Bloggers with killer maternity style

Bloggers with killer maternity style

Guest post by KnockedupFabulous.com

Pregnancy is filled with so many challenging things.  There’s the whole morning sickness bit and making sure you’re on the same page with your baby daddy about parenting styles and…it’s a never ending list!

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PRESS: Look great, buy less

PRESS: Look great, buy less

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PETITEMARIN –

Here is Part 2 of our interview with local Marin resident and author of Fashion Dues & Duen’ts: a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump, Katie Rice Jones. We asked style questions related to dressing your changing body from growing a bump to dressing your post-baby body.

Rachel Schohn of Petite Marin: (Q) I’m a big fan of the Lean Closet Movement as you talk about on your blog. It’s so much easier getting dressed with a few key, well-made pieces. As I’ve been scaling down my own wardrobe, I’m finding myself with cool basics, and old accessories. What should I be wearing to keep my basics current?

KRJ: (A) For those who don’t know the Lean Closet Movement, coined by San Francisco’s lifestyle brand Cuyana, is about paring down the closet so that one is left with only effortlessly stylish pieces that are loved. It’s a pragmatic dressing approach and it’s picking up momentum. While there may be a myriad reasons for its acceptance, I believe the foremost is a planetary one. These days thoughtful people aim to reduce their carbon footprint and buying less, of everything, helps ensure this.

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However my intimate introduction to the movement was not as noble in cause. It came to me by way of my first pregnancy. Maternity wear can be expensive and I didn’t have the funds to wardrobe my burgeoning bump as a fashion stylist would like.

The bigger I grew, the smaller my closet’s options got. Gradually my closet was pared down to only a handful of stylish maternity pieces.

After the birth of my daughter Evelyn, I highly anticipated a triumphant return to my closet plumb full of regular clothes. But once I finally got down to my pre-bump size and could wear the stuff, the return lacked luster. In fact living for 9-plus months with little to wear left me changed…

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Regular-fit fashion’s due date

Regular-fit fashion’s due date

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These days worrying about the impact of maternity wear on your style vibe is so yesterday. Times have changed and those in-the-know realize that maternity wear can be just as stylish as its regular-fit counterpart. Nonetheless, there will be doubters, like Haylie Duff, who cheekily prescribe to avoiding the stuff altogether.

I was fighting the good fight on (not) buying maternity clothes…”

– Haylie Duff

While her quote contains a touch more hubris than fashion sense, it does allude to a certain kind of pregnancy dressing-strategy that relies on the adaptability of regular-fit clothing until your body needs the styling of the maternity-fit.

Between 0-5 months you’re in a body limbo of sorts – gradually getting too big for your tailored regular-fit pieces, but yet not big enough for traditional maternity. Hence your look is in limbo too. The trick to finding something to wear is to identify regular-fit clothing that is adaptable or blind to your changing body. These kinds of wardrobe pieces are called maternity wear posers, or more simply, posers.

Given current fashion trends, it’s likely that much of your closet’s existing clothes can make do as transitional clothing during your early and midterm pregnancy. To discover which of your regular-fit clothing can pose as posers examine them for the following styling, construction, and detail…

Knit and stretchy material (versus woven fabrics)

Roomy fit (versus tailored fit)

Draped and wrapped styling

Durable fabric that will not misshapen

Long-bodied and pull-over tops

Low-rise bottoms

Expandable clothing elements including: side vents, side ruching or drawstring and elastic waistbands

Adaptable mechanics that can be worn unbuttoned, un-cinched, zipped down, open or layered under

Easy-on silhouettes like skirts and dresses (versus pants)

As a stylist, I can assure you that plenty of pseudo-maternity looks are hanging in your closet. To prove it, just check out the plethora of posers I found in mine.

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1. Shift dress
This dress lacks waist definition making it super-wearable.

2. Tie back vest
Add panache to a basic tee when you don a vest. As you progress, loosen its back tie or wear it unbuttoned for a little breathing room.

3. A-line top or dress
The flare from this dress’ midsection provides ample room for a little bump.

4. Button fly jeans
Make room for your bump one button at a time while keeping your pants securely in place.

5. Boyfriend cardigan
An oversized cardigan looks great with relaxed jeans, fitted knit pencil skirts or leggings.

6. Maxi dress
This aptly named dress maximizes your look by diminishing your bump and accentuating your décolletage, shoulders, and arms.

7. Fitted knit skirt
The best knit skirt acts as a kind of Spanx, flattering and smoothing the lower half of your expecting bod.

8. Cocoon top
This easy piece adds interest to your look and showcases your bump.

9. Tunic
A tunic elongates your body and narrows your hips.

10. Wrap dress, top or vest
Wrap styling adjusts to your growing belly with its tie design. Be advised, as you adjust the ties to accommodate your bump, the neckline begins to plunge. Layer a pretty cami underneath to control cleavage-exposure.

11. Empire and baby doll top or dress
This high waisted styling will provide ample room for your bump.

12. Banded hem top
The top’s wide band slims hips while its shirring detail accommodates growth.

13. Ruched top or dress
Regular-fit clothes with ruching details will expand with you for a short time.

14. Long scarf
Visually slim your torso by draping a long scarf around your neck and letting it hang loosely down your body. Also don a scarf to add texture, color or pattern to your mate

15. Smock top
The top’s neckline smocking detail creates a voluminous lower bodice.

16. Open front cardigan
Worn open or tied about the waist, this kind of cardigan is of a less fussy fit than its buttoned counterpart.

17. Long-bodied tee or tank
The best pieces hit at mid-hip.

18. Elastic and drawstring waistband skirt or pants
Bottoms with accommodating waistbands make for excellent posers

19. Kimono jacket or dress
Its full sleeves conceal heavy arms, and its wrapped bodice hides your tummy size.

20. Dropped-waist top or dress
The waistline of this dress falls below your tummy, making it easy to slip on over your bump.

21. Shrug
An easy-on shrug makes a terrific heavy arm concealer and can be worn throughout pregnancy.

22. Low-rise pant
The rise of these pants falls below the belly making it possible to wear them longer than their mid or high-rise counterparts.

23. Cape
A short cape will hide the belly but can make you look as big as a house in later term.

24. Half coat
Hitting above your natural waistline makes this kind of coat wearable throughout your nine months.

25. Long-bodied drape
A versatile wrap helps elongate and slim your bumped body and is an easy alternative to your getting-tighter- by-the-minute blazer. During your pregnancy, you will find hundreds of ways to wrap it and to wear it. Plus, it makes an elegant breastfeeding drape in post.

26. Yoga pant or leggings
A multi-purpose pull-on pant with an adjustable waistline wears well when you’re out for a coffee, at the gym or just lounging around at home.

27. Peplum and skater top
or dress
The flounce or overskirt of this piece can provide a short-term disguise for the belly.

28. Poet top
A shapeless shirt with an easy-going vibe and, in this case, also a distracting print.

Even if you found similar pieces hanging in your closet, you still may be hankering for something new. These days, some of the trendiest clothing worn by flat-stomached gals also works well for those with bumps. To find the largest assortment of fertile friendly pieces look no further than your local mall. Mall stores such as Zara, Madewell, and Anthropologie make for excellent hunting grounds for trend-right posers at reasonable prices.

It may surprise you to know that stores which exclusively offer regular-fit fashions are not the only places in the mall to find posers. In fact, some maternity stores offer them too. A Pea in the Pod and Mom’s the Word understand the value of offering non-maternity pieces as their availability gets pregos in their stores and shopping sooner than usual during the pregnancy process. While at the same time, shoppers benefit from these stores’ expert selection of posers that unquestionably flatter the pregnant body.

While sizing-up a size or two in regular-fit works well in the short-term, this dressing strategy fails miserably later on in pregnancy when you have to size-up multiple sizes to get anything to fit. This is because regular-fit clothing uses a size scaling system based on the average difference between sizes of the non-pregnant body (This system usually adds an inch to all of the garment’s measurements each time its goes up in size, thereby proportionally maintaining shape, fit, balance, and scale of its style details between sizes.). In and around your fifth month, sizing-up in regular- fit becomes a less suitable way of dressing because your bump will have proportionally outpaced the rest of you. To find clothing that will accommodate your belly in regular-fit, you will have to size-up dramatically, leaving the rest of your body parts drowning in extra fabric.

To avoid this fit issue, you could do as the celebs do and spend your money on expensive alterations to make your sized- up clothing fit better, but take heed: these altered pieces will never flatter you in the way that clothing designed specifically for your new proportions can.

Now back to Haylie’s quote and photo. As you can see, Haylie’s regular-fit pieces look outgrown. They have reached their due date and are contributing to her frumpy look. Now is that time for her to put hubris aside and choose a much more flattering fit: maternity-fit.

Partially excerpted from Chapter 2 – Maternity Wear Posers, Fashion Dues & Duen’ts; a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump (Know Act Be Book, 2014). Available NOW on Amazon.com

 

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KRJ Comments: Style through the years…Christina Aguilera

KRJ Comments: Style through the years…Christina Aguilera

Orignially posted on Mom.me
written by Christine Bartsch

Singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera got her start at age 13, starring alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell in “The All New Mickey Mouse Club.” Shedding the wholesome Disney image, Aguilera forged an experimental path for her musical career, from covering ‘40s classic hits to sexually explicit material and electronic beats. Now a mother to son Max and daughter Summer, Aguilera’s manages to remain true to herself through her personal style. “Aguilera’s sexy-chic personal style has remained consistent no matter what her life transition. This is an important message for every mom to glean: Cling to your personal style,” says Katie Rice Jones, author of the maternity fashion book, “Fashion Dues & Duen’ts,” and a nationally known style expert. Read more of my style commentary on Mom.me (part 3 of a 3-part celebrity series)…Style through the years

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Is your closet skinny?


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Is your closet skinny?

The irony is not lost on me that my most chic friend, Liz, also the one with the least clothing.  As far back as our early twenties, and long before it had a proper name, Liz has been unofficially participating in the Lean Closet Movement. For her, making do with less was more than just a way of dressing; it has always been a way of life.

 

Lean Closet Movement: To simplify the closet so that one is left with only pieces that are loved and to effortlessly wear everything one owns. – Cuyana

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Fast-forward to 2015, the Lean Closet Movement, coined by San Francisco’s lifestyle brand Cuyana, is picking up momentum. While there may be a myriad reasons for its acceptance, I believe the foremost is a planetary one. These days thoughtful people aim to reduce their carbon footprint and buying less, of everything, helps ensure this.

However my intimate introduction to the movement was not as noble in cause. It came to me by way of my first pregnancy. Maternity wear can be expensive and I didn’t have the funds to wardrobe my burgeoning bump as a fashion stylist would like.  The bigger I grew, the smaller my closet’s options got.  Gradually my closet was pared down to only a handful of stylish maternity pieces.

After the birth of Evelyn, I highly anticipated a triumphant return to my closet plumb full of regular clothes. But once I finally got down to my pre-bump size and could wear the stuff, the return lacked luster. In fact living for 9-plus months with little to wear left me changed. For one, I got really good at making less, look like more and two; I now longed for a clutter-free closet. By the time Evelyn was 6 months old, I scaled down my closet substantially by donating those items that were:

  • too small
  • collecting dust
  • unflattering
  • impractical
  • dated
  • of a former life or career (ball gowns and suits)
  • poor quality and cheap construction
  • not my personal style

With this said, you don’t need a monumental lifestyle change, like a birth, to make a change in your closet. If you too long for a clutter-free closet, my advice is to start out slow. Here’s one long-term way to donate large quantities of clothing and limit that nagging feeling you might wear them again.

  1. Get a large box.
  2. Put those pieces that are habitually unworn in it.
  3. Store the box (somewhere other than in your closet).
  4. Wait twelve months (four seasons).

If you find that you haven’t opened the box within that year, tape it up and donate the entire box to Goodwill. Then, don’t look back.

 

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