Bespoke Givenchy and ASOS Maternity: Experts Tell Us What They’re Expecting From Meghan’s Maternity Wardrobe
By Lucy Morris Posted on 24 Oct 2018
Every move Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has made since there was a mere whiff she and Prince Harry were involved has been hotly debated. She’s been scrutinized, analysed and tracked to the point that she now has her own verb (see: the Meghan-effect, so called for her marketing power and ability to make an item instantly sell out). Now pregnant with the couple’s first child, the newly initiated member of The Firm has a new challenge to deal with: dressing a bump.
Meghan may have forsaken her civilian status when she married into the royal family, but she has yet to give up her personal style. Navigating royal tours in Veja trainers and wearing custom Givenchy couture gowns has become her calling card. The question is, will she continue wearing navy and leather pencil skirts as the third-trimester dawns, or will she follow her sister-in-law’s lead and pick tailored coatdresses and maternity labels to see her through to Spring 2019 and her first child’s birth?
Maternity wear is a funny thing, it’s either determined to make the mother look like she’s not pregnant or highlight above all else that this woman is going to birth a child any day now. While those smocks aren’t fooling anyone the latter option comes with the risk of reducing the wearer to a mere womb with legs. Stretchy jeans and embracing the oversized trend can help the modern mother navigate this (sartorially-speaking) treacherous time.
‘Quite honestly, we don’t think her style will change!’ Amanda and Christine of Meghan’s Mirror - the cult blog that reports on every outfit the royal wear - confided in Grazia, ‘If the royal tour is any indication, she’s not going to change her style at all, rather embrace the changes happening to her figure’. They had one caveat: ‘What we might see are some footwear choices that may need to be amended for longer engagements with lots of walking (if those happen) as her signature sky-high heels might cause some discomfort as the pregnancy progresses’.
There are two people in Meghan’s life who will likely inform her next fashion steps. ‘We think Meghan will turn to her friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney, who has herself had two pregnancies,’ says Meghan’s Mirror. Mulroney flew out to Australia with the couple as part of their entourage for their first royal tour, which set off on the day the couple announced their pregnancy. So, yes this could be the case.
See: Meghan Markle’s Maternity Wardrobe
One could say Meghan’s unofficial ‘stylist’ Mulroney spent her pregnancies dressing her bump as an afterthought. Throughout, she continued to look glamorous in heels and body-skimming dresses, wearing strapless gowns and skinny jeans until giving birth. As Meghan chose Karen Gee’s ‘Blessed’ dress for her first outing after the announcement and keenly cradled her micro-bump, it’s not certain she will follow Jessica’s lead.
It’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who Amanda and Christine think might also heavily inform Meghan’s style. ‘She’ll likely choose classic pieces like Kate did and find ways to make them her own,’ they said. Unlike Mulroney, Kate’s maternity wardrobe focused on brands that already specialized in clothing for expectant mothers.
‘Our range offers many designs that adhere to the royal etiquette to remain elegant and demure whilst on duty,’ explains Cecile Reinaud, founder of Seraphine, a British label that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wore regularly throughout her three pregnancies. ‘When suggesting styles to royals we pay particular attention to very high-quality presentation to help them make their selection and then we put ourselves at their disposal to create bespoke pieces to match their requirements.’ If Meghan chooses this avenue she, at least, won’t have to forsake her love of made-to-measure.
‘When on duty, Meghan loves to wear sharply tailored pieces,’ assesses Reinaud. Prints are rarely on Meghan’s agenda but block colours and tailoring tend to be. Judging by her outifts so far, starting with her coatdress at Princess Eugenie’s wedding and considering the Emilia Wickstead dress she’s worn in Australia, by all indications, Meghan is veering in the Middleton direction.
Meghan’s Mirror predict her wardrobe will expand to include maternity brands like ‘Jojo Maman Bebe or even ASOS Maternity’ and ‘beautiful bespoke pieces especially for more formal events from her favourite designers like Stella McCartney or Givenchy that are tailored for her pregnancy.’ They noted that before royal life struck, the Duchess wore Ani + Wren, which happens to have a maternity range so perhaps this label will come back into rotation.
‘Her maternity fashion choices will be a hot topic,’ says Reinaud, And she’s right, even the soberest of ensembles has sparked conversation. What will be most intriguing is how Meghan brings her viral effect to the maternity market. Our prediction? The next decade of partum fashion will be set between now and next spring.
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