May 03, 2007 09:00 AM

by Julia Beck, of Forty Weeks

Keri Russell is about as cute as they come these days! She has the natural glow of pregnancy combined with an easy and casual look – perfection! She took her no-frills fashion to the street recently in LA. Keri wore a layered tee shirt with dark denim for an adorable take on expecting in style.

Here is what to keep in mind when stealing Keri Russell’s look Forty Weeks Style:

*Neck Lines are what makes a t-shirt work. Choose one that flatters. I am partial to seeing a bit more skin (just enough!) as in a “v”, “scoop” or “round” neck – these cuts will balance out the belly. Other options such as “boat”, “cowl” and “crew” tend to work better with longer torsos.

*Color – select color based on your skin tone and the bigger picture of your maternity wardrobe (what will you really wear?). Flattering hues will bring out your glow and you will get great use of the right tee.

*The Long and the Short of it – give yourself decent coverage with room to expand. This can be accomplished via length of the tee. Belly Bands and other fixes are out there to give you a few inches and a little extra visual interest (and confidence) when you need it!

*Jeans – there is a wide universe of maternity denim out there. A recent Celebrity Baby Blog poll showed that you were happy to splurge on this item. If so, take a look at some of your favorite pre-maternity brands for this wardrobe essential. For those on a budget (or for those who want more jeans in their wardrobe) – check out some of the value priced denim.

Steal That Look Forty Weeks Style – Street Life

Take it to the street in a casual comfort. Well chosen basics, such as denim and tees will be the foundation for your Forty Weeks of style!  Carefully selected hues and necklines will flatter and keep you feeling beautifully pulled together for almost any occasion (remember both denim and tees and can dress up and down). As always, shop with a plan in mind, look for multiple uses for all your favorites and enjoy!

Tees

Michael Stars is a favorite tee for the bump and non-bump brigade alike – and for good reason. The line offers an incredible range of colors, cuts and necklines. And, they wear as well as any we have seen. Check out the Shine Crew ($57 and save 15% at BellyDanceMaternity.com when you use coupon code CBB) and the ¾ sleeve Deep Vee ($57).

Three Dots, another mainstay of the non-maternity world has begun to offer some great takes on bump fashion. This cowl neck tee will flatter longer torsos and will look equally good with jeans as with skirts, capris and other bottom basics. (left, $85)

I am partial to this very well-priced t-shirt from Old Navy. The rouched v-neck is universally flattering and it comes in a rainbow of colors (I suggest you grab more than one at this price- $10!).

Jeans

Old Navy’s low-rise bootcut jean offers a great basic bottom at a very good price ($34). This one comes in several washes – find one that appeals to your eye.

Chip and Pepper first cut their maternity denim a few years ago as an exclusive for a certain pregnant celebrity. Now, this hot "Mamasita" jean is available to all haute mamas to be! (left, $198 – save 15% at Due Maternity when you use code cbb15)

Liz Lange’s full panel jean for Target is a very comfortable option. The panel can roll down, though most agree that full coverage is a great option to have in your wardrobe. (right, $27.99)

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