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Interested in buying some maternity clothes, but want them to be multi-purpose so you get as much use out of them as possible? That’s the Queen Bee specialty. Classic, simple pieces to add to your maternity wardrobe make a lot of sense if you’re intending to wear them even after you’ve had the baby and for future pregnancies too.
While some of the more high fashion looks date fairly quickly, a classic wardrobe is always in style. Think Audrey Hepburn, or more modern style mavens like Natalie Portman, and Angelina Jolie. .All share the knack for realising a timeless sense of style, with looks which can comfortably span the decades.
Fashion styles which hark back to Hollywood’s glamour era are more popular than ever for stars treading the red carpet, which just goes to show that some looks will always work, whether it’s the 1930s, 1960s or 2009.
So how do you go about achieving a wardrobe with timeless style and appeal? Go for clothes which are simple and not too fussy. Choosing pieces which can be paired with others in a variety of ways to create multiple looks also makes sense.
Queen Bee basics like our tank top, cami, and kimono top in black or crème (off-white) will give you plenty of options, and a classic below the knee skirt like this essential skirt by 1 in the Oven or Soon’s knee length pencil skirt can be worn through pregnancy and beyond.
The Audrey Hepburn style is one which is often emulated (and Natalie Portman is sometimes called a modern day Hepburn). Hepburn’s style was based around a collection of classic pieces – the plain white shirt, capri pants, turtleneck shirts or sweaters, skinny leg pants, a little black dress for nights out, flat shoes and a scarf or two. And her favourite clothing colours? You guessed it, usually black or white.
Start your own Hepburn-inspired wardrobe with the best in maternity basics from Queen Bee; white boatneck top with ¾ sleeves, scoop necked tee in white, black or blue, maternity navy denim capris, straight legged black pants from Soon, and turtleneck tops. Finish off with a little black dress like this modal one by Mayreau, and wear them all with your favourite flat shoes (or low heels for the evening). Our black Modern Love Bow Dress with its boatneck and ¾ sleeves is another classic and cute dress for work or evening wear.
Angelina Jolie is another who opts for basic black, and timeless, minimal styles much of the time. She has also been famously pregnant twice in recent years and was much watched both times by the style pundits. In early pregnancy, she looked classically chic wearing a cover-all black trench coat to an awards ceremony, and when in Cannes wore the Juliet Dream shirred tank available from Queen Bee. But while black remains something of a trademark for Ange, her stylist Jennifer Rade said that during pregnancy, she was “definitely…open to colours”, and wore colourful ankle length maxi dresses on a number of occasions, like this floaty mint green one, her soft mauve ankle length Gerard Darel dress or this micro-printed flowing dress. For a similar look from Queen Bee, try the maize print maxi dress or our popular cover girl Paris maxi dress, both by Juliet Dream.
Even when wearing a maxi dress though, Ms Jolie hasn’t been shy about displaying her pregnancy enhanced bustline; you can show off yours too in beautiful style with this chic black bustier ¾ sleeve top.
Ange also uses black chiffon over a black, white and pink patterned Malo dress, and if you like chiffon’s softening effect, try Queen Bee’s elegant black Evening Flutter dress by Maternal America, which achieves a similar softness with chiffon mesh to cover the arms and shoulders.
Remember, keep it simple and classic, and you’ll always be in style!