Mother and Mother-to-Be
Written and styled by Tracy James
Photography by Chuck St. John
Comedienne Rita Rudner said, “Life is hard enough without having someone kick you from the inside.” Now try dressing an ever-growing belly! Expecting moms who do it well, casting aside the archaic and simplistic practice of merely tenting the bump, deserve props. Insert 29-year-old Whitney Carr, who is preparing to welcome her second son in late July. She gracefully adapts her quintessentially Southern style to the body changes pregnancy brings. Having learned the ropes of maternity fashion while pregnant with her son Harrison, now 2, Carr has this down to a science.
Carr’s pregnancy survival kit includes:
•Knit dresses: Whether knee-length or maxi, Carr finds frocks the best way to beat heat and humidity.
•Cropped camisoles: NikiBiki seamless nylon camisoles in an abbreviated length offer a smooth layer under low-cut tops and dresses. “I already feel like an oven, so the last thing I want is an extra layer over my belly,” says Carr.
•OTBT and Antelope wedges: At 5’3”, Carr appreciates the height boost, but also likes the sturdy wide sole that allows her to carry herself and her toddler without toppling over.
•Pure Barre: Keeping an exercise routine is important to Carr’s energy level during pregnancy and her ability to “bounce back” post-pregnancy. Lululemon is a go-to for stylish activewear, with fabrication that is quality enough to stretch with a growing body and back again.
•Bella B Tummy Honey Stick: This handy roll-on stick offers stretch mark prevention.
•Systane Eye Drops: “There are certain things about pregnancy people never tell you about,” Carr notes, “And dry eyes is one of them.”
•Doodles and Yogurt Mountain: A girl’s gotta satisfy her cravings somehow, and these local establishments do the trick.
•Storksak Diaper Bag: On her shoulder ever since having Harrison, the popular celebrity designer diaper bag of choice, carried by moms like Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba, will fill in for the on-her-wishlist Louis Vuitton a little longer.
Originally hailing from Monroeville, Alabama, it’s no surprise that Carr would not classify her personal style as “edgy.” Instead, “southern, classic, and colorful” describe her look. Carr admits that since becoming a mom, her wardrobe has become more conservative. When it comes to dressing Harrison and baby, Carr’s taste leans toward downright antebellum. “I’m the mom who dresses her child in precious smocks and appliqués even if we are staying home all day,” she says, adding, “Little ones have plenty of time to wear jeans and grown-up clothes when they get older.”
Many of Harrison’s everyday outfits come from local boutiques The Lili Pad and Once Upon a Time, as well as the The Name Dropper in Montgomery. Special occasions call for heirloom pieces, and Harrison’s little brother will come home from the hospital in the same handmade gown that Carr designed for him.
Until then, Carr will do the South proud, glistening—never sweating—in the Alabama heat, smiling sweetly through what is commonly known to be a laborious nine months, even when kicked from the inside.