The founder of Liz Lange Maternity knows how to be stylishly pregnant. Follow these tips and you’ll always have the best dressed bump!
Are you like Ali Larter or Christina Applegate, wondering just how you’re going to dress that bump that’s growing bigger by the day (and possibly the hour)? Maternity fashion designer Liz Lange, 44, — who recently launched her first non-maternity collection called Completely Me by Liz Lange for HSN — has 10 simple style rules for moms-to-be. The wife of Jeffrey Lange and mom of Gus, 10, and Alice, 8, tells us why skinny jeans and bikinis are OK, and dishes on her biggest rule of all — no tent dresses allowed!
1. DO Try Skinny Jeans
Skinny jeans are a definite DO. Just DO make sure they are super-stretchy and pair them with anything and everything. I love them with a fitted, stretch, button-front shirt and a boy’s camel blazer (wear the blazer open and it doesn’t even need to be maternity — I buy mine at the boys’ department at Brooks Brothers, as I love the shrunken proportion).
2. DO Wear Bikinis
The beach or pool are the two places where I think naked bellies (pregnant or not) are a DO! But anywhere else, bare-skin bellies are a DON’T.
3. DON’T Wear An All-Over Print
It is a total myth that pregnant women can’t wear patterns. Even bold patterns (which I adore) are a DO, just don’t wear them head-to-toe. Mix them in with a solid.
4. DO Layer
Pregnant women often get hot and want to peel something off. Just keep your layers light so that they don’t add bulk — extra bulk is the last thing a pregnant body needs.
5. DO Wear Leggings
I wore leggings to and from the hospital when I had my son; they are so stretchy that they truly work even at the very end. Dress them up with a cute tunic top or long blazer.
6. DON’T Limit Yourself To Empire-Waist Tops And Dresses
Empire-waist dresses and tops feel so old-school maternity to me. I far prefer a wrap dress for third-trimester dressing. They are inherently adjustable as you can tie the waist as tightly or loosely as you need and they give you a waist and define your figure in a flattering way. They also often show cleavage (and cleavage is one of pregnancy’s big pluses!)
7. DO Show Off Your Legs
I think pregnant women should show off their legs. It’s cute and sexy. I love short, stretchy miniskirts and ’60s-inspired A-line mini shift dresses. Pair them with ballet flats or this season’s very popular kitten heels.
8. DON’T Hide Your Body
I think I kind of invented the whole “new look” in maternity fashion when I launched my line over a decade ago, and it’s all about fitted clothing that show off your pregnancy, so body-hugging dresses are a big DO!
9. DO Go Neutral
When in doubt, dip yourself in one neutral color and you will always look thinner (it creates an unbroken line) and appropriate. This season gray or camel feels very right, but I also love black and navy (so slimming) or chocolate brown.
10. DON’T Wear Stilettos
As much as I adore teetering around in my sky-high stilettos, they are not a good pregnancy choice. No one wants to see a pregnant woman appear off-balance — nothing chic about that! I love ballet flats, kitten heels or shorter chunky heels. In the warmer months, try sandals and open-toe shoes as it is always sexy to show a little skin, even if its only on your feet. But ankle straps are a huge don’t. They cut off your legs in the most unflattering way, and gladiators are also a no: they’re too heavy — you want to look light and delicate.