Stylish expectant moms
Check out a few of our favorite looks from celebrity women who have worn their pregnancy bellies with panache, then click through to Bing to discover the fashion-forward kids who took after their stylish moms.
By Britt Olson
When in doubt, do what Cate Blanchett (more photos) does. The impeccable actress did not shun the spotlight while pregnant with her third son. Instead, she arrived at each event glowing and gorgeous, the very picture of serene maternity. The embellishment on this eggplant dress draws the eye to the actress’s trim shoulders and pretty face, while keeping things simple along the torso.
Actress Selma Blair’s full-length skirt at the 2011 Grammy Awards may be one of the best formal maternity selections in recent years. The plunging neckline is elegant and the high-waist shape shows off her trim upper body. Gold cuffs on each wrist highlight Blair’s dainty arms and wrists.
Angelina Jolie is not one for fussy getups (see photos of her everyday style). A billowy silk sundress keeps the preternaturally cool actress cozy, with ample room for her growing midsection. Bare shoulders and arms show off her naturally thin frame. Throw on a black cardigan if the weather cools or you’re not comfortable showing some skin.
Leave it to Beyoncé (more photos) to show us how a pregnant lady can still wear the pants. High-waisted black trousers slim the singer’s frame and show off her whittled natural waistline. A sequined jacket jazzes up the black and white ensemble, making the mom-to-be anything but matronly.
A long black jacket lengthens Jessica Alba’s shape and lends structure to her loose-fitting tee and jeans. The dark denim also accomplishes a slimming effect. An oversized handbag helps to minimize any swollen appendages or to conceal her belly from pesky paparazzi.
Heidi Klum (more photos) proves that pregnancy is not a good reason to go undercover. Yes, it helps to be Heidi Klum, but the model/television host’s playfulness about her condition would be charming on anyone. A LBD with fringe provides a fun way to dress a protruding midsection. And Klum’s choice of wedge shoes is practical for mingling or dancing the night away.
Actress Jennifer Garner (more photos) appeared on “The Tonight Show” looking perfectly at ease in her pregnant shape. Solid black tights and towering heels tapered her legs. Her silky, empire waist dress in a ruby shade flattered her figure. A slight print made the gauzy garb a bit more interesting.
Your stomach is not the only thing that swells when pregnant. Show off your blossoming bosom like Halle Berry (more photos) did in a structured bodice. A long, black cardigan helped to slim and stretch the petite actress’s physique.
Funny lady Amy Poehler (more photos) offers a stellar example of office-appropriate maternity attire. Her classic black dress and gray jacket are elegant and crisp. The bow tie at the waist slenderizes her shape while keeping the belly unrestricted.