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Maternity Style

  • Advice to New Moms -Be Yourself!

    link to Art Docent Program Home PageIf you are about to become a first time mom or if you are a new mom, here is my hand me down mom advice for you. Don’t cringe, because it’s advice you’re going to like, not critical unsolicited advice that by virtue of being a mother you will be sure to get a lot of anyway. Here’s my advice, do things your way. Don’t crumble to the pressure to be perfect, or try to be your own mother re-incarnated. You may not be wired to be just like that neighbor or friend who “seems” to do it all perfectly while sewing her kids’ clothes and posting cute Pinterest quality DIY birthday invite, party favors and everything in between. It’s easy to drive yourself crazy from pregnancy onwards trying to figure out how to live up to what you perceive is the perfect mom because, really, no one really is. We can only be our own best version and that’s usually much better than copying somebody else’s version.

    My advice to you and my younger self of 10-12 years ago is try to simply be the best mom you can be without driving yourself crazy. Being the best mom for you might mean that you splurge on a biweekly housekeeper to help you keep your sanity. It also might mean that your husband is the main cook in the house and you all do not fall in the traditional role criteria for Mom and Dad – that’s just fine too. Maybe you are the main breadwinner and both you and your husband work fulltime, so you child is in fulltime daycare. There are many excellent daycares our there that work out wonderfully for families (just be sure to vet them and be willing to pull the plug and change if for any reason you feel you should). It might mean that you hire a babysitter on your day off so you can recuperate and feel human again.

    Yes, being a mom takes sacrifices that 95% of the time you are glad to make. The hard part I find (and in talking with other mom friends it seems to be a theme), is feeling the need to live up to all of the mom standards that seem to be imposed upon us. As your kids get older to preschool and elementary school age, you will find there is tremendous pressure to volunteer. Now volunteering is a good thing and a tremendous benefit to not only your child but other children and can be very fulfilling. But if volunteering becomes an obligation that crowds our calendar out of other priorities and the energy we need to be a good mom at home with our own children, then the balance has tipped too far. Sometimes as moms we feel that it’s okay to sacrifice ourselves to the breaking point and the truth is that when we are totally burnt out and spent and even ill, we are of no use to anyone, including our families. So, it is okay to say no and to ignore the guilt when we feel we do not need to give more if we are not going to giving cheerfully.

    Also, you might find there are certain areas that you enjoy volunteering (and perhaps more gifted at) than others. I have found I enjoy teaching my kid’s reader’s workshop and some art classes, but I get antsy chaperoning for every field trip. My kids whine and complain when I don’t go on many of these field trips, but I tell them there are other moms that do that type of volunteering, but I do the other sort of volunteering in their art classes or reading workshops. The opportunities are endless for volunteering in the class, on the playground, on the soccer teams and for playdates of course. Don’t overcommit yourself or you will become bitter and there’s nothing worse than an unhappy volunteer or an unhappy mom. Choose how you can best contribute and leave your guilt on the doorstep.

    In addition to busyness the other area we need to stand up for as moms (this goes for moms of older kids too), is the right to embrace our own identity. Once a mom, always a mom and that is beautiful thing. In the beginning it’s a new and novel identity that we can revel in or sometimes feel we haven’t quite deserved (don’t worry, that feeling will pass soon!) But, as we give more of our time and selves to our children and families, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle and forget that we have needs too. So, it is important, no matter how silly it may seem, to set a discipline early of not only taking couple time with our partners, and girl time with some friends, but also time alone to do something we really want to do even if it’s read a magazine and have a cup of coffee somewhere where no one will bother us for an hour or taking a little time out each day to walk or hit the gym. By doing this on a regular basis we will reconnect with our inner selves and have a renewed enthusiasm for our family and loved ones.

    Fashion is also a way to connect to our inner selves and something that we can choose to express who we are. A famous fashion icon (can’t remember who) once said something truly revolutionary- it was “if we change the way we dress, we can change the way we think.” The gist of the message was that if we truly dress to express our identity, not necessarily the trend or please our partners (which is not always a bad thing from time to time on a date night), but play with and develop a style that suits our personalities, than that fashion statement becomes a means to expressing our unique personalities in our lives. This is why actors and actresses wear a costume or dress the part for a play or a movie, because not only does it communicate to the audience who they are in their role, but it allows them to fully embody the identity they are portraying. It is the same with fashion and quite liberating and fun as well to experiment with our style and give ourselves permission to change our style, until we find something that truly makes us feel alive and show our truth.

    Pregnancy is wonderful opportunity to experiment with our style and go outside our comfort zone. The pressure is off because when you are pregnant, people are excited for you and your growing bump. The pressure to be thin becomes irrelevant (and should be). Also, you suddenly need to shop for a wardrobe of maternity clothes because you have outgrown everything in your closet. As your body changes, we can suddenly experiment with enhanced cleavage styles and empire waist designs that you might have never tried before. Have fun with it and play dress up on your new form with new styles and colors! Try out that maxi maternity dress or bold prints that were out of your former fashion comfort zone.

    Motherhood is a wonderful time in life but it can also be busy. Focus on the beauty of your children and don’t second guess your instincts. Follow your gut in making smart choices for your child and for yourself. But remember to embrace your unique identity and have fun expressing yourself in your maternity fashion choices.

  • Nursing Clothes – The Smart Choice!

    When you’re pregnant it’s hard to even think ahead to having your baby or to imagine a day of not being pregnant. It seems that every day you roll out of bed (since rolling is the only way you can move at times), you are a bit bigger than the last time you checked in the mirror or tried to count your toes. Meanwhile you are quickly determining that your pre-pregnancy extra loose clothing will no longer adequately fit your expanding belly or simply looks ridiculous on your now very pregnant body. Welcome to the club!

    The idea of spending a lot of money on maternity clothes is not always highly appealing, although you do need new clothes to comfortably fit your shape (fast!) since losing weight is not an option, nor should it be. For most of us it’s the first time in our life that we have our Doctor’s permission to steadily gain weight and eat more to be healthy, this should be outstanding news, right? On the surface this task seems super fun in so many ways, but it can suddenly become a very inconvenient feat in that we quickly find out our wardrobe options are dwindling fast and our belly shows no sign of slowing its runaway expansion march!

    My advice to expecting women who would like to look stylish while not spending a fortune on a huge new wardrobe of maternity clothes is this:

    1. Invest smartly in a number of everyday items that you can mix and match in your maternity wardrobe. Definitely invest in a good pair of maternity jeans with a lot of stretch, crops and yoga pants and a few casual skirts that can go with everything in your casual wardrobe. Also get some great basic tops in a variety of colors with varying sleeve lengths depending on the season you are in or approaching. ¾ sleeves are a great option as they work year round and are comfortable inside and out unless it is truly hot outside. Also, pregnant women run a little hotter, so ¾ sleeves work well in cooler months too.
    2. If you need a business wardrobe for work, then also look to find some staple skirts and dress slacks that you can wear over and over. Blacks and taupe or khaki colors can work for any time of the year with a light stretchy rayon/spandex mix and plenty of room for an expanding belly. Dress pants and pencil skirts are not the thing that people remember, so you will need to buy less in terms of slacks and skirts than blouses and tops.
    3. For maternity tops, go light on patterns as they are easy to remember and opt for more solids as they can be interchanged more easily. However it’s important to find at least a few prints you do enjoy wearing – remember pregnancy is a time where you can dress up more because you’re pregnant.  After all, a pretty maternity dress can provide comfort with style with little effort. Maternity dresses will generally easily fit an expanding belly without troubling waistbands and give you a beautiful polished look in just a minute! You can sport a print wrap maternity dress to the office, PTA meeting, out to Saturday lunch with friends or date night with your husband. Just make sure you like it!
    4. Invest in a number of really good nursing bras and maternity underwear. Now trust me this is not an area where you want to skimp. There is nothing more uncomfortable than a too tight bra when you are pregnant or restrictive underwear. Your rib cage is expanding fast while you are pregnant in addition to your bra cup size. Your pre-pregnancy bras, even the sports bras will only take you so far and as your bust will grow before your belly. A great way to economize with your new bra collection is to invest in nursing bras (instead of just bigger bras or maternity bras) that fits you while you are pregnant. This way you can wear it both before and after and even nurse in it. Which brings us to the next point….
    5. Buy maternity clothes that double as nursing clothes and transition wear. You will find that once you have your baby, unless you are truly a super freak (and there are a few out there that literally walk out of the delivery room minus the basketball and practically into their pre-pregnancy wardrobe), you will most likely not fit back into your pre-pregnancy wardrobe for some time. If you choose to nurse, and we sincerely hope you do, then you will be grateful for clothing in your wardrobe that is specifically made for nursing, no fuss involved. This is particularly useful in the early stages of nursing when both you and your baby are on a steep learning curve and generally anything that makes nursing easier makes life a thousand times easier. Also, transition wear clothing that is made to stretch where you need it and look good on you after you have your baby will help camouflage a postpartum belly. All of these factors add to your quality of life before and after you have your baby and can help stretch your dollar with your maternity clothes investment.

    Remember pregnancy does not last a lifetime, although it may seem like it at times. Why not enjoy this time in your life and dress in a way that is both comfortable and versatile for both during and after your pregnancy. It’s easy to look good and stylish with a few good staples and fun prints in your wardrobe. Enjoy the journey and shopping!




  • Spring Maternity Trend -- Floral Prints

    As the weather heats up and Spring approaches it is time for a maternity wardrobe shift into lighter fabrics, lighter colors and spring themed prints. One print that never goes out of style for the Spring Season is florals. The floral design is a perfect addition to your ensemble whether worn as an addition or accessory to your outfit such as a shoe, purse or light scarf or as the main statement as in a gorgeous floor length maxi dress, florals are designed to bring a light hearted positive mood to all you represent.

    Maternal America Asymetric Ruffle Dress

    Pregnancy is the perfect time to experiment with fashion and prints that you might not normally wear in your everyday life. Florals patterns also happen to be in style and in full bloom this spring, just as you are in your pregnancy! Now is a great time to try out a fluttery floral blouse or Babydoll dress. Check out the beautiful maternity swimwear floral patterns that are a great way to add some flowers to your wardrobe.


    Here are a few tips to keep in mind when selecting a floral print:

    1) Choosing the right size is most important when it comes to maternity clothes, especially when dealing with floral prints. A simple rule to remember is to keep the size of the print in proportion with the size of your body, allowing a little room to bloom when you are expecting. If you are petite, look for smaller flower sizes so that you will not look overpowered. If you are taller or have a larger build you can go larger on your floral prints and look great.

    Prego Maternity Betsy Swimwear

    2) When choosing to wear a floral print dress, top, or skirt, keep the accessories simple to keep the look balanced. A floral maternity maxi dress looks stunning when paired with simple sandals or espadrille and non flashy jewelry. You can pull your favorite color from the dress and find a great necklace, bracelet, or shoe in that color. If you choose to wear a colorful floral maternity top, pair it with a neutral bottom or vice versa. By keeping the pattern only on the clothing and accessorizing with complimentary colors, a polished sleek look is created.


    3) If you are really concerted about looking frumpy in florals or can't get Kim Kardashian's infamous Met Gala maternity dress out of your mind, then go for the more abstract paisley patterns. This also gives a fresh look for spring while sure to be modern and a far cry from your mother's curtains or your grandmother's wardrobe.

    Japanese Weekend Red Sun Maternity Dress4) Break it up with the flowers. You can make florals edgy by your shoe and jewelry choice and simply by pairing a floral top with a pair of solid leggings. A great pair of flats, a large ring in the shape of a flower, or a floral print scarf all make great additions to your maternity outfit if you want to go light with the flowers while giving a nod to the flowers.

    Most important is to follow your personal style. Choose a floral print that is truly you and that represents your personality. It can be a dainty abstract pastel floral pattern to a large statement floral maxi skirt with strong fuchsia colors and black contrast.

    Find and wear what makes you happy and have some fun with your maternity fashion this Spring!

  • Try a Splash of Marsala, Color of the Year, for Your Maternity Wardrobe

    The official color of 2015 is Marsala, according to the Pantone Color Institute. In case you are wondering, Marsala is a rich red-brown burgundy color much like the fortified wine that its name is derived from. This hearty warm earth color is flattering against many skin tones which make it a great choice for fashion. Its rich and sophisticated shade also complement a palette of other hues such as camel, pumpkin, shades of blue, brown and black which allows it to coordinate well with many other colors in your wardrobe.

    Marsala also makes a great nail color, makeup blush for the cheeks, lipstick and clothing. Its stylish tone works well for home furnishings and interiors and even industrial design. Yet our favorite use of the Marsala color is its beauty in maternity fashion. This color works for all seasons. In winter pair marsala with jewel tones for a statement color. When springtime comes, try marsala with cool pastels for a fresh look.

    A number of maternity clothes at TummyStyle incorporate this yummy earth hue in both prints and solids. Here are a couple favorites:

    Maternal America’s Wine Scoop Neck Dress.

    Maternity America Wine Scoop Neck Dress

    This chic maternity dress is fitted on the top with the black lycra scoop neck design and elbow length sleeves. The sash and skirt of this pretty empire waist style is wine colored shade of Marsala. The mid-thigh dress length is youthful and fresh.

    Another take on the Marsala shade is Maternal America’s Nursing and Maternity Cami-Cardigan.

    Maternal America Cami-Cardigan

    This very versatile two piece cardigan sweater is made for both nursing and maternity. Its rich color, in the Marsala family hue, is sure to be a hit this season. Pair it with jeans, black slacks or a skirt for a dressier look. Ultra comfy and pretty with all skin tones and hair colors, you are sure to love this nursing cardigan for days to come.

    So add some variety to your maternity wardrobe and add a splash of Marsala (the color not the wine that is!) to enjoy this year’s special color and you are sure to be on-trend.

  • Product of the Week – Maternal America Megan Denim Shorts

    Every girl needs a pair of awesome denim shorts of the summer and pregnancy is no time to skimp on this must-have summer wardrobe item. If you are looking for a pair of just above the knee, super comfortable and stretchy denim maternity shorts along with a stylish blue stone wash that looks great with absolutely every top, blouse and shoe, then look no further than The Maternal America Megan Denim Shorts.

    Megan Maternity Denim Shorts by Maternal America

    I speak from experience when I say that these shorts are my hands down favorite pair of not only maternity shorts, but summer shorts in general. I got these super comfy maternity shorts when I was pregnant with my third child six years ago and wore them all the time until it was too cold to wear them (my baby came early November). I kid you not when I say they are STILL my favorite pair of shorts and I still wear them through the summer and they are not stretched out of shape at all although I am 35 pounds lighter, and mostly in the belly! They do not look at all like maternity shorts and they have survived countless washings and look as good as new. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone I am still enjoying my denim maternity shorts five years post-baby!)

    The only tell-tale maternity sign to these shorts is a wide elastic waistband that fits like a dream and will ease under your belly when it becomes “Super-Size.” However this waistband is truly a miracle because it will fit your belly at nearly any size and is not so wide that it screams “maternity” and it is easy to cover up with an un-tucked top.

    These shorts are a great postpartum choice when you are on the way down after your baby but not quite into your regular spring and summer clothes. But you just might find, like me, that you still just love the way they look and feel even when you are at your pre-baby weight and body. These shorts will still be there for you should choose to wear them and nobody will ever know they were your maternity shorts, let alone your favorite maternity shorts!

  • Product of the Week – Maternal America Cap Sleeve Henley

    Looking for an all-purpose maternity top to grab and wear this summer? Then look no further than Maternal America’s Henley top in white.

    Maternal America Cap Sleeve Henley


    This stylish cap sleeve scoop neck top has pretty button details -leave totally buttoned or unbuttoned at the top for a different look. It also has slight rushing around the neckline and sleeves as well as detailed ribbing at the neckline for a feminine and flattering design.

    This Maternity Henley is extra-long to cover your tummy but fitted enough to show your shape for all three trimesters. The soft breathable 100% cotton fabric make this pretty top a must have for your maternity wardrobe!

    Pair this top with shorts, jeans or a skirt. This Maternity Henley is a better alternative than your standard Maternity Tee and will perk up your wardrobe any day of the week. Easy to care for, just wash and wear machine wash cold.

  • Product of the Week - Olian V Neck Maternity Dress

    Are you looking for an all purpose, wear anywhere and look great Maternity Dress? Of course you are, because we all need an all-purpose summer dress to throw on in a moment’s notice! When you are pregnant in the warmer months, dresses are often the coolest, easiest, most comfortable clothing you can wear. The bonus is that a great maternity dress looks great on and you are well dressed for any occasion!

    The Olian Short Sleeve V Neck Maternity Dress is just the dress

    Olian V Neck Maternity Dress Olian V Neck Maternity Dress

    you should add to your closet this season. This pretty print Summer Maternity Dress features a faux wrap, which flatters all body shapes and evolving pregnancy bellies and is both easy to fit and wear. The V neck and cap sleeves are perfect for summer along with the breezy but fitted mid thigh length hem. The black and white striped zebra print are both slimming and stunning along with the pop of orchid flowers to celebrate the season. This fit and pattern creates a gorgeous silhouette which will continue to flatter your curves as your pregnancy progresses.

    Pair this pretty maternity dress with strappy sandals or wedges (if your balance is still good!) and you are ready for a lunch with friends, a wedding or even your baby shower!

  • Maternal America Eva Tankini - Product of the Week!

    With May officially here, swimsuit season is fast approaching or already here depending on where you live. Now is the time to shop for maternity swimwear that you can wear for the whole summer. There are so many flattering and fun styles out there, shopping for maternity swimwear is not a challenge like it used to be back in your mother’s day. The only confusing part is maybe deciding what style you like best!

    Maternal America Eva Tankini Maternal America Eva Tankini

    Pregnancy is a fun time to experiment with different styles you may not usually go. There is no right or wrong answer as long you choose a style you are comfortable wearing and that fits with a little stretch for your belly (and the rest of you) to grow as your pregnancy progresses. Now is the time to show off your curves! For many women that means have some cleavage for the first time!

    If you frequent the pool or the beach in the summer, it may be a good idea to get several suits. Tankinis and Halterkinis are a good choice for maternity as they are a two piece suit that allows your belly plenty of room to grow while not exposing your whole belly. They are also super flattering for many different body types and come in a variety of pretty prints and colors. Some can even be mixed and matched for a whole new look.

    A personal favorite maternity tankini is the Maternal America Eva. This pretty classic print suit is a navy and white striped halter tie top with matching solid navy bikini bottoms. This suit features a pretty cris-cross design across the lightly padded bust and adjustable string halter ties which can also tucked in or tied in back for a strapless style. The navy bikini bottoms also have adjustable side ties which give you a perfect fit throughout your pregnancy. This French Nautical theme print is a bestseller and perfect for a vacation get away or a casual pool gathering with friends.

    TummyStyle exclusively carries the Maternal America Eva swimsuit, so grab one today if the style is right for you!

  • Prego Maternity Swimwear -- The Strapless Mini

    Always a classic, the Prego Maternity Black Strapless Mini has the elegant lines that looks great to wear when you are pregnant. The top runs long and straight, though not confining on your pregnant belly. The strapless style is a great choice for a maternity swimsuit when you want to show a bit of shoulder and more skin.

    The top is extra long to cover your behind. It is also extra supportive with a wide elastic band just below the bust. For the larger women, there's a removable support strap to give you an extra bit of assurance. The bottoms are bikini style and cut for a pregnant woman.

    The Prego Strapless Mini Maternity Swimwear is one of our most popular items and is a great deal. Apply coupon code LOVE20OFF to save 20% before Valentine's Day!

  • Maternity Swimwear by Bikini Thief -- Blue Pisces Dream Tankini

    The Bikini Thief Blue Pisces Dream Tankini is a great new style of maternity swimwear. It comes as a two piece maternity bathing suit with ruched sides that can be adjusted. The bottoms are extra supportive for your growing belly. The Pisces pattern is reminiscant of a Roman mosaic with the fish swimming through a an undulating stream of wavy lines. This suit will look great on you and feel great as well!

    At $75, it's a bargain you can enjoy before and after your pregnancy!

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