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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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Shop Wendy Bellissimo’s New Maternity Line!

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Pregnant women, rejoice! Wendy Bellissimo does more than curate amazing nurseries–she’s also bringing her flair for design to Destination Maternity, with a clothing and accessories line that just launched this week.

Wendy’s California-inspired, affordable pieces will be on sale at Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity stores, and online. Fall always feels more fun when flannel shirts, loose sweaters, and tribal prints are involved, and Wendy’s collection offers just those options!

Check out these looks:

Flannel doesn’t have to feel masculine. The lace back of this $44 top adds a sweet, unexpected touch. 

Finally, a top that focuses on exposing your arms, not your tummy! The funky print of this $38 V-neck makes it great for day or night. 

Wondering what to wear to your baby shower? This $48 maxi dress is a great pick.

Which pieces are your faves? If you’re just beginning to build your maternity wardrobe, make sure you stock up on these must-haves:

5 Maternity Must-Haves
5 Maternity Must-Haves
5 Maternity Must-Haves

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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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Dressing for Pregnancy When It’s Cold Outside

Friday, January 17th, 2014

** guest-edited by Olivia Capone Myers, Design Director for A Pea in the Pod

Warmth, comfort, and style are the keys to feeling and looking great during the colder months, especially during your last trimester.

Opt for a demure long-sleeve LBD for a winter baby shower like the Nicole Miller Long Sleeve Ruched Maternity Dress. For a more casual but polished look, try the Rebecca Taylor Long Sleeve Lace Maternity Shirt paired with skinny jeans or leather leggings. Add our Open Front Ponte Maternity Jacket and a statement necklace to complete your look.

The ultimate in comfort, our patented Secret Fit Belly® is a stretchy seamless panel available on your favorite bottoms from leggings to designer denim. The panel provides excellent support and can even be worn post-pregnancy as your body transitions. Plus you’ll still be able to wear your favorite designer styles from skinny to boyfriend jeans.

Layering is essential during the last few months of your pregnancy. Our seamless, adjustable strap and shelf-bra camis are great to pair underneath fitted blazers. A T-shirt, tank, or long-sleeved shirt with flattering side-ruching is perfect to wear underneath a cardigan or to layer with a sweater. They smooth out your look and add a layer of warmth.

Winter weekends are for lounging! Relax in style with our cozy Splendid® Long Sleeve Maternity Hoodie. Pair this hoodie with our super-soft French Terry Drawstring Maternity Lounge Pants; they adjust to accommodate your growing baby bump and are comfortable to wear even after baby arrives.

Winter months can be especially harsh on your skin. Basq Skincare’s Citrus Sugar Body Polish gently exfoliates and helps to brighten dull, tired skin. Basq also makes some fantastic body oils that are perfect for maintaining your glow; they moisturize, strengthen and tone your skin and have a soothing fragrance.

Is it mostly clothes for your workplace that you need? Check out this Parents video for a few more tips!

Clothes for Work
Clothes for Work
Clothes for Work

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4 Maternity Looks for the Holidays

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

** guest-edited by Amy Tara Koch,  style expert and author of the pregnancy-style bible Bump It Up

To the pregnant woman, there’s one aspect of this season that triggers anxiety: shopping for dressy maternity clothes. From mid-November until January, women must step up their style to express the celebratory verve of the holidays. But with a watermelon in the belly, dressing for the parade of parties can be stressful.

Here’s the deal: you don’t need to invest in an entirely new wardrobe to create festive and flattering outfits. The secret is having key maternity basics (namely a great dress or tunic) that can be layered into holiday-worthy ensembles. Dramatic accessories are the difference between ho-hum and high wattage. By pairing a flattering silhouette with glammy statement jewelry, fashionable footwear and a great bag, you can pack away your holiday-dressing jitters. Here are four standout looks based on maternity fashion finds from our Parents.com shop.

ON THE EDGE 

This starts with one of the ASOS Maternity Swing Dresses on our site for between $26 and $80. Forever 21 accessories kick it up, including Sleek Long Fringe Earrings ($5.80) and a Paneled Clutch ($19.80). The stack of bracelets might be something you already own, or you can consider these from Baublebar for $52. Pull on booties instead of heels for the added edge. These Nine West Junia Booties are $139.

GRAPHIC GODDESS 

Here we begin with our store’s ASOS Maternity Midi Tulip Dress with Wrap Front for $62. It gets an instant cool factor with the  DKNY Jeans Chunky ZigZag Long Cardigan, a splurge at $91 but something you’ll use all winter and, because it’s not maternity, you can wear forever. The chain bracelet is $7.80 at Forever 21 and the Merona Satchel is $35 at Target. Add your own jewelry and booties or try this necklace is One by Dallas + Carlos for $98 and the Marana booties from DV by Dolce Vita for $129.

POISED & POLISHED 

This cheery look starts at our shop with A Pea in the Pod’s ¾ Sleeve Drape Front Maternity Dress for $60. Add a gold skinny belt like this $10 number from BDG. The $50 H&M Boucle Jacket, which isn’t maternity and will serve you after pregnancy, too, looks professional and gives you coverage if you’re self-concious about your shape. Add your own gold hoops (these are $25 Sequin NYC Studded Hoops from Nordsrom) and wedge pumps (these are $80 Calvin Klein pumps from DSW). The $144 Heather Belle & Co. wristlet is cool; Vegan Leather!

SHEER STYLE 

If you’re more comfy in pants, grab a dressy tunic like our shop’s Jessica Simpson for Destination Maternity Long Sleeve Lace Trim Maternity Tunic for $59 and put them over the AG Jeans Secret Belly Fit Corduroy Pants for $210 (worth it because you’ll wear those suckers twice a week for all nine months, trust us!). Forever 21 has the Rock & Roll Faux Leather Clutch for $21.80, and H&M has the $6 20 Pack of Bracelets and $8 ring. A scarf gives added color; it doesn’t have to be fancy but we do love this Yarnz Geo Eye Scarf for $145. Enzo Angiolini’s Zeric Riding Boots finish things off at $100.

For more pregnancy style tips follow Amy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Also browse our maternity store; we add new items every day!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a $150 Gift Card for Fourth Love’s Cool Maternity Clothes

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with your wardrobe, especially when it comes to the attire from new maternity line Fourth Love. Equal parts roomy and stylish, the clothes ensure you don’t have to sacrifice trends or comfort in the nine months ahead.

Whether you’re rocking a bump in this faux-leather sleeve dress or keeping things simple with a polka dot blouse, the collection is definitely savvy to all the latest dos in fashion. Just browsing through the line’s website will have you remembering favorite pieces you treasured pre-pregnancy.

Inspired by mom Susan Cho after the birth of her second son, Fourth Love is meant to transcend every stage of pregnancy and beyond, making the clothes not only cute, but also durable. Beside the classic, cool designs, the collection is also big on giving back, donating 10 percent of profits to help other expecting mothers like yourself.

Good news for you, Fourth Love is giving away a $150 gift card to use on the brand’s website for one lucky mom-to-be to snag a hot mama outfit of her own.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, November 13, and don’t forget to read the official rules here. Be sure to check back here November 14 to see who was chosen and look out for a message from us on Facebook. Goody luck!

Our winner has been chosen. Congratulations to Melissa Hidalgo-Ruiz!

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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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Fall Maternity Clothing, Up to 40% Off

Monday, August 19th, 2013

maternity jacketAutumn is a-coming! Prepare for its blustery days and chilly nights with these chic maternity clothes. They’ll help you stretch your pregnancy wardrobe — and they’re all currently available at a discount at Shop Parents.

• Weather fall’s drizzles and breezes with a versatile button-front twill jacket.

• Stay cozy (and comfortable) in a fashion-forward colorblocked sweater or jaunty striped pullover.

• Swap your mini skirts for on-trend denim like the Slim Fit Skinny Flare jeans, or show off those shapely gams with jersey leggings.

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