MATERNITY WEAR FIT FOR A QUEEN
Yes, truth be told, I’m a bit of an Anglophile. Actually it’s more than a bit, but ‘bit’ sounds more English, like ‘Fancy a bit of sugar in that?’ Not that I use Briticisms often, well, I try to, but I receive odd looks from the stressed-out barista at the local Starbucks when I order a ‘cuppa’. Bollocks to those wankers!
Anyway, back to my love affair with all things English. My lifelong penchant probably had origins from those charming Peter Rabbit stories, (the ones with the little animals donned to the Ts in English ensembles), forever etching their indelible stamp upon my childhood. Even my own parents couldn’t understand my obsession with servants, serving trays, silverware, fox hunts, teatime and were often irritated with my desire to have ‘roasted pheasant and Yorkshire pudding’ brought into the ‘drawing room,’ which of course, we didn’t have.
But my British love affair has never ebbed; as a matter of fact, it’s even stronger today than ever before as I enjoy my latest and greatest British indulgence: Downton Abbey. (No! Not Lady Sybil – How could it be, we hardly knew you? And Matthew? What can we say about that? Except, Blimey, the whole world’s gone daft!)
So you can imagine, with the wedding of William and Kate Middleton, my Victorian-lensed eyes feasted on their uber-glamorous wedding, one that didn’t fall short of my strict English expectations; an event steeped in royal tradition, regalia, gilded coaches, and be-hatted opulence. And now, the much-anticipated pregnancy and impending birth of the newest royal has the entire globe holding its collective breath. In the meantime, the always fashion-savvy Duchess of Cambridge continues to impress with her sophisticated taste, reflected in her choice of clean lines and chic pieces.
If you are a misplaced Englishwoman and would like to include stylish pieces in your own maternity wardrobe, then take a look below.
- Style. Let’s face it: Kate’s looks consistently adhere to clean lines, elegance and sophistication. She appears to prefer subtlety over brash and frills, and vibrant blocks of color over prints and pattern. If you would like something similar, take a look at these maternity clothes. The clothes are very affordable, timeless and classic (another very English trait).
- Accessories. What’s more British than crumpets or watercress? If I had to guess, I would say hats. The crowning piece on any God-fearing, Anglo wardrobe. And for those of us who watched the royal nuptials, we were treated to ‘piece,’ not really a hat. But for a quintessential British look, a hat definitely pulls the look together. As a matter of fact, you are hard pressed to find photos of the Duchess of Cambridge without a hat.
- Shoes. Well, of course, with all her busy royal duties, the Duchess must consider sensible footwear to accomplish her numerous tasks. Fashionable and functional is essential not only for the amount of time spent on those royal feet but also for someone who is expecting. This might be difficult because her past look included higher-heeled shoes, but no doubt, if anyone can pull off a finished look, Ms. Middleton can.
Like her deceased mother-in-law, Diana, the Duchess seems destined to be a trendsetter and a fashion icon with many admirers. She handles her public role with the same poise and class as Diana; a legacy that once seemed impossible to replace, yet, Kate has struck a similar chord with the public. She manages her obligations with a regal air of efficiency and is the personification of manners, class and dignity.
I do not think we need to worry about Britain’s future with this Duke and Duchess at the helm. Instead, we can focus our efforts on whether we will be greeting a prince or a princess.