Gone are the maternity tops
decorated with ducks and teddy bears, and pregnant women rejoice!
Instead, maternity fashion can be chic. But how to dress a
pregnant 15-year-old, whose prepregnancy style was bohemian wallflower?
That challenge is met weekly on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, airing Mondays on ABC Family. Amy
Juergens (Shailene Woodley) successfully hid her pregnancy for a while. When
she started to show, the freshman needed to change her look.
“Kind of eclectic bohemian is
where we started,” costumer Sherry Thompson says. “And, Shailene herself is
really interested in fashion, and into the ’80s, and she has a unique style.
She will try anything.”
Woodley’s favorite part of the
character’s look is “how eclectic she is,” she says.
In the season opener in January,
Amy was married in a long, tan dress.
“I don’t think Amy would buy a
dress,” Woodley says. “Maybe she would have it in her closet, and knowing Amy,
she would pair a bunch of things together and make an ensemble. I like how her
wardrobe falls together with tons and tons of accessories and random layers.”
“They are not a poor family,”
Woodley says of the Juergens. “But they are not rich, and since they’re getting
divorced, there’s not a lot to spare. I think Amy would wear normal clothes,
like Free People, and still look cute.”
Taking a cue from Woodley, who
trolls for bargains at Free People’s Web site, Thompson says, “I shop a lot at
Urban Outfitters. They have an eclectic range. As her belly started to grow, I
put a shirt over it or button a sweater over it. She wears a lot of leggings
and tunic shapes.”
Thompson also finds outfits at
“I shop everywhere,” Thompson says.
“Our budget is very restricted, so it helps to shop at those stores. I use a
lot of color. She loves yellow and has a bright yellow sweater we have used a
couple of times.”
Amy favors two teen standards:
Of course Woodley has a figure
most pregnant women don’t — she is 5 feet 7 and a size 0.
“My hips are staring to grow,”
Woodley says. “I’m between a 0 and 1. One day my hips will grow, and one day my
butt will grow bigger. Everyone in my family is stick-thin and supertall.”
In the meantime, Thompson will
And as Amy changes, Thompson
envisions changes in her wardrobe.
“We are going to be able to give
a less cluttered look to her because the belly doesn’t need to be hidden
anymore,” Thompson says. “Having the baby will bring her look to a more mature
level and simplify it a little bit.”