Dressing the Bump for the Glamour Awards


This week I faced an unexpected pregnancy style challenge: party dressing.

Now, lest you think parties are a regular fixture in my diary, allow me to disabuse you of the notion. The odd dinner – yes; a work event at which I have to look the right side of chic- uh-huh’ parties – not so much. But this week was different, because it featured the annual celebrity spectacular that is the GLAMOUR Women of the Year awards.  (Yeah, my job is rubbish, I know….) And therefore a suitable dress for a seven-month-bump had to be found.

I had a mental shortlist: I didn’t really want to do the whole ‘flash the bump in a v tight frock’ thing (if I could, I would, but when you are short and pregnant, this does not look hot, it looks All About The Bump). I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something I would never wear again (I am always happy to buy something new, I just wanted it to be something I could wear again, post-baby). I wanted something that would feel like ‘me’ – after all, I knew I’d be spending the evening chatting to celebrities (you want me to name-drop? Oh, okay, just a few: Samuel L Jackson, uber cool Lake Bell, Alexa Chung, Amanda Holden, Hayley Atwell, Piers Morgan, Fearne Cotton, Claudia Winkleman, David Gandy… You can read all the party coverage here.) Last year I wore a black Sportmax dress from my-wardrobe, a whopping statement necklace and sparkly Zara heels – I needed something along those lines. Only bump-accommodating. And not so tight. (Hey, a girl has to breathe.)

I loved the way Kerry Washington styled out red carpet pregnancy dressing. She seemed to follow the mantra (to which I am a subscriber) of: wear what you would usually wear, just adapt to fit around the bump.



Here’s some of the options I considered. First up, high(er) end:

My friend, stylist Lynda Bell, pointed out this DVF frock, and I really would have bought it – had they not sold out in my size. (Yes, the joy of drapery is that you can get away with your pre-pregnancy size (or one up if you are carrying twins/a bigger baby.)


Norah dress, £311, Diane Von Furstenberg at MatchesFashion

Sportmax is one of those labels I tend to overlook, but they have gorgeous, simple clothes. This dress is a beauty.


Teseo dress, £385, Sportmax at MatchesFashion

And now for the bargains.

This white lace dress s so pretty (it actually looks prettier on than in the picture), but I vetoed it in the end on the grounds that it feels a bit day dress – and it’s maternity (won’t get much use after September – although I could of course pass it on to pregnant friends). It would, however, be perfect for a summer party or wedding and I would snap it up at this price if I had either to attend. It would also be lovely if you are planning a summer baby shower in the garden – how adorable would your bump look in this?


Lace dress, £48, Topshop

If you do want to do the whole bump-bearing thing (a la Gisele) then make a beeline for Isabella Oliver. This one shoulder maxi will see you through to the last days of your pregnancy.

Gisele Bundchen, Anna Wintour and Mario Testino at an event in Boston

Isabella Oliver

Ruched one shoulder maxi, £115, Isabella Oliver










Cos has a lot of fabulous options. (Such as this silk dress with its unusual sleeves or this floaty asymmetric navy number). This is not particularly party-like, but would work well with heels for a smart lunch or work, for instance.) This coral number is sheer, draped, floaty – and just the most perfectly peachy summer shade. Works perfectly over a bump, but would also be a lovely summer dress post-pregnancy – just team with metallic flats.

Dress with rounded neckline, £69, Cos

Dress with rounded neckline, £69, Cos


Draped neck dress, £55, Cos 










And here’s what I ended up wearing. This is a bump-off with the be-yew-ti-ful Lake Bell, who is a. fabulous and b. five months’ pregnant with her first child – congratulations to her and her charming husband. From what I could glean, that is one lucky baba. (Excuse the black and white picture – the lighting was so bright it’s orange if not rendered in monochrome.) Lake – should you be wondering – is wearing Dior (not maternity – she’s a girl after my own heart).

lakeDress, £65, from &Other Stories(not online so I can’t link to it – but it is in store now). I bought my usual size and plan to wear it post-baby (am seeing myself on holiday, somewhere hot, with tanned legs and flat sandals. Am hoping this is a projection to next summer…) with a clutch by Anya Hindmarch (similar here).

Images: Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK, Reuters via Pinterst, AP via Pinterest, Bauer Griffin via People


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  • Reply
    June 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you! (Congratulations btw)
    Excellent article. Am planning how to dress a 5-month bump for a wedding in the summer and now have my beady eye on the coral Cos number…
    X x

    • Reply
      June 5, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Congratulations to you!

      Cos is brilliant for non-pregnancy pregnancy clothes – as is & Other Stories. Highly recommend both.

      Natasha x

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