December 6, 2011
Whether you aren’t quite ready to share your pregnancy news or are just tired of people rubbing your belly, check out these five tricks to hide your baby bump.
Celebrities are pros at hiding their pregnancy to avoid the dreaded “baby bump watch” reports in the tabloids. Jessica Simpson has already announced she is pregnant, however back before she was ready to spread the news she kept her bump covered in the pictured black poncho. Pair a poncho with black skinny jeans to further camouflage the fact that you are expecting.
Simpson is also carrying a patterned, eye-catching bag, which is another trick to hide a pregnancy. Carrying a large bag not only physically conceals your baby bump, but it draws the away from your belly and to your amazing bag. In case you needed an excuse to splurge on a fabulous new purse, there it is!
Another bump-hiding trick involves wearing a flowing tunic top with a ruffled or embellished neckline to draw the eye up to your face and away from your belly. You can also wear an eye-catching necklace, however make sure it is a shorter necklace and not a long necklace that will draw attention to your belly.
Layering is another way to hide a pregnancy when you are not quite ready to tell. Layer a cardigan or jacket over a loose, patterned blouse and pair with jeans for a chic look that conceals your bump. You can also layer a sweater jacket over a maxi dress for a look that hides your secret.
Lastly, a colorful scarf that is knotted around your neck and hangs past your waist is a great way to hide your baby bump. Pair it with a jacket and dark top for a great winter look – that also hides your baby bump!
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December 2, 2011
If you will be pregnant through the chilly winter months, you may be wondering how you can stay warm, look cool and not blow your maternity clothes budget. Check out our tips for keeping your baby bump cozy on a budget.
Stock up on basics, but skip the expensive winter styles. Look for solid color tunic sweaters, long sleeved tops, black pants and leggings that can be mixed and matched with other pieces in your existing wardrobe. To punch up your look, look for colorful scarves or accessories.
Winterize your summer wardrobe by layering opaque tights or leggings under dresses or tunic tops. Layer a long-sleeved turtleneck or tee under a short sleeved top or dress to give your summer styles an entire new look. Layer a long-sleeved cardigan or jacket over short sleeved tops and dresses.
Most women can also get away with not buying a maternity coat or jacket. As your baby bump grows, you can simply leave a couple of buttons undone to allow room for your belly.
If you live in a colder climate and want to buy a maternity coat, shop online for the best deals. Online sites like OldNavy.com, MotherhoodMaternity.com, Target.com and Gap.com all offer maternity coats and jackets for great prices.
You should also consider checking out consignment shops or eBay for gently used coats and other winter clothes at a fraction of the price. You can also ask around and see if friends or family members have maternity coats you can borrow.
Pictured is the Gap Pure Body Open-Front Cardigan (on slae for $29.99).
November 30, 2011
Stock up on these top 5 winter maternity essentials for a stylish (and warm!) winter. These basics are perfect for mixing and matching for a variety of fun and versatile looks for work and play.
Black leggings or black tapered leg jeans: Black leggings are perfect for women who love longer sweaters and tunic tops. If you prefer tops and blouses, consider tapered leg dark or black jeans instead. Another option is to pick up one of each! Check out Old Navy maternity or Motherhood for some budget-friendly options.
Solid long sleeved ruched top: Pick up long sleeved tops in basic black, as well as fun colors to punch up your wardrobe. Look for tops that are ruched on the side for a flattering look that will ensure a great fit throughout your pregnancy.
Printed long sleeved blouse: A printed blouse would look great paired with jeans, leggings or a long skirt. Wear a blazer or cardigan on top for a polished look for work.
Cowl neck tunic sweater: This sweater is perfect to wear with jeans and boots or leggings. The cowl neckline balances out your tummy and is flattering on pregnant moms-to-be.
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Cardigan or sweater: The pictured Long Sleeve Cascade Maternity Sweater (on sale for $79.99 for A Pea in the Pod) is perfect for layering during the cold winter months.
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November 29, 2011
Pregnant Jessica Simpson showed off her chic maternity style as she made her way back to her Manhattan hotel after a day at the salon and shopping. Simpson loves layering flowing fabrics and scarves over bump-hugging tops and leggings. Wondering how you can copy her trendy maternity style? Check out our tips below!
Simpson, who is expecting her first child with her husband-to-be Eric Johnson, has learned that layering is a great trick for staying comfortable during pregnancy. As you may know by now, your hormones can make you feel hot one moment and cold the next!
“People always say that pregnant women have a glow — and I say it’s because you’re sweating to death,” Simpson joked to People.
Copy Simpson’s style by wearing stretchy black leggings, such as the Loved by Heidi Klum Under Belly Jersey Knit Maternity Leggings from Motherhood Maternity ($19.95). Wear a bump-hugging ruched maternity top, such as the Cowl Neck Side Ruched Maternity T-Shirt in black ($26.98) from Motherhood.
Now that you have your basic outfit down, you can accessorize with scarves and cardigans, as Simpson did. She paired a long cream cardigan, such as the Cascade Maternity Cardigan ($39.98) over her leggings and bump-hugging top. Knot a pale pink scarf around your neck for Simpson’s casual look – or spice up your outfit with a colorful scarf. You can also wear a trendy infinity scarf for a chic look this winter.
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Finish off your look with wedge heels or booties to copy Simpson’s chic look. If heels are out of the question, knee-high flat black boots would look just as chic.
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November 2, 2011
How can you look chic with blowing your budget on maternity clothes? Blanqi founders Sabina Melarti and Valerie Darragh share with us pregnancy fashion tips to extend the wear of your pre-pregnancy clothes.
Even though you may be tempted to replace your entire wardrobe, Sabina and Valerie say that is not necessary. “Invest in key pieces that are designed to fit and flatter your bump,” they say. “And then get creative and make the most out of your existing wardrobe.
Not sure where to start? Start by looking through your closet for clothes like maxi dresses and flowing tops that can work throughout your pregnancy. “Use your dresses as tunics and add a belt to accentuate your curves,” suggests Valerie and Sabina. “Pair it with skinny jeans for a bit of edge.”
What about your favorite pre-pregnancy jeans? The Blanqi Girls give these tips for extending the wear of jeans. “Wear your pre-pregnancy jeans unbuttoned, using a Blanqi to secure them. Once those get too tight, move onto your hubby’s jeans. Not only is the slouchy fit cute and on trend, it’s amazingly comfy!”
As your belly grows you will find that your non-maternity tops will start riding up, but Valerie and Sabina suggest layering a Blanqi Body Styler under your shorts up prevent your belly from peeking out.
There is no need to buy new coats and jackets when pregnant. “Keep wearing your fitted jackets, unzipped, add a cashmere scarf for bump coverage and warmth,” they suggest.
Sabina and Valerie founded Blanqi in 2010 and their mission was to provide beautiful, supportive and stylish garments to fashionable moms. Their garments are designed with moisture-wicking and seamless microfiber and can be purchased at blanqi.com, target.com and at A Pea in the Pod locations nationwide.
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October 27, 2011
Let us help you transition your wardrobe into fall and winter with our maternity fall fashion roundup. From the hottest trends to the coolest coats, we will have you looking stylish and feeling comfortable without breaking the bank.
Before you hit the malls (or the sales online), check out the hottest trends this fall. From tunic sweaters to layering basics, we have rounded up everything you need to know to look current and hip.
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Now that you know the trends, it is time to stock up on the maternity basics. Find out what maternity essentials you need this fall for a versatile wardrobe that can be mixed and matched with trendy looks.
If you are anything like me, dresses were a huge part of my maternity wardrobe. They are easy to wear, flattering on your pregnancy curves and can be dressed up or down depending on your wardrobe needs. We have rounded up the hippest dresses that are perfect for cold weather.
Check out: Fabulous fall maternity dresses >>>
We haven’t forgotten about the all-important outerwear, including jackets and coats. From a cozy cable knit sweater to a chic blazer, we have a coat to fit your every need.
Confused as to what clothes you need in your first trimester versus your third trimester? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered in our trimester-specific fashion guide.
It’s time to pack away the flip-flips and embrace boats and sandals. What shoes are best for pregnant moms? From boats to loafers, we’ll let you in on insider tips on finding comfortable shoes during pregnancy.
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Pictured is the ¾ Sleeve Maternity Sweater from A Pea in the Pod.
October 4, 2011
If you are having a fall or winter baby, you may be wondering what you will wear after baby is born. It often takes most new moms at least nine months to fit back into their pre-pregnancy clothes, so it helps to be prepared with some postpartum clothes that are easy, stylish and flattering.
The maxi dresses you wore throughout your pregnancy can easily be worn after baby is born. The empire-waist cut and flowing material is comfortable and hides your new mom tummy. Transition this dress into fall or winter by pairing with a blazer, cardigan or jacket. Knit dresses can also easily be worn after baby is born. Layer a chic scarf or cardigan over the top to help conceal your midsection.
A cardigan with interesting details, such as the pictured Free People Hemingway Cape Cardigan from Piperlime, is a great layering piece for new moms. Wear it over basic tops or printed tees to keep you warm and to flatter your new curves. A camel-colored cardigan is neutral enough to wear with black and brown.
A long maxi skirt with stretchy a waistband is another great transition piece for new moms. Pair it with a flowing blouse or tunic top and cardigan for a cool bohemian look that is a trendy look for fall.
The Bella Band you wore in your first trimester can now be worn after baby is born to help you transition back into your pre-pregnancy jeans. This stretchy band goes around your waist and smoothes the waistband so you can leave the button of your pre-pregnancy jeans unbuttoned.
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October 4, 2011
Stock up on these maternity fall workweek essentials to keep you looking stylish throughout your pregnancy. From must-have dresses to basic pants and skirts, find out what you need to go to work in style.
Dresses are an easy way to look polished and put together in a flash. Wrap dresses flatter your curves and are work-appropriate, as well. Wear opaque tights and boots for a look that is perfect for work. Long maxi dresses are another must-have work essential. Look for solid empire-waist dresses that you can pair with a cardigan or blazer for a work appropriate look. Knit sweater dresses are a chic and look for fall. Pair it with leggings, boots and a colorful scarf.
Black maternity pants or trousers are a versatile and essential piece for your working wardrobe. They can be paired with wrap tops and chic printed blouses for work. Pair a solid top with a black cardigan and accessorize with a scarf for a chic look. The Maternity Smooth-Panel Double Weave Trousers from Old Navy are a great buy at $39.94.
A layering cardigan is a great way to dress up a basic maternity top. Look for feminine details such as a ruffled hemline or small embellishments to spice up your look.
Lastly, a tunic length maternity sweater goes great paired with pants, leggings or a maternity skirt. Cowl necklines are chic and on-trend this season and will flatter your pregnancy curves.
Pictured is the Isabella Oliver Wrap Dress.
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October 3, 2011
Most women don’t outgrow their pre-pregnancy clothes until the end of their first trimester or beginning of their second trimester. You may want to consider using a Bella Band to wear around your pre-pregnancy jeans when you are in that awkward stage that is in between regular jeans and maternity jeans. Layer a cardigan over a long-sleeved tee or pair a chic cowl-neck sweater with leggings and jeans. Long-sleeved empire waist tops fit throughout your pregnancy and are great for hiding your tummy when you aren’t quite ready to announce your baby news. A cardigan or jacket will also look great paired over a colorful maxi dress.
You second trimester is a great time to show off your growing baby bump! Now is the perfect time to buy maternity jeans that will last your throughout your pregnancy – and beyond. Stock up on maternity tunics, basic long-sleeved maternity t-shirts, layering cardigans and sweater vests. Maxi dresses are great for fall when worn paired with a jacket. Show off your bump in a cowl neck tunic sweater paired with leggings and riding boots.
Your maternity jeans and pants should continue to fit throughout your third trimester, how some women find leggings to be more comfortable toward the end. Pair leggings or jeans with long sweaters or long-sleeved tees and a cardigan or jacket. A colorful scarf adds a great pop of color. A long skirt with a stretchy waistband paired with a sweater is another great look for winter. Sweater dresses paired with leggings or opaque tights and boots makes a great look for working moms-to-be.
Pictured is the cropped denim jacket and maxi skirt from Old Navy Maternity.
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October 3, 2011
As the weather cools down, it is time to stock up on cozy maternity fashions that are as comfortable as they are stylish. Layering is one way to keep your look modern and fresh, while keeping your changing body temperature (thanks, pregnancy hormones!) in check.
Layering a lightweight knit cardigan over a long sleeved tee is a great look for fall. You can pair this with jeans, a skirt or even pants for working moms-to-be. Accessorize your look with long, dangling necklaces or a colorful scarf. Pictured is the Pure Body Open-front cardigan ($49.95) from Gap Maternity. The camel colored cardigan is a great choice because it is versatile and goes with a variety of colors.
A Kimono sweater is a cozy and flattering look for fall. The belled sleeves are a trendy look for fall and go great with flared jeans. The Kimono sweater from Gap ($49.95) features an ultra-soft cashmere/cotton blend.
A long sleeve tee is not only cozy, but ultra versatile and a must-have in every pregnant moms fall wardrobe. Layer it under cardigans, sweaters or coats – or wear it alone paired with a colorful scarf. I like the looped and twisted panels at the empire waist of this long sleeved t-shirt from Gap Maternity ($29.95).
A cowlneck tunic is a flattering look for pregnant moms – and ultra cozy! Pair it with leggings or stretchy denim and boots or sandals for a chic look for fall. Check out the Ribbed Cowlneck Tunic ($69.95) from Gap.
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