Bump It Up is a maternity style guide designed to take a woman through nine months of pregnancy in high style. Fashionista and mother of two Amy Tara Koch contends that with a little creativity and deliberate effort, any woman can sail through pregnancy and its aftermath in great looks.
Koch starts off by banishing yoga pants (worn to the office, no less) and baggy shirts (borrowed from one’s husband, of course) from a pregnant woman’s wardrobe. Koch is no fan of the usual maternity stores and clothing lines, either, judging many of them to be sorely lacking in style.
She then proceeds to tell readers what components go into the making of a great maternity wardrobe and how to put three trimesters of outfits together from separate, carefully purchased pieces and those already existing in one’s closet. This guide takes one through all the essential features of a pregnancy wardrobe, from Lycra underpinnings to the right accessories to play up one’s desirable curves and minimize the girth, and even the right shoes for each occasion.
Numerous line drawings illustrate Koch’s points nicely, while advice from leading designers such as Nicole Miller, Donna Karan and Isaac Mizrahi as well as fashion stylists and editors, beauty mavens and others peppers the pages of this useful, witty and mostly practical little book.
While some of us will remain unrepentant about going through successive pregnancies in sweats, pajamas and ponytails, this style primer will prove invaluable to anyone who is determined to get pregnancy chic right.