Calypso St. Barth
The downtown Bethesda outpost of Caribbean-chic chain Calypso St. Barth excels at maxidresses and shifts in materials that would work as well at a beach wedding as they do at a Chevy Chase cocktail bash—think lots of subtle sequins and natural fabrics. Flowy silhouettes (a hippie-cool embellished minidress crying out for platform sandals, $425) can often accommodate baby bumps or post-pregnancy figures. Don’t miss the exotic-looking jewelry (e.g., Samantha Wills’ chainmail mesh collar necklace, $385), which can add personality to the simplest of evening gowns.
Calypso St. Barth, 4810 Bethesda Ave., #24, Bethesda; (301) 652-1219; www.calypsostbarth.com