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Elena Donovan Mauer
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5 Biggest Summer Maternity Fashion Problems — Solved by Style Guru Liz Lange!

PUBLISHED ON 06/28/2013

Finding the right clothes to make you look and feel your best during pregnancy can be tricky to say the least! And dressing for a sweltering summer, well that adds a few new curves to your wardrobe decisions. That's why we brought our biggest, toughest maternity fashion questions to maternity style guru, Liz Lange.

The Bump: I'm not loving all these changes with my body. What can I wear this summer that's flattering?

Liz Lange: One of my favorite summer staples is a maxi dress — it’s such a trendy, stylish way to cover problem areas. Maxis are very versatile and are flattering on every body type. This maxi from my Target collection looks great when paired with a cropped jacket or cardigan. Best part — it keeps you cool during the sweltering months.

TB: I don’t want to spend a ton of money on my maternity wardrobe. Any money-saving tips?

LL: Start with the essentials: A black dress, great-fitting jeans and a few solid tanks and tees. Then, incorporate layering pieces and accessories from your current closet, such as blazers, cardigans and bold jewelry, to create several fresh looks.

TB: Are there risks wearing  tight clothes while pregnant a la Kim Kardashian? What about high heels?

LL:  There’s nothing wrong with fitted clothes — the stretchy fabrics actually make you look slimmer! As for shoes, you don't want to be pregnant and teetering around in sky-high stilettos. There’s nothing chic about appearing off balance! I always suggest ballet flats, kitten heels or a low wedge when selecting footwear. Now that it's summer, try a flat sandal or a short espadrille.

TB: Is it stylish or tacky to wear a bikini when pregnant? Any tips on how to pull it off?

LL:  The pool and the beach are perfectly acceptable places to show off a bare baby bump, and you may not believe me, but two-piece bathing suits are more flattering than one-pieces. So feel free to buy a bikini. They actually enhance – and support – new curves best.

If you don’t want to show too much skin, I recommend a tankini. They provide the security of extra coverage while still drawing attention to the right places.

TB: I work in a professional office. How should I dress for work and stay comfortable as the weather heats up?

LL:  It’s important to remember that your usual office dress code still applies when you’re pregnant. Stay professional by updating your 9-to-5 attire with a few key maternity pieces, like this Liz Lange for Target sleeveless dress that hits just above the knee. Add a blazer and sophisticated jewelry for a polished, work-appropriate look.

What have been your favorite maternity clothes to wear this summer?