Jun 7, 2011 9:00 AM
Camie writes: "Hey ladies (and gentleman?): I need your help. I have spent the last 2 weeks looking for shoes to go with this dress and have come up with nothing. Please help. Here are the details. I will be "renting" the dress (how fabulous is the idea of maternity dress rentals?) for a wedding in San Francisco 4th of July weekend. The wedding is at Golden Gate Park and the reception is at a historic night club. I will be 30 weeks pregnant and also be toting around my 2 year old. Now I haven't committed to the dress because I can't find the right shoe so hopefully you can help as I really love it. I am about 5' 5'' and wear size 4-6 when not pregnant but am very curvy. The one area of my body I really dislike are my ankles/calves. They are on the "larger" size so certain styles just don't work and although the idea of flats or even sandals probably make the most sense for 7 months pregnant and chasing after a toddler they would just draw attention to my larger bottom half. I wear heels almost daily so even in pregnancy I tend to be fine but I do love wedges. I wear a 7.5 and am willing to pay $100 but would LOVE for them to be less. I really had my heart set on the teal color in the dress but am open to purple or even black. Open toe or closed? I am open to either. Can you help? Please? Thank you, thank you, thank you. -Camie"
Hi Camie! I'm Found of You, and I know what it feels like to want to look cute when you're pregnant and you feel huge and waddle-y. Your dress is great, and yes, it's very cool that you can rent a dress. I'll definitely have to remember that when I work up the courage to go through pregnancy again to obtain a sibling for my 18-month-old son. I think wedges are a good idea for comfort and because you don't want to sink into the often wet, grassy areas of Golden Gate Park. I live in the SF area, and it's often chilly during the summer, so keep that in mind. I wouldn't wear black shoes with this dress; they'd look too heavy, especially for a summer wedding. I'd consider wearing a nude or light colored metallic shoe, which would sort of disappear. People would just look at your lovely dress and not notice your lower half. Finally, with much love, I will tell you what my husband tells me (also with much love) when I worry about what to wear to a wedding: "We're going to a wedding, and it's not yours." This always helps me put things into perspective and find something chic and comfortable to wear. Good luck!
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