Look for Less: Jessica Simpson’s Laidback Polish

02/07/2012 at 10:00 AM ET
Denis Castro/Beverly News

Whether she goes glam or keeps it casual, mom-to-be Jessica Simpson always looks amazing.

So it was no surprise that the fashion designer hit another home run when she stepped out for a dinner date with fiancé Eric Johnson on Jan. 26 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Simpson paired a Rachel Roy tie-dye cardigan with a simple gray maxi, a brown handbag and strappy platform sandals.

And to finish off her look, she added her fave accessory: Anita Ko‘s Shark Tooth Necklace ($11,000 – $14,000).

Love the the singer’s California cool? You’re in luck. We’ve rounded up similar items — all under $66!

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It’s not maternity, but Allen Allen‘s Wrap Cardigan ($19.50) features a flattering draped front making it perfect for burgeoning bumps.

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Talk about style meets comfort!

Not only is Motherhood Maternity‘s Long Sleeve Maternity Dress ($30) soft and stretchy, but it also sports a deep scoop neck and chic skinny belt.

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Need a lift? We love C Label‘s high, but comfy Kasie Wedge Sandal ($40). Added bonus: They’re also available in taupe and tan.

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With its roomy inside and easy-to-grip double handles, Roxy‘s Off Center Shoulder Bag ($39.50) is so versatile it will work before and after baby.

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Add a little sparkle and shine to a simple outfit with the Jennifer Lopez Crystal Hoop Earrings ($18.20).

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For an edgy touch, try Love Child‘s gold-dipped Shark Tooth Necklace ($66).

— Anya Leon

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Ann Marie on

Congrats to Jessica Simpson! She is a little less rectangular and a little more square now.

Y on

$11,000-$14,000 for a shark tooth necklace?? WTH?

Katie on

I’m thrilled for her! She is just glowing!! And so big! Love it!

ClaireSamsmom on

Has she announced the sex of the baby yet? I remember her saying something about wanting a girl….wasn’t sure if they had said anything yet?

kim on

i know this comment is shallow–but this girl is HUGE!!!! she looks happy though and what i think dosent matter… you go girl!

Meggs on

Either she was due last week or she’s got a double bun!

Melanie on

She’s barely grown since the fall. People forget how tiny Jessica really is – petite people have nowhere to go but out! I feel like her belly popped in October and has stayed about the same size since (a bit bigger as of late).

Katie on

LOL @ Kim and Meggs!! She is huge. I thought the same thing,twins maybe? She has definitely porked out in recent pictures. She is due in the spring I think. It looks like she was due Jan. 31st!

Bianca on

She does look incredibly happy but what is she 20 months pregnant? Is she having more than 1? She’s been pregnant forever, it seems.

Shannon on

I don’t intend for this to sound vulgar, but what is going to happen to her chest when her milk comes in?! I’m in pain for her! I’d say she’s due very soon!

Mira on

@Shannon, I thought the same thing! These knockers are ginormous.

Helen on

Oh my, she’s enormous! Must be twins…must be. But she looks healthy and happy, which is always nice to see.

Carrie Jo on

I am so glad I am not the only one who thinks she looks huge. I bet that dress is extremely comfortable, but it is not very flattering. She does look so happy and I am happy for her.

RKF on

People likely think she looks “huge” (I don’t think she does at all) because she is very short – 5’3. I’m 5’2, and believe me when I tell you we have nowhere for the weight to go…other than everywhere. Taller women have more room to distribute the weight gain.

Amanda K on

She looks so happy and glowing! Cute outfit too.

JP on

who ever said that maxi dresses were flattering on a pregnant person needs to have their eyes checked.

not a good look for her.

but….she looks so happy and that’s what really matters!

dilitant on

Just looking at the stomach gives me sympathy pains. She looks like she is going to deliver if she sneezes.

Karen on

They do look really happy, and the pictures of them are always when they are going out to eat…she is going to have a lot of weight to lose once her spring baby comes!

Nicole on

Ugh…People have been telling me that since I’m short I’m going to end up ballooning out like her. However, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Keri Russell are both her height and looked slim and trim (only with a belly) up to giving birth.

We may not be able to look like Gisele Bundchen, but it is possible for petite women to look amazing pregnant.

plannbb on

It seems like she’s been pregnant forever!

Me on

She looks great! Can’t help but notice she’s probably going to be riddled with stretch marks. Funny how much differently she’s carrying than her sister did. Genes are amazing. She looks truly happy, a sight I haven’t seen since she married her first husband. Best of luck to them!

Sarah S. on

Jessica looks like she can become a wet nurse with her gigantic boobs…and I mean this in a good way!

PDXsara on

Everyone noticed her HUGE belly, but I’m wondering what the hell she spends her millions on…her man looks like S#IT! Take that boy shopping and give him a bath!

JLL on

All the ridiculous comments about height and weight and blah blah!!! Every woman is different and unique. Don’t assume and clump everyone in the same catagory on weight gain.

I am 5’1″ and 105 pounds and gained only 18 and 20 pounds with my son and daughter. I am 5 1/2 months pregnant with my 3rd and have only gained a couple pounds so far. I go full-term (40) weeks and have healthy 8 pound babies. All my weight is in the belly. I lose the weight quickly after i deliver.

I have seen close to 6 foot women huge in their pregnancies. I personally know some who have gained 70 pounds or more. Some have only had 6 or 7 pound babies.

My point is genetics, food consumption, exercise, or lack thereof……they all play into it. Not every petite woman is going to balloon out, and all tall women don’t necessarily look fit with evenly distributed baby weight. Every womans pregnancy is different no matter what her height, and every pregnancy is unique.

julie on

Jessica has got to be having a girl…..I have never seen anyone bloom so fast in a pregnancy except for me when I gained 50 pounds with my baby girl…..she’s beautiful though and will lose the weight fast…..

julie on

and she is carrying that baby alwful high to be ready to pop just yet…..

JLL on

Again…..to those of you who act like you know what’s going on with Jessica’s pregnancy….. I have seen women get huge and have baby boys…….and not everyone loses the weight that quick. Quit acting like you know what is going to happen, when you dont. Everyone is different.

miameows on

I seem to remember people bashing Ashlee for gaining “too much weight” when she was pregnant, too. All I see when I look at this picture is a super happy, glowing mom-to-be 🙂

DawnMiller on

She is wider than her football player fiance!

Maria on

I don’t mean to be unkind here, maybe just a little bit snarky. How long did she know this man for? I don’t see too much compatibility there. Once they start raising that child together- that puts a relationship to a whole new level of needing to be kind and patient with eachother. I wonder how these two will do. I guess it remains to be seen. I find neither of them attractive but they are equally mediocre, so perhaps a good match! both in looks and personality.

tori on

Her taste in style is hideous to say the least!!!

shalay on

Maria, I’m curious as to how you can judge whether a couple is compatible or not through photographs. In this picture all I see is a happy couple. I’m not gonna place bets on them staying together forever, since it’s so rare these days, but who knows. She felt confident enough to have a child with him, so I have hope for them.

Terri on

Lord she’s huge, she’s due in March right? They both look so happy.

jessica on

twins? she looks like she’s having sextuplets!