My second focus in my style icons of 2012 is the Queen of rockabilly, the incomparable Imelda May. Imelda, who channels vintage glamour and red lips at all times, didn’t let the little fact of being pregnant throughout most of 2012 dampen her style. She decided that pregnancy called for animal print…and lots of it.
I adore Imelda, I love that she maintained her same high standards of glamour and sex appeal throughout her pregnancy, a time when many women feel it is OK to wear anything as long as you are comfortable. Like Imelda, I wanted to keep my usual style during pregnancy, but even four years ago when I had my child there seemed fewer options if you were already naturally curvy. Today, most of the High Street are producing maternity ranges, and these are not just about jeans with belly bump elastication or combat trousers.
With Kate Middleton pregnant, maternity fashion will have a new focus, but for now, I salute Imelda, Queen of maternity dressing.
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