All the attention on Kate’s maternity looks begs a question: What can non-royal moms-to-be learn from the duchess’s style?
Rosie Pope, founder of Rosie Pope Maternity and Rosie Pope Baby, parenting expert and mother of four, reveals five takeaways for everyday women from Kate's maternity style.
Fear Not, Prints.
Wear ‘The Princess Kate’ Neckline.
Pope’s fashion line has coined a term - "The Princess Kate" - for the style Kate often chooses in dresses: a high neckline with more of a scoop in the back. “If you bend down your ‘jubilees’ won’t be showing but it’s not so conservative that you feel stuffy,” Pope said. “I think every woman needs a dress like that.”
You Need a Coat, but Not a Maternity Coat.
While making her way through a winter pregnancy, Duchess Kate has relied on coats to pull her looks together, something Pope says all pregnant women can do. “Throwing a blazer or a nice coat over your outfit instantly makes you feel put together and chic,” she said. “While pregnant, you want to pick something that is tailored in the shoulders and arms, then with a slight, A-line silhouette that compensates for your growing belly. Coats don't necessarily need to be maternity.”
Try a Tunic.
Along with the cream coat Kate wore to the set of “Downton Abbey” earlier this month, Pope’s other favorite maternity look is the navy tunic the duchess sported while visiting a London school in January. “It looked great on her,” Pope said. “I wore tunic dresses a lot while I was pregnant because they were comfortable and flattering. They are a good way for women to show off certain aspects of their body.”