Recreate Celebrity Mom Style
Work Your Signature
You may not have time for full makeup every day, but make sure to play up your best feature, suggests Julie Hewett, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Julie Hewett cosmetics. Gwen Stefani wears red lipstick to bring attention to a full set of lips, and Ashlee Simpson puts the focus on her blue eyes by applying liner and mascara. To show off your sexy stems, steal Naomi Watts' style and wear leggings under a loose tunic. And don't be afraid to flaunt your curves, like Christina Aguilera does, in a wrap dress. It gives you room in the belly when you're pregnant and creates a V-neck that elongates a
Keep It Simple
Sure, celebrities get glammed up by top makeup artists when they're on set, but even Julie Hewett, celebrity makeup artist, says you don't need the complete Clinique line to look good. If bold statements aren't your thing, pare down your makeup routine for a natural look that saves you both time and stress. Start with a base of foundation to cover up any imperfections, then dab some cream color on your cheeks and lips.
Avoid Big and Baggy
"You might be tempted to simply go up a few clothing sizes as your pregnancy progresses," says Clinton Kelly from TLC's What Not to Wear. But he warns against it: "You end up looking like a woman who has a beer belly." Clothing that's cut larger is baggier in all areas, particularly the shoulders, but maternity clothes are cut with extra room in the tummy and bust. Buy your normal size, but shop in the maternity department.
Keep Them Up
"Never underestimate the power of well-fitting undergarments, especially a bra," Clinton Kelly from TLC's What Not to Wear states. Take it from Rebecca Romijn, who told Page Six magazine that she wore a bra throughout her entire pregnancy, even while on bed rest. Pregnant or not, it's important to dress from the inside out. Make sure the straps fit securely and that you're not spilling out of the cups. Getting a good fit can be frustrating, as your size fluctuates, but wearing the right bra is worth a little aggravation.
Look for the Empire
Stars know how to take the attention away from their bellies by choosing clothes that cinch under the bust. "Pieces that have an Empire seam draw attention to the smallest part of your body, even though you may not feel like you have one right now!" Clinton Kelly says. And many celebrities, like Jessica Alba, have embraced the maxi-dress. It glosses over the stomach and creates a long and lean look.
Spend It on Staples
You may think that celebrities splurge on everything, but most know the value of spending more on a few key items. Down-to-earth Jennifer Garner makes looking good seem effortless with a well-cut pair of pants. "Staples such as jeans will go the distance of your pregnancy," Clinton Kelly says. Think of your day-to-day wardrobe. The things you would typically spend more on are the same items you should pay extra for while you're pregnant.
Take a tip from Dexter Philip, a fashion stylist in New York, who recommends jersey dresses for the pregnant woman looking to keep it simple. This fabric stretches and breathes so you (and celebs like Halle Berry) appear comfortable without looking sloppy. It's also great for a postpregnant mom who wants a more forgiving fabric.
Large Accessories for a Little Lady
The bigger the bag, the smaller you appear. Celebrities like Nicole Richie have been using this trick for years, pregnant or not. "Carry a big tote: it makes your tummy look smaller and holds all of your essentials," stylist Dexter Philip advises. That's good news for moms already carrying around an oversize diaper bag! And this trick isn't limited to totes. Oversize sunglasses, belts, and other accessories diminish your frame, belly and all.
Fashion stylist Dexter Philip also suggests laying low on stripes and big patterns, opting instead for chic fabrics in solid colors. If you're looking for a little more flair than just plain black, try a top with ruching or gathering on the side to complement the waistline, or seek out fabrics with a hint of shimmer.
For a comfortable but flattering daytime outfit, opt for a fitted, cropped jacket with a casual pair of pants or jeans, Dexter Philip suggests. Cover-ups and cardigans work because you can leave them unbuttoned as your bump grows. Plus, the layered look is a great way to add length to your build.
Things Are Looking Up
When "I can't find a thing to wear" blues start to set in, celebrities learn to look on the bright side. Big hoops, glittering chandelier earrings, and colorful scarves are fun and flirty for spring and shift the emphasis up toward your face. And they have the added bonus of being one-size-fits-all!
Originally published in the April 2009 issue of American Baby magazine.