The Joys of Maternity Clothes

Mar 16, 2011 | Fashion | 16 comments

Is there such a thing?
Thankfully, I think I can hold out another 4-6 weeks but we’ll see.
In the meantime, as totally thrilled as I am to be “Maman de quatre” I am not as equally thrilled to wear the same, tired, maternity clothes.
This time and for the first I will be “round” all summer so, horray, I get to buy new ones.
Can you feel my enthusiasm.?
Didn’t think so.
Let’s not dwell on all that extra fabric…
Instead, I will leave you with my FAV’S from the recent “Fashion Weeks”.
Oh Carolina… this almost looks like it has a little extra tummy room.
Horray for trousers!  I never did buy a pair of skinny jeans.  I tried, I was half way to the counter.  I just couldn’t do it.  This is so much more feminine!
This girl, poor thing… eat a pizza for crying out loud.  Give this gorgeous dress by Derek Lam something to lay on.  Love it with the black shoes.
Donna Karen.  Have to have THIS body to wear THIS dress.  Bummer.
Jason Wu.  WOO HOO!  I love this.  Feminine, feminine, feminine!
Lanvin.  I don’t like the severe cut of the top… if it was a bit softer this would be perfect.  Obviously, on a still day.
Nina Ricci.  
Maman de Quatre translates loosely into:  My boobs don’t look like that.
I’ll pass on the braless look, but the skirt is cute and shoes are perfection.  I’ve been wanting to do an entire post on the “nude shoe”.
Nina again.
HA!  I just threw this in to keep you on your toes.  Sorry Stella McCartney, but when I saw this I thought it was a joke.  I get it, shorts are in but the cut of this jacket or better yet, “blazer” looks like something I could find down at the thrift shop.  Is that an Izod underneath?
Speachless.  Ah, Valentino.  How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
YSL – THANK YOU!  We are WOMEN!  Let’s all start to dress like it!  
GORGEOUS!  Look at that neckline and a skirt length that won’t cause any embarrassment if you drop your cell phone.
The fact that I like this surprised me.  YSL again.  It’s 70’s but not too 70’s.  Those shoulders would be so flattering on so many.
Jason Wu.  I should have saved my WOO HOO for this one.  This is a quintessential Parisienne Farmgirl kind of dress.  Not pregnant of course… but darned if I don’t love a nice hourglass, uber fem silhouette.  So pretty and easy to just grab out of the closet and go!
It’s late.  
Now wear are my sweatpants?
all images found by google searching “fashion week, spring 2011”


  1. Dana

    Okay…on the first Jason Wu….am I the only one who sees STRAIGHT through the striped shirt? Was it sheer or something? I thought it was specks on my monitor at first. Eek! Poor girl – hopefully no one told her so she won’t be embarrassed.

  2. Kimberly

    Love the red dress, too. Seriously, they all need some pizza. Ick. Feminine styles just don’t work as well on a stick as they would a real woman who does occasionally eat a meal.

  3. Mandy

    that first valentino was lovely. i’m loving the fashion for the first time in forever. i’m much more frilly than you, but i am SO darn happy the feminine look is once again in taste…

  4. kerrie of sea cottage

    The maternity clothes are alot cuter than when I was in my pregnant season. We didn’t have any Targets back then…or at least no maternity wear there yet. I wore alot of babydolls because they were in(and they were not maternity but they worked). I know you will look so cute. And baggie overalls are back in. I just bought a pair at the Gap…definetly a prego belly could fit in them…perfect for piddling around in the garden. About fashion week…I was never that thin, even when I was a runner and on the championship rowing team in college, so I could never wear those outfits. My daughter bought some nude heels to wear to her senior ball. So cute!

  5. Stephanie

    I love this post! I think the YSL looks are my favorite. You do great style editing posts. More please 🙂

  6. Pam

    Boobs? What boobs? NONE of those women had boobs! They were more like mosquito bites. And, I agree with Dana – the striped shirt was totally see through. Aside from the couple of shirts that showed all of what the anorexic ladies were sporting up top – there were some REALLY cute looks in this post. I was totally having 90’s flashbacks with Stella’s blue blazer. But, I’m glad femininity is making a come-back. And, the red Jason Wu dress was absolutely my fave as well. Moth to flame….

  7. claudia b

    that last Jason Wu was just gorgeous. those girls need to go have a milkshake!
    can’t do skinny jeans, either, I’d look like an inverted triangle.

  8. Theanne and Baron

    Beautiful, feminine clothes on skinny girls…I’m with you about eat a pizza for heaven sakes. Do they ever create high fashion clothes for WOMEN who aren’t Twiggy? The fact that you’re thinking about wonderful clothes to wear during your “confinement” (LOL) is a very good sign. I know you’ll find the perfect things for you…hope you’ll let us in on what you find!

  9. Janelle - The Farmer's Wife

    totally slipped by me that you are expecting!! yeah! congrats! can’t wait ot hear all about it!

  10. Valerie

    Well, congratulations to you!!! I guess I’ve been living under a rock! LOL

    I’ve now had 2 summer babies…and November baby so I’ve had to “do summer” “large” hehehe, 3X!

    While maternity clothes are not the most fashionable, they have come a long way. Personally, I loved wearing maternity, b/c I love being pregnant and letting the world know it! And, I soooo get to eat pizza! 😉

    Now that things are slowing down, I look forward to going thru your archives and reading those potager posts!!!


  11. Priscilla

    First I like the new header, but miss seeing your pretty smile.
    Tell us what you think of the platform shoes that I see in shops, on line, in magazines, and runways. I have read several comments by doctors and emt personnel about the frequency of sprained and broken ankles due to the new style shoes.
    Safety aside, does anyone think they are attractive or do you think they make the models look like the 19th century Chinese women with bound feet?
    Just wondering.

  12. Beth - In My World...

    This may be TMI, but my chest doesn’t look like that, either…

    That being said, I love the Valentinos – absolutely beautiful. Lucky for you maternity clothes are MUCH better than they were over 16 years ago when I was pregnant with our first (holy smokes – was it really that long ago?) Anyway, I am sure you are going to be beautiful, petite maman!

  13. Max

    “Fashion for women is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” That’s a nice quote from Coco Chanel and reminds us of how we should dress in society, when going to work, dinner, dance party, etc. You have to maintain a professional look & attitude at all times to be successful in the corporate world, this is for both men & women. More facts can be learnt here

  14. cityfarmer

    nina again, and again, and again!

    with nude shoes of course.

  15. cathy

    LOVE your comments! YSL wins for me.
    Keep the conversation going about the models, they all need to eat. In my head I dress very ladylike but unfortunately in reality I also go for comfort ~ sigh


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