Ascot Dresses: Summer Event Dressing with Royal Commentator Katie Nicholl

With Royal Ascot last week, and the Wimbledon Championships heating up next week, the summer event season is getting into full swing. Choosing an outfit for this kind of occasion can be a challenge at the best of times, but with a baby bump to think about, it can become downright tricky. That’s where we come in! This year, royal commentator & author Katie Nicholl reported from Royal Ascot, looking utterly stunning in Seraphine luxe maternity dresses. Check out her Ascot Dresses for a little maternity fashion inspiration!


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“I was thrilled to be asked to be a co-presenter for ITV Racing’s coverage of Royal Ascot but there was a lot of pressure. My job was to commentate on the daily Royal Procession and so I needed to look the part. Being 33 weeks pregnant and broadcasting through the hottest June week on record since 1976 was a rather daunting prospect. I knew that I needed to feel comfortable and confident on air so I headed to Seraphine for Ascot Dresses! I felt elegant (so far as you can at 33 weeks pregnant in the sweltering heat) stylish and smart, which was really important. After all, it is Royal Ascot!” 


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“I chose four designs by Seraphine for Royal Ascot and made sure my looks were deliberately different each day ranging from florals to black and white polka dots to an elegant navy blue dress with white piping and a glamorous nude lace frock, my personal favourite. All the dresses looked great on camera and what I liked was that each look was very different. I love to experiment when it comes to fashion – even with a bump. Seraphine has such an eclectic collection, there really is something for everyone.”


Get the look: Floral Silk Maternity Cocktail Dress

“When I’m broadcasting I like to wear elegant fitted dresses and fortunately maternity dresses aren’t the tent like creations they used to be! I’ve tried to stick to classic designs and experiment with colours. One of the things I love about Seraphine dresses is they are so comfortable and well made.”


Get the look: Scalloped Lace Maternity & Nursing Dress

We love Katie’s style – she looked perfectly polished all week long in her stunning Seraphine Ascot dresses. For more summer event outfit inspiration, check out our Luxe Collection of chic formal maternity dresses and cocktail dresses – they’re perfect for looking smart in in the sun!


Katie Nicholl is an international royal commentator, author and journalist. She has written two books about the Royal Family and is currently writing her third, a biography on Prince Harry to be released next year. She lives in North London with her husband and their four year old daughter Matilda and are expecting a second baby this summer. 

For more from Katie, check out her website or follow her on twitter @katienicholl


Summer Event Dressing: Win tickets to Polo in the Park!

Can you believe we’re already in mid-may? The summer event season is about to begin! Now is the time to dust off your picnic basket and start browsing summer styles ready for sunny days out and brand new outfits! It can be tricky to navigate the different styles and dress codes, not to mention the unpredictable Great British weather, so we’ve put together some quick styling tips for some of the most exciting upcoming summer events.

Read on for styling tips and your chance to win tickets to this year’s Polo in the Park!


RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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The Chelsea Flower Show is in full bloom all this week, and it would surely be a crime not to wear a fabulously floral summer dress! This is of course an outdoor event, so it’s important to dress for the changeable weather (sunglasses and umbrellas at the ready) and we’d suggest a light jacket – our Maternity Trench Coat is ideal! It’s also a good idea to opt for comfortable flat shoes like our ShoeTherapy pumps – you don’t want your brand new heels sinking in the grass! Here are some of our favourite floral maternity dresses:

Cherry Blossom Silk Chiffon Maternity Dress
Silk Printed Maternity Maxi Dress
Rose pink Lace Maternity Cocktail Dress


Royal Ascot

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The high society fashion highlight of the summer, Royal Ascot kicks off next month and if you have a ticket, this is the time to dress to impress! If you are lucky enough to be in the Royal Enclosure or the Grandstand, it’s all about formal day wear. According to the dress code your hemline should be just above the knee or longer, your straps must be at least an inch thick, and who could forget the most important accessory of the year – a show stopping Ascot hat! (Check out exclusive boutique Lizzie’s Hats for a little millinery inspiration). Here are a few luxe maternity dresses that would be perfect for a stylish day at the races:

Royal Blue Lace Maternity Cocktail Dress
Petrol Blue Silk Chiffon Maternity Dress
Dove Grey Multiway Maternity Dress



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A regular fixture in any opera lover’s summer season, The Glyndebourne Festival in East Sussex opened at the weekend and will continue throughout the summer. The dress code isn’t compulsory, but most people don their most glamorous evening wear out of respect for the performers. And who would pass up the opportunity to wear a stunning full length evening gown for a night at the opera and a summer picnic on the lawn! The event lasts all afternoon and well into the evening, so it’s a good idea to have a smart jacket or cover up to drape over your shoulders when the sun goes down. Here are a few of our most glamorous maternity evening gowns:

Petrol Blue Multiway Maternity Maxi Dress
Emerald Silk Multiway Maternity Evening Gown
Mulberry Silk Multiway Maternity Evening Gown


Polo in the Park – WIN TICKETS!

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One of the newest and most exciting dates in the summer event calendar is Polo in the Park! Held over 1 weekend at Hurlingham Park in West London, this event makes for a fabulous day out complete with high octane polo action, fun and games for kids, fresh food outlets and even a luxury shopping village. The dress code for general admission is smart casual – the perfect opportunity for a brand new maternity dress. And of course if you’re a VIP or corporate guest, the dress code has only one word for you: GLAMOROUS! Here are a few maternity cocktail dresses that would fit the bill perfectly:

Orchid Silk Chiffon Maternity Dress
Champagne Textured Silk Maternity Cocktail Dress
Cornflower Blue Multiway Maternity Dress


And now for your chance to win….

To celebrate the start of the summer season, we’re giving away 4 tickets to the family day at Polo in the Park!

The event will be held at Hurlingham Park in Fulham on Sunday 8th of June.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is to leave a comment below telling us why you’d like to win, and then share this blog post – it couldn’t be simpler!

You have until Wednesday 28th to enter, and we’ll announce the winner on Facebook that afternoon.


Lots of luck!


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