I loved Carly Simon when I was little — she and Stevie Nicks are the first female singers I remember listening to on my parents' record player. She recorded Hotcakes in 1974, shortly before giving birth to Sally Taylor, her daughter with James Taylor.
Carly has always exuded all-American confidence and beauty and her pregnancy look was no different (especially remarkable given that Taylor had recently entered rehab for drug addiction). The cover of Hotcakes is so pretty and it's fairly awesome that she used a maternity photo as her album cover. The album, released days after Sally's birth, hit #3 on the charts.
Her pregnancy style was very laid-back and very seventies. It's also relatively easy to update and emulate. I'm not sure I can fully endorse the red knee socks and clogs, but a floppy hat, patterned dress, and chambray shirt are au courant now too.
In other news, I'm really sorry about my long absence. It has been a crazy two weeks around here - Miami, a bout of the flu, moving back home after a five-week kitchen and bath renovation, etc etc. It's been bananas - I should be back to regular posting now.