EASY, BREEZY SUMMER STAPLES
For the pregnantista, summer poses a sartorial challenge. How to look cool when
external temps and hormones push your internal thermostat to full throttle? It’s all about pieces that offer you, my fertile friend, easy, breezy style. The best part about these pieces? Fashion longevity. Once you bid adieu to your bump, these garments can be can still be worn in style.
Ingrid and Isabel’s ultra soft knit maxi skirt is a summer staple. It can be dressed up with a flouncy wrap top or worn with a white ribbed tank to the beach. $88 ingridandisabel.com
The Gypsy organic maxi dress embodies the three C’s essential for summer style: comfy, cool and chic. $98
THE TUNIC DRESS
The au courant combination of bold coral color and fluidity which ebbs and flows over expansive boobs, butt and bump make Rosie Pope’s silk knit dress a winner.defines effortless summer style! $198 www.rosie pope.com
The Strapless Dress
There is nothing more alluring on sweltering summer days than Japanese Weekend’s gauzy convertible berry colored skirt/dress!.$72,
This silky, assymetrical MOMSHELL DRESS is the light as a feather fashion choice for weddings, a baby shower, or a night out, $180 www. moreofmematernity.com
THE VERSATILE “EVERYTHING” DRESS
This universally flattering empire waist dress underscores the BUMP IT UP philosophy of maximum style, minimal maternity specific investment. The hanging “apron” ties can be worn 7 different ways (strapless, Grecian halter, halter, skirt, knotted halter, one-shoulder, plunge… so it is extremely versatile $150
If you cant spend the big bucks on maternity clothing, fret not. Maternity moxie can be had at every price point. Test drive these shopping tips for high style on a low budget:
- THE POOR (WO) MANS VERSACE A distant cousin of ready-to-wear, swimwear is home to explosively colored, blouson friendly apparel. Less flashy and far less expensive than ready to wear, these no- name bathing suit “cover ups” can do double duty as pregnancy apparel. Filene’s Basement is filled with tunics that feel like Matthew Williamson and bejeweled linen caftans that smack of Tory Burch. Marshall’s swirly, candy colored Muu-Muu was a dead ringer for Versace.
- 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. Also, combining lingerie with something more structured like a knit or jacket adds polish to the look.