Advice from the
ON AN EDITED WARDROBE
“The first 3
months of pregnancy the hardest because you feel thick.
Try and wear fuller (non maternity) dresses for as long as possible. I
would rather stretch out my regular clothing and not spend the money on
maternity wear. Later, after giving birth (Rae Ann speaks from
experience, she was pregnant with bebe number 3 when I interviewed
her!!) I can always belt or tailor the stretch out dress or shirt.”
edited wardrobe of functional basics makes it easier to get dressed in
the morning. It’s like a uniform. I had five silhouettes-a stretchy
pencil skirt, Citizens of Humanity maternity jeans, maternity black
trousers, Vince V neck sweater dresses, a black dress. The trick to
making minimal basics look like a closet full of great looks is to mix
and match with dramatic accessories like Belts, big necklaces,
oversized totes and groovy costume jewelry (cuff bracelets,
pendants, cocktail rings) Lighten the mood with colorful scarves and
some print. I wore Animal print shoes to break up my neutral palette”.
7 TIPS TO SAIL THROUGH
PREGNANCY WITH PANACHE
Pregnancy is about super-accessorizing. This is the time to discover
accessories and have fun with dramatic pieces.
Invest in thin stretch
cotton basics like tees and dresses.
Spanx underwear holds
Have your tailor open up trouser seams at the side
and put rubber bands in. You can have them removed later.
lean: Have six great basics to work with and punch them up: Underlay
and overlay jewelry, belt a sleek cardigan under the bump, wear big
Empire waist, shifts and A line dresses are
flatter a pregnant body.
be afraid of happy colors and
THE JOY OF BELTING
biggest accessory was an elastic DKNY belt and a ribbon belt. I wanted
to have a shape during pregnancy and, by belting garments below the
boobs, I could transform blah looking garments into an empire shape.
The result? I looked modern, felt thinner and was far more comfortable
than I would be with a restrictive waistband. I belted my husbands
sweaters, his white crisp shirts and paired with leggings. I belted
non-structured jersey dresses and tunics. It was an easy uniform.”
you wear during pregnancy should make as much of a statement
your regular wardrobe. You don’t need a ton of things, just have great
basics and interesting high/low accessories to mix in. Think about
proportion once you start showing. Balance a wider bottom with a tight
sweater, wear a great legging under a floaty top or tunic. A cool
boyfriend blazer (see page 53) with sleeves rolled up over a tunic and
leggings is a super cute look. Keep lines vertical. Dark colors are
more slimmimg. V necks lengthen the torso by showing décolletage.
Bets are amazing leggings (by Fogal or Wolford) that go under the
belly, an LBD by Ella Moss or Isabella Oliver. Rachel Pally’s soft
cotton jersey dresses, tee shirt dresses from American
“wife beater” tanks to layer under everything, a great pair of
Maternity Jeans, a trapeze dress, loose weave, open front cardigans, a
long, fold down waistband skirt from James Perse, gauzy, vintage Mrs
Roper caftans, empire waist dresses.
Every pregnant woman should rent the film Rosemary’s Baby. Mia Farrow
was the most stylish
pregnant person…her look—her pixie haircut, ballet flats, leggings,
eyelet tunics—created a huge impact on fashion...her proportion was
HOW TO LOOK SWELL IN VINTAGE
“As the belly swells, look for
breezy Ossie Clarke and Thea Porter pieces. Favored by rock star wives
and other glamour gals, These British designers specialized in dramatic
empire waist silhouettes crafted with groovy fabrics and ethnic prints.
For more casual fare, Biba’s designs from the 70s are wonderful. The
body skimming dresses and tunics in geometric and art nouveau prints
are lightweight, chic and floaty. Pucci stretch silk jersey dresses-to
the knee and floor grazing- are glam and insanely comfortable. Wrap
dresses are easy to find at every price point as they were made by many
designer in the 70s. For parties, look for Stephen Burrows who is known
for sexy draped jersey dresses in vibrant colors. 60’s party coats in
lame and prints add glamour to simple black frocks. Breezy V-neck
Halston caftans (popularized by Barbara Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor)
in layered chiffon or tie-dye jersey are perfect for lounging about in
the final trimester.”