Trend Report: High Contrast Stripes and Playful Prints

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Fashionistas and runway reports agree: prints are taking center stage when it comes to spring trends. Whether it’s floral, plaid, animal or striped, prints are everywhere from tops and dresses to shoes and accessories.

Olivia Capone Myers, Design Director for A Pea in the Pod, touches on this exciting trend: “Impactful prints are an easy way to add a little punch to your wardrobe. Prints are great to wear during your pregnancy and add an element femininity and playfulness to simple silhouettes. There are so many options to try this spring.”

Shop our stylish selection of prints at A Pea in the Pod!

Five Tips for a Seamless Transition Into Spring

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Cold, blustery days are almost gone and warmer temperatures will soon be on their way. Here are five fashion tips to follow for an easy transition into spring:

  • Pretty Pastels: Glamour Magazine says pastels are one of the most “wearable trends” from the Spring 2014 runways. Add some color into your wardrobe with light and airy sweaters or bright colored denim that can easily transition you into spring.
  • Flower Power: Incorporate some floral prints like this ultra-feminine, Jessica Simpson floral blouse to complement key pieces of your wardrobe.
  • The Novel Jacket: Swap your winter coat for a lighter option.  Ditch heavier outerwear for a jacket with a sleek and edgy vibe; think faux-leather and Moto jackets.
  • The Finishing Touch: Nail polish is a fun and easy way to incorporate the trendiest spring colors into your wardrobe. Try one of our new Butter London nail lacquers in a variety of on-trend shades.

Shop these looks and more at Destination Maternity.

Inspiration Behind the Design: A Pea in the Pod’s Spring Collection

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A Pea in the Pod’s spring collection evokes a casual, nautical style that is perfect for warmer weather.  From chambray blues and preppy stripes to comfortable linen fabrics, the A Pea in the Pod Design Team focused on sea-inspired colors for this season’s collection:

“Our ‘Port of Call’ delivery for spring is based on sea faring islands with a soft vintage feel. The collection includes a wide array of bold stripes, crochet work, mixed media, mosaic and paisley prints paired with light wash denim. An indigo and chambray blue color story is the foundation of this group with pops of fuchsia and an increasing presence of white, which we will continue into the summer season.”

Key pieces include a flowy, 3/4 Sleeve Dress in a blue and white mosaic print, perfect for your spring baby shower. Spring’s must-have chambray convertible sleeve shirt creates a casual-chic look when paired with our Secret Fit Belly® Linen Cargo Pocket Maternity Crop Pants. Our bump-flattering Cap Sleeve Boat Neck Maternity T Shirt combined with our Secret Fit Belly® Cuffed Maternity Crop Jeans will keep you both comfortable and stylish throughout the season

Shop these spring maternity looks and more at A Pea in the Pod!

Boho Chic

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Spring is the perfect time to exhibit boho chic style that hits on all of the beautiful, warm-weather trends. From pretty printed blouses and distressed jeans to flowing maxi dresses and long and lean maxi skirts, embrace your growing shape in light and airy styles that embrace delicate details and gauzy fabrics. Easy to accessorize – with must-have neutral booties or strappy sandals – boho is the way to go morning, noon and night.

Shop the must-have boho chic looks from Motherhood Maternity!

The Look for Less: Polka Dots

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Top photo credit: Sweater: ronherman.com; Jeans: netaporter.com

The chic color combination of black and white never goes out of style. Bring polka dots into the mix and you’ve got instant sophistication.

We love the look of this Ron Herman cashmere sweater. Soft and luxurious, it’s a piece that can take you from work to play in seconds flat. Paired with super skinny J Brand black jeans, the look is put-together and polished.

Get the look for less with our ¾ sleeve side ruched maternity sweater. The flattering side ruching helps to accentuate your bump while the dot print adds a hint of playfulness. Pair this sweater with our Secret Fit Belly® ponte super soft skinny leg maternity pants for an outfit that’s sleek, incredibly comfortable and under $70!

Finally, for some extra bits and pieces of versatility, add a strand of pearls and a pair of patent heels to dress it up, or throw on a blazer and pair of brightly colored flats for a more understated approach.

Shop this maternity look for less at Motherhood Maternity.

Animal Addiction

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All over the runways, and straight into your hands, animal prints have taken center stage this fall and upcoming winter season. From chic maternity dresses to flattering tops, animal print – think leopard, cheetah and snake – makes a standout statement in a neutral, go-with-anything kind of way. From basic color palettes of blacks, browns and creams to electric blues and cooling steel grays, they’re must for your maternity closet.

Shop fierce animal prints from A Pea in the Pod!

Cool Contrast: Stripes vs. Prints

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Evident in their lasting presence on all of the major runways, stripes are here to stay. Whether horizontal, vertical, wide or narrow, stripes are actually flattering to your bump. Perfect on anything from tops to accessories to this super flattering maternity dress, stripes are still high on our fashion radar.

In contrast, we also adore another classic, the animal print, when done right. For your baby shower or a night out with the girls, play up your sassy side in this animal print maternity dress. And if you dare to do both, mix and match stripes and animal prints together for a look that’s incredibly “now.”

Shop our striped and animal printed maternity clothes at A Pea in the Pod.

Fashion Cravings

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When a fabulous maternity dress can easily transition from day-to-night or work-to-play, we are so in. The flattering fit-and-flare silhouette will give your bump a gorgeous shape while the on-trend leopard print is this season’s must-have neutral. Keep warm with the addition of opaque black tights along with chic accompaniments such as a fitted blazer, sexy heels or luxe booties.

Get this fierce maternity dress at A Pea in the Pod!

New Designer Spotlight: Trina Turk

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Moms-to-be who want to continue shopping their favorite contemporary brands and maintain their pre-pregnancy style will be excited to hear that Trina Turk is now available in select A Pea in the Pod® and Destination Maternity® stores as well as online at apeainthepod.com and destinationmaternity.com! A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity are the only maternity apparel retailers to carry Trina Turk.

Confident, stylish and free-spirited, the Trina Turk brand is known for its signature vintage-inspired prints and feminine silhouettes. Whether for your baby shower, date night or work, consider a dress from Trina Turk that is sure to flatter your bump and will have you looking effortlessly chic!

Trina Turk is now available at the A Pea in the Pod stores in Beverly Hills and San Diego, CA, and Coral Gables, FL, and in the Destination Maternity stores in New York City, NY, Aventura, FL, and Paramus, NJ.

See the entire Trina Turk collection here.

Color Crush: Mixing with Magenta

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A striking statement in both the home and in fashion, magenta is so in. Deeply luxurious yet still exuding a playful touch, we adore this TAYLOR dress’ mix of magenta with touches of black, red and light pink.  It’s sexy and sophisticated all in one.

Shop this maternity dress at A Pea in the Pod.

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