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Fashionable Alternatives for Moms-to-Be

May 07, 1999|VALLI HERMAN-COHEN

The selection of fashionable clothes at maternity stores has improved over the years. But no single source of fashion is sure to fit every pregnant woman's style, size or budget.

A few places to look:

* Anna Cris--The Web site and catalog feature active wear, hosiery and petite, tall and plus-size jeans and khakis; most clothing available up to size 16 or 18. On the Web at http://www.annacris.com. Call (800) 281-2662 for catalog.

* A Pea in the Pod--The national chain offers an extensive selection of casual and career collections. Call (877) 273-2763 for store locations. Web site: http://www.apeainthepod.com or http://www.maternitymall.com.

* Babystyle--A new Web site that offers one-stop online shopping for maternity and infant clothes, nursery furnishings and infant development products. Launches in May at http://www.babystyle.com.

* Belly Basics--Creator of the Pregnancy Survival Kit of stretch separates and features active wear and classic looks from petite to size 18. At http://www.nystyle.com/bellyb or by mail order at (800) 496-6684

* Dan Howard--A chain of maternity outlet shops featuring Dan Howard-brand career, casual and sleepwear. Visit the outlet in Woodland Hills at 20929 Ventura Blvd., (818) 887-6317. Call (800) 966-6847 for other store locations.

* Liz Lange--Contemporary casual and career wear with classic styling and high-quality fabric. At http://www.lizlange.com or call toll-free (888) 616-5777.

* Mimi Maternity--The chain's multifaceted collection is available by calling (877) 646-4666 for store locations, or at http://www.mimimaternity.com.

* Mom's the Word--Los Angeles-based chain of chic maternity clothes with locations in Santa Monica, (310) 451-9604; Studio City, (818) 760-7192; and San Francisco, (415) 441-8261.

* Motherhood Maternity--Its stores, mail-order catalog and Web site feature career, casual and sleepwear, and plus-sizes 1X, 2X and 3X. At http://www.motherhood.com or call (800)-466-6223.

* Motherwear--Catalog and Web site feature dresses, shirts and sweaters with special flaps and panels to aid nursing mothers. Also carries wide selection of nursing bras up to size H-cup; sport bras up to D cup. At http://www.motherwear.com. For catalog, call (800) 950-2500.

* Naissance--A new contemporary fashion maternity store in Calabasas. 23818 Calabasas Road, (818) 223-9570; Web site to come at http://www.naissancematernity.com.

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