Style the Bump: Caitlin Kruse
This expectant blogger has the maternity shopping landscape all figured out.
As The Glitter Guide's editorial director, the blogger behind Style Within Reach and an up-and-coming event designer, Caitlin Kruse spends her days curating the pretty, the cool and the just plain lovely. So it's no surprise that she's bringing that same thoughtful eye to her latest project: preparing for her first child, due in July. Here, the busy mama-to-be dishes on the chicest maternity brands out there, the basics she can't live without and the natural beauty products that are helping keep up that fabled pregnancy glow.
First off, congrats on the baby on the way! Now that you're in your second trimester, how would you describe your maternity style?
"I'd like to describe my maternity style as not really straying too far from my normal style—classic but fun. I've been working a lot of existing pieces into my wardrobe and was fortunate enough to not need maternity clothes until close to five months."
Which types of existing pieces have you been able to adapt into your new wardrobe?
"I've been able to wear most of my dresses, longer tops and blazers, which has been great. It's allowed me to invest in a few high-quality maternity pieces."
"Leggings and jeans! Since I work from home, you'll usually find me in leggings—unless I have a meeting or presentation—but I had a hard time finding maternity ones that would stay up. I've loved all of STORQ's pieces, especially the leggings ($60) and T-shirt dress ($88). A Pea In The Pod has a vast selection of designer maternity jeans—these Joe's Jeans ($225) are my favorites—and lot of other cute basics. HATCH pieces are incredible—this striped top ($98) and these pants ($188) are in heavy rotation right now. BURU also offers a great selection of fashion-forward designer labels that can be worn before, during and after pregnancy. I've also found a lot of great spring dresses from Old Navy in non-maternity sizes by just going up a size or two."
What are your favorite sources for maternity style inspo?
"There are so many stylish mamas on Instagram that are a great source of inspiration, and the HATCH lookbook is an example of how I wish I could dress everyday. I also like to browse J.Crew's maternity section for styling ideas."
How have you dealt with the dreaded "in-between" stage—you know, that period before your belly really pops and you become a cute little preggo?
"If the weather permits, I suggest dresses that cinch your waist and 'hide' your mid-section. I went through this phase during the end of winter, and wore skinny jeans or leggings and loose tops as much as I could. I also really recommend Ingrid & Isabel's Bellaband ($18–$28) to help during that time, so you can wear the jeans and pants you already have. It was a life saver for me."
Now let's talk beauty. What's your prenatal 'get gorgeous' routine been like?
"I've been trying to use as many natural and organic products as possible since I found out I was pregnant. I love all of Earth Mama Angel Baby's pregnancy products—the belly oil ($20) is great—and Zoe Organics has a great belly butter ($34) and aromatherapy oil ($26) to help with morning sickness. My skin has been so dry, so I've been using Tatcha's Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48) and Tata Harper's Nourishing Oil Cleanser ($64), which both keep my skin clean without drying it out. May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon ($160), One Love Organics' Skin Savior ($68) and Mario Badescu's Seaweed Night Cream ($22) have all helped keep my skin hydrated throughout pregnancy and winter."
Last but not least, how have you been staying active?
"I've been trying to exercise at least three times a week. There are a ton of videos I watch on YouTube for prenatal yoga, Pilates, low-impact cardio and arm weights—they are all under 30 minutes and easy to squeeze into my schedule. I'm also taking a prenatal yoga class, which I try to get to every other week, and then I aim to walk two miles at least every other day."