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Jessica Simpson Baby: Let's Look Back At Her Century Of Maternity Style (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/01/2012 12:05 pm   Updated: 06/27/2012 5:12 am

After what seems like the longest pregnancy humanly possible, Jessica Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson finally became the proud parents of a baby girl today. The singer's road to happily-ever-after has been well-documented, starting with her reality TV series "Newlyweds" about life with ex-husband Nick Lachey. After the couple filed for divorce in 2005, the Texas-native was linked to everyone from Johnny Knoxville to John Mayer until she announced her engagement in 2010 to NFL player Johnson.

The pop star's fashion sense has also come a long way in the public eye. When she came on the scene in 1999, the preacher's daughter favored silhouettes that accentuated her God-given assets, preferring short hemlines and plunging necklines. Thankfully, the "Fashion Star" host has since pared down her look, choosing simpler ensembles. But once pregnant, Simpson didn't opt for typical maternity wear, showing off her baby bump in eye-catching animal print pieces and mini dresses. The mother-to-be also stubbornly stuck to her teetering stilettos for as long as she could.

As for her new daughter, the singer turned designer just hopes that she isn't "athletic" like her father. “I swear, I will croak if she asks me for a pair of Nikes instead of Christian Louboutins!” Simpson told Elle.

To congratulate the new mom, we're taking a look back at the blonde bombshell's style. Vote on all of her looks in the slideshow.

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  • The only "maternity" clothes you need are jeans. They are a lifesaver and the stretchy waistband will expand as you do.

    J Brand "Mama J" Skinny Maternity Jeans, $189 <a href="http://www.shopbop.com/mama-skinny-maternity-jeans-j/vp/v=1/845524441941547.htm?folderID=2534374302064888&colorId=27652&extid=affprg" target="_hplink">Shopbop</a>

  • Forget the price tag and consider them an investment. You'll wear them so often, and then you can hand them off to your pregnant friends.

    Paige Denim Maternity Union "Laurel Canyon" Bootcut, $211 at <a href="http://www.revolveclothing.com/DisplayProduct.jsp?product=PAIG-WJ751&c=&d=5&currency=USD&utm_source=shopstyle-en_US&source=shopstyle-en_US&utm_medium=affiliate" target="_hplink">Revolve </a>

  • Embrace stretchy fabrics, but go for denser materials that will hold everything in.

    Reiss "Helen" Dress, $340 <a href="http://www.reissonline.com/us/shop/womens/dresses/party_dresses/helen/black/?utm_source=linkshareUS&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=J84DHJLQkR4#" target="_hplink">Reiss</a>

  • Layer a few long t-shirts: they will keep you covered and warm.

    American Apparel Unisex Big T-Shirts, $26 at <a href="http://store.americanapparel.net/rsa0401w.html?cid=199-305" target="_hplink">American Apparel </a>

  • Wear your bikini at the beach. There is nothing more beautiful than a burgeoning belly.

    Melissa Odabash "Martinique" Twisted Bandeau Bikini, $180 <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/312166" target="_hplink">Net-A-Porter</a>

  • Make sure your bathing suit offers support, because your belly isn't the only thing getting bigger.

    H&M Padded Bikini Top, $5 and Briefs, $5 at <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/product/98307?article=98307-B" target="_hplink">H&M</a>

  • Tunics and sweater dresses show off your shape and are still comfy. Your bump is beautiful, and it will open doors for you. Literally, everyone will open the door for you when they see that you're expecting.

    Rachel by Rachel Roy "The Evan" Dress, $129 <a href="http://www.rachelroy.com/The-Evan-Dress/110250335,default,pd.html?variantSizeClass=&variantColor=JJL16XX&cgid=110004705&prefn1=catalog-id&prefv1=rachelroy-catalog" target="_hplink">Rachel Roy</a>

  • CP Shades "Regina" Linen Dress, $225

    <a href="http://www.calypsostbarth.com/Regina-Linen-Dress-p-19462.html" target="_hplink">Calypso </a>

  • Accessorize! When you are sick to death of stretchy t-shirts and jeans, throw on a colorful bag or some oversized earrings. If you can, rock your heels.

    Lulu Frost "100 Year" Drop Earrings, $460 <a href="http://www.kirnazabete.com/accessories/jewelry/earrings/100-year-drop-earrings" target="_hplink">Kirna Zabete</a>

  • J. Crew "Wixon" Purse, $198

    <a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/handbags/shoulderbags/PRDOVR~77640/77640.jsp" target="_hplink">J. Crew</a>

  • Keep wearing your shorts, just loop a hairband through the hole and around the peg when you need a few more inches. Wear with a tunic or a long tee and no one will know the difference.

    Zara "Guipure" Lace Shorts, $60 <a href="http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-S2012/209510/810502/GUIPURE%2BLACE%2BSHIRTS" target="_hplink">Zara</a>

  • Theory Twill Shorts, $130

    <a href="http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/p/Theory-Twill-Shorts-Shorts/prod77250005_cat362900_cat291117_/?index=1&cmCat=cat000000cat230300cat232503cat291117cat362900&isEditorial=false" target="_hplink">Theory </a>

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