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I always love the Shopbop Friends & Family Sale because it’s straightforward and simple. A very generous 25 percent off everything–very few exclusions, no conditions, the discount applies to just about everything.* Of course, that includes the maternity boutique as well. Shopbop recently replaced its wide array of HATCH pieces with a new selection of basic maternity pieces from Rosie Pope.

Shop Shopbop today with promo code “INTHEFAMILY14.” The sale ends Thursday night at midnight.

*Excluded designers are listed here.

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It’s officially spring, but it’s 42 degrees here and raining, mandating the wearing of a substantial spring coat. I spotted a very pregnant woman coming off the metro in the rain this morning wearing a very ill-fitting trench coat, inspiring me to devote an entire post to where to find yourself a proper spring maternity coat. Sadly, there are fewer and were options each season for coats cut specifically for maternity. Women don’t buy them, so designers don’t make them. Isabella Oliver always used to do a spring trench, as did Liz Lange, when she still had her own line. Neither the new IO line, nor the new Liz Lange for Target line include a spring coat this year. Some of my smaller, go-to designers for maternity coats also seem to have abstained this spring.

So, PF just looked a little bit harder, as no pregnant woman should be forced to squeeze herself into a coat as she waits for summer to arrive.

Mama_licious___Mamalicious_Double_Zip_Spotty_Raincoat_at_ASOSASOS has a reliable selection of coats from its in-house maternity line, all for under $100. And the Mama.licious line, sold at ASOS Maternity, has done a few well-priced spring coats this season, including this playful polka-dotted raincoat, priced at USD $122. Topshop Maternity also has a useful khaki-colored hooded lightweight jacket, perfect for combating the wind and rain.

HATCH included a new polyester/rayon-blended, double-breasted trench in its Spring 2014 line, and the piece has a clever detachable collar, with a cheerful pink lining. Note that there is no sash or belt included with the HATCH trench, it is meant to be worn without cinching. HATCH’s trench is priced at USD $318.

But if you feel you must cinch over the bump, Paulina Maternity has revived its own trusty, Classic Double-Breasted Trench this spring.  This piece has been around for several years and continues to qualify as the perfect spring staple for a pregnant woman or a postpartum woman who still doesn’t quite fit into her pre-pregnancy coats. It is priced at approximately USD $398.

davaiAnd if you really want to go decadent, indulge in this delectable maternity raincoat designed by Parisian designer Davai. Available only through French maternity boutique, Emoi-Emoi, Davai’s waterproof and windproof maternity raincoat includes a removable ascot that you may wear as a scarf or as a hood, as well as a baby sling for carrying your newborn inside your absolutely fabulous spring coat or on your back. The coat only comes in one size, designed to fit US sizes 4-10. Of course, Parisian-designed fabulousness comes at a price–the Davai raincoat costs USD $475.


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Today, I am introducing you to a new maternity line out of the UK, called “In Pig“–and no, the name is not a joke. Apparently, “in pig” means pregnant across the pond. Or, it meant pregnant to the Mitford sisters, British aristocrats who made up their own language in the 1930s. My knowledge of British history is limited, as is my knowledge of British aristocracy, but I do know that associating pregnancy with pigs when you are trying to sell maternity clothing seems a bad decision.

Cotton_Smock_Top_–_In_Pig While I remain truly perplexed by the name of this new line, I must admit that the designers’ take on maternity wear is refreshing. All of the pieces have a vintage feel to them, and while the line is very small, In Pig recently added two new pieces for spring. The new Seersucker Summer Dress comes in blue or red cotton and is thankfully double-layered, so it feels like a real dress (those ASOS dresses I wrote about on Monday are most definitely not double-layered). And the new Cotton Smock Top is available in white cotton or a unique red cheesecloth. I love this top with a pair of cropped maternity jeans or even your favorite leggings.

In Pig comes in at a high price point, with the dresses all priced between $200 and $350. The fabrics are high-quality and all of the dresses are completely lined and well-tailored. Not to mention, no one else at the town pool is going to be wearing these pieces this summer, as they are not sold anywhere in the US.

In Pig ships internationally, for approximately $25.

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When you know something works, why mess with it? ASOS Maternity has figured out that its beloved Maternity Skater Dress really works, and simply keeps reinventing it in new prints and fabrics every season. Empire-waist, swing skirt falling right above the knee–the cut of the dress is always the same, although the prices range from about $40 to $120, depending on which incarnation of the dress you choose.

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This spring, ASOS is, as usual, catering to all of the runway trends and has released the Skater Dress in a range of florals and polka dots. The prices are appealing though I will warn you, the ASOS Skater Dress is not a top-quality item. It’s not lined and probably is not going to make it to your next pregnancy, once you’ve washed it a few times. But it styles really well and works perfectly with boots or booties and a blazer or cardigan. It’s a perfect, budget-friendly piece to get you through the transition to summer.


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Vince_Border_Print_Maxi_Dress___NordstromThis roomy, silk maxi dress was part of Vince’s two summers ago and ended up adorning the bodies of numerous pregnant celebrities, as well as yours truly. It sold out nearly immediately, but the line has smartly released the same dress in a slightly different pattern this spring.

The Vince Border Silk Maxi Dress is 100% silk, and is gathered at the neckline and through the back, hanging 40″ from the natural waist. It is currently available in two colors at Nordstrom, and is priced at $325. It needs to be pre-ordered, which I suggest you do if Spring 2012 was any indication of how popular this dress is going to be.

For some reason, the same dress is priced at $395 at Saks and Neiman’s, so it is as if you are buying it on sale. I advise you to order one size up–despite the loose-fitting cut, it does run very true to size through the shoulders.


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A Few Weekend Sales…

March 22, 2014

Friends & Family season is getting started and there are a few sales this weekend I thought I’d mention. Nothing maternity-specific, but a few maternity-friendly lines with sitewide discounts.

joie pinot topJoie. In the world of maternity-friendly designers, Joie ranks right up there with Rachel Pally and T-Bags, with bump-friendly tunics, maxi dresses, and elastic-waisted pants and shorts. The line is holding a Friends & Family Sale this weekend, with 20% off all of its new spring collection, using promo code “JOIEFRIENDS.” The promo code is good through Monday night.

jadebabybagRebecca Minkoff. Those to-die-for diaper bags are 25% off this weekend through Monday, along with everything else on the site. What are you waiting for? Use promo code “RMFAM.”

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So, J Brand is out with all of its new Spring colors and styles and it appears the maternity line has been passed over this season. This seems to mean there are no fun, new spring colors for the pregnant J Brand lover. Scuba Pant as seen on Jennifer Lopez - designed by J Brand

While J-Lo is strutting around in J Brand’s hot new fuchsia Cropped Scuba Skinnies, the expectant J Brand devotee has to settle for the same selection of colors and styles we’ve been looking at for six months.  I am, to say the least, very disappointed. We should all be able to wear fuschia skinnies this summer.

queen mumDutch maternity line Queen Mum Maternity, however, has stepped in with a colorful selection of its own maternity skinnies this spring and while they aren’t made from scuba material and they aren’t Mama J’s, they’re cute, fun and, well, they fit.

 

They’re also much more reasonably priced than J Lo’s $297 pair, coming in at USD $125. They are, of course, not available in the US and need to be ordered from chic French maternity boutique Emoi-Emoi. But if J Brand isn’t going to cater to the pregnant customer, I am strongly in support of finding designers who are…and paying the $20 for international shipping. Emoi-Emoi has the Queen Mum Skinnies available in coral, grey, and khaki green. Queen Mum also does a lighter, summerweight version of its colored jeans, cut from a cotton elastic blend and these are available in pink, yellow, blue and red.

And while you are perusing the site, take a look at all of the vivid colored denim Emoi-Emoi is carrying this spring.


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If last week’s new collection from HATCH wasn’t your style–my pregnant sister took a look at it and questioned how her 5-foot, eight-month pregnant frame could pull off one of those dresses–then take a look at Tiffany Rose’s newest spring collection. Tiffany Rose relies on an entirely different formula for maternity dressing. The UK line does fitted, feminine dresses, usually embellished with lace and very reminiscent of Kate Middleton’s English maternity style. The short cocktail dresses are ideal for spring events, and they have a range of long gowns well suited to any spring weddings or black-tie events.

tr.2014What I have always loved about the Tiffany Rose line, however, are the every day jersey dresses. During my last pregnancy, I stocked up on these, as they were office-appropriate, but also flattering even at the very end. The silk jersey Tiffany Rose uses is very, very forgiving. Tiffany Rose doesn’t change much from season to season in terms of silhouette–they  stick with what works. At one point, they experimented with maternity trousers and tops, but thought better of it and now do dresses exclusively. But they do introduce new colors and this spring, the jersey dresses are available in a new poppy print, as well as a new array of cool blues and deep chocolate browns.

tr.2014.#2Special kudos to TR for eschewing the pastel trend that has seized so much of spring fashion and recognizing that a pregnant woman might not want to be wearing pastels each and every day–especially when it comes to form-fitting jersey. Draping the mid-section in deep chocolate brown and rich azure blue seems more SPANX-friendly than blush pink, doesn’t it?


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HATCH just released its Spring 2014 Collection, and the stunning array of maternity clothing leaves me asking yet again, why can’t other lines bring runway style to maternity as effectively as HATCH does? I acknowledge that a portion of HATCH’s styles are flattering to the pregnant physique only if you are at least 5’10″ and if a very teeny, tiny bump is the only obvious evidence of pregnancy. But the purely supermodel-appropriate pieces notwithstanding, this new collection could very well be my favorite yet, as HATCH’s designers seem to have generated an especially seamless translation of the season’s fashion trends into maternity wear. There are numerous new silhouettes, a welcome change for HATCH, which has until now traditionally relied on simply reinventing the core selection of silhouettes it debuted in Fall 2011.

The new Striped Sweep Dress? Absolutely my favorite. Add that to new high-low dresses, flirty pastel sundresses, and an array of slouchy boyfriend trousers. For 2014, even HATCH’s curious love affair with the maternity jumpsuit is at its best. This new V-Neck Jumpsuit actually looks wearable–although I would still like to know how a pregnant woman is expected to use the bathroom in one of these.

All of these pieces are an investment, with prices for most of the line beginning above $100, but rest assured you will wear them post-pregnancy and even after that. That Striped Sweep Dress is looking like a very mom-friendly beach dress for yours truly this summer.

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Fashion’s love affair with leather shows no sign of waning any time soon and while the non-pregnant shopper has her choice of leather dresses, ankle pants, and crop tops this spring, the pregnant shopper doesn’t have quite as much from which to choose.

DALLAS_Faux_Leather_Treggings_-_Slacks___Co_UK-based Slacks & Co is adding to the small selection this spring, however, with a new pair of its popular Dallas Faux Leather Treggings, this time in a rich, new aubergine color. The Dallas leggings have adorned pregnant celebs and PF readers for several years, but have till now only been available in black. The new purple color is a great match for all of the neutrals out this spring and an ideal transition piece for spring. Slacks & Co backs the leggings with forgiving jersey, toughens them up with ankle zips, tops them with an elastic waistband, and makes them machine washable all at once.

While they aren’t real leather, the price point luckily reflects that–at £145, the aubergine Dallas Faux Leather Treggings come in under USD $250.


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