Belly Maternity 615 Mt. Pleasant, 416-440-1734, www.bellymaternity.ca Unfortunately for many yummy mummies out there, "maternity clothes" and "cute" don't often fit into the same sentence. That is, until you step into Eva Salem 's charming Mt. Pleasant boutique. Here, you'd be hard pressed not to exclaim "Cute!" at every garment you come across. At least I did, and I'm not even expecting.
From workwear staples like tailored stretch shirts to sophisticated little dress-and-jacket combos and sexy (that's right, sexy) summer dresses for hot patio nights - every practical piece is cut with realistic pregnancy dimensions in mind, yet doesn't skimp on the trend quotient. Designed by Salem, a new mother herself, the boutique's signature line, Belly, is the perfect pairing of form and function - not unlike the feminine body during those magical nine months.
Salem's picks: Classic cotton shirts, $110, and smocked seersucker baby doll top with removable straps, $85 (both by signature line Belly); cropped clamdigger-style pants, $195, and red halter sun dress (also in black), $185 (both by Cadeau); Diane Von Furstenberg shirred silk top, $220.
Look for: A wide selection of maternity jeans (especially the Earl boot cuts with clever side panels), Bella Boom Boom lowride and extra-stretch maternity undergarments, an excellent tucked-away change room area with oversize mirror, and additional store locations coming soon.
Hours: Monday and Tuesday by appointment, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.