Rounding Up: A Style Rebirth
Surprise! Being pregnant can improve your fashion
Then I got pregnant. Twice, actually, in 2008 and 2010. Both times, I was ecstatic but also experienced the usual mother-to-be agita; I lost sleep and, at times, my personality; a couple's mentality with my husband; and control over my body. But, incredibly, fashion-wise, pregnancy was a revelation. Dressing my new curves was a boon to my creativity, a way to take my mind off the not-so-fun parts of the experience (the cumbersome proportions, the physical discomfort and the anxiety of making sure I didn't do anything to harm the baby, however unwittingly—more on this later).
Sound a little too good—and too convenient—to be true? It turns out lots of my friends experienced a similar sartorial liberation and moxie when they were pregnant. Linda Waddington-McEwan, design director of wovens for Tory Burch, was stylish beyond comprehension for the duration of her second pregnancy. Last year, in search of "reasonably priced items that looked like they had enough volume to accommodate my ever-changing shape," she tells me that she scoured eBay, unearthing past-season Prada, Gucci and Chloé. "Prada did a great Ossie Clark–inspired collection years ago that is perfect for maternity wear," she notes, "and my Tory knitted tweed dresses became a staple." Linda also experimented with new labels. "I have never owned Missoni before but found it perfect for my shape, and the colors are bright but subtle." She avoided official maternity wear, bemoaning the prevalence of cheap jersey and excessive ruching as well as its lack of individuality.
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