This lace dress (comes in 3 colors) is one of my random finds from a small overseas brand that I typically wouldn’t risk ordering from. However, certain colors and sizes in this are currently Amazon Prime eligible (look for the “Prime” icon with free 2-day shipping & returns), so I had nothing to lose trying it on. I was pleasantly surprised – although the quality is not standout (but fair for the price) and I did make some alterations, the dress is overall a very pretty piece that has garnered tons of compliments!
Cut-wise, this dress is not maternity but has a slightly higher waistband that can accommodate a growing bump. I’ve heard from several of you who were happy with it for either wedding guest wear, engagement photos, or for a bridal shower outfit! The length is intended to be “midi,” so works on shorter ladies without hemming needed. There is a side zipper entry, and the outer is an embroidered sheer mesh overlay with an attached nude lining that ends at the knees. Unfortunately sizing only starts in S and above, so will be wide on very petite ladies without alterations.
Size S measures: 15″ across shoulders, 17″ across underarms, 15″ across waistband, 13″ from the top of shoulders to top of waistband, 52″ total length, 22.5″ sleeve length. I got sz S and had the sleeves slimmed and slightly shortened via the armholes. Both the lining and mesh outer fabric have some stretch, except for at the waistband.
For our maternity photos we hired Lace & Luce, a lovely Italian-Canadian couple who were a treat to work with. Jen & Salvatore actually found romance by chance – Jen was vacationing in Italy and got a flat tire, Sal came to the rescue of the damsel in distress, and the rest was history! We did both a sunrise and sunset session with them in two different towns. This set of photos is from sunset in Ravello, which has the most stunning, sweeping views! Jen & Sal took us on a walking tour around town, hitting up several of these charming little nooks and vignettes. They also referred us to Kuts Flowers, a sweet florist who rents her vintage Fiat 500 car for photos. As I mentioned before, we adored our few hours in Ravello and would definitely want to spend a night or two there if we go back!