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Ly Ngo

LY NGO IS A CREATIVE FORCE BEHIND ONE OF OUR MUST-VISIT ONLINE DESTINATIONS FOR ALL THINGS FASHION, BEAUTY, AND MORE.

As Refinery29‘s Editorial Art Director she helps to create the stunning visuals that make it a bookmarked daily read for so many. As a New Yorker for over 12 years now, she has adopted the “New Yorkers wear black” mantra and does so ever so chicly. Creative to her core, the mama-to-be designs children’s books, embroiders and reads in her spare time. We sat down with Ly to talk about fashion and pregnancy. Here’s what she had to say:
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN 6 WORDS OR LESS.
Minimal, black, whatever I’m feeling like.
HOW HAS YOUR FASHION SENSE CHANGED SINCE BABY (OR SINCE YOU GOT PREGNANT)?
Not really! I still mostly wear my pre-pregnancy clothing. They’re usually the things that have a lot of stretch and are body conscious.
MOTHER/CHILD MATCHING, YEA OR NAY?
Nay. I almost exclusively wear black, and I don’t think it’s really fair to the baby to not let her have color in her life.
WHAT TRAITS ARE YOU HOPING YOUR CHILD INHERITS FROM YOU?
Hopefully she’ll get my creativity and practicality, and a little touch of crazy (but within reason, of course).

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DESCRIBE THE HATCH PIECE THAT YOU’RE WEARING AND HOW YOU STYLED IT.
The Walkabout Jumper is great because it’s slim but still comfortable. It’s a full-coverage piece that can easily be styled with a leather jacket and some boots/loafers.
WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU CURRENTLY LOVING?
I’m really into the mix of high and low lately, especially minimal basics mixed in with big statement pieces.
WHAT PRE-PARENT FASHION TREND DO YOU HOPE MAKES A COMEBACK IN YOUR CLOSET SOMEDAY (I.E. WHAT DO YOU MISS, IF ANYTHING)?
I hopefully plan on bringing them all back. I tried not to change too much while pregnant, but being able to get into those high-waisted, super-skinny black jeans again would be great.
WHAT BAG ARE YOU CURRENTLY CARRYING?
Building Block’s backpack has been perfect to carry everything I need in the day on both shoulders without throwing off my balance.

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IF YOU COULD ONLY KEEP 5 THINGS IN YOUR BAG FOR YOU AND BABY/CHILD, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Josie Maran Argan Balm, Eve Lom Kiss Mix, Mustela Wipes, An All Black Swaddle, and a Lamby Pacifier.
WHERE WAS YOUR LAST VACATION AND WHERE WILL YOUR NEXT ONE BE? KIDS, PLEASE OR KID-FREE?
My last big vacation pre-pregnancy was Paris. We’ve been talking about where we’ll go next with the baby, and I’d love to go back to the South of France and see a little of Italy in the summertime.
TOP 3 ‘DOS’ FOR DRESSING DURING PREGNANCY.
Definitely wear what makes you feel like you, whether it be a harness, a tight black dress, or a leather jacket.
Photo credit: Sunny Shokrae

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