STYLISH WINTER MATERNITY STAPLES

Winter Maternity Staples Every Expecting Modern Mom Should Have

Winter Maternity Staples Every Expecting Modern Mom Should Have

Winter Maternity Staples Every Expecting Modern Mom Should Have

Winter Maternity Staples Every Expecting Modern Mom Should Have


We’ve seen our first snowfall this week here in the tri-state area (North East!) One of the few good things that come with a winter chill is that you need a new cold weather wardrobe! That means layers are a must. But… it shouldn’t mean that your style has to suffer when you’re expecting. The trick to maternity dressing, in general, is to start with a great any-season foundation and add on signature pieces that work for the weather, plus that speak to your style. I’ve put together some chic maternity staples that will keep you warm and looking your best. PLUS, many of the pieces can easily transition into the spring, so you’ll get tons of maternity style mileage from your wardrobe.


Start with a Secret Fit Belly® denim legging. It’s versatile and comfortable, especially with the smoothing support of the stretchy panel over your bump. The dark wash can be styled up or down for a more casual look. A classic shirt, designed just for your growing shape, is another maternity essential that can be easily layered for the winter and then restyled into spring. Add a cashmere maternity poncho like this Isabella Oliver Maternity one for a chic layered look that’s perfect for the season. 


Accessorizing is a must! It’s a great way to complete your look by showcasing your own personal touch. A scarf and a warm wool hat add practical fashion. I’m also loving cross- body bags right now and dark nail lacquer like Butter’s LaMoss; this shade is completely of-the-moment, considering a deep MARSALA red is the pantone color of the year!


For a fresh fun touch add in some metallic or sparkle. A shiny layering tee or rose gold watch (loving this Marc Jacobs version) can easily freshen up a winter look, but also transition into spring. These next versatile pieces round out my list for stylish winter must-haves for mamas: a great chunky cardi and an all-weather parka!

Happy Styling -Olivia

 

 

1 Wool hat / 2 A Pea in the Pod Scarf / 3 Isabella Oliver Maternity Poncho / 4 Secret Fit Belly® Denim Legging / 5 Isabella Oliver Maternity White Shirt / 6 Philip Lim Cross Body Bag / 7 Butter London Nail Lacquer LaMoss / 8 Splendid Maternity Cardigan / 9 Motherhood Maternity Parka / 10 Naturopathica Moisturizer / 11 A Pea in the Pod Gold Metallic Maternity Tee & Silver Metallic Maternity Tee / 12 Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Watch

NEW THINGS TO COME

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I’ve taken some time off from work and blogging to spend the holidays with my family, but now I’m back in the swing of social media and maternity styling! Getting started off in the New Year is always exciting; it’s also a time of personal reflection, as I’m sure it is for so many of you.

In just 365 days so much has happened in my life, and really when I think back to even a few years ago, things have changed drastically. All the changes, even the challenges, have been for the better. All of you new and expecting moms, I am sure you understand that feeling! It seems like just yesterday that I got married, and then not before long, I was pregnant with my son. Then, soon after that I left my design position here at Destination Maternity to focus solely on social media, marketing and blogging. So basically, there were three huge life changes in quite a short amount of time.

Being a multi-tasking mother didn’t come naturally, but sharing the passion for my work, enjoying my family, and watching my baby grow into a toddler has. The rest has been a huge learning curve and I’m lucky to have friends, family, colleagues and fellow bloggers to share my journey with. I expected seamless transitions with each endeavor, but quickly learned you can’t be or do everything, and to think you can is just plain silly. So, relinquishing that notion that everything should feel and come easy, especially when you are juggling so much, was my biggest take-away of 2014. It actually helped lift a weight off my shoulders and made me feel OKAY about asking and accepting help from others.

I’m looking forward to more “firsts” this year. I have new travel plans with my husband, new styling sessions on the horizon and a brand new office in a different state at our corporate headquarters to look forward to! Oh… and a 2nd birthday to start planning for my little boy! As an expecting or new mom, I hope that you will be gentle with yourself in 2015. Enjoy your little ones and let me know if there are any special topics you’d like me cover in the coming months!

Warm wishes for a happy and healthy year to all of you and your families! xoxo-Olivia

1 Sneakers/ 2 Mac Lipstick/ 3 Sophie The Giraffe/ 4 Baby Love Maternity Sweatshirt/ 5 Leather Maternity Jacket/ 6 Naturopathica Cleansing Gel/ 7 Ray-Ban Sunnies

CELEBRITY MATERNITY STYLE OF 2014

 

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2014 was an exciting year for expecting celebrities! Baby bumps in Hollywood were everywhere (fabulously dressed ones, may I just add!) From glamorous designer maternity gowns to cool and casual pregnancy fashion, I’m giving you a round-up of my favorite celebrity looks, including pieces from Destination Maternity!

I am in love with this monochromatic look that Vanessa Lachey wore on the December cover of Fit Pregnancy Magazine, featured in our Joes Jeans. Vanessa also rocked AG Jeans for A Pea in the Pod, creating a timeless look with a simple sweater and booties. She proved that denim is a maternity must-have! (CREDIT: Fit Pregnancy)

All eyes have been on The Duchess of Cambridge, (Kate Middleton), and her royal pregnancy style since she announced she is expecting her second child earlier this year. My favorite look of hers has been the Seraphine coat she wore during her visit to NYC. Kate’s ladylike style with minimalist accessories is always on point. (CREDIT: ok.co.uk.com)

Blake Lively’s maternity style has been the one to watch! She makes pregnancy look glamorous even in a cape and jeans. Love it! The soft yellow Gucci gown Blake wore to a charity event this fall was fabulous too! She is such a natural beauty and mama-to-be. (CREDIT: dailymail.co.uk.com & eonline)

Kourtney Kardashian’s bi-coastal style never disappoints. She makes a casual dress, plus the right accessories look polished by pairing her look with a cool-girl trench coat. (CREDIT: dailymail.co.uk)

Alicia Keys is part rocker-chic, part glam-mom. Seen out and about in AG camo-skinnies, a white shirt and a ridiculously cool hat, she stays true to her style even throughout pregnancy.

Kerry Washington creates perfect pregnancy looks. She was radiant in a custom Balenciaga gown at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards this year. The beautiful petals flattered her bump and the ivory color was a great choice for her glowing complexion. Kerry followed up the Golden Globes with a Jason Wu lilac gown for the 2014 Oscars.  Another beautiful color for her and with the soft draping, it gave her an ethereal look that was maternity gold. (CREDIT: mtv.com & dailymail.co.uk.com)

Kelly Rowland showed off her baby bump at the 2014 VMAs in a soft pink sequined gown. The feminine color, romantic up-do and dramatic jewels put her in the best dressed list for the year. Kelly also had some fun weekend looks during her pregnancy with Titan. The maternity boyfriend jeans from A Pea in the Pod, tank top and bandana showed off her fashionably fun R&B side. (CREDIT: justjared.com)

I loved watching Stacy Keibler style her beautiful bump in pieces from our A Pea in the Pod Collection. Here she chose a fabulous tangerine Rachel Pally maternity dress and Isabella Oliver maternity jacket, proving you can wear color when you are pregnant!

Ciara was stunning at the 2014 Grammy Awards in Emilio Pucci. The metallic gold gown hugged her bump, was an amazing shade for her, and her easy LOB hairstyle was perfection. (CREDIT: popsugar.com)

Hayden Panettiere really surprised me with her choice for the 2014 Emmy Awards, but in a really good way! The petite star chose a glamorous sequined dress with a plunging neckline from Lorena Sarbu. The daring silhouette and shimmer totally worked for her, accentuating her bump… this was a total win in my book! (CREDIT: glamour.com)

The Valentino gown Olivia Wilde wore to the 2014 Oscar Awards was one of my favorites of the year. I love an elegant black gown. The white peekaboo back was a chic surprise too! (CREDIT: eonline)

These are my picks for the best dressed mamas of the year. Who’s yours? Let us know!- Olivia

WHAT TO WHERE/ WEAR: NYE

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If you are anything like me, then you are already probably thinking about what you’ll be wearing for your New Year‘s Eve plans. My husband and I have come to the decision that it might be nice to switch off every year going forward between celebrating with family and date night alone. That means this year we are spending the night out in the city just the two of us while our son stays with Mimi and Poppi. That also means I need to find an outfit. I thought this would be the perfect time to give you guys some ideas too!


For New Year’s Eve I love a clean palette of black, white, gold, nudes and even a pop of red to salute the end of the holiday season. A LB(M)D, aka the Little Black Maternity Dress, is an easy option that is always appropriate. I love ones with special details like a jewel neckline for added sparkle. Plus, the detail at the neckline highlights your bust-line and keeps the bling away from the bump, unlike a non-maternity style.


If you are going black tie, a sleek black maternity gown can be gorgeous. Or, for a fashion-forward look, choose the silk pant, which is the silhouette of the season. Pair it with a simple silk maternity top and black blazer to create a chic alternative to a dress.

 

Pile on the style with the right extras too. I always start with a fresh face, and that means making sure you have the right foundation. A little self-tanner or bronzer also enhances your pregnancy glow, brightening you right up. Finish off your face with a smoky- eye and mascara. Now, make sure to add some sparkle to the rest of your look!


A shimmer heel, cocktail ring or (sigh) Chanel classic earrings are the perfect additions. I also suggest, especially when expecting, to choose your accessories wisely. Pick one area to highlight to keep your look chic and effortless. If you go with a sparkly heel, keep the rest of your jewelry small or minimal. Maybe add a red lip, but then down-play your eyes. If you’re showing a little leg, then keep your neckline on the modest side. 


Hope you preggonistas find some great style ideas for your New Year’s plans. And if you are staying in, there’s always next year! -Olivia

For more ideas on what to wear and how to style your bump this holiday check out my video collaborations with Lucky Magazine, featuring holiday maternity styling tips.

1 Laundry by Shelli Segal Maternity Dress / 2 Rebecca Minkoff Long Sleeve Maternity Shirt / 3 Rebecca Minkoff Maternity Blazer, A-Line Maternity Tank Top, and Maternity Pants/ 4 Ring/ 5 Butter London Nail Lacquer/ 6 Sparkly Heels/ 7 Maternity Bra/ 8 Clutch/ 9 Mascara/ 10 McQueen Cuff/ 11 Design History Maternity Dress/ 12 Chanel Earrings/ 13 St Tropez Self Tanner

 

FAMILY FUN: THE POLAR EXPRESS

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We had another fun family day this season! My husband and I always try to find opportunities to do something new with our son. Greyson loves trains, as a lot of toddlers do, so when we realized a local train was running A Polar Express in December we took full advantage! The New Hope And Ivy Railroad in New Hope, PA runs seasonal lines throughout the year that are fun for the whole family.

The ride was an hour and a half long, plus it was full of entertainment that kept the kids engaged! Note, if you have a rambunctious toddler like I do, it’s the perfect setting. We met Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoyed hot cocoa, pretzels and live holiday music during the entire train ride. Grey had a blast! Most importantly we got to spend quality time with him and his grandparents. This is definitely something we’ll always remember and hope to start a nice tradition of doing each year.

I’ll keep the posts coming with more family fun ideas each month, so please continue to check in for lots of outdoor and seasonal plans for you and your little ones to enjoy!

Check out a list of all of the Santa Train Rides in the US for a station near you. Most of them run through January! xoxo + Happy Holidays -Olivia

TREND ALERT: BLACK&WHITE

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Pairing black with white is a fashion classic and done in the right way, it’s perfectly posh. For maternity it means you get tons of style mileage out of each of the pieces. But, when worn together, this pairing gives a chic graphic effect that camouflages and dresses up the bump.

 

Wearing white on top with a black bottom creates a slimming silhouette. Choose the statement blazer of the season, the Maternity Tuxedo Jacket and wear it over a black tee to get the perfect proportion while keeping you looking long and lean. The maternity tuxedo, when buttoned up above your bump, offers a nice shape; worn open, it creates a vertical slimming effect, especially when paired with all black.

Similarly, choosing a white embellished top, like the one shown from our Rebecca Minkoff Maternity line, flatters your bump. The black trim highlights your neckline and is perfect with a graphic printed maternity pant or skirt. Throw a black blazer over the look, even pair with a basic skinny and again, you have a nice long and lean maternity look.


The proportion is key when you are dressing your bump! Always look for maternity pieces since they are designed with your new shape in mind. They are created at the right length or cut-away shape to work with your figure!  Last, as always, accessorizing can be a fun way to hit on the latest trends to complete a look. I am loving the graphic black and white palette happening in the extras right now! A dark nail (like our Butter London Nail Polish), embellished heel or colorblock bag are statement makers on their own, but easily can be worked into your existing wardrobe. Happy styling! -Olivia

TREND ALERT: BUNDLE UP YOUR BUMP

Trend Alert: Warm & CozyTrendAlert_WarmCozy_2-600x862When cold weather hits, it’s time to bundle up your bump! Super soft and comfy cable knit sweaters are hot (quite literally!) this season and perfect for wrapping you and the babe up. Layering your maternity look not only keeps you warm, but allows you to peel off a piece if your temperature rises!  Being pregnant means shifting from hot and cold quickly, so I always recommend wearing lots of layers. A draped stitched sweater can be worn over a seamless cami, plaid shirt over a light-weight sweatshirt, or layer on chunky scarves and hats for a fun look. Stay nice and cozy indoors or take your layered look outside for some fun in the frosty air. -Olivia

Shop out favorite warm & cozy maternity styles today

 

WINTER NEWBORN PHOTO IDEAS

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Many new moms, myself included, have professional photos of their newborns taken to commemorate the occasion and capture the cuteness! I have my son’s newborn photos hung throughout the house, but I wanted to share them with all of you.

Greyson was born on May 28th, which is actually my birthday. However, if you look at these photos, you’d think it was the middle of winter, which is why I wanted to share them. For all of you mamas who are due in the next few months, consider using cozy wraps, blankets and hats for your baby’s props. I chose them for Grey because the colors worked perfectly in our neutral home and I knew I wanted to put them up around the house.

Cozy sweater knit blankets, scarves and hats make for fabulous photo props. I mean, how cute does Grey look all bundled up in the softness? Plus it gives loads of great texture and makes for a nice photo. We had these taken professionally by a wonderful South Jersey photographer, but you can always invest in a nice digital camera yourself. With the right light, additional adult help and lots of patience, you could take your own. Good luck and congrats! – Olivia

1 Digital Camera/ 2 Cable Knit Blanket/ 3 Cable Knit Teddy Bear

JESSICA SIMPSON MATERNITY

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As you know the Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection, available at Motherhood Maternity® and Destination Maternity®, is one of my favorites! I think Jessica’s holiday styles truly evoke her feminine sensibility as a woman and mother. She echoed this sentiment in a quote that I love, “I feel stronger than ever, and Eric’s unconditional love has been a reminder of the love I should give myself.” Loving yourself while you are pregnant is important and looking good is part of that, right?  So here’s a few looks that can get you looking and feeling pretty and feminine for the holidays.

Floaty dresses or femme floral sheaths are great maternity options for a special occasion. Or, get a similar look from a chiffon top, maternity skinny and tweed jacket, all from the Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection. It’s important not to forget the details either. With the right “foundation” like a seamless bra and lace panty, you can start off feeling comfortable and in control. All of the Jessica Simpson bras and panties are designed to offer simple, soft support for expecting and new moms. They also still provide a pretty touch.

Complete your holiday look with some daring accessories that definitely would be Jessica Simpson approved: a dramatic bracelet, cheetah clutch and a sweet heel to give you a little glam while you are expecting.  -Olivia

1 Jessica Simpson Chiffon Maternity Dress / 2 Jessica Simpson Floral Maternity Dress / 3 Jessica Simpson Zipper Pocket Maternity Jacket, Uneven Hem Maternity Blouse, Secret Fit Belly® Jean / 4 Jessica Simpson Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra / 5 Jessica Simpson Lace Maternity Bikini / 6 Cuff / 7 Heel / 8 Bracelet

PAM & GELA FOR A PEA IN THE POD

Pam And GelaPam & Gela For A Pea in the Pod Maternity We’ve teamed up with Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor to offer an exclusive collection from the legendary designer duo’s Pam & Gela label. Tailored specifically for expecting moms, the five-piece collection consists of statement sweatshirts and jogger pants in a sophisticated palette of gray and black prints. Fabrics including French terry and velour make this collection both chic and cozy, perfect for your winter wardrobe and beyond. Take it from the women who designed it, “The Pam and Gela High-Low sweatshirt is not only a chic fashion staple, but a must-have item for the season! Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look totally Cali-cool and on trend!… We wear these track pants from day into night – you can pair them with your favorite T shirt and a leather jacket for the ultimate California Cool look that’s super comfortable, but so chic.”

I’ve been a fan of their signature laid-back, luxury style that always boasts a rock & roll yet boho feel. The successful pair is the original co-founders of Juicy Couture, but actually started in maternity wear: “It’s so fun to return to our beginnings; not many people know that we started our first business with maternity jeans. We’re really excited to partner with A Pea in the Pod® this season and to offer our sexy, California cool style to women who want to keep their fashion A-game going during pregnancy!”

The pieces can be worn together or separately for a casual yet glam look, and range in price from $98 to $225. It is high-fashion, but also accessible, plus Hollywood IT girls and famous moms like Naomi Watts, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon have been spotted in these styles. Even Jennifer Lawrence loves the line! You can wear these pieces long after (or before) pregnancy. The collection is available in select A Pea in the Pod® and Destination Maternity® stores and also online at apeainthepod.com and destinationmaternity.com. The amazing creators have this final sentiment for our fans, “We’re excited to share our love of comfort and cool with you exclusively available at Pea In The Pod! Forever #pamandgela.” – Olivia

Shop our Pam & Gela Maternity Collection today

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