Warm spring weather has arrived, so it's the perfect time to dress in bright, fun outfits. And mothers-to-be will be happy to know that the fashion industry hasn't left pregnant women out in the cold this season.
On The Saturday Early Show's Focus On Fashion, Suze Yalof Schwartz, executive fashion editor-at-large for Glamour magazine, showed us some of the many stylish, affordable maternity outfits that are available today.
Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you should give up your sense of style, says Schwartz. Embrace being pregnant and don't hide behind big shirts and leggings. And don't use the excuse that trendy designers aren't making clothes for mothers-to-be. Schwartz says more stores are stocking their shelves with chic, beautiful, maternity clothes at various prices.
However, Schwartz advises mothers-to-be not to buy a ton of new clothes. Instead, they should buy a few essential pieces that they can mix and match with clothes they already have.
And, she says, remember that you will wear some of your maternity clothes after the birth of your child, when you are giving your body time to rest before hitting the gym. So hold on to some of your second and third trimester maternity clothes.
Here are the maternity styles worn by real pregnant models on the show:
Old Navy: Dress, $28
This casual dress can be worn day and night. Schwartz says It has a slimming effect because it's black and has a slight A-line. The cotton fabric will also keep mothers-to-be cool in the summer.
Cadeau: Top, $165
Gap: Jeans, $68
Schwartz says this outfit is a great day/weekend look. The top is Asian inspired and has a trendy style to it, unlike some other more drab maternity looks. The Gap jeans will match everything while staying fashionable.
Liz Lange: Blazer, $250
Liz Lange: Skirt, $125
Schwartz says the combination of Liz Lange blazer and skirt makes a great suit for work. It looks couture because it's Chanel-inspired with the pastel boucle fabric. It's also very comfortable because the skirt has an elastic waistband.
Pea in the Pod: Dress, $250
The dress is perfect for summer parties, according to Schwartz. She says it's sweet yet sexy because it shows off the legs and looks amazing with cleavage. The polka dot print is popular this spring, and so is the turquoise color. It's a wrap dress so mothers-to-be can adjust it to their bellies, which makes it really wearable.
L'Attesa: Gown, $180
This is the perfect black tie dress for pregnant women, says Schwartz, because the bigger a future mother 's bust gets , the better the dress looks! The fabric is loose and flowing, plus it is comfortable and, says Schwartz, so affordable.