Tunic for Two: Pregnant Black-Tie Style

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OK! Magazine Features ATK BUMP IT UP AWARDS 2013

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Pregnancy Style Prediction: Kerry Washington Stays Poised & Polished

Whether donning her Olivia Pope power persona or stepping out on the red carpet, one thing is for certain: Kerry Washington is always poised and polished. But, will she be able to maintain her pulled together style throughout nine months of pregnancy? My vote is a resounding “yes!”

Here’s what I predict: Kerry will wear a lot of dresses, some drapey and dramatic and, as her bump grows, some fitted. But, they will all be the picture of elegance. Since she is so petite, she will have the luxury of sporting flowy non maternity designers like Zero Maria Cornejo, Jenni Kayne, Haider Ackermann and Thakoon. When she opts for maternity pieces , she will turn to fashion forward brands like Isabella Oliver, Hatch and More of Me maternity. Jeans? I think not. When going casual, Kerry will opt for leggings paired with ladylike blouses that graze her belly. Or, you guessed it, a shirt dress. For the red carpet, she will turn to strapless empire waisted  gowns  accented with a gorgeous clutch and statement earrings. For footwear, she will stick you to heels (even if it is just a micro heel) until the bitter end.

kerry washington pregnancy style predictions

Ruched & Refined: Isabella Oliver Ruched Midi Maternity Dress $169 \\ Kara Ross Baby Shirt Cuff Bracelet in Green Ring Lizard $196 \\ Kate Spade New York Licorice Pump $298

Silky & Sleek: H&M Blouse with Beaded Trim $14.95 \\ Old Navy Maternity Leggings $12.50 \\ Ann Taylor Phoebe Chunky Heel Tall Boot $268

Draped & Dramatic: Vince Vintage Leather Scuba Jacket $995 \\ Zero + Maria Cornejo Milu Dress $1095 \\ Coach Dovelyn Bootie $275

Red Carpet Ready: Nine West Rock Starlet Clutch $69 \\ Monique Lhuillier Ombre Strapless Gown $3990 \\ Balenciaga Ankle Strap Glove Sandal $845

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BUMP IT UP BABE OF THE WEEK: GWEN STEFANI

Forty four year old mom-to-be Gwen Stefani knows how to rock her baby bump. Her secret? Balanced proportion. She pairs drapey tops with streamlined denim and adds a pop of color with fun footwear.

bump it up babe gwen stefani

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Booby Prize: Kim Kardashian’s hyper revealing new mom ensembles

Kim’s attempt to channel Jennifer Lopez’s daring Grammy look in 2000 is an epic fashion fail. Moms can be sexy, sure. But, an overly revealing gown on a brand new mom is unflattering and depressing. Her boob baring “look at me!” Givenchy gown smacks of a desperate attempt to reignite her pre-mom sex kitten image. And, showcases post-pregnancy droopy breasts. The truth? Sexiness is not contingent upon a hyper plunging dress with boob spillage. Inherently sultry, Kim can project sexiness in a far more appropriate décolleté bearing ensemble. A chic Saint Laurent tux jacket with a silky tank or a not-so-deep V neck gown would deliver a sporty, chic silhouette that emanates a “modern mom” vibe.

To really improve her silhouette, Kim requires perfectly fitting foundation garments. A bra is non-negotiable. The right bra with tension and lift like this underwire one from Wacoal will give her the coveted pertness of pre-pregnancy.

Wacoal Lace Finesse Full Busted Underwire Bra $65

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scarves: tie one on!

Anyone who knows me can attest to my scarf obsession. Whether I’m in my office or out to dinner, I have a scarf artfully draped around my neck. Sometimes it is a print. Sometimes it is a hot color. During the winter, I favor a black cashmere scarf with subtle suede fringe. In the summer, It is all about crisp linens. Why? Whatever the season, a long drapey scarf is the ultimate layering piece that magically dresses everything up.  There are three basic ways to wear a scarf: the wrap and drape, loose drape and the loop. The goal is to achieve “thrown on glamour.”

MOM TIP: If you are feeling fat, a long scarf is a great way to hide the bloat

1. Nordstrom plaid wool blend scarf $48

2. Hinge eastern escape scarf $39

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs etta deco scarf $198

4. Forever21 nautical striped scarf $8.80

5. J.Crew checker-stripe scarf $68

6. Michael Stars folk art wrap $42

7. Forever21 retro polka dot scarf $10.80

8. Stella & Dot wild heart scarf $59

9. Vince Camuto pop leopard print scarf $38

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THE GREAT KATE WAIT: HOW TO CHANNEL A ROYAL DELIVERY

As we all eagerly wait the arrival of the royal baby, one thing we know for sure. Kate will be prepped to the nines with every comfort possible for her special delivery. So, what does every woman need to channel the creature comforts of a royal delivery?

A due date is an educated guess. To be completely prepared for D Day, have your hospital bag packed and ready by week 32. it will give you a semblance of order and control. consider your needs: The room will be freezing and dry. The food will be gross. There will be no Ritz-Carlton amenities in the bathroom. And you might be there longer than you think. Make your quarters and yourself comfortable with little touches from home. A cozy cashmere shawl or blanket is soothing for the hours of labor you may endure. Thick socks are a must. Your feet will be exposed in the stirrups and can get really cold. A robe that smells like home for the day after delivery is comforting. have a great-smelling cream on hand for after the delivery; it will feel great and minimize the antiseptic smell of the hospital. Make a delivery-specific playlist for your iPod or burn a few CDs with your favorite chill-out music. it’s fun to be able to remember the exact song that was playing when you gave birth. A nice neutral lip gloss instantly prettifies a tired postpartum visage.

• A printed list of who to call from the hospital with big news. if you want to e-mail pics, have e-mail addresses already loaded into your computer.
• A cozy cashmere shawl or blanket from home to snuggle in during the early stages of labor and after delivery. Delivery rooms are freezing.
• Bottled water and snacks for post-delivery.
• Tootsie pops help with delivery. You cannot eat or drink once delivery starts, so a few sucks in between contractions supply the body with enough sugar to keep pushing.
• Makeup.
• Lip balm.
• Moisturizer for your face and body. Did i mention that the room is super-dry?
• Make two cds, one for each stage of delivery: dilation and delivery. Ambient yoga music and soft-rock for dilation and classic rock for pushing.
• Camera.
• Granny undies (to house the diaper-like pads you will be sporting on the drive home).
• Loose outfit to wear home.
• Gifts for your nurses. They work hard and really appreciate the gesture. (Like Vosges chocolate)

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bumps through the ages

Not so long ago pregnancy was a private moment. But Demi Moore’s Vanity Fair cover (in 1991) along with the internet and fashion blogs generated the paparazzi fueled “bump watch” we know today. Here are some of the most glamorous bumps to date.

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Dear Kim Kardashian…(Sartorial) Help is on the Way!

Dear Kim Kardashian:

I feel badly that the media is skewering you for poor maternity choices. It’s hard to be pregnant, especially when you are short and curvy. Here’s the good news, I have some easy fashion fixes that can easily “bump up” your style. The key?  Proportion and a flattering soft silhouette. I know that you favor structured pieces. But, these form fitting pieces are far too restrictive to flatter a pregnant body. Flowy, loose fitting garments- without definition of the shoulders and waist- are a better choice. Soft does not mean sloppy.  Designers like Dries Van Noten, Issey Miyake, DKNK, Comme Des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto and Zero+Maria Cornejo have made non structured garments a hallmark of their careers. These garments skim the body and create a more slouchy/sporty elegance.

10 Ways to BECOME A BUMP IT UP BABE

1. BOOBY TRAP

A loose bra does nobody any favors in the frump department. A bra should be a perfect balance of tension and support to supply the breast with lift and stability. Look in the mirror. If you see droop, it is time for a fitting and a new bra. Head into a department or lingerie store and get measured. Flawless fit will give you the coveted pertness of celebs and models. It’s all about lift.

2. ELONGATE. ELONGATE. ELONGATE.

Add verticality with a longer, open cardigan or dangly scarf. Choose darker colors which are more slimming. Choose long necklaces to lengthen the torso.

3. SHORT & SASSY

Shorter hemlines, especially for shorter women, accent the legs and add height.

4. DECOLLETAGE DRAMA

An open neckline-V, scoop or boatneck- slims explosive bust and gives the illusion of a longer neck.

5. GO FLOWY

To camouflage bottom heavinesss, create a column effect with wider boot cut jeans and dresses/skirts that flare outward. Avoid straight skirts and tapered pants.

6. BUILD YOUR EMPIRE

Start your love affair with the empire waist. This genius silhouette 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.

7. MEET THE A LINE

Narrow on the top, and flaring at the hemline this garment is designed to graze the midsection and makes one’s gams the focal point.

8. SEISMIC SHIFT

Channel Gidget. Or, my preggo icon Gwen Stefani, with the flirty old school shift. Cut straight from the shoulders and flowing away from the hips, this above the knee dress is easy to wear and disguises thickening thighs and other forms of bottom heaviness.

9. WEAR WOW FACTOR

Bold, beautiful baubles-long necklaces, neck grazing earrings and statement cuffs- define and refine a look. They also draw your audience’s attention away from your cellulite ridden rump to your incredible eye for detail.

10.  GO TO JERSEY

Known for its breathability and ability to stretch with its wearer, jersey tops the preggo popularity charts because it is incredibly comfortable. And flattering. Somehow, jersey drapes perfectly over pregnancy bulges spotlighting the good and obscuring the nasty. Whether you work in an office, a classroom or a board room, this wrinkle free fabric is a best bet basic. Jersey comes in a variety of weights and blends so it is available year round.

And Kim, if you want a one-on-one styling session, just say the word.

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Best,

Amy

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DRESS YOUR BUMP DUCHESS STYLE

No muu muus at Clarence House!  A baby is no bump in the style road for super glam Kate Middleton. Bump it Up: Transform Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement author Amy Tara Koch predicts that the Duchess of Cambridge will maintain her elegance throughout her pregnancy. She chatted with USA TODAY about how Kate the Great will craft maternity style that reflects her inherent poise and polish.
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  • She Will A Frock Star
    Dresses are the easiest silhouette to wear during pregnancy; especially wrap, shift and trapeze shapes as they disguise bottom heaviness.  Kate, a fan of the sheath and wrap silhouettes, will probably sport a modified version of this shape in stretch jersey to accommodate her bump. Royals always pair chic duster or ¾ length coats with day dresses. Kate will continue to layer a jacket over her dresses for maximum poise and polish. But, she will probably move to swing or trapeze coats with no closures for maximum comfort and style. Expect to see her in haute Brit brand Isabella Oliver.
    Isabella Oliver Ruched Wrap Dress $199

  • She Will Rule The Empire
    Empire waist dresses are super flattering during pregnancy. This genius silhouette gathers under the breast and falls loosely to the hip, knee or floor covering bulging bellies and butts with cascading fabric. The empire waist accentuates the ribcage giving the wearer an attenuated frame. It also puts the focus on the arms and shoulders, places where pregnancy weight does not manifest itself.
    Rosie Pope Stella Dress $253
  • She Will Be A Cut Above
    For black tie and high profile royal dutoes, Kate will most likely turn to her trusted fashion friends-Sarah Burton and Issa- for custom maternity garments.
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  • She Will Remain Well Heeled
    Do not expect the Duchess to waddle about in flats. She will wear kitten heels, wedge heels and stacked heels to keep her out of the preggo dumps.
    Jimmy Choo Mara Sling Back with Bow Detail $725
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  • She Will Get Waisted
    When you your stomach bulges, a strategically placed belt helps to create a semblance of a pre-pregnancy waistline. The Duchess will most likely sport a skinny belt just under her bust to streamline her look.
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  • She Will Not Break A Sweat
    Don’t expect to see a Royal in sweat pants. On casual days, she will probably wear dark denim maternity jeans or sleek leggings with a long tunic top.

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