This polar vortex weather we've been having across most of the country begs the question, what the heck do we wear to stay warm?? The only answer is layers, layers, layers. We like to start with a soft and comfy basic like Michael Stars (we just received new colors and styles!) Next, throw on a warm sweater or cardigan - this grey version by Seraphine is breathable enough to be worn over a tank in the Spring and Fall, too. You have to keep that neck warm, so add in your favorite scarf (a Gypsy05 version that we carry in stores is shown here). Finally, top it off with a fun vest - this Fillyboo Stay Gold Sweater is a great and unique option. Can you feel the heat??
Maternity Blog by Belly Dance Maternity
Olian's Lucy Tie Dress has stolen our wintery hearts! It's cute and flattering and works well dressed up or down. Pair it with your favorite denim jacket, a pair of trendy flat sandals, and a chic crossbody bag during the day. And for date night, we suggest a simple swap of your accessories. We love it with a great pair of statement chandelier earrings, metallic clutch, and classic black pumps.
Hello there! My name is Lauren and I'm the manager of Belly Dance's Chicago boutique, and I'm 22 weeks pregnant with my first child. I've been loving sharing my experience with customers and hearing their stories, so we decided to take it beyond Chicago to our blog. This week I'll be focusing on what I'm currently wearing. I have to start with most important item every momma-to-be needs...a pair of comfy jeans.
I was a big fan of the denim brand DL1961 pre-pregnancy and I'm happy to report that their maternity jeans do not disappoint. I went with the Amanda Jean in Flatiron - a super skinny fit in a dark indigo wash. They are made with the same 4-way stretch fabric as their regular line, so they don't stretch out in the legs or bum. They do, however, have plenty of stretch where we need it - the underbelly band (there are stretch inserts right above the pockets). I love how comfortable and "normal" they feel and the dark wash is perfect for the winter, which is the longest stretch of pregnancy for me. When you're wearing the same jeans day after day, it's important to feel great about them - if DL doesn't work for you, we have plenty of other awesome brands like J.Brand, Paige and Citizens of Humanity. Come on in to one of our stores or give us a call if you ever need help getting your first pair of maternity jeans!
We all need to add a little pep to our step in the long, cold month of January. What better way to do that than to add some ruffles to your (perhaps nonexistent at this point) waistline? Fitted peplum is super flattering on pregnant bellies - join the pep squad and try the Debbi O top (available in black and purple) or the Ripe dress (available in black and navy). The best part? They're both on sale!
Wrap yourself in style with our favorite wrap dresses! Not only is a timeless wrap dress the perfect winter-to-spring transitional piece, but it's great for nursing, post-pregnancy. Plus—it fits and flatters almost every body shape. Try these fun prints from Rachel Pally and Japanese Weekend for a Sunday brunch or evening out, or rock our striped NOM dress for a look that can be easily dressed up or down.
Nothing says New Year's Eve quite like sequins - and you can join in on the party too (sans the champers)! This Seraphine dress - a favorite brand of Princess Kate's when she was expecting - is the perfect sparkly frock for your festivities. Rest up on New Year's Day - 2014 is going to be a big year for you!
1. Aden & Anais B Jeweled Swaddling Blankets $50 2. Jellycat Orla Ostrich $28 3. Kissy Kissy Navy Blue Essentials Set $31 4. Vulli Sophie The Giraffe So'PURE Teether $16 5. Chewbeads Peace, Love, Star Stacker $25 6. Little Giraffe Blue Giraffe Box of Socks $35 7. Jellycat Silly Sausage Book $11
What to get for your little munchkin that seems more interested in the wrapping paper than the gift? These 7 suggestions should keep your baby cozy and entertained for the long, cold winter ahead. Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday!
Gift shopping, family visiting, holiday partying - oh my! This time of year is always busy, and we know you don't have time to scour the mall for a cute maternity holiday dress. Just stop into Belly Dance or visit us online for one of these adorable options by Jules & Jim and Debbi O (and many more...).
1. Fillyboo Black Stay Gold Vest $67 2. Gypsy05 Scarf $62 (in stores only)
3. Mama's Big Book of Little Lifesavers $14.95 (in stores only) 4. Shashi Lilu Bracelet $20 (in stores only)
5. NOM Kiki Heart Tee $64 6. Mary Green Sleep Masks $28 7. RGB Nail Polish $18
8. Yosi Samra Leopard Ballet Flats $71 9. Basq NYC Advanced Stretch Mark Butter $35
The holidays are a magical time of year, and the perfect opportunity to show the amazing women in our lives how much we appreciate them. We've rounded up some of our favorite gift items for new moms or moms-to-be...and everything here is under $100 (some things are way under!). From cute graphic tees to accessories, there's something for every lovely lady on your list! Visit our website for more gift inspiration under $100!
The holiday season is in full swing, and we are head over heels for these lacey party looks. Whether you're highlighting your belly in one of these standout dresses or spicing up your outfit with lace accents, these pieces will look fab at any holiday soirée!