When Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced they were expecting their second baby, we
all knew it meant that some striking maternity outfits were coming
our way. Whether you love or hate the media sensation that is Mrs. Kardashian West, she's undeniably an expert at getting you do a double take.
Because we're living in the post-Kanye ("Kimye") era of her
style, her outfits tend more toward an aesthetic not normally worn by
pregnant women. But boundary-pushing Kim
is no stranger to criticism. Many have decried her maternity choices
as "terrible," "bizarre" or, my favorite, "unflattering."
Having been pregnant myself, I'm well aware of the unwritten rules of
(1) Aim for glowing and beautiful.
(2) Try not to
(3) Your sexy outfit days are over.
(4) Demure over
Kim, unapologetic, breaks every single one of these rules. Then she makes her own—and I love her for that. Here are some of the best
and most controversial maternity looks she's worn during this
1. Blushing beauty
2. Wearing Kanye's collection
3. Drama and lace
4. Out and about during NYFW
5. Mr. and Mrs. West
6. Bodycon baby bump
8. Evening look
9. Cargo pockets
10. Casual mom day
Maternity wear doesn't have to look one way. There's little
difference between Kim's usual style and her maternity style, and that's OK. Few women in the public eye have as much as freedom to portray themselves exactly as they wish.
The Kardashians are a curious bunch, being on the receiving end of adulation and disdain alike. It may be that we love and criticize Kim Kardashian West for the same reason—for living audaciously on her own terms.
Her maternity choices will divide opinion. But that's