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Duchess Kate rocks a wrap dress

The Duchess of Cambridge made a welcome return yesterday, as the latest personal criticism, this time from Hilary Mantel and Vivienne Westwood continued to  make news. Booker prize winner Mantel made a scathing attack on the Duchess, who she basically described as dead behind the eyes, whilst Vivienne Westwood contradicted the rest of the fashion press by saying that Kate did not recycle her wardrobe enough. Poor Kate remained silent in the face of both attacks, and somehow seemed all the classier for this.

Kate looked tanned and healthy for the engagement, a visit to Hope House, in London. She was wearing an ultra flattering wrap dress from Max Mara which showed off her growing baby bump. This was teamed with Episode shoes. Kate’s dress was from 2011, but there are some fantastic Max Mara designs available on the House of Fraser site at present that would also be perfect for the Duchess, many of them currently in the sale.

Max Mara at House of Fraser

Weekend MaxMara Calcina 3/4 sleeve tie waist print dress £81 click to visit House of Fraser
MaxMara Studio Papy long sleeved jersey wrap dress £115 click to visit House of Fraser
MaxMara Studio Ricco long sleeved printed jersey dress £152 click to visit House of Fraser
Weekend MaxMara Petali V-neck dress £82.50 click to visit House of Fraser
Weekend MaxMara Bondeno printed silk dress £80 click to visit House of Fraser

I think Kate chose really wisely in opting for the classic wrap style dress. This style, designed by the legendary Diane Von Furstenberg in the early 1970s, is a very comfortable maternity style, and one which you can continue to wear as the ‘bump’ grows, tying the sashes comfortably above the bump and utlising the stretchy fabric to accommodate an ever growing baby. Of course, wrap dresses are also perfect for those who have curves, with the deep v neckline perfect for showing off a great bustline.

5 of the best – Wrap dresses

3/4 Length Sleeve Wrap Dress £35 click to visit M&S
Women's Stretch Fit Wrap Dress £8.70 click to visit La Redoute
Scarlett & Jo Navy Lace Sleeve Dress Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans
Scarlett & Jo Coral Rosette Short Sleeve Tunic £40 click to visit Evans
Daydream Print Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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