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.
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 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)
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.
"Jessica Simpson ... she's really done an amazing job of looking fabulous. She has tweaked her style, moving from heels to flats but still polished. She's kept her sense of style even with her changing body, and she isn't afraid to sport trends," Myers says. "She's wearing maxi dresses and lace."
Baukjen de Swaan Arons, designer of the British-based maternity label Isabella Oliver, has been watching star style, too. She liked the way Jenna Dewan Tatum wore the brand's fitted couture black lace gown at the Oscars earlier this year, but she says that it's equally stylish to be "out and about" in a jersey top. And she gives kudos to a then-pregnant Kristen Bell for doing a rock 'n' roll leather jacket and bright purple dress at the Sundance Film Festival. (Bell has since given birth to a daughter.)