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
Category: Maternity Wear That Doesn’t Suck
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
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