Our internet friend Nicole writes:
I am expecting my first child in August. I have just started searching for maternity clothes and I’m getting a little frustrated. There seems to be very little for the Superfantastic Pregnant Woman. Of the many retailers you often feature, only Lane Bryant offers maternity (and only online). Their selection is somewhat limited. During my seventh month I will graduate from my residency program in Anesthesia and need to have an evening dress to wear to my graduation. I would appreciate any help you can provide.
Francesca wishes congratulations and best wishes to the superfantastic Nicole, both for the impending baby and the impending graduation! I assume that Nicole is a Big Girl and that therein lies the difficulty in searching for superfantastic maternity wear.
Luckily, Francesca has already researched this conundrum. You can see her previous post about plus-size maternity here. The news is not so good, but hopefully Francesca has been helpful. Be sure to read the comments for the many helpful tips from other readers.
Francesca has the feeling that, what with the cold weather driving everyone indoors, there will soon be many new pregnancies to drive the Big Girls to the maternity post!
As for evening gowns, Francesca’s first-stop site for plus-size maternity, Maternity Clothing Fashions, offers a wide variety. Here are two of Francesca’s favorites for the intelligent, sophisticated, and reliable anesthesiologist who wears up to a size 3XL. (Do not worry, they also offer knee-length fancy dresses. But Francesca always veers to the formal when she has the teeniest opening to do so.)
A pink summer evening gown (below), for the prettiest doctor in the room. Francesca recommends this dress if you have dark coloring, so that you can go for the “Catherine Zeta Jones being strong enough to get away with pink” look, rather than the “Calista Flockhart looking a little too cute” look.
Francesca also appreciates –for the right person– the daring nature of this very dramatic peacock-themed dress, but feels that looking like a peacock might not be the best idea when attempting to fit in with medical professionals.