Spring Fashion Trends.. With a maternity spin
Written by: Trudy Robinson Foley
Five months ago, l was in Amsterdam and New York shopping for the best spring trends; I was 30 weeks pregnant and had a blast trying them all. Now as I unpack the new arrivals, I thought I’d share my favorite trends with you. (P.S. With a 10 week-old at home, I’m also wearing many of the “maternity” pieces, thanks to their built-in nursing functions and stretchy fabrics!)
Nautical Stripes: I’m obsessed with them - blue, red, black and grey. Do they work for maternity? DEFINITELY. Here’s how.
- Horizontal stripes dimensionalize that nice “ pregnant belly”…no matter if you are “showing it off” or hiding one that’s still not quite popped, they compliment it.
- They “camouflage” other pregnancy concerns: i.e. they hide “back fat” at the bra and any hit of panty line. And they work magic post-pregnancy or for muffin tops too!
- They also hide those dirty finger prints your 2 year-old rubbed on your sleeve!
- Various stripe widths compliment different body types – so try LOTS on.
- Stock up on tops/tunics and even try some in dresses.
Colored Bottoms: Colored jeans are everywhere – on the playground, in the office on casual Fridays and out on the town for date night. They’re a fun way to add a spark of color to your wardrobe and to capture the hot color-blocking trend. Colored leggings are also an easy pregnancy alternative. They’re super comfy and often cost less while still delivering a strong color punch. Look for thick good quality colored capri leggings; don’t skimp on cheap see-through ones. My favorite pairs:
- Reds/raspberries & navies paired with stripes. Ahoy Mate!
- Peach or teal with any black top in your wardrobe – great for the evening with espadrilles. Or throw on a sheer flowy floral top for a more feminine take.
Bold Prints: Generate the aura (or that pregnancy glow) around you with a little help from a bright graphic or floral print. Like you, they’re popping out everywhere! Wear it, don’t let it wear you with these tips:
- Look for silky/satiny tops or tunics. The softness of the fabric calms the boldness of the print.
- Choose patterns that are repeated in a way that flatters….make sure a “white patch” doesn’t end up accenting a growing chest or derriere.
- Want a big print? Try a maxi dress. The magnitude of the print won’t overwhelm you when it’s spread out over the long canvas of a maxi.
For more fun spring/summer fashion ideas, join NPN and kickin’ at our Summer in the City Fashion Show & night out on May 3-- Looks you can wear even non-prego will be featured! Event includes delicious appetizers, desserts, mocktails and cocktails, free raffle, swag bags & more. Click HERE for special discounted tickets for NPN members!!Posted on April 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM