Duchess Kate shows off her maternity style in Hobbs, Seraphine and Madderson London

For those who love the Duchess of Cambridge’s style (for that read me!) the last week has been a great time, with Kate making a whole host of appearances on different engagements, and wearing some new pieces. With Kate being well-known for her thrifty nature, new pieces are always something to enjoy, and when those pieces also come from the High Street, you can guess their will be the inevitable sell-outs and internet crashes.

First up, we have a stunning, 1960s style tunic dress from Madderson London, a fairly new British design company who are set to see their profile rise considerably now Kate has been spotted in their ‘Naomi’ design. (You can pre-order the dress here.) The £450 dress was quite a daring choice for the pregnant Duchess, as it is well above the knee, but teamed with opaque tights and suede heels it looked extremely chic, and I loved the Chanel-esque French Tweed panels and trim.

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Get the look – 60s style tunic dresses

Cobalt Crepe Dress £35.00 click to visit Kaliko

Cobalt Crepe Dress
£35.00 click to visit Kaliko

Blue Double Zip Shift Dress     Was £29.00     Now £23.20 click to visit Wallis

Blue Double Zip Shift Dress
Was £29.00
Now £23.20
click to visit Wallis

Petite Black Stripe Dress     Was £40.00     Now £28.00 click to visit Wallis

Petite Black Stripe Dress
Was £40.00
Now £28.00
click to visit Wallis

Kate’s next look moved from new design talent to a High Street favourite, and one that had a pretty amazing sale at that. The Duchess opted for Hobbs for an engagement celebrating the work of foster carers, a brown animal print shirt dress that has been seen before, but was now available in the January sales. Of course, it was an almost instant sellout, but the good news is there are some great shirt dresses out there, many available at sale prices at the moment.

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Get the look – shirt dresses

Plain Red Shirt Dress     Was £65.00     Now £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Plain Red Shirt Dress
Was £65.00
Now £30.00
click to visit Wallis

The Laden Showroom X Mirror Mirror Classic Shirt Dress  £52 click to visit ASOS

The Laden Showroom X Mirror Mirror Classic Shirt Dress
£52 click to visit ASOS

Glamorous Long Sleeve Shirt Dress £28.00 click to visit ASOS

Glamorous Long Sleeve Shirt Dress
£28.00 click to visit ASOS

Warehouse Exclusive Shirt Dress £48.00 Click to visit ASOS

Warehouse Exclusive Shirt Dress
£48.00 Click to visit ASOS

Kate was also wearing a new pair of earrings from Mirabelle. The earrings are gold plated and fair trade. If you love this handmade jewellery London look, you could get something very similar with these gorgeous, handmade silver earrings, the Vanilla Links, from Nude jewellery. I think these are just lovely.

Vanilla Links Earrings - Handmade Silver Earrings - Exclusive to Nude Jewellery £145 click to visit Nude Jewellery

Vanilla Links Earrings – Handmade Silver Earrings – Exclusive to Nude Jewellery £145 click to visit Nude Jewellery

For a series of engagements in Kensington, Kate opted for a maternity brand which she had favoured during her first pregnancy, Seraphine. She wore a super pretty pale blue coat, again with a 60s feel due to the empire line design, and teamed this with a floral dress in blue and green.

kate-middleton-seraphine-2-aThe coat is now out of stock, but this shade of soft, pastel blue has been a big favourite this Winter, so there are a lot of options out there if you are looking for this look or shade.

Get the Look

ASOS Coat in Texture with Raw Edge £75.00 NOW £41.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Coat in Texture with Raw Edge
£75.00 NOW £41.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Coat in A Line With Panel Detail £80.00 NOW £56.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Coat in A Line With Panel Detail
£80.00 NOW £56.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Boyfriend Coat £80.00 NOW £38.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Boyfriend Coat
£80.00 NOW £38.00 click to visit ASOS

River Island Longline Swagger Coat £80.00 NOW £48.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Longline Swagger Coat
£80.00 NOW £48.00 Click to visit ASOS

I think, once again, that Kate is doing maternity style in a very chic and elegant way.

Do you have a fave from the outfits featured above? I’d love to know your thoughts.

 

Wallis Blue Lace Shift Dress reviewed

My next review in my ‘life begins at 40’ series is the dress I actually wore for my birthday celebrations yesterday. It was gifted by one of my favourite brands, Wallis, and came in a stunning deep blue shade that my mom has long exclaimed to be ‘my colour’.

Blue Lace Shift Dress     Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Lace Shift Dress
Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

The blue lace shift dress is a gorgeously vibrant 60s style frock. It has a double layer effect, with a sort of crocheted lace top layer, and then a stretchy block underlayer. With no buttons or zips, this is a style you simply put over your head, and the nature of the fabric means no ironing is required – making this a great dress to pop in your holiday suitcase. The colour is stunning, a really vibrant, showy blue that simply pops and would look great teamed with yellow, orange or even green accessories for the perfect colour clash look.

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DSCN7721This dress is super versatile. I wore this for a Father’s Day/birthday meal, and added yellow heeled sandals and a gold/blue necklace to complete the outfit, but I am planning to wear this on holiday with some toe post sandals which I think will look equally as good due to the simple, chic nature of the dress. I also think the deep shade of blue means this dress will also look great with opaque tights and shoe boots when summer turns to autumn. A denim jacket or blazer would also team well with this dress for evenings or chillier days.

DSCN7723I totally love this dress in the ‘deeper shade of blue’, and will be wearing it a lot this summer. Wallis currently have this dress in white and coral, and also have a very similar style that has the difference of an embellished neckline. I have featured these styles below. I have also added a couple of birthday snaps of the dress that show the lovely detail around the shoulders and neckline.

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Wallis Lace Dresses

Blue Embellished Lace Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Embellished Lace Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Orange Lace Embellished Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Orange Lace Embellished Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

White Lace Shift Dress     Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

White Lace Shift Dress
Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

Stone Lace Keyhole Dress     Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Stone Lace Keyhole Dress
Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Coral Lace Shift Dress     Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

Coral Lace Shift Dress
Price: £42.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Crochet Lace Dress     Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Crochet Lace Dress
Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Yellow And Grey Lace Shift Dress     Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Yellow And Grey Lace Shift Dress
Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

To view all Wallis dresses, click here.

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