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Category: Maternity Wear That Doesn’t Suck
Ever had that feeling of irritable jealousy when you caught your pregnant friend still rocking cute cotton dresses and jeans without expandable waists? Yep, me too. In a blink of an eye I was in clothes that made me look like I was due any moment. . . and let’s not even discuss how long I wore those saggy maternity clothes after my baby was born. I could have used some pieces from the new-to-the-US Mayarya: More than Maternity line, which has so many gorgeous outfits that are designed to work with a woman’s changing body, whether she’s expecting, nursing, or not expecting at all. Created by Japan’s Reika...Read More
This is a sponsored message from SRC Recovery Postpartum recovery can be quite a challenge, and if you’re a new mom or about to be one, take a look at SRC Recovery Shorts. They’re recommended by healthcare providers to help speed up the healing process and get your pre-body back so you can start feeling like your old self again. The medical grade compression of the shorts is designed to hold fluid in one central place so that your body can get rid of it faster, while the abdominal support panel helps hold muscles together. Yet they’re still designed to be comfortable without restricting...Read More
Any woman who has recently given birth, like I have, has been there: Suddenly the baby is a few months old and you are finding yourself mentally ready to rejoin the other functioning members of society. There is just one problem… you have literally nothing to wear. Which means, time to look for post maternity clothing. Because with the extra [insert your own number here] pounds that are still clinging on post baby, your favorite wardrobe pieces may seem like a distant dream and the overworn maternity clothes that do fit are far less than appealing to you. I think most...Read More
Since my baby literally can’t be without me for more than 20 minutes without starting a scream-fest — I’m just that special, I guess — it means I need to be ready to feed pretty much at all times. Like, the second I arrive home from a workout. And that means I need a good nursing sports bra. It seems unfair that moms don’t have a million fantastic nursing sports bra options in this day and age, and I’ve been looking for great ones. I do wish I had more to share with right now (I bet you and I can name several major brands that...Read More
Okay, I’m going to get one important thing out of the way first: The maternity and nursing clothing line I’m about to tell you about is a splurge. Like, a really big splurge. But if your best friend has the nerve to get married when you’re still nursing your baby; or say you’re pregnant and have a super-important work event for which you need a super-amazing dress that says I’m still in the game, oh colleague who’s eyeing my job; or even if you just want to gaze at the pictures of these amazing dresses and imagine yourself wearing them, then Mitera maternity and...Read More
Cake Maternity’s new lingerie offerings. Just in time to help moms-to-be feel sexy on Valentine’s Day too.
Valentine’s Day is, of course, my free pass to splurge on sexy lingerie. But don’t underestimate the power of lacy cotton panties to keep you feeling flirty the other 364 days of the year. We’ve been big fans of Cake Lingerie‘s beautiful lingerie made specifically for moms-to-be, and now I’m excited about their new fashion knickers packs. It’s comfortable-yet-sexy everyday underwear that you can wear during those months when you need a little extra something to make you feel fabulous, and then, long after baby is born. This set of four very soft, very pretty cotton panties are cut low in the...Read More
Having three babies in the winter means I spent three Decembers struggling with whether or not I should invest in a maternity winter coat I would only wear for a month or two. Same with holiday party dresses. It was such a shame to buy clothing I knew would get such limited use. If only I’d had Borrow For Your Bump rental maternity clothes, I’m pretty sure I would have been their best customer. Borrow for your Bump is like Rent the Runway for the pregnant set–genius for all the mamas who want to look amazing while pregnant without investing too heavily...Read More
Skip the pricey maternity coat with this smart coat extender. (Not that you’re not hot all the time anyway.)
I’m closing in on seven months pregnant and the chill in the air is leaving me with the dilemma: Do I buy a winter maternity coat when all I want is to make my own super cozy coat work for the few months I will really need it? I love all of the maternity wear we feature here, but instead of buying something totally new, I think I’ve found a smart alternative with Make My Belly Fit, makers of a smart coat extender for pregnant women. Created by a dad in Montreal who thought there had to be a better alternative than giving up his own winter coat to...Read More
We’re always so excited to find nursing tops that are cute enough to wear beyond the confines of our bedroom. We’re also huge fans of double duty maternity/nursing tops, because who wants to invest in multiple tops that you’ll wear for such a limited amount of time? The new Taylor top from maternity label Loyal Hana looks no different than a cool top we’d wear anytime, not just a fabric vehicle that allows the boobs to escape as quickly as possible. The Taylor top drapes in an effortlessly cool kind of way. Thanks to ultra-flattering combed cotton and discreet seams to hide the...Read More
Figuring out an outfit on a daily basis is not easy. Add pregnancy to the process and you can get a recipe for frustration as I can say from experience. Luckily HATCH, my favorite chic maternity brand, just introduced the HATCH Layers set, an easy formula for stylish dressing throughout your nine months and (way) beyond. The HATCH Layers concept is that you really only need three key pieces to build your pregnancy wardrobe: Tank top, long sleeve shirt and leggings. I concur! I lived in those three pieces during both of my pregnancies. Leggings and a tank can go under everything, and who doesn’t need a...Read More
My maternity basics during my two pregnancies pretty much consisted of black leggings (one pair I washed every other day), tees long enough to cover my belly and a couple of dresses with stretch. Everything else–blazers, button downs, hoodies–had been pulled from my existing wardrobe and layered on top–buttons open, of course. Operating under the same premise, that you can totally get by stylishly during those nine months with some very basic maternity clothes, is a chic new maternity collection called Storq. We’ve found a crop of new maternity collections targeting cool moms-to-be lately, but what makes Storq different...Read More
Sexy maternity lingerie when you’re pregnant or nursing? I’m on board! When I was pregnant and nursing, I always felt a little bummed about Valentine’s Day; it was hard for me to feel really attractive when I ballooned up to the size of a Smart Car or was leaking breast milk. So I’m super excited for my new-mama friends who get to buy from lingerie designers who are making women feel sexy in beautiful, sweet and even a little racy maternity lingerie like the ones here. The maternity bra-and-panty sets from You! Lingerie (at top) are super hot — and affordable....Read More
The idea of a stylish maternity clothing line that still fits after your nine months are up is a relatively new thing. And a welcome one. While some creative (and super fit) moms can get away with buying their normal designer faves a few sizes up to compensate for their growing middle, it’s nice for the rest of us to find maternity clothes that actually grow–and un-grow–with your body. The new label Fourth Love enters this growing market (bad pun, I know) with a chic line that works on the way up and down. I’m skeptical at the thought of...Read More
With an ever-expanding belly and a baby coming any day now, I’m already wistfully thinking about those blissful days when we didn’t have to suck in our bellies. (Ha.) I’m hoping to have some semblance of stomach muscles left after the delivery, but if not, I’m relying on this product from soon-to-be mom of four (whoa!) Rosie Pope, to help get that stomach flat–or flat-ish–while helping a great cause. We’ve ben fans of Belly Bandit for years, and now they’re partnering with baby guru celeb and friend of Cool Mom Picks Rosie Pope to create a new organic, limited-edition version...Read More
It’s pretty well established at this point that we curvy girls are ever grateful for the wrap dress as a wardrobe staple. And now when those curves extend (and extend and extend) to your baby bump, there’s a cool maternity dress that will get you through months of pregnancy and back down again. I really like the Judy maternity wrap dress from Isabella Oliver. The shape is flattering, the blue color will look dazzling on any skin tone, the short sleeves take care of some of our (ahem) problem areas on the upper arms. It’s just the perfect day...Read More
Why maternity lingerie? Well between the well-meaning but okay-enough-already belly touches of visiting relatives and feeling like your burgeoning bump is making you look a bit too much like Santa himself, holidays can be rough on a mama-to-be. So we’re for anything that makes you feel a little more woman and a little less incubator. We’ve tracked down some of the softest, sexiest new holiday maternity lingerie collections around–pieces that’ll make you feel comfy, sexy, and festive all at once. Without looking like a Christmas tree ornament. -Lexi We’ve always dug the super soft maternity loungewear from Belabumbum and...Read More
I was pregnant during two Halloweens. Looking back, I’m sad I never got into that particular holiday spirit. That probably has something to do with the fact that I was just happy to struggle into my own clothes and shoes, let alone deal with a costume. But that’s really only one of the reasons why I love this adorable shirt. The Skeleton Maternity shirt is pretty darn cute, and a nice way to celebrate Halloween without painting your belly like a pumpkin or dressing up in something that will just make you sweat more than you already do. Or maybe that...Read More
Not too many women wish they were pregnant in the heat of August. But when I got a glimpse at Isabella Oliver’s new fall/winter maternity collection, I admit almost wish I had a baby bump. The just-launched autumn/winter 2012 collection from Isabella Oliver is jam packed with the chicest maternity essentials I’ve seen in a while. My favorites are the sleek and minimal ruched shirts, which are perfect for every day wear; and the adorable striped T-shirt dresses, plus a black wrap dress that would look great on pretty much anyone. These are the kind of building blocks every woman...Read More
I admit that a few kids ago, I’d probably roll my eyes a bit at the idea of maternity loungewear. But after seeing the gorgeous dresses from one of our favorite brands, Belabumbum, I’m almost wishing I had a real excuse to wear them. They’re so amazing that whether you’re in your 1st, 3rd, or 5th trimester (or 15th? Ahem), they look and feel fabulous. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] To me, the standout in their newest line is the beautiful reversible maternity dress that’s incredibly soft and comfortable. The crossover neck gives you easy nursing access, and...Read More
The one summer wardrobe staple I missed wearing when I was breastfeeding was a simple, easy dress. (Yeah, not too many of us are willing to lift an entire dress over our heads in public.) But these days, there are so many cool options for nursing moms, like the new collection from CMP fave Milk Nursingwear. And even better, these dresses won’t break your budget. I’m partial to the smocked waist nursing dress, which can be dressed up or down, easily taking right through summer and into fall. I really like how the crisscross neck allows you to nurse easily,...Read More
The sad news is that CMP favorite Polarn O. Pyret is discontinuing the maternity and nursing items from their MAMA Collection. The good news? The entire stock has just gone on crazy sale. Save 70% off maternity and nursing wear now while you can still get it. This is the good stuff: super-cute leggings, shirts, skirts, nursing tops, blouses, and more, all in extra-soft, stretchy fabrics that you can wear them at every stage of your pregnancy and beyond. If you’re pregnant, planning to be, or planning on not planning, stock up on some fabulous fashion staples while Polarn...Read More
I’ve always traveled with a camisole just in case…to me, it’s one of those staples that you never know when you’ll need. Like under a white tee that’s a little sheerer than you realized. Or to tuck into your jeans under a top when uh…said jeans are exposing more than the maximum allowable mama butt. (Yes, that’s a thing.) Now there’s a camisole that’s so comfy, I’m kind of looking for excuses to wear it. I don’t tend to be too hooked by lines like “celebrities love them!” but as it turns out, Snug Camisoles are terrific, so, yeah....Read More
I had this dress when I was pregnant that made me feel like a goddess. I wore it to two weddings, several parties, and a couple of dates. And then I had the babies and passed it on to another mama like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Maternity Dress. “This is going to make you look and feel amazing,” I said, and then a tear slipped out. Since maternity clothes cost so much– especially high fashion dresses– wouldn’t it be better if you could just rent what you need and then ship it back? Yeah, we think so, too....Read More
Finding beautiful and appropriate maternity clothing to wear to work when you’re pregnant can sometimes feel like a fruitless effort. There were many times during my pregnancies that I had to cobble together an office-appropriate outfit with items in my wardrobe that were really more suited for lounging around. But thanks to some clever designers and some new brands,I’ve put together a slew of cute maternity work clothes out there for the season. This knotted short sleeve dress (above) from the famous New York maternity boutique Veronique, is a comfy yet elegant essential for every working mama-to-be’s wardrobe. It’s...Read More
There has always been something so breathtaking to me about seeing a pregnant woman dressed to the nines. It’s like she is stating to the world that being a mother-to-be is the most beautiful responsibility in the world. Keungzai, a UK online maternity boutique, just launched a gorgeous selection of maternity clothes this month–that are definitely not for those of us who’d rather live in yoga pants. In fact fans already include the gorgeous Sienna Miller. You’ll find designer brands such as Peaks of London, Cake Lingerie and Hot Milk. But the one piece that really caught my eye...Read More
Is there anything sadder than ripping your favorite pair of jeans? Mine were a $5 special off the sale rack, which of course means that they’re irreplaceable. I wore those jeans until they disintegrated at the back pockets and then folded them gently and placed them on the shelf with a fond, “Goodbye, blues.” But a few weeks ago, I took them right back down. And now I’m wearing them again, thanks to a spectacular new service we’ve discovered. Denim Therapy is an idea a long time coming: Mail them your jeans, and they’ll fix them and mail them...Read More
There are very few things that would make me miss being pregnant. But the gorgeous fall collection from genius fashion designer Isabella Oliver actually has me wishing I could wear maternity clothes again. I ogled the uber-chic maternity pieces from Isabella Oliver all through my last pregnancy, but never actually pulled the trigger. The thing about maternity clothes is, since their lifespan is so short, I felt guilty about shelling out money on anything maternity-specific. But then I hit the point in my pregnancy where there was nothing to cover my enormous bulge except for real pregnancy clothes. And...Read More
In honor of National Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. This panicky feeling hits you when you realize you’re still nursing, you’re going back to work, and your entire wardrobe is in such condition that Goodwill would reject it. So I fell in love with the BOOB nursing tops when they were introduced to me by the gurus at New York’s esteemed Upper Breast Side (best name ever, right?) which put my wardrobe fears to rest. The fabrics are high quality and forgiving, and I love the convenient flap on the outside of...Read More
There have been many times during my pregnancy that I’ve been tempted to leave the house naked. Not to flaunt my maternal form, but rather because wearing clothing during pregnancy can be so darn uncomfortable. Sure maternity jeans are forgiving, but until I stepped into B.D.A. Pants from Belly Bandit, I didn’t realize just how comfortable a pair of pants could be. Made from insanely soft bamboo, B.D.A. pants (which stands for Before, During and After) are literally the next best thing to going naked. Better actually, since they cover my half-shaven legs. The slim fold-over drawstring waist allows...Read More
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