Friday, 18 January 2013

Maternally Kate: Maternity Wear Possibilities

It's been a while since we had a fashion-related post and following this week's announcement Kate is expecting her first baby in July, I thought it a good time to take a look at maternity wear possibilities for the Duchess beginning with well-known brands she may choose. Since Kate's hospitalisation in December a number of you have shared their pregnancy stories and I hope this post will give expectant mothers some interesting style ideas!

Blossom Mother and Child is a one stop retailer for all your mother and baby needs with three locations in London, including the fourth floor of Harrods.

Blossom Harrods

The brand's own line Blossom was created in 2004 after customer demand for a more versatile wardrobe during pregnancy. Below we look at the Blossom Mary Pleated Maternity Shirt (currently reduced from £125 to £62.50), the £105 Tabitha Pussybow Blouse and the £79 Tiffany Pencil Skirt.

Blossom

Blossom stocks a number of designer maternity wear collections from Kate favourites such as M Missoni.

Blossom

We know Kate loves Anya Hindmarch bags, and perhaps the designer's Remedies Case used for storing baby medication or simply for smaller items could be a future piece for the Duchess.

Blossom

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British brand Isabella Oliver seems an ideal choice for Kate. The brand received a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade Category in 2010 and their maternity signature detailing (wrapping and ruching) has become a standard for the wardrobes of pregnant women everywhere. Below we look at the Gathered Detail Maxi Dress which was worn by Bones actress Emily Deschanel, the Tie Knot Maternity Dress and the Lulu Lace Maternity Dress, a perfect choice for Kate who often opts for lace pieces.

Isabella Oliver

Three other very 'Kate' items are the Lizzie Dress, the Everyday Blazer and the Urban Ruched Top. I particularly like the blazer and think it could be a staple piece in Kate's maternity wardrobe for engagements.

Isabella Oliver

Casual wear looks from Isabella Oliver's tips section.

Isabella Oliver
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Kate is regularly photographed wearing her J Brand jeans and I expect she will invest in maternity wear by the brand such as the Mama Jeans shown below.

J Brand
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Séraphine is a maternity brand favoured by celebrities and the fashion elite, with concession stores in John Lewis and Peter Jones and an ultra trendy flagship boutique in Kensington, the chic brand would be another ideal choice for the Duchess. No doubt she has passed the boutique countless times during shopping trips in Kensington.

Séraphine Kensington

Actress Angelina Jolie wearing the brand's Classic Straight Leg Trouser.

Séraphine

Next we look at Séraphine's Black Lace Cocktail DressShift Dress and Berry Colour Block Dress. All three pieces are quite fitted and perfect for evening occasions.

Séraphine

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Finally we look at British brand Tiffany Rose which provides glamorous and on-trend maternity wear for future mums with special occasions in mind. The lace collection includes a selection of dresses very much in keeping with Kate's signature style.

Tiffany Rose
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It is also entirely possible Kate will opt for bespoke pieces from her favourite designers such as Alexander McQueen and Alice Temperely for official events during her pregnancy. Actress Kristen Bell is currently expecting and wore a Jenny Packham soft lilac-chiffon empire gown with beaded shoulders and train from the S/S 2013 Collection to the Golden Globes. We could see Kate choosing a similar piece in the coming months.

Jenny Packham Facebook

 A number of readers have suggested guessing the baby's name in a future post I'm planning at the moment with history on royal names which may influence William and Kate's decision.

We conclude tonight's post with news from royal correspondent Richard Palmer on when we can expect to see Duchess Kate next.

Richard Palmer Twitter

46 comments:

  1. Kristin Bell could NEVER hold a candle to what Kate will look like in a dress like that. Sorry Kristin!

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    1. Yes, because the best way to praise Kate is to bring other celebrities down.

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    2. I loved Kristen Bell she looked beautiful the kind of beauty that comes from within

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    3. Actually I prefer Kristin. She looks stunning and very fresh in that dress.

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    4. Yes I think I have to agree, sometimes kate looks very drab and frumpy, don't know who advises her, I think she looked better pre marriage. Her mum and pippa always look amazing. Shann. Chicago.

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  2. Sarah from Calif.18 January 2013 at 03:05

    Oh my goodness! How the styles do change. I do think this time for maternity wear, (they got it quit right). The dresses are so flattering, not balloony and not skin tight. The black lace cocktail dress is elegant and classy. The Jenny Packham dress is divine and yes Kate would look the best in it, but I guess some of us are a bit parchel. I'm sure Kate is working on her maternity wardrobe now, and having fun doing it. Lovely styles here Charlotte thank you for the research!

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  3. Can't wait to see the royal name post! Once I heard Catherine was pregnant I started to go through my Alison Weir book which traces the British Royal Family to pre-Plantagenet day, making a list of all the possible names :-)

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  4. Ana B. from Brazil18 January 2013 at 03:28

    These would be lovely choices, certainly!
    I have heard Temperly London also has maternity clothes, and I guess the Duchess could stick to them as well!
    Thank you for the post, Charlotte! I cannot imagine the amount of time and effort you put into running this blog! You are unique, and I am glad we have you :)
    Hugs!

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  5. Oh well done, Charlotte! What a great post re: possible maternity wear for Kate! I really think that she should be reading your blog - you've got such excellent ideas. Isabella Oliver and Seraphine's maternity wear seem like they were made for the Duchess. And I agree with Christy: Kristin Bell seems sweet but Kate would rock that Jenny Packham dress like no one else.

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  6. Love the lace and the wavy striped M Missoni! Thanks for the ultra-chic maternity post!

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  7. Kate, Texas, USA18 January 2013 at 05:41

    Charlotte, another amazing post! I love all the collections you mentioned above and think Kate would be stunning in any of them. I think pregnant women in general have such a glow and beauty about them, so it will make Kate shine even more. I have no doubt she will set new trends in maternity wear. I think Serephine might be a favorite and it's just a hop away from KP. Also think she will have lovely bespoke pieces from Sarah Burton who is due to have twins next month. SO excited to see what her maternity wardrobe will look like!!!

    Really looking forward to your post on the history of royal names. I know it will be very interesting! You really are the best and I really appreciate all your hard work! Thank you!!! :)

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  8. Thank you for all the lovely comments x

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  9. Love this post, great job. There are so many beautiful styles. I really could see Kate in some of them. I am sure the will look amazing once she is showing.

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  10. I think you are spot on with many of your choices, Charlotte. 5/5 for you! :D

    I don't think Kate will be choosing many (if any) bump fitting tops (like that shown in ad for the J Brand jeans). Kate's conservative, classy style leans toward her choosing soft flowing tops and dresses (such as you show).

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  11. Thank you Charlotte for a wonderful post to keep us going on this snowy morning!!

    You've chosen some wonderful choices, I think you should send this in to Kate!

    I think the Jenny Packham dress Kristen is wearing is stunning - I do hope we don't see Kate in anything too skin tight though. She'd do well to touch base with Princess Marie of Denmark who had a super maternity wardrobe (IMHO) for official and casual occasions.

    Stay safe and warm - everywhere's winter wonderland white here so staying tucked up in the house today...

    PPx

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  12. I love that jenny packham dress. everything she designs is just so sophisticated with a touch of glamour! Love it!

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  13. Really enjoyed the post as well. We would love to get Kate into some of our range, especially the sleepwear. Finding gorgeous sleepwear for pregnancy and breastfeeding is really tricky!

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  14. Really love the dress and the casual dress

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  15. Thank you Charlotte for your research on maternity wear. There seems a nice variety available in fashionable wear. I know some seem to think the Dutchess would look better in the Jenny Packham dress but I think they forget that she is pregnant with a fuller body and face than she would normally have. While the Dutchess is slender I am sure she too will not look as we invision her based on her pre-pregnancy figure.
    From those of us accross the pond in California we hope everyone stays warm and safe. It appears the internet is still working,which is great since we enjoy Charlotte's posts.

    Are people have a snow day or just mucking about trying to do business as usual?

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    1. Sarah from Calif.19 January 2013 at 01:28

      Oh dear, you must be in N. Calif. Central CA. was about 73 degrees.Stay warm, enjoy the snow!

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  16. Interesting post. I believe that most outfits will be tailored to 'fit' Kate and her style anyway and McQueen will have a big influence (especially as Sarah Burton is now pregnant, too). I think that Isabella Oliver would be the PERFECT brand for Kate(helping the failing British companies/high street, too)especially for less formal occasions. Anya H has a better maternity bag than the one shown here - it's bigger and more practical.

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  17. ROBIN INDIANA USA
    Charlotte you really did a wondwrful job putting all of this information together. Almost wishes for me to have another baby but not. Maternity styles have chaged sooo much from wearing striped shirts and pants I hated. The Jenny Packham dress I love and I could see Kate wearing lace she looks so pretty in that style. We have no snow just bitter cold.

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  18. Thank you charlotte for another great post. I am not much on fashion but I love waiting to see what the beautiful Duchess will be wearing. I don't think we will see her in tight clothing. That is not her style. I can see her in custom made dresses/gowns, jeans and tops but nothing tight. I just want to see her baby bump.

    And hoping you all in the UK being affected by the snow, stay safe and warm. I had snow last week and we still have a little on teh ground but it has been really cold. Even though I live in Southern California, I am at 4200 feet level so we do get snow. This is the coldest it has been in a very long time.

    Thanks again Charlotte for this great blog. Your the best.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.19 January 2013 at 01:33

      Hi Pauline, I didn't know you got snow! We have had great weather here., now I feel bad telling people but, it does help my arthritis.

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    2. Pauline, I agree with you.. I dont See Kate wearing tight dresses either.that would be really awkward for a bathroom run!! The Jenny Packham gown is stunning and I can totally see Kate wearing it!!!I hope Kate takes a sneak peak at Diana's fashion choices,,it would be interesting to see her follow her Mother-in-law's maternity fashion trends :))We here in cold DC are getting ready for the inauguration!!:))

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  19. Thank you all for your comments. I'm delighted you enjoyed the post. It was very interesting for me to research maternity brands in the UK as it's an area I would know nothing about. None of my relatives had children lately and just one of my friends has a beautiful baby girl. Her pregnancy was incredibly difficult due to HG and she didn't get a chance to experiment with maternity wear styles.

    For those of you experiencing particularly bad weather, keep warm and safe x

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    1. Sarah from Calif.19 January 2013 at 01:43

      Sooo glad your friend was able to have a sweet baby girl. Finding and choosing maternity clothes is fun but, she got the best and most lasting part of the deal. A little baby:) Have a wonderful week end!

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  20. What a great post, Charlotte! It's really fun to look at what Kate might wear in the coming months. I had no idea there were such fabulous options in maternity formal wear! It -almost- makes me want to get pregnant again ;-) It makes me wonder, though what style of shoes Kate might wear as the baby grows. I can't imagine she would want to continue wearing the incredibly high heels... maybe lower heels, ballet flats, or wedges?

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    1. Thank you Meghan! I would imagine for casual wear Kate will opt for her London Sole flats or Aquatalia boots. No high heels I would imagine but for official engagements (which she will be resuming in February) perhaps a lower heel as you suggested. The L.K. Bennett Sledge pumps are very comfortable although possibly unsuitable for the third trimester.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.19 January 2013 at 01:46

      Oh my goodness, third trimester one truely does ( waddle) Does everyone know what that means?

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    3. probably low heel courts like this http://www.lkbennett.com/shoes/courts/CCBREE109PATENT or this http://www.lkbennett.com/shoes/courts/CCJULIA416SUEDE

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  21. Thank you for such a wonderful and thoughtful piece! I know Kate is going to look beautiful in whatever she wears! I just want it to be July already so we can know if the baby is a boy or a girl!!!

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  22. Laurie - New York19 January 2013 at 14:50

    What beautiful choices Charlotte! I had my daughter seven years ago and maternity wear wasn't terrible then, but it was nothing like it is today!! I absolutely love the Isabella Oliver looks and I think Kate would look awesome in any of them. I also adore the Jenny Packham on Kristen Bell. And although I do think it would look gorgeous on Kate, I think Kristen looks positively stunning!!

    I don't comment often, but I have to say Charlotte, that this is the first place I come to in the mornings while I enjoy my coffee, before everyone else is awake. I really enjoy all of your posts...they're always so informative and your writing style is terrific. I (and I'm sure everyone else here) very much appreciate all of the hard work you do to keep this blog up and running :-)

    Here's to wishing you a wonderful New Year, full of happiness & success!

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  23. Great post, Charlotte! I was excited to see you mention Tiffany Rose. I am 8 months pregnant and have been wearing her gorgeous dresses throughout my pregnancy for fancy events! The neat thing about her dresses is they are very flattering no matter how big your bump gets! I can totally see Kate buying one of these to re-wear as she loves to do with her other clothing :)

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  24. Just a guess but judging from her pre-pregnancy schedule and keeping in mind how cloistered she and William have been since their marriage (compared to Charles and Diana or even Will and Kate before their marriage), I wouldn't expect to see much of Kate between now and probably this time in 2014, even with Palmer's Tweet about Kate resuming her duties in late February. The Palace has already announced she'll be taking time off after the baby arrives in October so I'm guessing public Kate sightings will be extremely few and far between. Not a criticism, just a fact and an observation. As for the clothing, so many of her ensembles already are tailored with a waistline much higher than her normal waist and are either pleated or darted, she may choose to wear those, at least in the first and second trimesters.

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  25. I can't wait till her bump starts showing she will be so glowing then even more! So beautiful when the bump shows and the woman's beauty truly shines. Her happiness shines forth.
    Great choices for maternity wear Charlotte!

    God bless you Catherine and baby.

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  26. Charlotte, I'm a hard-and-fast Canadian anglophile who at age thirteen began scrapbooking news articles, reading about, and collecting British Royalty china, glassware, silver spoons, tins, and misc. memorabilia.I am now fifty-four.

    Like you, I've begun to wonder about perspective names for the Cambridges' baby. Personally I think whether a daughter or son, the child's first name will echo a former British Regent whom was held in high regard.

    In addition, in an effort to dispell confusion with members within the Windsor family and/or current Kings, Queens, or Heirs of other nations, I think the name will be unique. For example, I don't think "Elizabeth" or "Anne" will be chosen. 'Victoria' would be a lovely name, but conflicts with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. I think the daughter's first name will be "Alexandra" (from William's great-great-great grandmother {Elizabeth II - Elizabeth, The Queen Mother - Mary - Alexandra]. I anticipate that Diana, Catherine, and Elizabeth will also be included.

    Using the same parameters for elimination, current family named for former Kings include: William, Henry, Charles, Edward, Andrew and Richard. Digging deeper into history, the names of male Regents include: Arthur, Frederick, John, Louis, James, Edgar, Harold. In recognition of William's Grandfather's failing health, and the love and service he has rendered to our Queen, I think a son will be named "Philip" and that his full name will include Charles and Michael in honor of the Cambridges' fathers. {Note: the last King Philip (1527 to 1598) brought multiple bankruptcies, but was known as a courteous and gracious gentleman.}

    Looking forward to the safe delivery and the announcement of the Princess or Prince's name. - K

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    1. Sarah from Calif.20 January 2013 at 20:10

      Anonymous 7:38
      I love most of those names. Alexandra is a beautiful name and Philip is my sons name born on July 14. I have always loved the name Elizabeth so I hope if baby Cambridge is a girl it is used. Also Victoria is a lovely, feminine sounding name.

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  27. I just love the Jenny Packham empire gown! Stunning! And it's nice to see some of these tasteful maternity dresses. I'm not sure the painted-on look is the way to go. ;)

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  28. Charlotte—these are all great choices. I especially like the Isabella Oliver brand. It seems very "Kate!" I am so looking forward to your post on baby names. :)

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  29. Thanks for sharing this information its really nice.
    Maternity clothes

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  30. Kate Fashion Fan - Hampshire, UK11 March 2013 at 14:19

    What a lovely post, how exciting to look at these maternity clothes and think of Kate wearing them with her bump! The Tiffany Rose stuff looks gorgeous but appropriate more for big, formal events. Isabella Oliver is a well known maternity brand here in the UK but I never found that it fit me correctly, there was always too much material and I felt swamped! Of course, it may be different for Kate.

    I love this up-and-coming UK maternity and womenswear brand, www.keungzai.com (thought I'd mention it in case you don't know of it Charlotte and fellow readers). I have a few of these pieces and they all feel luxurious and fit really well, both with my growing bump (expecting second child this Summer) and when I wore them without bump after the birth of my first child. Very versatile but classic and simple clothes with a little edge or twist. Definitely worth the investment as these have outlasted all my other maternity clothes.

    I can really see Kate in the 'Ultra Soft Drape Side Dress' http://www.keungzai.com/maternity-clothes/dresses/Ultra-Soft-Drape-Side-Dress-in-white or the 'Twisted Neck detail Layered Nursing Dress' http://www.keungzai.com/maternity-clothes/dresses/Twisted-Neck-Detail-Layered-Nursing-Dress (I wonder if she's considering breastfeeding? It'd be great if she did, a really positive role model!) Obviously she could wear this dress even if not nursing, the non-pregnant model looks fab in it. OOOH and I've just noticed on the homepage, keungzai.com have a specific dress inspired by our Royal Kate!! http://www.keungzai.com/Twisted-neck-detail-dress Extra brownie points for this website, lol :D

    Thanks for the article Charlotte, looks forward to more posts. x

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  31. I'm hoping my doctor was right when she said I might not need bigger bra, just a nursing bra when it comes time (I'm a 34DD). She said since I was already sort of busty I might get away with just loosening my straps. Good bras are pricey with this level of support, I'm really not anxious to buy more in sizes I can't use for long.

    One of my girlfriends had a formal to go to, she bought an empire waist dress with a full/flaired skirt (very affordable maternity wear) and it looks fantastic on her post-preg too. It "draped' when she was carrying, and "twirls" not that she's not.

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  32. Thank you for sharing this post. You have shown me some great ideas for designer maternity wear. I really do love the blue wrap over dress, it is just stunning.

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  33. Thanks for sharing this nice information. Looking to buy elegant and stunning maternity dresses formal than ShoppersFeed is all here to offer you with a huge range of beautiful dresses at the price that you can easily afford.

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