Topshop’s New Maternity Collection – Adding star style to your bump wardrobe

We all cope with pregnancy in different ways. Some women absolutely love being pregnant and look gorgeous and glowing throughout. Others, like me, feel sick and ill, look terrible, and can’t wait for it to end. I felt awful throughout, and this made clothes very important to me – they were something I could control and a way of feeling myself. I trawled the internet for stylish items that would allow me to retain my own personal look – I just didn’t want to live in ill fitting, maternity jeans alone.

Luckily, maternity fashion is one area that has shown real improvement in style and choice in the past ten years, and this week Topshop has launched a great focus piece on their website where they have put together a series of looks that can take you from work to date night, from casual stay at home style to the weekend and the school run. It is great to find a key brand like Topshop, which has a real fashion forward ethos, concentrating on maternity fashion, and I have to say, from experience, that the Topshop maternity range is great – a stretchy vest top and black skirt were two items I purchased from the store when I was expecting Joe, and I absolutely lived in them.

I have featured the five key looks here, Office Look, The Weekend Uniform, The Brunch Date, The Date Night and The School Run, and also some stylish inspiration from some pregnant and amazing fashionista’s. So if you do have a happy event upcoming this year, and are looking for a little style inspiration in the meantime, step this way and have a look at what Topshop has to offer.

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Casual Weekend and school run style

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Holly Willoughby

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Brunch look

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Blake Lively

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Weekend relaxation

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Jessica Biel

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The Office Look

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Kourtney Kardashian

 

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To view the complete Topshop Maternity collection, click here.



Oscars 2015 – My favourite looks

The most glittering night on the Awards calendar came and went with a whimper last night. The Oscars used to always be the ceremony where you were promised something wonderful and something wacky, and interesting night of true fashion and memorable looks that would stay in the fashion memory long after who had actually won had faded. But that was then.

The best way to sum up this year’s ceremony choices would be ‘safe’. There were plenty of ‘nice’ dresses, with both nominees and presenters looking elegant and pretty on the red carpet. My favourite looks included the uber glamorous Margot Robbie in a YSL dress that made her look like a modern day Charlotte Rampling, complete with vampy lips and a statement necklace. Rosamund Pike also looked spectacular in red Givenchy. She has had a bad award season in my view, and this was the dress I’d been longing for her to wear.

There was a distinct lack of colour on the red carpet, but some ladies did approach it in a series of successful looks. I loved Dakota Johnson in red YSL, it was a gorgeous dress, and I particularly loved the  silver shoulder detail. Emma Stone divided opinions in Elie Saab, with some saying the dress was too old for her, and I can see Angelina opting for this one, but the colour and beading was superb, and I love anything with a low back.

Here are a selection of the dresses that I enjoyed on the night – with a couple that I sort of liked, including Jennifer Lopez, who wore a spectacular Elie Saab gown that I would’ve loved in any colour other than the dishwater she chose, and Lady Gaga, whose dress I loved – but what’s with the washing up gloves.

Whose look did you love/hate at the 2015 Oscars?

Kelly Osbourne in Rita Vinieris

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Anna Kendrick in Thakoon

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 Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

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Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent

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Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

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Sienna Miller in Oscar De La Renta

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Lupita Nyong’u in Calvin Klein

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Julianne Moore in Chanel

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Cate Blanchett in John Galliano with Tiffany and Co jewellery

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Rita Ora in Marchesa

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Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo

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Jennifer Hudson in Romona Keveza

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Emma Stone in Elie Saab

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Jenna Dewan Tatum in Zuhair Murad

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Andrea Riseborough

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Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

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Lady Gaga in Alaia

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 Diane Kruger at the Vanity Fair After Show Party

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Thandie Newton Aftershow Party Look

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Sofia Vergara Aftershow Party look

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BAFTA 2015 – The Best Looks

Last night was the most glittering occasion on the British movie calender, when Stephen Fry yet again took to the podium to present the BAFTA awards. In recent years the glitter has become even starrier, as more and more American and International stars make their way to London in what is seen to be a good pointer for the Academy Awards.

Last night we had American Royalty walking the red carpet, with Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon and Ethan Hawke all making an appearance. European stars Lea Seydoux, Naomi Rapace and Monica Belluci also made the trip to London, with Lea my absolute first choice for best dressed, in an exquisite yellow gown from Prada that had skin flashing panels yet remained totally elegant. Her hair and make up was also perfection – think 30s Hollywood glamour.

Other stars caught the eye with beautiful looks. Smethick’s Julie Walters was simply stunning, at 64 she was wearing a dress that many decreed as the best on the night, including Fearne Cotton who proclaimed that she want that dress and Rosamund Pike’s bob (I have to say Rosamund’s dress was another disappointment.) Felicity Jones continued that fabulous run in ultra pretty Dior, whilst Amy Adams went ultra modern in white Lanvin.

Another favourite was Romola Garai in Roksanda. I know this will be a marmite look, but those gorgeous ice cream shades, the beautiful cut of the full skirt and the pretty cuffs of the blouse make this a hit for me. Another style icon, Laura Bailey, chose a subtle, yet beautiful dress from Emilia Wickstead. I would love to see a sunshine yellow version of this on Kate Middleton, another Wickstead fan.

I have picked out my favourite looks from the night and featured them below, but also wanted to give a special mention to Kristen Scott Thomas. The eternally beautiful actress looked exquisite in a 1948 Balmain dress from William Vintage, proof that a perfect dress really does stand the test of time.

 

Felicity Jones in Dior

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Amy Adams in Lanvin

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Laura Haddock in Ashli Couture

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Reese Witherspoon is Stella McCartney

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Romola Garai in Roksanda Ilincic

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Prada

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Edith Bowman in Luisa Beccaria

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Laura Bailey in Emilia Wickstead

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Lea Seydoux in Prada

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SADIE MAXI DRESS £180 click to visit Coast

Julie Walters

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JS Collections Sequin blousson gown
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Kristen Scott Thomas in 1948 Balmain from William Vintage

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Navy Jersey Maxi Dress  £79.00 click to visit Planet

Navy Jersey Maxi Dress
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