When I was pregnant, my clothing had one main requirement: comfort. I was mostly concerned with what would help support my growing belly on my slight frame, especially toward the end of my pregnancy when I developed symphysis pubic dysfunction (a fancy way of saying that my pelvic joint was unstable and caused me near constant pain whenever I moved). I was fortunate that during the latter half of my pregnancy I was focused on finishing my graduate thesis, thus fashion didn’t factor much into my days spent behind a computer screen or between library book shelves. In fact, my daily uniform of yoga pants, long t-shirts, a puffy vest, and comfy sneakers didn’t seem to phase me or the number of folks I came in contact with.
In retrospect, I consider myself very lucky. Keep reading »
It seems like every other woman in Hollywood is pregnant right now, doesn’t it? From Kim Kardashian to Kristen Bell, a ton of celeb ladies have made the transition into maternity wear. How does their pregnancy style stack up? Click on the gallery to check out 6 pregnant celebs’ trademark maternity looks, and how to steal their style for yourself (if you’re so inclined)…
We all knew it was coming, and now it’s official: Jessica Simpson is adding a maternity clothing line to her billion dollar fashion empire. Simpson’s company partnered with Destination Maternity to make the line available in more than 700 stores nationwide, including Motherhood Maternity and Macy’s. Three preview outfits were released today, and it looks pretty consistent with Simpson’s general aesthetic and price point (everything is under $100). Click on the photo above to get a closer look at each outfit, and all you stylish mamas-to-be, please let us know what you think in the comments! [Fashionista]
Budget-conscious mommies-to-be are surely excited about Forever 21
‘s new line of maternity gear, love21maternity, which is available in Arizona, Alaska, California, Texas and Utah. Finally, cute pregnancy clothes that don’t look like a camping tent! But our friends at The Gloss noticed
something of note: Arizona, California and Texas all have high teen pregnancy
rates. A teen pregnancy counselor who spoke to CNN about the love21maternity line said that seeing maternity clothes in their stores will “desensitize” teen girls towards pregnancy. Sure, California and Texas have huge populations to begin with. But was the decision to sell maternity clothes in a store favored by teens, in places with lots of pregnant teens, a business-savvy decision? And isn’t that kind of — I dunno — icky
? Keep reading »
Most of us wear shapewear to try to eliminate any hanging belly. But what if your pooch is something you really can’t get rid of? As in, you’re seven months pregnant and there is definitely a living person in there waiting to come out. Apparently, there’s quite a market for maternity shapewear. Take this getup by Blanqi, for example, an over-the-butt tank top shaper meant to smooth out lines. It also claims to lessen baby weight with its belly support and its “x-shaped back anchors and lifts reducing belly stress.” The question that remains: is it really necessary to wear shapewear when pregnant? Is it useless to try to make yourself seem slightly thinner when you’re obviously carrying? Or, have you tried pregnancy shapers and know them to make having a bun in the oven more comfortable (or more sexy in a dress)? Sound off in the comments below! [Bare Necessities] Keep reading »
Pics are out of Christian Siriano‘s new maternity collection (random) for Moody Mamas. We’re not sure what’s to be expected of a designer maternity line (is anyone ever actually excited to wear those clothes?), but what we’re seeing here doesn’t show the fierceness Siriano is known for. What he’s brought to the closet: a series of girly silk dresses, ruffle tops, and standard sweaters. On the other hand, when you’re pregnant, how edgy do you want your clothes to be? Do you want to stand out for being fashion-forward? Or would you rather just wear normal, neutral styles that make you look like what you’re about to become … a mom.
A few more pics of Siriano looks after the jump. What do you think? [StyleFrizz] Keep reading »
Naturally, just because you’re about to be a mom doesn’t necessarily mean you want to look like one. But have you had a chance–or a reason for that matter–to look at the maternity clothes options out there? You’ll realize quickly that chic maternity picks are just as hard to come by as plus-sized ones can be. Then Nicole Richie got pregnant! The socialite-turned-reality-star-turned-designer/model has upped the ante for pregnant fashionistas everywhere by designing and starring as the face of her first maternity line, which will be sold at A Pea in the Pod stores. In an interview with People, the pregnant mom (her first child, Harlow, is 19 months old) said carrying a child can totally derail your style. More looks, after the jump! Keep reading »
A lot of brides have already got something old, something borrowed, and something blue, but now they’ve really got something new — baby bumps! According to the Daily Mail U.K., there was a sudden rise in maternity bridal dress sales to satisfy the estimated 20,000 brides in Britain who were with child on their big day last year. That number accounts for a record 10% of women under 45 who are tying the knot for the first time! Here in the States, one in six brides is preggers — just like Jennifer Garner and Jessica Alba when they married their spouses. And these gals are not just waddling down the aisle on their wedding day wearing a muumuu; they’re going for traditional white gowns with big price tags. Keep reading »