6 Bump-Friendly Fall Trends to Try

09/13/2010 at 10:00 AM ET
Courtesy of Amy Tara Koch

You’ve bought all your maternity staples — black empire waisted dress, wrap dress, maternity jeans, leggings and a few tunics — but how do you look au courant this fall without breaking the bank?

Style expert and author (Bump it Up) Amy Tara Koch, tells you how to mix and match your preggo basics with a few of this season’s key pieces for a truly up-to-date maternity look. Here are her tips:

Get bootie-licious: Sleek, sporty and undeniably cool, the ankle bootie is a must-have this season. For a stylish dose of haute mama attitude, try one with a slight heel. Not only does it visually lengthen your silhouette, but it also balances out your tummy.

Layer on the bling: Chicify monochromatic tops and dresses with flashy gold baubles. Strategically placed jewelry also helps accentuate your assets: neck grazing earrings emphasize a slender neck, long necklaces lengthen the torso, bold bracelets and cuffs focus upon slim arms.

Tie one up: Even while you’re pregnant, scarves are the ultimate layering piece. Drape them around the shoulders, bunch them up around the neck or toss them elegantly over the shoulder. This magical accessory can transform a ho hum maternity neutral into a fab outfit.

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Stay knit-ty: For a cozy mom-to-be look, wear a silky dress under a chunky wool grandpa sweater or sport wide leg trousers with a colorful cotton wrap cardigan wrapped and belted over your bump.

Have fun with fur: Real or faux pelts put a luxe spin on basics. Take maternity jeans, leggings or a plain black dress up a notch with a cropped leopard print jacket or fur vest.

Add masculine touches: Fall’s gender bendingingly chic tuxedo jackets are the perfect way to add of-the-moment oomph to flowy preggo pieces.

Now that you’re armed with great maternity style tips, make sure to check out Koch’s style picks for the mom-to-be sale at Gilt Groupe starting today at 12PM EST.

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Antoinette Troia on

Amy is right on! Here at Honey Due Maternity boutique in Woodbury NY we agree! Fall is the best time to layer & accessorize. This season we are featuring skinny ankle jeans from Maternal America and belts from Noppies that you can wear with bump and with out. Thanks Amy for the future cast:) Antoinette @ Honey Due

Danielle Goodman on

I only wish this book was around for my three pregnancies… I have given it out as a present to all my preggo friends and their styles miraculously transformed while reading, it was amazing. Bump It Up is a must have for anyone preggo or not!!!!

Danielle Goodman on

I only wish this book was around when I was pregnant. I have given Bump It Up as presents to all my preggo friends and it instantly transformed their maternity style from frumpy to fabulous. Bump It Up is amazing!!!!

Ingrid Carney on

Tips like these are essential when mom-to-be wants to watch her wallet but still look beautiful in her pregnant body. Pregnancy basics plus accessories…love it! Thanks for these tips, Amy!

Mishra Keller on

Love it! I had so much fun during my pregnancy with accessories! I wore more belts in the last 9 months than I have in years! I had a lot of fun with my jewelry too. I piled it on! Long necklaces were the key for me and chunky bracelets. I also layered my clothes a lot, ie. a tank under a blouse with a sweater over it. Half the time people didn’t even notice that I was pregnant at first!! Now my belly is so big, it’s obvious, but I still try to maintain my style! Thanks for the tips Amy!!

Meryl Benaim on

Amy Tara Koch’s Bump it up! – Style and Humor the best!- a pregnantista fashion bible! must have for every mom to be! As soon as you hear your friend is pregnant or thinking of it – here is the gift! Love her fashion sense and she is right on target with her must haves! and Pregnantista Approved, The Versatile Dress by Pouch- none better to wear for all 9 months and beyond.
Thanks Amy for letting women have fun styling while preggo!
Meryl Benaim

Jennifer Strom Simonte on

Thanks Amy for helping stylish moms-to-be stay fashionable. Your book and tips are fabulous!

Tracey Frost Rensky Ceo of Citibabes on

Amy has done it again… insanely simple and yet super stylish tips for the Fall. Our New York Moms to be at Citibabes live by her Bump It Up Bible. Of course our not so preganant moms secretly do too. Well done Amy- we love yoU!!! xoxoxo

Melissa Torykian on

FINALLY someone who gives Pregnant women hope and accessible FASHION. So many maternity stores try to rip you off and take advantage of the pregnant woman who is just looking for that “BUMP in Style”:-)…..these tips are easy, fashionable and cheap! And best of all they all can be used POST baby too! You go girl!

holly on

Awesome tips Amy! Come by soon and check out the new collection at Rosie Pope Maternity…AMAZING stuff!!

Sara C on

LOVE this book! The tips and fashion are great, and it’s such a fun read! Now Amy needs to write a book on fashion for new mommies! 🙂

Janeen on

Agreed! These tips are easy, fashionable and cheap! I agree, as a new mom they all can be used POST baby too!

Christina on

Bump It Up is the ultimate source to fabulous as well as accessible fashion for the pregnant woman. If you’ve ever felt a bit overwhelmed during pregnancy as most of us have, you’ll love this humorous, upbeat and creative guide to looking your best. Always a well-appreciated gift!

stacy on

i gave this book to a couple of moms-to-be at the beginning of their pregnancies and they were so happy to have fashion ideas beyond the tent like t-shirt and baggy pants.

betsy on

i have four boys and follow all that amy does. bump it up makes me want to have a fifth!

Michelle on

I love these ideas. I adore Stella & Dot jewelry. They have the right amount of bauble to make any simple piece look finished. Check out http://www.stelladot.com/michellejohn xo

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