‘Ottawa’ Maternity Fashions that Suit Busy Lifestyles
While celebs like Kim Kardashian rocked their baby bumps with skin-tight clothing, most working mothers-to-be choose fitted and flattering fashions for their expanding form.
Maxi and A-line dresses, tunics, tights and ponchos are popular choices for the various stages of pregnancy.
“Maternity clothing no longer means frumpy mumus or pants,” says fashion designer and image-maker James Jefferson of Blackbook Lifestyle. “Women can wear what they want and repurpose items from their existing wardrobe with a few new pieces.”
Jefferson recently demonstrated how pregnant women could maintain their sense of style by dressing three Ottawa professionals with busy careers in the public eye. All fashions and accessories were supplied by Bayshore Shopping Centre.
Marketing director, Bayshore Shopping Centre
Angie Russell admits one of the toughest aspects of her job is working in a mall surrounded by beautiful things all day.
“My filing cabinet is literally full of baby clothes. I can’t resist them. If anything goes on sale, I buy it. I have everything my baby needs for the next two years.”
Russell, 40, who has been Bayshore Shopping Centre’s marketing director for four years, is due at the end of May.
“During my first pregnancy 10 years ago, I wore traditional maternity clothing. This time, I enjoy wearing stylish outfits, like sweater dresses and tights. I like to show off my figure.”
Jefferson selected an ensemble for Russell entirely from H&M, which included a faux suede coat, $69.99, tribal print dress, $29.99, and black shoes, $39.99. The global-inspired necklace is $14.99, bracelet, $9.99 and ring, $17.99.
“I would absolutely wear this to work,” says Russell, who estimates she walks about five kilometres a day in the mall to keep fit. She plans to attend Bayshore’s Mommy & Me free yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays after her baby is born.
Mommy & Me fashion/beauty event:
On April 2, stylist Alyssa Beltempo and makeup artist Melody Iafelice highlight spring trends. The complimentary event includes Starbucks coffee and treats. bayshoreshoppingcentre.com.
Anne Marie Creskey
Publisher, The Hill Times and Embassy newspaper
Anne Marie Creskey never imagined she’d follow in her father’s footsteps, let alone work alongside him.
After growing up in Ottawa, she moved to New York City for several years working her way up the ladder as a fashion and entertainment writer and editor with NYLON, a women’s magazine, and as a contributing fashion editor at Condé Nast’s Teen Vogue.
“I loved what I was doing, but missed home. When I went to the launch of Embassy, I fell in love with politics, The Hill Times and newspaper publishing.”
Started by Jim Creskey and Ross Dickson in 1989, The Hill Times, which begins publishing twice a week in mid-April, is a must-read on Parliament Hill by federal bureaucrats, politicians and the media. The company’s second-floor offices on Sparks Street are a hive of activity with two newsrooms and 42 employees. Hill Times Publishing also owns the online news service The Wire Report, as well as Parliament Now, Power & Influence magazine and The Lobby Monitor. Embassy, their foreign policy publication, is moving inside The Hill Times in April.
During our photo shoot, Creskey, 40, was a few days away from her baby’s due date and had doubts the dress selected by Jefferson would fit. However, the eggplant-coloured Thyme Maternity dress by Stork & Babe, $49, fit like a glove and would be suitable to wear to work or for an evening out. Her glam accessories included a gunmetal necklace, $26, and Swarovski crystal ring, $18, both from Expression at Hudson’s Bay.
“The ruching and zipper detail across the empire waist line adds a touch of elegance to the dress,” says Jefferson.
After a “short and amazing labour,” Creskey gave birth to son Oscar James on Feb. 28.
News anchor, CTV Morning Live Ottawa
As soon as Annette Goerner started wearing loose-fitted shirts during her morning newscasts on CTV Morning Live, the chatter began on social media.
“Viewers are very attuned when it comes to my appearance. When I announced that I was pregnant, they had already guessed,” says Goerner, 35, who has been at the station for 10 years.
Her day begins at 4 a.m. to prepare for her first newscast at 6 a.m. As well as her TV duties, she reads the news for CFRA radio from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.
“I’m in bed at 7 p.m. I couldn’t do this without my amazing husband’s support and the help of our nanny.”
Goerner has an 18-month-old daughter and is expecting her second daughter at the end of June.
“My children will be about 22 months apart. I’m excited for them as my sister and I are best friends.”
While she admits to wearing more conservative clothing than her colleagues, Jefferson dressed Goerner in a pretty white A-line Tommy Hilfiger grey floral print dress with side pockets, which cost $154, smoky-grey crystal necklace, $14.99, and gold cuff, $25, from Expression at Hudson’s Bay.
“I’m ultra-conservative in my fashion. I don’t think I would have picked out this dress on my own, but I love it. In fact, I’m buying it,” Goerner says.