Last week glam mum-to-be Kim Kardashian surprised us all when she ditched her signature body-con frocks for head to toe tailoring as she made an appearance on US chat show David Letterman. While first we wondered whether this man-over was a reaction to her fear of pregnancy weight gain it looks like Kimmy has put the feminine attire on the back burner for the mo in favour of a masculine approach to maternity wear (man-ternity wear if you will). The star attended the Stephane Rolland show at Paris Haute Couture Week earlier today, not in a couture frock, but instead a fitted white shirt, tailored trousers, matching cape and black leather gloves.
And Kim isn't the only pregnant star experimenting with the androgynous look as Evan Rachel Wood, who announced that she's expecting her first child with husband Jamie Bell earlier this month, sported a very boyish ensemble at the premiere of her new movie The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday. Hitting the red carpet with co-star Shia LaBeouf the actress wore a pin stripe three-piece suit with a printed purple shirt and beaten up old brogues.
We spoke to Grazia's Fashion News and Features Editor Katherine Ormerod about this emerging maternity trend. She explained: "I think that it’s super super cool that pregnant women are working androgyny as you so are hyper feminised when you are expecting so the last thing you would expect wear is a mannish suit. However tailoring is great for balancing the silhouette – the defined shoulders and sharp angles offer such a contrast to the curvature of the tummy. Plus who wants to suddenly turn into a Sloane in a pastel wrap dress just because you’ve got a bun in the oven? The tuxedo is cool, so pregnant or no, why shouldn’t you wear one?"
What do you think? Would you include a suit or tux in your maternity wardrobe like Kim and Evan?