When I was last visiting my local Anthropologie, I debated whether or not I was feeling bold enough to try on a Bailey 44 column dress while inhabiting what many women refer to as the "in between." I really think Bailey 44 columns make beautiful pieces to emphasize all types of figures, including prominently pregnant ones. That is why I bought the almost tunic-length, long-sleeved top version in San Diego a few months back. On my better body image days I also find myself wishing I had bought one of the longer iterations of the column when I had the chance.
But during this period when my whole body is squishier than normal but not quite "pregnant looking," it feels risky to embrace a body-conscious silhouette. In the spirit of rejecting the discourse of flattering, I grabbed both the Ines column and the Maia column. Ines was only available in ivory and in medium, which were not at all workable and bordered on obscene. To keep the blog PG, I am refraining from posting those photos. The Maia was actually super cute and the stripes tricked the eyes enough to make current me look and feel very much like pre-pregnancy me, even with the extra weight and inches all over. I grabbed a large which was perfect for now but would be too short to suit me throughout this pregnancy. It seemed clingier and less stretchy than the Tiered Stripes of yore but the fantastically flattering effect remained. The dress is lined and provides decent coverage for something meant to be tight. I also liked that the length is available in petite or regular. I am wearing regular, size large which I thought was a nice length. I think this dress runs true to size but a bit smaller than the Tiered Stripes from collections previous. Ines runs a good bit thinner and smaller than the stripey versions because of the different fabrication. I hope this is helpful information!
Now I'm curious about the cap sleeved version and kind of wish they'd release it in a midi length. Are you sick of the column dresses? Do you own one or many?