Royal Style

Kate Middleton's Refined Maternity Style

We take a look at the Duchess of Cambridge's much-watched maternity style and how pop culture's obsession with pregnancy has led to more style choices for the average woman

Kate Middleton in a Topshop dress; Photo by Keystone Press

Kate Middleton in a Topshop dress; Photo by Keystone Press

The Duchess of Cambridge has reached the showing stage, sparking a flurry of flashbulbs this week as she attends to various royal duties. The mother-to-the-heir always looks elegant yet comfortable and, importantly, always herself in feminine spring dresses that showcase her slim legs. Kate paired a Topshop dress with a black Ralph Lauren blazer and her signature pumps for a tour of Warner Bros. Studio with her husband and brother-in-law, Prince Harry. It’s a well-documented fact that the princess is a fan of the high-low mix which doesn’t exaggerate her obvious wealth to the women who voraciously follow her style, but gives them the chance to literally dress like a princess. Case in point: The Topshop frock sold out just an hour after she was spotted wearing it.

Kate Middleton in Erdem; Photo by Keystone Press

Kate Middleton in Erdem; Photo by Keystone Press

Earlier this week, Kate wore a flowery Erdem dress to visit an elementary school, which is not the first tine she’s selected the Montreal-born designer, then opted for robin’s egg blue Emilia Wickstead at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Kate rarely went above the knee prior to her pregnancy and hasn’t ventured far from that rule yet. Her regal style has also included prints and colour, which keeps her looking her age while not upsetting the queen. There are most likely rules to be followed and traditions to be upheld, after all.

Kate Middleton in Emelia Wickstead; Photo by Keystone Press

Kate Middleton in Emilia Wickstead; Photo by Keystone Press

While pregnancy was once non-publicized and many famous women kept it under wraps (hello, Gwyneth Paltrow) the intensifying rise of celebrity mommy culture has changed the game. Pregnancy is now trendy, giving birth (pun intended) to liberal uses of the word “bump.” Famous pregnant women become public property, and there’s big money when moms like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie share their blossoming bellies, release newborn photographs and allow paparazzi their solid gold shots when appearing in public.

The benefit of all this laser-focus is the increase in stylish maternity options. Kate’s not the only expectant mother on tabloid radar this year: Halle Berry, Fergie, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson and Evan Rachel Wood will welcome children in 2013. Each star, most often through a stylist, creates their own maternity persona that feels and looks good—meaning moms have more choices.


Jessica Simpson Maternity sweater, $80,  available at Motherhood Maternity


Old Navy Maternity gathered-front jersey dress, $22

Hatch Jumper, $248

Hatch jumper, $248