The Silk Dress

I’ve been receiving requests for some dressier maternity outfits (for casual ones, you can refer to this post – I’m pretty much in one of these dresses on most days). Luckily for my comfort, I haven’t had too many very formal reasons to dress up, though friends keep egging me on to be more social (I suspect at least partially motivated by my designated driver status). I’ve had some dinner events in the past month though, so snapped some pictures to share with you all.

Dress 6 months

Yes, I still wear heels…I always grip the handrail though and really only wear teetering ones like these when it’s a strict “car seat straight to dinner seat” type of situation. Otherwise, I’m always in flat sandals or moderate wedge espadrilles.

The bag is my black sellier Kelly – I’ve been meaning to share it on the blog because I wanted to do a comparison between retourne and sellier styles, but have fallen behind. I’ll try to do a review soon. But in the meantime, I’ll say that Grace Kelly had it right – it does a great job of hiding a baby bump!

Silk Dress

The heels are Nicholas Kirkwood (closest versions are this pearl pair and these Hexagon pumps, both really cool). The dress I’m wearing is actually one that I had made for me awhile back, after searching fruitlessly for the perfect silk resort dress and not finding one that wasn’t monstrously priced. Silk + beach weather + salt water + sand doesn’t always mix well, so I don’t like to pack pricey clothes on resort holidays. I love the cut and embroidery and was really happy with how it turned out. I’ve packed it in the past as a nicer outfit to wear while on beach holidays, but the light silk and looser cut has made it perfect for spring evenings as well…and it’s forgiving even with my six month baby belly.

Actually I’ve realized that this dress has been so accommodating, that I’m creating it in a different color and a slightly smaller cut for after pregnancy, to give me something to look forward to. A few readers have given the same advice, to pick up a few items to have as a treat for after giving birth. Hoorah!

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  • Whitney Farris
    April 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I wore heels well into my pregnancy, that is until my feet swelled up like balloons. I think you are like me, the husband will have a fabulous gift for you after the baby comes!
    Mine was a pair of Diamond hoops from Fortunoff. Fortunoff used to have some beautiful jewelry, but now they have downscaled

    • Jaime Stephens
      April 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      And I have the hoops without having to have the baby!

      • Katherine
        April 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

        Ha!! I love that!

    • Katherine
      April 14, 2015 at 9:17 am

      I remember Fortunoff. What a beautiful gift!

      • Whitney Farris
        April 14, 2015 at 1:52 pm

        Katherine, Jaime is my sister and she’s my Toxic Twin!

        • Katherine
          April 14, 2015 at 2:28 pm

          LOL. You two are adorable 🙂

  • Trang
    April 13, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Belated congratulations on your pregnancy. You are one stylish mom to be!

    Also, just out of curiousity, is your kelly in box leather? If so, and you don’t mind answering, did you get your sellier from the boutique or from a reseller? I ask because I have requested this combination from my boutique and they said they are not sure if box is being offered at podium. Thanks!

    • Katherine
      April 14, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Hi Trang, it’s box and I got it from one of my favorite sellers (you can email me) – box is being offered for some special orders (but mine hasn’t shown up and it’s been 3 years+ )

  • susan
    April 13, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Don’t know how I missed the happy baby news but belated congratulations on your pregnancy. You are indeed looking super stylish and healthily petite. Susan, London

    • Katherine
      April 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Thanks very much Susan!

  • Abby
    April 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I love that you had that dress made. Is this your first custom piece? I recently had one of my favorite silk blouses replicated, and I’m eagerly awaiting the results. It was actually a bit tougher than I expected to find the fabric and someone to do the work. If this works out, though, I have a feeling it’ll be completely addicting.

    Also, I love the PHW on your bag! I think selliers can look a bit stuffy, but yours looks marvelous.

    • Katherine
      April 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

      It’s totally addicting! And thank you for your kind words on the Kelly 🙂

  • Revanche
    April 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Ok I know I’ve been out of commission for a few months going into maternity leave myself but I totally missed any announcement! Congratulations!

    I love the dresses, it’s great to pick things you can keep wearing after. I wasn’t told this til rather late in the process but it turns out that you’re unlikely to fit your regular clothes right after giving birth. I personally found that I was most comfortable wearing the maternity clothes that fit in my 7th-9th months for a while after, as well as super soft tees while nursing and recovering at home. For going out, nursing tops were great – one snap to deal with before you can feed the baby, rather than fumbling about with too many layers. Also they’re just comfortable even when you’re bottle feeding rather than nursing.

    • Katherine
      April 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Congratulations to YOU mama!! So happy to hear the news, obviously I have been under a rock!

      Thanks for the tips….you know I love my loose maternity clothing so much, it’s going to be really hard to give up so I can def. see myself wearing these items for awhile afterwards as well.

      • Revanche
        April 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

        Thank you! I’ve been a little bit under the radar but have blogged about it quite a bit by now.

        You’ve picked some awesome pieces, so I thought you might like assurance that you’ll still be able to wear them after 🙂 Even my really loose items are still super comfy and presentable. Ok, that’s enough of the unsolicited “advice” – I hope you’re doing well overall!

  • Báró Júlia
    April 18, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Silk is a great material. I like the pattern of the dress. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Katherine
      April 18, 2015 at 5:14 pm


  • Anna
    April 20, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Katherine, you look great! Are you sporting a 32 Sellier?

    • Katherine
      April 20, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Anna, it’s a 28 actually. 32 tends to look like a briefcase on me in Sellier 🙁

  • little luxury list
    April 21, 2015 at 5:33 am

    What a lovely dress! The print is divine! I still find myself in tons of shift dresses and easy separates post pregnancy. I didn’t buy much maternity clothing at all and happily lived in my husband’s clothing for 3 months post baby…I looked a little ridiculous and wouldn’t recommend it for too long 😉

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