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Options under $200 for Summer Maternity Formalwear

06/16/2007 at 03:00 AM ET

by Danielle and CBB Contributor Joscelyne

Like all women, expecting mothers don’t want to go bankrupt for a formal dress. But big nights out don’t have to mean big celebrity price tags.  With maternity wear becoming more stylish each season, options are greater than ever!  All of these options are safely under $200 each.

Maternal_americaMaternal_america_2The Little Black Dress
How do you the find little black dress to fit the big baby bump?  Ripe’s Long Black Satin Gown is perfect for a black tie affair. The long stretch satin has a beautiful flow and drape, and the empire waist is extremely flattering for the pregnant belly.

For a girl’s night out, Maternal America’s 2-in-1 dress can be worn strapless or as a halter and is perfect for dressing up or down as the event allows.  To dress up this look, higher heels, sparkling jewelry and a silk shawl will complete a more formal look.  For a night of mocktails, dress down this look with a denim jacket and comfy sandals.

OlianIo_empire_wrap_dressFeeling a little sexier?  Try Isabella Oliver’s Empire Wrap Dress,which has a very feminine V-wrap to showcase your cleavage, collarbonesand shoulders.  The wide straps hide your bra too, which is rare in aformal dress. (We’re showing the dress is raspberry to show you the details but it also comes in black.)

If you’re tall and thin, you better wear Olian’s Strapless Matte Jersey Dress because I’ll never be able to.  The super comfy matte jersey is easy to wear and the strapless style shows off your shoulders.  It has a keyhole opening in back (but don’t worry- it has a built-in shelf bra) and a tie in back.

MimimaternityMimicasualdressAfter Five

Mimi Maternity has some stylish solutions for the social savvy Mommy.  This knee length silk chiffon dress is just as comfortable as it is beautiful, with spaghetti straps, and a built-in bra. For a less dressy outing such as a barbeque or drinks al fresco, their stripe casual cotton dress has an adjustable waist and straps, a built-in bra, and pockets!

This black strapless gown offers gathered detailing at the bust, lending a bit of glamour to a classic black dress. 

Lait_willowTea for Two?

Whether a formal Brunch or a summer wedding, Lait’s Willow Toile dress is perfect for styling your new-found curves.  A black and white toile printed dress is perfect for any day-time formal affair. The bodice is double-lined for extra coverage and the dress is bra-friendly.  


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