I'm scheduled to attend a black-tie dinner/gala in a less than three weeks, and I need some help figuring out what to wear. It's a private evening event at a national museum in Spain, and I will be about eight months pregnant.
Does "black-tie" mean I have to wear a floor length gown? Here in California I would probably feel there is more flexibility in dress length, but I'm thinking European standards are more rigid -- is that true?
Also, I've found a store (Picchu Maternity
that claims to have black-tie appropriate dresses, but I'm unsure if the material of the gowns are really dressy enough. Here are two I'm considering: Maxi Halter Maternity Dress
; and Maxi Strapless Maternity Dress
I love the look and versatility of the strapless dress, but the first dress allows for wearing a bra and saves me the pain of trying to find a strapless bra that would hold up.
Any other ideas of stores (online or located in the SF Bay Area)?
I'm 5'2", and normally wear a size ten or twelve in pants, but have always had trouble with dresses because I'm very busty (currently 36/38 H) and have an apple shape. As for my pregnancy, I haven't really popped out much yet; I've gained about six pounds and still wear my normal clothing (except increased bra size). But I do feel I'm looking more pregnant by the day and a flowy maternity gown would give me some peace of mind since I don't know how big I'll be.
Would floor length look ridiculous on me, given I'm so short? On the plus side, it would mostly hide my shoes and I'm thinking I can get away with the Mary Janes I have (Soft Spot brand, suede with patent, 2" heel) that maybe aren't dressy enough to wear otherwise but are very comfortable.
Also, last question: if I do need the gown to be floor length and order one of the above, I assume I'll need some hemming done. What length would I hem it to? A half inch off the ground?
Thank you in advance!