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Preggo-Friendly Runway Roundup

ShopBuru’s founder picks the best in ready-to-wear for those of you sporting a bump in Spring ’15.

Preggo-Friendly Runway Roundup

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.

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Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

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Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

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Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

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Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

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Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

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Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

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$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

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Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

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Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

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Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

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Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

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Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

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Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

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