by Julia Beck, of Forty Weeks
With baby number two on the way, the ever-glamorous, multi-talented, Gwen Stefani was shot with son Kingston and family in tow showing off her bump with polka dots! Gwen used her trademark "mix-it up," fabulous look to create just the right feel for this casual and upbeat style. To me, polka dots are like daffodils -– a promise of spring (and a new baby) on the way! Gwen took a free-flowing polka dot dress and paired it with a great hoodie, and easy to carry off bo-ho accessories, for sheer perfection!
Click continue reading below to find out how you can get a look just like Gwen’s!
Here’s What to Keep in Mind When Stealing Gwen Stefani’s Partial to Polka Dots Look Forty Weeks Style:
*Blackand white polka dots are a classic! But certainly there is no need tolimit yourself. Play with other bold and pale tones to find the polka dotthat is just your speed.
*Try a taste of polka dots via accessories — suchas sunglasses, diaper bags or hair jewelry if the look is appealing butperhaps too much to carry off on the body.
*Scale it up or down. The size of the dot will alter the look dramatically. Opt for smallerdots for a quiet look and bigger dots for a bolder bump.
*Style first — Look for the right fit and in this case, the rightcut. Without a defining cut (think halter or empire for example) polkadots will overwhelm and will flop fast.
*Details! Contraststitching and borders, finishes and other accents will give your polkadots a step up on the style scale. I like the idea of breaking up thelook with a solid empire belt — creating a break in the dots.
*Accessorize with care. Polka dots dominate the eye — so keep it simple.
Steal That Look Forty Weeks Style –- Partial to Polka Dots
The ClassicDot Blouse by Motherhood (right, $20 on sale) is a simple and effortless way to add polkadots into the mix. This classic black with stone dots (stone is a littleless intense than white) is ideally paired with black on the bottom.The Empire sash creates great definition and the ¾ sleeve makes it aneasy choice for this time of year.
Thisone really caught my eye! Gap’s Polka Dot Tank Dress (left, $35 on sale) in blue is asure-fire way to wear polka dots with confidence. This dress can goanywhere. Layer a cardi or shrug on top and finish with a casual sandalor flip-flop for an easy, breezy spring into summer look. The widestraps give this a bit more substance and polish.
ThisPolka Dot Swing Dress (right, $214 on sale) is super feminine, flirty and fun. The simpleblack spaghetti strap tank, bold empire sash and full skirt are inperfect balance creating a simply stunning summer look in classic blackand white polka dot.
Largered dots and piping make this Voile Print Dress at iMaternity (left, $25) a winner.This bold, exciting dress has some key details, like smocking at thewaist, that make it a fun choice. Consider a crisp whitetee or tank under the dress for a day look or patent leather heels and a wrapfor a night on the town (or baby shower!).
Allwho know me know how I adore Meet Me In Miami – Debbie Ohanian’sdesigns. They’re all girl and truly bring out the fun in pregnancy. The Pink PolkaDot Dress (right, $109) is no exception! The halter neck isuniversally flattering and the cut is good to go for your entirepregnancy. The floral broach (which is removable) is a great finishingtouch! (Save 15% with code "CBB")
And, don’t forget the accessories!
Posh Flirt Diaper Bag (left, $139) your bag can make as strong a statement as you wish, and this one makes a bold one. Best of all it has it’s own styling and can carry jeans and a t-shirt as well as a pretty party dress.
Vintage Plastic Polka Dot 60′s Cateye Sunglasses by 80′s Purple (right, $10-$15) are the perfect topper to just about any ensemble. The cateye style is retro and the polka dots are classic, both details make them perfect for your peepers.