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Got Bump? Get Bag

September 30, 2007|Monica Corcoran

NEVERMIND that telltale morning sickness. The fastest way to find out who's expecting in Hollywood is a gigantic designer purse, strategically placed in front of a pregnancy paunch. Early on, Nicole Richie hid her burgeoning belly behind the Givenchy Nightingale bag. Halle Berry preferred the sleek, full coverage of the patent leather YSL Tribute flat tote.

This stylish decoy is hardly a new ploy. Grace Kelly famously used an Hermes croc Kelly bag to cover her pregnancy back in 1956. Wondering which purse works best for the three miraculous milestones of gestation? Herewith, a guide to accessorizing -- and possibly even eclipsing -- your bump.

First trimester: One word -- clutch. Three months from now, carrying a dainty purse will only make you look bigger. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Crazy Jewels wristlet adorned with inset topaz faux gems ($218) will distract prying eyes.

Second trimester: You need enough space for that six-pack of Snickers. It's time to carry the Gancio Banshee hobo by Ferragamo, ($1,350) in chocolate calfskin. With its woven shoulder straps -- comfy! -- and open top, the bag is roomy and easily rests atop the tummy. Secret side pockets? More candy bars.

The last leg: Goldenbleu's Luella 14-by-17-inch tote ($590) should prepare you for lugging around a newborn. Be sure to stuff with parenting books and lots of loose change to add heft. Best of all, this splurge in easy-to-clean patent leather will double as a stylish diaper bag post-delivery. Oh, and those baby wipes will come in handy when Junior burps up all over it.

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