My favourite season of the year has finally arrived (on paper at least, still winter like in Melbourne). Spring is the best time of year in my opinion because the flowers are in bloom, the weather is just right and the latest in fashion is showcased during the Spring/Summer Fashion week. Perfect timing to see the latest trends and start planning your outfits for upcoming special events.
Being pregnant or breast feeding makes planning what to wear that little bit more difficult, but the good news is the latest trends in fashion are mostly translatable to maternity fashion. I have done the hard work for you and identified what will be on trend this year and included a few ideas on where to find the best options for you and your bump:
Hallelujah, florals are again on trend and better yet, they are bigger and bolder than before. The spring/summer catwalks served up an eye-popping bouquet of florals from light and bright to dark and sexy. This is great news for those of us who tend towards more darker colours. You can go for a floral on a black or navy background with a dainty floral print. Women who like to embrace their girly side will be happy to see the feminine pastel palettes are still popular and those women who like to make a statement will be in their element with bright and bold floral prints. A floral dress is the perfect choice if you are a wedding guest or for Oaks Day at the Spring Racing Carnival.
I can't recall the last time I saw so much white on the runway and if the Duchess of Cambridge wears it, you can bet it will be seen everywhere. I spend quite a lot of time perusing the accounts of influencers around the world and white dresses for maternity are uber popular right now. They are such a great choice for baby showers and maternity photo shoots and believe me, you will want to wear it now before tiny grubby hands make it impossible. Derby Day at the Spring Racing carnival is traditionally black and white day, but my prediction is we will see more white than black this year on the fashionistas.
As mentioned above the Duchess of Cambridge has set the tone for many years on what we should be wearing and her Dolce and Gabbana dress for Royal Ascot heralded our ongoing love affair with lace. On the runway this week, we saw multiple variations of ladylike lace from Thurley to Rebecca Vallance and Lover. The key to this trend is sophistication and a more conservative take on what we may have seen in previous seasons, such as higher necklines. The colour palette was varied so there is bound to be a colour that suits everyone.
If you saw the 29 second snippet I shared on Instagram from the recent David Jones runway show, there were ruffles on the sleeves, ruffles on the skirt, ruffles on the hemline and ruffles at the waist. And that was just four of the dresses shown that day. Currently its ruffle city and the world of fashion is in love with this flirty and feminine trend. In maternity, adding bulk to an already bulky situation is not very flattering. so ruffles need to be strategically placed and paired with some sleekness. Stick with dresses that have ruffles on the sleeves or featured as part of the skirt or hemline, but keep it sleek over the bump.
Check out the inspiration from main stream fashion and then I have included some maternity looks and where to find them.
Kate Middleton at Royal Ascot wearing ladylike lace by Dolce and Gabbana.
Fashion influencer Jennifer is wearing a white dress with ruffles from Rebecca Vallance.
Marcia is wearing a white lace dress by Little Lace to her baby shower.
Katie is wearing a floral silk dress from Seraphine Maternity to Royal Ascot.
Ruffle city at the Emporium Fashion Show. This dress is by Alice McCall.
Jess is wearing a Thurley official lace dress.
Amy is wearing a feeding friendly dress from Relisation Par hired through @thevolte for a date night.
Anneli is wearing a Mamalicious floral dress available from ASOS Maternity to a wedding.
Jessica Gomes closing the show in a beautiful floral by Rachel Gilbert.
Flemington VRC ambassador Gigi Connolly wearing a floral maxi from Aje.
Laura is wearing a white maxi from Self Portrait.
Natalie is wearing a one shoulder peplum hem dress from ASOS Maternity to a fund raiser.