By the time they are five months pregnant, it’s not just their belly that has grown, but also their bust, waist and hips, Sohn says. ‘‘It’s definitely a new shape. It’s not just the body of a woman who gained weight.’’
Pea in the Pod’s Myers notes that what’s in maternity stores now reflects broader fashion trends. You'll find the tunic-and-blazer combination, the cardigans layered with nice Ts, and even the bright pops of color and springtime prints. ‘‘The mistake I see most is the mentality that they think they have to stay away from stripes, or florals or prints because they fear them to be unflattering, but I think the opposite is true,’’ she says.
A clean, sharp nautical stripe, for example, will break up the bump.
An ‘‘it’’ look, like a peplum, which she dubs ‘‘an arrow to your hips,’’ can be harder to pull off, Koch says. Instead consider of-the-moment accessories, such as a shoe-bootie with a stacked heel or a candy-colored, oversized handbag.
Just don’t overstuff it — yet. ‘‘Pretty soon that will turn into a heavy diaper bag,’’ Minkoff says.
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