Maternity Fashion Show

June 29, 2008 (CHICAGO)

kickin' - active boutique for moms-to-be and babes
2142 W. Roscoe
Sat: 11-6
Sun: 12-5
Weekdays 11-7

Summer fashions to get you thru all aspects of a hot Chicago summer while pregnant, or as a brand new mom.

Look #1:
Stacey - Beach/pool look
Ilant Swimsuit ($114)
Kindred Heats - Swimsuit cover-up & Nursing Cover ($49)

Cool off while looking hot! Here we have a black and white tankini from Australia paired with a soft swimsuit "skirt" cover-up. The soft skirt can also be worn post pregnancy over the shoulders as a poncho/nursing shawl. The softness also lets it work as a baby blanket for the stroller.

Look #2 -
Caroline - transitional everyday/weekend wear

Ripe Black Capri Pants ($72)
Majamas - Jake Tank - Nursing Top ($64)
Hot Mama Necklace (range from $69-$500 depending on silver vs. gold and type of gem)

This look on Caroline, who just had her 1st baby a couple weeks ago, works while you are pregnant as well as after. Our go to summer capris - from Ripe have a roll-up roll-down waist band that lets the belly expand while pregnant but also gently supports/holds it in after. The fabric allows for a sliming fit. The Jake Tank nursing top from Majamas plays up the bright crayola colors that are a huge trend this season. And the double layer nursing access shows just enough but not too much cleavage… and allows for easy adjustment. Caroline is also keeping her new little one close to her heart this summer even when he is not with her. Her sterling silver pendant necklace from Hot Mama Designs has "LIAM"'s name stamped into it and is complimented with a dangling diamond pendant for a touch of sophistication.

Look #3- Casual "bohemian" shower or weekend shopping
Maternal America Skirt ($96) - front pockets/tie up on side
Last Tango Tank ($39) - stretchy tank , non-maternity line works pre & post.

A comfy skirt is great for hot summer day. It's really light weight and plays up some of the bohemian paisley and floral looks that are big this summer. The hidden tie on the side can transform the skirt from a straight hem to a playful asymmetrical one. The tank is super stretchy in a fun aqua hue with lots of belly rouching. The rouching can take you through all stages of pregnancy. Secret here is the top is not specifically a maternity brand … but it works really well. This type of look is reminiscent of what we saw on Jessica Alba this spring and summer. … a casual flowy, relaxed feminine look.

Look #4 -
Laura - "Creative or Casual" Work environment or dinner out
Olian - Layered "under tee" ($24)
Olian - Red Kimono top ($82)
Olian - Pin Stripped gauchos ($69)
Storksak - Alex Diaper Bag - Uni-sex ($159)

For the casual.. or I as I call it, "the creative office" setting, skip the formal suit- it's too hot it anyway. Let your style show by mixing hints of "traditional office wear with fun summer trends". We've stayed true to the traditional work wear with pin-striped structured gauchos… and added the fun bright summer primary trend color with the red kimono stretch top. The Rouching on the side makes this type of a top a home run for almost all body type. You can rouch it more or less, depending on how far along you are, and depending on your height. For the office we've added a white layered tee… that in essence works as a tube top. Great layering piece instead of a full tank that covers the belly and makes you even hotter in the summer. It covers up cleavage that might not be appropriate for the hours on the job… but you can wear the top without it for a dinner out with friends or the hubby.

The diaper bag is work appropriate… and is one of the best uni-sex bags out there for men and women. We saw Angelina and Brad carrying a version of this StorkSak bag.

Look #5 -
Brooke- Dressy Shower, Wedding or Black tie affair

Olian -- White & Black Ivy Print ($129)
Momma's Jewels - Bracelet / teething ring (Double. = $199.95)

You can feel very "celebrity" baby shower in this dress or be ready for a special formal affair.
100% Silk. Black and white is always in. You don't have to do bright colors to have it be feminine. The vine aspect of the dress makes it appropriate for day and night. The extra long sash wraps around the back and then ties in the front which really helps accent the bump.. and show off your great pregnancy curves.

Sterling Silver teething ring bracelet doubles as beautiful jewelry for the mom-to- be and a great teething toy for the babe on the way. It also lasts forever and creates an heirloom for the baby to pass on to the next generation.

Overall… no matter what the occasion this summer you can find fashionable solutions that keep you feeling cool, beautiful and in style this summer… and make your belly something you are proud to show off.

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