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.
Gilt: Is there a must-have spring/summer accessory?
RP: A belt! Pick up a skinny highlighter belt in pink, green or yellow, and when you wear it with a dress, turn the buckle around to the back (since it can be uncomfortable on your bump). Those three colors go with any color, so you can wear them with everything.
Gilt: Which fabrics and styles should moms-to-be look for if they want to stay comfortable?
RP: Pregnant women are usually on the hunt for a stretchy knit, but if temperatures are heating up, make sure your clothes are made of nylon. Companies who make workout clothes use this fabric to wick away sweat and keep you cool, so it’s great for summer maternity wear. Bump-hugging dresses (another maternity trend) tend to be heavier, so for warm weather, look for a nylon-spandex combo. Looking for something a little more lightweight? Try viscose. But just remember that it can stretch out. Putting viscose items on a hangar can elongate them, so don’t hang them up in your closet (just fold them).
Gilt: What are some staples every mom-to-be needs in her closet?
RP: 1. A legging-style pant (either a jegging or a legging). Having pants that you can pop under shirts and tunics are a versatile, comfortable must-have.
2. A desk-to-dinner dress.Look for a dress that can take you from night to day. It’s better if it’s in a solid color (deep purple is the new black!) so you can just switch up the accessories. Make this dress look different every time you wear it by adding a new jacket or piece of jewelry. I wouldn’t recommend getting a desk-to-dinner dress in a print — too many people will recognize it and you can’t get away with wearing it often.
3. Tailored jacket. A go-to blazer (no need to get one specified as “maternity”) is essential because it makes you look trimmer and put together. Wear it over knit dresses or flow-y tops for a chic look. My style is preppy, so I’m partial to blazers with white piping down the side.
Gilt: Choose your favorite looks from the sale and tell us how to accessorize them.
RP: 1. Pocket Front Shirtdress: This dress is a perfect spring-to-summer transitional piece. Pair it with simple flats or sandals for a pulled-together weekend ensemble or elevate the look with nude pumps or wedges. The London Shopper Leisure mini would look great whether you’re going for a casual or more dressed-up look.
2. Angelina Dress: A go-to dress for summer date night! Pair with gold or embellished flat sandals and statement earrings for a chic, elegant look. The combination of the neckline and the earrings will draw the eye away from the bump and up to your face and décolletage.
3. For a sophisticated take on summer brights, wear the Alexa Tank with the Nantucket Short. Keep accessories simple when wearing a pop of color and stripes — pair with neutral flats; thin, gold bangles; and the London Shopper Leisure Mini.