One of the perks of pregnancy is getting to discover all these amazing clothing brands that are changing the way pregnant women dress their bump and step up their style in the process. One of those brands is Isabella Oliver, an internationally known brand that is favored by the fashionable set as well as A-list celebrities (www.isabellaoliver.com). What I love about the line, founded by fellow mom and now company CEO, Baukjen De Swaan Arons, is that it speaks directly to the modern woman. When Baukjen was pregnant with her first child, she felt that the market for maternity fashion was barely a blimp on the radar. With the help of her husband and her love of design, she set out to create a collection of wardrobe essentials that moms-to-be could easily showcase throughout their nine months of pregnancy and beyond.
The line carries everything from ‘ruche’ dresses to maternity leather leggings- a very ‘outside the box’ style selection hugely different from the traditional (and on occasion mundane) pregnancy fashion offerings that we sometimes see on the racks. The pieces are versatile, they’re contemporary, and they’re on trend.
So I was thrilled when the brand asked me to collaborate with them on a pregnancy fashion post! Not a bad gig! But I did have a hard time narrowing down the pieces I wanted to feature. It was important for me to show my readers just how chic and diverse these pieces could be when mixed and matched with things you already have in your closet!
It effortlessly pairs with anything from skinny jeans and leggings to a full skirt (it’s easy to tuck in with a voluminous bottom)! But I also wanted to be a little more adventurous and show how great a bright yellow goes with a bold accent color like navy and kelly green! It may not be the first color combination you think of when you see the top, but the beauty of fashion is about taking risks and playing dress up with out-of-the-ordinary color schemes like this one! There is so much variety. I personally love brights on brights- this top would work well with fuchsia as well as tangerine orange, and even an electric blue! But I dig how the navy, green, and yellow morph into a succulent dynamic palette of summer fun!
An outfit like this needed a unique and just as loud backdrop in order to capture it’s cool essence. And there was no better spot than the artistic concrete runway of Wynwood. It’s a fashionista’s canvas, so my photographer, Chris, from Ra-Haus (www.ra-haus.com), and I got to work! The murals were specifically selected to highlight the outfit without stealing it’s spotlight! From the geometric blacks, blues, and yellows, to the urban bird paradise, it all came together organically. The art is lush, it’s colorful, and it’s part of the look’s story- I’m a pregnant hot momma on the go and I never leave my style behind!
Another exceptional piece from Isabella Oliver that I’m obsessed with is the structured blazer also in the same lemon yellow shade as the tunic (http://www.isabellaoliver.com/us/shop/maternity-clothes/maternity-coats-and-jackets/alden-maternity-blazer-bright-lemon-yellow.htm). This is a fantastic investment piece because not only will you wear it during pregnancy, you can continue wearing it even after giving birth. I’m in love! I made some monochromatic magic happen and styled it with the tunic- a double dose of eye-catching awesomeness! This chic blazer can be thrown over a dress, a graphic tee, and can be worn with shorts or tailored pants. You see where I’m going with this? This yellow blazer is a must-have for every pregnant and non-pregnant woman out there!
Accessories are just as crucial when styling any look, particularly one that stands out as much as this one. You don’t want to overdo it and risk looking like a fly girl in a hip hop music video (a look, I’m not ashamed to admit, that I love on occasion). I added a classic fedora, adding to the cool-yet-sophisticated vibe of this maternity outfit. I went ‘sexy mama’ with my black Steve Madden gladiator heels. These are actually pretty comfortable and comfort is key when you’re carrying extra weight around! As far as jewelry, we kept it clean but edgy with this spiked necklace from Zara.
Thanks to the creative efforts at Isabella Oliver, pregnancy has never looked so good! What pieces will you add to give your maternity wardrobe a punch?! Check out their new arrivals now!