No one knows how to be a hot mama better than Belly Dance Maternity, the go-to hub for chic moms-to-be who can’t bear to part with their skinny jeans no matter what their water weight is. This Chicago-based store has been bringing fashion to expectant mothers since owner Jennifer Strom Simonte opened the store in 2002. Now Gilt has partnered with Belly Dance to bring you all the hottest fashion for growing bellies. including jeans, pants and tops by Noppies, Serfontaine, Maternal America, and NOM. And to further help ease your stylish transition over that bump, we asked Jennifer Strom Simonte to give us tips on how to say, “Bye bye, muumuu; hello, hot mama.”
1. During the first trimester of pregnancy, dressing your changing body can be hard. Going up a size in your regular pants can often lead to baggy bottoms that just fall off. You need a maternity pant with a good fit in your regular size. From basics to work pants to designer jeans, you’ll find lots of options from all of our brands.
2. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite designer denim. Designers like Serfontaine, Paige and JBrand all design fabulous maternity jeans for different body types, while staying on top of the current trends such as straight and skinny jeans.
3. Versatility is key when thinking about your maternity wardrobe. A little black dress or skirt gives you tons of options. Wear a chic, fitted dress to the office with a blazer, or pair with high heels for a night out. Finding a piece that can be worn many different ways is important.
4. Don’t be afraid of prints or color throughout your pregnancy. They are a great way to add some spice to your maternity wardrobe.
5. Stay stylish even after your pregnancy with a hip diaper bag. There are many options from brands like Nest, Not Rational and Storksak. These diaper bags look like your favorite purse and are guaranteed to have strangers stopping you in the street to find out where you got them.
Bump up your style in our Belly Dance sale on April 27 at noon ET.