MEGA WATT MATERNITY STYLE

Fact: When you look good, you feel good. But, when you waddling about with a basketball like belly, feeling beautiful can be a challenge. The trick? Maintaining your pre-pregnancy fashion identity.

Always on the hunt for the latest and greatest maternity and mom-fabulous fashion brands. I sourced out five must -know style brands that that are comfortable, sporty and glamorous. The maternity clothing (except the leggings) are designed with a strategic drape that will look great during and after pregnancy. Stella & Dot and CeCe Toppings are not maternity specific. But, they add on-trend pizzazz to any maternity look. Go ahead, get your glam on!

1. HATCH COLLECTION
The epitome of “before” and “after” maternity clothing. These drapey duds are at once sporty and glamorous. Because they are so simple, they can easily be dressed up and down by adding or subtracting accessories.
The Cape $378The Gown $368The Slouch Dress Short $248

2. STELLA & DOT
Insta-chic! Stella & Dot’s baubles are that eye catching accent that transforms clothing into a look.
Pyramid Double Wrap Bracelet $59 |  Bryant Park Scarf $59Serenity Stone Drops $49

3. OLIAN MATERNITY
Keep it sleek and chic: you can’t go wrong with Olian’s basic black maternity pieces.
Lucy Wrap Dress $148 |  Caroline Knit Leggings $98

4. CECE TOPPINGS
Luxe Layers! Add a snappy collar to your look and avoid hormonally induced hot flashes.
Black and White Check Peter Pan Collar $40 |  Blue and Yellow Plaid Ruffle $44

5.  FILLYBOO MATERNITY
Be a boho babe! Try Aussie brand Fillyboo’s fun, flirty frocks.
Two Hands Two Hearts Tunic in Acid Wash & Black $84.66We Need The Sea Kimono  $74.21

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Discover Your Signature Style

Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Brigitte Bardot, Joan Crawford and that mom at school pick up that ALWAYS looks cute all have a common bond: a signature style. Through their fashion choices, their personalities loom like a halo over their heads.
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But, many women don’t necessarily have a “signature look.” If you have lived for years mystified by what happens on runways, red carpets and hyped paparazzi shots in gossip magazines, call upon your dormant SAT studying skills and study fashion divas of the twentieth century. Pregnancy is, in fact,  a golden opportunity to exit your comfort zone and bring your inner glamazon to life. Give a nod to the fashion icons of the twentieth century and use your belly as a VIP pass to the order of eternal divahood.  Go to Barnes & Noble and purchase Fashion Icons: Fashion Trends Throughout the Century, Star Style, Thje Marchesa Casati Portraits of a Museand Mistress of Modernism: The Life of Peggy Guggenheim, and start thumbing through. Eccentric? Yes. But, absolutely scintillating. Learn about silhouettes. Discover accessories. Investigate why muses perenniale- marvelous Marchesa de Casati, dynamic Diana Ross, chic socialite Babe Paley, 60s siren Edie Sedgewick, boho babe Talitha Getty and art deco diva Nancy Cunard-became style revolutionaries. These histrionic women dissed convention and used fashion to express themselves. Such bravado is evident in their outré fashion choices: gowns as daywear, turbans, shoulder sweeping earrings, extreme eye makeup, stacked-to-the-elbows bangle bracelets, cloaks fashioned of peacock feathers. Don’t feel pressured to swap your skinny jeans for an electric blue jumpsuit. Just get inspired. Then, take it down a notch to reality. In your free time, let your fingers do the walking right over to Netflix.  “Fashion moment” TV shows and films are a great way to research style and learn about silhouettes. Once the kid(s) are asleep, rent Mad MenThe Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Women, Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby, Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Katherine Deneuve in Belle Du Jour, Mia Farrow in Great Gatsby, Marlene Dietrich inShanghai Express, Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada and Joan Collins in Dynasty.
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I am not suggesting that you go radical. Your task is to find a scintillating look which suits your personality and flatters your body type.  Upper East Side Lady Who Lunches? Downtown “it” Girl? Haute Hippie? Groovy Gal About Town? Be the girl with the Bakelite cuff bracelets and fabulous YSL scarves adorning every outfit. Wear Grandma’s lurex sweater sets to go to the supermarket. Layer vintage Betsey Johnson baby doll dresses with Byzantine beads and rhinestone crosses just because. The larger you feel, the more accessories required. Your Cinderella moment awaits!

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