Now I’m in the third trimester of pregnancy everything is starting to feel a little on the snug side, clothing wise! Jeans that once fit well are feeling a little tight and uncomfortable on the bump, leaving me desperate to get straight into my pyjamas as soon as I get home. I’ve been in need of some new Maternity items for the last few weeks but felt loathe to have something in my wardrobe that would be worn for a such a short time.
Needing inspiration I headed over to the Isabella Oliver Maternity website for some style my bump inspiration. I had no idea that so much of the Isabella Oliver range was actually designed for ‘Maternity and Beyond‘. This really struck a chord with me as it’s so nice to know that there are stylish, well made and well fitting investment pieces out there, pieces that you would actually want to wear post pregnancy! Because if I’m honest by the end of my pregnancy with Emilia, I just wanted to build a bonfire so I could burn all the hideous, ill fitting maternity clothing I’d been wearing the last nine months!
In the ‘Inspire Me‘ section at Isabella Oliver, I found loads of outfit ideas to take me from now (32 weeks) through to after the pregnancy. I chose the Kelly Maternity Shirt, a really versatile and classic wardrobe essential made from stretch cotton with a classic collar. It has a tie waist and with my bump I’ve been wearing the tie over the waist to frame the bump. It can also be tied around the back or wrapped around and this is how I’ll wear it post birth. It feels lightweight and cool to wear, really comfortable and is something I definitely look forward to wearing after the baby’s arrival. It’ll be lovely with tight jeans or leggings over the Spring and Summer months.
The model wore the shirt with these Stretch Maternity Cargo Pants which are worn under the bump so again, are perfect for pregnancy and after the birth. I’ve found these so comfortable to wear. They suit the style of the shirt perfectly, but I’ve also worn them with a classic T-Shirt or long sleeve top and they look smart but feel really comfortable and casual at the same time. They come to the ankle on me and so look great with a smart loafer or a pump style pair of trainers.
Whilst it’s great to have these casual pieces to hand for everyday, I really wanted to have something in my maternity wardrobe that was a little more suited to evening wear for me. My style even for evening wear is pretty casual so the Simona Maternity Dress could be used as day or work wear (I would have absolutely worn this during my days at Bobbi Brown when pregnant with Emilia!). I love the gold button detail on the shoulder which gives the dress a really classic style and the ruching to each side of the dress means this will stretch as you grow throughout pregnancy, but is still a great fit after the birth too! I’ve tried it with both smart flat shoes and low heels and it looks fab dressed either way.
I’ll be using this blog post to post weekly bump updates as I recently mentioned on Instagram just how few bump photos I have of Emilia, so this will be my little area to document on how the bump grows during these final few weeks, whilst showing how well these items fit as I get even bigger!
The very lovely people at Isabella Oliver Maternity have given me a Promo Code to share with you all! The code ALC20 will entitle you to 20% off certain items on their website! Please read the terms and conditions stated below…
Terms and Conditions:
This code will offer you a 20% discount on all full-priced items from the SS18 Isabella Oliver collection for a 1-month period from Friday 23rd March 2018. Minimum order value is £59. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other Isabella Oliver offer, internet offer or delivery offer unless specifically stated. Other Full-priced items, Sale items, Gift vouchers, Footwear, Watches and Jewellery are excluded from the offer. All orders are subject to acceptance under Isabella Oliver’s promotional terms and conditions.
*This post is written in collaboration with Isabella Oliver Maternity. All thoughts and opinions are my own.