Tag: maternity clothes

The ultimate maternity camisole, made simple

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m cold all the time, or just like wearing lots and lots of layers, but for many years now, a camisole has always been a staple in my wardrobe. It also continues to be, now that I’m shopping for maternity clothes again only I want a really, really good one.   I like how a good cami just smoothes everything out but with my expanding belly, the camisoles that I used to wear are quickly becoming halter tops. Not a good or comfy look. Luckily, I have discovered a line of...

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Stylish maternity wear for working mamas who want to work it

If I were pregnant right about now (and I am so not–just to be clear) I would be all over the new spring maternity line at Hatch Collection. They make the kind of splurgy, sophisticated pieces for working mamas who need to invest in a few great items they can live in without feeling frumpy. I think my favorite is the slouch dress which comes in either a comfy jersey (my vote!) or a few washable silk-poly options in bright, fun colors. It’s the kind of versatile dress you can wear to work with great shoes; over leggings on...

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Maternity lingerie ideas to help you make the holidays a little uh…more festive.

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...

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Chic nursing covers. For real. Not even kidding.

Who wants to hide under a pink teddy bear blanket? Nobody over two years old, that’s who. That’s why these chic, breathable nursing covers do at least quadruple duty and look like something you would actually wear on purpose. Made of soft, light, wrinkle-resistant, shrink-resistant modal, the Dria Cover is surprisingly wearable for all four trimesters. Yeah, I said four, because the first nine months of babyhood always felt like an extension of the pregnancy to me. (Okay, so that’s like 6 trimester.) While you’re pregnant, the loose fit works over a tank or tee as a chic maternity...

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A scarily cute costume for you pregnant ghouls

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...

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Isabella Oliver bumps up your fall style to major chicdom

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...

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Maternity loungewear for the first, third, and fifth trimesters

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...

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Belated Mother’s Day Gift – Up to 70% off nursing and maternity wear. The cute stuff.

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...

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The camisole that will make you look for a reason to wear a camisole

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....

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Maternity couture with a due date

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....

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Maternity workwear staples for spring. (A.K.A. no yoga pants for you!)

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...

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Keungzai designer maternity clothes gives pregnant women one more reason to glow

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...

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Hatch – The chic line of maternity fashion, now on sale

When I first saw the new maternity line, Hatch, I wanted to order every single piece in the collection. Now here’s the funny thing–I wasn’t even pregnant then. [don’t miss a great discount and a tie-in with one of our favorite charities after the jump] Hatch was born when designer Ariane Goldman, the founder of twobirds Bridesmaid, wanted to create a line that stylish women would wear before, during and after pregnancy. She totally got the fact that mamas–no matter how much money they did or didn’t have–loathe the idea of shelling out for something they can only wear...

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Once place to find Missoni for less, that isn’t Target

Maternity wear is a tricky thing. Looking like a slob for nine months is not what most of us want. On the other hand, spending a ton of cash on clothes with such a short shelf life can seem like a big old waste. The answer might be in a new online boutique offering designer maternity clothes on consignment–including everyone’s favorite designer of 2011, Missoni. Encore Maternity was founded by a celebrity stylist/mom who was faced with that same pregnancy fashion conundrum. She wanted to look chic during those nine months, but still wanted to save up for her...

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Maternity and nursing lingerie you can live in

Having just had a baby three months ago, I know oh so well the need to be comfy during pregnancy–especially when you sleep. Forget about getting up to pee every 20 minutes, there’s also the issue of sleeping on your back or your side (I’m a tummy sleeper) and let’s not forget the muscle aches. So when I slipped into the ridiculously comfy–and yet stylish–maternity lingerie from Belabumbum, I yawned with excitement. I packed a set of Belabumbum’s lounge pants and a nursing camisole with me for my hospital stay and lived in the pants the entire time. I...

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Isabella Oliver’s fall collection makes pregnancy clothes actually covetable

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...

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Renting a maternity dress? Totally.

When I was six months pregnant with my second baby, the company I worked for was putting on a big, fancy shindig. Said shindig required me to go on a stage and speak in front of 800 people. I started to stress–mostly about what to wear. I wanted a stylish, non-mall-bought maternity dress–but I didn’t want to spend tons of cash on a frock I wouldn’t be able to wear ever again, no matter how designer it was. Mine for Nine, where were you 18 months ago? The site is a treasure trove of maternity dresses that would normally...

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Quite possibly the most comfortable pants ever

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...

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A comfy maternity top that holds it all in

Pregnancy presents some interesting sartorial challenges. Wearing a bra can feel torturous, but keeping the girls supported is a necessity. Covering the belly can feel oppressive, but not keeping it sheathed is out of the question. So what’s a mama-to-be to do? A multitasking bra/tank combo is one of the best options out there. Sure, there are many tank tops on the market with built-in bras, but the new Maternity Bra Tank from Glamourmom was designed especially for the wardrobe challenges every pregnant woman (including me!) face. The ruched detail on both sides of the belly area allows for...

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A nursing dress that looks nothing like a nursing dress

Even though I’m still breastfeeding my six-month old every few hours, I somehow forget that little fact when I go shopping and want to buy all these adorable sundresses for myself. Lifting my dress up over my head every time the baby needs to eat is really not an option. But that’s all changed since finding this adorable, affordable nursing dress that I plan to live in all summer long. I’m once again impressed with the budget-friendly breastfeeding clothes from Milk Nursingwear, this time with their gorgeous, bright halter-style nursing dress that delivers in both fit and function. Unlike...

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