Photo Credit: Rosie Pope Maternity
Last night on Pregnant in Heels, Rosie Pope had two fashion challenges on her hands. Pregnant mom of two Elizabeth was living in sweatpants (we can relate!), while persnickity fashionista Patrice couldn't find any maternity clothes she liked -- even in Rosie's store -- until Rosie designed a custom collection for her. Since that's not an option for most preggos, read on for Rosie's best advice on dressing your bump.
How can fashion-conscious pregnant women like Patrice keep their pre-pregnancy style when they really need maternity clothes?
Remember this mantra: "If you wouldn't wear it before you got pregnant don't wear it now." Pregnancy is not a time to abandon your sense of style but to keep it, just in clothes that fit and feel good! People shouldn't even think about it as a "maternity" wardrobe but clothes that celebrate your changing shape.
What are your top tips for pregnant women for dressing in each trimester?
In the first and second trimesters, decide whether you want to accentuate your bump or keep it under wraps. If you're hiding it, stick to tricks like ample pleating, empire waist lines, printed blouses. If you want to accentuate it, go for side ruching and figure-hugging styles or nautical stripe prints. The latter are less useful postpartum, but the other styles will carry you through even after you've had your baby and getting back into your previous shape. In your third trimester, stay away from the flowing styles -- they'll only make you look bigger. Stick with figure-hugging looks, as your large bump will make your arms and legs look proportionally smaller.
What's the one must-have piece of maternity clothing that women should splurge on?
Splurge on desk-to-dinner attire -- outfits that can be worn from work to night. Look for dresses that can be easily accessorized (with belts, for example) and don't have prints that are too overwhelming. That way you can them wear them over and over and change up the look by adding pashminas and jewelry.
How can moms on a budget stretch their maternity pieces with clothing they already own or that they'll be able to wear post-pregnancy?
Spend your maternity wardrobe budget on must-haves like well-fitting and comfortable pants and long tank tops/camis. You can then pair them with non-maternity blazers and cardigans, just left unbuttoned. By swapping out the cami colors, accessorizing and changing blazers, you'll have a very classic and super sharp look. Pair with some ballet flats or my favorite: wedges!
What's one big fashion mistake that pregnant women make?
Wearing sizes that are too big. It just makes you look bigger, so go for well-fitting styles that rock that bump!
Christina Applegate recently confessed that she still wears her maternity jeans. What piece of maternity clothing do you still wear?!
My Pret Pants! They're genius because they let your belly grow while you're pregnant and then suck it all back in again postpartum -- all while making your gams look lovely. I recently custom made some for Adrianna Lima, but they're also available online. Everyone at our office lives in them!
Rosie Pope is a clothing designer, maternity concierge and the star of Bravo's 'Pregnant in Heels.' Read her Q&A with iVillage Parenting every Wednesday after the show. Follow her on Twitter: @RosiePope, or find her at rosiepope.com.