Maternity Shoot in Pleated Maxi Gown

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Earlier this month I shared a sunset photoshoot (in this romantic lace dress) that Nick and I did in Ravello. Today’s post is the other half of our session taken in picturesque Positano! I wanted a piece with lots of movement, so chose this ethereal (non-maternity) maxi by Fame & Partners in a soft grey color. This dress is my first time trying the brand – I thought it was very nice quality and gorgeous for special events, or even as an elegant bridesmaid option!

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I actually bought my dress in standard sizing at Shopbop (and altered it), but was pleasantly surprised to learn that it can be made to custom sizing & preferences on Fame & Partners’ own website. For the pleated Allegra dress I’m wearing, you can choose color, fabric, and other options (like closing the leg slit) along with your size and height. If you plan on wearing heels (these Yaro block heels I’m wearing are pretty comfy given the height!), I would factor that in when ordering. And according to their FAQ page, if you’re unhappy with fit, they will refund up to $50 to cover the cost of alterations by your local tailor (with a receipt).

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Since this is not a maternity dress, I sized up and had my tailor shorten the shoulder straps. This alteration lifted the waistline up empire-style, so that it sit comfortably above the bump! I also had my tailor shorten the full skirt lining to above my knees, so that the bottom half would be extra flowy.

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Photos by Lace & Luce.

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  1. Sharon wrote:

    You look so beautiful in that dress! I’m 5’1” and also expecting! I’ve been looking for a dress for a photo shoot with my baby bump, and this dress looks perfect! Could you share what size you ended up getting?

    Posted 6.16.20 Reply
  2. Winona Lim wrote:

    Awesome dress, may I know which size did you get on it? Thanks

    Posted 8.10.18 Reply
  3. v wrote:

    Nice and Perfect looking outfit..

    Posted 8.10.18 Reply
  4. Sandeep Cohen wrote:

    Beautiful photos. My husband and I are planning a trip to Positano in early September and would love to get such fabulous pictures. Would love to know who your photographer was…

    Posted 7.29.18 Reply
  5. Ashley Moss wrote:

    Oh wow, this has to be one of my all-time favorite Extra Petite posts! You look like a mom goddess!

    Posted 7.29.18 Reply
  6. Judy wrote:

    Jean, do you have a recommendation for a tailor in the Boston metro area? I think k the one in Belmont that you recommended a few years ago (whom I did use and loved) is no longer opened. I would appreciate any new recommendations you may have.

    Thanks in advance!

    Posted 7.29.18 Reply
  7. Brittany wrote:

    Breathtaking photos!

    Not sure if you’re planning to breastfeed, but if so, I would be really interested to see your finds on nursing clothes! I have a 2 week old and am already pretty close to my regular tiny size, and am having trouble finding nursing clothes that fit well.

    Regardless, you look lovely!

    Posted 7.27.18 Reply
  8. Amazing dress Jean. It looks so beautiful and I am surprised how long you have managed to wear ‘normal’ clothes during your pregnancy. The background is stunning. I really feel more and more into visiting this area! Love, Lieske

    Posted 7.27.18 Reply
  9. May wrote:

    So gorgeous! My favorite part is the cutout on the side of the dress.

    May ||

    Posted 7.27.18 Reply
  10. You look so pretty in that gorgeous dress! These photos are so dreamy!

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  11. These photos are sooo romantic and dreamy! Love this elegant dress – you look like a princess! 🙂 <3 It's tailored perfectly!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  12. Cecilia wrote:

    Just like a Grecian princess!!! Positano is so romantic and perfect for a maternity shoot!

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  13. Caroline wrote:

    Such beautiful photos and you look so gorgeous & glowing, Jean! Did you hire a local photog while you were there for this session?

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  14. Firstly, your dress is everything! You look more than gorgeous with it… Secondly the landscape is amazinggg

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  15. These maternity photos are amazing. I bet you’ll cherish these forever! I love love love that dress on you with that sweet bump.

    xx, Laurelle

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  16. Mimi wrote:

    Beautiful couple, beautiful scenery, beautiful dress. You two are so photogenic. The photos turned out so nice.

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  17. Brandi wrote:

    So beautiful Jean!! Your tailor did great, the dress just flows perfectly! Thats one of the things Ive learned following your blog over the years, good tailoring is everything. These pictures are so pretty. Its great that you and Nick take so many. Baby girl will have all these cool photos of your adventures to look at in years to come!

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  18. Ray Amaari wrote:

    You look radiant and gorgeous.

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  19. Looking absolutely gorgeous!! Beautiful pics.

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  20. Such a gorgeous shoot Jean, you look amazing!

    I hope you have a lovely Thursday!

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  21. Mireia wrote:

    What a beautiful dress!

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  22. Maureen wrote:

    These are beautiful photos Jean! You make pregnancy look effortless and super chic! Love the color of your dress and the side lattice on the top is such a unique detail that adds subtle sexiness to the overall look!

    Maureen |

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  23. Beautiful photos that captured such precious moments of the two of you! 🌷👍🏻🌷

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  24. Rena wrote:

    You are such a beautiful couple and the dress is a dream!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  25. Jenny Yang wrote:

    these are beyond stunning! they are so dreamy and love the alterations you made to the dress–it literally looks like something out of a fairy tale! The location is also sooo perfect–italy is one of my favorite places! i’ve been loving following along your two’s journey and can’t wait to see the big day when your little girl is going to arrive!!
    xx jen

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  26. Kari wrote:

    Stunning!!! ❤️

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  27. HB wrote:

    You and these photos are so stunning – literally took my breath away!

    Posted 7.25.18 Reply
  28. You look SO gorgeous, Jean! I love the pictures! The colour of the gown is spot on, and the background of Positano – wow! 🙂 ❤️

    Posted 7.25.18 Reply

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