Party season dressing can be a daunting task for expectant mums, but one designer claims to have found the formula for the perfect festive maternity dress.
The ‘Amelia’ dress from Tiffany Rose has become a consistent bestseller thanks to its ultra-flattering fit, ‘deceptively’ comfortable stretch lace and strategically-placed sash.
The £169 frock is cut from ‘baby soft’ jersey lining and boasts feminine three-quarter-length sleeves, a midi skirt and stylish scalloped hem.
Its sheer lace neckline and sleeves mean it shows off just the right amount of skin without being revealing, and it comes in nine different colours.
FEMAIL challenged ten women in varying stages of pregnancy to try it out – so how did they get on?
14 WEEKS: Rosie Nickson
At 14 weeks pregnant, 5ft 9in 14 weeks, 33-year-old Rosie Nickson found that the dress was ‘lightweight and not stiff at all’ – and noted that her bump ‘pretty much disappeared’ when she tried it on. She added that the cleverly-placed seams helped disguise her bra straps
22 WEEKS: Helen Elizabeth Gibson
At 22 weeks pregnant, Helen, who is 5ft 4in and 32 years old, said she felt ‘extremely glamorous’ in the Amelia dress noting: ‘It has longer length arms and is knee length which I find incredibly flattering and it emphasised the right places’
22 WEEKS: Tavia Fortune
Forty-two-year-old Tavia Fortune, who is also 22 weeks pregnant, wore the dress for her wedding anniversary dinner and says it would be ‘perfect for a wedding or evening event’ – thanks to the lace detailing on the arms and ‘flattering’ sleeve length
25 WEEKS: Sejna Sudra
Sejna, 35, is 25 weeks pregnant and says she felt both ‘glamorous and comfortable’ in the bestselling party frock. ‘I’ve felt self-conscious wearing things that are quite figure hugging, but the fit of this dress makes me feel good,’ she told MailOnline
30 WEEKS: Marilyn Salvat
Marilyn, who is a petite 5ft 1in, is 30 weeks pregnant and hailed the ‘soft and elegant’ texture of the dress fabric. She told MailOnline: ‘The sheer lace neckline and the length of the sleeve, it’s so flattering. I’ve styled with a statement earring and gold heels as the dress speaks for itself’
36 WEEKS: Megan Frisky
At 36 weeks pregnant, 25-year-old Megan, who is 5ft 4in, admitted she loves the sheer top that ‘shows off a bit of skin’. She told MailOnline: ‘I love this dress, it makes me feel really, really nice and pulled in in the right places it’s so soft so comfortable and I just feel amazing in it’
36.5 WEEKS: Elizabeth Williams
Elizabeth Williams, 35, is 36-and-a-half weeks pregnant and likes the fact the Tiffany Rose is ‘form fitting without being restrictive’. She told MailOnline: ‘I love the length of the sleeves, they hide bits of your arms you might not like and the neckline isn’t too revealing’
37.5 WEEKS: Kathryn Thompson
Katherine Thompson, 30, is 37-and-a-half weeks pregnant, reveals she was always a big fan of lace dresses and it feels ‘amazing’ to find one that fits in her third trimester. She told MailOnline: ‘I really love the lace sleeves, I love the slight boat neckline which makes the dress incredibly flattering and glamorous’ – adding: ‘I think the dress really suits the bump well’
38.5 WEEKS: Angela Emma Rouse
At nearly 39 weeks pregnant, 41-year-old Angela says the dress feels ‘very glam’, adding: ‘Great, it’s really flattering and it’s quite dressy, I feel very dressed up, it’s glamorous. It fits really nicely and shows off the bump which is what you want to do at this stage’
NURSING: Daisy Elizabeth Genuardi,
Daisy, 30, gave birth to her baby eight weeks ago and says she feels ‘sophisticated and sexy’ in the £169 dress. She told MailOnline: ‘The lace sleeves really made it for me and it was fitted nicely around the waist’