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My friend Violaine is pregnant (Yeeeey!!!), and all her outfits are so simple and cool that it gives you the feeling that figuring out what to wear when your belly is round is the easiest thing in the world.

Which isn’t true at all, even if Violaine, being naturally thin and can still wear most of her old outfits, there are still a few things that you really can’t avoid. Like maternity jeans for example. These ones are from J Brand and what is funny is that in the beginning, Violaine didn’t even want to hear about it.

It’s funny, I think it’s happened three times now where friends swear that they’ll never walk through the doors of a maternity shop (I don’t know why?) and then finally end up cracking and buying maternity jeans. They put those jeans on and feel alive again.

Interlude I love her shoes.

Voilà!!! Big hugs to Violaine and to all the little babies out there!!! (???)

Translation : Tim Sullivan


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  • Garance, depuis le temps que je te suis (depuis le début, je pense qu’on était 3 à suivre ton blog à l’époque quand c’était 100% illustration), je suis ravie de voir ce que ton blog est devenu! J’espère que quand je serai enceinte j’aurais des tenues aussi effortless que celles-ci !

  • Babies, plural!! Congratulations! Both for your pregnancy and your incredible style!
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  • that first shot is genius!!! :)

  • Violaine looks great. Love the first two photos.

  • Bisou a tous les bébés. Mai se habiller quand on est enceinte de 8 ou 9 mois étai terrible pour moi, je ne supportais plus rien et quand, deux semaines âpres que ma fille est née, je suis rentré dans mes vêtements j’ai tout jeté!!

  • Yes! Now I have little 3 weeks old home, but when
    I was preggo I refused to buy maternity clothes! M The only I bought a couple maternity jeans in blue white and black and the rest I used what I could from my or my husband closed! And I’m happy I any ugly maternity tops, they just make you feel big, fat and not yourself:( and not stylish and trendy at all!

  • Je viens d apprendre que je suis enceinte ( ??? ) et j ai le plus grand mal à imaginer comment ma garde-robe va évoluer. Cet article tombe à pic ! Belle journée Garance et Violaine ! :)

  • her look is so effortless, Love it.


  • The first photo almost looks like a portrait. great lighting
    but i’m a sucker for the last photo! the shirt is super cool and chic while her laughter just adds to the whole mood

  • Elle est chou ! J’ai eu 2 enfants et jamais je n’ai acheté de vêtements pour femme enceinte, j’ai porté mes fringues jusqu’au bout. Bon pour ma fille j’ai été alitté les 3 derniers mois (alors c’est de la triche) et pour mon fils c’était le mode de ces pantalons avec des liens ah ah

  • Elisabeth April, 8 2013, 9:33 / Reply

    Its so nice, when you see pregnant women, that are not wearing some sort of leggings! Actually the clothing thing just makes a headache the last two month. Before you can always wear some of your old clothes (because the real pregnancy clothes you will never wear again afterwards).
    With Jeans the best are from Christoff (never buy h & m), they give a hold on the belly.

    And in summer its all the time easier to choose the clothes (even if your feet are two sizes larger), because you can wear shirts, skirts and dresses.

    X Elisabeth

  • loved these images… I looove to see stylish women pregnant. i would wear everything even without a baby bump. During my pregnancy i refused to use any maternity clothes i just bought a bigger size jean with a really low waist and 2 size bigger shirts… i did have a dress custom made… never dared to white jeans though… they look great!

  • She looks great and very happy! Pregnancies come in different shapes and sizes, and I think pregnant women always look great. But Violaine looks cool too :)

  • J’aime beaucoup son look légéremment androgyne et en même temps très féminin par bien des aspects et de petits détails !

  • Yes, I love her shoes, too. Where did she find them? Brand? They look so comfortable, pregnant or not!

  • Carole April, 8 2013, 9:51 / Reply

    she is your girlfriend who cut her hair… the 80’s Elle french thin mag (original) did a story on Gunilla a Swedish model pregnancy leggings.. leg warmers… ballet flats and big mohair sweater….and her long blonde hair with a fringe

  • You did a maternity/baby post!!!! Woah! Not only am I seeing all the wedding photos on facebook… I am seeing all the baby photos too. And now here? Seems like people are moving onto that phase of their life. *bites nails* Okay time to go buy shoes.

  • Mina1202 April, 8 2013, 9:54 / Reply

    Hi Garance,
    Based on my experience, I think women refuse to wear “real” pregnancy clothes for two reasons:
    1°) Most maternity brands design maternity clothes thinking “Mummy” and not “trendy”. Which is slowly changing I admit. But there is a deny of most of these designers that a pregnant woman would like to wear black leather, cool Ts or a clean-cut shirt. Some brands in France seem to sell the whole I-live-in-Neuilly-and-this-will-be-my-fourth-child kit.
    2°) Buying from a maternity shop when you are more and more pregnant is like giving up on fashion. You admit you are now too big to keep looking at the new collections, because you are just not able to wear them. Bye-bye favorite designers, yes it is just for one season, but it is still heart-breaking.

  • I think that for many women there is another reason to refuse buying maternity wear: the really nice and stylish stuff is quite expensive, and who would want to/can spend money on something you wear only for a short period of time?

  • I love her style, it’s simple and just perfect!! The first and the last outfit are my favourites

  • I totally love her shoes and I want that last outfit!! I’m not pregnant, though. But it just looks so comfortable and lovely! And well, let’s face it, sometime I eat too much and I look like pregnant ;)

    Congrats Violaine!

  • What a gorgeous and stylish mama-to-be indeed! I do hope that I’ll look that hot when I’m expecting!

  • She looks fantastic and I love her style. Ha, I was just the same, “no maternity stuff please”…. but well, I also ended up buying four!!! pairs of maternity jeans and even a dress… ;-) and I was so happy, cause the normal pants are really so uncomfortable after a while. xxx

  • oh, how lovely .. my most congratulations!

    Adore her style and that last look, with the polka-dot blouse! xo Cam


  • Margaret April, 8 2013, 10:14 / Reply

    Love the shoes too! Any info on their source? Thanks!

  • Awww… she looks so happy and cheerful!

    I remember when my mom was pregnant 2 years ago. The thing that I enjoyed the most from her wardrobe was the long dresses she wore during the summer!

  • Charlotte April, 8 2013, 10:45 / Reply

    Violaine is my all time favourite. She looks stunning as always :)

  • That shirt–with the white jeans–is from the polytechnic college where I currently live! This is the last place I thought I’d see such a thing make an appearance. It works, though. (Not possible for something not to work on dainty, elegant, yet sassy Violaine!)

  • Avoir du style même enceinte, c’est ce que j’appelle la classe ! Regardez, la pauvre Kim ! Elle ne n’en sort pas aussi bien !

  • En ce qui concerne Melle K. , je en crois pas que l’absence de style soit une affaire de grossesse.
    Personnellement, avant aussi, je ne la trouvais absolument pas stylée…

  • Aww she looks adorable pregnant. I really love the last look. It looks incredibly comfortable yet really chic. Great style and congrats Violaine.


  • That first photo is really perfect. She looks great in all, but the first… Perfect shades and great job.

  • Pourquoi les femmes ne veulent pas passer la porte d’une boutique pour femmes enceintes ?
    Peut être parce qu’ils y a certaines coupes qui vous transforment encore aujourd’hui en montgolfières !
    Le fait de changer de statut aussi…rester dans ses fringues ce n’est pas encore changer tout à fait…

    Mais le principe de réalité prend le pas…des jolis jeans de grossesse existent et sont bien plus confortables que le jean habituel planqué sous une tunique car on ne peut plus fermer le zip (classieux).
    Il est quand même possible de continuer à s’habiller joliment (en échappant au bandeau de grossesse, t shirt “c’est pour quand” , “c’est un garcon” “c’est une fille” et j’en passe).

  • Very stylish pregnant lady! I am pregnant with my second child and have found it quite hard to find decent maternity clothes, but ended up buying some nice dresses in

  • Violaine looks lovely and her outfits are easy and stylish. It is true that in the first part of your pregnancy you think you’d get away with just wearing normal clothes, however, the second half is a rude awakening as you get a LOT bigger than you think and a LOT more uncomfortable. So maternity jeans/trousers and maternity bras (no wires!!!) are really important. I think it’s great that one can find really cool jeans maternity now. They make you feel great and cool, however big you get. Long stretchy fitted tops always look good – everything else makes you look like a tent! Time to accessorize with lots of jewellery to get a different look. I enjoyed being pregnant (twice) and felt really special – full of anticipation. I just went with the glow!

  • Super stylée j’adore la première tenue avec les chaussures bleues! De face on ne dirait même pas qu’elle est enceinte!

  • Oh, oui, les souliers, d’où viennent’ils?

  • I love how she carries herself!

  • Ça me fascinera toujours autant ces femmes qui portent merveilleusement bien la grossesse ! Comme si le ventre rond était ce qu’il manquait pour les parfaire encore un peu plus :)


  • Félicitations pour la futur maman ! Et oui, j’adore son premier look, il est tellement fluide et paraît si naturel.

    Des bises !

  • Judith April, 8 2013, 1:45 / Reply

    Je trouve ton amie super naturelle, fraiche et pétillante !
    Félicitations à elle et plein de bonheur.

  • Style tres sympa que Violaine porte avec aisance et sourire.
    J’aime les 2 paires de chaussures ! D’ou viennent-t-elles ?

  • Glad you did a maternity post. Just got back from NYC and was shocked by how few women are pregnant there – everyone seems to be pregnant out west.
    That said, totally agree that most maternity wear is a huge waste of time. The exception being J Brand jeans and Hatch Collection which does amazing, easy pieces that don’t look like maternity wear. Rick Owens and Anne Demeulemester have great non-maternity pieces that still make you feel like yourself.

  • tripstreasures April, 8 2013, 2:25 / Reply

    I really love how chic and comfy she looks, perfect proof that a pregnancy shouldn’t force one to give up on fashion or our own style
    birthday post !

  • stephanie April, 8 2013, 2:34 / Reply

    What a beautiful face profile Violaine has! Exactly my taste!

  • The coolest pregnant women I’ve ever seen, especially the first photo is beautiful. And of course, congratulations to Violaine! xx

  • She looks great and has a beautiful and effortless style!! I love these photos!

  • Fantastic style! I love the simplicity. Great job! Garance, could you do a spring essentials guide for upcoming garden parties, weddings, graduations, and spring events? I need help please. Easy looks that could be dressed up or down. I need a makeover! If only I looked like cool Violaine..

  • Loulou April, 8 2013, 3:35 / Reply

    …..could we have the references of the clothes please… Especially that spotty shirt. Lovely. Thanks x

  • She looks great, I love the effect of simplicity in clothes!

  • Franchement, d’ordinaire je trouve que l’énorme ventre d’une femme enceinte est atroce à regarder mais là Violaine est ravissante, fraîche, parfaite! Qu’est-ce que la grossesse la rend belle. Merci pour ces belles photos Garance.

  • I managed someway to never step into a maternity shop, it was hard, but i did it!
    the answer: dresses, long shirts, loose jeans and leggings (finally i had an excuse to wear them)
    btw, love Viola looks, i want that dotted bra!

  • Erin Poettcker April, 8 2013, 5:25 / Reply

    I also finally caved and got some maternity jeans, but have been working very very hard at not buying all maternity clothes. Lots of tunics, layering camisoles, leggings etc….so far, so good.

  • Gros coup de cœur pour ses Repetto bleues et son très joli foulard à l’imprimé drapeau US !
    De très belles photos, comme toujours !

  • Cohiba April, 8 2013, 9:44 / Reply

    Merci pour le tuyau, Garance ! Je ne savais pas que J Brand faisait des jeans de maternité. Je saurai donc où m’approvisionner en jeans trendy lorsque je serai enceinte…

    Merci aussi pour ces photos. Le style de Violaine, sur la dernière est absolument parfait. Le pantalon, la chemise, les bijoux… Sublime ! Et son rire est vraiment rayonnant.
    J’adore le fait qu’une femme reste avant tout une femme lorsqu’elle est enceinte. Il est essentiel de rester sexy, attirante. Le choix des vêtements y contribue, c’est certain.
    Ce n’est pas parce qu’une femme est enceinte qu’elle doit ressembler à la Sainte Vierge. C’est important de continuer à porter des jeans, des vestes de cuir, etc., et, si possible, des talons hauts.

    En fait, je m’aperçois que j’ai déjà commencé à me constituer ma garde-robe de femme enceinte. Il y a, en effet, dans mon dressing un certain nombre de pièces amples que je ne me suis jamais résolue à porter, car j’aime avoir la taille marquée ou, du moins, des coupes près du corps. Il y a parmi ces vêtements de super beaux modèles que j’ai décidé de garder en me disant que je les porterai lorsque je serai enceinte.
    Parmi eux, un sweater Marni en mohair ultra large. Ou alors, une maxi robe en soie. A moins d’avoir une toute petite poitrine, ce type de robe ne met vraiment la silhouette en valeur que lorsque l’on est enceinte. Comme ça, j’en ai pour toutes les saisons.
    Il y a toujours dans les collections du moment des modèles sur lesquels on flashe, mais que l’on ne veut pas porter parce qu’on se dit qu’ils nous feront ressembler à une femme enceinte. Eh bien lorsque l’on est enceinte, c’est peut-être ceux-là qu’il faut choisir, non ?
    Bon, ça fait un peu timbrée, la fille qui a déjà prévu sa garde-robe de femme enceinte, même si elle n’a même pas encore rencontré le père de ses enfants… Mais, ça me rassure. Non, mais, je ne vais quand même pas rentrer dans plusieurs mois de disette fashion lorsque j’attendrai un enfant !
    Bref. Merci encore pour cette inspiration !

  • These photographs are so beautiful, and brings so much peace.
    She looks so happy at this stage of her life so beautiful …
    I want to be very fliz! Beautiful pictures!

  • Ophelia Bosch April, 9 2013, 1:06 / Reply

    Wow, a cool NYC/French girl wearing a NAIT Ooks shirt! Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Athletic teams have the owl mascot. It’s name is called Ook, the Inuktitut word for Snowy Owl. A bit of nerdy Canadian trivia on a glam fashion post :D Thanks Voilane for making a basic T look smashing.

  • Happy pregnancy Violaine! You look fabulous! Thank you for wearing that shirt. :)

    Go NAIT Ooks! I work at NAIT, read your blog all the time and a big fan. I was so surprised to see this vintage NAIT Ook shirt! The athletics department we’re all happy and surprised as well. I honestly almost fell of my seat! :)


  • Totally surprised and pleased to see a NAIT tshirt on this site too! What a nice surprise for a Spruce Grove girl! Violanne looks lovely and so happy – so nice to see in a mom-to-be!

  • wow! quelle chance elle a….

  • Johanne April, 9 2013, 8:02 / Reply

    Salut Garance
    pour moi, aujourdhui les tenues vestimentaires de femmes enceintes sont toutes aussi mignonnes les unes que les autres ! Les marques ont vraiment fait de grands efforts pour nous permettre de rester adorable. Quand j’ètais enceinte, j’ai adorè les jeans de grossesse avec cet èlastique qui t’entoure le ventre et te tient bien chaud, après entre les blouses jolies et les leggings confortables, c’est facile d’etre jolie avec le ballon rond :) Ton amie est vraiment trop chou en tous cas, mais son ballon lui permet encore de faire à peu prés ce qu’elle veut non ?

  • Elizaveta April, 9 2013, 9:47 / Reply

    Great pics!) I’m jealous of the choice you get for maternity clothes in NY, not much here, in Dubai..

  • Emilie April, 9 2013, 5:40 / Reply

    On dira ce qu’on voudra mais quand on va bosser au bureau ,enceinte, on est obligée d’acheter des pantalons de grossesse…et ce qui est bien c’est qu’il y a plein de super slim de grossesse dans lesquelles tes jambes semblent trèèèèès fines (héhé question de proportions…). En revanche moi non plus je n’ai jamais acheté de tops…pas besoin.

  • what do you mean, BABIES, Garance???

  • oh merci a Violaine d’etre enceinte lol , je pensais que les femmes avec enfants etaient interdites sur le site RE-LOL ( je suis trop drole je sais) , mais stp surtout si Violaine rentre dans ses fringues juste après avoir accouche ne fait pas un post la dessus c est juste cruel et ca peut faire tomber en depression post-partum la plus positive des jeunes mamans :) Parce que moi j’ai pas le baby blues la mais je le body blues , GIVE ME MY BODY BACK , parce que ok etre belle pendant la grossesse c est quand meme plus fastoche maintenant , il y a pas mal de petites marques sympas, chez HetM vous prenez une taille au dessus et c nickel , mais le problem il est après !!!! Comment etre fashion ( ou du moins retrouve son style) avec un corps que l ‘on ne reconnait pas , ca c’est autre chose…
    By the way Congrat’s to Violaine

  • Such a gorgeous woman. The first photo is stunning!

  • miss rosie July, 19 2013, 11:33 / Reply

    bravo a elle et dit lui: elle est super jolie ton amie, garance!

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