NY Times says pregnant women have Angelina Jolie to thank for their style

Maternity fashion has been getting hipper and hipper every year with traditional designers getting in on the belly bump action. In today’s New York Times article, "Showing? It’s Time to Show Off," they credit Angelina Jolie with making pregnancy a fashion statement. However, this past year has been the year of the pregnant A-listers so Angelina can’t take all the credit. Witness the fashionable bump parade of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Gwen Stefani, Kate/Katie Holmes, Rachel Weisz, Brooke Shields, and Denise Richards.

The days of the tented maternity blouse are not gone yet but pregnant women now have more options. Mass merchandised maternity brands now include the very popular Mother’s Work franchise which ranges from the budget-conscious Motherhood Maternity to Mimi Maternity to the top of the line Pea in the Pod, Kohl’s Oh Baby! line, Sears’ Two Hearts, Target’s lower-priced Liz Lange line, JC Penney’s, Mervyn’s, the Gap, Old Navy and H&M.

As far as maternity-only designers, it’s not just ground-breaker Liz Lange anymore. Cadeau has two stores in NYC and LA and is also available at Barneys New York, Veronique, Pickles & Ice Cream and Shop Girl. Naissance on Melrose (aka NOM) is one of the hippest maternity boutiques in Los Angeles. Due Maternity has four retail boutiques and a great e-store. Isabella Oliver, a British company, offers jersey knit maternity fashion that can be worn into the fourth trimester and beyond. Childish Clothing, created by Skye Hoppus, a former MTV executive married to Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus and frequently modeled by Shanna Moakler, wife of Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, is a great alternative for fashionistas who can’t let go of their ultra-low rise jeans.

Designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Lilly Pulitizer, Juicy Couture, Theory, Vince and Chaiken now offer maternity fashion so stylish that they catch the eye of even non-pregnant women. Ladies with high end department store charge cards can now max out their credit limit at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom’s online maternity collections.

Source: New York Times

Pictured: Isabella Oliver wrap dress ($130), Childish Clothing – the Gold Line Jennifer-2 cotton jersey v-neck ($57) and Childish Clothing – the Gold Line Jessica-2 stretch cotton gaucho pants ($119)

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