Becoming a mom changes your life in lots of ways, but if you play your cards right, you can keep your personal style rocking, and it doesn't have to break the bank. According to celebrity stylist Lindsey Dupuis fashion does not have to stray. Lindsey shares some easy pointers in her Q&A with Informed Pregnancy Style editor Angelica Ortiz.
AO- Maternity clothing is not always the most flattering. Do you think it is necessary to buy maternity clothes? If not, what should expecting mamas look for instead?
LD- I don’t - I personally continued to shop at my favorite stores, I just moved up a size or two and stuck to flowy silhouettes. Avoiding pants and tight clothing give you the opportunity not to have to venture towards the maternity section.
AO- Has your style changed since becoming a mom? How?
LD- I find myself dressing for convenience lately, but I think keeping tabs on your personal style is important. It’s easy to lose yourself in the mix of motherhood, so I enjoy expressing myself through my clothing.
AO- How have you managed breastfeeding and style? Are there specific clothes, colors, or cuts that you avoid?
LD- I live in dresses, so I gravitate towards button-downs and spaghetti straps, they are the easiest to get in and out of. I avoid silk because stains are obvious and steer clear of high necklines because access can be a problem.
AO- In warm places like California you can’t always hide a post baby bump with layers. What would you advise women in these places wear to hide the lingering baby weight?
LD- Stick to long flowy dresses and caftans in materials that are airy and light that can create the illusion of layers.
AO- The transition from life before motherhood consists of many changes, especially lack of time! What are some easy tricks to look great with a tight schedule?
LD- Taking a moment the night before to plan the next day’s outfit can be a great way to relieve morning stress. Quick tip - Every outfit should have a focal point, something that catches your eye. When an outfit that feels drab, I throw in a pop of color—it could be a statement bag, shoe, or even lip!
AO- What is one wardrobe asset that every mom should have?
LD- A light duster or trench coat. It takes a t shirt and jean look up a notch and it's the perfect finishing touch to a slip dress for a night out on the town.
AO- Shoe comfort is difficult during pregnancy. What styles/brands did you utilize during your pregnancy?
LD- Sneakers are having a resurgence and aren’t just for the gym these days, so embrace the athleisure trend and wear comfy sneakers. I personally wore triple platform Keds and sandals during my pregnancy.
AO- Most would agree that clothing can affect your mood. What kind of clothing would you suggest to create a positive mood despite the occurrences of everyday mama life?
LD- Bright happy colors are always a great idea. If you dress for comfort you won’t be disappointed. I like to feel like I might go on vacation at any moment so I stick to flowy dresses and airy silhouettes.
AO- With summer here and the temperature skyrockting the bathing suit opportunities are endless. What would you advise for swimwear? One piece, or a bold, belly-showing, two piece?
LD- It depends on your personal style. I wore loose tent dresses and one pieces suits, but that was my style. If your pregnancy style is body con dresses that show off your bump, then you might want to show off that beautiful belly in a two piece.