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Royally Gorgeous Maternity Style

When it comes to pregnancy and maternity clothing, it's very much a case of "If you've got it, flaunt it." Say so long to dowdy maternity gear and oversized T-shirts; today's hot mamas want something fun and fashionable, emphasising their baby bump rather than disguising it. And who better to look to for maternitywear trends than the world's most stylish pregnant woman, Kate Middleton?

Past royals like the late Princess Diana were known for demure, modest maternity clothing, favouring tent-like dresses with little or no shape in pastel colours. But her super-stylish daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, hasn't let pregnancy stop her from looking glam. Already renowned and followed by fashionistas worldwide for her stylish wardrobe, Kate is taking advantage of her growing tummy and newly acquired curves and adding key bump-friendly pieces to her existing wardrobe.

Named Vanity Fair 2013 magazine's "Best Dressed Pregnant Star", Kate's maternity style has been labelled "incredibly chic", somewhat reminiscent of 1960s style icon, the oh-so-elegant Jackie Kennedy.

Kate's maternity look is all about fabulous flowing lines, strappy heels, and bold accessories. Sleek, form-fitting maternity dresses, knee-length or slightly shorter, and paired with comfortable heels, accentuate Kate's baby bump and newfound curves. Printed or colourblock skinny jeans or tailored maternity pants look stunning with bold tunics and layered necklaces, along with knee-high boots and an oversized bag. A good-quality pair of maternity stretch denims paired up with a bump-enhancing fitted maternity T-shirt and flat sandals are a casual take on an everyday chic look.

Kate is often seen in dresses and this flattering, comfortable trend can be worn by all pregnant women, not just royal ones! Choose classic colours and brighten with a bold necklace or above-the-bump belt.

Whatever your style, fashionistas agree that when it comes to maternity clothing, comfort and versatility are important factors, but so is staying on-trend. The last thing you want is to feel dowdy while you're pregnant. Follow Kate's lead and stick to your own style, secure in the knowledge that modern maternity clothing is trendy as well as comfortable! After all, the most important thing is that your maternity clothing needs to fit around your growing body and make you feel good about yourself.

Remember, being pregnant doesn't mean you have to look frumpy. Flaunting your baby bump is no longer considered inappropriate. In fact, it's encouraged! So show off your bump in on-trend maternity clothing that will make you feel royally gorgeous!

We look forward to hearing Kate and William's news in July 2013  (and your's too!!)

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