TREND ALERT: STATEMENT SWEATERS

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Maternity SweaterStatement maternity sweaters are hot for the cool months ahead. Luxe embellishments, chunky cables and fun graphic prints (like lips, stars and hearts) take maternity sweaters to the next level. I love that you can dress up a fun sweater with heels and leather leggings or go completely downtown chic with destructed denim and booties. I always invest in statement pieces every season, since they’re fun to build outfits with, and they become a reflection of my own personality.

I think maternity basics are a necessary foundation in any woman’s pregnancy wardrobe. With that said, I also believe that investing in stand-out pieces make your style more personalized. Like their name suggests, they make a statement! You’ll get mileage out of a great maternity sweater too, since they’re designed with the bump in mind, look great layered AND will look just as cute later, sans baby bump. You know I’m all about reinventing my favorite pieces each season! And, you can too. -Olivia

 

 

 

STACY KEIBLER NEW MOM STYLE

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In the days and months following giving birth, finding your style while getting adjusted to new mom life can be a challenge. I remember those first weeks being 100% focused on my son. That goes with the territory, but now that I’ve gone through it, I can also say that getting back to a personal routine and taking time for yourself goes a long way too.

I still remember our first trip out to lunch after I brought Greyson home. As exhausted as I was, it always made me feel better to spend a few minutes on myself. Finding that balance was hard, but worth it. I was also thankful I had my arsenal of nursing bras and Secret Fit Belly® jeans to transition with me too.

What’s great about the patented Secret Fit Belly® panel is that it grows with you throughout your pregnancy, straight through to after birth. I actually love and still wear my Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans, because they give me added support when I fold down the panel at my waistline. That comfort is still desired after baby is born. I seriously don’t understand why women stress about getting back into their pre-pregnancy clothes. You really don’t need to!

Just take a look at Stacy Keibler who is a new mom too. I think she looks great rocking some chic transitional maternity clothes while out and about with her daughter Ava Grace a few weeks ago. I love that she’s working classic basics into her new mom wardrobe. The denim maternity jacket, Secret Fit Belly® maternity jean and a chic scarf are cool pieces that give endless outfit options! -Olivia

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JESSICA SIMPSON MATERNITY

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Jessica Simpson is a fashion designing entrepreneur, recording artist, actress, mother and wife. I truly respect her business savvy and her take on motherhood. She is the true meaning of  a working mom. You know she has a singing career, a huge fashion company, a gorgeous husband AND beautiful children. Her posts, pictures and overall family upbringing ensure us she is an excellent mother… with excellent style. Many moms, as well as mommies-to-be, can relate to this notion that women do it all, while managing to look good.

Her Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection always reflects her feminine, hometown girl style. For this upcoming holiday season her line is full of beautiful dresses, watercolor florals, pretty knits and versatile denim styles. There’s also many great transitional pieces in soft shades that can work through to the warmer seasons. Getting mileage out of your maternity wardrobe is key, so I love her take on an every-season palette.

I especially love the cut of the dresses from her maternity collection and the fit of the jeans.  Being a mother herself, she understands a woman’s changing shape. She has faced many public challenges in regards to her figure and she looks amazing, at any size. Unlike many celebrities, Jessica is on the petite side, so her clothing sizes are varied for all body types. We’ve heard from so many expecting women on how fabulous her jeans fit and how flattering all of the pieces, especially the dresses, are. I can attest, since after trying multiple options, I actually chose a lace dress from the Jessica Simpson Spring 2014 collection to wear to my baby shower when I was pregnant.

The full Jessica Simpson Maternity Collection is now available online and in stores. Enjoy! And, happy maternity shopping! -Olivia

GAME-DAY STYLE

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Sundays in my house are reserved for family time. In the fall that means walks in the park and downtime at home cooking for guests. Of course, Sundays in the fall also almost always include football. Someone will usually have the game on, and though while I’m not a huge football fan, I absolutely love the atmosphere of an autumn afternoon cheering, socializing and enjoying that time with family and friends. In fact, I really love that I have that opportunity to get in the spirit and dress the part with Grey. If you are like me, you can get in the spirit too, since Destination Maternity is now carrying NFL maternity tees! Moms-to-be can sport their bump and their NFL team pride in our specially designed maternity tees. Style them on game-day with a destructed skinny, cute hoodie, cap and some slip-on sneakers for a perfect fan-worthy look. -Olivia

1. Chicago Bears Maternity NFL Tee/ 2. New York Giants Maternity NFL Tee/ 3. Pittsburgh Steelers Maternity NFL Tee/ 4. Green Bay Packers Maternity NFL Tee/ 5. Baseball Cap/ 6. Fiji Water/ 7. Marc Jacobs Watch/ 8. Destructed Skinny Maternity Jean/ 9. Maternity Hoodie/ 10. Slip On Sneaker/ 11. Bracelet/ 12. Petunia Picklebottom Backpack

 

WHAT TO WEAR: NEW MOM EDITION

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Being a new mom, things can get pretty hectic with the inclusion of a baby! This especially rings true if you are a first time mom, like I was, because everything is brand new: baby, schedule, body! It can be overwhelming. I know it was for me! Whether you are breastfeeding, or bottle feeding, have help, or are doing this new-mom thing on your own… I found it helpful to have a routine.

Having some control over a (semi) set schedule helped me, if nothing else! Since my son was a handful those first few months (a cranky breast feeder with absolutely no sleep schedule for at least 4-5 months) it helped me stay sane having a personal routine and an easily accessible arsenal of clothing, skincare and household products on hand. Seriously, I stocked my house with necessities like paper towels, tide and toilet paper, as well as comfy maternity layering pieces for myself. They were lifesavers, because I could mix them, match them and leave the house looking put-together on little to no sleep.

When I brought Greyson home, I lived in nursing camis, maternity leggings and maternity cardis. I continued to wear my Secret Fit Belly® maternity jeans and maternity pants because I loved the support (and still do!) I honestly just fold the panel down and it smooths and supports me in all the right places. Easy tunics and draped cardigans, like the ones from our Jessica Simpson Maternity Line, are also perfect since as a new mom I still wanted pieces that were fashionable, not just comfortable. And if you breast feed, you’ll love our easy clip down nursing feature on all of our bras and camis.

Congratulations on being a new mom & welcome to my world! – xoxo Olivia

Products:1. Motherhood Leggings/ 2. Jessica Simpson Cardi/ 3. Tunic/4. Jessica Simpson Maternity Top/ 5. Nursing Bra/ 6. Nursing Sleep Gown & Robe/ 7. London Butter Balm/ 8. Nursing Camisole/ 9. Sleep Set

BEST BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR PREGNANCY

When I became pregnant with my son it became super important for me to watch what I put into and onto my body. Things I had never even considered before, like harsh chemicals and certain anti-aging products, were now all off limits. I began looking for products that were carcinogen, paraben, phthalate and formaldehyde free. My beauty routine didn’t change much, but the products I used did. In fact, I still continue to use most of them.

I highly suggest being aware of what is in the beauty products you use, especially when you’re pregnant in order to make smarter decisions for you and your baby. The products I recommend are all some of my favorites because they are more natural, gentle and effective.

Brands like Naturopathica, Burt’s Bees and Mustela not only give great results, but are perfect for sensitive skin that expecting and new moms may begin to get. Another important factor for me was and still is protecting not only my own, but also my son’s skin. During pregnancy and even now, we use sunscreen every day and when I’m looking for a little glow I go to Naturals St. Tropez Self Tanner.

 

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1. Naturals St. Tropez Self Tanner / 2. Cosmetic Bag / 3. Butter London Top Coat / 4. Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum / 5. Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel / 6. Chanel Pressed Powder / 7. Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm / 8. Badger Sunscreen / 9. Mustela Stretch Mark Cream

CHIC THIS WEEK: CAREER WEAR

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Classic suiting pieces get an update this season. They are perfect for expecting moms who want a chic office look. Designed to flatter and enhance your new shape, a tailored cut-away blazer, suiting pant and soft top are not only polished, but comfortable maternity essentials.

Shop our maternity workwear today

 

TREND ALERT: ANIMAL PRINTS

One of the hottest pattern trends of the season is animal prints! From leopard, to cheetah, to snake and zebra, anything goes for fall! In maternity, animal prints can look chic and work best for the bump. Whether in neutral colors or placed layouts, they work great to camouflage, further flattering your new figure. Even a small touch of animal print in a belt or scarf can bring freshness to your mom-to-be look. -Olivia

Shop our animal print maternity styles today

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10 MOM-TO-BE ESSENTIALS

Lucky for me, during my pregnancy I had the fashion maternity world at my fingertips. I had the opportunity to try a lot of products, apparel and remedies for everything from stretch marks, to evening dresses. Although for many of us pregnancy has its downsides like nausea, aching back and swollen feet, it was a wonderful time for me, in part, because of some essential products that made my life easier. These are the things I couldn’t live without during those 9 months of pregnancy.

First, I absolutely adored the patented Secret Fit Belly® panel, with its seamless and comfy support. So, I lived in skinny jeans and ponte leggings! I also noticed that my skin became excessively dry during my pregnancy, and with normally very “dewy” skin, I needed hydration stat!  Mustela’s Ultimate Hydration moisturizer worked wonders for me. I also religiously used Mustela’s Stretch Mark cream.

I snacked on Kind Bars at work throughout the day, and could only wear super soft and stretchy bras and camis since my skin was so sensitive. I wanted that soft supportive layer under everything I wore! At the office, a little knit dress was my go-to since I could style it so many ways. I always suggest these pieces for any first time mom-to-be!

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1. Secret Fit Belly Maternity Leggings / 2. Mustela Stretch Mark Cream / 3. Mustela Ultimate Hydration Moisturizer / 4. Secret Fit Belly Skinny Jean / 5. Layering Tanks / 6. Jersey Knit Maternity Dress /  7. From The Hips / 8. Seamless Bra / 9. Kind Bars / 10. Seamless Cami

VON FOLLIES BY DITA VON TEESE

Dita Von Teese is a lingerie expert, burlesque bombshell and fashion icon who knows a thing or two about feeling both sexy and beautiful underneath it all. I thought immediately that collaborating with her on intimates and nursing lingerie was a fabulous idea!

Since women still want to look and feel pretty during pregnancy and especially after, a vintage lacy collection was a perfect addition to our current assortment at Destination Maternity. What I love about Dita’s line is that not only do all of the pieces have a feminine boudoir feel, but the bras are nursing friendly and have coordinating panties to match.

Von Follies is already online and in stores, but we are hosting a special launch party with Dita herself on September 23rd at our Madison Avenue Destination Maternity store in NYC. Come early, because the first 200 guests to arrive can meet Dita and receive a gift bag!  You can shop the exclusive collection while enjoying sips, sweets and Dita-inspired makeup touch-ups from Vensette, NYC’s and LA’s premier on-demand beauty service.  Plus, receive 20% off your purchase. See you there!- Olivia

Shop the full Dita Von Teese Nursing Bra collection today

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