From Miu Miu to Muumuu – you need to Bump It Up

Style guide from Bump It Up by Amy Tara Koch

Bump It Up by Amy Tara Koch

It’s a fashion nightmare. Once you were all about skinny jeans, body skimming knits and stilettos. Then trackies, industrial-sized support bras and sensible shoes took up residence in your wardrobe. Before PADD (Pregnancy Attention Deficit Disorder) kicks in, take a long, hard look at your maternity wardrobe and transform your pregnancy into the ultimate style statement.

Journalist and style expert Amy Tara Koch has recently released Bump It Up, the cheat-sheet for women who want to look fabulous during their pregnancy. I won’t relive my own maternity fashion disasters (short of saying that there was a very, very chunky knit in there) but a quick look through Bump It Up was like a series of fashion light bulb moments.

The book is broken into trimesters – Bloated on the Bias, Channel Your Inner Fashion Editor, Large and in Charge and the ‘fourth’ trimester, Lighten Up. As well as being packed with sensible advice and insightful tips from fashion designers, the book is good fun:

“Month nine is all about preparation to look thoroughly divine in the delivery room. With the proliferation of Skype, You Tube, Facebook, all the world’s a stage. Even the birthing room. Delivery pics will be posted moments after the cord is cut and sent to your online address book… Knowing that your image will live in perpetuity on the world wide web, a month nine rendezvous with your glam squad about is essential.”

Koch provides a guide to your maternity wardrobe essentials, a checklist that will have you looking fab and not frumpy and fashion fixes for common pregnancy wardrobe challenges. For example, for those expecting mums whose bust is getting bigger and bigger chose wrap dresses that showcase your bosom without offending and avoid big patterns – polka dots stretched out of shape (over a boob no less) are a fashion fiasco.

The Bump It Up website offers lots of information and advice including a video but for the full story grab a copy of Bump It Up from the Book Depository for $17.40 (including postage). And do it before you get too comfy in those track pants.

Style guide from Bump It Up by Amy Tara Koch

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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