The Bottom Line: Anything and everything, even your partner's pajama pants, beats wearing a Bellaband.
"I was quite rational while pregnant," I averred recently. "Except for the part about having to buy a new piece of maternity clothing every forty-eight hours."
At some point, I'd read enough positive reviews of the Bellaband to fire myself across town to overpay for one. Silly.
For whatever reasons, I had thought this would have some useful features built in. "It must have some rubberized grips on the inside," I thought, "so it doesn't slide around. And it must be nice and thick, or else the outline of your undone pants would show through and look ridiculous." Finally, I thought, "and it must be comfortable, too, I bet. It's probably shaped, you know, like real lingerie, not just a tube."
It is not shaped and it is not like real lingerie. This product has all the honesty, durability, and utility of the crummier sorts of As seen on TV!! items.
It does not have rubberized grips on the inside, or anything else to hold it in place. It does not stay in place. This is not to say maternity pants have a big edge on this -- "those fally-downy pants," I cursed, for months and months -- but at least hiking up one's pants is quick and easy; rearranging a Bellaband is a job, and an undignified one at that. Even if it stayed in place, would you want an added pants hassle with a pregnancy-addled bladder?
It is not nice and thick. It is a thin nylon, the kind that snags on nails, the cheap scratchy kind junk pseudo-'foundation' garments at discount stores are made from. A Bellaband on a pair of jeans in person is totally unrelated to photographs of a Bellaband on a pair of jeans on the Bellaband site. Your fly will show right through. It does not smooth things out. Between the lack of grip and the cheap fabric, it actually does a pretty lousy job of holding your pants up.
But wait, you say. How about just giving me a bridge between the waistband -- the ugly waistband -- of my maternity pants, and my maternity tops, which all seem to be manufactured by people who have no idea what 'maternity' actually involves? Only if you are willing to put up with a fair amount of discomfort. Nail-snagging, shifting nylon is not really what one wants cinched around the belly. And, adding insult to injury, it looks lousy. It doesn't pass for the bottom part of a t-shirt; instead, it looks like some sort of cheap undergarment that shouldn't be showing is on display.
I think a lot of women have ended up sounding enthusiastic about this product because it was a great idea, in theory, and could have been executed well. "Ingrid & Isabella" have a lot to answer for...
The reviews on Amazon.com sum it up: It was see through and showed my jeans and where they weren't buttoned.
it didn't smooth everything out where her pants meet her belly. it made it look lumpy. especially where the button for the pants is. in other words, it didn't end up looking like the ad photos you see everywhere. It was not high quality fabric.
When I sat down, the back of my pants slipped out from under the band. When I walked for a while, the band would actually fold up from the bottom or get wrinkled at the top end.
I like for a product to do as it claims. This does not.
If you find a knock-off -- a knock-off that is shaped, made from thick cotton, with a little rubber where it'll be on your pants -- go ahead and try it; it's a great idea. But this is junk.
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