February 1, 2008

Worth a Try

You're counting down the days until your due date, yes, but also until spring arrives. Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow tomorrow, there's more harsh winter ahead.

So how do you dress your bulging belly? In light of her new book, Just Try It On! A Month by Month Guide to Shopping and Style, we checked in with fashion expert Susan Redstone on the season's best pregnancy style.


Must-haves to survive winter (while still looking chic, of course):

A pendant or necklace that you love. Style-wise it balances the bulge and keeps the focus near your face and shoulders (great for days when you feel a bit...big).

A black dress to wear anywhere, or a wrap dress in a cool Pucci-esque print (you can tie it tighter or looser as you grow). The key is to buy stuff you would normally buy, but in a maternity size.

A stylish, flat, comfortable boot. For something trendy, go for motorcycle-inspired boots (think Frye). If you are more classic, pick an equestrian style. Treat yourself to new ones if your feet widen during pregnancy, as chances are they won't shrink back.

A thin dressy sweater that doesn't add weight to your already bulging belly.

Stretch maternity cords. They are softer and easier to move in than jeans and are great to dress up or down.

A comfy nightgown and matching robe. A soft fabric like brushed cotton is important for resting at home. And a gown with a cross-bust shape is perfect for nursing after you have the baby.


Maternity style in 5 minutes (because really, that's all the time you've got):

Susan's advice to look great in a flash? Grab a cool maternity top (like the ones in style now for non-pregnant women with an empire waist that are somewhat low cut to show off your new cleavage), pair with skinny maternity-waist jeans or cords and some cool sneakers (a slip-on pair, or those with Velcro fastenings).

And please, please step away from the sweat suits.

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