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Kate Middleton’s Chic Pregnancy Style

What to Wear During Pregnancy; Kate Middleton maternity/pregnancy style; Maternity dresses; Maternity jeans. On Kate Middleton: Topshop black and white Polka Dot Dress,Ralph Lauren black jacket, peal earrings, black suede pumps, black clutch;  On Kate Middleton:trench coat, black maternity jeans, French Sole Henrietta Patent Quilted Ballet Flats,Tod’s ‘D-Styling' Leather Satchel.Photos: Kate Middleton; Courtesy of eonline.comusmagazine.com.

I’m current in my eighth month of pregnancy. Keeping stylish when due date approaching isn’t easy. Nothing seems right with a big bump. A maxi dress or a maternity top and jeans combo just makes me tent-like from the side. Thankfully, it hasn’t been too hot here in New York, which means I can add another layer out of my dress or Tee: a thin coat, a blazer or a vest. This layer does all the magic: the tailored silhouette reduces the bulkness and instantly polishes up the whole look.

This little trick is “proved” right by style savvy Kate Middleton. As you can see from the above two chic maternity looks: a black peplum jacket reshaped her upper half while elongating her legs.  A season appropriate stone color trench coat brightens up her face, covers up her bump and elevates a casual outfit.

What to Wear During Pregnancy; Kate Middleton maternity/pregnancy style; Maternity dresses; Maternity jeans. On Kate Middleton: Topshop black and white Polka Dot Dress,Ralph Lauren black jacket, peal earrings, black suede pumps, black clutch; Alternatives: BCBGMAXAZRI AEdward Peplum Jacket,   Kate Spade New York Black Suede pumps,  Nina Pleated Satin Clutch Black,  Majorica 10MM White Pearl Drop Earrings,

Jacket: BCBG Max Azria (similar here)
Dress: Topshop (see another one Kate recently worn in navy)
Shoes: Kate Spade New York ($40 here)
Bag: Nina (similar here)
Earrings: Majorica

What to Wear During Pregnancy; Kate Middleton maternity/pregnancy style; Maternity dresses; Maternity jeans. On Kate Middleton:trench coat, black maternity jeans, French Sole Henrietta Patent Quilted Ballet Flats,Tod’s ‘D-Styling' Leather Satchel. Alternatives: Burberry Brit Stone Cotton Trench Coat,  James Jeans Maternity Twiggy Legging Jeans,   Marc by Marc Jacobs - Classic Q Baby Groovee,

Coat: Burberry Brit (on sale here here! similar here)
Jeans: James Jeans ($28 here)
Shoes: French Sole (it’s the pair on Kate; also here)
Bag: Tod’s ‘D-Styling’ (great alternative here!)

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Stay Chic During Pregnancy

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Photos: (from left) Stephanie LaCava & Kate Middleton; Courtesy of tumblr.cominstyle.co.uk.

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Photos: (from left) Violaine Bernard & Stephanie LaCava; Courtesy of garancedore.fr, vogue.com.

After 20 weeks, my belly literally grows every single day. I once sworn that I would never buy maternity clothes, but after hours of desperately searching and reworking in my closet, I finally gave up and realized that I need at least two maternity pieces: a pair of comfy maternity jeans and a basic black maxi dress (and I laughed when I read Garance Doré’s post)

Besides new clothing, I also need more maternity style inspirations. In case some of you moms-to-be have the same needs, I picked four of my favorite outfits (above) that cover dressy and casual occasions. For more ideas for formal occasions? Check out my previous “Pregnancy Style” entry here!

First two outfits from Stephanie LaCava and Kate Middleton are bright cheerful options. They are also great examples of how to rework the old pieces in our closet: The fit-and-flare lemon Roksanda Ilincic dress covered Stephanie LaCava’s baby bump; The dress-like red Marni coat (similar here here) that Kate Middleton worn almost 7 years ago still fits her growing belly.

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Dress: Vero Moda (50% off now; add a belt for post-pregnancy wear)
Bag: See by Chloe (more casual version here)
Shoes: Steven Triummp (on sale!)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Jewelry: Gorjana & Griffin Kingston wrap leather triple wrap

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Coat: P.A.R.O.S.H (similar here)
Jeans: J Brand
Shoes: Munro (on sale here!)
Jewelry: vintage brooch

The following two are more casual, everyday outfit ideas that we can easily recreate. I love the way they use accessories to brighten up the monochrome look and make boring maternity pieces more interesting, like the cute beanie, blue Oxford on Violaine Bernard and printed floral wrap on Stephanie LaCava.

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Top: J.Crew (great designer version here & here)
Jeans: J Brand
Shoes: ModCloth (such a great price! also adore this pair!)
Beanie: Asos

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Clockwise from top left: 
Target maternity dress (maxi version here)
Cara ‘retro flower wonder’ wrap
Topshop stretch maternity dress
Ralph Lauren silk scarf

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Maternity Style: Modern, Classic or Edgy

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Photos: (from left) Kim Kardashian, Duchess of Cambridge and Miranda Kerr. Courtesy of eonline.com, instyle.co.uk, celebrityphotos.sheknows.com.

In my fifth month of pregnancy, my regular clothes don’t accommodate the growing belly any more, but I really don’t want to invest in maternity pieces that have limited options and can only be worn several months.

If you, like me, are hunting clothes, or considering reworking old pieces in your closet, to put together stylish outfits that can be worn in different occasions, during pregnancy and long after the baby is born, today’s tips are for you.

Being pregnant doesn’t stop Kim Kardasian from wearing curve-hugging clothes and sky-high heels. I do not recommend any mum-to-be wearing high heels, but I do find that after my belly getting bigger, compared to loose, shapeless pieces that are tent-like in profile, properly fitted garments are much more flattering.

This look of her nailed the hottest black and white trend. I love how she wisely chose black and white accessories to maximize the graphic effect. A scarlet lip is enough to brighten up the look. Instead of her high heels, I found this pair equally stylish and much easier to walk in.

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Dress: Emporio Armani (great style here
Bag: Sondra Roberts
Shoes: BCBGeneration (also here)
Accessories: CC Skye cuffM·A·C lipstick

Kate Middleton’s look (below) is an excellent example of how to rework the old pieces during pregnancy. As Pantone color of the year 2013, this understated, elegant emerald hue is not only trendy, but also universal flattering. Choose a belted or high-waist design which is comfy to wear during pregnancy. Both of the pieces picked below are so Kate-like, but cost much less!

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Coat: Target ($49!)
Dress: DKNY

Miranda Kerr’s off-duty look is always sleek and modern, with an edgy touch. This look is no exception. Loose shift dress doesn’t add pressure to the belly. A structured leather jacket and bare legs show off her figure. A pair of easy-to-walk-in ankle booties are must-have! I literally live in mine: with maxi dress, maternity jeans (the only maternity piece I bought) or knee-length sheath.

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Jacket: Alice by Temperley (similar here)
Dress: Mango
Shoes: Steve Madden

As you can see from all the looks above, being pregnant doesn’t mean that you need to completely change your personal style. All you need is some tweaking, to make your outfits flatter your new body, but still reflect who you are.