Ever since I saw Kerry Washington in a crop top whilst pregnant; I have been obsessed. I have been toying with the idea for ages and I must confess I never dared this look even when I was not pregnant. But l finally decided to man up and sport one last weekend during my mini-vacation. I started my 31st week then and I had no idea why I decided to take this style challenge upon myself.

 

crop top in pregnancy

I picked up this crop style light cardigan on a whim and teamed it up with a pencil skirt. I realised most pregnant women stay away from pencil style but I can vouch that it is quite flattering which will only compliment your curves.

crop top style in pregnancy

crop top in pregnancy

Cardigan: Primark, Skirt: Debenhams, Scarf: H&M, Booties: Asos, Shoes: Sorel, Socks: Topshop, Glasses: Calvin Klein

Who says you need to play safe when it comes to pregnancy style? Try experimenting you will be pleasantly surprised 🙂

And are you wondering why I changed into shoes in the last picture? Well, try walking with a 8 month bump 😉

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I am on my 30th week of pregnancy and needless to say I am counting.  For some weird reason, my head is filled with thoughts of dread nothing to do with labour or bringing out the baby; flashes of pregnant Elsa Pataky getting mocked at this year’s Oscars and accused for carrying a “beer belly” and not a twin-pregnant bump crosses my mind. I am also reminded how Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai became the butt of all cruel jibes and extreme criticism last year for not “bouncing” back to her former self in a matter of months. Ironically, most of the jibes in both cases came from men or women who choose not to have a baby (absolutely nothing wrong with it though).

We do live in a funny world where we expect newbie mums to suddenly become alpha mothers with a perfect waistline. Because anything less than that is an unworthy sight, apparently. I do have my moments of doubt, moments when I think I look like a baby elephant and that my prized legs would never be the same again. But accepting my body comes naturally to me—I was a size UK 12 when I was my biggest and a size UK 6 when I was the smallest (just few months before my pregnancy). Surprisingly, the earth did not shatter or my brains and smarts did not stop working when I was a 12. Life (and a bloody good one at that), went on.

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Till now, I have only felt wonderment towards my own blossoming curves. If at all, pregnancy has brought in greater respect and appreciation to the wonderful, goddess-like female form. And every time, the sliver of doubt enters my mind, I quickly remind myself of what my hubby and my BFF often tells me, “A life chose to live and develop there, enjoy it, nurture it, treat it like the blessing it is.” Truer words have not been spoken.

Almost everyone will tell you that pregnancy is a wonderful journey what no one will tell you that it is equally challenging. Throughout these 40 weeks (that is almost 10 months) you experience some or other pain, you experience massive mood swings that makes your regular PMS seem like a cake walk and yet this little life develops from the size of a rice grain to a full-fledged human being; oblivious to everything.

I still don’t know how us women get the strength to go through this journey but one thing I am sure of is this: those who call the female gender the weaker sex should definitely get their brains tested because my friends there is nothing “weak” about this whole journey.  As American actress Betty White famously said, “Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.”And the journey is over only after an intensive (mostly) period of labour; after a good amount of pounding. Isn’t it incredible that only if us women decide to go through this journey; life as we know would perpetuate?

To me, it has been (so far) a rather powerful journey. But as they say with great power comes great responsibility. I would loath if my child is enslaved to the weighing scale ever; or if she or he fails to understand that we are more than our bodies; that there are so many things that makes a person attractive and that beauty is not just restricted to some size numbers.

I have begun to accept the stretched skin, the stripes and even the scars I will get because I know pregnancy is only the dress rehearsal to parenthood that will teach me to yield and adapt. Most women tell me that eventually you forget about the stretch marks, the squishy belly and expanding thighs; because there is a lifetime of selflessness and compassion to be learnt. Suddenly, “bouncing” back to your former shape seems last of the challenge that motherhood bestows, isn’t it?

Now, despite knowing this truth; if someone has the nerve to critise the wonderful female body and not give it the respect it deserves, this is what I will tell them, “Why don’t you try squeezing something the size of a watermelon out of an opening the size of a lemon and see how hot YOU look?”

Well, we all know the answer to that one ;).

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One of the looks I am loving at the moment is the uber cool–sports luxe look. Sports inspired look can be flattering, flexible and unlike other fashion trends–super comfortable. Perhaps this is why everyone from Gucci, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Topshop have embraced this style.  Here’s how I’ve personalised this trend.

sports luxe look maternity

As your pregnancy progresses; comfort does become a major factor when it comes to styling. So here, I have worn a pair of jersey joggers and my favourite: “hand off the bump” word tee. (cheeky, I know). I have also used my comfy walking shoes–a cross between flats and gym trainers and a plaid shirt which is perfect for adding a light layer.

sports luxe look maternity

sports luxe look maternity

Joggers: H&M, Tee: New Look, Shirt: Next, Bag: Zara, Shoes: Sorel, Sunglasses: India

For a girly element, I have added a bright blue bag and pinkish sunglasses. I am certainly loving the sports luxe style this season are you?

According to colour authority Pantone, the official colour for  2014 is Radiant Orchid. Radiant Orchid has already been featured in many SS14 catwalks and is only showing signs of rising more and more. The colour is the love child of pink and purple and apparently Pantone picked it for its “beguiling charm that can intrigue the eye and spark the imagination.”

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If you want to incorporate this lovely colour in your daily life, I suggest start with a nail polish and lipstick. I checked various brands and here are my favourites:

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For nails, I have used Revlon’s Orchid Shade (#555) . A pink shade, it has a micro flecks in silver that gives out a lovely shimmer. I have also used Barry M’s  Silk Nail Effect (SKNP6) for a purple/lilac shade. It’s a pretty pastel shade that gives chic matte sheen.

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For lips, I am using Mac’s Up the Amp–a lavender violet shade that has just the right amount of pink and purple. I was using the shade even before Radiant Orchid became the on-trend shade. Pantone further describes that this shade with its enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. Do I agree?

My verdict: As a lover of pink, purple, fuchsia and lilac, I definitely give this trend my seal of approval. I will gladly wear this trend both in day and night. I already have a wardrobe with these colours so it is only natural that I incorporate more of it now. To me, this shade is all that Pantone promises to be. I am loving it, are you?

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