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.

 

Style Icons 2013 – Gwen Stefani

While Kate Middleton tackled Maternity style with chic this year, I don’t think I have ever seen a more glamorous mom-to-be than the utterly gorgeous Gwen Stefani. She had me in awe with her always red lips, glamorous heels and general glow that made her look like a total goddess. Quite simply, Gwen was a picture of perfection. I think I actually drooled over every picture of her that I saw.

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bdd25882f09b7fe149a83e46a0645dc4Gwen has shown that you can retain your signature style during pregnancy, still wearing skinny jeans, heeled boots and shoes, and those trademark sunnies. But she has also provided a masterclass in layering, keeping warm as the temperatures have dropped with a range of gorgeous coats worn over stretchy dresses and classic jeans and jumper combinations. And when it comes to evening glamour, Gwen has embraced that bump and covered it with tassles and sequins, making her place amongst the best dressed of 2013 an obvious choice. Maternity style has had some real high-points in 2013, with Duchess Kate, Zara Philips and Kim Kardashian making it the stuff of front page headlines. But, for me, it reached its zenith with the sheer Hollywood glamour of Gwen Stefani.

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Gwen Stefani's stylish pregnancy

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Glam maternity looks from Next

Black Over-The-Bump Taper Leg Trousers (Maternity) £28 click to visit Next

Black Over-The-Bump Taper Leg Trousers (Maternity) £28 click to visit Next

Black Two Layer Dress (Maternity) £22 click to visit Next

Black Two Layer Dress (Maternity) £22 click to visit Next

Embroidered Organza Shell Top (Maternity) £18 click to visit Next

Embroidered Organza Shell Top (Maternity) £18 click to visit Next

Wrap Dress (Maternity) £30-£32 click to vosot Next

Wrap Dress (Maternity) £30-£32 click to visit Next

Midi Dress (Maternity) £24-£32 click to visit Next

Midi Dress (Maternity) £24-£32 click to visit Next

Black Tube Skirt (Maternity) £18 click to visit Next

Black Tube Skirt (Maternity) £18 click to visit Next

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrity style featuring Cheska Hull, Olivia Munn and a baby bump special

To celebrate the start of what I hope is going to be a fabulous February, I thought I’d start the month with some super celebrity get-the-looks. And this edition of Celebrity style features what is bound to be a huge trend in the coming months – dressing the baby bump. It seems everyone and her sister is pregnant at the moment (my sister, a cousin and a close friend included – and. no, don’t feel in the slightest bit broody myself) and that with one of those expecting being the lovely Duchess of Cambridge, we can be sure that maternity fashion is going to be more scrutinised than ever.

This week saw Issa unveil a new version of the iconic engagement dress, perfectly adapted to suit a growing baby bump, whilst Isabella Oliver added Busy Philips to its pretty impressive maternity clientele. Seraphine also shows how you can get the stylish Duchess of Cambridge maternity look at a fraction of the cost.

But this post is not just about yummy soon to be mummies. You can also grab the high street hot looks sported by Mollie Sims, Olivia Munn and a fabulous Cheska Hull.

Cheska Hull in Missguided

Larysa Long Sleeve Jersey Maxi Dress Black £17.99 click to visit Missguided

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Sweetheart Nursing Dress now £35.00 click to visit Seraphine

Olivia Munn with LK Bennett Clutch Bag

Alexia clutch £225 click to visit LK Bennett

Busy Phillips in Isabella Oliver

 

The everyday maternity blazer £118.30 click to visit Isabella Oliver

Molly King in Office

Oh My Peeptoe £65 click to visit Office Shoes

Kate Middleton in Issa – maternity style

ISSA Silk Jersey Kate Wrap Dress £525 click to visit Flannels