Fashion: Seven maternity style lessons we've learned from Meghan's pregnancy
Talk about bloomin' chic, says Katie Wright. Meghan Markle has made mum-to-be style look easy
EVEN before she officially became part of the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex had achieved bona fide style-icon status. Every outfit was pored over, and her high-street choices would usually sell out in a matter of hours.
So when it was announced in October that Meghan was expecting her first child, many of us interested in fashion were eager to see how she would adapt her style during pregnancy.
Now, with the 37-year-old due to give birth in the coming weeks, it's safe to say she's really knocked it out of the park when it comes to maternity fashion.
But even if you haven't got a royal budget available, perusing the Meghan's maternity fashion choices offers some excellent inspiration for styling a growing bump.
Here are seven style lessons to take home from her maternity wardrobe...
STICK WITH THE STAPLES YOU LOVE
Stretchy wool and jersey dresses in block colours, often with a high neck work well. It's wise to invest in a few well-made staples that make you feel great, and will fit your bump as it grows. That way, you can simply alternate your jewellery and accessories to create new outfits.
KEEP IT CLASSIC
From Breton tops and crisp white shirts, to black skinny jeans and tailored blazers, Meghan has made a point of avoiding anything that's massively on-trend during her pregnancy. It's a smart move, because it makes it easy to mix-and-match different pieces, and if there's a chance you'll be wearing your maternity clothes again in the future, they won't date quickly.
FIND YOUR FAVOURITE COMBOS
Try shift or straight-cut dresses and trench coats in black, white and cream shades. If you're pregnant during winter, one good coat in a neutral hue is a must, but if you're expecting a summer baby, adjustable wrap or shirt dresses are so useful.
ADD A BIT OF SHIMMER
In contrast to her usual subdued colour palette and lack of surface embellishment, Meghan has shown off a few more glitzy looks while pregnant. We've seen a gold brocade shift dress, a Safiyaa sequinned top, and a sparkling navy Roland Mouret gown. Have fun with your maternity fashion – there's no need to shy away from glamorous outfits.
YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH BLACK
Pregnant during party season? You don't have to forsake the LBD – that is, 'long black dress'. Maxi skirts work well too because noir never goes out of style. Black is an easy way to look instantly sophisticated – and there's nothing wrong with playing it safe and going classic.
BORROW FROM THE BOYS
It makes sense to borrow a roomy jacket from your other half if you want to keep your bump warm without having to splash out on a cosy coat that won't fit for very long. Alternatively, buy a size up.
YOU CAN STILL WEAR HIGH HEELS
If you want to, of course. Obviously, it's totally up to you if you only feel like wearing flats for nine months, but Meghan has continued to wear stiletto courts well into her third trimester. Particularly impressive was when she brought out a pair of very cool perspex and cow-print heels.