Kardashian's maternity woes prompt a style lesson
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Kim Kardashian attends the Topshop Topman LA Opening Party At Cecconi's in Los Angeles. Fashion experts say streamlined style best suits a baby bump. Kardashian, who is expecting her first child with Kanye West in July, has taken heat from the tabloids and armchair fashion critics for her maternity look, which seems a continuation of her usual parade of body-hugging dresses. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — Kim Kardashian: Take note.
To be stylish and pregnant, you need to embrace your new shape. You have to celebrate it. But you also need to be aware of it, and not keep wearing your regular wardrobe — even if it's a size up.
Kardashian, who is expecting her first child with Kanye West in July, has taken heat from the tabloids and armchair fashion critics for her maternity look, which seems a continuation of her usual parade of body-hugging dresses — many of which have a hard-to-wear hemline that hits below the knee — tucked-in blouses, complicated couturelike details and super-high heels.
FILE - This March 20, 2013 file photo shows Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant with her first child, watching as Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque at Baker Street underground station in London, during a visit to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, possesses what might be the world's most famous baby bump, and she has made a seamless transition into her slightly revamped look. Fashion experts say streamlined style best suits a baby bump. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)
Lately, though, it seems she's taken the plunge into maternity clothes, sometimes wearing stretch-waist maternity jeans (designer, of course) and leggings, which Pea in the Pod design director Olivia Capone Myers says are the No. 1 must-have item for a successful pre- and post-baby wardrobe.
Leggings, along with side-ruched T-shirts and dresses, preferably made of stretch jersey, are the first things to buy when the bump starts showing, and they're the last ones you're wearing after mom and baby are settled in at home, Myers says.
FILE - This Feb. 24, 2013 file photo shows actors Channing Tatum and his pregnant wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum at the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Fashion experts say a streamlined style best suits a baby bump. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Myers, herself 8 months pregnant, says the current wave of celebrity moms-to-be has reignited interest in this corner of the fashion world, which is sometimes more relatable to shoppers than the runway. The key, experts say, is to stay true to your personal style, but not be so stubborn that you won't tweak it.