What to Wear in your Second Trimester: Summer Edition!

When it comes to dressing during pregnancy, comfort and style are key.  By your second trimester you’ll notice that what feels right in week 10, may not fit right in week 20.  As your belly grows, you’ll want styles that stretch and move with your body and for the summer months, you’ll want choices that keep you feeling light and breezy.  Here are our top 3 must have summer styles for the growing mom-to-be.

  1. Fashion tops

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It’s time to flaunt and be proud of your belly!  Choose tops and blouses that fit comfortably over your bump with some room for your growing belly.  Show off your bump in the season’s top trends, like a colorful maternity kimono over a slim fit maternity tshirt.  Or style a beautiful maternity blouse, like our best-selling MISOKA Convertible Sleeve Button Front Maternity Blouse with a great pair of Secret Fit Belly® jeans.

  1. Maternity bras

 

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If you haven’t already, now’s the time to invest in some new great maternity bras. During pregnancy, your bust size will fluctuate and the size that you wore pre-pregnancy may not be the same during your pregnancy or after your baby is born. Sleep and seamless bras are essential purchases and can be worn throughout your entire pregnancy and beyond.  Our A Pea in the Pod® Unlined Nursing Sleep Bra and our Motherhood Maternity® Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra are both soft and stretchy and offer light support.   Invest in an every-day bra like the Full Coverage Underwire Maternity Nursing Bra for added support.

  1. Loungewear

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For the days you would rather throw on a tee, we recommend the Wildfox tees at A Pea in the Pod®.  This exclusive collection of tees can be worn many ways (check out our blog post on it!), including paired with the lightweight Nation LTD Jersey Knit Drawstring Maternity Lounge Pants, available in bright colors for summer.

 

You can shop all these looks and more in store or online at DestinationMaternity.com!

What to Wear in your First Trimester: Summer Edition!

You may be wondering what to wear during the beginning weeks and months of your pregnancy while staying comfortable and cool during the summer months.    No need to fret; here are our top 3 must have summer styles for the new mom-to-be!

  1. Maternity Jeans

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Pants are the first piece of clothing to feel snug.  Invest in great fitting maternity jeans to keep you feeling comfortable right from the start!  We suggest a jean with our patented Secret Fit Belly® which keeps your belly looking smooth and provides support throughout all stages of your pregnancy.   Try our top rated maternity jeans, like the Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans and the 7 For All Mankind Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity Jeans.

 

  1. Light-weight tanks and tees

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Basic tees and tanks with side ruching are perfect to wear in the summer weather to show off your newest accessory: your bump! Whether you are wearing them with jeans, a maxi skirt, or under a blazer or jean jacket, you’ll love the comfort and versatility.  We love the Reversible Side Ruched Maternity Tank Top , which comes in many colors and can be worn as either a v-neck or scoop neck.   Our Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity T Shirt is a go-to summer basic for every occasion.

  1. Leggings and Yoga Pants

 

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Whether you’re taking prenatal yoga, going for a run or running errands, leggings and yoga pants are perfect for when you are on the move and are maternity staples.  The Jessica Simpson Secret Fit Belly® Jersey Knit Cropped Maternity Yoga Leggings and the Under Belly Jersey Knit V Waist Slim Boot Maternity Yoga Pants are great options!

 

Build a bump-flattering wardrobe without sacrificing your personal style by shopping all these looks and more at Destination Maternity!

 

Ways To Document Your Pregnancy

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From celebrating the big news with friends and family to feeling baby’s first kick, pregnancy  is filled with moments you will want to remember.  Check out this compilation of creative ways to document your journey – from your growing belly and food cravings to ultimately your baby’s birth— so you can have these memories for years to come!

Weekly updates on chalkboardsThis is a fun and artistic way to keep track of how far along you are. Each week you can decorate a chalkboard with little notes and facts.  It’s a fun reminder and keepsake to display in your home and it’s a great way to see how you grow from week to week!

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Write letters to or create an email account for your baby: When your child gets older, he or she can take part in the experience by reading about your pregnancy.  Get even more creative (like this mama-to-be) and include a photo.  Wear one of these graphic maternity tee’s to show everyone your excitement!

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Complete a Pregnancy Journal: Keeping a pregnancy journal will help you express how you are feeling throughout pregnancy and can also be a wonderful keepsake to look back on. You can also share it with your child down the line and share the love you’ve felt from the beginning!

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Baby Album: Create a baby album where you can share everything with your family, friends and baby! My Baby Album With Sophie La Girafe is a charming album for capturing memories from birth through baby’s second birthday, with designated pages for parents to record all the milestones and details of baby’s life.

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Get big sister or brother involved:
 This is such a simple way to show off your big (and his or her ADORABLE) belly!  The soon-to-be-big sibling will love to get in on the fun!

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Take Selfies: No time for props? Grab a camera and take a #bumpselfie.  This is a simple way to chronicle your bump’s growth.  Don’t forget to Instagram and share how you wear us with #destinationmatstyle!

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Maternity Dresses for Summer Weddings

Summer weddings are upon us. With so many couples saying, “I do,” we are kicking the season off right with our favorite fashion looks and beauty tips. So, if those invitations have you at a loss for what to wear, then fret no more and get to celebrating in style!

Black Tie: The most formal of wedding dress codes, black tie is your chance to go glam!  Try our BCBGMAXAZRIA Sleeveless Bust Ruching Maternity Dress, which frames your face in a flattering way and comes in the cool color, Orient Blue. Add some sparkle with statement jewelry like a necklace or a colorful ring. Don’t forget to wear some maternity shapewear underneath for a seamless look and added support.

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Semi-Formal: When semi-formal dress is requested, we recommend erring on the side of formality and opting for a cocktail dress with clean lines.  Have some fun by picking a bright, summery option to go with the season like our Sleeveless Fit And Flare Maternity Dress in the color Pink.  The best accessory for a gorgeous dress is glowing skin. Enhance your pregnancy glow with St. Tropez Naturals Self Tan Milk which will give you a natural hint of color.

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Beach Formal: We love this velvet by GRAHAM & SPENCER Sleeveless Paisley Print Maternity Maxi Dress that will keep you cool under the sun. We recommend pairing it with some strappy flat sandals (no flip-flops!)  Embrace the seaside theme by painting your nails a sandy hue with Nail Lacquer By Butter London in the color Keene. Most importantly, don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen. Our Lavender Protective Cream Spf 17 by Naturopathica will keep you protected and hydrated.

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Casual: For a casual wedding, we recommend a dress with a simple silhouette, like Motherhood Maternity’s Short Sleeve Knot Front Maternity Dress. Don’t forget to put on some Lucky Legs By Mama Mio, a rescue remedy to help relieve your hard-working legs and feet; it leaves a super subtle sparkly-shimmer you’ll want to show off!

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Shop these looks and all of our maternity dresses at Destination Maternity® stores and online at DestinationMaternity.com.

What’s In Her Bag?! basq NYC cofounder Kelli Kenny Edition

We are excited to launch a new feature on our blog where we give you a peek inside the bags of our favorite beauty mavens, fashionistas and designers! Read along to find out what must haves basq NYC cofounder Kelli Kenny carries with her every day. Kelli, along with Lauren Parisier, co-founded basq NYC, a luxury skin care line for repairing and revitalizing the skin.   Made with natural oils, antioxidant-rich plant extracts and advanced repair ingredients, basq NYC products are sure to keep moms-to-be feeling radiant throughout pregnancy and beyond.  You can shop the line both in stores and online at A Pea in the Pod®, Destination Maternity® and Motherhood Maternity®.  The brand also recently collaborated with Destination Maternity to do a line exclusively for Motherhood Maternity, called Body Boost.

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(clockwise)
1). Saint Laurent Black Sac de Jour Bag I love this bag as a purse and briefcase plus it looks great with any attire. 2). COACH patent wallet My favorite wallet because it has tons of room and fits everything. 3)Blackberry Torch The key pad is a must!  4) Bronzer with big brush Summer is here and this bronzer is a must have to look healthy and glowing!  5) Chanel shadow pack and Mac lipsticks I like to blend eye shadows and mix MAC lipsticks with a top gloss. 6) Jour d’ Hermes Eau de Parfum Totally addicted to this scent and is the perfect travel size. 7) Red resistance band I’m a runner working through injuries so I fit recovery exercises in whenever I can 8) Basq NYC Cucumber Tea Eye Gel Refreshes eyes in an instant. When I am traveling I use it as face moisturizer, too. 9) World’s Greatest Mom keychain A gift from my son, and convenient for keeping my Juice Press card at the ready! I eat raw 5 days a week so Juice Press is a regular stop.  10) Prada Sunglasses I love this classic, sophisticated style. 11) MacBook Air Makes my days so efficient especially when traveling.

How to Get Savannah Guthrie’s Maternity Look

Stylish TODAY Correspondent Savannah Guthrie effortlessly dresses her baby bump, often incorporating vibrant patterns and bright summer colors. Savannah is a prime example of how expecting mothers can also enjoy the season’s most sought after looks. We especially love how her style choices are professional for work but easily transition to evening— a must for all working moms-to-be!

 

 

Keep it simple and easy. As shown in theclip above, Savannah Guthrie opts for a no fuss, classic wrap dress. With this purple and orange Donna Morgan Maternity Wrap Dress (available in select Destination Maternity stores), Savannah is able to get down to business on-air while donning a professional yet stylish ensemble. To get Savannah’s look, we compiled a few tips and tricks along with clothing recommendations below, courtesy of Olivia Capone Myers, Destination Maternity’s Style Director.

 

  1. Embrace bold colors!  As seen on Savannah, you can shine in cheerful summer brights!  Warm summery tones that pop in a classic silhouette like this Donna Morgan 3/4 Sleeve Chevron Stripe Maternity Dress shown below work for the office and make a statement:

 

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  1. Wrap it up! A classic wrap dress is one of the greatest investments to carry you through every stage of pregnancy and even beyond. Try this BCBGMAXAZRIA 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Maternity Dress shown below:BCBG
  1. Experiment with patterns! From colorful chevrons to prominent polka dots, fun patterns can be a great way to show off your growing bump. For an all-over print similar to Savannah’s look, try Destination Maternity’s  TAYLOR 3/4 Sleeve Maternity Dress.Taylor
    For a camera-worthy look every day, check out the variety of summer dress styles Destination Maternity has to offer.

4th Of July.. What to Wear! By Olivia Capone Myers, Style Director



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Long weekends mean more outfits! Here is a roundup of our must have looks to get you through all of your 4th of July celebrations.  Whether it’s a backyard BBQ, pool party or evening fireworks, we have you covered!

hatA Pea in the Pod Majestic Sleeveless Scoop Neck Maternity Tank Top & AG Jeans Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Maternity Crop Jeans

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Motherhood Maternity Short Sleeve Fit And Flare Maternity Dress

White on WhiteA Pea In The Pod Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity T Shirt &
A Pea In The Pod Jeans Secret Fit Belly® 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans

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Motherhood Maternity Halter Maternity One Piece Swimsuit

 

 

 

Get Grilling!

Having a Father’s Day barbeque this weekend? Here’s an appetizer you can throw on the grill & feel good about eating. Delish.com gives you another way to prepare seasonal vegetables like red peppers & eggplant, plus some delicious feta cheese for a flavorful kick.

All you need is the following:

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 8 slice(s) eggplant, 1/2-inch thick
  • 3 tablespoon(s) olive oil, plus more, for grilling
  • 1 tablespoon(s) red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) crumbled feta
  • Salt and pepper

 

If your grill is already hot from burgers & hot dogs, you are good to go. If not, then preheat the grill, coat your cut vegetables with olive oil, cook them until tender or you see some grill marks, & finally arrange on a platter. Then simply sprinkle them with 3 tablespoons olive oil, and red wine vinegar; add oregano and feta. Lastly, season to taste with salt and pepper.


It is no secret that vegetables are filled with valuable nutrition benefits for everyone, but especially for pregnant women! The grilling takes these vegetables to richer level. Grill, serve & enjoy!

Casual Cravings

Sleeveless A-line Maternity Dress

The summer grants many opportunities for outside parties & dining al fresco. People are also more apt to walk places, get some sun & explore nature. Dresses are easy outfits, because they are ready to throw on, go out & look completely put together. However, many dresses are too frilly, too restricting & actually just a little too dressy. Enter our sleeveless a-line dress, the one that will take you to that backyard party, to dinner under the stars, to a spontaneous walk to the farmer’s market on a Sunday afternoon.

This dress has a geometric print that makes people take notice without screaming, “Look at me!” The white with grey combo combines for effortless style. The spaghetti straps keep you cool & provide you with the ability to throw on a cardigan, scarf or little jacket when the sun goes down.

The length, which falls just above the knee, is the most versatile since you have the option to dress it up with heels, wedges & even platforms. But because it isn’t too short or too long, flats, sandals & flip flops give this a summery edge.

Let your hair down to frame the v-neck or throw your hair in a messy bun to showcase the back-interest keyhole design. This dress makes sure you look good coming or going.

You are constantly craving the look that works for every day & in every way. This dress is our MOST CRAVED & now your clothing crush!

Oh boy!! … Or Girl!!


Gender Reveal Parties are a sweet and special way to celebrate the arrival of your new little one to your friends and family.  Are you looking for some cute ideas?  How about a Gender Reveal extravaganza?!  Are you planning your own celebration?  Here’s what’s hot:

Themes:

How about a “Waddle it Be” Party?  You can have duck shaped cookies, banners, ask your guests to vote and more!

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Balloons:

Balloons-in-a-box is another fun way to find out the sex of your baby!  You can have your doctor write down the gender and bring it to your local grocery store or Party shop and ask them to put either pink or blue balloons in a box.  Then, you can open the box in front of your friends and family to find out together!

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Teams:

On your invitations ask everyone to wear pink or blue, or provide gender specific accessories like these team pink or team blue pins.  This is a fun way to get everyone as into it as you are!

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Food

Food is a great way for you to make your gender reveal party extra festive.  Try these blue and pink chocolate covered strawberries.  Have your doctor write down the gender and bring the envelope to your local bakery; have them seal up a box of these and then you can open them up in front of your guests!

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Since you’re not sure if you’re having a baby boy or girl, why not wear a dress that represents both?  You can try this strapless high-low hem maternity dress that is both blue and pink or this spaghetti strap cross back maternity dress, which comes in both blue AND pink.

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Whatever you decide to do and wear, gender reveal parties are such a fun way to celebrate your little guy or girl coming into the world!

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