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dvf#2Zoe Saldana is apparently in the early stages of her first pregnancy, but has already figured out what most pregnancy veterans know–the Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress is a must-have for the first half of a pregnancy.

 

Buy it one size larger than your pre-pregnancy size, make sure you have a camisole to wear underneath, maybe throw in a pair of Mama SPANX, and you are ready for the office, a special event, or even date night (minus the camisole, just like Zoe). Zoe is wearing the Abigail Maxi Silk Wrap Jersey Dress, which is priced at $595.

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Imanimo Maternity is designed out of the hot, dry Middle East and consequently, its jersey and cotton pieces are perfect for the high days of summer. Already, several of the small, Tel Aviv-based line’s pieces are popping up in American maternity boutiques.

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With the entire Spring/Summer 2014 collection now on sale, it is the ideal time to indulge in a few pieces to brighten up your August wardrobe. The line is almost entirely focused on dresses and tunics, and a suitcase full of a few of these is exactly what you need for your August vacation.

Imanimo’s online boutique ships directly from Tel Aviv, but offers free international shipping for all orders over $100. All of the pieces are currently 20% off…

 


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So, I absolutely love this new nursing line, Loyal Hana. The founder and designer, Shelley Suh, was nice enough to send me a few samples and I wore one of the billowy blouses out and about yesterday. And no, I am not nursing, but that is how much I love these new blouses–and how discreet the nursing access is.

Done in subtle, muted prints, Loyal Hana’s nursing dresses and blouses make use of barely noticeable zippers to allow for nursing access. There is no need for adjusting your top or your bra–just unzip and you have unfettered access to your nursing bra. The polyester material used by Loyal Hana has the appearance of silk, but is actually machine washable–in very cold water on the delicate cycle. Many of the line’s pieces are also available in cotton poplin.

loyal hanaMost importantly, for those of you postpartum moms out there looking for pieces that don’t scream “I am wearing a nursing top” when you put them on, this is your line. The blouses are lightweight and impeccably cut, allowing you to throw them over shorts, jeans, or leggings without looking like you’ve given up on fashion entirely. And the Anya Dress is reason enough to give this line a try, with its flattering pleated neckline and an array of covetable prints. While the line debuted for Spring 2014, many of the spring pieces are available in ideal colors for transitioning into fall.

As can be expected with small, new, independent nursing lines that are targeting the fashion-minded nursing mom, these pieces are on the pricier side. Loyal Hana’s tops hover around the $80 mark and the dresses are priced over $100.

Toss one of Loyal Hana’s blouses or dresses into your hospital bags and plan to wear it for the trip home. You’ll look extra fabulous in those “going home from the hospital” photos…and you’ll still have the easiest of nursing access should you have to pull over for a quick feed on the way home.


 

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There are so many pregnant celebrities, it is hard to keep track of what they are all wearing these days. And I’ve been mostly disappointed in them anyway–Kourtney K is obsessed with one-pieces, flannel shirts, and strange matching pajama-like pants sets. Mila Kunis looks like she is wearing pajamas most days we see her. Scarlett Johansson is basically hiding. And Eva Mendes is already 7 months pregnant and no one has seen her since March–we may not catch a single glimpse of her maternity style.

Rachel Bilson, however, is out and about in an array of incredibly cute, maternity-friendly dresses. She’s no Eva, but at least she is giving us something to aspire to in the maternitywear department.

My recent favorite choice for Rachel is the Free People “Penny Lane” Dress she donned recently. It’s available in several different colors, and the summer version is on sale at Shopbop for USD $90. If you canvas the reviews of this dress, it’s clear it runs incredibly large and most (non-pregnant) buyers had to go two sizes down–which sounds absolutely perfect to us. Free People’s online boutique has the Penny Lane dress in a darker, fall-friendly color.

roganRachel is also not afraid of shopping at Target, and wore a summer dress from the ROGAN for Target Go International Collection during a smoothie run with her boyfriend. The dress is now sold out at Target, but is available all over ebay, as tends to be the case with designer collections done for mass superstores. The retail price is a mere $40, and I think Rachel makes it look like a true designer piece.

This past weekend, Rachel also popped up in this vintage loose-fitting sundress, emblazoned with a big, red apple. I don’t know if I would like this dress on a non-pregnant woman, but Rachel somehow makes it work and looks quite cute. Sadly, it is a vintage piece and not available for purchase.

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For the first time, Isabella Oliver has launched a pre-fall collection, which is now for sale in the brand’s online boutique.

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The silhouettes are not especially new, but the colors are, with a selection of typically flattering true IO pieces in shades of orange, gray and black. The short, animal-print Hutton Dress is a favorite, sleeveless and done in viscose jersey.

And the simple Allerton Dress in the new burnt coral shade is a great way to transition into fall.

Best of all? The entire collection comes in at under USD $175, a very welcome price point from IO.


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Stacy_Keibler_Pregnancy_Style_Photos___People_comI have never been able to figure out what Stacey Keibler is famous for, besides having been George Clooney’s girlfriend for several years–I think she was a wrestler? But, deservedly famous or not, she has whipped up some impressive maternity ensembles in recent weeks, including this bright orange sleeveless Rachel Pally Dress. Stacey threw a neutral summer silk blazer over her shoulders and looked positively A-list this past weekend.

Stacey’s look is available to all of us, luckily. You can find Rachel Pally’s Orange Ruched Maternity Dress in all sizes at A Pea In The Pod for USD $225. Per usual, our frenemies at A Pea In the Pod have marked the dress up–the very same Rachel Pally dress, known as the Sylvia Dress, is available in red or blue over at Zappo’s for a mere $207.


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Summer is only recently in full swing, but I want to make sure I alert all of you to an incredibly maternity-friendly trend that is all over the runways for Fall 2014–capes. Pregnant women and capes are a very, very well-suited pair. And there are a plethora of them to choose from as the pre-fall collections roll in.

I wore capes for my entire third trimester during my last pregnancy. Luckily, a good number of Fall 2014′s capes are designed to be worn open in the front, making them even more bump-friendly than those that are meant to be clasped.

Jenni Kayne Wool Cape | SHOPBOPJenni Kayne’s Open Wool Camel Cape is my current fave. How fabulous would this simple piece look draped over your chicest maternity ensemble as cool weather approaches? It is selling out fast everywhere it pops up, despite the $695 price tag, so indulge quickly if you want it for fall.

And It’s hard not to fall in love with the perfect simplicity of your bump peeking out from underneath Saint Laurent’s Black Velvet Cape. At $3200, it should be rightfully admired from afar.

And of course, you don’t have to spend $700 to get this look. ASOS, always on trend and always within budget, has a very similar-looking Cotton Cardigan Cape for only $55. And I also love this reasonably priced black satin Evening Cape Jacket to throw over your special-occasion maternity dress…or your favorite white tee and jeans for date night.

By the way, JBrand has launched its end-of-season sale and the 3401 Denim Maternity Leggings are priced at only $95. That kind of discount justifies buying a pair one size up for third-trimester wear…or just an extra pair to fall back on…


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Some great sales popping up this weekend, including the long-awaited start of the Isabella Oliver summer sale, and 20% off at Giggle. Shop away…

The Isabella Oliver Sale is now on! Shop with up to 50% off for those maternity must-haves. Don’t miss the much beloved Ruched T-Shirt Maternity Dress, reduced to $110, or the extra-long Cami Nursing Top, reduced to $43.

Giggle. Get early access here to Giggle’s End of Summer sale with 20% off using promo code “SUMMER14.”

Zappos. Zappos never offers sitewide discounts, so the site’s sales are your one and only chance to score the site’s enviable collection of kids’ shoes and clothing at any kind of discount. The sale selection is insane–just hope your kids’ sizes (or your own) are still available.

Stuart Weitzman. The shoe boutique has a presale running right now, with 30% off most of its spring and summer styles. The discount is taken at checkout…

 

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PF is disturbingly excited over the newest Kardashian pregnancy, largely because our very favorite sister, Kourtney, is expecting. Kourtney, who is pregnant for the third time, consistently wears adorable, appropriate maternity clothing–the kind of clothing those of us who do not star in reality TV shows might wear. I am so looking forward to the next six months of fashion from Kourtney.

In honor of her recent announcement, PF compiled a list of Kourtney’s top 10 maternity looks, some new and some old…

Kourtney Kardashian Scott Mason Disick Nobu Dinner Date Night Sushi | Kourtney Kardashian#10 Rory Beca Blouse. Rory Beca’s loose-fitting, draped silk blouses are an ideal choice for the first trimester, as Kourtney figured out back in 2012. Nothing has changed, as Rory Beca continues to offer her signature blouses in an array of vibrant colors in the online boutique.

kourteny--RAILS#9 Rails Button-down Shirts. Hollywood loves these shirts, but over the past two weeks, Kourtney has made clear they are first-trimester friendly as well. She has been spotted in them both of the last two weekends.

#8 Rebecca Minkoff Becky Silk Blazer. Kourtney layered a hot pink, loose-fitting silk blazer over a black maxi in the final stages of her last pregnancy, and Rebecca Minkoff’s Becky jacket is just as chic two years later. It’s still available and on sale in black and white at Bloomingdales.

#7 Tolani Sava Dress. Kourtney was just spotted in this roomy Tolani dress and another pregnant celeb, Stacy Keibler, was just snapped in a shorter, blouse version. With summer fully on, it’s hard to argue with having one of Tolani’s Summer 2014 mini dresses on hand to wear to the beach. And yes, Kourtney’s sandals are awful. Notice they did not make this list.

#6 Rachel Pally Maxi Dresses. Kourtney relied heavily on Rachel Pally’s soft jersey maxi dresses during her second pregnancy and they worked for her from the first trimester through the very end. PF loved her choice of flattering, white dresses during the final weeks of her pregnancy. She lent one of these dresses, the Isa Dress, to Kim during her pregnancy and, well, that was a mistake.

Kourtney-Kardashian-Pregnant-Bird-Dress-061312-10-481x721#5. Ted Baker Deha Dress. I thought Kourtney looked adorable in this Ted Baker Deha Dress, which was sold though ASOS back in 2012 and was adorned with lovely birds. It is no longer available, but Ted Baker’s newest collection contains similar dresses, many in fun summer prints. Also, Sono Vaso Maternity did a great selection of bird-printed maternity dresses and blouses last season

#4. HATCH. Wearing HATCH is sort of a no-brainer if you have unlimited funds to spend on your maternity wardrobe. Throughout her second pregnancy, Kourtney chose numerous black pieces from the luxury maternity line, including the popular, beach-friendly HATCH Slouch Dress.This dress is now available in both jersey and polyester crepe, and you may choose from six different colors.

#3. Raoul. Kourtney did look quite stunning at the 2012 Oscar parties in a floor-length white Raoul gown. And several months later in her pregnancy, she donned a color-blocked Raoul gown.

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#2 Cameo Dresses. Australian designer Cameo makes an array of very maternity-friendly dresses and Kourtney has worn several of the line’s loose frocks during her pregnancies. If your legs still look great, it’s worth perusing the line’s mini dresses for something to pair with your favorite sandals this summer. Kourtney chose a horizontal striped version of the Cameo mini dress–not for every pregnant woman, but I thought she looked radiant.

#1. Pinkyotto Chiffon Dress. And my all-time favorite Kourtney pregnancy look is the Pinkyotto red chiffon swing dress she wore back in April 2012. It was reasonably priced, it worked well for postpartum wear as well, and it looked damned good on Kourtney and just about every other woman who wore it. Sadly, it is no longer available for purchase–so we’ll have to just enjoy the photo.

Here’s hoping she outdoes all of these looks the third time around. We need a little eye candy, Mila Kunis’s uber-sloppy pregnancy style has been getting me down.


 

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I didn’t write about this collaboration when it was first launched because well, I am very skeptical of maternity bathing suits. They MUST be tried on before a commitment is made.

But I ordered one for myself and as it turns out, the high-fashion collaboration between HATCH and Marysia Swim is a very good thing for pregnant woman. The line includes only two suits–a black one-piece and a black bikini. But both pieces are absolutely beautiful and if you’re going to invest in one swimsuit this summer, this one should be it. And it is quite an investment, as both suits are priced at $250.

Hatch_x_Marysia_SWIM_Bikini_-_Marysia_SWIMBut it’s had to argue with spending money on the perfect black bathing suit. And this may be it. You will undoubtedly want to wear this suit every day. Both pieces are fully lined–a rarity with maternity bathing suits. (I never understand why designers do not line maternity bathing suits, it seems a no-brainer). These suits are just incredibly chic and tasteful.  Indeed, I loved the one-piece suit so much, I am going to order it in a smaller size and see if I can figure out a way to wear it this summer. The ruched neckline, the bows at the legs, the dip in the back–it’s just a gorgeous suit.

The HATCH/Marysia bikini has a very full bottom that can be rolled over the stomach or worn underneath–a nice option if both your bellybutton and your stretch marks give you pause these days.

The new HATCH/Marysia suits are almost entirely sold out at Shopbop, though there are still a few sizes left (and the return policy at Shopbop is superb).  HATCH also has the suits for sale in the line’s online boutique, and returns are accepted there. All sizes are still available in Marysia’s online boutique, but you may only return items for exchange.

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