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  • Bethenny Frankel’s “Real” Maternity Style

    With The Real Housewives of New York starting its new season this week, Bethenny Frankel will once again be showing off her great style and fun personality each Thursday evening. A trained natural foods chef, author, television star, and weekly contributor in many health and fitness magazines, Bethenny’s schedule seems incredibly busy and fulfilling. However, at thirty nine, she is gearing up for the most important moment of her life: becoming a mother. Expecting her first child in June with fiancé Jason Hoppy, Bethenny looks happy and healthy. As her baby bump grows, I cannot help but notice her great maternity style. From cute work out gear to gorgeous dresses, her pregnancy looks combine comfort with fashion. She knows how to rock that baby bump!

    Staying active during pregnancy is important, and Bethenny does it in style. She combines a supportive tank top embellished with a cute logo on the front with a great pair of stretch workout pants. A top like this is great, as it will stretch to fit your changing body shape. Longer tank tops provide extra belly coverage. Wide shoulder straps or a t-shirt design is a good idea, since it will provide more bust support. For a similar look try the Boy or Girl Tank from Due and Sprout. A great pair of stretch work out pants is a good investment for expectant mothers. Whether worn for a walk or running errands, soft, stretchy pants will keep you feeling comfortable and looking stylish throughout your day. 1 in the Oven makes their Super Soft Ruched Foldover Pant, perfect for during and after pregnancy.

    In January, Bethenny was spotted in Miami looking every bit the fashionable expectant mother. Cute black leggings and a flowing red top looked stylish yet comfortable. Although Bethenny paired her outfit with a gorgeous wool coat and scarf, this look is adaptable to the upcoming warm weather by simply leaving the coat at home. Black leggings, such as Olian’s Maternity Leggings, are stretchy and comfortable. They allow room for the belly to expand while being trendy and stylish. When paired with a flowing top, the tightness of the leggings is balanced out by the looseness of the shirt. The Split Sleeve Bubble Maternity Top from Olian creates a beautiful shape while recreating the flowing shape. This is a great day looked when paired with flats and a more casual t-shirt, but can easily be worn at night with a longer embellished tank top and a cute blazer.

    One of my favorite looks of Bethenny’s is the red dress she wore to the Heart Truth Show this past month to kick off Fashion Week. Strutting the runway in a ruched knee length dress, she looked fit, trendy, and happily pregnant. One gorgeous aspect of this dress is the detailed neckline. With a wide, one-shoulder strap, a beautiful and interesting frame is created for the face. Ruching on a dress is not only trendy, it is also figure flattering. It camouflages any bloating you may feel while creating a gorgeous figure. If you are ready to show off your baby bump, this is a pretty and trendy way to do it.

    Throughout her pregnancy Bethenny has shown off her signature pregnancy style. Whether working out or walking the runway, she wears clothes that are both figure flattering and comfortable. By choosing pieces which are comfortable yet flatter your shape, you will look and feel great throughout the day. With the new season of The Real Housewives of New York starting this week, I am hoping to see some of Bethenny’s great maternity style on display!

  • Maternity Fashion Trend-Florals

    Olian V-Neck Maternity TopFloral prints, while always in style when warm weather approaches, are even more popular this season. From gorgeous maxi dresses to fluttery blouses, floral patterns are in bloom. Whether worn as an addition to an outfit on a purse or shoe or worn as an all over print on a dress, floral designs are making a big statement. A floral print will really bring a fresh feel to your spring and summer wardrobes.

    Pregnancy is a great time to experiment with florals as you really are in full bloom with your ever changing body. Match your glow with a floral that is just right for your style and personality. Floral patterns and styles are so diverse now, you can look fresh and fashionable in the right floral style. Keep a few tips in mind when wearing a floral print and you are sure to look beautiful and feel confident!

    1) Choosing the right size is always important when it comes to clothes, especially when dealing with floral prints. A simple rule to keep in mind (as Stacy and Clinton always reiterate on What Not to Wear) is to keep the size of the print in proportion with the size of your body. 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 many sizes look good, but larger floral prints always look great.

    JW_Floral_Maxi_Maternity_Dress2) If choosing to wear a floral print dress, top, or skirt, keep the accessories simple. An all over maxi dress looks stunning when paired with simple sandals or espadrilles. You can easily pull your favorite color from the dress and find a great necklace, bracelet, or shoe in that color. If you choose to wear a great floral top, pair it with a neutral bottom, and vice versa. By keeping the pattern only on the clothing and accessorizing with complimentary colors, a polished look is created.

    3) If you are really worried about looking frumpy in florals or can't get the kitchen curtains out of your mind, then go for the more abstract paisley patterns. This also gives a refreshing crisp look for spring while sure to be modern and a far cry from curtains or your mother's wardrobe.

    4) If wearing an all over floral print is not for you, try accessorizing with florals in a small but stylish way. 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 favorite outfit and will really provide a stylish sense of spring.

    JW_2_Piece_ConvertibleFrom dainty flower necklaces to an abstract floral print skirt, there is a way to incorporate the floral style into your wardrobe. Most of all it is important that you feel comfortable in your choice of florals that match your sense of personal style. You can make florals edgy by your shoe and jewelry choice and simply by breaking it up a bit with a pair of leggings for a sleeker look. Feel confident and comfortable in your floral choice and anything you choose will look great!

  • Amy Adams Shows Preganancy Style

    Amy Adams Early JanuaryWhen I think of stylish sophistication, subtle sexiness, and pregnancy, I immediately think of Amy Adams. Incredibly talented, beautiful, and expecting her first baby (with fiance Darren Le Gallo) this spring, Amy is one stylish expectant mother. Although I love her as her endearing characters in Enchanted and Julie & Julia and was extremely impressed by her Oscar nominated role in Doubt, I simply cannot stop raving about her pregnancy wardrobe. From a casual day around town to the Golden Globes, Amy looks radiant, maintaining her signature classic style throughout her pregnancy.

    For casual wear, Amy has stayed stylish and comfortable throughout her pregnancy. In the earlier months, she was spotted on a shopping trip in a cute plaid top and boot-cut jean. Her top is perfect for a casual outing. Its loose shape is comfortable while not overwhelming her frame, and the trendy plaid pattern creates visual interest. This top combined with a pair of fitted boot-cut jeans is the perfect combination, as the structure of the jeans is balanced out by the loose-fitting top. The boot-cut jean tends to be the most universally flattering jean, since it balances out the entire shape of the leg, and a dark wash denim is incredibly figure flattering.

    Amy Adams Casual LeggingsIf you are just beginning to show and are not quite ready for a maternity jean, grab a Bellaband to wear over the waist of your pre-pregnancy jeans, and you will be comfortable and fashionable. Amy was spotted in another flattering and comfortable daytime outfit in early January, combining black leggings with a long empire-waist top. The leggings are a great option, particularly as you get farther along in your pregnancy and want a bit more stretch. Paired with a flowing top (yet with an empire waist to emphasize the smallest part of the torso), this outfit is both comfy and flattering!

    From daywear to evening wear, Amy makes a seamless transition. In early January, Amy premiered her romantic comedy Leap Year and truly demonstrated the definition of red carpet maternity fashion. In a stunning red dress which hit just below the knee, she could not have looked more beautiful! This dress works for so many reasons. One, the fabric has movement and does not cling to her body. Secondly, the empire waist, cinched by a wide ribbon, defines the thinnest part of her body while celebrating her baby bump. Finally, the intricate neckline provides a frame for her gorgeous face. This dress is a great style for an expectant mother at any special occasion!

    Amy-Adams-Golden-Globes-JanAt the Golden Globes, Amy chose a similar style dress yet with a more structured feel. Once again, the empire-waist, knee length dress created a beautiful shape on her body and the wide shoulder strap provided bust support. With a thicker fabric, the dress provides excellent structure and a truly refined look. I love that her hair is pulled back, as it showcases her face and creates a sleek look. From cocktail parties to galas, a dress in this cut is incredibly figure flattering.

    A final piece in Amy's wardrobe that really grabbed my attention was the beautiful coat she wore to the taping of The David Letterman Show in January. Grey with red piping on the belt, this coat was flattering and stylish. The empire waist was perfect for her growing belly, while the structured shoulders added shape and definition. This coat is a great way to pull together an outfit!

    Amy Adams is an incredibly talented actress who looks radiant both onscreen and off. Her pregnancy style, like her acting, is impeccable and I cannot wait to see her new baby this spring.

  • Jenna Elfman's Pregnant Belly

    From a modern color blocked cocktail dress to super comfy and chic leggings, Jenna Elfman’s baby bump style is right on the mark. Jenna-ElfmanDue in March, she remains comfortable by wearing soft, stretchy fabrics yet fashionable with stylish designs and great accessories.

    For a day to day look, she looked fantastic with her son at the park in a long, black, v-neck top and cute leggings. Paired with a long necklace and slouchy, flat boots, this look is comfortable and fashionable. For a similar look, try Bella Band Essential Maternity Leggings paired with any longer top, such as a stretchy tee or tank.

            

        Dressing up for a movie premier in November, Jenna rocked the red carpet in a mini color blocked dress. Jenna-ElfmanLooking comfortable yet chic, she was the epitome of maternity fashion. Japanese Weekend’s D&A Maternity/Nursing Dress provides a similar and equally gorgeous look. With bright straps contrasting the heather grey bodice and black skirt, this dress is modern and trendy.

    From the playground to the red carpet, Jenna’s pregnancy style has sizzled, and the gorgeous cocktail dress she wore to the People’s Choice Awards is no exception. Jenna-ElfmanWith an intriguing neckline drawing the eye upwards and fabric stretching comfortably over the belly, this dress was a red carpet hit. For a similar look, the Beaded Neck Cocktail Dress from Olian Maternity has a fashion-forward beaded neckline and super comfortable design.

  • Maternity Styling - Rich Colors Rock The Red Carpet In Celebrity Fashion

    As the awards season gets started this year and actors walk the red carpet, fashion blogs and celebrity magazines got their cameras rolling and pens ready. Which designers would the stars turn to? Who would wear a classic dress? Who would step out of the box and wear something totally unexpected? As lights flashed and the actors arrived, one theme became clear: colors. And not just any colors, but bold, beautiful, and deep colors, some almost jewel-like. From ruby reds to jeweled teals to quartz purple, rich and bold colors stood out on the red carpet. Celebrities such as Tina Fey, Cameron Diaz, Lea Michelle and Amy Adams

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    Tina Fey

    Cameron Diaz

    Cameron Diaz

    (you've got to love an expectant mom rocking the red carpet), all sported vibrant colors in their gown selections, making bold statements.

    The great thing about rich colors is that they are incredibly versatile and look beautiful next to any skin tone or hair color. While nudes or grays can wash out many people, deep colors play up your best features and really make a statement. As super-chic and famed celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe writes in her fun fashion guide, "...rich jewel tones tend to look good on almost everyone... Pale or dark, my clients tend to look best in colors that are rich and bold... These are colors that pop and look striking on just about anyone."

    This example is clear with the dresses seen at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards this year. Sandra Bullock

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    Sandra Bullock

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    looked gorgeous in a deep quartz purple gown, Gabourey Sidebe

    looked glamorous in a bold blue dress, and Lea Michelle shown in a stunning jeweled teal gown. Whether you are fair skinned or darker, have brown hair or blonde, most deep and bold colors are complimentary to your coloring.

    While these rich tones look gorgeous on a red carpet with the cameras flashing, they look equally as good in day to day life. A deep purple blouse or a cute red cami looks great paired with a pair of dark wash denim jeans. Pair a sapphire blue top with a cute skirt and you have a winning combination. When pregnant, a gorgeous empire waist top in a vibrant color or a cute wrap dress in a rich hue is an excellent addition to your wardrobe.

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    Amy Adams

    Lea Michelle

    Lea Michelle

    If looking for a maternity top to wear daily, from work to an evening out, a great choice is the Teal D&A Sash Maternity/Nursing Top from Japanese Weekend. This gorgeous teal color will make you feel radiant, and a deep v-neck and empire waist are figure flattering. This look and color is work appropriate yet also perfect for an evening out.

    Another great maternity option is the Knit Flutter Top from Maternal America. A rich fuchsia color combined with a flattering flutter front design looks great with anything from jeans and flats to black pants and heels. Consider some gorgeous color options as you add to your spring wardrobe!

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    Ginnifer Goodwin

    Just as bold colors look good on cute tops, they look also great on dresses. From flowing summer dresses to the classic cocktail dress, a rich color makes a statement. Classic black is always elegant and beautiful, but switching it up with an emerald green or sapphire blue really makes a statement. For an evening out or a special work party, the Embellished Dress from Maternal America is a twist on the standard cocktail dress and is sure to make a splash. Deep plum in color, it has a jeweled neckline and an empire waist which truly make a statement. Classic in shape yet modern in color, it is the perfect dress for that special evening. If looking for something a bit more casual, Maternal America's Front Tie Dress is another fantastic option. Splashes of bright blues really sparkle on this sleeveless dress, perfect for warm weather days.

    From amethyst purple to emerald green, jewel tones are vibrant and beautiful. These highly saturated colors make a statement as a cute top or a stylish dress. Adding these colors to your wardrobe will spice up your day to day wear!

  • Kourtney Kardashian Doctored Pregnancy Photo!

    Kourtney Kardashian, primarily known for being one third of the always entertaining trio of sisters on Keeping Up With the Kardashians and co-owner of fashion boutique Dash, has recently caught my attention for two reasons: her impeccable pregnancy style and her insistence on standing up to the tabloid magazines when they airbrushed out her post-pregnancy weight. Kourtney gave birth to beautiful baby boy Mason Dash in mid-December (with long term boyfriend Scott Disick), and this month, when a tabloid magazine airbrushed out her post-pregnancy belly and claimed she had lost all her pregnancy weight, she issued a statement calling them out on it. In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily she stated, “They doctored and photoshopped my body to make it look like I have already lost all the weight, which I have not.” Good job Kourtney! Seeing a celebrity more concerned with enjoying her child than losing weight is wonderful.

    Throughout her pregnancy, whether she was running errands around town or walking the red carpet, Kourtney’s style was impeccable. In November, Kourtney was seen on a lunch date wearing a super cute flowy top, a boyfriend blazer, and leggings.Kourtney Kardashian-casual-people For an expectant mom so close to her due date, this outfit is a great option. The leggings are stretchy and comfortable, ensuring you will not feel restricted throughout your busy day. A cute flowy top draws the attention upward and also balances out the tightness of the leggings. A good rule of thumb: if you are wearing something tighter on the bottom go looser on the top, or vice versa! This breaks up one’s look, ensuring that the overall appearance is not too tight or too loose. A blazer adds structure and shape to the outfit, and truly pulls the look together. (From leggings to jeans, from casual to sophisticated, a fitted blazer adds structure to any outfit and is one of my favorite ways to pull an outfit together). For a finishing touch she adds a gorgeous statement necklace and some cute boots, and the look is complete! This is a great look for the day when paired with ballet flats, or can easily be dressed up for evening with more jewelry and different shoes!

    When walking the red carpet during her pregnancy, Kourtney looked equally as stunning and fashionable. One of my favorite red-carpet looks of hers is the gorgeous Grecian inspired maxi dress she wore to the Emmys. Just three months before her due date, she looked radiant posing sideways in her gorgeous empire waisted dress. Kourtney KardashianAn empire waist dress is always a great choice for expectant mothers, particularly as they get farther along in their pregnancy. It creates a gorgeous shape, emphasizing the smallest part of your body yet celebrating your baby bump. The sweetheart neckline and intricate twisted cinching under the bust add a special look to her dress. Although with her hair worn down the dress looks strapless, there are actually thin straps to ensure comfort. The extra support of the straps is a great idea so that you will not be concerned about your dress moving around. The final aspect of Kourtney’s dress which I love is the length. The maxi dress, with a high empire waist, elongates the line of the body, creating a more streamlined looked. It also skims the body, creating a feminine flowing look, and will provide endless comfort.

    Whether she was walking the red carpet or relaxing around town, Kourtney Kardashian’s pregnancy style was stylish yet comfortable and her insistence on being truthful about her post-baby shape is admirable. From comfy leggings paired with a fun, flowing top to gorgeous dresses, she rocked fashionable and flattering clothing perfectly. I am looking forward to seeing what her nursing and post-baby style will be!

  • What to Wear In the Hospital When You Have Your Baby

    Whether you have a planned C-Section or are planning for a natural delivery, be prepared with your hospital bag packed well ahead of time. Here are some essentials to help personalize your hospital stay and make the job of having a baby away from home more comfortable:

    Pack Granny Panties

    If you are having a C-Section, your incision will be right at the bikini line, which is precisely where most low cut panties elastic bands will hit. You don't want to irritate a scar with rubbing at this incision point or cause you any pain. High rise panties totally miss this point and will not irritate your bandaged incision. Even with a vaginal delivery, you will have much more comfort in a high rise roomy panty that can hold big pads, which btw, is what you will be living in for at least the first few days as your uterus contracts and you heal from birth.

    Bring Your Own Hospital Gown

     

    1 in the Oven Hospital Gown1 in the Oven has some wonderful cotton Hospital Gowns in both short and long sleeve. These gowns are far more flattering than the ones you get at the hospital and have built in slits in the front pleats for nursing access. They come in some beautiful pastel shades and now in organic cotton as well.

     

    If you want a more classic Delivery Gown, but not with the boring washed out pattern you get at the hospital, take a look at the Dear Johnnies collection. Their Delivery gowns are all made of 100% cotton and come in an array of beautiful patterns which differ by name. Dear Johnnie LucyThey are also sized as S/M and L/XL which helps in attaining a better fit than the one size fits all you get at the hospital. These gowns are designed to be worn during surgery, labor delivery and outpatient treatment. They also have snaps along the shoulders which make for easy nursing access without opening in the pleats which is nice when you are not nursing and don't wont to worry about "popping out" which is often a problem with the typical hospital gown.

    Bring a Wrap Robe

    Whether it is summer or winter, hospitals can be chilly. If you are planning on staying a few days, as most of us are required to do following birthing a child, you may want to bring a robe to knock the chill off. Robes are great to throw on over your hospital gown if want to pace the hallways or greet visitors in your room. You will feel far better and more in control in your own robe then huddling in hospital blankets. You will also look 100% better for your first photos with your newborn. Wrap robes work the best, particularly maternity wrap robes, as you can adjust the size to what fits the best and is most comfortable. Also, wrap robes are perfect for discreetly and comfortably nursing your baby. Check out Bellabumbum's selection of 100% cotton maternity robes.

    Bring Some Music

    Unfortunately the business of having babies is not a quick event for most of us, particularly if it is your first child. Make your stay more enjoyable and help pass the time (and the pain) with your personal selection of music. Chances are your mood may shift dramatically throughout the hours that you labor, so pack a variety of DVDs that vary from slow to faster beat. You will not be in the mood to wear a headset or ear phones, so make sure you bring a regular DVD player. Also pack music that you may enjoy postpartum as you will probably be at the hospital for a few days and will most likely quickly bore of the limited channels available on hospital room TVs. You may want to pack some soothing music that your baby will enjoy as well and even to help him (and you) sleep.

    Bring Your Own Pillow and Boppy

    Hospitals are not in short supply of pillows but no pillow is quite as good as your own pillow and it is the surest way for you to get quality rest. Also bring a couple of pillow cases as the hospital's will probably not fit right and you may need to change your pillow case while you are there as postpartum women are prone to night sweats during the early weeks. If you plan to nurse your baby, remember to bring a boppy as this rounded nursing aid can greatly help your baby's nursing positioning and your personal comfort when you are trying to establish a latch in those first days of nursing.

    Coming prepared to the hospital with your own things makes delivery and recovery that much easier and your whole birthing experience all the more personal. Not everyone can have a home birth, but you may as well allow yourself the comforts of home during your stay in the hospital.

  • 8 Essential Maternity Clothes Items

    When you think about all the clothing you need when you are pregnant, it can be overwhelming. What fits one day may not fit the next. Seasons change, your belly changes daily, but your life continues on and you need clothes to wear. Well you don't have to dress frumpy just because you are pregnant and you don't need to break the bank in stocking your wardrobe for the year. Here are 8 essentials for every pregnant woman's wardrobe to get you started:

     

    1. A great pair of jeans. The most important factor in maternity jeans is that they are comfortable with plenty of stretch. If you wore jeans frequently before you were pregnant, chances are you will want to wear them while you are pregnant. You don't have to sacrifice comfort for style and settle for "mom jeans" just because you are expecting. There are some very fashionable maternity jeans on the market today which not only look great; they don't look like maternity jeans or "mom jeans." Personal favorites include Maternal America's Megan Jean. This jean was voted by Fit Pregnancy as the Best All Around Style Jean on the market out of 280 jeans they tested.
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    3. Maternity Leggings. Yes, leggings really are back. Many of us who grew up in the 80s didn't trust this trend last year, or even the year before that. Well, leggings are here to stay for a while anyway and frankly they are great for maternity and are super comfortable to wear. Bella Band makes some of the best fitting and durable leggings around with a stretch panel front. These leggings go great with a tunic, skirt, dress or extra long maternity top. They are very comfortable and warm in cool weather. Leggings come in a wide variety of styles including side ruching, lace, and cropped varieties along with an array of colors. I suggest buying at least one pair of black maternity leggings. If you find you are grabbing them every week, then branch out with a few more styles and colors.
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    5. A short black dress. Everyone needs a versatile black dress in their wardrobe, pregnant or not because there are always events that come up which call for one. Pick an easy jersey or rayon/spandex blend fabric that does not need ironing and can easily stretch to fit your ever changing figure. Dress it up with a jacket or dress it down with leggings. Jazz it up with some necklaces and heels or wear it casual with boots. A versatile black short black dress is more wearable than a maxi and it is easier to move and work in as well.
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    7. Extra long short sleeve tops. Shade makes a great fitting maternity Baby Tee. This top is extra long, hugs your curves and stretches where it needs to. You will want one of these great pieces in every color. Wear it alone in warm weather with shorts, capris or jeans. Layer it in colder weather under a cardigan. Wear it to work with a blazer. You will even want to wear this top postpartum as the extra long length hides your postpartum belly.
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    9. A Stylish Henley is another must-have. This is a great casual everyday go-to item. One in the oven makes a comfortable extra long maternity Henley in long sleeves. They also have a 3/4 sleeve waffle weave nursing Henley that is long enough to be worn for maternity as well.
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    11. A lightweight scarf is a must for your winter maternity wardrobe. A scarf can add both warmth and style to your ensemble. Check out Maternal America's Nursing Scarf. There is a multitude of different ways to wear this scarf which works as a nursing cover as well.
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    13. A Wrap Top. The Wrap Top style has been around for years, springing from the Wrap Dress. This style works so easily with a blossoming belly while still offering an attractive neckline and overall style. Japanese Weekend's Stripe Wrap Maternity/Nursing Top is an urban chick 3/4 sleeve charcoal wrap maternity and nursing top with an accent stripe along the neckline and sleeves. You can wear this top to the office with black trousers or casual with jeans.
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    15. A Maternity Hoodie. Both 1 in the Oven and Japanese Weekend have adorable maternity hoodies which double as nursing hoodies with easy and discreet nursing access. This is a great top to grab on colder days when you just need an extra layer. Most pregnant women find sweaters too contricting, unflattering and hot. Hoodies are a great way to get some added warmth without putting on a heavy sweater. They also give an effortless trendy casual look for any day of the week.

    So get yourself some wearable and fashionable maternity essentials to get yourself through the next 9 months with ease and style.

  • Maternity Clothes For Your Body Type

    When you are pregnant, suddenly your shape and size are changing daily. What looks used to work well and flatter your figure may suddenly look ridiculous or unflattering on your evolving frame. This can be particularly challenging around the Holiday Season or for more dress-up occasions when you really want to look your best and not let pregnancy get in the way. Here are some general guidelines to dressing when pregnant according to you shape:

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    When you are pregnant don't be afraid to show some skin. A pregnant body can be very sensual and you still have great assets. So don't be shy about showing off great legs or pretty arms, shoulders or going strapless. Be sure to define your shape the way your like it. You want some definition to you pregnant belly without going uncomfortably skin tight. Grecian can be flattering as it can drape over your curves to show off the gist of your belly without showing your belly button in detail. However, too big equates to baggy which only makes you look bigger. An empire waist looks that are more contained look great on almost any pregnant body type. Belting dresses beneath the bust can create this look. Deep shades like teal and plum that are popular this season are flattering on pregnant shapes, particularly if you are further along than busy patterns or metallics

    Busty
    If you are the busty type you are probably three times more busty when you are expecting. Your body has taken on new dimensions and everything you try on seems to be accentuated by your pronounced cleavage. A good look to try to de-emphasize the chest is a flirty dress in one shade. By sticking to one shade of color your figure becomes elongated and you look much leaner and slimmer.

    Also going with a more tailored or structured dress that gives you a clear silhouette, you better define your shape. For example, instead of going hippie chic, go with better bust support and strong vertical pleats. A hemmed and pleated knee length flirty dress with a structured chest and wide straps will do wonders for your figure. Finally, always look to support and lift. Forget strapless or backless dresses as you will never find the level of support you need. Always look for a dress or top with wide enough shoulder straps for a supportive bra.

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    A skirt or dress with inverted pleats keeps hips looking narrower. An A-line skirt is also a good choice for camouflaging hips. Even just a flared hem de-emphasizes the hips. Again choose structure in defining your silhouette so you show off a small empire waist and don't get swallowed in something loose and baggy. Remember to show off your best assets, so if you have pretty shoulders, flaunt them with a sleeveless bodice dress, strapless or one shoulder style. Draw attention to your best body parts up high - look for a jeweled neckline or brighter colors around the face or neck. Even wearing some bling jewelry will keep the gaze upwards.

    Petite
    If you are petite and you don't want to tower in platform shoes or stilettos when you are pregnant, there are some other tricks to add some length to your frame. If you have great legs, then show them off. Go for shorter hems and sheerer hose to elongate your shape. Show off some skin somewhere- arms and necklines are a great place to start. Pleats and bubble hem can work well if its not overdone - you want to add some volume without looking like a powder puff. Accessorize smartly. A few well chosen pieces that don't weigh you down is all you need to add some height.

    Tall
    If you are tall, then you have a lot of choices. Tall frames can get away with prints and patterns, horizontal stripes and all the usual hazards most women need to avoid can actually be more flattering when tall. Do make sure your clothing fits you well. Beware of cuts that tent out and make you appear bigger than you are or that miss your curves. Sleek and fitted always looks better no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy. Do be careful with super short hemlines and minis as they can make you look like a giant whose clothes got shrunk in the dryer. Otherwise, have fun with accessories as you can get away with more to wear as you have more space to fill!

    So whatever your shape, find some maternity clothes that fit and flatter your figure and make you feel as beautiful and sexy and as you truly are. Bottom line, if you feel great in the clothes you are in, then you will project that to those around you.

  • Find Maternity Swimwear For Your Body Type

    There are many cuts and styles in maternity swimsuits today which can be overwhelming to a first time maternity clothes shopper. Fortunately with the range of styles today, you can find the ideal suit for your pregnancy body. As with any swimsuit, the most important factor is fit. The following is a basic guide for some suits to consider if you are looking for specific features:

    Exercise Swimsuit

    If you are looking for a maternity swimsuit to swim laps in the pool and to function like a sports swimsuit, one pieces are always your best bet. The Prego Maternity Empire Tank is a great choice for maternity sport swimsuit. This suit has all the features you need for serious lap swimming in addition to excellent bust support. If you are looking for more of a fashion suit that you can also wear for swimming, the Maternal America 1 Piece Keyhole swimsuit is a good choice. This suit comes in a black and brown solids as well as season colors.

    Hip Coverage

    If hip coverage is a top priority for you in a swimsuit, there are a number of styles to consider. The BabyDoll style gives maximum hip and bottom coverage while also allowing plenty of room for an expanding tummy. Prego Maternity has both the Tank and Halter BabyDoll styles to choose from which come with over the belly bottoms so there is no chance of a tummy peeking through on land or sea. The Strapless Mini is another good choice for hip and tummy coverage while providing a more form fitting body and allowing a little more skin exposure across the shoulders. Prego's Strapless Mini comes with under the belly bottoms and a detachable halter string for swimming.

    Bust Support with Style

    Bust support is often an important feature in a swimsuit for expecting women who have found they are suddenly much larger on top. Generally, a tank style strap will give better support than most halter styles. The Prego Ring-Kini style is perfect for accommodating larger busted women and providing more support with wide adjustable straps. If you have a preference for Halter Styles, look for one that has a higher back as well as higher coverage across the bust. The deep cleavage halter styles provides less support. Prego's Sweet Heart Halter style suit has cinching across the bust and fits higher in the back to provide maximum bust support for a halter.

    Show a Little Belly

    If you are not quite ready to bare all in bikini but would like to show a little belly, the Tankini and Halterkini styles are a good choice. Maternal America has a 2 Piece Flutter Halterkini that is slightly see through with mesh material across the belly along with a side tie bikini bottom. This flirty style also has a convertible halter tie if you want to go strapless as well. Prego's Dot Tie Halter, Halterkini and Tankini styles all have bellow the belly bottoms which allow a little belly to peek out, depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Also very popular is the Maternal America Jenni Tankini.

    Show a lot of Belly

    The good old fashion bikini is your best choice for maximum skin exposure. Today's maternity bikini by top maternity brands is expertly engineered to fit your pregnant body with comfort and style. BellaBumBum makes a fabulous maternity bikini with vibrant patterned stripes and superior fit. Prego Maternity also makes a beautiful classic maternity bikini with a oval cinch design in the halter top and under the belly bottoms. Maternity bikinis are usually made with more stretch to hug your curves and stretch where you need it.

    Cover up

    While any swimsuit is going to show a bit of skin, if you don't want to draw attention to your growing belly at the pool or beach then invest in a light tunic cover-up. Maternal America has several styles in beautiful swimsuit cover-ups that come in white or black. These cover-ups can also be worn casually with jeans, capris or shorts.

    So don't let pregnancy keep you away from the pool or beach this summer. Find the perfect maternity swimwear that compliments your body type and have fun in the sun!

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