|Bermuda Blues + tip to adjust a dress for maternity wear|
Aqua maxi dress sz XS (also comes in a peplum top), Baublebar earrings, Le Specs sunglasses (also worn here), Etsy handbag (also worn here) I’ll have a blog post about our Bermuda trip soon, but this was one of my favorite looks while in the colorful town of Hamilton! This tile print maxi dress is from Bloomingdales’ exclusive Aqua line. It’s non-maternity but the elastic waist makes it very bump friendly, and the same print comes in a peplum top that can also accommodate a growing bump. Both the dress and the top have adjustable shoulder straps – a key feature for helping sleeveless items fit better, especially on petite ladies! I also wanted to share a little temporary tweak that I made to this dress. For someone who is not pregnant, I think this dress would be proportionate as-is since the top tier hits around my natural waist. But since said waist is now very protruding with a third trimester bump, I wanted to visually draw the waistline upwards to a narrower part of my body. I used temporary hemming tape and some safety pins to secure the top tier of the dress a few inches shorter (after folding it under and ironing flat), so that section now ends below my bust empire-style. You can also just use a loose stitch to hem the top part and take it out later on. Fit-wise, I’m wearing an XS in this maxi dress so would say it runs true to size if not slightly roomy. The elasticized waist measures 13″ across when lying flat, and stretches up to 18″ across. The dress is good quality in a cool & comfortable material that does not wrinkle easily, and is lined. The shoulder straps tie in the back, and I have them secured pretty short to help “lift” the entire dress and raise the hemline (for reference, I’m 5 feet tall and wearing block heels here). In lieu of a finicky strapless bra, I’m wearing my trusty adhesive Bristols 6 nippies (in the lightest color, sz B) which I live in each summer! And my exact Baublebar earrings are sold out, but here are two other pretty pink threaded options at a great price right now: Samba ball drop earrings and hoop drop earrings. Here’s a few other affordable Aqua pieces that seem petite-friendly (based on reviews / fit on the model): Thank you to Bloomingdales for partnering on this post.
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