NEW YORK – Pack up those hip-hugging trousers. Shove those belly-baring tops in the back of the closet.
Sarah Jessica Parker is in for a style makeover when the final season of Sex and the City debuts Sunday.
Word is that HBO is trying to cloak Parker's pregnancy — since her character, Carrie Bradshaw, is still single.
But based on these sneak-peek snaps from the set — of a very obviously pregnant Parker — it looks like she's losing the battle to hide the bulge.
At least she's winning on the fashion front — her maternity looks drew raves from our panel of fashion experts, including designer Betsey Johnson.
"I've always loved that Sarah is a complete mixed-up surprise of new, old, classic, vintage, designer, weird, funny and inspiring and just great!" Johnson says.
She loves the baby-doll look Carrie achieves by teaming a gauzy white peasant blouse with a black lacy bra, cut-off pants and a head scarf.
"She's holding onto her rock 'n' roll funkiness," says the designer.
Those who have shunned the character's wacky wardrobe decisions of the past will welcome Carrie's tamer new look, says Liz Lange, a leading designer of maternity wear.
"I'd been watching the show thinking, 'Who is going anywhere in that? Where is she going in that? What is that?' " laughs Lange.
"Now I think that by trying to cover up her pregnancy, they're dressing her in a way that's still extremely fashionable — but has more of a basis in reality."
Lange particularly likes the elegant "Holly Golightly" gray and white shift Carrie wears while chatting with Miranda's ex, Steve.
"I think she looks very hip for a pregnant lady," says Pumpkin Wentzel, whose SoHo maternity wear store caters to first-time mothers with a downtown style sense.
"Some choices I think are a little wild, and I don't know if they'd be worn by a regular pregnant person, but I think she looks great."
For other expectant women who hope to keep their secret under wraps, Wentzel advises them to dress in one color at a time and wear loose-fitting clothes.
Or, better yet, "Be pregnant in the winter," she says. "Physically, it's easier, and you just slip on a sweater and a pair of pants."
But whatever she wears, Carrie will never lose her dedicated followers.
"When does the damn show start anyway?" she gasps. "I'm dying!"