February 1, 2013
Watching your baby bump grow is a wonderful experience. Having to constantly buy new clothes to accommodate it is not. Is there anything you can wear whether you’re in your first trimester or your third?
Thankfully, yes. SkinnyTees is a tank top that you’ll want to wear to work, to work out or to work “it” on the red carpet! And with prices starting at just $18, you can’t go wrong.
They’re sleek and comfy and offer terrific control – you’ll look two sizes smaller with the slimming construction. The material is not see-through, thankyouverymuch, and it won’t do that annoying rolling up thing that clothes sometimes do when your baby bump is growing.
Linda Schlesinger created SkinnyTees in 2009 to address a woman’s need for the perfect tank. Now, SkinnyTees are available in a variety of styles – long sleeve, short sleeve, cap sleeve, tube top, bandeau, camisole, turtleneck… the list goes on! Soft, seamless and fitted, SkinnyTees look great alone or layered over or under clothing. Oh, and did we mention that they’re one-size-fits-all?
More pregnancy fashion
January 8, 2013
Maternity clothes can be expensive… and you know they’re only going to be in your closet for a few short months. You can dress fashionably without spending a fortune.
Every expectant mom should check out the pregnancy fashions on eBay. The online auction site is an amazing marketplace of new and gently used apparel for every occasion. These are just a sample of the great eBay steals you’ll find:
The retail price on 7 for All Mankind maternity jeans ranges anywhere from $100 to $200, but you can find the same jeans for a fraction of that on eBay. On any given day, you might find 200 pairs of this brand alone… starting at just 99 cents a pair!
Other designer maternity jeans brands on eBay include Ann Taylor LOFT, Juicy Couture, Levi’s, Liz Claiborne and more! Why spend more than you have to?
Whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid or a guest, find the perfect single-use dress on eBay. Expectant brides-to-be can find first-rate wedding gowns by Vera Wang, Nicole Miller and other fab designers. Search by sleeve style, color, neckline, material, condition, location or price! Let’s face it: You’re only going to wear it once.
Get all of your wardrobe shopping done with one transaction. Many eBay sellers offer maternity clothing in a lot. Choose a lot of maternity tops, bottoms or mixed pieces.
On a single day, eBay had for sale more than 30,000 tops, tees and blouses, 9,000 dresses, 2,000 skirts 13,000 pairs of jeans and pants and thousands of panties, jumpsuits, leggings, sleepwear and outerwear. It’s like no mall you’ve ever shopped!
More pregnancy fashion
December 21, 2012
Are you searching for a chic and flattering maternity dress that won’t leave you shivering this winter? We have rounded up some stylish options at every price point to keep you warm and chic as the temperature drops.
The pictured Ruched Midi Maternity Dress from Isabella Oliver ($143) is not only available in this beautiful shade of cobalt blue, but also in black. This long-sleeved dress is made of an easy-care jersey material and features ruching to flatter your curves throughout your pregnancy. Pair it with black opaque tights and booties.
Stripes are a hot trend this year – and this Elbow Sleeve Button Detail Maternity Dress is a budget-friendly choice at only $35 from Motherhood Maternity. Pair it with tights and knee-high boots for a stylish look.
This wrap maternity dress would be perfect for work or a baby shower! Available in a chic posey pink print, the Long Sleeve Wrap Maternity Dress (on sale for $60 from A Pea in the Pod) will flatter your curves from trimester one to trimester three.
If you have a festive party to attend, you will love the jeweled cuffs of this ASOS Maternity Swing Dress ($80). Available in black or purple, pair this skirt with opaque tights or show your legs off by going bare!
December 20, 2012
It’s party dress season! Check out these flattering and fun maternity party dresses that are all priced under $100.
The pictured ¾ Sleeve Faux Wrap Maternity Dress will fit and flatter your pregnancy curves. The houndstooth print is a huge trend this year, while the emerald color is much more festive that basic black. If you will be wearing this dress to a holiday party, the longer sleeves are much more winter-friendly versus a sleeveless dress. As a bonus, this dress can easily be worn as a baby shower dress as well! This chic dress is currently on sale for $99 (originally priced at $130) at A Pea in the Pod.
If you are looking for the perfect party maternity LBD (Little Black Dress), look no further than the Maternity Sequin Sleeve Sweater Dress from Ann Taylor Loft ($85). The sparkly sequin sleeves give this soft sweater dress a glamorous look, while the style keeps it sophisticated.
“Form-fitting fashion is hot this season,” maternity fashion guru Liz Lange tells AllParenting. “Go for a body-conscious dress with side-ruching that will comfortably hug your belly and create a flattering and chic maternity look.”
One great choice is this Liz Lange for Target Maternity Contoured Knit Dress, which is available in a festive red or basic black. Priced at only $20, pair this with a chic blazer or ruffled cardigan, a statement necklace and booties and you are ready to hit the dance floor!
Maxi dresses are such a flattering look on expecting moms and this Maxi Maternity Dress from Bella Blu Maternity has a sophisticated look that reminds us of something pregnant Kate Middleton would wear. Currently on sale for $80 (originally priced at $159), pair this long sleeved dress with a jewel-toned necklace for an elegant party look.
December 18, 2012
It’s officially sweater season! From sequins to funky prints, find out the hottest trends for maternity sweaters this season.
Sequin-trimmed sweaters give your maternity look a festive and fun spin. They can be dressed up – or paired with jeans and flats for a casual look. One great choice is the pictured Striped Sequin Pullover Sweater in neon double pink from Gap Maternity ($55).
From polka dots to animal sweaters, quirky sweaters are hot this season! Have fun with your bump by pairing a whimsical sweater, such as this Intarsia Dot Pullover Sweater from Gap, with jeans and booties and an eye-catching scarf.
Colorblocking is a fun way to show off your pregnancy curves. This Colorblock Maternity Sweater from A Pea in the Pod ($60) has blocks of pink and gray that fit and flatter your new shape.
Lastly, embrace bold colored sweaters this year. Liz Lange tells AllParenting that these colorful shades are a hot hue this year. “From magenta to cobalt to emerald, go bright and bold with on-trend jewel tones,” she says.
December 15, 2012
Finding maternity jeans that fit and flatter your pregnancy bump is as easy as knowing what to look for. Whether you want the hottest new designer maternity denim or flattering maternity jeans on a budget, we’ve got you covered!
When shopping for maternity jeans, make sure you see these two miracle words: Stretch Fabric. This makes a world of difference when it comes to comfort! They have more give and stretch to fit your changing pregnancy curves. The new jeans/leggings hybrid, called jeggings, are a great alternative to regular jeans!
Maternity jeans have a variety of different belly panels that range from a full belly panel to those that are made to be worn under your baby bump. Try on a variety of maternity jeans with the different panels so you can find one that is most comfortable to you. The type of panel you choose is dependent on your body shape and your needs. The full panel maternity jeans fit better in the third trimester however can be hot if you are pregnant in the summer. Those with the demi panel or woven band that is made to wear under your bump will fit well in the first and second trimesters, however may not fit as well in the third trimester.
Maternity jeans come in a variety of washes, ranging from a light distressed look to a darker wash. “I prefer a darker wash for the sleekness and versatility,” Liz Lange told AllParenting.”They work with flats and a sweater for running errands, but they’re polished enough to dress up for a night out.”
Skinny or tapered leg maternity jeans would look chic paired with knee-high jeans or booties. Boot-cut maternity jeans are very slimming will help balance out your pregnancy curves, while straight legged jeans will fit and flatter every body type.
Where is the best place to find maternity jeans? For those moms that love designer denim, check out A PeainthePod.com. If you are looking for flattering and chic jeans on a budget, check out MotherhoodMaternity.com, OldNavy.com or Gap.com.
Pictured: 1969 Full Panel Always Skinny Jeans from Gap Maternity ($80).
December 7, 2012
Wondering what to get that special pregnant mom-to-be? We have rounded up some great gift ideas for every budget that will be perfect for women who are expecting.
Help her capture this special time in her life with a pregnancy belly cast kit! A pregnancy belly cast makes a plaster cast of a mom’s baby bump and can be done in the comfort of your own home! The Proud Body belly casts start at only $35! After the cast has dried, she can even paint it or decorate it!
A diaper bag is another item that every pregnant mom-to-be will love! Many of today’s bags look like designer bags, yet they have all of the great features of diaper bag, including waterproof liners, a matching changing pad and plenty of pockets for bottles, pacifiers and keys. You can also get her a gift card so she can pick out her own.
Check out our picks of fab diaper bags for hip moms here >>
Let her know how special she is with a piece of jewelry that symbolizes her pregnancy. The pictured Artisan Sentiments Necklace (Red Envelope, $99) is a 14k-gold pendant with a green amethyst stone and a stamped clamp that reads, “motherhood.” If she is close to her due date and already has her baby name picked out, you could also get her jewelry personalized with the name.
Check out more mom jewelry here >>
A comfy and stylish maternity sleepwear set is always a great gift for pregnancy. Many of the maternity sleep sets are also nursing sets so they can be worn after baby is born. One great option is the Charmeuse Trim Nursing 3 Piece Set from A Pea in the Pod ($80).
Other great gift ideas include paying for a cleaning service for a few months for the new mom. She will be so tired taking care of the baby that this bound to be her favorite gift! A gift certificate for pre-natal pampering at a spa is also a great gift.
Short on money? You can also offer your services as a gift, such as babysitting, cooking, laundry or cleaning.
For more ideas, check out more unique gift ideas for pregnant moms-to-be >>
November 28, 2012
It is estimated that 40% of all pregnant women will get varicose veins, which are the purple, spider-like veins that appear on your legs. Why does this happen?
“Pregnancy hormones relax blood vessels and this, in conjunction with a 50% increase in blood volume and the abdominal pressure that the growing weight of the uterus exerts on the abdomen and pelvic floor, leave women more susceptible to varicose veins,” says perinatal exercise specialist Helene Byrne.
In addition to exercise and avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time, compression stockings or maternity support hose can help.
Preggers by Therafirm™ is a unique line of maternity support hose and compression products developed by future moms for future moms.
How do they work? “True gradient compression hosiery delivers a controlled amount of pressure greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases towards the top of the stocking promoting better blood flow to help energize tired legs and feet, improve circulation, and assist in the prevention of swelling,” the website explains.
Their compression maternity leggings can be worn as regular leggings and paired with tunic tops or dresses. Pair them with boots or chic embellished sandals for a polished look. Priced around $37, choose from black, gray or brown.
Make sure you talk to your doctor about any swelling you are having in your legs, however rest assured that many women find that the varicose veins will go away after pregnancy.
November 26, 2012
Are you frustrated by your collared shirts bunching up under your sweaters or vests? This cool layering piece is perfect for working moms-to-be!
Skinnyshirt mama has the look of a crisp, collared shirt but doesn’t have the bulk because it pairs a cotton poplin collar with a stretchy knit body.
How cool is that?
This piece is meant to be used a layering piece and can be worn under dresses, v-necks, sweaters, cardigans or blazers.
Julie, the founder of SkinnyShirt said she designed the shirts after being frustrated over the bulky look of layering a button-front top under a sweater.
“I wanted the look of a crisp collar underneath a great sweater. But, UGH! When I tried that look, I felt messy, bulky and uncomfortable!” she writes on the website. “Off to the corner tailor I went with my favorite stretchy camisole and the perfect button-front shirt. After instructing the tailor to put the two together — SkinnyShirt was born!”
They have a variety of Skinnyshirts to pick from, including a basic white, black solid, black and white zebra, polka dot and shirts with colored piping, with prices starting at $72.
Check out the entire selection of SkinnyShirts at Skinnyshirt.com.
SkinnyShirt is having a special sale on their SkinnyShirt Mama maternity shrts. Just use the code BABY and get 25% off! Score!
November 21, 2012
If you are looking for a stylish maternity look for the holidays, Target is a fab and budget-friendly option! Liz Lange’s line of chic maternity clothes for Target not only flatters your curves, but is comfortable and practical to boot!
Lange’s line for Target not only is easy on the wallet, but is also on-trend with this season’s hottest styles, including bold colors and bump-hugging styles.
“From magenta to cobalt to emerald, go bright and bold with on-trend jewel tones,” Lange tells AllParenting.
Show off your bump with this Liz Lange for Target Maternity Embellished Dress ($40), that is available in a variety of colors including the pictured bright peach. The cut-outs on the neckline frames your face, while the beaded belt makes this look dressy enough for that holiday party.
“Form-fitting fashion is hot this season,” Lange says. “Go for a body-conscious dress with side-ruching that will comfortably hug your belly and create a flattering and chic maternity look
This Liz Lange Contoured Knit Dress ($28) fit and flatters your baby bump. Dress it up by pairing it with opaque tights and booties or dress it down with black riding boots or embellished flats.
Florals are no longer reserved for the summer months! “Try pairing this floral top from my Target collection with a sleek black pencil skirt for work or dress it down with denim for a more casual, on-the-go look,” says Lange, referring to her ¾ Sleeve Fashion Knit Top ($20).
For a more casual holiday get-together, maternity jeans are always a good choice.
“I prefer a darker wash for the sleekness and versatility. They work with flats and a sweater for running errands, but they’re polished enough to dress up for a night out,” Lange says, recommending her Target Under-Belly Bootcut Jeans ($35).