I'll admit that Keira Knightley's gown struck me as an odd choice at first. The Chanel frock with lace at the neckline and hem (all three tiers!), and a print of butterflies and bugs, seemed questionable on first glance (it even made People.com's list of "the night's biggest fashion risk-takers"). But eventually I completely warmed up to the look, acknowledging it as somehow bold and fearless, and utterly romantic all at the same time.
Elsewhere on the arrivals carpet, Benedict Cumberbatch's pregnant fiancée, Sophie Hunter, rocked her new bump, too. She chose a floor-length navy gown with an all-over red and silver floral print to sheath her barely burgeoning belly—and nailed the elegant look completely.
Together, the two red-carpet strutters represented a trend in maternity style I can totally get behind: owning those bumps, and flaunting them in eye-catching prints and colors, instead of playing it safe and avoiding attention.
During my twin pregnancy, I scooped up a lot of budget-friendly jersey staples in greys and blacks, to be sure, and I was glad to have those everyday go-tos. But when it came to occasion dressing, I felt I was most myself when I played up my bump—formidable as it may have been—with colors and prints and other embellishments that popped. For instance, at my throwback hip-hop-theme baby shower, I wore a T Bags Los Angeles maxidress with an all-over loud graphic print, and an embellished neckline done in gold and jewel-toned rhinestones.
No matter how we may feel in pregnancy (and let's be honest—sometimes we may not feel very graceful), it's a time when we look gorgeous to others, with our expecting-mama glow and proud baby bump. It's a thing of beauty, and a time to celebrate! Like Sophie and Keira, I'm all about the maternity patterns and prints.
How about you?