Duchess of Cambridge Maternity Special

After a few sporadic glimpses of Kate since Christmas, the last two weeks have been a real joy for Kate watches, with the Duchess looking gorgeous and healthy, and, as ever super stylish as she has attended a wedding, a public engagement, had some fun on the ski slopes, and enjoyed a little retail therapy.

What I’m really loving about Kate’s maternity style at the moment is that she is showing that you do not have to sacrifice your signature look to accommodate your baby bump. Wrap style dresses and looser fitting coats are perfect to maintaining elegant style, and yet still remaining comfortable.

One of the best maternity brands, Seraphine, has been quick to show you can get the Kate look’s that she has been wearing so far throughout her pregnancy. More interesting still, the brand has also shown how Kate’s pre-pregnancy looks can be adapted into stunning maternity styles.

 

 

Wrap dress with tie - Navy Spot £49 click to visit Seraphine

Click to visit Seraphine

Last weekend saw Kate attend the wedding in the Swiss Alps  of Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mark Tomlinson. This saw Kate again adapting pieces of her wardrobe to suit her pregnancy shape. Kate has a neat bump, so the addition of belts worn as empire lines, or simple removed altogether, means that pieces like the Max Mara studio dress can continue to be worn deep into the pregnancy. Kate wore a lovely blush pink coat that has yet to be identified, but contrasted so prettily with the choice of brown accessories.

Three of the best – leopard print dresses

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Ristea leopard print shirt dress £77 click to visit House of Fraser

Soon Leopard Print Wrap Dress £25.00 click to visit Matalan

Brown Animal Print Dress Was £38.00 Now £26.60 click to visit Wallis

 Fun on the slopes

The pregnant (and usually very sporty) Duchess took no chances on the ski slopes, but did seem to be enjoying the early Spring sunshine as she watched William and enjoyed a walk in the snow. She was wearing a very pretty cotton top from Zara, that is from a past seasons collection. Again, the loose design makes this perfect wear for a small baby bump, and the design is a lovely piece for wearing with jeans and a cardi this Spring.

 Three of the best – Pretty Spring tops

Ben de Lisi Lime lace front shell top £16 click to visit Debenhams

Red Herring White owl peter pan top £9 click to visit Debenhams

Pale pink floral top £17.60 click to visit Debenhams

Click here to view all Debenhams tops, currently with up to 25% off.

Grimsby Visit

Yesterday Kate paid a visit to Grimsby . This was the visit that was soon to become infamous after it was suggested that Kate had almost said she was having a’ d…..aughter.’ Kate recycled another great piece from her wardrobe, her Hobbs Celeste coat, and teamed it with a dress from Great Plains. The dress is still available on the Great Plains site, and it is also definitely worth checking out the Great Plains sale at House of Fraser as it currently houses some wonderful bargain pieces.

Cezanne Paintbox Pleated Dress £48.00 click to visit Great Plains

3 of the best – Great Plains

 

Great Plains Rothko stripe full pleat skirt £28 click to visit House of Fraser

Great Plains Piano pleats zig zag dress £41 click to visit House of Fraser

Great Plains Rothko stripe pleat front dress £32 click to visit House of Fraser

And so to yesterday, when Kate was back on the Kings Road shopping at one of her favourite haunts, Peter Jones. The gossip is that Kate has her eye on this Seraphine dress in classic black. For £45, this is a real bargain piece that could be dressed up and down as the pregnancy progresses.

Seraphine Brooke Dress, Black £45 click to visit John Lewis

 

 

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