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Winter Dressing When Pregnant    

Magazines and retailers make a point of reminding everyone about the latest trends and must-have purchases for the season at hand.  But, while they seem to target every plausible demographic, expectant mothers are largely ignored.   I’ve noticed of late that pregnancy seems to be a bit of a trend in and of itself, as everywhere I go I see beautiful baby bumps in various stages.  What are these women to do when it comes to winter dressing when pregnant? We’ve got some tips for dressing warm and fashionably when you’re sporting your best life accessory.

Othilia Simon fronts Hermès Fall 2014-Winter 2015  Campaign "Metamorphosis, an Hermes story" photographed by Hans Silvester

Othilia Simon fronts Hermès Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign “Metamorphosis, an Hermes story” photographed by Hans Silvester

Carolyn Murphy in Moschino - Fall 2014-Winter 2015 campaign

Carolyn Murphy in Moschino – Fall 2014-Winter 2015 campaign

Gisele Bündchen in Balenciaga - Fall Winter 2014-2015 Campaign photographed ny Steven Klein

Gisele Bündchen in Balenciaga – Fall Winter 2014-2015 Campaign photographed ny Steven Klein

Saskia Debraw, Karen Elson, Carolyn Murphy and Rachel Zimmerman Moschino - Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign photographed by Steven Meisel

Saskia Debraw, Karen Elson, Carolyn Murphy and Rachel Zimmerman, Moschino – Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign photographed by Steven Meisel

Spending winter in San Diego, Atlanta or Tucson doesn’t alter one’s wardrobe choices much; spending winter in Denver, Minneapolis or Buffalo does. Dressing for the cold while pregnant does require some effort and thought to attain style while combining practicality and comfort.

Down coat for expecting mother and fashion forward girl about town

Down coat for expecting mother and fashion forward girl about town

The M Coat can be worn as maternity outerwear and two ways pre or post pregnancy

The M Coat can be worn as maternity outerwear and two ways pre or post pregnancy

Maternity and Nursing down jacket by MAMAWAY

Maternity and Nursing down jacket by MAMAWAY

Luckily, for women sporting a baby bump this season trapeze shapes, swing-back coats, and menswear-inspired topcoats are all key trends for Fall 2014-Winter 2015. Shawls and ponchos were popular on the runways too.   These logical shape options are complementary to most pregnant silhouettes.

Nina Ricci - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Nina Ricci – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Céline - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Céline – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Zang Toi - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Zang Toi – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Trussardi - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Trussardi – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Acquiring one of these pieces is a great wardrobe investment as they are not only ideal alternatives for pregnancy dressing, but they are on-trend choices that will allow for years of stylish enjoyment. A large fur collar on a classic wool coat, bold fur trims on down coats, cashmere shawls, or wool ponchos all balance the overall look to refocus the eye away from the burgeoning baby bump.  Dressing well during pregnancy is all about proportions, after all.

Christian Dior - Pre-Fall 2014

Christian Dior – Pre-Fall 2014

Salvatore Ferragamo - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Salvatore Ferragamo – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Blake Lively's maternity style  favors ponchos

Blake Lively’s maternity style favors ponchos

Hermès - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Hermès – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

An additional option, ladies, is to raid your husband’s or father’s closet to borrow something oversized to amply cover your growing “accessory”.

Men's Coats | FUR’s latest TREND

Men’s Coats

Louis Vuitton - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Louis Vuitton – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Fur-lined military parka by Mr & Mrs Fur

Fur-lined military parka by Mr. & Mrs. Fur

Moncler Gamme Rouge - Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Moncler Gamme Rouge – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

So, what are the key trends for fall 2014/winter 2015 that apply to picking the perfect outerwear for warmth and style?

Key  Shapes for Fall 2014-Winter 2015

– The rounded wide neck DB coat is all-important for next season but it’s about getting the collar right – It should sit high on the neck and fasten at the bust line finishing above the waist. Works best in cozy comfy fur types.

– The cropped swing-back fur coat is an important silhouette for next winter and fits nicely into both of our retro-inspired trends. It looks modern when worked in sheared and flat fur handles and collar proportion is key.

– The menswear-inspired topcoat with contrasting lapel is an important silhouette for next winter. With exaggerated proportions being key, make sure it is oversized and work into fun fur mixes in off-beat color combinations.

– The all-enveloping full-fur coat sits well in all three of our trends for next winter, looking more retro when belted or having a protective masculine feel when not. Introduce a drop sleeve or a kimono cut sleeve for a more directional look.

Chanel - Haute Couture Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Chanel – Haute Couture Fall 2014-Winter 2015