The Dos + Don’ts of Fall Maternity Style

In interviews and style sessions I often get asked about the big no-nos when it comes to maternity dressing. I am a big believer that rules are made to be broken so I rarely give hard and fast ones. I do, however, think that some trends are just MADE for maternity and some non-maternity favorites may need to hit the road once a bump is on board. Read on for some fall styling tips and trends you may want to avoid.PP_Fall15_15-2272_RT-flt_72I’ve already mentioned the poncho as a hot maternity trend in a recent post and for good reason; it’s a big fashion statement now! But buyers beware: non maternity ponchos that are too short and chunky are definitely not a good look. I say this trend is a DO, but opt for one that is specifically designed with a bump in mind like this Ella Moss version.
PP_Fall15_21-2764_RT-flt_72Another DO: Prints please! Prints and patterns can be a bump’s best friend.
PP_Fall15_20-2698_RT-flt_72When in doubt, DO accessorize, but DON’T go overboard with too many accessories. As Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” I think the same holds true for a mom-to-be.PP_Fall15_16-2310_RT-flt_72DON’T only wear neutral colors! The key to wearing color is to know what shades work for you. Reds and wines are keys for fall. Know what colors look best for you and incorporate them into your maternity wardrobe.PP_Fall15_23-3090_RT-flt_72DON’T opt for only basic maternity tunics and leggings. I get it… leggings are a mama’s best friend, and since they are actually all over the runways right now, they are a major DO. But switch them up; try a denimleather or textured legging in addition to your basic versions to keep them fresh. And dress up a legging look with sleek booties, a plaid shirt or a swingy tee for an anything-but-basic look. –Olivia

Style Solutions for your Third Trimester

The last few months of pregnancy can be the most exciting AND the most challenging. However, dressing in your third-trimester doesn’t have to be a struggle! I recently had a style session with Jill and Kristen, who are both now in the last stage of their pregnancies and who you’ll recognize from We’re Expecting Too and last month’s Gender Reveal post. I was excited to help the girls choose some new pieces and share some styling tips for dressing in the last trimester. Check out the looks we chose and get some style inspo!
Shop Designer Maternity JeansRachel Zoe Sleeveless Printed High-low Maternity Dress Rachel Zoe Jersey Knit Striped Maternity TopI chose these two looks first because the silhouettes are simple, flattering and comfortable- all essential in the third-trimester! This A-line Rachel Zoe dress that Jill is wearing skims the body and is lightweight and breezy, perfect for this time of year. For Kristen, a maternity tunic paired with a denim legging is polished but uber comfy, too, since both pieces are stretchy and breathable.
Jessica Simpson 3/4 Sleeve Tie Front Maternity BlouseFinding an outfit with a slight cinched-in waist creates a nice shape, especially with a bump. We opted for this Jessica Simpson maternity top with a drawstring tie to give Jill added definition. This trick works throughout your whole pregnancy, but even more so toward the end, when the bump is at its biggest!
Bailey 44 Sleeveless Maternity DressA peasant top and maternity jean short are perfect for summer, as well as when you are further along. Look for a short with a little spandex and a Secret Fit Belly®, like this cut-off version, so it’s soft on your tender belly. A maxi dress, like the one Kristen is wearing by Baily 44, is another essential summer piece that gives you a complete, yet comfortable look and feel.
Shop Maternity Maxi DressesDaniel Rainn Short Sleeve Open Front Maternity KimonoA breezy blouse and kimono kaftan are also must-haves in my book once your bump has popped! I opted for this airy Sjobeck blouse paired with cropped maternity AG jean for Jill and kimono kaftan, maternity top and short for Kristen. These work so well, since again it’s about style AND comfort. Keep the silhouette short or slim on the bottom when wearing a flowy top.
Sjobeck Cap Sleeve Back Interest Maternity BlouseSplendid Back Interest Maternity Tank TopLastly, accessorizing is an easy and simplistic way to accentuate a maternity look. Try a hat, scarf, cross-body bag, necklaces and stacked bracelets to complete your outfit. These additions help speak to your own signature style. 

Are you in your third-trimester? Tell me some of your favorite maternity pieces! –Olivia

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