Wedding gowns for mothers-to-be

INSIDE STYLE

October 20, 1994|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

It happens more often than the gossips can count on their fingers -- the bride is beautiful and expecting. In the early months clever gown alterations can adjust to the fact, but when the bride-to-be is in full bloom of approaching motherhood, finding a wedding gown can be problematic.

Maternity Wear Options in Frederick has announced an expanded line of rental formal and semi-formal maternity wedding gowns. "They're becoming more of a need," says owner Geri Benner. "People who rent maternity bridal want the total wedding look. They want a celebration, dancing and gifts. I have done huge weddings, but most of the brides limit the party to two or three attendants."

She says she can fit brides up to the last months of pregnancy, but most of her brides don't wait quite that long. She doesn't push tradition too far, either. "They're ivory, of course, and prices start at $150."

With the holiday season coming up, renting seems a sound option to buying expensive one-time maternity evening wear. A party dress rental costs from $45 to $60 for the weekend and includes dry cleaning costs.

For more information, call Maternity Wear Options at (301) 663-5660.

Mother's helper: News is a nine-month wardrobe in a box. The Pregnancy Survival Kit contains essential clothes components for pregnant women -- fashionable, basic and black. The $150 four-piece set which comes in small, medium and large, contains leggings, a dress, a tunic and short, slim skirt all designed to grow as the belly does. The packaging includes descriptive hints on how to mix, accessorize and stretch the basics into different looks.

The kit is exclusive to Bloomingdale's. Cherie Serota, designer of the Belly Basics, will be at the White Flint store Oct. 28, and the Tyson's Corner Store Oct. 29, to show and tell. Call (301) 984-4519.

Bead on the holidays: Late-night TV is already hawking Christmas carol tapes, so we feel justified talking holidays way before Halloween. For those who want an early start on gifts, the Second Annual Bead and Jewelry Bazaar offers many possibilities for one-of-a-kind pieces. Whether made by you, or made by experts, beads can be strung in an infinite variety of ways to suit almost any style or preference. More than 40 artists, designers and vendors will be offering loose beads from all over the world with advice and demonstrations on ways to arrange them. Free gift wrapping is available for nice things in small packages.

The bazaar is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, at the National Guard Armory in Towson. Call (410) 484-2491.

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