Brit brand Isabella Oliver is a favorite among chic mamas who refuse to sacrifice their sense of style during pregnancy. Beloved by celebs, Isabella Oliver's classic blazers, jersey dresses, and ruched tees have been worn by the likes of Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, and Gwen Stefani while they were expecting. This Spring, the brand adds a number of fashion pieces to its collection — from a chic, slouchy trench to a draped, sequined cocktail dress — and we're thrilled to bring you a sneak peek at the line, which launches today!
You already know what big fans we were of Kristen Bell's "Grecian goddess" Golden Globes look, and it turns out that the mom-to-be can turn out equally impressive ensembles for more casual affairs. She made an appearance at the premiere of The Lifeguard at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, looking lovely in a purple tunic and black leather Isabella Oliver jacket. While the jacket is currently sold out, we've found similar pieces to those she was wearing, so you can get the star's casual, chic film-festival getup.
Dressing while pregnant can be a challenge during any season, but Winter comes with myriad complications, including those freezing outdoor temperatures combined with often stifling indoor ones . . . and the need to layer when you feel like nothing in your closet really fits. We'll continue to do our part in helping you stylishly dress your bump all year-round (and, keep our fingers crossed, more fashion-forward maternity brands will keep entering the underserved marketplace), and this season, we're all about sweaters. We tracked down nine chic offerings from some of our favorite maternity shops and some brands that still work while pregnant (we promise we've tested them all!). Keep clicking and get ready to cozy up that bump!
Mom-to-be Malin Akerman bundled up in style donning a black leather jacket, leopard scarf, and studded brown boots while running errands in LA. She layered her noteworthy add-ons over a ruched Isabella Oliver tank dress ($155) and matching skinny jeans, then completed her strolling style with a black leather tote and classic Ray-Ban aviators. Pregnant or not, re-create Malin's cozy outfit with a few black basics, brown riding boots, and a leopard scarf for a day of errands.
Both Amy Smart and Ali Larter looked beautiful in black at an event at ARCADE in LA. While Amy opted for cool-printed pants and a basic blazer, Ali embraced her pregnancy to the fullest with her formfitting Isabella Oliver maternity dress. She then added a simple black pendant necklace and nude peep-toe pumps. Shop the dress, and get the rest, now.
Jennifer Aniston spent the holiday weekend in Morocco — must be nice – to celebrate the reopening of Hotel La Mamounia. Showing off her sophisticated style, the actress donned a sleek black sash-tie gown and strappy sandals. For accessories, she chose a gold choker necklace and matching bangles. Indeed, she's the queen of simple yet stunning looks.
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Even the wealthy seem to be watching their wallets in this time of recession. For expectant mamas, the economic fallout may be a bit harder since their growing bellies require larger clothing to cover them.
Once a mama has extended the wear of her pre-pregnancy clothes, she’ll likely head to the stores for a few new maternity frocks. Despite many Americans pinching their pennies, major maternity retailers told us that they have not seen any evidence in clients reducing their spending this year in comparison to last. While bump baring women may not be running out to buy $1000 skirts, both Destination Maternity, which includes higher-end A Pea in the Pod and more budget conscience Motherhood, and Isabella Oliver said their sales are consistent and their most popular items still are selling well.
Have you reduced your maternity wardrobe budget?
Nobody loves a sale more than a savvy mama-to-be! Women who crave Jessica Alba's sassy expectant style, but can't afford to dish out the dough are in luck. The celebrity's go-to fashion designer, Isabella Oliver, is having a sale! Starting today, online shoppers can take advantage of 25 percent off regularly priced items from the current collection. The sale runs from June 3 through June 8. Enter code "SUMMER" at checkout for the discount!
Known for outfitting some of Hollywood's "A-list" celebmamas like Minnie Driver, Gillian Anderson, and Jessica Alba, Isabella Oliver is one maternity line that keeps mommies-to-be dressed to the nines even through month nine.
The folks at Isabella Oliver graciously sent me the Maxi Cardi to test drive. Knitted with 90 percent lambswool and 10 percent cashmere, the fluffy sweater is a luxury for chilly days. After a long day at the office or running errands on my cankles, I look forward to coming home and putting on the cuddly sweater that looks a bit more like a robe than outerwear. Long and boxy, it's not so divine on my 5'4" stature complete with bursting belly, but I can imagine it would be more flattering on taller ladies. Perfect for plane rides or lounging around, the comfort is unbeatable.
However, for $230, I think Isabella Oliver has more to offer a stylish expecting lady. Below, check out some of my favorite pieces from their collection.
Here in San Francisco, sun dresses and sandals are scarce. But, today just happens to be one of the hottest on record and it's making me dream of strappy, sleeveless frocks intended for sultry days. Mothers–to–be, Isabella Oliver has got you covered with a slew of fresh summertime designs.
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