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Key Trends for Moms to Be in 2012

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With so many pregnant stars, women are beginning to see that pregnancy fashion does not have to be boring. This spring, new trends are emerging for those of us who are moms-to-be, and the overall message is simple: show off that pregnancy bod! Here, Claudia Patel, fashion expert and emerging fashion designer, shares her favorite looks for the spring and why you shouldn’t be afraid to wear them.


Boho chic is a sure trend to come back in spring 2012, and moms-to-be are actually the most suited to carry this off. The look is laid back and carefree, comfortable and classic. Don’t be afraid of wrap dresses that cling to the figure; you want to define the shape of your body. Loose-fitting dresses with an excess of fabric make pregnant women look frumpy and wider.

One piece Maxi dresses that have paisley or floral prints are best, as they not only help cover and flatter that baby bump (and it’s so easy to wear), but they further dial up that beautifully ethereal look of the mom-to-be.

Seafolly Tea Rose Maxi Dress $173.68 at ASOS

Poetry of Pansies Dress $57.99 at ModCloth

Quiksilver Tiki Tile Print Maxi Dress $69.50 at LuLus

Sleeveless Paisley Print Maternity Maxi Dress $129.50 at A Pea in the Pod


Tender, light colors will be a big look for maternity wear. Colors like dove grey and misty blue are of the clearest and palest of pastels, and will help reflect a vintage mood that creates a romantic, almost subtle sexiness to the expecting mother.

If you’re going for a top and pants combination, consider the top carefully. Gathered hems look best beneath the bump or empire-waist styles above the bump, accentuating your shape instead of trying to hide it.

Wrap Yourself

A neutral cardigan wrap will make its way to most moms to be. It is extremely versatile, flattering and functional all at the same time – keeping you from the chills, whilst looking like a million bucks. Don’t hide yourself under loose, dowdy clothing. Wear it over a stretchy dress or tank to complete the look – trendy,
stylish and together. Being pregnant doesn’t mean that frumpiness has to work its way into your wardrobe.

Professional and Put-Together

Some of us still need to work for a certain period before taking maternity leave, but what work clothes could possibly be comfortable for a mom-to-be? Look out for pants and suits that are designed for the pregnant body.

Belly panels, empire waists, shirring, and elastic waistbands will ensure that you’re not only polished, but content, throughout the day. Throw in some color with your neutrals for an unexpected, on-trend twist. A smart dress is also a good option for a balance between comfort and style.

Brighten Up

Don’t be afraid of a little color. With pregnancy comes a glow that should be celebrated. This spring season, it’s all about the bright jean. Find your best hue and capitalize on the availability of maternity lines in brand name stores such as Gap and Anne Taylor.

Pair a brightly colored pant with a neutral top for an effortless, chic outfit. Invert the look like Kourtney Kardashian for another take on this trend.

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Hello! I’m HilLesha, and I live in Newburgh, Indiana, with my husband and 3 children. I love photography, fashion, beauty, home improvement, traveling, cooking, and wellness. Additional info. Please get in touch with me at HilLesha@gmail.com.

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