Jeans, leggings, ruched dresses, oversize tees — these are the clothing items that, for the most part, make up the maternity fashion market. Stylist and fashion editor Nina Sterghiou experienced the dearth of stylish maternity options firsthand when she became pregnant. "It was frustrating to see how limited the options really were," she told Refinery29. "There were definitely moments in my life where I had to go to an event when I was really, really pregnant, and there was nothing cool on the market for me to wear. Everything literally looked like a prom dress. And it seemed impossible that I was the only woman out there who was struggling with this."
To outfit women like herself, who don't want to sacrifice style just because they're expecting, Sterghiou created Tellus Mater (pronounced tell-us mata), an 11-piece collection of classic white blouses, tailored trousers and fitted turtlenecks. The line is designed to take pregnant women from the office to a doctor's appointments to a business dinner — and there's not an ounce of ruching in sight. Peruse all 11 pieces of the first Tellus Mater collection ahead, and read on for her thoughts on the state of the maternity fashion industry.
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