Looking stylish and feeling good about your pregnancy can be challenging. Your body is changing and your hormones are going out of control while expecting a baby. Project Runway’s Kristin Haskins-Simms, the master behind the clothing label Strangefruit has a few tips for expectant mothers who want to get celeb worthy style like Jessica Simpson and Beyonce without breaking the bank.
Wear Leather (or Faux)!
“I know it sounds crazy but I find that when I wear a light leather motorcycle style jacket paired with black yoga pants, ballet flats, an elongated Tee to cover the belly and a scarf, I always get a double take. Sometimes I wear tights/leggings with knee high flat boots (2″ and under) and wear one of my old tube-style dresses or skirts that have an elastic waistband. Pair this with a motorcycle and you are just as fab as the fashionistas. I also have leather wristlet accessories that I wear over a long sleeve tee. It’s more of a statement but it garners attention as most don’t think pregnant moms can or want to be fabulous.”
“Yes you may have had a bad night’s sleep with baby kicking at all times of the night, so If you are not feeling it, just make certain you have an amazing statement scarf. Even if you are wearing all black stretchy garments, throw on that scarf on with your hair slicked back and sunglasses, you’ll look like Demi Moore. Maybe wear a hat, something with flair and color.”
Embrace the Belly!
“When you have hit 6 months, that belly is out there so why hide it? There are some great tops and dresses that have plenty of stretch and are more streamlined to hug your curves in all the right places- meaning they don’t have a distinct empire waistline with pleating. Make certain the top or dress smoothly hugs your belly. But stick with solids if you want to be on the safe side. If it’s a special occasion, show off that cleavage with a V-neck. Even if it isn’t a special occasion, show it off anyway under you motorcycle jacket. Pregnancy is sexy and it rocks!”
Take your vitamins!
“I’m not just referring to your prenatal or multi-vitamins. To enhance that pregnancy glow, I use Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum. Of course it depends on your skin type and how your skin is adjusting to your raging hormones. I just know that I have gotten so many compliments on my skin since I started using it combined with my natural pregnancy glow.”
“I know you get tired and morning sickness is the worst in the first trimester, but pregnancy doesn’t give you license to lay around, eat everything and anything you want. Even if you weren’t big on working out or exercise before, life is about to change and you are going to need all the energy you have when that little one enters the world so at least walk 20-30 minutes a day. I swim 3 times a week, lift light weights, prenatal yoga and hike as much as I can with our dog. I try to stay active all around despite my bad days and I’m 40! I can do it, anyone can.”
Balance the sweets!
“Yes I eat more sweets now than ever but I balance it out with fruit and veggies, lots of water and diluted fruit juices. All fruit juices, contain a lot of sugar so it is best to dilute each glass on a 1 to 3 ratio. One third of your glass should be water while the rest is fruit juice which is a good balance and also a great way to help avoid gestational diabetes. If you already have been diagnosed, then your doctor will probably put you on a strict diet anyway.”
About Kristin Haskins Simms:
After receiving her MFA from RISD in graphic design, Kristin Haskins-Simms launched a small graphic design studio, called keydesign, in response to a growing demand for her work. She also taught part-time at many colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area, including University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, Philadelphia University, Tyler School of Art, and Rutgers University to name a few. Kristin was encouraged to apply to Project Runway Season 8 on a “whim and a dare” by friends, family, customers and random strangers who stopped her in the street asking where they could buy her clothes. It was the pieces from her first collection that cast her on the show and since then, she has made a significant imprint in the fashion world.