5 Maternity Coats You’ll Love + How to Pull them Off

Colder weather is around the corner. Luckily, styling your bump in a coat that fits and flatters can be a breeze. A maternity coat will accommodate your growing bump, hit at the right length and fit you properly everywhere else. Since outerwear is THE statement piece of the season, here are some of my favorite silhouettes and tips on how to wardrobe them.
PP_Fall15_03-0351_RT-flt_300The parka is a cold weather essential, especially if snow is in the forecast. To keep a parka femme, pair one with a side-ruch fitted tee, super skinny jeans and tall boots. A classic black or grey wool coat is another essential and versatile silhouette that gives maximum style mileage. Paired with a monochromatic ponte legging and sleek bootie, the end result is edgy yet chic. Give it a lift with a bright scarf, dark jean and suede boot.

A plaid coat is totally of-the-moment. Opt for classic black and white that when paired with a simple tee, legging and tall boot, becomes a total statement maker. Are you all about layers? Opt for a utility vest that you can work over a cardi, leggings and chunky bootie for the perfect Fall weekend look.

Which maternity coat are you eyeing up for the season? -Olivia

Faux Fur Maternity Coat // Seraphine Toggle Closure Maternity Jacket // Textured Wrap Maternity Coat // Plaid Wrap Maternity Coat // velvet by GRAHAM & SPENCER Woven Maternity Vest

The Dos + Don’ts of Fall Maternity Style

In interviews and style sessions I often get asked about the big no-nos when it comes to maternity dressing. I am a big believer that rules are made to be broken so I rarely give hard and fast ones. I do, however, think that some trends are just MADE for maternity and some non-maternity favorites may need to hit the road once a bump is on board. Read on for some fall styling tips and trends you may want to avoid.PP_Fall15_15-2272_RT-flt_72I’ve already mentioned the poncho as a hot maternity trend in a recent post and for good reason; it’s a big fashion statement now! But buyers beware: non maternity ponchos that are too short and chunky are definitely not a good look. I say this trend is a DO, but opt for one that is specifically designed with a bump in mind like this Ella Moss version.
PP_Fall15_21-2764_RT-flt_72Another DO: Prints please! Prints and patterns can be a bump’s best friend.
PP_Fall15_20-2698_RT-flt_72When in doubt, DO accessorize, but DON’T go overboard with too many accessories. As Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” I think the same holds true for a mom-to-be.PP_Fall15_16-2310_RT-flt_72DON’T only wear neutral colors! The key to wearing color is to know what shades work for you. Reds and wines are keys for fall. Know what colors look best for you and incorporate them into your maternity wardrobe.PP_Fall15_23-3090_RT-flt_72DON’T opt for only basic maternity tunics and leggings. I get it… leggings are a mama’s best friend, and since they are actually all over the runways right now, they are a major DO. But switch them up; try a denimleather or textured legging in addition to your basic versions to keep them fresh. And dress up a legging look with sleek booties, a plaid shirt or a swingy tee for an anything-but-basic look. –Olivia

Celebrity Moms Love A Pea in the Pod

Some of our favorite celebrity mamas have been showing their love for A Pea in the Pod recently. New mom, Odette Annable, and moms-to-be, DeAnna Pappas Stagliano and Jana Kramer, make pregnancy look even more amazing! Here’s a round-up of their latest looks for some maternity and new mom style inspo.Odette Annable out and about post baby has us craving the warm California weather in maternity shorts and a striped tee. She proves that transitioning maternity pieces after baby is a total do!DeAnna Pappas Stagliano, here with her hubs and sweet little girl, looks great in this simple Seraphine long sleeve dress accessorized with classic jewelry and tights.And can we talk about her sexy date night look? A little black dress like this spaghetti strap style can take you from the office with a blazer and flats, to a wedding in strappy heels and metallic accessories. And according to DeAnna, you “can never go wrong with gold, simple jewels and bold red lips!”  Noted.We are gushing over Jana Kramer and her love for the Secret Fit Belly on her AG Jeans telling E! Online, “It’s time for the pregnancy pants and now I’m going to wear them for life.”

Momspiration Monday // Jaime King

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A Whimsical Woodland Baby Shower

A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity’s creative team recently hosted a baby shower for our marketing coordinator and mom-to-be Jackie, who is expecting a little girl! The team chose an autumnal theme and our photo studio, an open space with lots of natural light, as the venue for the early morning brunch.
448A6487[2]454448A64904For the décor, topiaries, wood serving pieces, and naturally toned linens were simple accents to play up the rustic feel, while a hand scripted mural and clothesline stocked with brightly hued baby clothes added whimsical touches. The gifts were wrapped in homemade polka dot wrap. Starbucks lattes, muffins and sandwiches were also wrapped in brown paper to compliment the theme.
448A6487[2]Congratulations to Jackie on her baby girl and to our team for pulling off the surprise fete!  –Olivia

LA Vibes

Hello from Los Angeles! I’m out in sunny California on day 3 of my style session tour at A Pea in the Pod. Yesterday I had an amazing day in Beverly Hills and got to hang with some fabulous mamas and help #stylethebump!IMG_9509Our fall collection is full of pieces taking influence from the 70’s like the poncho, flare jeans, maxi dresses, vests and plaid everywhere! LA is also on to this trend in a big way! Walking down the streets of Beverly Hills, the windows are lined with vintage flares, floppy hats, peasant tops and chunky platform heels.
ponchoIf you are a LA mom-to-be, make sure to stop by our Beverly Hills store to the get look specifically designed for a growing bump! Nearby Intermix and Club Monaco have great accessories to polish off your look.IMG_9552Head over to Instagram #oliviastylesesh to follow the rest of my travels and see what’s hot in Cali! xoxo Olivia

Maternity Poncho Sweater // Saint Laurent Platform Sandals // Splendid Woven Maternity Vest // Jessica Simpson Boho Maternity Maxi // Luxe Essentials Denim Chelsea Flared Bootcut Maternity Jean // Maison Michel Felt Hat // Lanvin Tassel Belt

Trend Alert // The LBD Every Mama Needs

TrendAlert-LBD 2Every woman needs a little black dress in her wardrobe that works for any and every occasion, from a wedding to the office. For moms-to-be, I suggest opting for a softly structured sheath or swing dress that can be styled down for day or up for a night out, easily adjusts to your growing bump and works post-baby.
TrendAlert-LBD collageI also love an LBD with a flirty tulip hem, a sleek maxi, and something more sexy and form fitting like these Isabella Oliver maternity styles.

My favorite way to style my LBD is with strappy heels, a red lip, chunky gold cuff, clutch and retro shades! -Olivia

Seraphine Long Sleeve Maternity Dress // Aquazzura Bel Air Pumps // Seraphine 3/4 Sleeve Maternity Dress // Dita Gold Temptation Sunglasses // Saint Laurent Bracelet // NARS Jungle Red Lipstick // Oliveve Oversized Clutch

Staying True To Your Style During Pregnancy

Guest Editor: Kaycee Sogard of Cordially, Kaycee

People constantly ask me if anything has been different with my current pregnancy than with my first. My husband and I aren’t finding out the gender of this baby *gasp*, so everyone and their mother wants to try and figure it out! While I wasn’t quite as sick this time around, and I may be carrying a little lower, the one thing that has truly been different with this pregnancy has been my maternity style.

When I was carrying my daughter Saydee, I was so excited to wear maternity clothes! I wanted maternity pants, shirts with the “scrunchy-sides” as I called them, and anything with an empire waist. Why? Because I was pregnant and that’s what pregnant people wear, obviously. While I never chose anything that looked bad on me, per say, I didn’t stay true to my own personal style.

With this baby I still wear maternity pants, shirts with the “scrunchy-sides” and so many maternity dresses that I sometimes forget I’m pregnant and supposed to be uncomfortable. The difference with all of these clothes this time around is that everything is 100% true to my style. I chose denim brands that I love like AG Jeans and Paige, tees that reflect my modern taste and dresses with a cool-girl vibe.

You may not be able to control how your body is growing, how much weight you gain, or how big your belly gets, but you can control how you dress that beautiful bump! For me, my maternity style has given me even a small sense of normalcy through the never-ending changes my body has gone through. It’s so important to remain genuine and true to your personal style by wearing clothes that make you feel great on the outside as well as on the inside, pregnant or not!

Behind the Scenes @NYFW with Rachel Zoe

NYFW wrapped up leaving behind a bevy of fresh new trends on the horizon for Spring 2016. Stylist, Designer and Editor, Rachel Zoe, gives us a behind the scenes look at her latest runway collection, taking inspiration from one of the biggest trends of the season.
Rachel Zoe NYFW Mood BoardZoe’s Spring 2016 Collection is a modern take on the romantic gypset.  The glamour of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s comes through via hand-frayed edges, exaggerated ruffles and off-the-shoulder lace. Inspired by some of the great supermodels of that time period – Gia Carangi, Lauren Hutton and Jerry Hall – Rachel created a collection that lends itself to the cultural nomads, which are the busy, sophisticated women of today. Romantic, classic and subtly sexy, this collection is meant to inspire women to live boldly and have fun with style.
Rachel Zoe NYFW Runway 1“This season is romantic in a really modern way.  I envision these clothes to be what women want to wear and live an effortlessly glamorous and inspired life in.” –Rachel ZoeRachel Zoe NYFW Runway 2Rachel Zoe NYFW Runway 3Rachel Zoe NYFW Runway 4With a new show Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe that just aired this past week, I am excited to see what this ultra-successful modern mom will bring us next! The Holiday 2015 Rachel Zoe Maternity Collection for A Pea in Pod delivers next month so make sure to mark your calendars. –Olivia

Momspiration Monday // Keira Knightley

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    We're gearing up for cooler weather and talking bump perfect outerwear on the blog! Head to the link in our bio for styling tips for pulling off this must-have layering piece! #maternitystyle #fall #bumpstyle #jacket Textured leggings + a swingy top are a bump fashion DO! Style director, @oliviacmyers is dishing on all of the dos + don'ts for #maternitystyle this fall. Head to the blog (link in bio!) for her tips! #bumpstyle #momtobe #styletips #ontheblog We have been loving seeing some of our favorite mamas in @apeainthepodmaternity! For a recap of some of the mentions (like this adorable family moment from @deannastag) head to the blog! (Link in bio!) #maternitystyle #ontheblog #regram #momswelove Live in layers. Pick up our hot #fall styles + get 20% off your total purchase with the code OCTOBER20 | Online and for a limited time only. Shop at the link in bio! 🍂🍃
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