I’ve been designing maternity wear for more than 14 years and while trends have come and gone, my style philosophy remains the same: expecting moms look better and feel more confident in pieces that are cut closer to the body. Bottom line: I’m all about the fitted maternity silhouette and staying true to your personal sense of style. Remember; when it comes to fashion there are no rules!
As I dish out the dos and don’ts of pregnancy-chic fashion, I’d love to hear what issues are on your mind. Every month I’ll post a short video answering questions that you, my soon-to-be loyal readers (wink!), submit in the comments section of this blog.
Now, on to my first set of tips. Since I’m currently battling New York City’s sticky, sweltering August heat, I thought I’d discuss how you expecting mamas can stay chic, cool and comfortable despite the soaring temperature. Both of my kids were born in the fall, so trust me, I know what it’s like to be pregnant during the hottest months of the year!
Tips after the jump!
Tip 1: When In Doubt, Reach For A Dress
My hands-down favorite item is the dress. Don’t be afraid to go to extremes when it comes to length whether your personal preference is short or maxi (I love this bright, patterned version from my Target collection), the look is chic, takes you everywhere and keeps you cool. For day, pair your dress with flip-flops or ballet flats and at night, step into an espadrille or low wedge.
Tip 2: Have Fun With Swimwear
Whether you’re by the pool, lake or beach, it’s okay to show some skin and show off your growing bump. For an easy, stylish cover-up this season, try tying a sarong above or below your bump. This is the one place where it is ok to show off bare belly skin, so look good doing it!
Tip 3: Forget What You’ve Heard Wear Prints
Summer calls for bright colors and bolder prints (like this tote from Jonathan Adler) my favorite! I love the look of an all-over printed maxi-dress (see tip #1 in case you hadn’t seen my obsession). It’s a fresh change from your standard solids and can be really slimming.
Tip 4: Who Wears Short-Shorts (or Bermuda Shorts!)
As much as I am a dress girl, even I find myself really feeling for shorts these days. They’re not just for daytime anymore all the celebrities are dressing them up for evening events. Remember, shorts come in many different styles and shapes the length is up to you. For a hassle-free look, pair them with a long and lean tank. It’s a great way to pop color into your wardrobe.
Tip 5: Get Kissed by the (Faux) Sun
Steer clear of heavy makeup when it’s hot, but make bronzer your best friend. (I’m a fan of Laura Mercier.) Dab on a great shade of pink lipstick and you’re good to go!
That’s all for now, ladies! Check back soon for more of my maternity style tips.
Where to buy:
Liz Lange® for Target® Maternity Sleeveless V-Neck Knit Maxi Dress, $24.48, Target
Jonathan Adler Countess Tote, $99, shopbop.com
Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder, $32, lauramercier.com
Designer and entrepreneur Liz Lange pioneered maternity chic, creating stylish clothes for pregnant women. After working at Vogue magazine, Liz tried her hand as a designer and developed the idea for a sophisticated and slim-fitting collection of maternity clothing. This innovative design approach quickly attracted celebrities, fashion insiders, businesswomen and stay-at-home moms-to-be alike, launching her brand and cementing her status as a fashion trailblazer. In 2002 she launched her exclusive maternity collection for Target. The Liz Lange Maternity for Target collection offers soon-to-be moms stylish maternity looks at wallet-friendly prices.