Style & Fashion January 24th, 2011

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Expect to be a yummy mummy

Clothes that rock when you're pregnant

With so many incredible stores and boutiques all around the GTA, being a yummy mummy has never been easier.

When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2007, I believe I had the maternity wear market cornered. I was hip on all the best styles and was able to show off my protruding belly proudly. I am happy to report that I am pregnant again, and busy trying to hunt down the best in maternity clothing that Toronto has to offer.

I am a denim aficionado. I love everything from skinnies to bell bottoms, and continue to wear them throughout my pregnancy.

Kick, on Eglinton Avenue West, has the best selection of maternity jeans in the city. It carries many designer pairs cut with a comfy panel. Be sure to get a pair that you will be able to wear far into your nine months as these jeans run an average of $250 and you want to get the most mileage out of them.

If like me you are continuing to work throughout your pregnancy, be sure to stop by Belly on Mount Pleasant Road. You’ll find beautiful clothing that can take you from work to dinner — and even to a cocktail party. With great styles of dresses and dress pants, you will surely find something to make your work days fashionably chic.

For the zen mama, I love the selection of yoga wear that Evy Mama (Jane Street) has to offer. Not only is it Toronto’s only breast feeding boutique but it also carries a great collection of maternity wear, from “going out for dinner” pieces to sportier weekend attire.

As soon as I started to “show” a little bit, I headed directly to Old Navy for basics such as long tanks and t-shirts. The prices can’t be beat and many items are available for under $10.

When I’m looking to be comfy and chic I go straight to American Apparel for the best leggings around. There are tons of great options for everything from lightweight cotton to heavy winter spandex. This should be your first stop when your jeans start to get snug around the waist, as they can be dressed up with a flowy top or dressed down with a tee.

Toronto has many fantastic places to shop for those of us expecting, including great maternity stores and regular boutiques that offer pieces that can be worn as maternity wear. Check them out to make your nine months a yummy and fashionable experience.