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As the awards season comes into full swing, celebrities are busy running from one red carpet to the next. This week, it was to the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA for the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, which honored the finest in cinematic achievement. Some of the winners this year were: “The Big Short” for Best Comedy; “Mr. Robot” for Best Drama Series; and “Mad Max: Fury Road” for Best Visual Effects.
The red carpet at the Critics’ Choice Awards had some new faces and some very familiar ones. One couple that has been keeping a low profile since their surprise birthday party/wedding on August 5th of this year is Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux. Jennifer is there to support Justin, who was nominated for “Best Actor in a Drama Series” in The Leftovers. She has on a sea glass colored, spaghetti-strap gown by Saint Laurent by Heidi Slimane that has a daringly deep frontal slit to make up for the straps of fabric sewn on the bustline and droopy bodice. The color of Jen’s dress is fantastic on her and her thin-strapped metallic Jimmy Choo sandals really show off her long lean legs, but the design is not so thrilling. Justin is bringing back the skinny tie, thin lapels, and pairing it with leaner leg trousers in his Givenchy black suit, which is a modern style that fits him well.
Another couple who gleamed on the red carpet at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica was newly engaged Jason Stratham and former Victoria Secret Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Jason and Rosie also jumped onto the Saint Laurent band wagon for this red carpet. Rosie was as dazzling as her smile with her asymmetrical neckline black gown that also had killer front slit. She accessorized with a great textured black clutch, linear diamond earrings, and silver strappy sandals. Although, I bet that her new engagement ring was her favorite accessory. Jason looks very happy and debonair in his Saint Laurent tux that also had similar skinny details as Justin Theroux.
Also, following in the trend of daringly deep dress slits was mom-to-be Liv Tyler. Liv is glowing as she shows off her “baby bump” in a Cushnie Et Ochs creation. I’m not a huge fan of the Dolman sleeve, cape-like top, but Liv pulls it all off flawlessly.
The summer can be brutal when you’re pregnant. The heat combined with shelves of barely there summer wear make the season particularly difficult. Breezy skirts are modern day favorites for casual days and fancy gatherings. Light weight material, beautiful patterns and flowy fabrics provide summery options which can accommodate women in all three trimesters.
Joie No Belly Maternity Skirt by A Pea in the Pod features a summery blue print in a jersey knit. The full length skirt helps hide your belly and the side slit shows off your sandals.
A black and cream print feels extra fancy in a maxi design. PinkBlush’s Print Maxi Maternity Skirt accommodates a growing belly with a stretchy waist band, perfect for a summer get together .
New Look Maternity Floral Maxi Skirt is light and loose for those hot days.The floral design looks grown up in black and white and the soft jersey “over-the bump” band adds extra comfort.
Oh Baby by Motherhood Secret Fit Belly Mitered Stipe Maxi Skirt-Maternity is your live-in easy comfortable skirt. The grey and white striped pattern is simple and pretty and the seams add a modern appeal.
Now it’s easy to look effortlessly stylish even when the temperature soars. Wear these skirts to picnics, softball games, days at the office, and on all your summer adventures.
Take your summer style to the max with an easy, breezy maxi dress – and a special version of it if you’re expecting. With a great number of stripes, geometric prints and bright colors you have plenty of options to cover that growing baby bump.
Motherhood Maternity’s Sleeveless Crochet Detail Maternity Maxi Dress is perfect for these warm summer months. With a v-neck and crochet detailing, this dress looks great from the front, but even better from the back! Comfort and style have never come together so seamlessly before!
Add a fun print to really stand out from the crowd. Maternal America’s Sunset Geo Maternity Maxi Dress is anything but boring. The flattering empire waist and cling-free silhouette are just begging to be worn out at a party or backyard barbecue!
Bring on summer with J-Mode Maternity’s Coral and Aqua Chevron Ruched Maternity Strapless Dress. The sorbet colors and chevron print are perfect for a day on the shore. Throw on a pair of flat sandals and head for the ocean.
Rock a bold print with a low price tag. Target’s Maternity Sleeveless Surplice Pieced Maxi Dress- Ma Cherie will be your new summer staple. This dress would look great anywhere and for less than $35 you really need not take our word for it. Dress it up with a pair of fancy earrings or a statement necklace or keep it casual with a large roomy daytime tote.
Keep that bun in the oven warm all winter long in these stylish coats, which maternity style mavens like Blake Lively and Kate Middleton would approve of. From a fall breeze to those cold winter nights, you can still look oh so chic while keeping cozy.
The sophisticated MAMA Wool-blend Bouclé Coat from H&M is for the downtown cool mom-to-be. With a tie belt waist and concealed fasteners, this coat is able to cover your expanding baby bump from 12 weeks to nine months.
Blank NYC Zipper Detail Faux Leather Maternity Jacket will be your favorite “throw over everything” piece this fall. This motorcycle style jacket with silver hardware is edgy and tough, but can be softened when paired with a flowy dress. Or add some great boots for the perfect fall ensemble.
Punch up your prenatal wardrobe with some color! This wool maternity coat with a high collar and a bubble hem will lend sophistication to any outfit. At under $50, this fun coat will infuse a little extra fun and the elegant shape you’ll want to wear again, well after your child is born!
When the chill in the air turns icy, MAMA Padded Parka with a detachable faux fur trimmed hood will keep you nice and warm, while looking cool. The drawstring waist and side pockets give some shape to the coat and make it a great option for the woman who’s too hip for regular old, oversized maternity wear.
Maternity fashion has come a long way from floral dresses and pastel colored, shapeless clothing. Today there are multiple retailers and designers that specialize in maternity wear that keeps you feeling stylish, chic and comfortable. Dressing a pregnant body can be a challenge at times, particularly if you are struggling to feel content with your changing body. Play up the features that you feel most confident about; if you love your legs, pick a shorter dress or a skirt with a hi-lo hem and if you have amazing arms, select a sleeveless dress or tank top. The more confident you feel, the more radiant you look. When dressing for a night out while on maternity fashion “leave”, the options below are guaranteed to help you look and feel like the beautiful momma-to-be that you are.
Little Black Dress
The little black dress is a timeless classic and a piece that you are likely to already have as a staple in your wardrobe. If a little black dress is not already a part of your wardrobe, or if you no longer fit into the one hanging in your closet, select a basic silhouette that will work for nearly any social occasion. Online retailer ASOS offers the perfect solution to pregnant women headed out for a night on the town in the form of the sleeveless wrap dress. This dress can be dressed up for even the most formal black tie affair or made more casual for a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant. Accessorize with jewelry appropriate for your night out. Pick a statement necklace or pair of earrings for formal affairs or more understated jewelry for a casual evening out.
Some women always prefer heels and are totally comfortable rocking a pair of platforms well into pregnancy, however, most prefer to choose shoes that are fashionable yet comfortable during pregnancy. Pick a pair that offers maximum comfort and style. The Sorah flat from ALDO is guaranteed to match not only your little black dress, but the rest of your wardrobe as well. The patent leather toes feature a dainty bow as added decoration and the flat can be worn for both formal and casual occasions. Try matching them with some chic maternity jeans from the likes of Citizens of Humanity.
Show off your radiant, glowing skin with a foundation designed to even out your skin tone and conceal imperfections while still allowing your natural beauty to shine through. The Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation is smooth, non-drying and builds to your desired level of coverage. The brush feature allows you to apply your mineral makeup without the mess and fits easily into a purse for any touch-ups you might need. Sweep a luminous blush on the apples of your cheeks and use a shimmery bronze or taupe shade on your eyes. Apply a coat of black mascara and add your favorite lip product to finish your radiant makeup look.
A clutch is the perfect evening bag as it allows you to keep all of your essentials handy, while not weighing you down all night long. Fossil has a classic style fold-over clutch in four different styles from cheetah and metallic to basic black. This clutch also features a leather and chain strap that can be used when your hands are full.
Pregnancy style is no longer flowing, floral creations with no shape. Today, moms-to-be have a huge selection of styles from which to choose and can create looks, without any frump, that showcase personal style while remaining comfortable to wear throughout pregnancy.
Breanne is a recent college graduate, blogger, and fashion aficionada. You can find her over at her blog, Proper & Pink!
Swimwear is the most dreaded item to shop for, but add pregnancy into the mix and it can be a real nightmare! To help you enjoy the sun a little this summer we’ve put together our top choices for chic swimwear for the mother-to-be.
Add a little 50’s flair with a retro inspired nautical tankini by Seraphine. The Nautical Striped Maternity Tankini features a feminine sweetheart neckline with a bow as well as panels on the side which are designed to help slim and flatter your figure. The best part of this tankini is you can keep it down for added modesty or pull it up to get a little sun.
BellaBlu’s Black and White Block Bandeau Maternity Swimsuit looks like the perfect summer dress. With a full skirt to help cover your growing baby bump and white trim it’s a great option for the stylish woman. Plus the suit comes with attachable straps if you need a little extra support.
Color blocking is always a good way to look stylish; however, a dark color on bottom with a lighter color on top helps balance out your body. Due Maternity’s Maternal America Eva Criss Cross Spaghetti Trim Tankini will leave you looking great and comfortable with built in cups and adjustable ties on the bottom.
Black has to be the most flattering color of all time. With it’s universal appeal it’s no surprise that black is the color of choice for Hollywood Celebs as well. Jump on the Star Studded trend and try out Seraphine’s Black Halterneck Maternity Bathing Suit. Worn by Kate Hudson, this suit will flatter your figure as it changes week by week. Glamorous and simple, this is a great option to wear while lounging around by the pool and sipping virgin piña coladas!