Behind the Scenes: Stylist Secrets

Wondering How Star Stylists Dress a Bump?

We're often asked what tricks stylists use in Hollywood to help their clients rock the red carpet, even when pregnant or getting back in shape as a new mom. Given it's peak wedding season, we thought we'd share a few tips to help you feel your best at upcoming events.

HOW TO DEFINE YOUR WAIST

Many women looking for non-maternity options know to seek out a classic empire waist; the challenge is this can sometimes be a trickier look to pull off after pregnancy, creating an air of is-she-or-isn't-she when you really just deserve a break. It's all in the fabric. A light woven silk will offer an attractive drape with movement, and won't overwhelm your frame.

Julia Stiles Non-Maternity Style | TILDEN
Julia Stiles wore an A.L.C. dress from TILDEN for the premiere of her new show Riviera.

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 A.L.C. Alexia Dress - Star Print | TILDENA.L.C. Natalia Dress | TILDENA.L.C. Zaydena Dress | TILDEN

Our absolute favorite is the inverted-v waistline, especially when paired with a sharp v-neck. This draws the eye in with the diagonal lines and creates a truly feminine figure. Look for one that sits a bit higher, like a variation on the traditional horizontal empire seam. 


Elspeth Keller on Red Carpet with Reid Scott - Non-Maternity Maternity Style | TILDEN
Elspeth Keller accompanied husband Reid Scott on the Red Carpet in an A.L.C. dress from TILDEN.

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A.L.C. Verena Dress | TILDENA.L.C. Arvida Dress | TILDENRebecca Taylor Meadow Maxi Dress | TILDEN

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GET THE PERFECT CUSTOMIZED FIT WITH A WRAP DRESS

An icon of style, Diane von Furstenberg said it best: "Be a woman. Never forget to be a woman." With her signature wrap dress, she created a silhouette that not only celebrated feminine curves, but also granted women the perfect canvas to show off their unique (and dynamic) proportions.

Julia Stiles Non-Maternity Maternity Style | TILDEN
Julia Stiles announced her pregnancy in a Yumi Kim wrap dress from TILDEN.

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Yumi Kim Spin Me Around Dress | TILDEN  Yumi Kim Sashay Away Dress | TILDENYumi Kim Spin Me Around Dress | TILDEN

Diane von Furstenberg New Julian II Wrap Dress | TILDEN    Enza Costa Strappy Wrap Dress | TILDEN    Ella Moss Flutter Sleeve Wrap Dress | TILDEN

With the tie at the waist, you can adjust how high or low to cinch yourself in (especially handy during pregnancy), how tight or loose a fit you prefer, and even how much cleavage by angling the fabric slightly as you pull the knot tight. (A cami or slip layered underneath can also get extra coverage for more conservative occasions.) We even recently partnered with a client who wore a printed wrap maxi open and tied in the back for a trench or kimono effect over a more fitted dress.

HOW TO PULL OFF THE BODYCON LOOK

Bodycon is truly wearable with the right fabric. A heavy-gauge knit will create a smoothing effect, as will one with some texture. Tiny ribbing helps a garment have extra stretch recovery for wear postpartum and over years to come. We also love the neoprene trend, and a fit-and-flair works well to draw attention to the waist and legs without being too clingy overall.

Serena Williams Style | TILDEN

Serena Williams rocked this stretchy ribbed A.L.C. LBD from TILDEN again at her first major event after having her daughter.

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A.L.C. Miriam Dress | TILDENA.L.C. Kilmer Dress | TILDENA.L.C. Samara Dress | TILDEN

Another visual trick is to look for vertical or diagonal lines where possible, whether with seams or contrasting color blocks. A seam placed slightly forward and/or backwards of the midpoint helps to narrow the hips and thighs.

Jessica Alba Non-Maternity Maternity Style | TILDEN
Jessica Alba presented a ladylike silhouette for a work conference in a DVF sheath from TILDEN, which In Style magazine noted for its especially flattering side panels.

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Diane von Furstenberg Teyla Dress | TILDENA.L.C. Lara Dress | TILDENRachel Pally Jaymes Dress | TILDEN

A side slit plays up your legs, but also adds that vertical dimension to create a slimming effect. We also love the movement it gives to fabric.

Influencer Arielle Charnas of Something Navy Non-Maternity Maternity Style | TILDEN
Arielle Charnas of Something Navy played up her boots with a tight Enza Costa dress with slit from TILDEN.

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Enza Costa Long Sleeve Slit Maxi Dress | TILDENEnza Costa Muscle Maxi Dress | TILDENEnza Costa Easy Dress | TILDEN

Some pregnant women share with us that this is the first time in a while they've experimented with tighter clothing. Especially towards the end of a pregnancy, less fabric can be more comfortable -- and help you to avoid overwhelming your frame. Weight gain is incredibly common all over, from arms to back to hips. If you prefer a bit of camouflage apart from your bump, you can also layer a third piece such as a kimono, boxy jacket, or cozy long cardigan - this also creates a longer line visually.

Red Carpet Expert Louise Roe Non-Maternity Maternity Style | TILDEN

Louise Roe wearing an ATM dress and Vince cardigan from TILDEN.

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ATM Modal Ribbed Soft V Dress | TILDENVince Long Cashmere Cardigan | TILDEN

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 A.L.C. Marc Dress | TILDENRachel Pally Sal Coat | TILDEN

Supermodel Coco Rocha Non-Maternity Maternity Style | TILDEN
Coco Rocha juxtaposed a boxy, utilitarian jacket and boots with her formfitting Enza Costa dress from TILDEN.

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 Enza Costa Soft V Midi Dress | TILDEN

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A.L.C. Emilio JacketEnza Costa Cap Sleeve Dress | TILDENA.L.C. Ethan Coat | TILDEN

VOLUME PLAY

Gently tiered ruffles add movement - and room to grow, without excessive volume. Seek out lighter weight fabrics and remember to keep things in proportion to your frame.

Supermodel Coco Rocha Non-Maternity Maternity Style | TILDEN
Coco Rocha paired a sleek turtleneck with an A.L.C. maxi from TILDEN for NYFW, coordinating moody florals with her mini-me Ioni.

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A.L.C. Zaydena Dress - Black Floral | TILDENA.L.C. Evelyn Dress | TILDENRebecca Taylor Navy Metallic Tiered Chiffon Dress | TILDEN

Crisp knife pleats create a long, vertical line to the body, allowing a great deal of flexibility as you need it and laying closer to the body as you don't. Bonus: a flexible tie waist nips in just where you need it, or can be removed entirely for a more bohemian vibe.

Kirsten Dunst Non-Maternity Maternity Style | TILDEN

Kirsten Dunst layered a slimming turtleneck under her pleated Vince dress from TILDEN.

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Vince Pleated Cami Dress Black Floral | TILDENParker Skye Dress | TILDENVince Pleated Cami Dress Polka Dot Navy | TILDEN
 

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And summing up all our tricks in one bag, one of our favorite dresses of all time: it had a sharp v-neck, inverted v empire waistline, sumptuous silky fabric with incredible movement, and refined pleats for an overall lengthening effect. We love the idea of taking black tie into daytime as well, as expertly styled below for Tory Burch's morning show at NYFW.

Cosmopolitan Fashion Editor Aya Kanai at NYFW - Non-Maternity Maternity Style | TILDEN
Fashion Editor Aya Kanai styled our favorite A.L.C. dress from TILDEN with a sultry sheer turtleneck and avant garde smoking slipper for morning at NYFW.

GET THE LOOK:

A.L.C. Katia Dress | TILDENA.L.C. Alba Dress | TILDENA.L.C. Kravitz Dress | TILDEN

Have questions for your own upcoming event? Shoot us a note at hello@shoptilden.com and we'll help you find the perfect look.

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