Up until recently, shopping for maternity clothes was not a task many soon-to-be-mothers anticipated with much enthusiasm. However, with a boom in maternity fashion lines along the high street, the chore of finding clothes to accommodate a growing baby bump is becoming a lot easier and much more enjoyable.
One woman who has shown us how to do stylish maternity wear this year is Kate Middleton. Carrying the Royal Baby may have been particularly tough for the Duchess of Cambridge (as she suffered from acute morning sickness), but she made dressing her bump look effortless.
Although Prince George has now arrived, Kate’s maternity wardrobe remains a great example of exactly how to dress that bump.
Kate was excellent at flattering her bump with simple dresses. In her trademark modern yet elegant style, she usually opted for a knee-length dress with a cute Peter Pan collar or a print to stave off dullness. The knee-length option is perfect because it doesn't swamp your figure, and for Kate it helped her show off her enviable legs.
A slightly fitted shape also aids in showcasing the bump while flattering the rest of the body. Pick up a couple of simple tunics for something that's easy to throw on, but still smart and versatile.
A fitted blazer in a dark shade is perfect for when you need a bit of cover. Kate often paired her blazer with a pretty dress in a chiffon or flowing fabric. This lends some structure to the outfit and smartens up the whole look.
Admittedly, this isn’t really a Kate-inspired tip, but empire lines (where the waistband sits directly under the bust and the skirt or top flows over the stomach and hips) have long been the staple of the maternity collection.
Kate showed us the correct way to wear the empire line: the trick is to choose a dress or top with less fabric. Too much material can make a woman look bigger than she actually is – particularly with that pregnancy bump underneath. So, remember the golden rule: less volume is more slimming.