I don’t know about you (fellow pregnant readers), but I haven’t picked up a single pregnancy magazine since finding out I was pregnant. I’ve flipped through a couple in the waiting room of my doctor’s office but I haven’t found them very helpful in rethinking how to approach my wardrobe. Instead, my inspiration has come from other ‘real’ people documenting their maternity style on blogs or on Flickr.
In the spirit of sharing resources, here are some of the pregnancy muses I’ve come to love and admire… a group of stylish and fabulous ladies making maternity look incredible. While they all have unique and varied styles, the one common factor is obvious: they all make pregnancy look fun, creative, and beautiful. They’re not hiding their changing bodies but rather embracing them and showing them off. Take a look for yourself…
Obviously the first thing I did, once I knew I was expecting, was to go back and dig through our ‘Maternity Style‘ archives to revisit how E. managed her pregnancy. At the time, I was so in awe of her style and elegance as E. always managed to look so chic and put together. I love how E. used accessories to spruce up a lot of basics, how she creatively layered, and how she used belting – below and above the bump – to create new shapes and silhouettes.
Next up is the lovely blogger behind Chai Love You, who I discovered on Flickr. Already the proud momma of one, this sassy blogger is balancing motherhood, a bourgeoning career in hair design, and pregnancy. I love her use of bold colors and fun patterns and her outfits that are stylish and fun yet could easily transition to playtime with a toddler. You can find all of her maternity style posts here.
Megan Hunt is the voice and creator behind the Princess Lasertron blog and company. She makes beautiful felt and vintage button bridal bouquets and accessories and used that same creative energy when putting together colorful and whimsical outfits throughout her pregnancy. (And don’t you just love those heart embellished pumps?) You can dig through her “Outfit” archives to find her maternity style posts, which are definitely worth the search!
I found Jess, of The Doe or the Deer, in Flickr’s Pregnancy Style group and was instantly intrigued by her by her use of color and bold pattern with a dash of rough (leather jackets, cowboy boots) thrown in. And she expertly layered dresses over jeans or leggings, which is a great way to transition too-short dresses into maternity tunics in those last months.
The Swedish Clara is someone I’ve followed for a while now over on Underbaraclara, a swedish blog of which I don’t understand a word! But I keep returning for her beautiful photography and amazing home decor. (I’m also fascinated by her ever-changing hair style and color). Clara’s pregnancy look is characterized by that Swedish mix of minimalism yet high elegance. She’s now got me sold on the high-waisted black maternity mini!
And there’s the lovely Jen of Jenloveskev, who rocked some gorgeous outfits throughout her entire pregnancy. One of my favorites was the yellow floral Megan Nielson dress that would look gorgeous cinched with a wide leather belt post-maternity too, no? You can also check out Jen’s Teacher Style Files for her non-maternity style.
How about you? Where did you find maternity style inspiration?
I’m curating a maternity style bibliography that will feature these and a few other bloggers, so I’d love any suggestions of other stylish mamas for me to include in that. Stay tuned for the Maternity Style Bibliography during the next Weekend Workshop! ~S.