LUCKY BREAK | LIFE + STYLE BLOG
You may not be able to drink any alcohol and dance all night long, but you can still look drop dead gorgeous. We get it — it can be a real struggle to find a dress that you look and feel amazing in and depending on how far along you are, too, you might not necessarily feel like squeezing into a fancy dress that you'll have to sit in for the entirety of a wedding ceremony and reception.
Obviously you want to look your best but maybe your still getting the hang of dressing your ever changing body.
Luckily, we searched the internet for gorgeous dresses so you don't have to. Check out these maternity and bump friendly non-maternity dresses that will make sporting a bump to a wedding your best accessory!
01. Relax in a Maxi
Weddings are a lot of standing up, sitting down, and cutting a rug on the dance floor, which means your feet might start swelling. If you’re prone to foot inflammation, opt for a comfy maxi dress to maximize your style and minimize your worries. No need to wear heels when your feet are hidden, either. Slip on your comfiest pair of sandals and dance the night away!
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02. Classic in Black
Side ruching makes these jersey and lace dresses totally bump-friendly, while the midi length keeps it absolutely chic. You'll get plenty of use out of a classic black dress. (pair with sneakers, baseball cap and jean jacket for running errands) PLUS the best part is that t’s super stretchy, meaning you wont feel uncomfortable the entire nught and can wear it throughout your pregnancy—and then wear it again after your baby arrives.
LBD FOR EVERY BUDGET
**non-maternity plenty of stretch -order one size up if you prefer a little extra room.
***maternity style- order pre-pregnancy size
**maternity style - only size up iif you perfer a roomier fit
03. Floral Beauty
Notorious for being a fashionista? Do you love looking and feeling your best? Don’t lose your stylish status during pregnancy! Catch all the wedding guests’ attention in these stunning floral draped maxi dresses. Gorgeous and functional, all of these dresses feature elastic material that can be adjusted to accommodate your growing bump throughout every stage of pregnancy. Even better: The V-neck makes breastfeeding a breeze so you can enjoy wearing this maxi dress after baby arrives as well. What more could a mama want?
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**non-maternity - roomy fit - order pre pregnancy size
*non-maternity - size up from pre-pregnancy size
maternity style - only size up iif you perfer a roomier fit
04. Just Peachy
Depending on your skin tone, Peach, Coral or Rose hues are a no-fail colors that will make you look tan and instantly polished. The Petunia Rose Peach Maxi Dress tests out the cold-shoulder trend, while the maxi length and classic silhoutte makes this a feminine and sophisticated option for practically any body or bump. Sport delicate jewelry or opt for a pretty statement ribbon belt
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**non maternity but with good amount of built in stretch - stick with pre-pregnancy size
**non-maternity bump friendly | true to size. only size up if in 3rd trimester or if extra top heavy
05. Tasteful in Lace
Best suited for an evening wedding. The three-quarter-length sleeves and lace detail dress up the simple silhouette and make the wearer look elegant. Pair the dress with heels and gold accessories, and then wear it again later, dressed down with a denim jacket and white sneakers.
06. Shoulder Chic
Breeze through your pregnancy in this off-the-shoulder maxi dress. Not only is this style wildly popular right now, but the soft, lightweight fabric will keep you super comfortable during those hot outdoor weddings this summer. Quick tip: This dress photographs really well, just in case you're still looking for your maternity photoshoot outfit.
Currently I’m in the early stages of my second trimester of pregnancy, I am getting to that stage where I feel great in something one day and absolutely blah in it the next day. This is one of many reasons why I believe finding and investing in non-maternity dresses trumps the typical maternity specific dress. I want dresses that will last me the duration of my pregnancy and well beyond that. After buying for the boutique not pregnant and now buying while pregnant, I've learned a few important tips and factors to consider when selecting dresses that you can wear throughout your entire pregnancy and well beyond into motherhood.
1. Bodycon and stretchy materials are your friend!
Look for dresses that have some stretch that will grow with your bump. In the past, bodycon dresses were something I used to skip over because they were wayy too unforgiving, but guess what? There’s no hiding my belly now. Wearing looser clothing often makes me feel like a tent, so I’ve been sticking to sleek body-con dresses that still have stretch. Our Tanner Tank Dress + Isabella Midi Dress are both non-maternity dreses but are so incredibly comfortable and with just enough stretch that they are two of my go-to styles while pregnant! I love wearing it with a duster cardgian (see the mauve one below) and mules, but this dress is incredibly versatile! Another favorite way to wear it is with a jean jacket or chic vest (see below)
2. Opt for Midis over Mini dresses.
As the bump gets bigger, the front of the dress may hike up as you progress in your pregnancy! While shorter length dresses may be great in the first 20 weeks, to get the most out of your dresses, look for knee-length or midi-length non-maternity dresses that will allow your bump some room to grow. This dress is the perfect length for pregnancy. I also like that it can be dressed up or down with a jean jacket. Or THIS solid midi that can be paired with sneakers and a chambray button up
3. Maximize the Maxi
Maxi-dresses are super cute on preggos. A floral wrap dress like THIS is perfect for spring and the material feels like that favorite oversized tee you've had for ages and love. I love The Black Slouch Dress (see below) too because it is more tapered at the bottom and slightly more fitted to prevent looking like a tent
4. Never forget the "Third Layer"
I use this term referring to the finishing piece you should always wear. A Lightweight trench coat or long & lightweight cardigan. These jackets or cardigans (or third layer as we call them) are great during pregnancy. Self concious about your booty or like me, my quickly enlarging thighs? They easily hide any of those problem areas you may be seeing pop up so you feel your most confident, ALWAYS! You can wear some trench coats like a dress; wear them open or tie the band right above the waist to showcase your silhouette when you really start to show! I purchased one in beige and one in black, and have been wearing them constantly.
5. Define your Waist
For those dresses that aren't skin tight, try accentuating your "waist" with a small belt, or choose dresses with high-waistlines (that hug above the bump). Try to avoid low waistbands or drop waists.
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Look like a beauty without the sleep
Late work nights—or, you know, Scandal binges—ruin the whole bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed look we're always going for. But until someone figures out a way to add more hours to the day or make Netflix less addictive, we've got one option: Cheat the system—at least a little. We hunted down the natural fixes, at-home hacks, and pro strategies and the good news is, There is a way to look refreshed and awake – even if your sleep schedule is in the dumps
Tip 1: Shut it down – electronics that is. Before going to sleep, shut down all electronics – that means TV, computer and, yes, your blackberry. These all are stimulants for the brain, and if you’re answering emails in bed at 10 p.m., you’re going to have a difficult time getting to sleep. Hit the power switch at least an hour before bedtime.
Tip 2: Get up … NOW! Once the alarm goes off, get out of bed immediately. Snoozing is not sleep; it’s just prolonging the inevitable.
Tip 3: So now that you’re up – do something. Try a morning workout to get motivated and feel energized for the day. Take a quick run or hit an early morning spin class. Be sure to challenge yourself first thing and then see how much easier your morning commute feels.
Tip 4: Hydrate. Great-looking skin isn’t just about what you put on it, but also what you put in your body. Skip that morning cup of coffee, which can be dehydrating, and drink a glass of ice water instead. The cold water will not only give you a kick in the morning, but also help hydrate skin, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed.
Tip 5: Wakeup and fake it! Use a hydrating and stimulating makeup like Almay Wake-Up Makeup – a favorite of celeb Kate Hudson. This product contains essential minerals and ingredients, such as cucumber and aloe, which soothe and hydrate skin. It also has first-of-its-kind encapsulated water technology – once the powder touches your skin, it releases a cooling sensation that gives you an added boost in the morning.
Tip 6: Do NOT skip breakfast. You’ve worked out, you’ve hydrated, you’re looking gorgeous. Why deny your body the nutrients it needs to keep it looking and feeling refreshed by walking out the door without grabbing a quick bite?
Tip 7: Take a Breather! Pranayama, a breathing technique straight from the yoga studio, can help refresh your face, says Jamé Heskett, MD, founder and medical director of The Wellpath in New York City. The practice boosts circulation, moving the blood that stagnates in the body during sleep. "At the same time, you're oxygenating the body with deep breathing," she says. And since a vibrant complexion relies on oxygen and nutrients being pumped into the small blood vessels and capillaries in the face, it's important to keep that circulation going strong
Heskett's technique: Breathe in as deeply as you can, and then breathe out as deeply as you can, keeping each breath as level and equal in length as possible. While you do that, contract your muscles starting at your toes and working your way up to your face. Work 3 to 5 minutes of pranayama breathing into your morning routine to look and feel more awake.
Tip 8: Get glossy. If your hair never manages to look shiny, it'll always lend a drab, tired vibe to your look. To temporarily boost glossiness, opt for a shine-enhancing serum, like , and use it daily. For a more long-lasting effect, ask for a professional glaze during your next trip to the salon. Not only does it immediately add luster to the hair, but it can also last up to 24 shampoos, says Eva Scrivo, owner of Eva Scrivo Salons in New York City.
Tip 9: Consider highlights: "Highlights are magical, They pick up light and illuminate the entire face. To reap the brightening benefits, This guide below to find the best highlight hue for you.
|Hair color||Highlight color|
|Light brown —>||Medium gold to dark blonde|
|Medium brown —>||Light brown to dark gold|
|Medium-dark brown —>||Cognac and dark or rich honey|
|Dark (espresso) brown to black —>||Light to medium brown|
|Red —>||Golden copper|
Tip 10: Cold Spoons. For a real wake-up call, press two chilled teaspoons gently around the eye sockets for a few seconds at a time. The cold spoons will act as a mini ice pack, instantly cooling sleepy eyes and reducing the swelling of under-eye bags.
1 SWEATER STYLED 4 WAYS
Add an oversized sweater dress to your wardrobe ASAP. We've styled our Pocono Sweater Dress 2 Different ways below and adding that it can be worn as a solo act as an adorable cowl neck sweater dress OR off shoulder sweater dress means with just 3 items you can create 4 outfits!
COWLNECK + PLEATED MAXI SKIRT
The best part about most off the shoulder sweaters is that they dont just have to be worn as off the shoulder sweaters. This sweater can be styled as a cowlneck sweater on those colder days and styled with a long maxi skirt gives you a modest look you can wear anywhere from the office to christmas morning with the kiddos.
WAYS TO STYLE LEATHER LEGGINGS
As we head into the chillier months I thought it was the perfect time to share 3 ways to style my absolute favorite alternative for when my Denim Mom jeans need a rest (or a wash); Leather leggings! Leather Leggings are an absolute must to mix up your winter wardrobe and add a little edge to your wardrobe. I purchased the j Spanx Moto leggings a while back during the Nordstrom anniversary sale. With the price obviously going up on these after the sale I would label them as an investment piece and certainly not the best option if you arent already rotating leather leggings into your wardrobe.
Not to Worry! Along with style advice you can find links to try a pair of leather leggings and decide for yourself!
What I think I love most about leather leggings is how easy they are to transition from daytime casual to a sophisticated evening look. I am certainly more of a leggings over jeans gal just for the sole fact they are more versatile than jeans.
For a daytime look try:
a graphic tee layered with a flannel or or basic tank with a longer length cardigan
My weekend go to look is 80% of the time the following combination of oversized pullover sweater with flats or booties. It takes almost the same time it would to throw on a sweatshirt and sweats but it obviously looks about a million times better. I gravitate towards modest sweaters with high necklines or longer hemline. THIS SWEATER or THIS ONE are perfect. THE LEGGINGS ON THE LEFT ARE UNDER $40 >
HOW TO WEAR LEATHER LEGGINGS IN THE EVENING
- Swap out booties for a pair of pumps. On the chillier winter evenings add in another layer to your look by opting for suede over the knee boots.
- A tailored peplum or relaxed top with feminine detailing balance and soften the look of leather leggings
- Try a basic sweater with edgy statement jewelry or scarf.
- Do a simple swap out of your flannel or cardigan for a tailored blazer
7 FAIL PROOF OUTFIT FORMULAS FOR FALL
Listen, we love fall clothes. Give us all the scarves and tights and jackets, and we’re happy as clams. But not every day guarantees a light bulb of outfit ingenuity & Though we have a few tried and true methods for getting ready in the morning faster, when we're lacking inspiration we turn to these 7 outfit formulas to get us is undoubtedly the easiest way to feeling good about what we’re wearing, and to avoid being late to work.
CHUNKY KNIT + BOYFRIEND JEANS
SOLID BLOUSE + JOGGERS
TRENCH COAT + MOM JEANS + MULES
It’s officially time to pull that tried-and-true trench out of storage. With fall’s official topper on hand, a pulled-together look is only seconds away. Team it with relaxed-fit denim, a fitted turtleneck sweater and lace-up flats for a getup perfect for running errands or catching up with the girls over tapas.
LONG-SLEEVED MAXI + ANKLE BOOTS
CHUNKY SWEATER + A-LINE MINI + KNEE-HIGH BOOTS
FELT FEDORA + OVERSIZED SCARF + SWEATSHIRT
T-SHIRT DRESS + DENIM JACKET + FLATS
UTILITY JACKET + STRIPED SHIRT + TROUSERS
Another closet staple, your trusty striped tee works great in the fall. Worn tucked into black trousers and with a light jacket, it’s perfect for that in-between weather when you want to layer but don’t want to whip out your parka just yet.
TRENCH COAT + LEATHER PANTS + BLACK BAG
Simple, elegant and classic, the combination of skinny pants, an essential trench and on-trend bucket bag is a look you can wear over and over again without it feeling tired or overdone.