Isabella Oliver’s Estylist

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Isabella Oliver StylistChelle from Unique and Chic has been talking to Isabella Oliver’s estylist for us….

I don’t know about you but I have found it difficult to dress my bump during my second pregnancy. At 21 weeks I have stuck to maternity jeans and a series of tees in black, white and grey. One dress bought and I am now wanting to have something a little bit more chic. So when I heard about Isabella Oliver’s EStylist I jumped at the chance to give it a go. Maybe they could help me with some summer colours and give some umpf to my style.

The EStylist Rachel organised a session with me to go through some options as well as talk style with me. A link is sent to you and you speak virtually with your stylist. The link is a little bit like Skype (so remember if your little one is around and you have left your iPhone unlocked this may interfere with the service…sighhh). Once logged in (which is a simple as clicking the link and waiting for the stylist to connect) you meet your stylist and they run through how the system worked. I liked that at every stage Rachel answered my questions and due to a few internet connection issues (i.e. Fizz trying to watch her TV on my phone) she followed shortly after with an email going through my questions. Great for you if you have baby brain!

It wasn’t all just talk either. I asked about layer colour and fabrics and Rachel had a clothes rail and managed to show me a few options. There was one patterned dress that was really lovely and although I am scared of looking like a big bump of colour she talked me through how to be subtle with block colour and pattern. For what she didn’t have there with her she showed me via a screen share. This service is really great for a mama to be whether first time or subsequent pregnancies. It really made me confident about styling my bump for summer and I would really recommend. At no point did I feel any pressure to buy. So here are the questions I asked Rachel.

What key styles are there for the summer 2014 and could you show me 3 key pieces.

The style for this summer contains sorbet brights and dusky blushes. Prints (such as our amazing Vienna snake print selections) and as well tonal layering – making matching chic and effortless. I would suggest the following as your 3 key pieces – Libby Maternity Tunic,  Relaxed Maternity Jeans (so easy for dressing up or down), Ruched T-shirt dress (specifically in Duck Egg and Pale Salmon Melange). This dress can be used for everyday from work, to a special occasion with some simple accessorising. The ruching along the side makes it very flattering and allows you to comfortable grow with your bump.

How do you wear block colour when pregnant without looking swamped?

Block colour dressing can be really fun and depending on your mood, quite adventurous. One of my favourite new ways to wear colour is to pick a shade and wear it head to toe in differing tones. Embellished accessories up the wow factor on this look.  You can also team up bright trousers, like our Messinas with a basic white tee and black blazer to add that subtle pop.

How easy is it to style someone virtually? What info should you have for the stylist?

It can be easy to style someone virtually as usually beforehand they fill out a small application and let me know exactly what they are looking for, as well describing their features (height/weight/hair & eye colour/how far along they are) I also notice a lot of my clients end up telling me a bit about their lifestyle as well, what their go to outfits are, that way I have a better idea of what pieces I can select for them prior to our tailor made session. Although I do have the full range on hand usually, it does help seeing them through the video service, that way I can get a better feel of them and their lifestyle and work together and picking the best looks for them.

Is there longevity of the maternity wear range?

Speaking to personal customers a lot of them have stated they have used their maternity pieces through 2-3 of their pregnancies, so the quality is definitely there and lasts. Another thing to note is our helpful Bump-O-Nomics we display throughout our website and catalogues. You will see three letters on several of our items P A F . Which stands for Pregnancy pieces, After pregnancy, including nursing pieces as well as those styles with a long wardrobe life, and Forever which literally means you can wear these pieces forever.

So would Chelle recommend using the service? Yes. Absolutely!

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