Colleen Carlisle: I Spy Style


Fall 2011 Maternity Fashion

Being Pregnant Does Not Mean You Need To Lose Your Style

At, we want to rediscover the woman that lives inside every mom. It’s a struggle that starts from the moment you find yourself pregnant for the first time.

I was joking around with the ladies at Thyme Maternity about watching a woman about to step into the store for the first time. The look on her face reveals her mix of pride and horror as her preconceived notions about who a pregnant woman is and realizing that it’s now her. This isn’t just a new fashion, it’s a new life!

For many, it’s a beautiful, life-changing experience - for some, it’s like playing host to a growing alien - but no matter how you look at it: it’s a fact of life. Your life. And it’s happening right now.

You can only hesitate so long at the threshold of the store. Sooner or later, you have to go inside! Your growing belly demands it.

Just because you need to shop at a maternity store for the core pieces that will take you through the season, it doesn’t mean you need to lose your own style. These items are made so that they are on-trend but also affordable and easy to fit in with what you may already own.

I feel like a bit of a broken record about this but we don’t have much available to us in specialty sizing in Canada and maternity is no different. Luckily, those few we do have are quite good!

Laurie is an Event Manager for, a brand new website that lets you anonymously negotiate the rates and services of a real estate agent, for free. She needs to be able to run around all day, sit for long periods at a desk, interact with customers at events and look fabulous all at the same time.

Laurie is wearing a soft short sleeve sweater with great texture - two different knits, interlock knit pants, too. - all in the same colour. This particular cap sleeve sweater is ideal for all trimesters, the short sleeve is great in the early fall and you can throw on your jean jacket or a chunkier cardigan to layer up for outside. Because it’s a tunic length, it covers your hips and butt without adding bulk.

When shopping for maternity you should buy your regular pre-pregnancy size and resist the urge to size up. Ill fitting clothes make you look like you’re carrying more weight. The pants feature a 3 in 1 panel that you can roll once or twice to change where it sits on your belly and there’s no pinching or elastic, just a soft, stretchy knit.

This body hugging style looks fantastic with denim but these pants in a similar tone, also from Thyme, make it look more polished. Dress it up with some pumps and it’s a great office look but we’ve made our weekend version here.


A great ensemble - and this applies even if you aren’t pregnant - has elements of what is hot right now but worn in a way that is true to your own personal style. Use accessories strategically to make each outfit more “you”. Laurie is wearing jewellry from Stella & Dot and carrying the La Coco clutch from the newly launched Soho Handbag collection to complete her look.

Get even more wear out of this sweater with long, flowing maxi skirt or pull it over one of your floaty summer floral dresses as the seasons change.

Erika is a stay-at-home mom of an adorable toddler and when she goes out, she wants something that feels a little bit special. The casual dress is back in a big way - great in the office OR you can take the cardi off and you have a delightful (and comfy) all-occasion dress that you can classy up with a long strand of pearls or glam it up with super shiny heavy curbchain.

Take a cue from some of the most fashionable pregnant celebrities - January Jones of Mad Men has been wearing her summer dresses belted just under the bust line. This jersey cardigan in charcoal gray is belted with a belt from Erika’s own closet.

If you want to add some of the great bright pop colours that are hot this fall, a hit of lime or cobalt looks great with black or grey. If you normally wear a camel or warmer tone, think about trying rust, ochre or emerald green.

Erika is also wearing jewellry from Stella & Dot and carrying the Waverly Three Way Bag, also from the Soho Collection.