Pregnancy Style and beyond with Isabella Oliver

“My mission is to make sure every woman knows she can be whoever she wants to be.

What empowers a woman is confidence” DVF

I always feel incredibly vulnerable the first time I have to dress my body after having one of my babies. My desire to feel like the old me, has me reaching for long lost clothing friends, in the back of my wardrobe. However, these are quickly replaced with my oh so familiar maternity jeans and bump friendly tops, as my body isn’t quite ready for more fitted shapes.

It is within this vulnerability that many of us start to feel self-conscious as we move into another area of body transformation, known as the fourth trimester.  For me, I’ve never instantly bounced back into my pre-baby body, my ability to hold vast amounts of water is a testament to that.  So how do we begin to tackle our new found lumps, bumps and curves and start to embrace our ‘New Mum’ body?

One brand that understands the importance of feeling innately stylish during pregnancy and beyond is Isabella Oliver.  Renowned for it’s classic elegance, hardworking fabrics and feminine details, this maternity brand is your go-to for something a little more special. Their range of dresses and everyday separates promise to feel effortless and to flatter your growing curves.

During my pregnancy, I was lucky to be gifted the Alexina Maternity Shirt Dress in this beautiful burgundy spot print.  Initially, I had planned on wearing it to my baby shower brunch, however, baby Posy came early and I never got the opportunity.

Therefore I was ecstatic to learn that the Isabella Oliver collection would take you beyond your pregnancy and suit your post-baby shape.  It’s during this 4th stage that our clothing choices become visual representations of our confidence levels and tells a story about how we’re feeling. That is why I love dresses simply for the ease and quickness of putting an outfit together and this shirt dress ticks all those boxes.

I finally got the opportunity to wear the dress during lunch as a new family of five and I revelled the opportunity to finally dress up.  With this dress, it’s all in the details that gave me added confidence.  Pretty puff sleeves to add femininity, a tie waist belt to cinch in my waist and the option to undo buttons to draw attention away from my lumps.

If you are looking for something during your pregnancy that will elevate your everyday look, then the pieces within the collection promise to stay at the forefront of your wardrobe.

* I was lucky enough to be gifted something from the Isabella Oliver collection and I selected the Alexina Dress.  Therefore this is a gifted post, however all thoughts and words my own.

Images by Katie Fallon Photography

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11 Comments

  1. March 9, 2019 / 10:01 am

    What a beautiful dress. I totally think that 4th stage after birth was the time for clothes that give you confidence

  2. March 9, 2019 / 11:17 am

    The dress really suits you! I’m not post-baby (far from it – my youngest is 9!) however I think any company that encourages you to be confident in your own body is worth a look. ??

  3. March 9, 2019 / 4:31 pm

    You look amazing in this! I totally agree, trying to figure out what to wear after having babies is rubbish. Nothing fits, and even my maternity stuff was so stretched (I had twins second time round) that I couldn’t even wear that. Ended up going out and buying loads of stuff in sizes bigger, that are now just wasted in my wardrobe.

  4. March 9, 2019 / 7:35 pm

    It’s such a beautiful dress. Fab that a brand is thinking beyond just the pregnancy for what I call the in-between stage after having a baby. You look fab too!

  5. March 9, 2019 / 7:49 pm

    You look beautiful, and your photographs are gorgeous!

  6. Jemma
    March 9, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    I don’t think the fourth trimester is discussed enough to be honest. I think it’s got to be the hardest of all, trying to adapt to parenthood with this totally unfamiliar body underneath. If clothing afterwards can give you that much needed confidence boost then it’s got to be a win.

  7. March 10, 2019 / 8:27 am

    I’m currently 32 weeks pregnant and looking at buying some nice post birth clothing suitable for breastfeeding. Wearing clothes you feel good in gives you such a lift after having a baby doesn’t it x

  8. March 10, 2019 / 8:51 pm

    Some fab style ideas here. Wish I’d had these during my pregnancy

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