Fashioning Belly to Baby

Fashioning Belly to Baby
How do you stay fashionable when your life is changing with a new baby? Read on to find out tips and tricks from the pros for you, the nursery and the baby.

090610FASHION.jpgIn the middle of bump watch, with all the preparation and excitement surrounding a pregnancy, some things always get pushed out in favor of the expanding belly. It can seem like a sense of self gets lost for a new mom, and with that, can go a sense of fashion.


So what does a fashionable mom need?

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Becoming Mom Boutique Owner Dawn Bierschwal says she knows. She's been in business for six years, and many of her clients come into the store looking for way to stay fashionable even with an expanding waistline, she says.


"There are tons of places that focus on the baby," Bierschwal says. "We wanted to focus on the mom."


Located in the Deerfield Towne Center in Mason, Becoming Mom Boutique offers clothing, spa services and treatments for an expectant mother. The store recently added the boutique section of the shop, and that section offers clothing that is just as trendy for a pregnant mom as it would be for anyone else. She's also seeing maternity lines that don't seem to be maternity lines at all.


"That's really our focus, is in having clothing that can be worn before and after pregnancy," Bierschwal says. "They are not trying to hide the belly anymore." Instead, the clothes are more form-fitting, she says.


Ally Osborne, the retail buyer for Becoming Mom Boutique says skinny jeans, leggings and colorful dresses are all the rage for a fashionable expectant mother. Graphic prints, plaids and patterns can be seen on almost anything for any new mom this season.


Functionality and diversity are also keys to any expectant mother's wardrobe, Osborne says. "If you are going to spend the money, at least try to get items you can get the maximum wear out of," she says.



For the Nursery

Maximum wear is also a big party of outfitting any child's nursery, another big chance to showcase the fashionable side of pregnancy. Children's furniture is functional with a contemporary style, Room to Grow Owner Dave Laub says.


"The dark colors of cherries and espressos are the wood we are seeing the most of, and it has been that way a couple of years," Laub says.


At Room to Grow on Montgomery Road, Laub's store exclusively focuses on the main pieces of furniture for a children's room or nursery. Any new parent needs three key pieces in a nursery to ensure functionality and fashion.


The first is a convertible bed. "That is probably 98 percent of the cribs that we sell," Laub says. A convertible bed usually comes in a simple style and can stay in the child's room from the first weeks of life to college, he says.


The second item Laub recommends is a long dresser, which has multiple uses. "Most people are putting a changing pad on that and using it as their changing table," he says. 


He follows up his second recommendation with the third: a glider rocker. And by Laub's recommendation, any pieces chosen for a new nursery should be done with care.


Once that is done, you can bring out personality in the room with small, individual pieces for a relatively low cost. "You have to find that point when you get quality, but it doesn't cost too much," he says. "We try to help people through that process."


For the Baby


The final place where fashion meets baby is of course in the individual clothing choices for the child. At The Spotted Goose on Madison Road, anything trendy for an adult is most likely trendy for a young child or baby, Owner Renee Dustman says. 


"Stripes are huge this season," Dustman says. "Even more trendy than that are the graphic onesies and the little denim jeans." Walk into the store today, and you can even find jeggings for babies and toddlers, she says.


"Designers have tried to keep it on trend but keep it comfortable," she says. "There is a certain parent that wants their kids to be very high fashion."


Dresses, graphic tees, jersey tees, embroidering and even costumes make up just some of the trends Dustman says she's seeing for kids right now.


"It's all about the personal style of it," she says. And that's good advice for any new mom — especially the fashionable ones!

Photographer: Neysa Ruhl
Model: Dawn
Location: Lofts@4120

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