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Vintage for Pregnancy

We’d all like to be that girl that can effortlessly wear vintage throughout her pregnancy and look super-chic while she’s doing it. But the reality is, styling vintage for the bump requires a little more finesse--and sometimes bravery--than you might think. The good news: there’s no time like pregnancy to take some fashion risks. Especially when you have stylist du jour Latonya Staubs by your side.

This Brooklyn mama of two has a background in styling and a passion for vintage. Latonya’s ability to sniff out amazing second-hand scores is a sight to behold, and she can size up a belly like nobody’s business.

“Pregnancy is a great time to be uninhibited with your style,” she says. “Your body is doing all sorts of beautiful and crazy things, and can sometimes feel like it isn't yours. Allowing yourself the opportunity to explore what feels good and what doesn't, and also just try new things, is what it's all about.”

She recently joined us for a fun afternoon at one of our fave Brooklyn vintage shops, Pony, with our pregnant friend Ashley Lafond, a marketing manager for Domino Records. By the time she left, we were all shopping the racks brazenly with the mantra, “What would Latonya do?” Below, check out our looks, and get Latonya’s 4 foolproof tips for styling vintage for pregnancy.

1. The Muumuu. I think there's a lot to be said about wearing a muumuu during pregnancy, and I feel as though the reputation behind this piece isn't as powerful as the piece itself. Obviously, there's a lot of comfort to this look, but a lot of style as well. With a muumuu, it can translate from day to night, with ease. And it can easily be layered with jewelry to kick it up a notch. Post pregnancy, it can be belted, giving a little freedom for that postpartum body. I find that many vintage muumuus come in fantastic patterns and colors to accent your pregnancy glow.

 

2. The High Waist. High-waisted anything can seem like a no-no while carrying around an extra heart beat, but don't underestimate the short. Most vintage shorts have an elastic waistband, stretching with you as you grow. Postpartum, they're equally as powerful. They can suck you in in all the right places, while still being extremely comfortable.

 

3. The Crop Top. This look is a combination of a vintage skirt, lifted up above the stomach, and a cropped/corset top. Instead of always trying to make shirts extend over the belly during pregnancy, try a bandeau or cropped shirt, or even a bra with more coverage. It may seem scandalous, but it isn't, and it’s an easy solution to the persistent "this shirt doesn't fit" problem. You can mix and match, and have a little bit more fun. If you aren't of a fan of a bandeau look, simply tuck in a thin top or tie it in a knot on the side.

 

4. The Sack Dress. It's hard to commit to sack-like vintage pieces when you aren't showing like crazy. Most of us ladies just want to be hugged, and if we feel super big, then we want to show it. But this dress is for that off day, when you just want more space to breathe, and beyond. These kinds of dresses are ideal for the entire pregnancy and postpartum. I consider them investment pieces, even though they probably won't cost much from your local vintage shop. They have more than enough space to expand to the last few weeks. Usually these denim sack dresses or jumpers have a buckle on the shoulder, or in this case, on the inner torso. It's perfect for nursing. When purchasing anything during pregnancy, I always tell clients to purchase with breastfeeding in mind (if you plan to do so), to help save you from purchasing an entirely new wardrobe postpartum.

 

Photography by Stylish & Hip Kids Photography.

Ashley's hair and makeup by PRIV.

Shot on location at Pony in Brooklyn.

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

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This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.

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This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.

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Laetitia lipstick

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This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!

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Jigsaw puzzle

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$30

Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.

$39

'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."

$35

Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.

$24

Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.

$22

Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!

$25

Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.

$32

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.

$105

Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.

$17

Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.

$68

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