We Tried It: Kate Middleton’s Maternity Style for Less — and a Result Was a Royal Triumph

What It Is: If anyone has mastered a art of classical maternity character it’s Princess Kate, who has dressed 3 baby bumps with her signature brew of timeless pieces in flattering prints and confidant colors and a seemingly unconstrained array of superb matter coats. Now that she’s about to give birth to baby no. 3, we couldn’t assistance yet take a few character cues from a stately mom and try her looks myself — usually without a Buckingham Palace budget. (Watch a video above for a results!)

Who Tried It: Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director and first-time mom-to-be

Why We Tried It: I’m one of a biggest Kate fans ever! And while her character is so opposite than cave privately — mostly since she wears a lot of tone and we tumble into a New York conform classify of wearing mostly black — she’s unequivocally got this maternity thing down. Meanwhile, I’m not fearful to acknowledge that maternity sauce did not come naturally to me, even with my conform background. (It’s not as as easy as it looks!) So, we tapped a Fashion Market Editor Sarah Ball to see if we could put together a few Kate-worthy maternity outfits to assistance me have a princess-worthy pregnancy yet a stately cost tags. 

Level of Difficulty: 5 out of 10. It took a lot of time to lift together a shelve of Kate-approved clothes. But indeed wearing them wasn’t so bad — usually a few popped buttons and achy feet got in a approach of sum success. 

How It Worked: After removing my makeup and hair finished to demeanour like Kate — finish with a low chignon that we after converted into a saturated blowout, her dual go-to hairstyles — it was time to try on some of her maternity looks. 

For a initial outfit, we wore Kate’s favorite floral dress and light blue overcoat, both by Séraphine, that she has ragged mixed times during mixed pregnancies. The prices unequivocally weren’t over-the-top — $299 for a coat and $109 for a dress — yet let’s be honest, they weren’t Target prices, either. That said, if we was going to splurge for something, it would be Séraphine, as their pieces are unequivocally comfortable. (No consternation Kate likes them so much!)

I accessorized with CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane mistake earrings ($89) and an Entourage quilted clutch ($33). For heels, Kate wore Jimmy Choo $625 pumps, while we opted for a Steve Madden heels that are $69. But my favorite appendage of all? The umbrella! 

Then, we took on a plea of formalwear. we was unequivocally shaken about anticipating a imagination dress that looked good with a bump, yet Kate did it with her Alexander McQueen gown, so we figured we could, too. Hers costs in a thousands, yet we found one from Asos Maternity for $143. Then, instead of her $1,050 Jimmy Choo clutch, we opted for an Adrianna Papell design for $58 and traded out her high-end wealth for a span of earrings from Charter Club for $28.50 and a bracelet from Kohl’s for $24. we had a tough time balancing my strike in high heels, so we only took them off (comfort counts!).

Finally, it was time to take on her unconstrained supply of colorful outerwear. First, we attempted on a accurate $654 L.K. Bennett glen plaid topper she wore. It didn’t button. Then we attempted on her $495 textured purple coupler by Seraphine. Also popped a button. By this point, we wasn’t feeling really confident, and we couldn’t trust coats were going to be my downfall. 

But we finished adult anticipating one demeanour that we desired — my take on her prohibited pinkish look. Instead of her over-$2,000 Mulberry coat, Sarah and we incited to her other favorite store, L.K. Bennett and found an choice for a entertain of a price. Then we scaled down her Kiki McDonough earrings from $3,000 to a span from Charter Club for $24.50, as good as her approximately $675 purchase to a Sole Society option that costs $69.95. we even wore a accurate black gloves she did, a span from Cornelia James Beatrice for $97. we desired this demeanour — and it unequivocally easy my clarity of honour after popping mixed buttons off.

For a final look, we tackled her head-to-toe navy ensemble, that we had saved to my Pinterest house after saying her in it. It finished adult being my favorite. We scaled down her CH Carolina Herrera cloak to a Via Spiga option ($148.80), and afterwards complemented it with a Lulus purchase for $28 (hers was a $295 chronicle from L.K. Bennett). we also traded in her $625 Jimmy Choo boots for $48.24 pumps from 206 Collective from Amazon, and surfaced a demeanour with a felt shawl from Hat Attack ($110). we felt my many assured in this garb — and a many royal. we unequivocally felt prepared to shake hands, cuddle some kids and give a beautiful speech! 

The Verdict: It was so many fun to dress like Kate for a day. The many severe partial was unequivocally balancing in high heels. I’m routinely a pro in stilettos, yet my change with a strike was totally thrown off. The best part? Stepping outward my all-black comfort zone. Plus, it was a provide to dress elegantly after waddling around for weeks on end. And even yet we didn’t finish adult as a princess, we unequivocally felt like one — which, we gotta say, is a stately delight in itself.