Meet…Ariane Goldman

The founder of maternity line Hatch Collection talks pregnancy style, hospital trip must-haves, and what’s on her wish list for baby number two. Read more here.

Meet…Ariane Goldman
The founder of maternity line Hatch Collection talks pregnancy style, hospital trip must-haves, and what’s on her wish list for baby number two.  Read more here. Meet…Ariane Goldman
The founder of maternity line Hatch Collection talks pregnancy style, hospital trip must-haves, and what’s on her wish list for baby number two.  Read more here.
Meet…Ariane Goldman
The founder of maternity line Hatch Collection talks pregnancy style, hospital trip must-haves, and what’s on her wish list for baby number two.  Read more here. Meet…Ariane Goldman
The founder of maternity line Hatch Collection talks pregnancy style, hospital trip must-haves, and what’s on her wish list for baby number two.  Read more here.

Yes, You Can Wear Heels When You’re Eight Months Pregnant

we headed to Scandinavian candy shop Sockerbit with stylist Sarah Clary to talk maternity style (she made our white maternity toothpick jean her own with a dip-dye DIY)—and to indulge her sweet tooth a little, of course.
How has your style changed since becoming pregnant?
I’ve learned to keep it simple. Pattern doesn’t always work for my new shape, so I stick to basic colors with maybe a stripe here and there. Clothing that shows off my belly makes me feel more beautiful.

Do you have a go-to maternity outfit?
Dresses with stretch! For me, dresses that show off my belly rather than hiding it make me feel more confident about all the changes I’m going through. To create more outfit options, I pair crop tops or blouses that are too small over the dress, so it looks like a high-waist skirt.



How did the maternity toothpick work out for you? What do you like about it?
This maternity jean is a great fit and slimming. I have carried low throughout my pregnancy and most pants would slide south midday, but this one hugs perfectly under my belly.

Any nonmaternity clothes that ended up working really well for you during your pregnancy?
I’ve become very good at shopping my husband’s closet. I love his button-down shirts, sweaters and even pants. Don’t be afraid to go to the men’s department; some items can help when you are in between sizes.




What about shoes? We always see you wearing heels…
I love heels, so yes, I do continue to wear some of my favorites—but in moderation. And never so high that I feel uneasy walking. Kitten heels are a great balance, I feel sexy and low to the ground!

We love how you made the denim your own! Tell us about the DIY process you did on these.
I cut the bottom of the jeans off so they hit above my ankle and slit one knee. Then, I frayed the fabric with sandpaper and scissors and washed the jeans so they appeared more destroyed. I wanted an ombré-dyed look so I held the bottom of the pants in a cup of dye to the height I liked, holding the ends in longer so the dye was darker. They are far from perfect, but that’s what I love about them.



Test-drive: Maternity Toothpick Jean

we headed to Clic Gallery downtown with our accessories director, Titina (she’s expecting a boy in just a couple of weeks), to talk mom-to-be style (including wardrobe challenges) and our new maternity toothpick…
Titina wears a J.Crew boyfriend fatigue jacket, Hatch Collection bateau top, J.Crew maternity toothpick jean in pitch black wash and Golden Goose sneakers.


How has your style changed since becoming pregnant?
My wardrobe options definitely shrunk. I’ve always been a high-waist-denim girl—and that was the first thing I couldn’t fit into!

What has been your go-to maternity outfit?
I much prefer easy, floaty styles, so this has been a great opportunity to embrace my inner hippie! I’ve loved wearing J.Crew jeans while pregnant because they’re so comfortable. A cool maternity line called Hatch Collection also has tops and dresses that are the perfect shape for my ever-growing bump.


Any nonmaternity clothes that ended up working really well for you during your pregnancy?
I’ve managed to keep a lot of my nonmaternity clothes throughout, like my J.Crew denim jacket, boyfriend fatigue jacket and cashmere men’s cardigans.

What about shoes? You often wore high heels pre-pregnancy, right?
I turned to flats very early on! I definitely rediscovered my love of J.Crew loafers, my pointy Prada leopard flats and Golden Goose sneakers.



How did the maternity toothpick work out for you?
It’s comfortable enough to wear all day long and transitions really well into the evening with a pair of high heels. It’s also the perfect length—hitting right at my ankle. I’m due in three weeks and I’m still wearing it.



Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair and makeup by Joseph Carrillo.

Special thanks to Clic Gallery.

To shop our maternity toothpick jean, click here.

A Moment with…Annie Dean

we asked Annie Dean, etiquette blogger and new mum (she just gave birth to her son, Jack, last week), to share her tips for a blissful pregnancy—even in the thick of summer—and her very first baby wishlist. (you’ll see she even threw in a few things for herself!)
Hometown & current home
Redding, Connecticut. Now, New York City.

Occupation
Corporate lawyer by day, founder and author of etiquette and entertaining site Annie Dean by night.

How did the idea for your blog come about?
I wanted to create a beautiful place on the Internet where people could explore some of the traditional values of homemaking and etiquette. My grandmother is this wonderfully elegant woman who drove me crazy as a child with barbaric rules, like rehearsed handshakes and standing when an adult walked into the room. As I got older, I realized how uncommon those values were, even though our generation is very intrigued by reconnecting with tradition.
Any style mantras you abide by?
Every year I’m more convinced that simple is better.

So much of the fun of having a little one is all the shopping—what kinds of things have you gravitated toward as you’ve baby-shopped?
Stripes! There is something about having a baby boy that makes you stripe crazy.

What are some favorite baby lines you’ve come across?
I love, love the J.Crew baby collaborations. We’ve scooped up the J.Crew assortment of Nature Baby®, TANE and Petit Bateau® by the drawer full. Bonpoint is an extravagance that we’ve allowed ourselves a few beautiful woven pieces from. I love Roberta Roller Rabbit pajamas and baby quilts (we plan to use ours as an attractive alternative to foam blocks). And every baby needs a crewcuts cashmere sweater—at least that’s what I told my husband, Peter.

Recent cravings? (We had to ask…)
Watermelon, silk pajamas (it’s easier to flip over in bed!), cold, cold water and my husband’s button-downs (just about nothing else fits at this point!).

How have you kept cool this summer?
During the heat wave all I did was nap in front of the AC. Other than that, the ocean, an endless supply of cold water, and lately, Peter has been very kind to give me icy footbaths in our big mixing bowl. It feels amazing and it’s helpful because I can’t reach my feet!

You live downtown, close to the J.Crew offices, what are some of your favorite local spots?
1. The bar at il Buco for kale Caesar salads and the pasta special.
2. Gin & tonics and teriyaki sliders at Bohemian.
3. Cuban sandwiches at Café Habana.
4. Knickknacks at John Derian.
5. Iced coffee and croissants at Lafayette.
6. Monday Sundaes at Big Gay Ice Cream Shop—they’re worth the wait!

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