancefloor – always results in seriously sore feet, but now you have the perfect excuse to wear flats all day, rather than secretly slipping into flip flops when everyone’s too drunk to notice. Thank your lucky stars that skyscraper heels are no longer a must for formal events; these days, flat pumps and modest block heels can look just as chic. 

Our money's on these contrast strap black and gold sandals

Keep cool with hippy angel sleeves

Funnily enough, growing a baby inside you can make you feel rather hot at times – and sadly, not always in the sexy sense. The last thing you want is to feel sweaty by wearing a skin-tight bodycon dress, so embrace the 1970s looks that have been all over the catwalks for the past few seasons. Batwing or angel sleeves look hip and elegant while keeping you and your bump cool, in every sense of the word. 

This maternity angel sleeve pretty print dress will see you through the whole summer

Don't just shop in the maternity section

You might think that you’ve been banished to the maternity section for the foreseeable future, but there are a surprising amount of fashionable, bump-appropriate dresses in the regular ranges too. The last thing you might feel like doing is dragging a load of experimental outfits into the changing rooms, so try to hone in on designs that feature loose layers, in a size or two bigger than usual if needs be (after all, nobody’s looking at your label!), and you can’t go too far wrong. The current trend for voluminous patchwork designs is a winner for bumps too… in fact, if you’re actually hoping to keep your bump a secret for now, the busy designs will divert attention.  

Dress up this cold shoulder patchwork print dress with shimmering gold accessories