In black and gold looking like a movie star

Black long dress oriental summer style

oriental golden earings and bracelet summer style

Last weekend we went to an art exhibition opening. I should mention it is a hot summer  here in Sydney. To accommodate both the heat and the art I had to come up with a sophisticated yet open outfit. Being 5 months pregnant did not make the choice easier as the clothes had to be suitable for the growing belly. Eventually, this long black dress was discovered. Because of its super tight silhouette and my natural modesty, I have never worn it.  Well, now it is definitely the time – instead of hiding belly, let’s accentuate it!

The choice of golden long earrings and chunky cuff with an oriental pattern was perfect to add sultriness to the look. For makeup I also picked bronze and gold shades to accentuate recently acquired tan and to reinforce the oriental feel.

When we were taking photographs for this post, random passers-by asked if we were movie-stars. Quite a flattering compliment – given the obvious pregnancy and the total cost of my outfit being less than $150.

Black long dress open back oriental summer style gold earrings

Black long dress oriental summer style gold earrings cropped

Black long dress open back oriental summer style gold earrings and bracelet

Dress: V&M, $90

Earrings: Diva, $5 (purchased 2 years ago)

Bracelet: Tilkah, $25

Sandals: Country Road, cannot recall the price bought during Xmas sales in 2009.

P.S. At least now there is an explanation for appearance of the belly on my photos. It becomes more and more difficult to hide (and clothing options are diminishing too)… I guess soon a tagline for my blog will be changed from “A blog about style, fashion, art, life and experimentation” to something like “Style and beauty while pregnant”

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  1. Amy February 28, 2011

    You look gorgeous!!!

  2. Katerina March 1, 2011

    you look awesome!! nd “this” belly makes girls only more nd more pretty!!

  3. Jenny March 1, 2011

    Hun, you do really look like a movie star! and you know, when you won’t need this dress and the pumps – you know how to find me :) and your belly is so sexy :) here is last winter day and by your side is last summer day lol

  4. Marusya V March 1, 2011

    Aweee girls, thanks so much for all your compliments! Very flattering! xoxo

  5. Fashion Ranger March 1, 2011

    I like that dress and you wear it well – Looks stunning!


  6. Chyrel March 2, 2011

    I did say in chictopia that you look hot and didn’t realized you’re preggers. Haha! I’d mistake you for a movie star if you were here.

    Love the cuffs. :)

  7. Kristie March 2, 2011

    That is a very gorgeous dress! :)

  8. Catherine*The Spring March 3, 2011

    Congrats on the little baby! I just ‘discovered’ your blog, and love your style! You’ve gained a follower up here in Brisbane!
    – Catherine at The Spring

  9. Meri March 4, 2011

    I love the dress and the cuff! And I am dying to get to somewhere warm, so jealous of the weather there :D Congratulations for the baby, I hope everything goes well.

  10. Michelle March 4, 2011

    You look fantastic!
    Thanks for visiting my blog : )


  11. Meg Meh P March 4, 2011

    You are beautiful, and the dress looks amazing on you! And trust me a lil belly always looks great.. ask me I have done belly dancing (where a lil fat belly is good) and we know that a lil belly makes you stunning :)


    P.S. Love your toe nail paint.

  12. Fanny March 5, 2011

    waw!! so pretty !

  13. Sarai March 8, 2011

    Wow! I love these pictures, they look fantastic! You got a great blog, I’m following you now :) Follow me back too if you like! xoxo

  14. moncler March 21, 2011

    Very informative article. I’m really amazed by the quality of your blog.

  15. moncler sale March 24, 2011

    Very informative article. I’m really amazed by the quality of your blog.

  16. simplystylishmom April 27, 2011

    LOVE this outfit! It is a great advert for pregnant women – one can truely be sexy in their 2nd trimester eg. you!

  17. Cory May 3, 2011

    You got great points there, that’s why I always love checking out your blog.

  18. Maria,
    Still catching up on reading your wonderful blog. You look like a glamorous pregnant mom-to-be here with radiant skin! So happy everything is going well for you, baby & fiance! Hugs from Kathy in Los Angeles.

  19. fashionista March 30, 2012

    You look absolutely gorgeous! I just love your outfit!

  20. Soon Maternity September 18, 2012

    Hi Maria, can’t believe I’ve just discovered your pregnancy style posts! Wish we discovered you when you were pregnant. We love this dress on you and reposted it on our pinterest board. Love you style x