Rosie Pope: Summer Maternity Style Tips

Right now, one of the hottest topics for moms-to-be is how they’ll beat the heat come summer. Contrary to popular belief, your bump isn’t a style barrier. We chatted with maternity extraordinaire and Mommy IQ author Rosie Pope — she gave us the 411 on looking chic and comfy all season long. Check out her tips, then shop the looks here.

Gilt: Which colors and patterns are in for spring and summer?
Rosie Pope: Kelly green and emerald green are everywhere, just like they are in women’s fashion. Nautical stripes are big, and this goes against the maternity grain. People often think stripes make them look bigger, but that’s only true if they’re tiny and close together. Look for pieces where the stripes are two inches apart, and it will create an optical illusion — your bump will look smaller! Also, islet fabrics are a huge maternity trend. Normally this type of fabric would be hard to pull off (because it’s stiff), but if the lining underneath is stretchy, you and your bump will be stylish and comfortable.

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Interview: Vanessa Lachey Talks Mommyhood


Feminine. Comfortable. Layered. That’s how TV personality and haute mama Vanessa Lachey describes her maternity style. Her sleek silhouettes stood out from the rest, so we asked her to be part of our Baby on Board event. Here she reveals her favorite bump-chic designers and can’t-live-without staples. Plus, learn how she got her 6-month-old son to sleep for 12 hours a night (yes, you heard us right!).

Gilt Baby & Kids: Your pregnancy style really impressed us! Did finding the right pieces come easily?
Vanessa Lachey:
It was an extremely difficult challenge at first. I’m 32, so for 10-plus years I’ve known what fits. But when my body changed I had to start from scratch. I got depressed when I shopped with my girlfriends — I thought things would fit, and they didn’t. Finding my style and wardrobe again involved a lot of trial and error. I spent a solid day of trying on different styles and fits and found what I loved. The maternity style that I came into was a wearable style for when I was pregnant and for when I wasn’t.

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Pea in the Pod: Style the Looks

I’ve always loved the styles from Pea in the Pod — classic, effortless, chic. And this carefully curated collection of smart 9-to-5 tops and dresses has some great finds. Below are my top three picks from the sale, and some tips on how to accessorize them. I would love to hear about your go-to maternity accessories…tell me what they are in the comments section below!

Paula Alonso, founder of TrésChicMama

1.  Burgundy dress with faux leather details

This dress is a great option for the office, but edgy enough for an after-hours rendezvous (thanks to the leather details). Opt for these sexy Barbara Bui python booties for instant glam, and carry all your essentials in this divine Rebecca Minkoff tote (the perfect day bag!). Throw a pair of these Bloch ballet flats in there as well, it’s always a good idea to have flats handy.

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Ingrid & Isabel: Style the Looks

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get back to basics. Editing your wardrobes seasonally is essential to looking polished and chic, but Ingrid & Isabel offers super-versatile pieces that take you seamlessly from day to night and season to season. Here are my top picks from the today’s sale, with a few styling suggestions to help you make one of your 2013 resolutions a sartorial one!


Paula Alonso, founder of TrésChicMama

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