Mon-Thu, 11am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm
1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
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After opening two wildly popular stores in Chicago, the owners of Belly Dance Maternity brought their sophisticated apparel for moms-to-be to this compact West Village location in 2005. Soft lights and neatly arranged displays create a soothing mood augmented by extremely personable service. Mainstream designers like Chaiken, Juicy, Michael Stars, and Paige provide most of the wares, so the looks reflect current trends rather than a stereotypical bow-and-polka dot maternity aesthetic. The store’s own line, NOM, emphasizes comfortable tunics, tanks, camis, kimono tops, cargo pants, and wrap dresses in rich colors and eye-catching prints. Lingerie offerings run the gamut from nursing bras and Spanx to sexy chemises and thongs. And for post-delivery, there’s an excellent array of fashionable, urban diaper bags in metallic, camouflage, and pocket-packed styles.