Maternity Clothes Designer Liz Lange Talks Maternity Clothes Must Haves And Hip Diaper Bags
Liz Lange, the grand dame of affordable and chic maternity clothing, has a simple philosophy when it comes to pregnant moms-to-be and fashion; you don’t need to sacrifice your sense of style just because you’ve got a baby bump.
P&B: What should pregnant women keep in mind when shopping for maternity clothes?
Liz Lange: When I started my maternity line 11 years ago, I believed that clothes should be fitted. When you’re pregnant the last thing you want to do is wear big oversized things since, instead of appearing thinner, bigger clothes actually make you look amorphous. Pregnant women should show off their new curves; remember it’s a sexy time- that’s how you got pregnant in the first place! When shopping, pregnant women shouldn’t have to completely change their style in fact they should look for pieces that they usually wear when they’re not pregnant and simply replace them with maternity version.
Pictured, right, is the Dion Tie-Wrap Sweater, Mia Camisole in Nude, Veronica Cigarette Paint in White, all by Liz Lange.
P&B: What are some of the spring maternity trends that stylish moms in the know
should have on their radar? Also, any money saving tips they should keep in mind when shopping for maternity clothes?
Liz Lange: While there’s all this talk about shopping in your closet because of the recession, pregnant women are in the one category where shopping in their closet is simply not going to work for the bulk of their maternity wardrobe. I think the key to sticking to a budget, and creating a pregnancy style that works for you is to splurge on pieces that you know you’re going to live in and wear day in and day out.
My must-have staples:
Pictured, above, is the Liz Lange Penelope Maxi Dress in blue print
Hip Diaper Bags
P&B: What was your inspiration for this line of convertible handbags?
Liz Lange: Pregnancy should be a celebratory time for moms that shouldn’t require a huge style makeover. Similar to my philosophy about maternity clothes, that just because you’re pregnant it doesn't mean you have to completely sacrifice your pre-pregnancy style, the same holds true for my bags. In fact, when I was at a point in my life where I was toting around a diaper bag, the only ones on the market looked very cutesy more for babies than moms. And I knew when I could find the right partner, one of my goals was to create bags that I loved inspired by iconic classics like Chanel and Hermes, ones that would hold up forever.
P&B: Why do you think they're a must-have for moms and the perfect spring fashion accessory?
Liz Lange: These bags, with their bold gold chunky hardware, are truly my dream bag -- pregnant or not! They’re an investment because when your baby is done with diapers, they’ll take you far beyond the diaper bag stage. The outside looks a regular bag- inspired by vintage designer handbags and everything that comes in the bag, can also be taken out so that the bag can be easily converted to a weekender. The bag is available in khaki, black, white a few pastel colors and even some in animal prints. The bags come with a bunch of accessories that can be carried on their own, or thrown into other bags. These accessories include; a changing pad which zips up and has handles so that it can be carried-on its own, a bottle holder with a wrist loop which can double as a water bottle holder and a matching clutch. And each bag includes both a shoulder and long stroller strap for convenience.
Pictured, right, is the Liz Lange Catherine bag. You can find Liz Lange's premiere maternity line at LizLange.com and her more affordable line at Target.com.