Hide & Chic: Celebrity Baby Bumps
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Oh, Baby1 of 11
Grace Kelly's Hermès handbag, Kate Middleton's wrap dress, and Anna Paquin's trench coat: See how pregnant celebrities show off (or mask) their growing curves.
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Bag That2 of 11
When Grace Kelly wanted to shield her pregnant belly from the paparazzi in 1956, she relied on an Hermès handbag that costume designer Edith Head had chosen for her character in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief. The bag—which was then known as the Sac à dépêches—was renamed the Kelly Bag in 1977. More than 30 years later, Carla Bruni used her Hermès Victoria bag to shield her pregnancy from the media. And who knows, perhaps in two decades, Hermès will rename it after the former French first lady.
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Wrap It Up3 of 11
The wrap dress has been flattering figures for more than 40 years, but it's particularly ideal for pregnant women because it can be adjusted for a growing baby bump. During her 2011 pregnancy, Selma Blair lived in Isabella Olivier wrap dresses. And in February, Kate Middleton was photographed in a gray MaxMara wrap dress—within a few hours it sold out online.
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Fine Print4 of 11
While bright colors and color blocking are flattering maternity strategies, bold patterns can also camouflage an expanding belly. When Jessica Alba was pregnant in 2011, she often opted for patterned dresses, including a Dolce & Gabbana spotted maxi. And Cougar Town's Busy Phillips also embraced flower power with several floral maxi dresses.
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What a Doll5 of 11
The babydoll dress may seem an unlikely camouflage strategy, but its voluminous cut is especially flattering with a growing waistline. Ali Larter and Kate Hudson (who wore just such a dress on the Late Show with David Letterman) had another smart reason for wearing the style while pregnant—it showed off their legs and drew attention away from the middle.
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In the Trenches6 of 11
No garment is more associated with undercover work than the trench coat. And it's especially effective at disguising a pregnant belly. Anna Paquin opted for a black trench in the early months of her pregnancy, while Kim Kardashian went for the more traditional khaki look.
Child's Play7 of 11
What better way to mask the fact that you're carrying a child than carrying another child—in your arms. In 2011, while pregnant with her son, Samuel, Jennifer Garner showed that her daughter Violet was a beautiful and practical accessory.
Max Appeal8 of 11
As its name implies, the maxi dress is a very forgiving option for pregnant women—especially if you're a maternity designer. During both pregnancies, Jessica Simpson was rarely seen without one of her own maxi dresses. But of course they work on any woman—Emily Blunt and Jenna Dewan-Tatum both favored this style during their recent pregnancies.
Second Skin9 of 11
More than a decade ago, designer Liz Lange pioneered the concept of body-conscious clothes for moms-to-be. Rather than hiding the belly, Lange argued, celebrate what it is: the centerpiece of pregnancy. Today, many celebrities embrace her philosophy. Beyoncé loved showing off her curves when she was pregnant with Blue Ivy, and Halle Berry often opts for bodycon maternity clothes.
Swim Good10 of 11
About the only thing more revealing than a body-conscious silhouette is no silhouette. And those who truly dare to bare the belly—like a pregnant Gisele Bündchen in a bikini—understand that natural beauty is the ultimate fashion statement.
Man Up11 of 11
Men have always known that having a beautiful woman on your arm can draw the eye away from, say, a bald spot or paunch, but that technique works two ways. During pregnancy, many celebrities use the man who got them that way to cover up what a maxi dress or blazer cannot. At this year's Cannes International Film Festival, for example, Alec Baldwin sealed his position as an effective cover-up with a kiss for his pregnant wife, Hilaria Baldwin.