Just because you're a mom doesn't mean you have to look frumpy. As a new mother herself, Alicia Estrada, designer, CEO and founder of Stop Staring!, found that slipping on a great dress that accentuated her assets but hid any problem areas made her feel both confident and beautiful. "A peplum can disguise trouble spots around your midsection while also highlighting your waist. Wearing fabrics that have a bit of a stretch is a must, too. And if you're concerned about your lower body, a fit-and-flare silhouette accents your waist and can work for the office or out to dinner."
It's no secret that women's feet swell during pregnancy, particularly in the last trimester, says Alegria Shoes women's designer Megan Gold.
"Personally, I gained 50 percent of the total 40 pounds I put on while pregnant in my last two months," she recounts. "Although the swelling will gradually decrease postpartum, unfortunately, it's not instant."
That means owning a comfy but cute pair of kicks that are easy to slip on and take off without having to bend over is so important. Um, we couldn't agree more!
"For the 'fourth trimester,' I'm all about layering and repurposing," reveals Liz Lange, maternity designer for Target. "It's the perfect time to pull out those gently worn first trimester maternity clothes, like cardigans, sweaters and layering tanks. The sizes are just right, and they are timed for the current season."
Women's contemporary designer Lauren Cutting of LHC Couture (and also mom to a precious four-month-old baby girl) advises creating curves by using a belt or sash around your natural waist. "The lower part of your tummy — in other words, the baby weight area — will be disguised, giving you that nice hourglass figure you want."
Chevron and vertical stripes create long lines and slim the middle, notes Cutting. "Add a belt to a chevron stripe maxi dress for a completely chic look that's also comfortable to don." As for colorblocking, she suggests choosing styles with a large vertical panel in front and darker colored paneling at the sides. "This instantly makes you looks 15 pounds lighter!"
Continue to use your maternity belly band or other shapewear after giving birth, recommends Cutting. "I personally found it very helpful to have an extra layer of fabric holding my tummy in beneath my attire. Every time I wore the belly band I would get compliments on how great I looked so soon!"
Take a cue from these stars to look fabulously fresh post-baby.
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