Be a Stylish Pregnant Chick in Cute Dresses & Accessories from Belly Dance Maternity
While the swelter of summer might not be the most comfortable time of year to be pregnant, it certainly can be the most fun fashionwise if you take a cue from classic Palm Beach chic in bright colors and splashy prints. We love this Maternal America ikat tie-front frock, Jackie O-worthy crisp white slacks from Olian (with handy rolldown waistband), and flattering graphic print tunic top (also Olian) with a sweet bow - all from Belly Dance Maternity, which specializes in plus-size maternity clothes and generally smart & stylish staples from Paige Premium Denim, Juicy Maternity, and Liz Lange; maternity go-to pieces by Japanese Weekend, Olian, and Maternal America; and edgier styles by Jules and Jim, Ripe, and Momzee.
When it opened in 2002 in Chicago's fashionable Bucktown nabe, Belly Dance was a pioneer in the newly-chic maternity market of moms-to-be who expected to stay looking cute while they were expecting. And owner Jennifer Strom Simonte still does extensive research and partners with designers on a range of fashion, accessories, and gifts at a range of pricepoints, and even a few exclusive pieces. Other fun indulgences and groovy mom-to-be gifts we found at Belly Dance include a cheery stack of gold bangles, a vibrant Petunia Pickle Bottom vintage-inspired diaper bag & carryall crafted from red floral European-cut velvet, Birth Month soy candles by Pour Deux, Mama Mio Goodbye Stretchmarks (applied 3x/day for 12 weeks, it is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of stretch marks by over 70%), and the clever Patemm Pad all-in-one bag for quick diaper changes that accommodates a squirmy baby - plus diapers, wipes, and even a change of clothes.
However, our hands-down fave has to be the Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin. Good for infants and parental sanity, both.
- Lesley Scott