Kim vs. Kate: Maternity fashion lessons from celebs
By Brittany Anas
For the last few months, our guilty pleasure has been seeing the side-by-side maternity comparisons of Cambridge princess Kate Middleton and, um, Calabasas princess Kim Kardashian on gossip mags. Whaaaat? We have nothing else to do while standing in line at the grocery store.
Since we’re still waiting for Kimye to announce their baby girl’s name and for the royal birth of William and Kate’s baby, let’s take the opportunity to reflect on the lessons we’ve learned about maternity style. These ladies are surely style icons, so it’s been fun watching them styles their bumps — even if there was an occasional fashion experiment gone wrong. We’re just thankful that paparazzi never photographed us in our third trimesters.
1. Avoid the all-over florals: When Kim K wore an all-over floral Givenchy designed dress in May, we were all thinking it looked a lil’ bit like our great-grandmother’s couch. But, actor Robin Williams nailed it when he Tweeted: “I think I wore it better!” with a side-by-side photo comparison of Kim’s dress with him dressed up like Mrs. Doubtfire in the 1993 movie. Floral prints inevitably bloom every spring and summer. But to keep them fresh and not looking overtly matronly, try a more minimal approach to florals — limiting them to accessories, a sheer blouse or a skirt.
2. Monochrome: Even in her third trimester, Kim looked all-out glamorous and sexy at an appearance in Las Vegas while wearing an all-red lace dress. In London, she flaunted her maternity figure in head-to-toe black, from stretchy black pants to a polished leather top, looking completely chic. Monochroming is Kate Middleton’s go-to trick: She wore an all-green Alexander McQueen dress with a high slit at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in December. And, a month later, she wore a burgundy Whistles dress with long, sheer sleeves for the debut of her first official portrait at the National Portrait Gallery.
3. Be comfortable: Kim showed us that comfort can still look good. For all you hot mamas with summer pregnancies, a maxi dress that can stretch with your growing baby bump, a pretty pair of sandals and a pedicure are perfect for summer.
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