Kate Middleton has become a maternity fashion icon and now you can, too! The Duchess of Cambridge loves to wear Séraphine, so we asked the brand’s founder and designer, Cecile Reinaud, for tips on ways to style YOUR baby bump, just like the royal.
Kate Middleton, 34, has been keeping her maternity look very chic, yet feasible throughout her entire pregnancy. You don’t need to be The Duchess of Cambridge to have amazing style. Thanks to Kate’s go-to maternity designer, Cecile Reinaud, we have all the tips on how to dress your growing baby bump!
Kate Middleton’s Maternity Clothes Designer Shares Dressing Tips: ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of Prints’
First off, we know you want to hear about Kate’s favorite maternity looks, so we asked Séraphine designer, Cecile, what The Duchess of Cambridge is a big fan of.
“The Duchess tends to choose elegant styles which are fitted at the empire line then looser through the skirt, and she isn’t afraid of colors and prints! She’s a big fan of our Knot Front Dresses – she wore the blossom print one to drive Prince George home from the hospital, and the Fuchsia one in the first official family photographs.”
She added, “Through this pregnancy, the weather has been colder, so she’s paired warmer dresses like the Vanessa Roll Neck Maternity Dress with statement Seraphine coats. She looked incredible in the Marina Maternity Coat on her arrival in New York, and more recently, she paired our Florrie Floral Print Maternity Dress with the powder blue Natasha Cashmere Blend Coat for a stylish spring look.”
Cecile also says, don’t be hesitant to dress your baby bump in prints.
“Small repeating patterns are very flattering through pregnancy – polka dots are a classic, and this season’s trend for geometric prints and mosaic patterns works perfectly too. Our Mosaic Print Maternity Wrap Dress is a great example – the vibrant blue shade will complement any complexion, and the detailed repeated pattern flatters your curves.”
She also adds, “I’m a passionate believer that you shouldn’t feel limited in your fashion choices, just because you’re pregnant. Whether you opt for prints or solids should be entirely based on personal preference. At Seraphine, all of our clothes are designed with your curves in mind, so whether you choose the print or the plain option, you can be confident that it will look great at every stage.”
Leather Is Not Off Limits
“If you love leather, there’s no need to give it up. Lots of celebs have styled Seraphine maternity clothes with their favorite leather jackets – Olivia Wilde, Coco Rocha & Alicia Keys to name but a few. Leather pants can be a little trickier as they don’t tend to have much give, so our Faux Leather Leggings (another celebrity favorite – loved by Gwen Stefani & Kimberly Wyatt) are a great alternative.”
We are in love with the look of Séraphine’s faux leather leggings — so stylish. HollyMoms, we highly recommend adding these to your maternity wardrobe!
Spring Is Officially Here: Look For More Of A Flexible Fit
Ladies, Spring is the best time to enjoy dressing your bump.
Cecile says, “Spring is the perfect time to invest in a few stylish maternity dresses – right now you can wear them with ankle boots and jackets, and then as summer comes on you can lose the jacket and switch to sandals. All of our pieces are designed with a flexible fit to last through your trimesters, so there’s really no need to compromise on your style as your pregnancy progresses.”
Now, if you’re worried that you won’t be able to pull off the same looks as a pregnant celeb, you’re wrong.
“Celebrities aren’t super human – they have the same body hang ups and insecurities as the rest of us, and I think this is especially true during pregnancy. There’ll always be the odd few who wear things that are a little ‘out there’, but mostly I think expectant celebrities make a great source of style inspiration.”
But Cecile admits that there are a few maternity looks expectant mothers should steer clear of. “My main advice is to steer clear of uncomfortable fabrics and baggy shapes – especially in your third trimester where they will just make you look bigger and give you that 90s tent look that is so not on trend.”
HollyMoms — do you find Cecile’s tips helpful? Will you try new ways to dress your own baby bump? Let us know your thoughts below!
— Brittany King