Exclusive Feature: Life & Style Dishes On Celebrity Maternity Trends

There’s no doubt we’re in the midst of a Hollywood baby boom! Celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Heidi Klum and Halle Berry are just some of the famous moms bringing sexy back to maternity duds. We can’t get enough of their fabulous outfits, excentuating their gorgeous baby bumps.

In this special feature, Nicole Crane, Associate Style Editor at Life & Style Weekly, gives us the low-down on celebrity maternity trends. Who’s wearing the hippest baby bump gear? And how can we steal the style on a budget?

CBS: What are the current celebrity maternity trends?
L&S: “Celebs are definitely not trying to hide their baby bumps! It’s more about dressing for their new shape (and making it look even more amazing). We’re seeing silk dresses in fun prints and patterns (like Kourtney Kardashian’s mini dresses and Nicole Richie’s maxi dresses). Feminine touches like flirty ruffles and embellishments (like the silver dress Halle is wearing) are also big. Maternity clothing has gotten a lot more sophisticated — designers have been able to translate a lot of current trends like animal prints or plum hues onto maternity wear as well. Of course, expectant moms can’t go wrong with loose, airy dresses (like Halle). Those are always a classic for pregnant stars.”

CBS: Are more and more celebs wearing non-maternity clothes throughout their pregnancies these days?
L&S: “Actually, yes! Of the ladies Life & Style included in our story on stylish stars who are expecting, only a few are actually wearing maternity clothing. You see French Connection and Alice & Olivia on Kourtney, Michael Kors and Diesel on Heidi, BCBG and Dream Culture on Halle. None of these companies offer actual maternity clothing but stars, particularly these stars who are always on-trend, are discerning about the latest fashions and they really know how to dress for their bodies. For example, Halle has a beautiful collarbone and neckline — you’ll notice she often shows them off with scoop necks and halters. Plus, the latest trends are conveniently maternity friendly. Slouchy, loose-fitting tops over slim pants or leggings (like Kourtney) and boyfriend jeans and plaid button-downs (like Heidi). Expectant moms can get away with a lot more and are more comfortable this season wearing many items meant for average women.”

Continue reading about the latest maternity styles below…

CBS: Who are the style-leaders among the expectant celebs?
L&S: “We chose Halle, Kourtney, Nicole and Heidi, all for different reasons. All four were able to inject their signature styles into their maternity wear. Nicole has mastered boho-chic and the flowing silk pieces she’s been wearing (and has designed for her new line for Pea in the Pod) are so ethereal. She always looks no-fuss. Halle opts for easy, breezy dresses that show off her defined shoulders and collarbone. Halle has always kept it simple — her street style including classics like denim, tees and effortless sundresses. Kourtney is more glam. She loves vibrant minidresses that show off her legs. She is definitely not scared of pattern or color. Heidi is such a city girl. She always has some hot trend incorporated into her look. Only Heidi would know to pair a button down from Diesel’s menswear collection with distressed boyfriend jeans or wear a one-shoulder dress.”

CBS: How has maternity style changed in the past 10 years?
L&S: “Maternity style has definitely become more on-trend. Before, the only denim available was a pair of straight-leg jeans with an elastic waist. Now, you can pick any style featured on the pages of Life & Style –skinny jeans, trouser jeans, denim leggings, etc.! More and more lines are out there, and at affordable prices, which makes getting dressed so much more exciting for expectant moms. And expectant moms are getting more excited about investing in this type of clothing when they see how great it looks on the stars. Gone are the days when women felt like they had to cover up a baby bump and tone it down!”

CBS: How can we steal the styles of the stars on a budget?
L&S: “Don’t waste money on clothes you won’t wear. Women should focus on the body part that makes them feel most confident. For example, if you love your legs, you can absolutely wear mini skirts like Kourtney. Halle Berry clearly loves the trapeze dress. So many women get overwhelmed and try on a bunch of clothes and feel huge. Narrowing it down to looks that work for you is a big confidence booster. And remember: you don’t have to shop maternity. You can choose pieces that fit your baby body but that can be worn well after you’ve had your baby. For example. Heidi’s boyfriend jeans and Nicole’s maxidresses work for every shape, whether pregnant or not. Those items are a two-in-one.”

CBS: Can you list some clothing lines and/or online retailers where our readers can get maternity looks similar to those in the magazine? What is the price range?
L&S: “Old Navy has great maternity wear at very affordable prices. A friend just told me that she actually picked some out to try on before she realized they were pieces from the maternity line. Needless to say, she wasn’t pregnant. Liz Lange for Target is super cheap and has a lot of classic pieces like warm cardigans and other staples that someone like Halle might wear. We love both these lines at Life & Style because they’re at price points our readers can afford – most pieces are under $50. If you like an airy, boho look, Nicole Richie’s line for a Pea in the Pod works well. It has some great neutral prints. Gap Maternity has a GREAT selection of jean styles that are around $50 or $60 each. They have every style under the sun.”

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