Kate's Dresses and Gowns of 2013

The end of 2012, we found out that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, was pregnant! Congratulations to the happy couple. This is an exciting time in fashion because we might see how Kate's fashion look evolves to incorporate her pregnancy.

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Kate spotted in January wearing a poncho over her baby bump Kate in Max Mara wrap dress
Kate spotted in January wearing a poncho over her baby bump
Kate spotted in January wearing a poncho over her baby bump
Kate in Max Mara wrap dress
Kate in Max Mara wrap dress

Once everyone knew that Kate was pregnant, the media wanted to see her baby bump. She was spotted in January going into a store wearing this casual outfit which looks great. I thought ponchos were so sixties but Kate wore an updated version in a tweedy design. She kept the black-and-white theme of the poncho and wore it with black jeans, black top and black scarf to make a classic, casual look for a chilly day. The brown suede boots make the look.

Kate has also resumed her duties as a royal by visiting various organizations. She had a severe case of morning sickness but seems to have recovered. For the Hope House Treatment Center, she wore a wrap-around Max Mara dress in a black and white print and a grey camisole underneath it so that she didn't show so much cleavage. The black patent shoes she wore with the outfit has a high a heel as we're used to seeing.

Clearly, pregnancy has given Kate a fuller bosom but no hips.

Looking for a boot that's a casual classic? Take a look at this suede knee-high boot from Seychelles Women's Safari. In addition to black, it also comes in brown and taupe.

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Kate and her Prince at a Winter Wedding

Duchess Kate and her prince was attending the winter wedding of her friends on March 2, wearing a very smart looking brown hat and a cream colored winter coat with a fur collar. She wore that same hat last year during a shamrock ceremony. It seems that her baby bump is growing healthier as each day passes because she's not able to fully close her coat. She carried a brown clutch to go with her outfit.

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Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to update a look? Consider buying a fur collar. The collar pictured here is fake of course and soft to the touch. Not only can you put it on your winter coat, but you can consider putting it on other tops as well.

Cleared for Duty

If this brown coat looks familiar it's because Kate wore it last year during another visit. This is the Hobbs coat which was sold out hours after Kate was seen wearing it last year. Her baby bump is still small enough that she can still wear it but it's obvious that she's pregnant.

She went back to royal duties in the first week of March by visiting the seaside town of Grimsby where she visited a fishing center and two school academies.

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Kate greeting wellwishers in a cream coat from GoatWilliam and Kate inside the headquarters of Child Bereavement Center
Kate greeting wellwishers in a cream coat from Goat
Kate greeting wellwishers in a cream coat from Goat
William and Kate inside the headquarters of Child Bereavement Center
William and Kate inside the headquarters of Child Bereavement Center

Visiting the Child Bereavement Center

In March the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Child Bereavement Center, a place that supports families when a child dies or when a child experiences the death of a family member. I can see why William would want to be a patron for this cause, he experienced the death of his mother, Princess Diana, as a teen.

Kate's outfits were very young looking. Almost too young considering her condition. She wore a collarless coat with an A-line silhouette made from heave crepe wool from Goat, a local retailer. Underneath she wore a black dress with a Peter Pan collar and short sleeves, which she got from another local retailer, Topshop. I think she wore the youthful outfit because she was going to be among plenty of children at the center and she wanted to connect, however, I don't think dressing like a kid is stylish.

Canary yellow coat by Emilia Wickstead
Canary yellow coat by Emilia Wickstead | Source

The Queen's Buckingham Palace garden party

Kate looked sunny and cheerful in her yellow silk coat by Emilia Wickstead. She paired off the outfit with a cream Jane Corbett hat and her trusty neutral colored pumps. By now we can clerly see evidence of a pregnancy bump. However as cheerful as the coat's color is, it is by no means stylish. It just looks like a very nice maternity smock.

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