Sustainable Maternity Ideas from Kate Middleton

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Kate Middleton is one of the world’s most watched trendsetters, with fashion blogs tracking her every high-heeled step. Over the years, we’ve seen the thrifty duchess take a down-to-earth approach to the royal lifestyle, recycling accessories, mixing and matching pieces, and repeating entire outfits. So when she revealed her pregnancy in late 2012, we wanted to see how she’d put her spin on maternity wear.

Kate did not disappoint. She found creative, eco-chic ways to accommodate her growing bump, from modifying her favorite pre-pregnancy looks to choosing new pieces that she was able to wear after little George arrived. Here’s how to do sustainable maternity style just like Kate.

The Duchess met Garry Wagstaff from BAE Systems in one of her favorite coats from her pre-pregnancy days (that she modified to work as maternity wear, too). Photo: BAE Systems

The Duchess met Garry Wagstaff from BAE Systems in one of her favorite coats from her pre-pregnancy days (that she modified to work as maternity wear, too). Photo: BAE Systems

1. Make small adjustments to existing garments

For big-ticket items, like winter coats, Kate didn’t buy new. She got crafty. Two favorites from her pre-pregnancy days — a red, single-button coat and a dusty-pink pea coat — were tailored to make extra room. The buttons were moved over a couple of inches from their original locations, allowing enough space underneath the coats for a small baby bump. After the pregnancy, the buttons can be moved back to their original location. It’s a clever, budget-friendly way to “upcycle” regular wardrobe items into maternity wear.

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