Brazilian beauties Alessandra Ambrosia and Adriana Lima are both expecting a second child, but their maternity looks are just as sophisticated and sexy as their struts down the runway. For both these women, it's all about embracing – not hiding – their shape. The best part is that you don't have to have the body of a supermodel to sport these fabulous supermodel looks.
Maternity wear expert Liz Lange put together these tips on how to channel each lady's look and feel espectacular and confident throughout your pregnancy:
Legs, Legs, Legs
Don't be afraid to show some leg! With a growing midsection, the idea is to elongate your shape by drawing attention to arms and legs with pieces that are cut to reveal these slim parts of the body. Adriana is doing just that with super-short dresses that show off her mile-long legs. Get her evening look with a chic black mini dress from my Target collection.
As much as I advocate for minis, maxi dresses are great options for a casual, yet chic, daytime look. They continue on-trend right now and offer the security of coverage while still showing off las curvas. I love that Alessandra sets-off the long dress with a shrunken jacket. You can also belt it above the belly to highlight the waist. For this spring and summer, try a maxi in a vibrant color or print, like this bright, color-blocked version.
Comfort es Esencial
Alessandra has mastered the art of balancing proportions for a flattering, pulled-together effect – even in casual, cozy clothes. When she’s out and about with her toddler daughter, she's often seen in basics like jeans and a casual tee, but the success is in the styling: She'll pair leggings with an oversized top or wear a tight tank if she's in loose-fitting pants. Balancing your proportions is the secret to looking stylish versus sloppy.
Experiment with Accessories
When in doubt, amp up your look with bold-colored shoes, scarves, jewelry and bags. Accessories are a great way to incorporate the season’s must-have trends into your wardrobe – like neon, which is so hot for spring! Since these items have no size, you can wear them throughout and after your pregnancy. This zebra-print diaper bag easily transitions from pre-baby carryall to diaper bag once your little bundle has arrived.
About Liz Lange
Designer and entrepreneur Liz Lange pioneered maternity chic, creating stylish, body-conscious clothes for pregnant women. After working at Vogue magazine, Liz tried her hand as a designer and developed the idea for a sophisticated and slim-fitting collection of maternity clothing. This innovative design approach quickly attracted celebrities, fashion insiders, businesswomen and stay-at-home moms-to-be alike, launching her brand and cementing her status as a fashion trailblazer. In 2002 she partnered with Target to launch an exclusive collection of affordable maternity pieces, from flattering jeans and T-shirts to on-trend dresses and swimsuits. This year she’s celebrating the 10th anniversary of Liz Lange Maternity for Target (adding diaper bags to the mix!) – marking a decade of helping expecting moms dress stylishly on a budget.