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Monthly Archives: June 2010

  • Nursing Tops You Deserve

    If you just had your baby you are no doubt unable to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes and not too excited about wearing your maternity clothes too much longer. Sure it's fun to look pregnant when you are pregnant, but who wants to be asked "when are you due" at 3 weeks postpartum? What's more, if you plan to nurse, the last thing you want to do is flash your postpartum belly to the world while trying to unhook a new nursing bra for your hungry baby. You deserve better than this for all the work you have been through in birthing and nurturing a newborn plus 9 months of pregnancy, so treat yourself to some fashionable but very useful nursing tops that make you feel pretty and make nursing on-the-go a much easier task.

    There's no need to wear a frumpy 2 fabric layer old-school nursing top in the middle of summer or ever. Now a-days there are a ton of cute and hip nursing top styles on the market that don't look a thing like a nursing top. Look for a neck style that flatters your face shape. This is a time to play up your neckline as well as your bust line while it is in full bloom. So pick a style that flatters your face and figure.

    Olian Maternity has some great new styles to choose from this summer such as their Round Neck Maternity/Nursing top. This pretty lipstick shape empire waist top can be worn for either maternity or postpartum for nursing. The back sash tie makes it easily adjustable to your shape and the front pleats do wonders to disguise a postpartum belly while not tenting out. Attention is drawn to the pretty neckline, cap sleeves and fitted ruching empire waist style while the belly area is completely camouflaged. Nursing access is under the empire waist which makes nursing a breeze without showing any skin.

    Another great look is the deep V-neck top with a faux pick-a-boo cami to make discreet nursing easy the fabric lightweight cool for hot summer months. Take a look at Maternal America's Combo Maternity/Nursing top which is cut extra long for style and comfort and could even be worn with leggings in early pregnancy and postpartum. The faux cami is a sailor stripe while the rest of the tunic is navy. The adjustable sash tie makes this style an easy fit for all stages of your body's metamorphosis through pregnancy and nursing. The mock cami provides nursing access from the deep V-neck without you missing a beat to your busy day or prolonging a baby's hungry cry.

    If your maternity leave is over and you are ready to head back to the office but don't have a suitable top to wear, much less one that looks good on and fits your changing shape, then check out Japanese Weekend's nursing tops which make for excellent transition wear to the office or out on the town in the evening. Their D&A (during and after) line of maternity/tops provide a lot of sophisticated styles in cool prints and solids. In particular, their D&A ¾ sleeves Sash Tie in pretty Teal is a great all-season look for any workplace. This top is a front cross-over empire waist design with a V-neck that hits high enough not to reveal cleavage while still flattering your shape. Nursing access can be made under the empire waist sash or above from the cross over front design. You can dress this top up or down for day or night.

    Another great choice for work by Japanese Weekend is the D&A cami which comes in a variety of colors. Similarly this cami works great during and after pregnancy and nursing access is from under the empire waist stretch band which provides an overlay of fabric across the bust. The cami also has a stylish bottom band which works great for both a blooming belly (by keeping the fabric from tenting out) and for postpartum wear as the pleats work to disguise a postpartum belly. You can layer this cami under a jacket or cardigan for a sharp professional look or wear alone with pants for a more casual look in the evening. Many women find this cami so useful and flattering that they stock up on it in a variety of colors.

    So whether you are a stay-at-home mom in need of better style or fit in your top selection or a professional on the go who's just had a baby, treat yourself to a few good transition wear tops to take you through the next several months in style and comfort.

  • Hospital Nursing Gowns

    When your contractions quicken and you grab your pre-packed bag and dash off to the hospital, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not the one size fits all hospital gown will be flattering, or at the very least, comfortable. When giving birth, you want to feel as comfortable as possible and not worry about any of the little things, such as whether or not your gown is covering you properly. One way to alleviate this stress is to bring your own hospital gown with you. This way, you are guaranteed comfort, style, and peace of mind on this incredible day. Two well-known maternity fashion designers, 1 in the Oven and Dear Johnnies, have created comfortable yet fashionable hospital gowns which are sure to make the birth of your child just a little bit easier.

    1 in the Oven designs hospital gowns which encompass the most important factors for a comfortable birth, ease and practicality, while maintaining a fashionable and flattering look. One important feature of their gowns is the fabric, something which one should always consider when looking for a gown. Made of 100% cotton, they are incredibly soft. The light-weight fabric makes them easy to move in and ensures that you will not feel bogged down and uncomfortable. With no tags and such soft fabric, your comfort is guaranteed. Having a nursing gown with accessible nursing access is very important, and 1 in the Oven's designs meet that requirement. Hidden slits in the front provide easy and discreet nursing access, ensuring that nursing your baby will be comfortable and hassle free. Covered by gentle pleats which also serve to create a figure flattering shape, the discreet nursing access is both practical and comfortable. Aside from the high level of comfort which these nursing gowns provide, they also are fashionable and flattering. With a scoop neck and hitting just above the knees, they create a breezy and easy cute look. Whether you choose the long or short sleeve option, you are sure to feel at ease when giving birth.

    Dear Johnnies is another brand which exclusively designs hospital gowns. This focus on one item has paid off, as their gowns are practical yet incredibly fashionable. Designed by a mother of three, Dear Johnnies hospital gowns meet all of a new mother's needs. They ensure that you will be comfortable and at ease while looking and feeling great. Made of 100% lightweight cotton, they are easy to move around in. These gowns are perfect for labor and after, and can be worn around the home as a nightgown in the weeks following your birth. Shoulders snap down for easy nursing access and provide easy medical access, something doctors will appreciate. Snaps down the back, decorated with beautiful ribbon, ensure that you will be completely covered and you will not have to worry about accidentally baring your backside, as is often the case with the standard hospital gowns. Aside from the comfort which these gowns offer, Dear Johnnies are incredibly fashionable. One of their most popular features is the cute patterns which the gowns come in. From pale yellow polka dots to a bright lime green mosaic design, there is a pattern for every woman. These designs, aside from being cute and trendy, brighten up the hospital room. In photos, you will feel confident and beautiful! Whatever design you choose, Dear Johnnies are comfortable, practical, and incredibly stylish.

    Whichever hospital gown you end up choosing, make sure you purchase the correct size. If you are ordering online and are unsure about the sizing, contact the store to find out how the sizing is done. One thing to keep in mind is that you want to be comfortable and not be constrained. With this in mind, if you are choosing between two sizes, buy the larger size. A bit of extra fabric will simply add to your comfort and ensure that you do not feel constricted. Overall, bringing your own hospital gown and erase some of the anxiety on this exciting day and will ensure that you are comfortable and feel great while at the hospital.

  • Summer Maternity Swimwear Styles

    Summer has officially begun, so it’s time to hit the pool or the beach to soak up the sun or cool off in the water. Pregnancy is no time to hide in the house or shy away from the pool just because you don’t have a swimsuit that fits or you feel too big for the beach. Now is the best time ever to be pregnant with tons of cute maternity swimsuit styles to choose from to complement your unique shape and your personal style. Even better, since summer is already underway, many maternity stores are discounting their maternity swimwear so you can find super chic maternity designer swimwear for super cheap prices! Here are a few recommendations of sexy and fun summer swimsuit styles to check out:

    Maternal America’s Jenni Tankini is a surefire bet to flatter almost any body shape. This suit offers a flirty cut and a fun fiesta print. The halter style is always flattering and slimming to your upper body giving a sexy look to the shoulders and bust. The Jenni Tankini offers supportive padding and shape to the bust with an attractive O-ring halter style which also gives a pretty ruching effect. The cute side sash tie bottoms fit under the belly and allow the perfect fit to your changing shape to fit throughout your entire pregnancy (and beyond!).

    If you are looking for a tropical escape, take a peek at Prego Maternity’s South Seas Strapless Mini. Prego Maternity makes high quality and superior supportive strapless suits for maternity swimwear. This summer’s South Seas print in chocolate brown and turquoise flowers with chocolate bottoms will put you in a laid back island mood in no time at all. The bottoms fit over the belly but are fully covered with the strapless mini dress style top. An optional halter string is included for an alternate look and for a little added insurance and support when lap swimming.

    Whether you are pregnant or nursing postpartum, the BelaBumBum Nursing Tankini is a sexy and flattering suit for both during and after pregnancy. This summer’s black and white floral pattern is classic, tropical and timeless. You will love the stretch and feel of this maternity and nursing swimsuit with adjustable tank straps and discreet nursing access under the black empire waist sash tie. This top even looks great out of the pool and worn casually with jeans or capris.

    Finally don’t forget your beach cover-up. Maternal America has a super cute sash tie cover-up in both white and black with a deep V-neck and pretty pleats across the belly that is especially designed for maternity. This cover-up is so versatile you can pair it with pants or capris for casual wear too. If you are looking for a more festive pattern, then check out Maternal America’s Mesh Carnival Print cover-up in strapless. This cover-up has pretty front smocking and an optional halter string tie. The light mesh fabric is perfect for hot days and an airy breezy feel and look.

    So grab a towel and beach bag and head to the sand or water. You have no excuse not to hit the beach or pool this summer once you are suited up in style!

  • Maternity Swimwear Colors

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    Bright and bold colors are always fashionable during summertime, and this season is no exception. With hues ranging from turquoise to emerald green to deep red, the colors seen on the runway and in stores exemplify this trend. One great way to incorporate bold colors, if you are not used to wearing them or a bit uncertain about how to pull them off, is through your maternity swimwear choice. Maternity swimwear has evolved incredibly over the year, and now boasts some of the most fashionable and on trend swimwear styles out there. During pregnancy one wants to be comfortable, especially when being active at the pool or beach, but one also wants to feel beautiful and fashionable. Choosing a maternity swimsuit in a bold and beautiful hue will add style and shine, allowing you to look and feel your best!

    If pink is one of your favorite colors, there is no better way to wear it than on a swimsuit. Hot pink in particular is perfect for the summer, as it is fun and festive, and one gorgeous maternity swimsuit is the Nursing Swimwear Tankini from Belabumbum. This is hot pink suit is great for many reasons, including the fact that it can be used during and after pregnancy. It is so cute and fashionable, however, that one would never guess it is nursing swimwear! Adjustable straps allow it to be tailored exactly to your body, while the empire waist band is figure flattering and comfortable. With the hot pink contrasting with the light pink band, the perfect maternity swimsuit is created. Another option which incorporates a bold pink is the Hula Retro Halter from Prego, brand new for the 2010 season. The Hawaiian floral print top, in different shades of pink and brown, is fun and flirty. As comfortable as it is cute, an adjustable halter top provides excellent bust support and side-tie bottoms are easy to adjust to your changing shape. If pink is your color, this is a great option for the beach!

    MA-CARRIE_1Blue is a perfect color for swimwear, as it emulates the ocean or pool water. For those who love to wear shades of blue, there are some beautiful deep blue maternity swimsuits available this season. One stunning new design this season comes from Maternal America. The Carrie Tankini Swimsuit is designed in a rich royal blue, a color which looks beautiful on all skin tones. With its sweetheart neckline and halter top design, this swimsuit has a fun retro feel. Adjustable tie bottoms which fit below your belly make this maternity swimsuit perfect for all stages of your pregnancy. Cute yet comfy, this suit is a fun and functional option. Another beautiful blue tankini from Maternal America is Aqua Flutter Halterkini, in a gorgeous turquoise/aqua hue. The perfect hybrid between a bikini and a halterkini, this maternity swimsuit has sheer coverage over the belly while providing excellent support at the bust. Adjustable halter ties allow the suit to be tailored just for your body. From deep royal blue to a bright aqua hue, there are many bold shades of blue which are perfect for your maternity swimsuit.

    Maternal America COCO Maternity SwimsuitJewel tones are incredibly flattering, and shades of green are no exception. The Coco O-Ring Tankini in Glacier from Maternal America is an incredibly detailed and trendy swimsuit in a deep emerald green. Its brown bead embellished halter strap contrasts beautifully with the deep green. One of the best selling suits this season, function is not forgotten as an adjustable halter top and side-tie bottoms allow the suit to be tailored specifically for your body. From the pool to the beach to lounging in the hammock, this swimsuit is sure to make a statement. For another gorgeous green jewel toned maternity swimsuit, try the Jade Empire Tank from Prego. Its deep color is fun and an eye catcher. The emphasis at the empire waist is figure flattering, while the wide adjustable straps provide excellent support. These jewel tones are on trend yet also timeless.

    Overall, choosing a maternity suit that is comfortable, functional, and makes you feel great is incredibly important. Bold and bright colors, from hot pinks to deep greens, add fun and style to your wardrobe. Choose something in which you look and feel great and you will enjoy every minute in the outdoors.

  • Show Off Your Assets

    Whether pregnant or not, you always want to dress to play up your assets. When you are pregnant, you may gain new assets, like a bigger chest or a more voluptuous bottom. Now is the time to experiment with some new styles and show off your curves.

    Show Off Your Chest

    nursing tankiniWhen you are pregnant, your chest may "pop" long before your belly does. This is the time to play up your chest with flirty necklines and a little more cleavage. Experiment with sweetheart design dresses and tops with show off your shoulders and give a smooth foundation. Invest in a well fitted bra for a smooth sculpted look. Make sure you your bra cups, straps and underwires don't dig into your skin as you don't want to constrict breasts, just support.

    The kimono top style works very well for both maternity and postpartum for nursing. Pair this wide V neck style top with a pretty necklace and just a enough cleavage and you will be a showstopper. Collarbones are always sexy to show off as well. So, if you have defined collarbones, wear a scoop neck or bodice top without a necklace and some spotlight earrings. Avoid turtlenecks and high necklines that just add bulk. Shapeless tops that many pregnant women opt for make larger bust and a pregnant belly just look big overall and do not flatter your curves. Generally more fitted is more flattering than bulky shapeless designs that just adds weight.

    Flaunt Your Butt

    crop jeansIf you have a great butt, then play it up. Fitted jeans with cute seamed pockets add that bit of accentuation to your assets. However, jeans and pants with big flap back pockets actually increase the volume of your backside without defining your curves. Skirts or pants with contoured seams give a rounded smooth appearance to the bottom and de-emphasize the sides, particularly if want to play down your hips. Ruching designs in a dress or long fitted top that extends along the entire back to the bottom gives a voluptuous sexy look without adding volume or pounds. Cropped jackets that hit higher on your waist show off your bottom, especially when they are in a contrasting color to your pants. TIP: Thongs or seamless briefs are better undergarments when wearing snug pants or dresses and thinner fabrics.

    If You Love Your Arms

    Then play them up with ruffled cap sleeve tops or dresses or a racer-back tank with a sequined front that defines shoulders and plays up arms. Try a strapless or one shoulder dress to put the focus on your arms and shoulders. A choice necklace with a fancy neckline can always help draw attention to arms. Also, a dark color bottom with a lighter color top draws eyes upwards.

    Show Off Your Legs

    Just because you have a baby bump doesn't mean you have to hide your legs. In warmer weather don't be afraid to wear some short shorts or babydoll dresses. Avoid long and mid calf length skirts or loose pants and capris that hide legs and add bulk. Play up your legs with sheer, opaque or textured tights. Remember to moisturize legs or even try a light faux tanner to even out skin tone and add a hint of color.

    Pregnancy can be a fun time to experiment with different kinds of fashion and styles. As you body is constantly evolving each month, try to highlight a different asset as you shop for new maternity clothes. Look for clothes that have a lot of stretch to take you through the season as your belly grows. Remember that fitted is often more flattering and slimming than the undefined tented look our mothers were subject to during their pregnancies. Fashion should be fun, so enjoy your new curves!

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