We've seen it happen in movies or on TV, but what happens when you or one of your girls just so happens to be the pregnant bridesmaid? A million questions are likely running through your head: How big will my belly get? Will I have to wear something frumpy? Luckily, there ARE great options; ones that will make you feel beautiful as you walk down that aisle absolutely glowing--or is that sweat? So if you're at a bridal salon and they show you their maternity bridesmaid dresses, don't feel pressured to buy the first mu-mu you see. Whether you're four months along or eight, we know exactly what styles of chiffon gowns will work best for you, so get that baby bump ready to shop!
When considering the best fabrics for your darling baby bump, you want to be looking at soft, light fabrics that will have some give. Satin and lace, as pretty as they may be, are probably not going to be the most flattering options, so sticking with an A-line, chiffon gown will give you the comfort that you deserve! Not only is chiffon breathable, but it keeps your cool and won't show those dreaded sweat lines that every soon-to-be mama can relate with.
Don't assume that you have to purchase a maternity bridesmaid dress just because you're pregnant! Just keep in mind that the style that you choose should have a high waistline to easily accommodate your growing belly. Olivia, a strapless dress, and Violet, a halter, are going to be great options since the waistline forms a slight V, giving your baby bump plenty of room. If you need more top coverage (because the girls are also starting to grow) Stella and Anna are going to be flattering picks. The bodice falls on the natural waistline, but can easily be pulled up over your bump and both offer wide straps for added support.
Brooke, sampled Violet while 8 months pregnant and went up 2 sizes from her normal dress size.
When shopping for a bridesmaid dress, keep these simple rules in mind:
Dressing your baby bump should be a fun experience, not something to stress over! Know that there are definitely great options regardless of how far along you are, so don't let being pregnant discourage you!
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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.