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How to Dress Now That You’re Pregnant

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Not only has baby gear changed since our mothers were pregnant, but maternity fashion has, too-thanks goodness! However, what to wear for different occasions can still be a hassle.

Ten years ago Baukjen de Swaan Arons, founder of Isabella Oliver, had something in common with a lot of women during her first pregnancy–she found it really tricky to dress successfully.

“I’ve always said that I made every mistake in the book, and I really did. There’s more choice today but women still struggle with the same dilemmas – how to look smart for work with a growing bump, elegant for a wedding and what the best investment pieces might be,” she says.

To answer these questions more effectively, Isabella Oliver launched an eStylist service–an online styling initiative–making shopping while pregnant fun and efficient. “Our eStylist service gives women the opportunity to book a time with one of our experts, and ask them, via video or phone, for a little assistance,” she said. “It’s totally free of charge and has been really well-received.”

Real questions that the eStylist has helped with are:

1. I am 3 months pregnant and have no idea how big I’m going to get. I used to wear a size 4 but am currently shopping for clothes in size M. What would you advise?

Your pre-pregnancy size is also your maternity size so there’s no need to worry about that. We suggest embracing your bump – figure hugging styles are very flattering, so don’t just keep buying bigger and bigger non-maternity clothes. Look for maternitywear in supportive fabric, wrap styles, or styles with ruching. We use many of those in the Isabella Oliver line to build both comfort and confidence.

2. I need help with just everything. From workwear to weekend. I’m completely lost and overwhelmed. I work in the fashion industry so I feel particularly pressured to remain stylish as my body changes. 

Start by creating a capsule wardrobe that doesn’t feel too far removed from your normal style and then go from there. I’d suggest a boyfriend jean, a classic tee, a blazer, a T-shirt dress, a shirt and a comfy pair of joggers then mix and match for a multitude of occasions. Use accessories to style up or down for even more versatility.

3. I have a wedding to go to when I am 32 weeks pregnant so will be quite big by then. What shall I wear?

I’d recommend our Zahara Silk Maternity Maxi Dress, currently discounted to $132. It’s a beautiful and luxurious choice for a wedding and benefits from a flowing cut and light fabric. Plus, its length means you can even wear a flat sandal if you can’t bear the thought of a heel or a wedge for more than a couple of hours. From a styling point of view, the print is super pretty and appropriate for both the formality and fun of the event. Add a chunky necklace and a clutch to finish the look.

Are these questions similar to what you’re going through, as well? If so, what are you waiting for? Book your free Isabella Oliver eStylist appointment today!

Watch this video for additional inspiration on how to show off your growing bump!

 

Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump

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Steal That Kid’s Style! Our Takes on Fave Pitti Bimbo Looks

Friday, July 25th, 2014

High-end clothing and accessories aren’t just for the Carrie Bradshaws of the world. The designers showcased at children’s fashion fair Pitti Bimbo, a bi-yearly event in Florence, Italy, prove that garb for little ones can be just as chic. Unfortunately, some of the pieces can run pretty steep–especially when you consider how much your kiddo grows each year!

Don’t worry, though–even if you’d rather save than splurge, your child doesn’t have to dress like a Plain Jane. Here, we’ve put together looks modeled after some of our favorite Pitti Bimbo fashions shown at past fairs. Your little one will be ready to hit the runway in no time! Click the “Off the Rack” images to shop.

On the Runway: This Miss Bluemarine dress, modeled in January 2013, is perfect for the girl who loves all things pink (and has somewhere super fancy to go!). 

Off the Rack: Florals and bows? Check and check. This Youngland frock from Sears also has the satin look of the designer dress, but it’ll only cost you…wait for it…$13! 

On the Runway: He’ll stand out in the crowd when he sports a neon yellow polo! Classic khakis and a grown-up blazer make for a “brunch at the club” look. This outfit, shown in June 2013, is by Miss Grant.

Off the Rack: These pieces are all great basics, so stock up and replicate this look at a minimal cost. Pair the OshKosh polo ($11-$13.20, Diapers.com) with jeans during cooler months. To make the look more feminine, girls may enjoy wearing this similar-looking blazer, also by OshKosh, over a dress ($18, Target). 

On the Runway: Anchors aweigh! The nautical look goes high-fashion with this Philippe Plein dress, which was shown at the most recent fair this past June. 

Off the Rack: It’s patriotic-looking and summery just like its runway counterpart, but this anchor dress is super affordable. ($32, Zappos)

Images of runway styles 1 and 3 by Giovanni Giannoni; image 2 courtesy of Pitti Immagine. 

Back to school time will be here before you know it! Check it some of our fashion tips:

Back to School: Fashion for Girls
Back to School: Fashion for Girls
Back to School: Fashion for Girls

 

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MotherMag Editor Shares Travel and Fashion Trends

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

MotherMag.com editor Katie Hintz-Zambrano

MotherMag.com editor Katie Hintz-Zambrano with her inspiration, Diego.

San Francisco-based fashion journalist Katie Hintz-Zambrano always wanted to start her own website, but was stumped brainstorming a unique angle that would stand out in a sea of other fashion sites. Then she had her son Diego, and it clicked: “I had the idea for a parenting site that was style-leaning.”

Hintz-Zambrano says she noticed other fashion bloggers starting to have children too, and realized she had to stake her claim before somebody else did. “There’s no way after having a kid you’re going to want to write about how to style leather pants five ways,” she says. “Everyone was going to start having kids and that coverage was going to shift, and I wanted to be the person to do that.”

Hintz-Zambrano joined forces with Nashville-based blogger and mother of four James Kicinski-McCoy, and MotherMag.com was born. The lifestyle blog — which covers style, beauty, travel, and of course, motherhood — has only been live for six weeks but already has thousands of followers on Instagram. (Which makes sense: Kicinski-McCoy and Hintz-Zambrano were both finalists for Parents’ 2014 Social Media Awards in the Instagram category!). I had a chat with in-the-know mom Hintz-Zambrano about what’s on trend and on her radar.

P: I love MotherMag’s ‘Mother Hoods’ travel section! What is a great travel destination this summer?

HZ: For a fashion-leaning parent: Sayulita, Mexico. It can be a really fun trip where the parents get pleasure out of it, but so do the kids. It’s not that touristy yet, and it’s not far from San Francisco, so this could be popular with West-Coasters.

P: What are some summer must-haves for moms right now?

HZ: There’s something cool about fruit prints. A shirt with oranges or lemons is summery and fresh. That’s a trend that isn’t too huge, but it’s bubbling up.

Also for moms, we’re super lucky that flat shoes are in, like Birkenstocks. A clean, white, slip-on Van is great to invest in from summer to fall, and it’s on trend to have minimal, comfy shoes. They’re having such a moment now, and they’re so comfortable and breathable and you can run after your kids and not fall over.

Jumpsuits are super cool, and they always look unexpected even though they’re trendy. We’ve been calling them adult onesies on the site! They’re so easy, you don’t have to think about what to pair them with. You can wear them to the office, the park, anywhere, and it’s still appropriate.

P: What do you think will be the coolest back-to-school trends for elementary schoolers this year?

HZ: Harem pants for boys, that European silhouette. A year ago, I would have said, ‘No way that’s coming back,” but I see that happening. Maybe in a more conservative market, ethnic print pants. For girls, touches of neons and pom poms. Dress things up a little bit! And I don’t think you can go wrong with a beautiful striped shirt. They’re available at every price point, and they always look great on kids. Also a bold statement sneaker, for both boys and girls, with wild colors and prints will be an enduring trend.

 

Image: Courtesy of MotherMag.com

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Kardashian Kids (and Family?) Growing!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Whether or not you watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians you need to see the three older sisters’ amazing Kardashian Kids collection at Babies “R” Us, which launched in March and has new, super-on-trend girl clothes hitting shelves June 15th. Here’s a first look at some of the pieces!

Kourtney says that her daughter and niece (Penelope and North) inspire a lot of the ideas, and some of the prints and styles are spinoffs of the Kardashian Kollection at Sears. Kourtney and Kim, like many other moms, want to dress their children in something fashionable and comfortable.

One thing Kourtney has not talked to us about: Whether she and longtime boyfriend Scott Disick are expecting their third child together. We suspect she’s hiding her bump, but we won’t have to wait much longer to know for sure; her mom says all will be made clear on this Sunday’s episode, E! Online reports.

Maybe if Kourtney adds another son to her family to join little Mason we’ll see baby-boy clothes added to Kardashian Kids. Until then, it’s for girls newborn to 24 months, though Kourtney tells us that she’s seen fan pictures of preschoolers wearing the clothes too, for instance wearing one of the baby dresses as a top. When you look at how sophisticated the clothes are (the color-blocking! The pleather!) it’s no surprise that families are making them stretch into older ages. Side note: The spring collection, on sale now that the summer stuff is coming out, was pretty much all under $30 and we expect the summer clothes to be very affordable too.

Want additional tips on how to keep your baby cool and comfortable in the summer?

How to Keep Your Baby Comfortable in the Summer Heat
How to Keep Your Baby Comfortable in the Summer Heat
How to Keep Your Baby Comfortable in the Summer Heat

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Celebrate May with Florals for Mom and Baby

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

April showers have brought May flowers (at least to our closets!). Here are some of our favorite floral picks for Mom and Baby. Click on the images to shop!

This dress is a go for date night–love how it’s styled here! (ASOS, $47)

Prefer to stick to neutrals? You can still go floral with this black and white print. (Motherhood Maternity, $20)

This top is perfect for casual backyard parties. (Destination Maternity, $115)

Pregnant in peplum? Go for it with this springy piece. (Destination Maternity, $70)

 Sneaks can have flowers, too! This toddler pair from Target is certainly seasonally appropriate! (Target, $20)

Shield Baby from the sun with this cheerful hat. (The Children’s Place, $6)

Say “Goodnight Moon” in this floral gown. (Diapers.com, $24)

Take her out on the town in this festive number. (The Children’s Place, $10) 

Just because your little one has cute clothes doesn’t mean she’ll keep ‘em clean! We have tips on how to remove stains from her duds.

How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes
How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes
How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes

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Copy Met Gala Looks…for Maternity!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Sure, celebs including Selena Gomez, Giselle Bundchen, and Emma Stone looked stunning at last night’s Met Gala, but most of us can’t afford to copy their style–let alone squeeze a bump into a designer gown (unless we’re Lake Bell!). However, with a little creative license, pregnant fashionistas can work to replicate these gorgeous looks. If you have a cocktail party on the calendar, read on, and click on any of the maternity pictures to buy a dress!

Just because you have a bump doesn’t mean you can’t sparkle like Chrissy Teigen! Don this metallic number and you’re sure to turn heads.

To blend in with the black and white crew (aka Cara Delevingne and Stella McCartney), try out this piece.

Rock black lace like Giselle Bundchen with this sexy number.

Go floral like Karolina Kurkova. It’s easy to copy her color scheme with this blue, flowy dress.

 Do something a little bit different and get funky like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

In this knee-length number, you can still look red-hot like Selena Gomez.

 Maybe Amber Heard’s lacy gown will inspire you to don this dress.

 Save the crop top for another day–but you can still rock pink like Emma Stone.

Click on any of the maternity dresses above to go to our shop, or just check out all our maternity dresses.

Not ready to let the world know you’re pregnant? Here are some outfit tips for those looking to hide a bump!

Hide a First-Trimester Bump
Hide a First-Trimester Bump
Hide a First-Trimester Bump

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Jessica Seinfeld: “I Only Know How to Work.”

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Jessica Seinfeld with Thyme Maternity’s President Jon Plens at Babies “R” Us in New York City. Photo from MaryAnneRussell.com.

When caring for Baby, you barely have time to think about yourself let alone what you’re wearing, including the essentials like nursing bras. But for mamas experiencing financial and family hardships, stylish duds could just be the perfect spark of hope.

That’s a message the uber-cool clothing line Thyme Maternity understands all too well. To celebrate the opening of its first in-store shop in New York this week, the brand is teaming with Baby Buggy, a non-profit providing struggling moms across the country with essential gear and services.

We caught up with Baby Buggy’s founder Jessica Seinfeld, mom of three and wife of Jerry Seinfeld, to learn more about this exclusive partnership:

The event is themed “Look Great, Feel Great.” Why is that such an important message for you?

The moms we help are struggling with the very basics, so they don’t feel great about themselves every morning they wake up. They face things most of us could never comprehend. For us to give back through Thyme Maternity is almost life changing because it gives them a little bit of light in a dark time.

How have the families you’ve helped responded to the partnership?

One of our moms is so happy she actually has something nice to wear to work for the first time. Every dollar she stashed away went to her family and not herself. To give a mother something special, especially during this time, is a wonderful thing.

What’s your favorite thing about Thyme’s new fall line?

They really took fall to a bright, not somber place. What I like about this line is that it’s flattering for all different shapes, and the colors are really pretty.

What helps you balance work with family?

I only know how to work. I’m not good with staying home, especially now that my kids are in school all day. I try to kill it every day and put in as much as I can to spend more time helping people.

 

The “Look Great, Feel Great” event runs throughout this weekend. For every item purchased through September 22 from the line’s maternity shops in Babies “R” Us as well as online at BabiesRUs.com/Thyme, Thyme will donate a piece from its collection to Baby Buggy. To top it off, all items will be Buy One, Get One 50 percent off, a win for moms everywhere. For instance, you can pick up TWO of Thyme’s great nursing bras starting as low as $30! Happy shopping…

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Rosie to the Rescue: Stylish Summer Dresses for Mom-to-Be

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Rosie PopeCheck out blog posts by multitalented mompreneur Rosie Pope every week at Parents.com!

Tis’ the season for celebrations! Be it bridal to baby showers, weddings or garden parties, they all have one thing in common: You will almost certainly need to wear a dress, unless you plan to be ultra chic in a pantsuit—which isn’t the easiest look to pull off while pregnant if you ask me.

So many of my pregnant clients have a love-hate relationship with these events. On the one hand, these social outings can be exciting and a great opportunity to show off your bump, but on the other, it’s a little more work to ditch the leggings, tunic and flats for something a little more sassy and a lot more dressed up.

The key to selecting the perfect dress for this summer’s occasions is to make sure it’s either fabulous enough, and versatile enough, to wear to multiple events. (That’s right: When you’re pregnant, you’re allowed to repeat.) Also, make sure it shows off your current favorite asset. I know it can be tough, but pick the one thing you still like: legs, arms, boobs, tush, neck, and, if all else fails, then love thy bump! Most importantly, remember the mantra “look good, feel good,” and invest in a dress that is going to make you feel great about yourself all season long.

These are my summer style tips intended to enhance your favorite feature:

Sexy shoulders and back Show them off in a summery cut. Go bare in a strapless gown, or opt for slightly more coverage in a halter or tank style.

Great-looking legs Select a dress that allows you to show a lot of leg, but still features elements that draw the attention up towards your face. A great option is a flowy mini with a jeweled neckline, the Stella Dress in Black.

Sublime neckline It’s okay if you are still learning to love your growing body, but you can always feature a stunning neckline. Choose a dress that is flowing and bohemian to cover any problem areas, but keep it feminine with a few lacy details or accents.

Flattering bustline Choose a dress that has some extra fabric around the bust so your blossoming bosom can fill it out, yet you won’t feel self-conscious about clingy fabric. One of my favorites is the Charlotte Dress in Emerald.

Superior posterior If you are loving your derriere, then highlight it in a tight style made in a thicker fabric that incorporates spandex. Be sure to pick a dress that generally covers up elsewhere to keep it tasteful.

Beautiful baby bump Show off your growing belly in an empire-waist dress or a look that belts just above the bump.

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