Royal Maternity Style Through the Ages

The announcement of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy has sparked all sorts of discussions not least one of what will she wear. As the maternity style watch begins here’s a quick rundown of what previous royal mums-to-be have worn.

Pregnant Queen Elizabeth

A pregnant Queen Elizabeth II

pregnant queen elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II

pregnant Princess Anne

Princess Anne

Pregnant Princess Diana

Princess Diana

pregnant Princess Diana

Princess Diana Image by © Tim Graham/CORBIS

Wonder where Kate will take her inspiration from.


Fashion and Vintage Teacups!

We spotted these teacup inspired Mui Mui shoes on Pinterest last week and fell in love! The vintage teacup inspiration, the colour and the fact it looks like a gorgeous shoe had us swooning.

mui mui teacup shoes

Also not long ago we stumbled upon teacup bangles on Etsy by StayGoldMaryRose. StayGoldMaryRose makes jewellery from vintage china.

teacup bangles

Then it gets a little more extreme, and less wearable when we found this dress made from teacups (one for Lady Gaga maybe!). Unfortunately we cannot find any reference as to who created this dress but it was an inspiration for artist Rachel Snider: The Tea Project.

teacup dress

As an alternative to the difficult to wear dress above we found a dress made from teacup inspired fabric, this gorgeous dress is by London based designers Preen.

preen white teacup print dress

Now we’re just pondering the idea of whether the Mui Mui shoes go with the Preen dress to create the ultimate Mama Tea uniform?

Style for Autumn/Winter 2012

We know there hasn’t really been a summer this year but in the last couple of days, here at Mama Tea HQ, there has been a noticeable changing of the weather; the temperature has dropped just a few degrees and the early morning has a slightly fresher feel. Couple that with the children being back at school (here in Scotland anyway) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival drawing to a close and it feels like autumn is heading our way. At Mama Tea we love fashion and style so rather than feeling down about the impending change of seasons we thought we’d look forward to what styles and fashion we could potentially have fun with over the coming months. Using Vogue’s A-Z guide to trends for next season here’s the ones we think we’ll be trying.


We already love hats in the winter, not only are they practical but you can make a real style statement with them if you choose, all types of hats go so try on loads of styles and buy a hat that suits you.

Marc Jacobs - Runway - Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Hats at the Marc Jacobs Autumn Winter Show 2012


Another practical item for the winter but also one that needn’t cost the earth and enable you to give a nod to current fashions whilst retaining your own style. Gloves this season are up to the elbow and can incorporate many of the other current trends such as colour or print.

Nina Ricci Fall / Winter 2012-2013 (1)

Gloves at Nina Ricci Autumn Winter 2012

Rich and Regal

Luxurious layering with opulent and rich fabrics such as brocade and velvet was dominant across the catwalks. This can be worn in a very lady like and elegant way or can be worn in a glamorous gothica style depending on your style. As we’ve seen with the trend for lace over the summer some people give a nod to the trend with a little lace detail on a t-shirt whereas others embrace it and wear a lace dress.

rich and regal

Rich and regal from an Autumn Winter 2012 show


In keeping with the rich and regal theme, one of the colours of this winter will be purple, along with burgundy and navy. Lovely rich tones.

Alberta Ferretti 2 Purple Dress Trends Autumn/Winter 2012 2013

Alberta Ferretti Autumn/Winter 2012


There were enough different print themes seen at the show that each could be given a paragraph of their own but we’ve lumped them all together. There are going to be monchrome prints, natty geometric prints, intricate detailed prints and zig zags. There’s also likely to be a lot of tweed around this winter (we know it’s not a print).

house of holland zig zag dress

House of Holland dress


And one trend we’re not sure about, decorating our eyebrows! The fashion is definitely to have thicker and styled eyebrows but not sure we’ve got the patience for this…

eyebrow jewels

Decorated eyebrows at Chanel

Case Study: Little Bud Maternity, Baby and Beyond

Little Bud Logo

Located in the beautiful village of Cuckfield, also known as “The Boutique Village”, Little Bud Maternity is a treasure trove of exciting goodies for Mamas, Bumps and Babies. Nina Montalto Duffy has created this lovely boutique in The Old Post Office House on the High Street. Opened earlier this year the boutique is filled with stylish maternity wear, baby wear, gifts and lots more . Every item stocked not only has to be stylish but it also has to be ethically and responsibly produced and as often as possible organic, the Little Bud team believe that we have to do our best to look after the planet for our children. Little Bud also has a webshop at

little bud maternity

In addition to selling lots of gorgeous things they also offer one to one maternity styling sessions. These sessions can be booked in advance and it offers a pregnant mama the opportunity to discuss their stylish needs and try on lots of lovely clothes with the aid of one of the little bud team. A great idea for mamas to be that are struggling with their changing body and want a bit of dedicated me time to figure out how to still feel like their usual stylish self.

Little Bud have also made up their own Little Bundles, a range of gift boxes for mamas to be and new mamas, in which they’ve included Mama Tea! We might be biased but we think the Little Bundles are a lovely idea and a great gift.

Photo: New Mama-To-Be Little Bundle
If you’re in the area we would highly recommend a visit to Little Bud Maternity – tell them Mama Tea sent you!
Follow Little Bud Maternity on Facebook and Twitter or shop at their website.
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