We are basking in a heatwave, Andy Murray has just won Wimbledon and Kate & William’s royal arrival is due this hot, hot weekend.
So the spirit of all things British, Royal, Baby and due dates, I thought it timely to do a Middleton maternity style review – specifically, my pick of her top ten maternity looks.
Unlike many pregnant women, Kate – what with her being one of the world’s most photographed women and all – couldn’t get away with leggings and her husband’s tee-shirt.
What she did do so brilliantly was use her chic, polished style of jackets and shift dresses to full-effect – in many cases tailoring non-maternity pieces to fit.
She also picked out great high street pieces – which obviously all sold out immediately – including Topshop, Hobbs and LK Bennett.
- Green Mulberry at 7-weeks pregnant. Poor old Kate was suffering from chronic morning sickness and probably felt as green as her dress here.
- Wearing stunning forest green Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo shoes and Kiki McDonough jewellery at Sports Personality Of The Year.
- Viewing her official portrait, Kate wore a vintage Whistles dress and Episode shoes.
- Wearing Hobbs on a visit to Grimsby – it sells out within an hour.
- Keeping the focus on her Moloh coat, six-months pregnant Kate shows off those legs.
- Love this Mulberry dress coat – and a proper glimpse of bump.
- If Mad Men did maternity. Kate wears Emilia Wickstead dress and Rupert Sanderson courts.
- Topshop polka dot teamed with an old Ralph Lauren jacket is chic – and cheap.
- Big fan of yellow and I loved this Emilia Wickstead coat dress on 32-weeks pregnant Kate.
- Her final royal engagement and she made a statement in Hobbs dalmation coat which – you guessed it – sells out.
Susan Kelley, whose blog What Kate Wore has a HUGE following of loyal Kate devotees, spoke to MMM about her thoughts on Kate’s maternity looks.
She says she LOVED the fact Kate wore so much high street.
Susan says, “I was struck by how little maternity-specific clothing Kate wore. She seemed determined to invest as little as possible in clothing that would be worn infrequently (at best). The few maternity dresses we did see Kate wearing were reasonably priced pieces from brands like Seraphine, Topshop & ASOS Maternity.
“There was continued evidence of Kate’s frugality throughout the pregnancy, she did a splendid job taking older pieces and modifying them to accommodate her expanding waistline, as with the red Armani coat first worn for William’s passing out at Sandhurst.
“But one of my favourite looks has to be the McQ by Alexander McQueen Black Watch coat worn for Kate’s visit to her old University, St Andrews. She obviously knew she was expecting at this point, her carefree ease while playing a bit of field hockey was a delight to see. Kate really seemed to personify the “glowing” term often used to describe expectant mothers.”
Here’s to our first glimpse of the little Prince / Princess #royalbabywatch.