Kerry Washington in Calvin Klein at the 2014 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

Posted on February 28, 2014

Miss Kerry course-corrects after wearing a too-tricky-for-third-trimester gown.

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To us, this is just about the perfect prego look if you absolutely have to go somewhere dressed up with a kicking person inside of you. It’s Earth Mother Chic. We’d never advise any baby-baking lady to strap on a pair of heels; that one’s all on Miss Kerry. But this kind of look; sexy, drapey, with lots of hair and balanced, but not overdone makeup? It’s the best way to go at this stage of the game. We’d have slapped a bangle on her, though.




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  • In_Stitches

    To me it looks a little like they thought she was in labor, slapped her in the hospital gown and then realized it was a false alarm. She said, step back, I got this, rearranged some things and walked on out of there to her event.

    • kmk05

      Hahaha, I just posted something similar! Damn, should have read through first. Once you see it you can’t really unsee it, though, which is a shame because it really suits her.

    • Tracy M

      When you’re *that* pregnant, nothing but a hospital gown sounds good. The fact she got in those heels is a testament to her style chops.

    • AmeliaEve

      It’s a shame, too, because the color and fabric are what give it that hospital look. If this were in a silkier fabric and a different color or maybe even a pattern, it wouldn’t look so hospital chic. With all the draping and asymmetry, it could be fun to see what a stripe would do. More jewelry also wouldn’t hurt.

      • calimon

        The lack of jewelry really seems to contribute to the naked-under-the-hospital-gown look.

    • CupcakeTrudy

      Thought the same!!

      Got to disagree with TLO again. It’s a comfortable look for sure. But, at this stage it looks like she’s wearing a typically unflattering hospital smock. And paired with stilettos, that’s just not a good look. Still, I’d let her pass if she was in flats. Because that final trimester of pregnancy is god AWFUL!

  • teensmom99

    Pregnancy perfection. But if you needed proof that celebrities are super human, it’s the ability to wear such high heels when she’s this far along.

    • MarieLD

      Right? Those feet are going to be swollen in seconds. Poor thing.

    • FrigidDiva

      I wouldn’t have even been able to get half my foot in a shoe like that during my third trimester. The only shoes I could get to fit were Birkenstocks, so I bow down to her dedication to wear those shoes.

      • teensmom99

        I couldn’t even wear Birkenstocks–the ridges bugged me. So I got cheap backless shoes . . .

        • conniemd

          Flip flops for me, thankfully she was born at the end of August. One thing I put in the category of “things my never told me about being pregnant” includes the fact that my feet went up one and a half sizes while I was pregnant and to this day (29 years later) they are still a size bigger than before I was pregnant.

          • formerlyAnon

            Yup. Occasionally someone mentions that the bones & tendons of your ribcage and hips will shift/stretch and will probably be at least a smidge larger than they were, but no one ever seems to talk about the 1/2 to 1 full size increase in shoe size.

          • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

            Yeah, that happened to my sister. She wore a size 10 shoe and had to switch to 11.

          • Sunraya

            Yup. 1/2 size for each kid, and I have three. Started out a 6 1/2 and am now a size 8.

    • CupcakeTrudy

      Promise you that she’ll be switching shoes the second she’s off the red carpet. Poor thing is grimacing trying to stand there in those things.

    • Evan

      I don’t understand why women wear heels AT ALL during pregnancy. Isn’t it dangerous? I would think you would be more likely to trip and have a miscarriage. I remember Kate Middleton fell in her heels when she was pregnant and had to go to the hospital to get checked out. She’s lucky she didn’t have a miscarriage.

      • The placenta is a pretty good cushion for your regular trips and falls. I know a couple of women who said they were comfier in heels – and my motto is “Don’t argue with the pregnant lady”.

        • Evan

          Haha That motto is a good one.

      • Sunraya

        And with the relaxin your body puts out in pregnancy, you can just fall. I was just walking at 8 months pregnant and fell down. In front of my 8th grade class. With my dress up to my chin. Fun times. 🙂

  • JasmineAM

    Like on the Honorable Fabulous Goddess Lupita, blues around this color look so good on darker skinned women.

  • @Biting Panda

    Miss Lady looks over it. But fabulous.

  • NBG

    I’ll see your bangle and raise you a darker shade or lipstick and we’re good. Loving the curly hair!

  • Jessica Freeman

    Lovely way to start out a Friday morning. Color looks great on her and I love that hair.

  • kmk05

    LOVE. Although I wouldn’t have picked dusty blue (too reminiscent of hospital gowns). But the draping is beautiful and THAT FACE. That hair! Her makeup and hair gays knocked this one out of the park.

  • jilly_d

    FABULOUS. Love the bared shoulder, love the hair, love the color. How anyone can look this sexy while being this pregnant is beyond me

    • majorbedhead

      I’m starting to believe that celebs aren’t human. they must be alien. I looked like dried out ass each time I was in my third trimester.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE when I get to start a Friday morning with Z SNAPS! I cannot even IMAGINE myself pregnant (if that was possible) and wearing heels…and THANK YOU FOR A NEW SCANDAL!

    • demidaemon

      I believe that I read somewhere it is scientifically possible to make men pregnant. However, there is the small problem of finding willing guinea pigs….

  • Lesley

    she’s deffinetly singing some beyonce in her head “i woke up like this, FLAWLESSSSSS.”

  • jw_ny

    Kerry looks gorgeous! I’d suggest a simple pendant necklace…add a touch of sparkle up top.

  • Chic, comfy and I love the curly hair. I’m not a fan of the earrings though – I had to look twice to see if they were earrings or she just had weird lobes.

    • marlie

      It’s also a little weird that they’re the same shade as her lips.

    • jtabz

      Seconding you and @disqus_zkPCxYvnya:disqus on the fabulousness of the hair and weirdness of the lip-colored earrings.

  • marlie

    She looks fabulous. It takes a rare ladystar to make a sheet draped over her look chic. I LOVE her hair. Her makeup is gorgeous, but I wish her lips were a darker color.

  • Alyssa_T_Robot

    i just think with that perfect head of hers, she can wear just about anything. so pretty.

  • fananafanafophalec

    but seriously why did calvin klein decide to start making its gowns out of snuggie fleece

    • Roz

      Seriously. Summer Snuggie!

  • B_C_J

    The perfect dress on a beautiful woman. I agree that a piece of jewelry would have been good. I also would have wanted a more pronounced lipstick. However overall she looks fantastic.

  • Gatto Nero

    This is beautiful and simple.
    But I am just exhausted for her!

  • Introspective

    Pretty and unfussy is sometimes all that you need to turn heads. especially when youre this pregnant. snaps kerry!

  • MilaXX

    She looks great. I agree about the bangle, but quibbles. I watched this online yesterday and there were so many beautiful brown people there, it seriously made me happy.

  • lobsterlen

    I feel like she has been pregnant forever. At times I wonder if celebrities have the gestation cycle of an elephant. Drew Barrymore is another one. Then other celebrity women just seem to appear with new born babies like it was miracle birth. I suppose it has do how much they are promoting project.

    Kerry looks absolutely lovely in this dress. She is pro no doubt about it. The fact she is manages a smile and can wear those shoes deserves our admiration.

  • cocohall

    My guess is that if Miss Kerry decides to go for baby number two she will do everything in her power to avoid having her third trimester overlap with award season. As good as she looks here, I can FEEL the tired coming through my computer. Please let this woman go home and finish gestating with her feet up. The good news is that she doesn’t even have to change once she gets home. She can just ride out the rest of her pregnancy in this dress, good to go for the hospital.

  • MaggieMae

    Hair and make-up perfection. I never looked that good 3rd trimester! Wow!

    • formerlyAnon

      Well, let’s be fair. You didn’t have a full team helping you out.

      • MaggieMae

        Right! I need a TEAM!

  • The colour is AMAZING.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love her hair and that shade of blue flatters her a lot.

  • Danielle

    It’s okay to look pregnant, Miss Washington! Let that bump free!

  • GeoDiva

    Wish I looked this great during my pregancies! Love the color.

  • Judy_S

    I don’t really like the dress but she looks amazing in it. I gasped and then gasped again when you reminded me she is pregnant.

  • rissa42210

    She looks lovely, and I live for that hair. However, that dress is a sack. I guess she gets to play the pregs card on that.

  • CupcakeTrudy

    Got to disagree with TLO again. It’s a comfortable look for sure. But, at this stage it looks like she’s wearing a typically unflattering hospital smock. And paired with stilettos, that’s just not a good look. Still, I’d let her pass if she was in flats. Because that final trimester of pregnancy is AWFUL!

    I notice that I seem to post when I disagree with TLO far more often than when I agree with them. The reason more often I do agree with their entire analysis of a look.

    • halleygee

      That’s just what I was going to say: hospital gown. Like she is going to be wheeled into the delivery room as soon as she kicks off her shoes.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Her hair is giving me LIFE.

  • SistaT

    Her hair and makeup are gorgeous and the color of the dress is glorious. I love the off-the-shoulder drapiness of the top of the dress but from there on it just falls into shapeless mess. I understand being comfortable and think she should continue down that route but the bottom of the dress just makes me think “bed sheet”.
    I also tend to like it when garments are fitted to the pregnant belly. A huge sack-like shape just looks like you’re trying to hide it or something.

  • MW

    This is definitely a WERQ to my eyes. I love the clutch.

    • kimmeister

      The clutch is my favorite thing about this look.

  • Kelly

    I liked the “too tricky” dress better. This one is just a bedsheet with pins in.

  • decormaven

    Something about the hair reminds me of early Toni Braxton (which is not a bad thing), and she’s working this simple look so well. She should nab that metallic tassel necklace SJP wore- it would really shine with this look.

  • Alyssa

    She looks fabulous and comfy…love her hair styled this way! What I would do for curls like those…

  • Glam Dixie

    Girlfriend looks OVER IT.

  • alyce1213

    Oh, that dress so good in every way — très chic, great color, effortless, and working the gorgeous shoulder and hair for sexy.
    I do agree a bangle or cuff would’ve been the cherry on top.

  • KinoEye

    Her head is magnificent. Very sexy, glowing, expectant mom look all around. Love it!

  • nowlo

    A bangle and/or maybe a big, sparkly brooch at the shoulder. Not enough people wear brooches.

    • Jacquelina La Bomba

      Totes agree. A blingy brooch would have kicked this up to fabulous for me! I love brooches and have tried to make them happen in my own little world, but truly badass brooches are hard to come by on a mere mortal’s salary. I think a long necklace– another item I don’t see enough of on the red carpet– also could have done the trick here.

    • martha

      Or a delicate necklace. I had a similar shirt when I was pregnant and wore it with a lovely lace agate beaded necklace.

  • VioletFem

    I lover her hair like this. She should wear it curly more often.

  • Lilyana_F

    Perfectly adorable.

  • OhSheila

    Yes girl! Wear a loose sheet, focus on the head and make the people deal!

  • quiltrx

    Either she’s had a big mistake done to her lips, or she has that weird third-trimester-preggo-face that some women get. For most it’s their noses that go all weird, at least the ones I’ve known personally.

    • Perigee

      Nose and top lip for me. Yes, you can retain water in just one lip. 🙁 I think that is natural hormonal swelling and not injection caused. You can tell in the pic where she is flipping her hair how much water her face is holding, this pregnancy has been showing on her face for a long time. Yet her ankles look amazing.

  • Sunraya

    Oh my goodness! Is she pregnant??? Just kidding! This is the longest pregnancy in the history of the Universe.

    Having said that, I am meh on this. It does kind of look like a hospital gown, but her face is absolutely, earth-shattering gorgeous. She always gets the face right.

  • Aurumgirl

    This doesn’t look like a hospital gown, it looks like two periwinkle bedsheets with seams. I understand that it is comfortable but it is just keeping her out of prison for being nude in public, that’s all. The colour’s pretty though, and yes, it needs a bracelet.

  • demidaemon

    Beautiful! No complaints here. Especially love the hair.