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Frugal Fashion: Natalie Portman and Jane Krakowski in stylish maternity wear at the SAG Awards

February 2, 2011 |  8:00 am


The red carpet was full of skinny-minny starlets at last weekend's Screen Actors Guild Awards, but the women who truly stole the show were best actress winner Natalie Portman and "30 Rock" star Jane Krakowski. And in case you couldn't tell from the photos or the glowing skin, it just so happens that both women are very pregnant.

The "hide the tummy" trend is all too pervasive with celebrity moms-to-be. You can search through racks of magazines in the grocery checkout line only to find pictures of pregnant celebs in giant tunics -- think Rachel Zoe, who always looks fabulous but like she is trying to hide her pregnancy. Or Kate Hudson, photographed recently in a long sundress that she could have worn pregnant or not.

Instead of hiding their baby bumps, Portman and Krakowski rocked them, proving you can be pregnant and well-dressed on the red carpet. Portman wore a conservative white jersey strapless gown with bead detailing by Azzaro, and Krakowski looked fun and sexy in a Badgley Mischka one-shouldered dress with floral sequins.


Being pregnant may put necessary restrictions on some aspects of your life, but Portman and Krakowski prove that your wardrobe isn't one of them. Maternity wear should never be confined to jeans with expanding tops, leggings and sundresses. You can feel sexy and empowered in a fun mini or evening gown that shows off your bump. If you need to find something to wear for a night out with friends, check out these minis: Manhattan mini maternity dress from Maternity Clothing Fashions for $99, Maternal America embellished dress in eggplant for $119 from Sierra Lane or a maternity lace dress by Asos for $55.17.


If you're looking for something on the fancier side for a charity gala or black-tie event, the long Roman brooch dress from Special Occasion Maternity for $99 and the Audrey dress by Isabella Oliver for $162.50 are appropriate, elegant and affordable.

Happy shopping!

-- Jenn Harris

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Top photos, from left: Natalie Portman at the SAG Awards; credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images. Jane Krakowski; credit: Jay L. Clendenin / For The Times.

Middle photos, from left: Manhattan mini dress; credit: Maternity Clothing. Maternal America embellished dress; credit: Sierra Lane. Asos maternity lace dress; credit: Asos.  

Bottom photos, from left: Long Roman brooch dress; credit: Special Occasion Maternity. The Audry dress; credit: Isabella Oliver.