18 May 2007


As of late, there has been a very disturbing "billowing maternity top for the non-pregnant" trend going on. Why, oh why I ask, would a woman want to create the illusion that she has a bun in the oven, if she doesn't? What woman aspires to looking chunkier than she actually is? I just do not get it. So, in an attempt to convince myself that there are other options available to those of us with a shred of sanity (and vanity) left, I present a few rockin' alternatives (once again from Nordstrom.com):

Fabrizio Gianni Sleeveless Tee - $78

High-collared V-neckline and cutaway shoulders style a fitted stretch knit top.


Nanette Lepore "Supreme Shimmy" Cardigan - $195

Short-sleeve knit sweater shimmers with allover floral beading and big heart-shaped sequins.


BCBG Max Azria Rope Trim Top - $148

Diamond-shaped stitching details a cotton voile top with rope shoulder straps and a drawstring waist.


flounce tbd GatheredSilk Knit Top - $58

Feminine style is cut from supersoft silk, with a ruched V-neckline and ruffled, smocked cap sleeves. Curved Empire seam flatters the bodice, and the A-line body ends with a marrow-stitched hem.


Tracy Reese Bow Neck Cap Sleeve Lace Top - $225

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polyester - silk lining

Tracy Reese Taffeta Pocket Tunic - $250

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cotton/silk - silk lining

Tory Burch "Stefani" Embroidered Tunic - $350

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Burberry London Check Print Voile Blouse - $295

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P.S. Love the skirt, too!

Piazza Sempione Belted Botanical Print Top - $645

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Juicy Couture Eyelet Chiffon Blouse -$228

Adorable eyelet blouse features a squared front placket with fabric-covered button-and-loop closure. Short, slightly puffed sleeves have scalloped cuffs with button-and-loop closure, and tonal chiffon trims the bottom hem.


Elie Tahari "Alyssa" Bloue - $248

Crinkled chiffon neckline accents a short-sleeve silk top, shaped with a narrow, removable belt.


Diane von Furstenburg "Revolution" Top - $185

Shoulder epaulets and rolled, elbow-length sleeves accent a tailored wrap top, secured with a waist tie.


A few things I notice:
  1. As long as the top is fitted nicely in through the waist, the flowier tops can be worn without onlookers debating on whether you're preggo or not.
  2. A good button down shirt is always in style.
  3. Eyelet is sweet, subtle sexy, while lace is in-your-face, hot sexy.


Pearl said...

Oh I like that black sleeveless V neck t-shirt...it would go perfectly with the skirt I'm working on! I think there's a pattern out there similar to that style...hmmm... :-)

Thanks for the inspiration, Shannon!

Pearl in Vancouver

austin said...

You have inspired me to copy the Belted Botanical Print Top. I think I already have a pattern I can use. Thanks!

Isabelle said...

Ack! I was about to cut out the top in Simplicity 3867, but you've made me reconsider. Yes, it would probably make me look pregnant, unless I made it in a chiffon-style fabric, which I don't have.
Thank you for the great ideas! It's always an inspiration to visit your blog.

Isabelle said...

The comments for the skirt post weren't working (Blogger seems to be doing this to a number of blogs today!) so I'll post my comment here: that Roberto Cavalli skirt is to die for!! Amazing. I have a Vogue skirt not unlike that and your article makes me reconsider its place in the to-sew queue.

Shannon said...

Thanks Isabelle for letting me know that the comments weren't working. I think I have it fixed now.

Stephanie said...

I was wondering the same thing about shirts this spring. I'm glad someone else has noticed it. I want flowy peasant-like blouses but I don't want people asking me when I'm expecting.

Anonymous said...

GREAT post - totally what I've been thinking! Honestly, the full, loose look so popular this season can be overwhelming for anybody...particularly if you're slim. One pattern for a 34" bust has a finished bust measurement of 47"!! So where are these slim fitting patterns?? I'm coming up empty! Help!
- mamapicklejuice

Gina said...

I am also befuddled by the faux maternity trend. I'm a short woman with a small waist and big hips/thighs. If I hide my waist, I look like a wide billboard. I love the beautiful tops you've picked as inspiration. I must learn to sew!

Linda said...

I have been coveting that Fabrizio ever since I saw it on the Nordstrom site. Let me know if you find a suitable pattern for make it. I have been toying with renditions of other patterns, mainly ones with the neck detail an I figure out the rest. I am thinking maybe Simplicity 4085 with some changes. What do you think?

Lori said...

I love several of those tops, the red gathered silk one is especially nice. Thanks for the inspiration.