iVillage Celeb Blog: 'Pregnant in Heels' Star Rosie Pope on Dressing Up Your Baby Bump

Hi iVillagers!

My lovelies, remember how long you spent choosing your prom dress (okay, I'm English, so I didn't have a prom, but I'm guessing here)? And let's not even get started on wedding dresses. You wanted to look your absolute snazziest, strutting your stuff down the aisle, ready to shimmy shimmy on the dance floor. (Hmmm, you can tell what I did at my wedding!)

Well, dressing for events when you're pregnant should be just as special! The thing is, most mamas-to-be don't seem to enjoy getting glammed up when they're pregnant. That's where I come in. When you're combining black tie and belly bumps, here are some tips for looking your best:

Tight is best in the early months. Let that belly shine, ladies! You want people to know you're pregnant, not bloated. (Most first time pregnancies don't really show much till five, sometimes six months -- so tight clothes help accentuate your adorable bump). Plus, a bigger belly makes arms and legs look proportionally smaller. My Cinched Dress is a great example of a tight frock that rocks in the early months.

Go with the flow in the later months. By the end of your second trimester -- and throughout your third -- you can indulge in the flowing chiffon styles that have been oh-so-popular on the red carpet lately. Check out my Maxi Long Floral dress, Grace Dresses in black or white or my Mini Empire Dress for inspiration.

Most important, choose styles that accentuate the things you feel good about (when I was pregnant, it was my boobs!) and hide the things you don't (bat wings were my pregnancy woe).

Choose color. Sure, black is always chic. But as we approach summer, don't be afraid of color and even prints -- be celebratory in vivid pinks, primrose and coral. Add some gold accessories and you'll be a pregnant vision of radiance (ahhh, something my Dad would say!), ready for any occasion.

Skip anything cutesy. My lovelies, I beg of you: Don't wear anything with a bow on it, and please, please no polka dots.

Wear heels.
Heels always add to an evening look, but if you're feeling a little precarious on stilettos, try wedges (but not flip-flops -- there's nothing worse than a fab gown with flip flops peeping out from underneath). Zappos.com always has loads and loads of cute ones, and I love that you can search by color, size and price to save time.

Finally, no matter what you do, have fun. Treat your entire pregnancy like one long wedding day....full of fun, celebration and time with your nearest and dearest while people pamper you!

Can't wait to catch up next week!


Rosie Pope is a clothing designer, maternity concierge and the star of Bravo's 'Pregnant in Heels.' She'll be blogging weekly for iVillage Parenting; see her new post every Tuesday after the show. Follow her on Twitter: @RosiePope, or find her at rosiepope.com.

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