Meghan Markle: What Can We Learn From Her 10 Best Maternity Looks?
While the nation watch and wait for the arrival of the new royal baby, we have also LOVED watching Meghan's maternity style blossom into 2019 - and doesn't she look effortless. Want to know how to dress your bump?! We reflect on some of the Duchess' most flattering maternity styles throughout her pregnancy.
"Meghan’s pregnancy style has been the same as her everyday fashion style, totally on point. Meghan knows exactly how to dress to suit her personal style, personality and now her new Royal title and blossoming bump. Never putting a fashion foot wrong Meghan has had the most enviable of maternity fashion wardrobes..."
"..favouring tonal dressing - that is a favourite look for Meghan - with soft feminine shades and tailored coats and dresses that have been fitted to accommodate her bump. Meghan has not always played it safe though and has worn some beautiful more bold prints and colours when making royal appearances."
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Tonal/One Colour Outfitting
Choosing the right colors can really help to define your look while pregnant. For a slimming look, black is not the only option. Try wearing an outfit of the same one color or a range of tones of the same color to help make you look smaller and more balanced. This flattering gently pleated skirt and blazer combo looks elegant without hilighting Meghan's bump this time but complements her glowing complexion with the similarly coloured shoes.
The slim/ straight down dress shape here perfectly accentuates Meghan's height while the classic waist tie detail flatters her little bump. Wraparound tops and dresses with tie belts are especially flattering as your belly gets bigger. Both are very functional and flattering and can grow with you throughout your entire pregnancy.
'You know a maternity dress looks fantastic when women who aren’t pregnant want to wear it. This is one of those. Perfect for spring, the folds of fabric at the bottom fan out, which balance the shape of this dress out nicely. I also think espadrille wedges are a great choice here, comfort is paramount when it comes to a maternity wardrobe but that doesn’t mean you should shun all heeled footwear if you don’t want to. These wedges offer good ankle support and a little extra height can go a long way in your second trimester."
Bethany Hamer, Jules B Online Fashion Editor
"This Valentino cape dress is such a flattering shape, not only does it hang beautifully over Meghan’s entire body - bump included - but the fabric moves with her and isn’t restrictive. This has to be one of the key elements of successful maternity dressing, look for fabrics that support the bits they’re supposed to, while still giving you freedom of movement. The nude accessories with this deep red are expertly matched, and Meghan gives us another lesson in flawless maternity dressing."
Bethany Hamer, Jules B Online Fashion Editor
"We love Meghan's pregnancy style as she really celebrates her baby bump! Meghan has maintained her style by adapting clothes that are not necessarily made for the maternity market. We also picked these looks at our Body Bump non ride-up slips would work fantastically with this dress!"
Lucy Saunders, Director and Founder TheBodyBump
"The high waistline of the Veronica Beard Cary Dress which is drawn in with a tie belt, gives definition between bump and bust. The skirt just skims rather than clings to her middle which is ideal in early pregnancy when your bump hasn’t quite reached it’s full, cute roundness yet. The midi length of this dress is elongating and balances the proportions of slightly broader hip area that often accompanies pregnancy meaning that it would look great with flats or sneakers too. Colour can be your best friend when expecting as the right colours will enhance your complexion as this sky blue does perfectly for Meghan!"
The most flattering pregnancy shape - for most body types - is anything with an empire waistline which is usually a gathered hem just above the tummy and is really effective in giving the look of length to your body and therefore slimming the waist and torso area. Black is versatile and slimming anyway; the leg split elongates, while the roomy, relaxed mid-section lets your belly breathe. If you want to dress your bump without revealing your entire curvature, try this style or a tunic dress.
Meghan stunned with her surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards opting for a timeless velvet assymetric Givenchy Gown with the same gentle empire waist line.
If you haven't already noticed, the colour blue seems to have been a true favourite in the Duchess' maternity wardrobe! From sky blue to 'Fijian blue' , the soft yet rich pastel cornflower cape dress by Safiyaa were the perfect compliment to her beautfiul bronzed complexion at the Fiji Gala as part of their Royal Tour back in october 2018. The formality of the cape neck and sleeves incorporate very elegant and interesting details - which frame the body to look smaller while fractionally lengthening the shoulders and flattering the arms. This stunning floor-length style is just one of the examples of cap dress that have hit maternity and non-maternity collections this year - look out for these at brands like ASOS and Tiffany Rose.
Ban shapeless, embrace tailored
"Many ladies have a tendency to wear over-sized clothing during pregnancy but this will in fact make you look larger. The tailoring of this coat is perfect as the flare shape accommodates Meghan’s bump whilst remaining snuggly fitted on the chest and shoulder area. The coat’s length showcases her slim lower leg which she has extended with a heel. When wearing long tops with Maternity jeans, a small, block heeled boot or sandal is a comfortable way of extending and lengthening the leg. Meghan has increased the scale of her bags and sunglasses during pregnancy as tiny accessories would look disproportionally small alongside a growing bump..."
Keren Beaumont, Personal Stylist
"Color blocking clothes can be either really great or seriously awkward," Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere told BuzzFeed Life. "If the color change is higher up and doesn't cut across the largest part of your belly, then yes, go for it! It's a fun way to embrace your bump."
Potentially her boldest maternity outfit, Meghan turned heads on her visit to Birkenhead in a bright red trench style coat by Sentaler and deeper purple by Aritzia made for a regal twist on the colour blocking trend.
"Although I have loved some of the flowing floral dresses Meghan really looks amazing in the more tailored look. Dressing in her signature style of modern elegance with beautifully cut dresses and coats styled with fine jewellery and stylish accessories. Not all the outfits would work for all bumps, as we know all pregnant ladies carry in different ways. Meghan’s maternity style though has varied in style and has given inspiration for pregnant ladies who want to take some style tips and translate into their maternity look."
Charlotte Balbier, Bridal Fashion Designer and Ceative Business Consultant All The Pretty
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