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Empire Waist Dresses // a Lifesaver for the Second Trimester

I might have mentioned before that I work in the corporate world of healthcare. I wear business casual or full on business attire the majority of the week, so when I found out that I was pregnant, I knew that I wanted to find as many non-maternity items that I could, so I could get good use out of those pieces postpartum.

Business clothes can be expensive! And while I invest in a few staple pieces for my wardrobe, most everything that I find for my closet is on sale and less than $50.

I love wearing dresses to work. They are so easy to convert throughout the seasons.. You can dress them up with a cute pair of pumps in the summer or add leggings and some nice booties for fall/winter. While I was shopping the Off the Rack sale at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago, I found the cutest, cold should Rachel Roy dress that I knew I had to have and when I saw the price point, it was a slam dunk.

The original price on this dress was $139, and when I got it on sale it ended up being $20.85. I love a cold shoulder and what was even better about this dress besides the cute pattern is the empire waist. Never in my life have I been as thankful for empire waistlines as I am during this pregnancy. The cut of the dress and wear the stitching falls for me is perfect to accentuate my growing bump, but it will also work really well when I am transitioning back into my pre-baby body postpartum.

This dress is my first Rachel Roy purchase and I do think her collection runs true to size. I am normally a size 6-8 and I sized up to an 8 and it fits me great with a little room in the waistline and back to grow into in the coming months.

With this look, we were going to church, so I added a closed toed, maroon pump with gold accents from Michael Kors. I absolutely love these heels and I have them in a few different colors. They are a little pricey, but they are great quality and I have definitely got my money’s worth out of them.

For any of my fellow working mamas-to-be, or anyone that dresses up in business casual, wears a lot of dresses to church or any functions, I would definitely recommend looking into empire waistlines and just sizing up when looking for pieces that are bump friendly. This will save you the expense of buying and figuring out maternity wear and you’ll have some cute pieces in store for your postpartum body!

Trust me, you’ll thank me later. 😉

-Jonnica

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