At Well Rounded NY, we’re always thinking about 9 months ahead. You know who else is? The fashion industry. And for those of you who will be sporting a full belly next spring, or even carrying around your little one, you’re in luck: there were pregnancy and postpartum-friendly looks all over the runways. To help break it down, we turned to Morgan Hutchinson, founder of ShopBURU.com and one of the chicest mamas we know. While perusing the New York market for her fabulous breastfeeding and new mom-friendly online shop, she not only brought Well Rounded NY Instagram followers the behind-the-scenes NYFW scoop, but also combed the catwalks to give us a head start on pregnancy picks for next spring. Here’s 5 of her favorite belly-friendly trends and a few great looks you’ll want to start saving for now. 1. OVERSIZED: The Oversized trend certainly makes buying ready-to-wear for the bump much easier. That said, you have to be careful. Too oversized with a protruding bump can be less flattering if not styled correctly. For example, try wearing a belt above your bump; it will highlight the smaller part of you below the bust line. (From Left to right:) Derek Lam Oversized White Shirt: With a poncho look to it, this crisp white oversized top is perfect over a black legging. It also looks elegant with an elastic waist accordion pleat skirt (as shown). Mara Hoffman Bird Dress: This voluminous dress by Mara Hoffman, covered with colorful bird embroidery, is an instant summer staple. Just as chic avec or sans bump. Rachel Comey Black Oversized Black Dress: Rachel Comey is an expert at adding a touch of ladylike style to oversized edginess. This ruffled dress is no exception. As the bump grows, and the dress shortens, pair it with leggings. Rebecca Minkoff White Dress: It doesn’t get more spring than a LWD. This slightly boho one by Rebecca Minkoff makes room for the bump, but also has a button front for easy access nursing after the little arrives. 2. BODYCON: Oversized ruled on the runways, but for those mamas who like to display the bump in a big way, there were still plenty of bodycon options sprinkled in. (From Left to right:) Tracy Reese Black Embellished Dress: Ruching goes along way in accommodating a growing bump. And when it comes to the LBD, we like a little embellishment to step up the game. This Tracy Reese number does just that with its lovely beaded shoulder detail. Timo Weiland Body Con Sheer: I didn’t attend a single show without seeing at least a few pieces highlighting the very popular sheer trend. I think this Timo Weiland dress is a great way to conservatively experiment with the trend. With the simple addition of a stretchy black slip, these touches won’t reveal too many mama parts. 3. THE DUSTER: What better way to add a little wow to a tired (and most likely underwhelming maternity dress) than with an awesome duster that will continue to wow long after that bump turns into a baby. (From Left to right:) Milly White Duster: Attending your best friend’s wedding at 9-months pregnant…or perhaps even having your own? This gorgeous duster by mama Michelle Smith, the designer of Milly, will certainly turn heads. Pair it with a bodycon black dress for a friend’s wedding or a bump-friendly creamy sheath for your own. Timo Weiland Blue Duster: This sophisticated duster coat in a beautiful blue hue for spring is a great investment piece. I love it styled over white boyfriend jeans and a long black t-shirt to cover the bump on cool spring nights or dressed up over a printed dress for a springtime baby shower. Mara Hoffman Striped Duster: Mara Hoffman typically wows with her signature psychedelic prints, but I loved this super soft knit in a classic ivory and navy stripe. Styled over your maternity jeans and a simple tank, this duster will really step up your bump style. 4. STATEMENT JACKET: The beauty of a statement jacket is that it can likely fit you through the shoulders and arms throughout your entire pregnancy. If there’s one item to splurge on during the 9-months of bump bliss, a statement jacket is the item to pick. (From Left to right:) Tracy Reese Cheetah Jacket: Every mama needs a little cheetah in her life (and in her closet). This cropped jacket by Tracy Reese certainly fits the bill…and the bump. L.A.M.B. Military Jacket: Like animal print, a touch of military will always be in style. That’s what makes this jacket a great investment piece. Plus, it looks just as cool over boyfriend jeans as it does paired with a hot little LBBD (little black bump dress). Milly Statement Jacket – Jacquard Faces: The bolero style jacket, in a whimsy face-print jacquard, is so special. And sometimes, when you feel like a house, special is not just want you want, it’s what you need! 5. POP of COLOR: Nothing cuter than a big bump in a bright color! Luckily, the SS15 runways were covered in color. (From Left to right:) Markus Lupfur: Known for his sequined embellishments, this oversized Markus Lupfer sweatshirt is comfy, cool and secretly customizable. The sequins are reversible, meaning they can be flipped in two directions, which actually allows you to write personal messages and change them as your mood changes. Perhaps “nauseous” one day. And the next…”glowing.” L.A.M.B. Pop of Pink Dress: This wrap style dress from fellow mother Gwen Stefani’s line, L.A.M.B., is a great shape to allow for an ever-changing body made in an even more amazing color that will be sure to make you stand out–in a good way! Milly Royal Blue Jacket: A pop of color in a versatile jacket--it just doesn’t get better than that. Style yours with white and pastels for the spring and summer months, and go darker with charcoals, grays and olives when the days get cooler. With its bold color, this year-round piece should be a staple in every mama’s wardrobe. All photos courtesy of Style.com.
When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.
I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.
Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.
The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.
Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.
I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.
Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.
This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.
I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.
I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.
I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.
As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)
But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.
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I was blissfully asleep on the couch while my little one was occupied elsewhere with toys, books and my partner. She got bored with what they were doing, escaped from his watch and, sensing my absence, set about looking for me. Finding me on the couch, nose-level, she peeled back my one available eyelid, singing, "Mama? Mama? ...You there? Wake UP!"
Sound familiar? Nothing limits sleep more than parenthood. And nothing is more sought after as a parent than a nap, if not a good night's rest.
But Mother Nature practically guarantees that you are likely to be woken up by a toddler—they're hardwired to find you (and get your attention) when you're "away."