This is part TWO in a six part series. Check out the series introduction here for links to each post.
Like a wedding gown, prom dress or other formal wear, a maternity gown can have one of five basic different dress lines. Refer back to the post on Body Shape for help on choosing sleeves that will most flatter your body.
Fitted bodice, draped fabric flares out to form a capital "A" shape from the hips to the floor. Similar to the ball gown but not as full in the skirt.
Tightly fitted bodice ending just under the bust line, the skirt drapes out gently from the bodice, makes the waist appear higher. Similar to sheath but has a higher waistline.
Fitted bodice, cinched waist, full/poofy skirt. Similar to the A-line dress line but fuller in the skirt. More dramatic.
Tight fitting through the bodice and hips, then flares out dramatically at the bottom half of the skirt, usually starting around the knees.
Not tight fitting, but gently follows the natural shape of the body. Much more straight than most dress lines. Similar to empire dress line but the bodice extends lower than the bust line.
Since your expanding belly tends to alter your normal body type to be a more round or triangle body shape you should choose styles to reflect that. These are typically (but not always) the best dress lines for a maternity figure:
For more examples of maternity styling check out my "What to Wear" board on Pinterest @jesplinphoto
This blog will feature new parent advice, what to expect when working with my business, as well as an ongoing series about safety when interacting with newborns
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