It can be a challenge to keep stylish at any time but when you’re knocked up, it makes it even harder! Instead of hiding your baby bump, learn to embrace your new shape and form and turn it into “the ultimate style statement.” Amy Koch has just released a book entitled, BUMP IT UP – Transform Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement that is a ‘style bible’ with tips on how to keep chic while having a bun in the oven. Amy shared 10 Tips with us on how to achieve a ‘red carpet style’ while showing off your baby bump. Check the tips out here!
10 Red Carpet Tips From Amy Koch
1. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!
Start your love affair with the empire waist. This genius silhouette (a Heidi Klum and Nicole Ritchie favorite) gathers under the breast and falls loosely to the hip, knee or floor covering bulging bellies and butts with cascading fabric. The empire waist also put the focus on the arms and shoulders, places where pregnancy weight does not manifest itself.
2. GET THAT GLOW A LA SANDRA BULLOCK BY…
Exfoliating three times per week removes debris, maximizes product penetration, encourages cellular turnover and pumps up luster factor.
3; HAVE A COCKTAIL!
You may not be knocking them back these days, but customizing a “cocktail” (beauty parlance for layering a variety of gentle but active products on the face for increased efficacy) of products for the face and décolleté” is integral to great skin. Also, Moisturizing throughout the day (over makeup) keeps skin moist
4.GET THE JLO GLOW: SHIMMER+BRONZER+OIL
Radiant celebrities should all give a hearty thank you to shimmer powder in their Oscar acceptance speeches. Applying shimmer (it comes in a creamy blush, powder or lotion format) product to the apple of the cheeks, nose forehead and eyelids will give you that insta luminescence of red carpet luminaries. Bronzer is the eighth wonder of the world. The moment that you feel sallow and unattractive, apply bronzer to your face, décolleté and other exposed areas. The result, a sunkissed just- been- to- St Barth’s- glow, will lift your mood instantly. NOTE: Coating on too much foundation, powder and bronzer will leave you looking like a tragic 80’s Cake and Bake (see glossary) victim. For increased dewification, work face oil into the palm of hands and gently pat it into the skin. The oil softens lines and wrinkles and gives a subtle glow. This can be done at any point during the day, even over makeup, when you feel dry.
5. BYE BYE BAGS
Serious bags need serious camouflage. Whatever your ethnicity, Combining Color Corrector- a pink, peach, yellow or green hued cream-with concealer (should be slightly lighter than your skin tone) can reduce that purple/blue bruised look from under the eyes. For more precision, use a “concealer brush” to blend. I am a fan of the “twofer” that packages both concealer and color corrector together. This is a Nicole Ritchie regime routine.
6. BACK IN BLACK
There is a reason that, each season, editors declare that “black is the new black”. Black is mysterious (think Tina Fey and Mariska Hargitay) and chic. Black is basic enough to make a statement. Or not. Black is classic. Black is seasonless. Black matches with everything. Black can be dressed up or down. Most important? Because it absorbs light, black hides imperfections and is, hands down, the most slimming color on the planet. For a pregnant woman, black is the ultimate neutral and should be the foundation of the wardrobe.
7. ADD WOW FACTOR
Channel Mariah Carey and use accessories (as in WOW!!! Where did she get that insane Egyptian choker????) to amp up your sass factor. Whether you are conservative or a Gwen Stefani wannabe, work some drama-boas, lynx, Lucite cocktail ring, chandelier earrings, -into your look. Don’t walk out of the house dolled up like Cher in Las Vegas. Simply make a statement. Layer on enough flash to bring your basics to life. And, when you consider whether or not you should buy that metallic handbag, remember that accessories always “work”. Whether you are thick or thin, accessories are a mood amplifier which add a spring to your step and life to your look. Newsflash: statement jewelry does not have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, costume jewelry often gives you the biggest Gold accessories (real or faux) have an edge.
A heel visually lengthens your silhouette and, in turn balances out your tummy enhanced proportion.
9. WEAR A SHAPER: SPANX POWER MAMA MID THIGH SHAPER
(with a cut out belly for zero compression) allows you to exert that last ounce of control over your growing body. Layered under pants, capris, dresses and skirts, the shaper hides cellulite, prevents thighs from rubbing together, eliminates VPL and provides support to belly and lower back.
TEST DRIVE INNERWEAR AS RTW: Underpinnings give major look for minor dough. A bias cut slip layered with a belted cardigan and funky jewelry offers Desperately Seeking Susan meets Mrs. Robinson cache. How to get the look? Make a pit stop at some of your chic septuagenarian relatives homes and mine their lingerie drawers. Nab gauzy nightgowns, caftans, “bed jackets” and slips. Flea markets and vintage shops are nightgown nirvana. Roomy black satin slips make comfy chic dresses. Bias cut long nighties, especially those with interesting swirls of color or prints, make glam cocktail frocks. Little Pucci-esque robes can be belted and worn with a heel.