During my first pregnancy, I got through the first two trimesters with my pre-pregnancy jeans, pants, and skirts paired with Bellabands from Ingrid & Isabel. I loved them, so why I never thought to look at the company’s other maternity styles is completely beyond me. This time around, I’ve been a major Ingrid & Isabel devotee…like three orders in three weeks devotee. I’ve largely been guessing the sizes I needed because I’ve found very few Ingrid & Isabel reviews out there. Honestly, I think it may be hard to go wrong with their sizing for the most part. It’s often forgiving. Nevertheless, I thought it might be helpful to review the products I’ve purchased. It may help one of you when the time comes. I’m also going to break this up into several posts.
Ruched Tank and Tee
Verdict–Great buy; true to size
The Ruched Tank and the Ruched Tee make great layering pieces. As far as I can tell, the only difference between the two is the sleeve–one has ’em, one doesn’t. Both the tank and tee are a nylon/spandex blend, which might not be ideal for a Texas summer but works just fine right now. I wear/wore somewhere between a size 6 and 8 pre-pregnancy, plus my bust is a full DD. For that reason, I chose the size 2 (these products are sized 1, 2, and 3 to fit sizes 0-18.) The ruching on the tummy is designed to fit before, during, and after pregnancy. There’s quite a bit of material there. I really don’t think I’ll wear it much once I’m back into my fighting shape after baby but, then again, I have no doubt this is going to fit just fine even in my final weeks. I have both the black and white versions of the tee and have washed them both several times. As the care instructions suggested, I haven’t dried either one. They’ve done really well–no misshapen areas, no pills, no snags. They’re both a bit snug in the bust but nothing obscene or uncomfortable. For the tank or tee, I recommend going with the size suggested by the size chart.
Verdict–A bit spendy at $68 but worth it; runs a bit small
Honestly I didn’t think too much about the Athena Tunic when I saw it on the Tops product page. After viewing one of the lookbooks, however, I really wanted it. It looked so chic paired with jeans and heels. Although I love the ivory version (so goddess-like), I ultimately bought the grey for myself. I feared that my skin tone would blend into the top, looking more pasty than Grecian. I have practically no doubt in my mind that I’ll wear this top post-pregnancy. It’s just so pretty. The length is nice, the drape is becoming, and the asymmetrical hem is just cool. I ordered the size Medium, which is supposed to fit a pre-pregnancy 8-10. Although it fits me fine with room to spare for now, I have my doubts that a 32-week bump is going to fit in there. I may be (and hope I am) wrong. As you can see in the photos, the bust isn’t obscenely tight. It’s just the tummy area that gives me doubts. Regardless, I bought this top just as much to wear next summer when the baby is here as I did to wear it now.
Stay tuned in the next few days if you’d like to see more of what I bought and what I think of it all. I have swimwear (no, I’m not modeling that myself), V-neck tees, linen pants, and a couple of dresses to discuss. Have you worn Ingrid & Isabel? What did you think?
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