By Heather Warlick
It’s past delivery day for the Duchess of Cambridge — Kate Middleton’s delivery date was reported to be between July 11 and 13, and at press time, global royal baby watch is in full tilt.
When the bouncing bundle of British joy is born, Buckingham Palace confirms he or she will have the title Prince or Princess of Cambridge. And to celebrate the birth of the third in line to the throne, The Royal Mint will hand out 2013 good luck silver pennies bearing a shield of the royal arms to any baby born in Britain on the same day as the new prince or princess.
The royal couple have kept much of the Duchess’s pregnancy private, making only a handful of public appearances together.
But during those few appearances, Kate has, in her usual royal fashion, shown that her new shape hasn’t dampened her classic, and often quite practical, style.
Here are ways to add some aristocratic touches to your maternity wardrobe and look pretty as a princess.
Kate sported a Hobbs Dalmatian print coat as she made her last solo appearance while pregnant at the Southampton Docks for a Royal Princess cruise ship christening. The coat sold out within minutes of being seen globally.
Animal print is a great summer look for maternity fashion, but if you’re not so much into the Cruella De Vil, try a flowing, ultra-comfortable maxi dress in an animal print. Maxi dresses are perfect for summer pregnancies, with airflow to keep you cool and coverage to mask those swollen ankles, varicose veins and other pregnancy-related side effects. This animal print maxi is sold at www.asos.com.
Lovely in lace
A staple maternity combo for British royalty is the monochromatic dress suit. During her pregnancy, Kate was spied wearing several of these unexciting outfits in various shades of pink and yellow. But take a peek underneath the traditionally stodgy overcoat and you’ll see a splash of the Duchess’ personal flair. Under her baby pink Alexander McQueen, you’ll glimpse a ladylike lacy dress. Lace is a huge summer trend that will continue into fall.
For a royal touch, we found a lacy baby pink maternity dress with maximum flair — it is from Jessica Simpson’s new maternity line after all. Available at Destinationmaternity.com.
Make a bold statement
The Duchess was photographed by paparazzi galore wearing a bold printed “Sophia” silk dress by Erdem during an appearance launching a school counseling program in Manchester.
With three-quarter-length sleeves and a loose shape, this dress is bound to flatter most any pregnant form. We found a similar look in the Ali Ro three-quarter sleeve dress, available at Destinationmaternity.com.
Bright color, bargain price
While shopping in London, the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted dressing her growing baby bump in a cobalt belted Asos dress with a magenta cardi and comfortable wedges. This frock only set the royal wardrobe budget back $42!
We found an even more spectacular version of the Duchess’s Asos in a crimson red version, available at www.asos.com for less than $43.
During Kate’s third appearance as an expectant mother she opted for a black and white print Max Mara wrap dress. This classic dress could transition from pregnancy to post-pregnancy easily, hiding any leftover baby bump.
The Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique elbow sleeve maternity wrap dress features a black and white geometric pattern and sells for $119 at A Pea in the Pod.
Perhaps a less threatening black and white statement for maternity than her Dalmatian coat, girlish polka dots are always in style. The white with black dots Topshop dress was one of Kate’s faves apparently, as she tossed out the “wear it once” rule and took this frock out for a couple of spins.
She first wore the cocktail dress at a tour of the Warner Bros. film studio with Prince William and Prince Harry in April, and the $76 dress sold out online almost immediately. She then recycled the dress for a friend’s wedding in England.
Our version, Asos’ Midi Skater dress, sells for about $47 at www.asos.com. Choose your cardi color, and this dress is a multitasker.