Maternity wear is HARD. It’s REALLY, REALLY hard to look chic and stylish while trying to stay comfy.
I’ve done it twice and I get it. So I can only imagine the pressure Kim Kardashian feels she is under trying to look glamorous to be five months pregnant AND be photographed every day.
She’s written on her blog, “This in-between phase is awkward to dress.
“I’ve gained lots of inches in width but can’t wait for the bump to pop. I struggle finding things that don’t make me look heavy. Some days my baby bump really shows and some days it doesn’t… so I never really know what I’m going to look like.”
So keen is KK to stay ‘fashionable,’ she has hired Lady GaGa’s stylist Nicola Formichetti to help find a style that suits her curves.
But nothing has divided opinion more than the fashion choices she has made so far.
Michelle Lee from maternity brand Keungzai says she loves the fact Kim is fighting back her style critics. Kim says, “I feel my best when I am in heels and chic clothes! Happy mommy, happy baby! ”
Michelle – who started her brand when she struggled to find maternity clothes for herself – says: “I love that confidence and determination to wear what makes her happy. I do, however, think that the pressure must be quite over-whelming and she could be wearing more flattering shapes.
“High fashion and high heels are great in pregnancy – but I think it’s still important to dress according to your shape. It’s inevitable your shape changes during and after pregnancy, you can still dress high fashion without slavishly following the latest seasonal trend stories.
“Classic pieces can still look sexy as long as your eye is drawn to your best features and you style your look to work with your proportions. I’m just not sure that Kim is necessarily achieving that balance in each of her maternity outfits so far.
“She has been spotted in a lot of high necklines and short-short hemlines. There is nothing wrong with either of these and hell, Kim has still got some fabulous pins, kudos to her for coping in heels – but I don’t think the crew necklines are working with her new proportions.
“Naturally her boobs have swollen along with the pregnancy but now may be the right time to balance out her proportions by wearing flattering V neck lines or a sexy casual shirt (un-buttoned down to bust). But remember, never show both legs and boobs.
“I think her pregnancy highlights include showing off her cleavage in a shirt or lace camisole but I think the downfalls have been creating lines cutting off her shape at her widest point.
“You can absolutely be stylish during pregnancy, there are so many more options now, compared with just 3-4 years ago when I was pregnant. Then, it felt like the only maternity option was a wrap dress and most likely in a flowery print.
“It’s important to stay true to your individual style, but pregnancy may just require you to be a little more creative with your new shape. Luckily pre pregnancy (and post!), I loved oversized shirts, slouchy dresses and drapey jersey pieces so I adapted my current wardrobe with my bump. However, it was still frustrating at the time there were no maternity options that followed the same style aesthetic, so I took the leap to create my own brand, Keungzai, offering drapey dresses, modern prints, luxury jersey and silk pieces.
“I’d suggest Kim try the Ruched Asymmetric Dress from our Spring Summer collection, it’s been designed to accommodate for a growing bump but looks so chic for post-partum bodies too.
“The drapey design and ruched detail means it will flow over her curves with ease and will look great with her Louboutins! She could also wear with a skinny belt over the bump to add some definition. Sexy and comfortable!”