Post # 1
It’s my turn to be a bridemaid and I’m going to be pregnant…28 weeks pregnant actually. The bride has chosen J Crew bridesmaid dresses in silk chiffon. We can choose any style we like as long as it’s short and in and vivid poppy (and silk chiffon). Has anyone worn a J Crew bridesmaid dress while pregnant? Or know anyone that did? What style worked best for you and how many sizes did you order up?
The J Crew consultant suggested these styles:
My mom is a seamstress, so I’m not concerned as much with alterations, just wondering what styles any preggos have worn and what worked. Thanks in advance!
Oh, and my pre-pregnancy size was usually 8-10 in dresses. I have a large chest, so usually have to order a size 14 in normal bridesmaid sizes (like Dessy) just to get my chest to fit and then have to take in the waist.
Post # 3
I think the empire cut of the Taryn dress would work best for a baby bump. The only problem would be the large bust and strapless dress – just get a very supportive bra. JCrew dresses run pretty true to street size, if a little bit large. You might want to go with a size 12 so you have room to take it in, and you don’t want it to come up short in the front because of the bump. Some people say they aren’t showing that much at 5 1/2 – 6 months, but I had a very obvious bump from about 20 weeks on.
Congrats on your pregnancy! I’m 36 weeks now and slowing down, but I felt really good at 28 weeks.
Post # 4
I can’t give you any real advice seeing as how I am not pregnant nor have I worn either dress, but I loike the second one a lot. Strapless are ok for women with larger chests, but I would go the safe route and get the second one. It will look adorable with a baby bump too 🙂
Post # 5
I own the J. Crew Juliet, which I don’t see on their website anymore but it’s very similar to the Taryn. Either of those would be great for a baby bump since they have the empire waist and flowy bottom.
ETA: One other thing, I own 3 J. Crew bridesmaid dresses and they’re not made for busty girls….so keep that in mind when ordering as your chest grows with your bump. 🙂
Post # 6
These are perfect for a baby bump. You are going to look so cute!
Post # 7
Taryn looks like it would be a better cut. I had a 36 week preg bridesmaid in my wedding and she wore a dress with a similar high waist. In that same friends wedding she had 2 preg bridesmaids and we wore a jcrew dress. Again high waisted for the bump. Also if you felt uncomfortable without straps I am sure they could be added.
Post # 8
@bellacarina: I would absolutely NOT buy the Taryn dress for the fact alone that you said you have a large chest (without being pregnant!) For my bridesmaids that tried on this dress with larger breasts, it did not fit them or look right on them at all. The top of the Taryn has a built in bra and looks great on girls with little to no boobs at all. Actually, a lot of the dresses my girls tried on at J.Crew were not made for girls with larger chests.
For being pregant, I would definitely go with the Louisa or the Sinclair dresses. Everyone hated the Sinclair dress online, but that was the only dress that looked good on EVERY girl that tried it on! Stay away from Taryn and def stay away from Lucienne – not flattering at all!
Post # 9
Both of those dresses are adorable! But one thing just popped into my mind… Once you have a bump under there, the fabric is going to have to accommodate it, and it might make the dress even shorter than it already is in the front. I don’t know how tall you are, but you might want to keep that in mind. Maybe consider buying a long/full-length empire waist dress, and then have it hemmed a week or so before the wedding?