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Designer Moms Share Their Secrets For Amazing Maternity Style

Aug 19 2013 - 3:16am

Every mom-to-be has the same question. It's not how to survive childbirth, or what to do with a newborn — it's how on Earth to get dressed in the morning with a burgeoning baby bump! As it turns out, there's not a single foolproof trick to the trade, but instead a number of styling secrets that you can incorporate into your maternity wardrobe. From Rebecca Taylor to Rosie Pope, we've got the inside scoop from some of our favorite designers and celebs — all of whom have been there themselves, might we add — on how they mastered the art of chic pregnancy style.

Know Thyself

When asked for her advice on how a pregnant woman should dress for a special occasion, Marchesa [1] designer Keren Craig told us, "It's how you're feeling. Some people love to show off the bump, some people want to cover the bump. It's an individual thing." Her business partner, Georgina Chapman, agreed: "There are no rules. I think it depends on the woman."

Showcase That Belly

"I've never had to try so hard to look hot in my life! I've found that wearing things that are tighter around my belly look better. I've also been wearing a lot of belts to separate my boobs and my belly. Everyone carries so differently, it's hard to say there's any one trick. Lots of stretch!"

Molly Sims, model and actress [2]

Molly will also take her expertise to the next level this Spring with the launch of her own maternity line, Molly Sims for Stork & Babe [3]!

Knit to Fit

"Knit jersey dresses are very flattering and comfortable — I highly recommend them. And don’t be afraid to show off your bump!"

Michelle Smith, designer, Milly [4]

Show Off Your Dark Side

"Wear heels as much as your comfort allows, and a lot of black — both are very slimming."

Rebecca Taylor, designer [5]

Create a Waist

"As your belly grows, you lose your waist. But, when it comes to style, I say create a new one! If bump is the new black, then under the boob is the new waist."

Tori Spelling, actress [6]


"I think it's important to dress simply and comfortably while pregnant. But you can still accessorize with your hats and jewelry. You have to still look like you! I wore baggy clothes until I was about four months along and then started showing off the bump with more formfitting styles. I'm lucky I have a wardrobe full of Rachel Pally goods to get me through!"

Rachel Pally, designer [7]

Avoid Wardrobe Malfunctions

When it came to designing her collection for A Pea in the Pod [8], Rosie Pope focused on covering up with higher necklines and lower backs, while still keeping her styles sexy, not matronly.

Invest in Pieces That Work

Wouldn't we all love to have access to Rachel Zoe's style advice [9] (pregnant or not)!? The stylist to the stars says that investing in good maternity jeans and oversize accessories are two of her keys to embracing the bump.

Dress According to Your Shape

"If you're skinny with just a bump, then accentuate it — it's very pretty and sexy. If you've gained weight all over, stick to black if possible and more loose, flowy pieces. Try to stay away from patterns and bold prints."

— Estee Stanley, stylist and founder of Ladys and Gents [10]

Flaunt What You've Got

"When I was pregnant, I could never find flattering maternity clothes, so I was inspired to design a more fitted silhouette with stretch fabrics that look chic and complement the body. My biggest rule of thumb is to flaunt the bump, not try to hide it.

"Dresses are an absolute must have for a versatile maternity wardrobe. This cap-sleeve version [11] from my Target collection works for any occasion: throw on a blazer for work, cute flats for weekend errands, sparkly accessories for a night out, and a patterned scarf when it gets chilly — the options are endless."

Liz Lange, maternity designer for Target [12]

Don't Sacrifice Your Personal Style

"There are so many changes women endure leading up to becoming a parent, but being uncomfortable in their clothes doesn’t have to be one of them. Invest in maternity clothes that make you feel like you. In designing for and dressing so many expectant women over the past 12 years, I’ve learned that quality, comfort, versatility and style are all equally important when you are pregnant and want to feel your best. Every pregnant woman should have a great pair of maternity jeans with Secret Fit Belly. I am expecting my first child in May and they are a lifesaver for me! Side-ruched tees and dresses give a fabulous fitted shape that flatters your growing bump. I’ve been looking forward to finally being able to wear my own designs and I am definitely enjoying this time and my new wardrobe!"

— Olivia Capone Myers, design director, A Pea in the Pod [13]

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