The Great Kate Wait, part 3, has officially begun. Parking will be restricted around the Lindo Wing as of April 10, with media allowed to set up as of April 11. If we assume these preparations are put into place a few days before Kate’s due date, that means she may be giving birth between April 14-21. And that means the new baby will only be a month old when Harry and Meghan’s wedding date arrives!
After two complication-free deliveries and trusted childcare firmly in place, there’s no reason to think Kate will miss the big day. But what will she wear? A month is not enough time to get back to pre-baby size or shape–not even for Kate. Plus, she will be breast-feeding! Every hour or so! We know the unflappable duchess can handle the challenge, but can haute couture? Whatever she wears will need to be easily unfastened, hide a nursing brassiere, and camouflage spit-up. I spent some time looking at the current collections offered by some of Kate’s favorite designers and, despite the challenges, I think the answer is yes.
For the wedding itself, my I’m betting on Emilia Wickstead. She is Kate’s go-to for bespoke day dresses, and I suspect we’ll see a unique-to-royalty design–possibly inspired by one of these:
Another good option would be a skirt and shirt set, especially something like the Erdem on the left–the peplum would hide a post-partum belly and the top could easily be fitted with a discrete zipper up the front. The cardigan combo on the right is the only McQueen I’ve included here; it’s stretch silk, which would be comfortable and forgiving. I don’t love the print, but I’m sure Sarah Burton would tweak it if asked.
Actually, I’d be surprised if Kate returns to Erdem so soon after the controversy surrounding her Scandinavian tour outfits by that designer. But if she did, these two dresses would be perfect–button up the front and forgiving at the bottom.
If I were newly post-partum at a formal event, I’d choose something from Seraphine. If Kate wears a coat to the ceremony, I think there’s a good chance one of these nursing dresses will be hiding underneath.
My feeling is that Harry and Meghan’s evening party will present a challenge for Kate. Instead of close friends in predictably staid British style, this reception will be crowded with actors and models at their most Hollywood glamorous. But Kate could keep up in these side-tie showstoppers by Jenny Packham:
But if I were Kate, I’d choose some version of this Jenny Packham number.
The draping will look fabulous no matter how Kate feels, the shoulder straps will hide a bra without being matronly, and it’s a color she loves. A wow from every angle!