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Welcome to Pregnant Fashionista…

 

Welcome to my blog, pregnantfashionista.com, a great resource for pregnant women trying to preserve a sense of style… I am so glad you found me. I started this blog because I absolutely love clothes and shoes. But, seeing as I’ve been pregnant virtually nonstop for the past 6 years, my clothing options have been limited. I have spent hours and hours over these past 6 years combing the web and boutiques across the world for not only the most stylish, but also the most useful maternity clothing I can find. And I don’t just look at it on the web or in the store–much to the chagrin of my husband, I usually buy it and take it home. Then, I figure out whether it falls in to the must-have category, the take-it-or-leave-it category, or the unfortunate “I hope I can get my money back” category. I’ve been sharing my opinions and experience with friends and colleagues for a while now and suddenly realized, why not share it with as many pregnant women as possible? There is no reason you should have to go through the hassle of ordering what looks like an item you will love and wear for your entire pregnancy, only to find out it is completely unsuitable for the office, or is poorly made, or can only be dry cleaned, or works for the second trimester, but definitely not the third.

While my taste may sometimes be a bit pricey, I have also spent a lot of time figuring out where to buy the best basics for your pregnancy. I don’t write about anything I haven’t owned myself or at least tried on my body.  I often buy from high-end maternity boutiques, but I also sometimes find some great pieces at TopShop and H&M.  And I am always on the lookout for sales. As it turns out, some of the most suitable pieces for pregnant women can sometimes cost very little money. But you often don’t know that until you try it on, buy it, and wear it a few times. And maternity clothing almost always goes on sale, so I spend a good amount of time checking back on my favorite items to see if they’ve been discounted and then making sure you know about it.

I am going to try and include a good range of items on this blog, ranging from the “maternity investment” piece that might cost you a bit more to the basic items you’ll love to wear for a few months and will also love to toss in the garbage once you’ve worn them to death and your baby/babies have arrived. I also include nursing items, great pieces I’ve discovered for these awkward postpartum weeks, and once in a while, I also write about must-have items for your new arrival. With four little boys under the age of six and a new baby girl, I consider myself somewhat of an authority on what you’ll need for your bundle of joy.

As for me personally, I am a lawyer and a former journalist from New York, and I have an almost six-year-old son, James, and four-and-a-half-year-old twin boys, Oliver and Tristan. My fourth, Leighton, was born in April 2009 while we were living in Jerusalem. And we gave it one more try and finally have a girl, Posey, who was just born this past Feburary. 

Here are some recent photos of the boys and Posey.  We moved to Jerusalem in July 2007, where my husband was posted until July 2010. We are now back in DC and loving everything about being back in America. My husband is a diplomat, so we travel a great deal, and everywhere I go, I comb cities looking and buying great maternity clothing. Hopefully, this blog can answer some questions for you that aren’t answered by websites trying to reel you in or by the salespeople trying to butter you up in stores (who, by the way, never seem to actually be pregnant or have any children).

Happy reading! Feel free to email me with any personal questions at caroline@pregnantfashionista.com.

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Nassrin Flower June 10, 2008 at 6:20 PM

This is good stuff.
Thank you

Nicole June 10, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Thanks so much for sharing your blog! Most items of clothing that I owned have been tailored to fit the pre-pregnancy me perfectly. It is hard to be so particular about clothing when you are pregnant. I appreciate that you are a kindred spirit out there! Best wishes to you and thanks again for sharing

elisabeth January 29, 2009 at 4:44 AM

Has anyone heard that babystyle is going out of business? For the past few days they’ve had a thing on the site that says they’re re-doing it, but then today it say it’s no longer going to be there and all orders are cancelled. Not sure about the retail locations. Anyone know about this?

fashionista January 29, 2009 at 4:55 AM

Hi, Elisabeth. Yes, Babystyle filed for bankruptcy in March and is closing its stores, as well as its online boutique. Sorry if you were a big fan…I am going to miss the Cadeau collection…

Carrie April 10, 2009 at 4:50 PM

ExpecTees Maternity has started a new line of transitional maternity t-shirts. These fashion forward designs last from the moment a woman finds out she is pregnant until the baby weight is gone. To see our designs, visit http://www.expectees.com/shop

maria cedeno April 27, 2009 at 8:28 PM

Glad you guys are doing good Leighton is adorable.

Linda June 6, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Wow, so you’re a baby bunching, too. I write at http://www.babybunching.com. We’re also former dipolmats–posted to Qatar and Sweden–for three years total. I have two kids 16 months apart. My friend and I started a blog for parents with kids close in age.

fashionista June 6, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Hi, Linda…yes, i suppose I am a “babybuncher”…I just gave birth to a 4th boy and now have 4 little boys under two and a half (I need to update my welcome page)…so I think I definitely fall into the “babybunching” group!

Karla Trotman January 20, 2010 at 5:07 AM

Great idea for a blog. Congrats to you.

Rachel March 3, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Do you have any suggestions for buying maternity clothing in Israel?

miriam March 3, 2010 at 2:17 PM

hi, I would like to unsubscribe but your site has a constant ‘error’ when i try, please fix it so i can stop getting the updates. thanks.

Hipstermom April 15, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Hi Caroline!

I love your blog and am too in Jerusalem! We should have a tweetup on Emek Refaim!
@hipstermom

Pregnant Fashionista April 19, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Hi, hipstermom. i would love to meet up with you…I don’t get many offers for meeting up here in J’lem…

Bernadette July 13, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Hi Caroline!!!! Had no idea you were writing this blog but me loves it! Dave and I are expecting mid-October and I am now at the point of needing to actually buy real maternity clothes but have hated most of what I see out there. Hope to see you and the gorgeous family soon…

jami July 14, 2010 at 12:59 PM

CUT by 2 blondes cool, hip line of boy clothing is getting ready to ship Fall. Check out our website to see where you can find us………

Bumps Maternity Wear September 12, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Hello

Well done for creating such a fashion conscious blog for pregnant women.

I own a site in the UK where we also try to source maternity clothes which are fashion focused.

Best Wishes
Maria x

Maria Gonzalez October 27, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Hi, Caroline
It’s hard to find blogs like yours, and I started one myself. I, too, am so into clothes and high heels that I review them online as well as other issues about pregnancy. I’m happy to join in.
Maria

Chris January 13, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Great site!!! And very helpful!!! Any suggestions on where to find a maternity wedding dress for February?

Laura January 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Thank you for such a good post!

Maternity clothing January 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Thank you for really good post!

Pregoli Maternity Boutique January 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Hi Pregnant Fashionistas!
So lovely to find this blog, and a huge thank you for the link and information about our Ripe Maternity Clothing on http://www.pregoli.co.nz I also wanted to let you know we have reduced our international shipping rates and its now a flat rate of $22 (NZD) perfect chance to spoil yourself with the exchange rate :)

bob sacallis February 28, 2011 at 5:25 AM

Hello my name is Bob Sacallis, VP at Agoo Apparel. I would like to offer you a free sample of our soon to be released Spring Agoo Bamboo Leggings for review. If you are interested please contact me via email at bobagoo@telus.net or my direct line 604 761 7171. We would also like to offer your readers a 50% off discount code, and if you would like to host a giveaway we can provide product and ship direct to the winner.

Thank you for your time, all the best.

Krzysztof Jurecki March 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Hello
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Jeff March 25, 2011 at 9:37 PM

The new site looks outstanding. Though I am neither pregnant nor a fashionista, should the mood ever strike to buy a Marc Jacobs diaper bag I know just where to go.

Keep it up C-No.

Jeff

Maternity Jeans April 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Just found your site, love it! Pregnant women deserve to look fab

Elise Newman May 10, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Hi Pregnant Fashonista,

I would like to see if you are interested in reviewing my baby swaddle blankets and I am happy to donate product for a give away or contest.

http://www.babybonkieswaddle.com

Elise Newman

Preggnet July 10, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Beautiful pregnancy clothes. Love your blog.

Jamie October 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Thank you for sharing your research!

Louise October 11, 2011 at 6:39 AM

Hi there,

Just reading your super blogs. We are an online maternity clothes store and our customers are enjoying some great bargains at the moment.

Take care

Louise x

Joanna Komorniczak January 16, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Please check out our New Collection by My Tummy. http://www.mytummy.pl
We sell wholesale.
We are currently selling retail to UK through internet store; however, we also work with local distributors.
Top for nursing moms, who appreciate comfort and discretion
Breast-feeding blouse with zippers and long and short sleeves
Stork – purple maternity blouse

Natalia May 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Caroline,
Love your website and well done for keeping it up with all you must have on your plate with your (beautiful) boys and moving. I am taking Culture Baby with me on our next move (to Tunis!) so any tips you have on moving with the under 4 set would be welcome!
Also – if you ever find items you think would be right for Culture Baby in your travels, please let me know! Your aesthetic is clearly fantastic!

Best!
Natalia

jane l. May 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Pregnant Fashionista, love your blog… Your sense of style is fantastic. We have created a maternity clothing website for the fashion conscious mother who like yourself wants to look stylish and cute while pregnant. Please check out our site and yes we ship anywhere. http://www.sierramaternity.com
Jane L.

Maternity Clothes May 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Wow. Congratulations Caroline. You are one busy lady! I love your blog. I am a mum to 3 little girls and design Barefoot Maternity clothes. My range includes some speciality garments including long inseam jeans and pants for tall pregnant mums and larger sized garments for plus size ladies. I also have everyday pieces that are designed for the ‘no fuss girl’. An article for long legged pregnant girls would be a nice addition :-)

Crystal July 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Loving this blog! I especially loved your post about maternity compression – you were right on and definitely versed in compression. I work for a compression company and we make Preggers maternity compression. We are constantly educating preggo mommas about the benefits of true compression. We thank you for your expertise in the matter and spreading it to your readers!

Sannie July 14, 2012 at 5:22 PM

This is a great resource for pregnant women who want to maintain their style! It can be difficult to find enough variety and current styles without spending a fortune! And pregnant women really do deserve to look and feel beautiful and confident rather than make sacrifices in their style. I’m one of the founders of a new website that rents maternity clothes — http://www.fashionforwardmaternity.com. We carry the latest styles from 25 top maternity clothing designers and make it easy for women to get the sizes and styles they want, when they want them, and exchange for different items as their body changes, seasons change, or they need something for a special occasion.

Heather O'Neil July 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I am pregnant with my fourth and about to start a new job. I can’t be more thrilled that I just found this blog! Thanks in advance for helping me not look like a giant bag of potpourri at my new place of employment.

Catalina September 13, 2012 at 3:24 PM

I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful blog. It has been a lifesaver during my pregnancy (especially when I’ve been feeling like a manatee in disguise lumbering around Manhattan). Thank you for showing the world that you can be stylish while pregnant and that we don’t have to settle for poorly made and unflattering clothing choices. You are a rock star!

Marie Parker September 13, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Transitional maternity designs has always been there especially with http://www.choo-choo-london.com, where I buy most of my clothes. I am not sure why other maternity wear companies see this as something new. Anyhow, I am 21 weeks with my 2nd child and I love this blog!

Mom is Queen October 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Great blog!! My website included maternity t shirts that are not only affordable but durable. You could be chic without sacrifing comfort. They’re all graphic tees for all shapes and sizes.i would love for you to blog about my website!! Thank you!

Lisa Byank February 18, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Love your blog! Thank you for being there as my ‘Fashionista’ during my 1st pregnancy!

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