With two past pregnancies and now a third underway, it may come as a surprise to some people that my collection of maternity items is somewhat slim.
Many maternity items are so limited in the amount of time that you can wear them, and I never saw a point in investing in quality maternity pieces only to be able to wear them for a couple of months. Rather than purchasing multiple maternity clothes, I made investments into clothes that I could wear well after pregnancy.
Fabrics that are stretchy, looser tops, and black leggings were staples in my wardrobe. For those special occasions, you can never go wrong with having the classic little black dress in your closet, even during pregnancy.
We are in the middle of New York Fashion Week here in the city and last weekend I had the opportunity to spend my evening at Lincoln Center enjoying watching new styles down the runway. Fashion week always intimidates me, especially when I am pregnant. I am in such an awkward stage right now in my pregnancy. I’m slowly busting out of many of my pre-pregnancy dresses in my closest, but am too small to fit into anything maternity.
Rather than going out and buying a brand new dress for the occasion, I searched Rent the Runway for the perfect look. They have a great search feature where you can click on those features of their dresses that work best with a bump. In just minutes I found the perfect little black dress for Saturday night.
Maternity LBD 1 of 13
The LBD is a must-have in any girl's closet, even during pregnancy. Click through to see how I styled this classic dress for a night out during Fashion Week.
Classic Look 2 of 13
The little black dress is a must have in any girl's closet. I loved the length on this chic black dress. The fabric was just stretchy enough to accomodate my growing bump. I just needed to go a size up in the dress and the fit was perfect!
Add Accessories 3 of 13
Go Bold 4 of 13
I really wanted to make my black dress stand out in a crowd of fashion lovers. In order to do that, I had to go bold with this gorgeous necklace. With the asymmetrical style and bold and colorful jewels, it gave this dress an entirely new look.
Necklace: Erickson Beamon, c/o Rent the Runway
Make a Statement 5 of 13
I cannot tell you how many compliments I received on this necklace. If only it was a permanent piece in my jewelry box. The uniqueness of the design, paired with the simplicity of the black dress, made this necklace the stunner for the night.
Necklace: Erickson Beamon, c/o Rent the Runway
Add a Pop of Color 6 of 13
I'm not one of those people that can just walk in heels all the time while pregnant. I give major praise to those women who can. I wanted to add some color to the dress, while still being comfortable in the shoes. I found these great heels form Zara. The heel was rather short, making it easy for me to walk around and be comfortable in all night long. I love the two tones of these heels and the ankle strap which gave me extra support. The red tied in with the necklace without being too overpowering.
A Night to Remember 7 of 13
This pregnancy has been rather tough for me, so it's hard for me to feel pretty and put together, but somehow this look did it for me. I managed to forget about all of my pregnancy troubles and feel glamorous for a night. Any time pregnancy can make you feel radiant is a moment to remember.
Mini Little Black Dress 8 of 13
The subtle details on this dress, including the pockets and the exposed zipper on the back, along with the stretch fabric, made this a great dress for a night out!
Midi Lace Dress 9 of 13
The lace detail on this dress is stunning. The detail alone makes this dress stand out even with minimal accessories.
Swing Dress with Dipped Hem 10 of 13
This dress can be worn before, during, and after pregnancy. I love the dropped hem, which gives it a little bit of uniqueness. Pair it with booties during the day or a pair of heels at night for two completely different looks.
Ruched T Shirt Dress 11 of 13
Ruched looks are always great during pregnancy. The mid-calf length, along with the longer sleeves, make this a great and classic option for a sophisticated look.
Cap Sleeve Midi Dress 12 of 13
This dress has a little bit of edge to it with the faux leather cap sleeves. It's a little touch that goes a long way.
The Afternoon Dress 13 of 13
This dress is perfect to go from day to night. Wear it with sandals or even a cute pair of booties and then change into heels for a night out with the girls. I love the free flowing look of this dress that gives it enough room for your growing bump.
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I did receive the dress and necklace courtesy of Rent the Runway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.