Jul 012013
 

What to Wear During Pregnancy; Kate Middleton maternity/pregnancy style; Maternity dresses; Maternity jeans. On Kate Middleton: Topshop black and white Polka Dot Dress,Ralph Lauren black jacket, peal earrings, black suede pumps, black clutch;  On Kate Middleton:trench coat, black maternity jeans, French Sole Henrietta Patent Quilted Ballet Flats,Tod’s ‘D-Styling' Leather Satchel.Photos: Kate Middleton; Courtesy of eonline.comusmagazine.com.

I’m current in my eighth month of pregnancy. Keeping stylish when due date approaching isn’t easy. Nothing seems right with a big bump. A maxi dress or a maternity top and jeans combo just makes me tent-like from the side. Thankfully, it hasn’t been too hot here in New York, which means I can add another layer out of my dress or Tee: a thin coat, a blazer or a vest. This layer does all the magic: the tailored silhouette reduces the bulkness and instantly polishes up the whole look.

This little trick is “proved” right by style savvy Kate Middleton. As you can see from the above two chic maternity looks: a black peplum jacket reshaped her upper half while elongating her legs.  A season appropriate stone color trench coat brightens up her face, covers up her bump and elevates a casual outfit.

What to Wear During Pregnancy; Kate Middleton maternity/pregnancy style; Maternity dresses; Maternity jeans. On Kate Middleton: Topshop black and white Polka Dot Dress,Ralph Lauren black jacket, peal earrings, black suede pumps, black clutch; Alternatives: BCBGMAXAZRI AEdward Peplum Jacket,   Kate Spade New York Black Suede pumps,  Nina Pleated Satin Clutch Black,  Majorica 10MM White Pearl Drop Earrings,

Jacket: BCBG Max Azria (similar here)
Dress: Topshop (see another one Kate recently worn in navy)
Shoes: Kate Spade New York ($40 here)
Bag: Nina (similar here)
Earrings: Majorica

What to Wear During Pregnancy; Kate Middleton maternity/pregnancy style; Maternity dresses; Maternity jeans. On Kate Middleton:trench coat, black maternity jeans, French Sole Henrietta Patent Quilted Ballet Flats,Tod’s ‘D-Styling' Leather Satchel. Alternatives: Burberry Brit Stone Cotton Trench Coat,  James Jeans Maternity Twiggy Legging Jeans,   Marc by Marc Jacobs - Classic Q Baby Groovee,

Coat: Burberry Brit (on sale here here! similar here)
Jeans: James Jeans ($28 here)
Shoes: French Sole (it’s the pair on Kate; also here)
Bag: Tod’s ‘D-Styling’ (great alternative here!)

Mar 132013
 

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Elena Perminova, London Fashion Week 2013, street style, red pencil skirt, Burberry peplum military jacket, red pointy toe pumps, blue colorblock bag, Analeena bag, Wood sunglasses,Gianvito Rossi shoes,how to wear red pencil skirt,colorblock, helenhou, helen hou, the art of accessorizing, accessoriseart, celebrity style, street style, lookbook, model off-duty,red carpet looks,red carpet looks for less, fashion, style, outfits, fashion guru, style   guru, fashion stylist, what to wear, fashion expert, blogger, style blog, fashion blog,look of   the day, celebrity look,celebrity outfit,designer shoes, designer cloth,designer handbag,

Photo: Elena Perminova; Courtesy of vogue.com, elleuk.com.

Peplum is the hottest word last season, and will still be around this year. That little extra fabric makes a huge difference: it perfectly reshapes our body by creating that attractive “S” silhouette while allowing us to eat one more piece of cake.

There are many ways to wear this style: with jeans (skinny, boyfriend or distressed), cropped pants or skater skirt. But the more feminine way? With pencil skirt. The body hugging pencil skirt highlights the exaggerated peplum, gives the whole look a sexy vibe.

Since both pieces (peplum top and pencil skirt) are so feminine, to balance it out, today’s look is a perfect example: the military style and neutral palette of her jacket grounded the bright skirt and pumps while the colorblock bag adding a sleek, modern touch.

Inspired by the overall shape and color palette of  Elena Perminova’s outfit, I found the pieces below that I adore this season, hope to give your some ideas on how to play with this silhouette and the seasonless, timeless color combo (blue and orange/red)!

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Jacket: Burberry (similar here)
Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg (also here, similar here)
Bag: Fendi (affordable colorblock version here)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (similar here, the pair on Elena Perminova here)

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Jacket: 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar here)
Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg (also here, similar here)
Bag: Reed Krakoff (great buy here)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (on Olivia Palermo here)