Thursday, 17 March 2016

Princess Sofia's maternity style: the evening looks

We've only just got used to one Swedish royal baby and the whole excitement is about to start again. Princess Sofia is due to give birth to her first child in April which means within a few weeks time we'll get to see happy daddies making announcements (a debut role for Prince Carl Philip) and cute and cuddly baby snaps all over again. So as we get ready to ooh and aah over Sofia's baby, here's a look back at her maternity style - a review of all her fashion choices since she shared news of her pregnancy on October 15th. And you might be saying 'ooh' and 'aah' over a few of these - this Royal Wardrobe has been full of great expectations. It all starts with the evening looks.

October 23rd 2015, Stockholm City Hall
Our first foray into evening maternity fashion with Sofia was at the formal gathering of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and it was all about peachy perfection. 

Her pastel, sequinned, fitted gown gave a hint of a baby bump and plenty of wardrobe envy as she sparkled in a stunner of a gown. It was a sign of things to come because this royal mummy to be really knows how to do evening wear, maternity style.

November 25th 2015, Stockholm
For a dinner in support of her charity, Project Playground, Princess Sofia gave us one of the evening gowns of the year with this pretty, black lace effect cocktail dress. From the intricate neckline to the slightly flared skirt and taking in all the embellishments in between, this is a dream of a dress and a winner every time.

December 10th 2015, Concert Hall, Stockholm and Royal Palace, Stockholm
It was black again for Sofia as she attended the Nobel Prize giving ceremony for the first time as a princess. Her evening gown was super appropriate for the event if somewhat overshadowed by the regal purple of her sister in law, Crown Princess Victoria. Sofia added her wedding tiara of emeralds and diamonds and matching earrings and sparkled her way through her royal debut at this major event.

December 11th, Royal Palace, Stockholm
Sofia sparkled in silver as she joined the rest of the Royal Family for the King's Dinner for the Nobel Laureates at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Her dress had been seen before and features in the portrait on her page on the Swedish Royal Family website. It is pure fairytale princess style with long, flared skirt and light, lacy sleeves - one of those gowns which will always look good with diamonds. And it did for his gala event All of a sudden, we had a royal maternity style queen on our hands.

December 21st 2015, Gustav Vasa Church, Stockholm
All pregnant women have a day when they wake up and suddenly the bump is in charge. Sofia's came in mid December because by the time she attended the Christmas in Vasatan Concert her bump was definitely the boss. She chose a teal coloured lace dress for this evening of music which mixed modern and traditional carols and looked beautiful. Pregnancy suits this princess.

January 25th 2016, Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
And now, ladies and gentlemen, please say hello again to quite possibly the best royal maternity evening dress ever. Princess Sofia chose this navy blue gown for her appearance at the Swedish Sports Awards 2016 and stole the show. There is no way this isn't in a top ten of regal looks for the year, she just looks fabulous. From the pseudo Empire line to the matching belt to the drape of the skirt there is nothing not to love about this royal evening dress. Fabulous.

February 3rd 2016, Royal Palace, Sotckholm
For the first royal dinner of the year, Princess Sofia glittered in gold in a maternity gown that was all about bold. The newest princess in Europe chose a sequinned sheath dress that sparkled and if it didn't quite match the wedding tiara, who cares? When you've got diamonds, emeralds and a frock as great as this one why not put them altogether and look amazing.

February 19th 2016, Stockholm
It was yet another winner of an evening look from Sofia as she attended the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts formal gathering with her husband and mother in law. Sofia chose a bright red cocktail dress with lace detailing at the top which looked just as good by itself or with the black evening jacket which the frosty Swedish air called for on arrival. Sofia has another gala appearance in her diary before becoming a mummy for the first time (check back later this week, it's in for March 18th) but on her choices so far. she's got maternity evening wear sorted and then some. A truly Royal Wardrobe.

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