COOL MATERNITY JEAN ALERT!

ITEM:  DL 1961 Angel Maternity Ankle Jean, $168

Denim Brand DL 1961 is known for its ability to magically shape and lift a woman’s most stubborn body parts. How? The jeans are infused with “4 way stretch” denim featuring a blend of supremely high quality pro modal fibers, lycra and American cotton. These “high performance” jeans are comfortable and easy to dress up or down. Yes, they are expensive. But, flattering jean are a maternity must-have.

And, since you very well may wear them 5 days out of 7, they are a solid investment.

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March Maternity Must-Haves

Spring into spring with on-trend pieces that maximize your maternity moxie

amy tara koch bump it up March maternity must haves

1. Pea in the Pod Maternity Anorak Jacket $138

2. Topshop Maternity Moto Mid Stone Jeans $65

3. Isabella Oliver Scala Striped Maternity Tank $75

4. Yarnz Linen Tiki Hut Scarf $66

5. Hatch Maternity Slouch Dress $198

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Tunic for Two: Pregnant Black-Tie Style

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4 Maternity Looks for the Holidays

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To the pregnant woman, there’s one aspect of this season that triggers anxiety: shopping for dressy maternity clothes. From mid-November until January, women must step up their style to express the celebratory verve of the holidays. But with a watermelon in the belly, dressing for the parade of parties can be stressful.

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FROCKSTAR: Eiman Hamza is a bump it up babe!

Eiman Hamza, founder of Happiness Clothing, is not sacrificing an ounce of her fashion sense to pregnancy. From airy shirt dresses to form fitting frock and fedora combos, this LA based designer creatively channels her flirty, free wheeling style in a way that defines her as a true Bump It up Babe.

Here are three looks (and how to get them) that spotlight her singular fashion sense:

LOOK 1
“Black dress with tan shoes on Abbot Kinney.  Simple, chic, with a bit of grunge. I like to add some edge to classic styles.”

Eiman Hamza Bump it up style

Dress-Topshop \\ Shoes- Topshop \\ Bag- Balenciaga \\ Flannel- Uniqlo \\ Sunglasses- Nasty Gal

LOOK 2
“Comfortable and cute.  Great for everyday- denim and brown are the perfect combination for fall.”

Eiman Hamza Bump it up style

Denim dress- Asos maternity \\ Bag- Balenciaga \\ Hat- Urban Outfitters \\ Shoes- Topshop

LOOK 3
“Casual yet chic.  Love subtle touches of red (on lips or bags) when wearing black.  Adds instant style!”

Eiman Hamza Bump it up style

Daisy Dress- Asos Maternity \\ Belt- Zara \\ Bag- Asos \\ Shoes- Alexander Wang \\ Hat- Kitson \\ Accessories- Rolex, Happiness bracelets


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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.

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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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Babble names AMY TARA KOCH facebook style expert page as top resource for pregnant women!

BECOME A FAN OF AMY’S STYLE EXPERT PAGE!

Babble Screen shot, Amy Tara Koch, Bump it up

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THE BUMP IT UP STYLE LOUNGE AT Getting Gorgeous, NYC

AmyAmy talking style, fashion and beauty with Lauren from A Mommy in the city at Getting Gorgeous

I had such a blast on the first leg of my BUMP IT UP STYLE SOLUTIONS tour! At GETTING GORGEOUS, my BUMP IT UP STYLE LOUNGE featuring BELLI SKINCARE, ISABELLA OLIVER, TIDE FREE & GENTLE and PISH POSH MOMMY was a huge hit!. A style expert, j’adore helping women to look and feel their best within the time constraints of a parents’ chaotic lifestyle. Not only did I get to “bump up” countless preggos, but I also had the opportunity to show busy mom bloggers my “five minute fixes” to looking longer and leaner. The trick? Some sartorial sleight of hand;  creating a “uniform” of flattering basics and using strategically placed accessories to emphasize the features that you like. And, camouflage what you are not so fond of.

Here are some fab highlights and tweets from the premier BUMP IT UP STYLE LOUNGE

Amy styling Sierra Rix–a five-time mom to be

“One super fun highlight (did I really just say “super fun?”) was getting styled by Amy Tara Koch the brains behind Bump It Up – a guide to maternity fashion. Oh Amy, where were you 4 pregnancies ago?”
-Sierra, Actual Mom

Getting Gorgeous, Bump it Up Style Lounge, Georgetown Cupcakes

Georgetown cupcakes and Belli samples

“There was no question what to pair with the mimosa…a Georgetown Cupcake, of course! I may or may not have had more than one. I’ll just say that they are like potato chips, and that is all I will say about that!”
-Sheila, Pieces of a Mom

Amy Tara Koch with bully button boutique
Amy and Karla

Amy Tara Koch, stylist and author of “Bump It Up” was in the house! She was transforming the countless “bumps” and “non-bumps” into fashionistas. She basically took my black button down, unbuttoned it to show some more skin, added a cardi and a skinny belt. Now why didn’t I think of that?”
-Karla Trotman, Bellybuttonboutique.com

Amy showing ladies how to look their best

“There was an awesome booth for Isabella Oliver Clothing. There was an amazing black sequin jacket that I drooled over while chatting it up with Amy Tara Koch. She has amazing style and even has a book but more importantly she keeps it real. She had an impromtu fashion 101 session with one of the invites as she walked by. I loved it!”

-Monroe Steele, Fashion Steele NYC

Amy and Serena

Amy and freshly styled Serena

“My favorite experience of Getting Gorgeous was when I got to meet Amy Tara Koch who I interviewed on MomTrends in an article entitled “Winter Traveling Made Easy” a few months ago. Her fun and interactive display took components from her fabulous book Bump It Up and allowed Bloggers to sample cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake, test out products from Belli ( reviews on their line soon), learn more the cutest diaper bags ever by Pishposh Mommy and get styled by Koch herself!…Koch also spoke to me about how maternity clothing doesn’t have to be all about wearing your typical spandex and gigantic shirts. It’s about finding pieces that aren’t too trendy and those that are diverse enough to be worn after the baby as well as to add fun jewelry – especially towards the end, as you get bigger. I loved her fun and energetic attitude that defiantly inspired me to kick it up a notch in the maternity wear department.”

-Serena Norr, Mama Goes Natural

Amy Tar Koch Styling
Amy styling at the Bump it Up Lounge

“I spent most of my time in the Bump It Up lounge with Amy Tara Koch, author and stylist, who gave me her personal style tips for looking and feeling sexy while being pregnant. She showed me some great pieces from Isabella Oliver and Lia Sophia Jewelry.  She also showed me some great (and stylish) diaper bag inserts from Pishposh Mommy, while I dined on the most amazing cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake.”

-Lauren, Mom Trends

Amy Tara Koch Styling at Getting Gorgeous
Amy styling Jennifer

“Amy Tara Koch styles Jennifer from Savoring the Thyme (so glad I met them both!)”
Just Precious



Isabella Oliver’s fantabulous clothing

“@AmyTaraKoch Thanks for teaching this plain jane mama to “Bump It Up” @GetGorgEvents Can’t wait to get some scarves and necklaces!”
-Melissa, @simpleagain


Pregnant in sequins? Of course! Here, Isabella Oliver’s glam blazer

“@AmyTaraKoch @PishPoshMommy @LisaHanlon Loved your #BumpItUp section – such great selections for moms to be! #GettingGorgeous
– Beth, @rolemommy

Georgetown Cupcakes for Amy Tara Koch, Bump it Up style Lounge
Pregnantista approved Georgetown Cupcakes

“@AmyTaraKoch thanks again for those yummy cupcakes!!! love your fashion ideas for pregnant women :)”
-Becky, @Becky_DiStefano


Belli Skin care relaxation station, Amy Tara Koch

Belli’s relaxation station. Avoid melasma and hormonally induced acne with Belli skincare (photo credit)

Tide free and gentle, Amy Tara Koch

Tide Free and Gentle has no dye or perfume, and is perfect for pregnancy (photo credit)

Pish Posh Mommy Cary Alls

Colorful Pish Posh Mommy carry-all bags (photo credit)

Video courtesy of Late Night Parents and Dada Rocks

Next up? I am travelling to LA for PREGNANCY AWARENESS MONTH’s kick off event at Bergamot Station . This event is free and open to the public!

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