Formal maternity wear has come a long way from the drab and dowdy outfits which expectant mothers were forced to put up with. Earlier the range of maternity wear itself was limited and fashionable formal maternity dresses were only something to be dreamt of but never available.
The standard concept of a formal maternity dress did not go beyond the basic black dress which had to be overly loose, long and hang like a bag from the body frame to hide the bulge. The LBD definitely did not feature in the wardrobe of the expectant mother! But, now normal maternity wear as well as maternity formal wear is stylish and fashionable and can be either got online or from specialized stores.
Expectant mothers too are now more than happy to flaunt their baby bump proudly rather than hide it behind ugly, overflowing dresses. Celebrities have done their bit in making the baby bulge fashionable with Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum looking stunning in fitted maternity occasion dresses while proudly flaunting their baby bulge. Flowing skirts, empire waists, straight skirts, cocktail dresses; the variety in maternity formal wear has suddenly become great.
The sleeves too are no longer confined to the boring long length but short sleeves, cap sleeves or even halters and spaghetti straps have suddenly become hot for the mamma-to-be. Off-shoulder maternity dresses look equally stunning as does the ultra stylish roman toga type one-shoulder dress. Long lengths do make the woman look slimmer but nowadays, even short maternity dresses are in vogue for those moms-to-be who would like to show off their shapely legs.
As far as fabrics go, there is again no dearth of them in fashioning out maternity formal wear. Silk, satin are old favorites but even flimsy fabrics like organza, lace or georgettes are also finding favor with pregnant women as they want to wear stylish clothes and are not afraid of showing off their baby bulge.
The color palette too is no longer restricted to black but ranges from ivory, blue, red, purple and even gold or silver. In short, vibrant colors rule the roost along with the favorite black. Sheath style dresses, sequined or beaded ones, lacy tops or dresses, embroidered or printed ones; pregnant women have never had it so good!
The only thing to keep in mind is that the dress should be fitting but not too tight as that will hamper the circulation. So, whether it is her own special occasion or someone else’s, just because a woman is pregnant does not mean that she cannot look good! Formal maternity wear has undergone a sea change and now comes in styles, colors and lengths meant to flatter the pregnant figure and not disguise it.