Danielle Brooks has collaborated with Universal Standard on a capsule collection of maternity clothing.
The Orange Is the New Black star revealed she was five months pregnant with her first child in July and told her Instagram followers in August that she was struggling to find suitable clothing.
Executives at inclusive fashion brand Universal Standard, who have worked with the actress before, then reached out to Brooks to develop a capsule line of maternity clothing and they have created the Fit Liberty (Mom) collection, which features maxi dresses, sweater dresses, jumpsuits and tunics ranging in price between $30 (£23) and $185 (£144).
The 30-year-old explained to The Hollywood Reporter that she was struggling to find flattering styles which would show off her new curves without “cutting off my circulation at my belly”.
“For some women, the only thing that is changing is their belly. It’s not their thighs and it’s not their arms,” she said. “I was finding that my clothes were just looking baggy and not looking fit for me.”
According to Brooks, the capsule is all about “taking away anxiety out of the equation when it comes to looking for clothes”.
Explaining how their partnership came about, Universal Standard’s co-founder and creative director Alex Waldman said, “She expressed frustration after struggling to find options during pregnancy that were stylish but comfortable, and so she’s been wearing her own Universal Standard pieces instead. Since many of our styles are made from super soft, stretchy material, they work for a woman’s body at any stage.
“With Danielle’s help, we curated this collection of pieces that offer women the freedom to go through this incredible phase of motherhood, or really any stage of life, without fear, anxiety, or an additional financial burden.”
The Fit Liberty (Mom) collection is available now.
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