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Slaying the baby bump with Yhordanka

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Co-owner and COO of Eyeland Eyewear, Yhordanka Akwanza is known for her avant garde style and eccentric pairings of classic and swanky pieces. Being pregnant with her third child has allowed Akwanza to embrace the natural changes that come with pregnancy and find innovative ways to stay fashionable and sexy. Flair was able to delve into Akwanza’s maternity style to see what it takes to become a high-fashion mommy.

“My style has been out-of-the-box, eccentric. It has been a little constricted now because there are certain pieces that, as much as I would like to, can’t be worn while pregnant. So, right now, there is only a dash of sexy in there,” said the Cuban native.

Akwanza admits that over the last three years, her taste in fashion has evolved to embrace her own personality. “My sense of style has been freed in the past three years. I have learned to be myself and wear what I want, depending on how I want to feel. Sometimes it is a 1930s lady, other times I am a 1980s rebel or a 2000s blogger,” she explained. In her previous pregnancies there was no particular style and she stuck to generic maternity clothes, or anything that could fit.

The most challenging aspect of fashion as an expectant mother for Akwanza is wearing separate pieces. “I find myself in mostly dresses and rompers these days. It is also difficult to wear strappy shoes because I can’t bend over that easy,” she explained.

She believes this is the only time that the female body is allowed to be natural and go through changes, so she is definitely pro “show off the belly”. “This big belly is uncomfortable, yes, but it is also a constant reminder of how powerful we are as women and how amazing our bodies are, so why hide that? I say wear your baby bump with pride,” said Akwanza.

Her top 5 fashion advice and tips include:

1.You can still wear regular clothes.

2. Opt for purchasing two sizes bigger than what you usually wear. You will be able to use them even after you shed some of the baby weight.

3. Buy neutral pieces that you can dress up or down (example LBD or LWD).

4. Jeans are not a good idea; get leggings instead. Remember comfort is key, so anything too tight is not only uncomfortable but can be harmful to your baby.

5. Heels are totally OK, as long as you don’t have back or balance problems. As your belly grows, you want to cut down the height to keep it safe. Sneakers are in now and they are a very chic alternative to traditional flats.

latara.boodie@gleanerjm.com

Co-owner and COO of Eyeland Eyewear, Yhordanka Akwanza, is known for her avant-garde style and eccentric pairings of classic and swanky pieces. Being pregnant with her third child has allowed Akwanza to embrace the natural changes that come with pregnancy and find innovative ways to stay fashionable and sexy. Flair was able to delve into Akwanza’s maternity style to see what it takes to become a high-fashion mommy.

“My style has been out of the box, eccentric. It has been a little constricted now because there are certain pieces that, as much as I would like to, can’t be worn while pregnant. So, right now, there is only a dash of sexy in there,” said the Cuban native.

Akwanza admits that over the last three years, her taste in fashion has evolved to embrace her own personality. “My sense of style has been freed in the past three years. I have learned to be myself and wear what I want, depending on how I want to feel. Sometimes it is a 1930s lady, other times I am a 1980s rebel or a 2000s blogger,” she explained. In her previous pregnancies, there was no particular style and she stuck to generic maternity clothes, or anything that could fit.

The most challenging aspect of fashion as an expectant mother for Akwanza is wearing separate pieces. “I find myself in mostly dresses and rompers these days. It is also difficult to wear strappy shoes because I can’t bend over that easy,” she explained.

She believes this is the only time that the female body is allowed to be natural and go through changes, so she is definitely pro “show off the belly”. “This big belly is uncomfortable, yes, but it is also a constant reminder of how powerful we are as women and how amazing our bodies are, so why hide that? I say wear your baby bump with pride,” said Akwanza.

latara.boodie@gleanerjm.com