Style Q: Haute Momma (To Be!)

Our reader wonders how to look polished while pregnant.

By: Michelle Thomas

Q: I’m seven months pregnant. Where can I find stylish maternity clothes? —M.

Kim Kardashian, is that you? Kidding! Congrats to you—and excellent timing, because with the current pregnancies of tabloid magnets Kim and Kate, maternity style has suddenly taken a major leap to the fashion forefront.

While it’s tempting to simply buy a few serviceable empire-waist cotton dresses and blame your lack of fashion on the baby, pregnancy doesn’t have to mean nine months of style starvation—there’s a whole world of options that go far beyond shapeless tunics and blah wrap dresses. Read on for our top five sources for achieving pregnancy perfection:

More of Me
This small, independent collection is designed right here in Washington by communications VP and mom of three Jessica Boulanger. The summer collection hasn’t debuted yet, but you can shop the site’s sale items for bump-friendly takes on flirty, fun-loving styles—think sequined party dresses, trendy faux-leather shorts, vibrant bow-neck blouses, and ruffle-detailed LBDs.

Zara
Just this month, our go-to source for a delish fast-fashion shopping binge quietly introduced a new section of its website dubbed “Mum.” Within, find the chain’s best oversize goodies—repurposed for the intended audience, of course—from loose, flowy shifts with beaded straps and draping tees to specially designed elastic-waist skinny jeans. The collection isn’t exactly overflowing with options (yet), but if Zara’s past trajectory is any indication, our guess is that the available stock will only grow from here.

Topshop
UK-based, star-approved Topshop offers a pretty stellar maternity section, fully stocked with sleek basics and trendy pieces redesigned to work that bump. We especially love the store’s ever-chic Breton-stripe tee, the distressed boyfriend jeans, and the graphic, on-trend black-and-white spotted blouse.

Asos
Cool-girl fave Asos clearly understands that pregnancy is no reason to skip out on style. Witness: Side-striped color-block trousers, cleverly designed with a stretch drawstring waist panel. A mirrored floral-print body-con dress. Tapered floral-print pants. This dramatic maxi. So chic, right?

Hatch
This NYC-based designer’s pieces certainly edge over to the pricey side, but we love the effortlessly cool vibe of these understated looks. Even Shopbop approves of this brand’s stylish vision. Our picks: Try the belly-skimming Afternoon dress or the nicely detailed cape-style trench.

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