Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Flats and Lux Trackies the Modern Maternity Wardrobe

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Flats and Lux Trackies the Modern Maternity Wardrobe

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Byline: Karen Dacre What to wear

GLOSS over the PS32 million wedding and the fact that she can't pop out for an oat-milk flat white without taking a security team of 18 with her, and Meghan Markle is every woman. News that the Duchess of Sussex is four (ish) months pregnant with her first child spells further outpourings of affection for the royal family's most adored new recruit.

Pregnancy is a leveller. Just as style cannot be learnt, morning sickness and the insatiable desire to go to sleep at 3.17 every afternoon cannot be tamed and that's irrespective of how many royal tiaras you have access to. It's with this in mind that we conclude that behind the duchess's pearly white smile is a woman trying to figure out if she's got enough oatcakes stuffed in her handbag to see her through until lunch. Certainly, behind the perfect blow dry there's a woman longing for a pair of cashmere track pants and a break from shaking hands with adoring Australians for long enough to devour a Big Mac.

She has my sympathy and my respect. Having experienced the horror show that is maternity dressing-up close and emerged from the other side I can count on two hands the items that became my survival kit. I can also confirm that despite the best intentions of a few well-meaning brands, the high street maternity offering is generally an abyss for the bump brigade. It may as well not exist.

What you need when you're pregnant isn't smocked tops or supersized floral dresses that bear no resemblance to anything in your non maternity wardrobe, but great fitting, comfortable clothes that enable you to get on with the task in hand. You don't want to dress up like a "pregnant person" you just want to dress like yourself. But you also want to make it through an evening engagement without feeling as if your own clothes are cutting off your blood supply I learned this during a near-death experience involving a size 10 jumpsuit and a very long night at an awards ceremony. …

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