Mom-to-be, that maxi dress is for you (With Images)

May 5th, 2011 - 10:10 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) From the maxi dress to stylish kaftans to lacy tops and frocks - shops and boutiques offer a mix of comfort and style for pregnant women. Designers say soothing baby shades of pink, light green and peach are advisable as are fabrics like cotton and linen.

Here are some style tips for would-be-moms this Mother’s Day May 8.

“Pregnant mommies can dress themselves in the latest styles. My top recommendation would be the maxi dress. These are flowy, and come in lovely colours and prints. They are super comfortable and chic at the same time,” said designer Pam Mehta.

“Pregnant women can also wear the typical kaftans which are long, loose and very stylish. Also, go for loose lacy tops with cute and inspirational quotations,” she added.

Designer Meera Gupta suggests selection for maternity dresses should depend on the month of pregnancy.

“Dresses should always be chosen keeping in mind the month she is carrying the baby. Frocks with front open and round necks is the best dress a pregnant woman can wear. For those who don’t prefer frock dresses, loose pyjamas with long shirts can work. Body hugging dresses should be avoided,” Gupta told IANS.

Baby shades are more advisable.

“During pregnancy, moms are influenced by colours, so hues like baby pink, light green, light blue, peach, white and other baby colours can be the best option. These soothing colours keep the mood of the mother cool and stable,” said Gupta.

“Light and cool fabrics like cotton and linen are the best fabrics for pregnant women as these fabrics are comfortable and not body hugging. Small prints, flower prints or light hand work will look nice on any pregnant mom’s… Avoid bold prints,” she added.

One can get maxi dresses, kaftans, frocks and loose pyjamas at a price range starting at Rs.6,000 at retail outlets like AZA, Melange and other designer stores. Wide-legged chiffon pants and bell sleeve tunics will cost Rs.8,000 and Rs.15,000 respectively.

A would-be-mom should also take care of her footwear and opt for flats and platforms.

“Footwear should be chosen very cautiously. Pencil heels are a strict no. Stick to platforms, wedges or flats as they are the best way to flaunt the feminine side, especially the gladiator and thong styles,” said designer Ankita Chaudhary of SAAJ.

When it comes to accessories, they should follow the rule - less is more.

“Avoid heavy jewellery and if you are so fascinated, then go for watch and earrings. Also, no hanging bags for pregnant women; in spite of that, a good and nice clutch should be carried,” designer Jaya Rathore told IANS.

“Scarves in colours, prints and textures are an easy way to dress up any dull outfit.”

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