Summer Guide to Dressing Your Bump + Beating the Heat!

I hope you are all enjoying the day celebrating Father’s Day with the men in your life! Did you know today is also summer solstice? The summer season can be both a blessing and a curse for the mom-to-be! The warmer weather lends itself to breezy dresses and open-toe sandals, BUT with the rising temperatures, beating the heat can also be challenging! I was in my last trimester during the summer of 2013 and not only was my bump at its biggest, but I had a terrible case of edema. I lived in lightweight jersey maternity essentials and lots of layering pieces. Shorts, breezy skirts and maxi dresses were my go-to and for good reason: they were uber comfortable and easy to accessorize! Read on for some of my favorite looks that will keep you looking great and feeling cool this summer.THE MAXI: A jersey maxi dress is the perfect summer maternity essential. It’s lightweight and versatile enough to be styled up or down. Throw on a linen jacket and slides to create a totally chic weekend look. While having a few fun maxis in your wardrobe is smart, I always suggest adding at least one version that is in a simple silhouette and neutral color. Grey, navy or black can be worn so many ways and will give you tons of style mileage this summer.THE SOFT SHORT: Another warm weather must-have! Go with a classic jean short but also invest in a soft cotton short; just keep in mind the fabric should be lightweight and even have a little stretch. A short can always be paired with a tee or opt for a peasant top. Add a heel or espadrille for a more polished look. The combination is perfect for a summer party or even date night.Summer Guide to dressing your bumpTHE KNIT SKIRT: How great is this updated maxi skirt? With a chic side slit (that’s not too high,) you have an effortless look that does double duty depending on how you accessorize. With a metallic wedge, simple stripe dolman tee and fedora, you have a city-chic look perfect for a summer night. Style TIP: For a leg lengthening look, opt for a side-ruched tee that contours to your bump. For an easier more bohemian take, pair a maxi skirt with a fitted tank and unbuttoned shirt.hjfghTHE SUMMER SHEATH: Wondering what to wear to the office this summer? The sheath dress is a fabulous option and can be worn from desk to dinner. PLUS, a great black and white graphic print seamlessly transitions into fall by updating your accessories and adding a blazer.

For additional summer styling tips check out my interview with The Wall Street Journal and if I haven’t covered any of your summer styling questions, email me! I’d love to help! -Olivia

Trend Alert // Bohemian Bumpstyle

TrendAlert-BohemianThe free-spirited style of the ‘70s has made a comeback and is even better with a bump! Tie-dye prints, maxi dresses, the peasant blouse, floppy hats and fringe are just some of the latest trends to love this summer. This sunset-hued maxi from A Pea in the Pod, paired with antique gold accessories, a fringe bag, wide brim hat and round sunnies, nails the bohemian look. Opt for a destructed vintage jean with a peasant blouse for another fabulous circa-‘70s summer look. -Olivia

Tie Dye Maxi // Wirestack Cuff Bracelet // Melissa Obadash Jemima Hat // Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Fringe Bag // Schutz Eugenia Wedge // Chloe Sunglasses // Gildstitch Statement Necklace

Chic This Week // The Must-Have Maxi + How to Wear It

6FGHSGFDHACSWith summer almost here, a wardrobe that keeps you cool and comfortable is a must, especially if you are expecting! The one item I tell every mom-to-be to invest in if they are expecting during the warmer months is a maxi! An instant outfit, a maxi is versatile enough to be worn throughout your whole pregnancy. This version from Isabella Oliver is one of my favorites. The simple knit print and side-ruching feature makes this dress extremely flattering. For an effortless and on trend weekend look, I suggest pairing a maxi with a thong sandal, panama hat and cuff. Dress things up for an evening out with a wedge, statement necklace and jacket. Happy styling -Olivia

The Weekly Find

maternity maxi dress

Welcome to The Weekly Find, featuring a favorite new arrival paired with this, and that.

This week’s find: BCBGMAXAZRIA Long Sleeve Variegated Stripe Maternity Maxi Dress from A Pea in the Pod.

Why it’s a winner: Long, lean and ultra-stylish, the sleeves make it perfectly wearable now during winter’s cold months, while the chic color combo and stretchy, lightweight material will carry you right through spring.

Pair it with this: Add a mix of patterns and color now with the Multi Color Infinity Scarf, and that: a spring-ready Denim Maternity Jacket for later.

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