Today is the start of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. As a designer and stylist, Fashion Week is always an exciting time for me. The predictions, the buzz and the celeb-sightings are all part of the fun. But, seeing what comes down the runways is the best part.
A Pea in the Pod® Maternity Collection carries premier and designer brands like BCBG and Nicole Miller, so we get a first glimpse of the runway designs and start working to decipher which will translate the best for a bump! I also love seeing what everyone is wearing to the shows. I get inspired from style on the streets, from fellow stylists, fashion editors and bloggers too, because they are always on point.
I was especially excited yesterday when I saw photos of the ever-glamourous model, Coco Rocha, who is pregnant with her first baby. Coco looks stunning in a custom gown designed by her friend Zac Posen. Seeing this was a great way to jump start fashion week for me! She also tweeted: “Looking forward to kicking off #NYFW with @amfAR! Proud to be supporting the fight to end #AIDS.”
That’s a true model-citizen; how gorgeous, right? -Olivia
Posted by destinationmaternity on February 12, 2015
Distressed, destroyed, ripped and torn- denim, with lots of love, is looking fresh for spring ’15 in a sea of clean indigo. I personally think “blown-out” jeans (yes, that’s the technical term for indigo cotton that’s been ripped and torn) are an American staple. I always keep a distressed medium-wash easy fit jean in my wardrobe and have for years, as do so many other fashion icons and bloggers. They know that it is the ultimate style maker for a done/undone look.
Pair a crisp white shirt and pointy pump with a boyfriend jean, or a black tuxedo jacket and strappy heels with a destructed skinny to instantly raise your style status. Simply put, a distressed jean can be styled up or down. In an easy boyfriend fit or a super soft stretch skinny, the comfortable factor is why I love the maternity version. Plus, the Secret Fit Belly® panel gives you added support too. With so many ways to wear this this look, the distressed maternity jean is a maternity must-have in my book. -Olivia
Posted by destinationmaternity on February 5, 2015
Whether it came swiftly or not, you are now in your 2nd trimester! Hopefully, the nausea and morning sickness is at bay and you’re getting down to business with planning for your baby’s impending arrival. That means everything from deciding on names, thinking about nursery decor, a baby registry, maternity leave, to even figuring out childcare. WOW, if you are anything like me, things are starting to get real, but fun! Since I love planning, I took the nesting stage to a whole new level. I started following BabyCenter’s “Inside your Pregnancy” emails religiously and I also REALLY started to show in my 2nd trimester.
Many of the transitional pieces I started with, like my Secret Fit Belly® leggings and Tummy Tube, stayed in my maternity wardrobe arsenal at that point; others just had to go. I was DONE with my non-maternity jeans. I mean, as soon as you feel how super soft and comfy the Secret Fit Belly® panel is … you’ll jump ship too.
Having gone through it myself and from working with so many women and close friends with children or who are expecting, I have the perfect essential list of 2nd trimester must-haves broken down for you. (If you aren’t quite there yet, check out my 1st Trimester Maternity Must-Haves post here on the blog.) PLUS I’ve linked up again with fashion blogger Brooke from Somewhere,Lately to get her take on some of the items she couldn’t live without in her 2nd trimester.
Along with Brooke, I agree that easy essential pieces, like the Secret Fit Belly® jean, layering tees and everyday maternity sweaters, are a must once you are in your 2nd trimester. This is the time to fill your closets with a foundational wardrobe, as well as pieces that speak to your unique style. Brooke does a great job of doing exactly that! She chooses those quintessential pieces, but then adds in fun items too like a plaid shirt, fur vest or printed coat to complete her effortlessly-chic look.
Some other pieces that are versatile enough to take you through your whole pregnancy are a denim jacket, classic shirt and comfy lounge pants. An easy solid knit dress in a wrap or A-Line silhouette is also a must. A simple solid dress can easily be styled up or down and is comfortable to boot, so you can’t go wrong. If you are feeling overwhelmed and you need a place to start, my best suggestion is to begin with the right maternity bras and panties. And then, invest in an ultra-hydrating stretch mark cream or oil. Your body will thank you. -Olivia
1 Maternity Tunic/ 2 Elastin Stretch Mark Cream/ 3 Secret Fit Belly® Jeans/ 4 Maternity Bra/ 5 Side Ruched Tee/ 6 Maternity Sweater/ 7 Maternity Panties
Posted by destinationmaternity on January 30, 2015
The best part about the Super Bowl or any Sunday football game, for me, is having family and friends over for some good times and good food. Even though I am not a huge sports fan, I like to get in the spirit; some friendly competition is fun, which is why I love that we sell NFL maternity tees, because they help all the mamas represent their teams and get in the cheering spirit, while staying comfortable.
For a low key look that is definitely winning, try pairing one of our team maternity tops with a skinny jean, in any wash, featuring the Secret Fit Belly® panel. It keeps you secure, in control, and doesn’t slide down, so you can entertain without worry. I love destructed denim right now, which adds a little edge. Then add a layering element like a tank, possibly some sporty accessories and there you have it… a super cute Super Bowl look! Enjoy the game, the food, the socializing. – Olivia
1 New England Patriots Maternity Tee/ 2 Seattle Seahawks Maternity Tee/ 3 Beanie/ 4 Teeshirt Bra/ 5 Sneakers/ 6 Secret Fit Belly® Maternity Jeans/ 7 Maternity Cami/ 8 Water Bottle/ 9 Butter London Nail Polish/ 10 Fitbit/ 11 Black Bag/ 12 Bracelet
Posted by destinationmaternity on January 26, 2015
Who doesn’t love Keira Knightley and her always evolutionary style? From ultra-feminine to awesomely androgynous… her wardrobe is always chic. She recently announced her pregnancy, so I took a look back at some of my favorite fashions that she’s worn this past year, including her most recent red carpet choice at the 2015 Golden Globes.
I am predicting we’ll see her continue a lady-like look with tons of waistline interest and A-Line silhouettes. Both are especially flattering with a bump! Cinching with a tie or belt at the empire line above your bump can really slim at the smallest part on your torso. A-Line and flared shapes on skirts and babydoll dresses are also perfect silhouettes to balance out a growing bump.
Keira sticks to classic neutral colors like black, white and nudes; then she adds in shots of soft colors. She chooses cuts that work for her with interesting details like ruffles, lace and embroidery to highlight her neck or hemline. Her style secret seems to be choosing classic, yet modern looks, which I love because it works so well for her. I think we’ll see her continue to wear lots of flare and A-Line shapes, belted dresses and soft details as she goes further along in her pregnancy. Take a cue from Keira and try femme-fashion while you’re expecting. – Olivia
1 Stilletos/ 2 Wendy Bellissimo Coverall/ 3 Maternity Bra/ 4 Seraphine Maternity Embellished Belt/ 5 Evening Bag
Posted by destinationmaternity on January 16, 2015
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
Posted by destinationmaternity on December 22, 2014
When 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
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Posted by destinationmaternity on December 21, 2014
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
Posted by destinationmaternity on December 18, 2014
It’s time to talk about what to wear to your holiday office party… family reunion…date night out… everywhere this season! It’s a busy time for most of us mamas and worrying about “what you’ll wear” shouldn’t be an issue, definitely not if you are expecting!
Luckily, there is no better reason than the holidays to add on the glam! A little red maternity dress is totally chic and party appropriate, but so are dressy separates. If you are choosing a dress, I love the idea staying seasonal, or mixing it up with a nice jewel tone like teal. The key to getting a fun colored dress to work with your bump is keeping the silhouette simple. Choosing a clean shape with a chic detail like a ruffle or necklace trim gives you a flattering and modern look that works for your figure. You can’t go wrong with a classic black peep-toe heel or bootie when wearing a bold color.
If you aren’t drawn to a dress for your holiday soiree, then go glam in a maternity skinny and blazer. A classic black skinny Secret Fit Belly® jean paired with an embellished blouse and blazer is super chic. The great thing about these pieces is that with the right accessories, like a d’orsay heel, metallic clutch, or gold cuff, your outfit instantly becomes cocktail ready. PLUS you’ll get style mileage out of these pieces and can dress them down with denim for a more casual look. A tuxedo blazer or maternity lace pant does the same thing. When paired together- POW, completely polished! Or, wear them separately with a tee and jean for a cool casual downtown look.
Lastly, if you’re going black tie this season, an elegant solid colored maternity gown should be your go-to. Again a simple silhouette like an asymmetric column paired with the right accessories is flattering for your bump and remains fashion-forward. Classic accessories like a fabulous cocktail ring, strappy gold heel, red lip or nail will complete this look. Happy styling and hope you all enjoy every holiday affair!- Olivia
1 Laundry by Shelli Segal Maternity Dress / 2 Motherhood Maternity Red Ruffle Dress / 3 Motherhood Maternity Teal Dress / 4 A Pea in the Pod Maternity Tuxedo Jacket, Lace Maternity Pant, Black Camisole / 5 A Pea in the Pod Maternity Blazer, Sequin Camisole, AG Skinny Maternity Jean / 6 Motherhood Lace Bra / 7 Cocktail Ring / 8 MAC Red Lipstick / 9 Dolce and Gabbana Pressed Powder / 10 Gold Heels / 11 Motherhood Maternity Red Dress / 12 Butter London Nail Lacquer
Posted by destinationmaternity on December 16, 2014
This holiday season touches of shimmer and shine are everywhere from accessories, to home décor, to apparel. A maternity top with some sequins, metallic finish or a decorative neckline can add a little life to a basic jean or legging look. Try this A Pea in the Pod embellished maternity cami, Motherhood necklace trim sweatshirt or long sleeve scoop neck maternity tee. Then, add some silver and gold accessories for an extra pop. Whether it’s a gold nail lacquer like this one from Butter London, a shimmery heel, or an embellished evening belt, the shiny addition makes an average outfit completely holiday appropriate. -Olivia
Posted by destinationmaternity on December 10, 2014