Building a new wardrobe that will only be worn for a few months is a daunting task. No one wants to spend a fortune on clothes that fit their pregnant figure, plus, given the state of the economy and the cost of newborn baby supplies, most household budgets don't allow for indulgent maternity shopping sprees.
Legendary maternity designer Liz Lange has dressed Hollywood stars like Bridget Moynahan, Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford, and Kelly Ripa, on big budgets — but the pregnancy mogul also knows a thing or two about how regular women dress. She shared her thoughts about essential maternity purchases and her favorite pieces from her new collection.
lilsugar: Given the state of the economy, what key pieces should a woman invest in to get through her pregnancy?
Liz Lange: I think that there a few ways to look at that. First of all, eight key pieces are so lifestyle dependent, so it is always hard for me to say specifically for any woman what her key pieces should be. Maybe you work and then your key pieces are so different than a mom who spends her day at the playground chasing her 2-year old and she is also pregnant. So I think first of all, one has to look at themselves and look at their lifestyle and figure out what are those things that I go back to time and time again when I’m not pregnant. Those are the things that I need to invest in when I am pregnant because again, my body is changing but most likely my personal preferences and the way I like to dress and my needs are not really changing.
I think that today, jeans have become, not a trend, but a wardrobe staple. I would probably invest in a pair of those and if I could only invest in one, it would probably be a darker wash because I think they are more versatile. I believe in the little black dress, or perhaps it is not so little in this case! You can throw a cardigan or jacket over it and wear it to work. Pile on some chunky necklace and a little pair of kitten heels and wear it out at night. I believe in the pencil skirt, maybe depending on the season, a great t-shirt that’s fitted that you can wear as an underpinning under a suit jacket or sweater or cardigan, that you can also wear on its own with a pair of jeans on the weekend. I think most women want to have a great pair of black pants. I lived in those pants for like a year after my child was born.
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