£395 – barneys.com
£21 – bloomingdales.com
£18 – overstock.com
Last minute dinner plans at 7 months pregnant mean two things;
a. what to wear?
b. how to wear it?
Seriously though, pre-pregnancy it was a case of picking up the first dress you found and throwing on a pair of killer heels. Now it takes a touch more thought. The key for me now (personally) is the underwear, it is so important for me to feel supported and streamlined. I know streamlined isn’t the best word to use to describe one’s figure but when you have new lumps and bumps (major bumps) it is difficult finding comfortable shape wear that makes you feel good.
I had a five minute lunchbreak and after running round John Lewis, to be sorely disappointed with absolutely NO pregnancy shapewear I went to Debenhams to be told again they DON’T have the pregnancy Spanx I was searching for. Dire.
I knew I only had the Oceane Dress to wear for my outing so I wasn’t leaving the store without some sort of under garment. I found the Shaping Slip in the colour Natural. I took a risk and went for the bra size I thought I was and came back to work. When I tried on the slip I would highly recommend snipping the elastic that goes around the hem to give you a bit more room to move, but apart from that this was a revelation.
The slip supported by back, gave great bust support and no VPL’s. All in all a great product, the stretch around the bump was fantastic and everything felt really secure.
When recommending shape wear to customers, especially Bridesmaids I don’t care if you are size 6 or 16 shaping lingerie is so important as it should give the illusion that you have nothing on underneath the dress and that the lines are completely smooth. (No VPL.)
The Oceane Dress is a dream to wear, both pregnant and not. It is made from a stretch scuba jersey, it pulls on over the head and has a sneaky side split. This is the perfect Christmas party dress for #KDGIRLS in any shape and a snip at £110.
Today’s Dress of the Day is the Navy Mini-Penelope, the Penelope has been seen in every colour for the past few seasons but never in a mini version. Shop the Mini-Penelope in duchess satin so the stuctured frill is even more so. Wear for your work’s Christmas party and accessorise with metallic tones.
This dress is the perfect trans-seasonal piece, althought it will be perfect for your Christmas party season it will also work well in to the Spring when worn with nude accessories.
Major shout-out to Kurt Gieger (Church Street, Liverpool) for letting us pick our favourite shoes from their AW14 collection, including the Bond Shoe which has the most perfect metal stiletto heel, this is a shoe that worked with every KD look. However when we released some teaser shots over on our instagram account, the shoes that really got people into a frenzy were the Gylda black high-heel sandal with cut out suedette features. For us the Gylda Shoe is like the Gladiator sandal for the Winter.
This season bumps were quite the feature at Fashion Weeks all over the world. With Miroslava Duma, Yasmin Sewell and Eva Chen’s pregnancy style being more fashion forward, it inspires me to see how they work current runway styles (Eva Chen in Christopher Kane) into a look that fits and flatters a growing bump.
I do love how well floor length works for the red carpet, some starlets go for fitted and others, floaty. In my opinion it would depend on where you are in your pregnancy and how you would like to show it off.
And then there was Blake..
Blake Lively seems to have come trailblazing into the pregnancy style stratosphere with form flattering red carpet looks and daytime trends that mix clashing patterns, shorter hemlines and look-again outerwear. However there seems to be a shock from the media, somewhat unexpected, that somehow pregnant women can be glamourous, fashionable and …. dare I say it sexy!
I like what Blake is doing and how she is dressing for herself, adapting her pre-pregancy looks to suit her new shape. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your original style just becuase you are pregnant.
Welcome to bumptown.
This is a personal part of the blog which I have been pondering on starting for the last few weeks. If you don’t follow the KD Instagram you won’t know that I am super excited to be 25 weeks pregnant. This is my first baby and it still doesn’t feel real.
I have looked for a fashion/style/maternity blog and haven’t found one which caters for my needs as a working mother-to-be. I can also say the same about the highstreet, I have been keeping a look out for some maternity style staples and have been so disappointed that I am considering naming and shaming the stores I visited (.. Topshop/H&M etc). I think for a store to fully cater for a woman’s lifestyle means they should carefully consider everything from workwear, occasionwear and maternitywear.
As the creative director at KD I want to also cater for #kdgirls who are going through one of the most exciting yet confusuing times in their lives. I am constanly trying on the collection to see what works, why it works and why it doesn’t. So many people have contacted me to say I should design a maternity collection. But I feel as this is so brand-new to me that I would really appreciate your feedback on pregnancy style/tips.
I know for myself my own body changes constantly, as does my thoughts on how I want to dress the bump. In my job I need to be dressed in smart workwear to greet customers, bespoke brides and attend important meetings. I need a wardrobe that is versatile and includes items I can mix and match.
Through the next few posts I will be interviewing other mums-to-be on what they love to wear and share.
“STYLE IT/WEAR IT/SHARE IT” doesn’t stop when you are pregnant.
Also let’s look to the famous faces/street style stars and see how they style it up. (You know we are all obsessed with how Blake Lively has knocked it up a gear when it comes to pregnancy style.)