Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Sometimes I take a look at my wardrobe and I wonder how I ever manage to get dressed in the morning. Aside from the fact that it has taken on a life of its own and now seems to occupy …

Thu, Jan 14, 2010, 09:00

   

Sometimes I take a look at my wardrobe and I wonder how I ever manage to get dressed in the morning. Aside from the fact that it has taken on a life of its own and now seems to occupy more than 60 per cent of my bedroom, it is a cacophony of styles, colours, fabrics, sizes (!) and fits. There are days when I realise that I am now a little old for little floral dresses and pink tennis racket prints – yes, really! – and I begin to yearn for what those TV people term “capsule wardrobes”.

It is then that I think, ah, if only I had an entire Isabella Oliver collection.  Started as a maternity brand, the label has now expanded to include Isabella Oliver 365 which is a really quite chic (yes, that’s an adjective) collection of separates and, my old favourite, dresses. Something I’ve noticed from looking at the brand is that their heritage in the maternity field has really stood them well, in that their clothing is all really flattering, and doesn’t unduly emphasise the stomach area. So props for that.

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I especially love the cape, which also comes in black, and the blue dress with that oh-so-flattering drape effect. There’s also free delivery (take note, Asos!) on any orders above €65 at the moment.

PS – I know I’m loving the collages at the moment, but it seems like the best way to give an overall idea of a designer. If you love or hate them, let me know, I do love the feedback, negative or positive!