Ingrid & Isabel: Maternity Wear That Stretches & Grows With You
Have you heard of Ingrid & Isabel? If not, perhaps you’ve heard of the ”Bellaband”. The infamous stretchy band worn during pregnancy, quickly became a favorite ‘must-have’ accessory for pregnant women almost as soon as it came out. Ingrid Carney, Founder and CEO of the company created the accessory as a way for women to wear their favorite pants without having to switch over to maternity brands straight away.
I have been familiar with the Bellaband for quite some time, but I had never tried out Ingrid & Isabel’s maternity wear until recently. For the last few weeks I’ve reached the stage in my pregnancy where everything is too tight. Any kind of waistband, pant, short or bottom in general seems to restrict movement and makes me oh so uncomfortable.
When I heard about the stretchy pieces from Ingrid & Isabel, I was excited to test them out and am happy to report that wearing them consistently over the last couple of weeks has been nothing short of a pleasure to put it mildly.
Although the Everyday Cami ($38) doesn’t provide any form of bust support, you can easily wear your favorite bra underneath. The material is extremely light and stretches beyond anything I’ve ever tried, quickly returning to its original shape afterwards. The funny thing is, although its light the stretch seems to provide a feeling of belly support.
Worn underneath tees, tops and blouses, the cami smooths and flatters, while its extra-long cut covers your belly completely throughout your pregnancy. The fabric won’t pill, fade or lose its elasticity and it is seamless allowing for a wide range of movement, a ton of stretch and immediate recovery.
I’ll be honest, trying on the Everywear Pant ($88) was a bit of a shock at first as they seemed miles long. The reason for this is the high panel covers your entire belly (no underband or waist). If you don’t like this feature you can easily fold the band down at your waist during the early stages of your pregnancy. I’m not usually a fan of over the belly panels, but in this case I really liked it. The stretchy material feels as though it is hugging my belly and provides a heck of a lot of support (something I need desperately at this point).
Keep in mind – the Everyday Pant is a little on the long side so if you are 5’5 or under I would suggest getting them altered a bit. Anyone 5’6 or over will appreciate the length because regardless of how big your belly gets they’ll never rise up or get too short. The pants feel as good as a pair of Lululemons, but the material is lighter and stretchier. Like the tank, the fabric doesn’t pile and quickly returns to it’s original shape regardless of how many times you wear or ‘stretch’ them out.
Using the same fabulous fabric, Ingrid & Isabel has created a line of ‘Seamless Essentials’, Tees, Bottoms and Swimwear, that provide an equal amount of comfort and freedom of movement. You can check out the entire line by visiting Ingrid & Isabel’s website.
*Company sent product for review.*