A Great Maternity Dress is Worth Investing In



While I was trying to hide my bump, a.k.a. bloated belly, in the first trimester (and I honestly, wanted any excuse to wear baggy and comfortable clothes while I felt like utter sh*t), in the second trimester it’s all about starting to accentuate and show off the growing bump…and this is my favorite period of pregnancy, ya’ll. I have more energy, less nausea, I feel better about my body and the bump isn’t so big that it makes it harder to pull off certain outfits.

I think that investing in a bangin’ maternity dress that fits well, has the ability to be versatile, withstands pregnancy after pregnancy and flatters your changing body and bump is a MUST for any mama-to-be. I found my ultimate maternity dress when I was pregnant with our last babe — Isabella Oliver’s Ruched Tank Dress (which appears to be sold-out, but never fear…their Ellis Tank Dress is pretty much the same). Let me tell you, ladies. This dress is the BOMB dot com. It is made so well – thicker fabric (no see through problems), flattering and a great length.

You can really tell when you’re wearing something that is well-made and really fits you perfectly…especially when you’re pregnant. You know? You just can.

I wear this dress on a weekly basis right now.




Baby got back. Really. It competes w/ the bump for first place every pregnancy. 


& for When it Gets a Little Cooler…

I threw on a lightweight jacket to show you how I’ll be wearing the dress in the cooler months to come…that is, in January. ha. Oh, South Carolina. I’d throw on a felt hat or something along those lines, too.






dress: Isabella Oliver Ruched Tank Dress (sold out) – VERY similar option is there new Ellis Maternity Tank Dress. The only difference that I can see between the two is the bottom hem. The Ellis has a straight one that goes right across, while the Ruched gathers up a bit on each side. Do you see what I mean? I think I actually like the straight style better, because it can be easily styled all sorts of ways – up or down.

shoes: DV by Dolce Vita (sold out) – The Timba style is very similar, but these Henlie Heels by Dolce Vita are ones I’d go with if I were shopping for a shoe like this now, because…the color and style are awesome for the transition from Summer to Fall. Also, they’ll work again next Spring.

clutch: Sole Society Kerry crossbody (I wore it as a clutch)…almost sold out, but they have one in black. This stud and fringe Topshop bag is pretty darn cool. Fall clutch, anyone?

necklace: Necessary Clothing, old. This tassel necklace is rad with the stones…as is this layered set from F21.

jacket: SheInside, old. This is a very cool army-type style jacket and this Madewell Military jacket is awwwwesome. I’d wear that with everything.

Shop The Other Fab Maternity Dresses I Found

…and I didn’t add any cheap ones…even though I was tempted to. Mamas, when it comes to the maternity dress that is going to get you through your entire pregnancy, has the ability to be worn again and again (in many different ways) and look good throughout…you sometimes need to spend a little more to get a little more. Ya dig? I find this to be true about any great and essential pieces that serve as the basics for your maternity wardrobe. You can’t go cheap with them.





photos: Brandon Brown Photography 


  1. Super cute. No more bump for me, but totally agree that buying a great maternity dress the first time will be the best way to go. It will last for so long and your pregnancy hormones (and post hormones) will thank you when you look and feel great every time you put it on!

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