Several weeks ago, the sample/flash sale site Zulily featured Isabella Oliver styles at some excellent prices. Earlier in my pregnancy, I ordered an Isabella Oliver maternity t-shirt that I’ve worn constantly, so I jumped on this wrap top. After a lengthy wait (like over a month), it finally showed up last week. By and large, the reviews for all Isabella Oliver wrap tops are great. That being said, there is a faction (sounds so evil, huh?) of women who complained there was a huge learning curve. I can see how the top can be intimidating. Basically it is like a 3/4 sleeve vest with ties longer than I am tall…and I’m pretty tall. Like some surreal type of origami, you wrap and knot the whole shebang into a tee that should cover with a body conscious fit.
My first attempt at wrapping the top was a total success. It was literally so easy. Fearing it was a fluke, I even took it apart and retied it. Easy peasy. I’m not exactly great at origami, either. Seriously, I tried it last week…bad. Partly because I need a little more coverage on my oversize bustline and partly because I feared the top’s bands would scoot apart as I wore it, I did layer a Skinnytees tank underneath. I’m happy to report that the bands didn’t slide around until late in the day. I just tightened it all and went on about my business.
My verdict on the wrap styles from Isabella Oliver? Thumbs up! It was easy to wear, it looked great with my jeans and espadrilles, and it covered everything it needed to cover. I think it might even work post-pregnancy with a little more wrapping. If you plan to order from Isabella Oliver, I’ve found the site’s size chart is good. I did size up to the brand’s size 4, which is a US 10, for this top. I could’ve gone with my usual 3 or US 8 but the larger size did give a bit more coverage in the bust. Buy it on sale if you can, but don’t let the $125 price tag deter you either. It’s worth it.