In my ongoing search for the best maternity dresses in all the land, one brand has emerged as the clear leader: One Brand to Rule Them All, if you will.
The brand? Isabella Oliver: who sell what I think of as maternity wear for grown ups, really. So there’s no baby-doll dresses, no dungarees, no frumpy prints or silly cut-outs… instead, there’s just a range of clothes which, when I first looked at them, didn’t make me think, “Hmm, those are nice maternity dresses,” but simply, “Those are nice dresses: I wonder if they do a non-maternity version, too, because I think I might just want to wear them forever?”
(SPOILER: Yes, they do… but more on that later.)
There was just one problem with Isabella Oliver, however: they may well sell the best maternity dresses in all the land, but they’re not particularly cheap… which is why I’m so excited to be collaborating with them today. This is their ‘Nia’ ruched dress (which is currently on sale, making it a whole lot more affordable), and it’s everything I love in a dress, basically, from the classic stripe print, to the fitted shape, and comfortable, stretch material. Best of all, when I put this dress on, I felt like myself, but with a bump, as opposed to the strange, almost unrecognisable version of myself I’ve been seeing in the mirror lately, and that made me so happy I could quite easily have bought up the whole website. (Well, I mean, that would actually have been quite difficult, given how much it would’ve cost me, but you get what I mean…)
Thanks to the ruching around the stomach, plus the stretch fabric, quite a few of Isabella Oliver’s maternity dresses can be worn after pregnancy, too: I’m really hoping that’ll be the case for me, because they’re exactly the kind of styles I love wearing anyway, but, just in case I end up stretching them out too much, they also have a sister brand, Baukjen, which sells similar styles, but in non-maternity cuts.
I guess I know where I’ll be shopping next year, then, huh?
H&M denim jacket
Michael Kors wedges*