Carrie’s cover-up! How PM’s wife used subtle styling tricks to hide her baby bump – from bold patterns and bright colours to ‘distract the eye’ to loose maxi dresses and relaxed blazers
- Carrie Symonds announced pregnancy with second baby with Boris Johnson
- The mother-of-one said on Instagram she is expecting the child at Christmas
- She has made a host of appearances over the last few months, including at G7
- Has employed styling tricks including oversized blazers and clever patterns
Carrie Symonds hid her growing baby bump with a series of clever styling tricks, a stylist has revealed.
The Prime Minister’s wife, 33, revealed on Instagram today that she is expecting a December birth after suffering a miscarriage at the start of this year that left her ‘heartbroken’.
The normally lowkey mother-of-one has been in the spotlight during the last few months, having joined her husband at the G7 summit in June and Euro 2020 matches in July.
Celebrity stylist Rochelle White told FEMAIL she had managed to keep her pregnancy under wraps thanks to a series of subtle styling hacks, revealing: ‘I would say that Carrie has selected busy patterns and bold colours to also help disguise her growing bump.
‘With bold patterns and colors, they are a great distraction for the eye, drawing attention away from growing bellies.’
Carrie Symonds hid her growing baby bump with a series of clever styling tricks including floaty dresses and oversized blazers, a stylist has revealed (pictured left, May 6, and right, June 11).
Celebrity stylist Rochelle said Carrie had chosen ‘bold patterns and colors’ on recent appearances which have acted as ‘a great distraction for the eye’ (pictured at the G7 summit on June 12)
The mother-one-one is at least three months into her first pregnancy – suggesting that she fell pregnant around mid-March.
Rochelle said Carrie had been ‘selective’ with her outfit choices over the last few months to conceal her bump.
While her baby bump will not have been visible, Carrie has been careful to avoid fuelling speculation by keeping her tummy firmly covered.
She made her most high profile appearances to date when she attended the G7 summit alongside Boris in June.
The stylist said Carrie has been wearing floaty maxi dresses in recent months to keep her figure under wraps (pictured on June 8)
Eco-conscious Carrie hired multiple pieces for the event in Cornwall – two collections from dress hire companies My Wardrobe HQ and Hurr Collective were delivered before the summit.
Meeting with President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden, Carrie donned a scarlet £325 LK Bennett gown.
The vibrant red dress was described online as inspired by the ‘glamour of the chic 1930s’.
Meanwhile she also opted to wear a similar £990 cobalt blue two-piece from Amanda Wakeley for a trip to the theatre.
Rochelle said Carrie had worn floaty maxi dresses during appearances to keep her figure under wraps.
She said: ‘Carrie has been wearing loose fitting dresses, blazers and shirts. She keeps it as casual and to her style, with a few subtle changes. ‘
She also revealed how the Prime Minister’s wife had used bold patterns and bright colours to distract the eye during the early months of her pregnancy.
Rochelle said Carrie had cleverly layered different items on recent outings, mixing multiple patterns which help to add as a ‘visual distraction’ (pictured on July 11)
The mother-of-one opted for a host of bright, colourful dresses while attending her most high profile appearances to date at the G7 summit in June, which Rochelle suggested could have helped her hide her growing baby bump (left, June 10, and right, June 11)
Meanwhile the celebrity stylist pointed to her recent choices to wear oversized blazers with loose fitting trousers, adding: ‘When she has selected trousers and shirt combo, they have loose fitting and tailored, so it could look like she is wearing oversized.
‘It is all very flattering to her body shape and style.’
She said Carrie’s decision to layer blazers and loose shirts, such as her outfit choice when she attended the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on July 11, also helped distract from any hint of a bump.
Rochelle revealed: ‘Items can be layered and mixed multiple patterns can also be added for extra visual distraction.
‘Styles don’t need to be overly busy, so, I would recommend to stick to a similar color family, or use one pattern to dominate and the other to accent.
‘Wearing more form-fitting clothing and slowly adding in layers can help trick the eye.’
The mother-one-one is at least three months into her first pregnancy – suggesting that she fell pregnant around mid-March (pictured on 29 June)
Rochelle said Carrie had selected loose fitting and tailored trousers and shirts, so her garments appeared oversized
Carrie has become one of the biggest profile advocates for hiring clothing, with the mother-of-one marrying the Prime Minister in a rented dress.
She has been hiring her designer outfits, rather than buying them outright, for years.
In 2019, it was reported she pays £9.99 a month membership to the website My Wardrobe HQ, which allows her to supplement her day-to-day high-street outfits.
The service has been described as a ‘private members’ club for the fashion world’.
At the time, a source close to My Wardrobe HQ said: ‘Carrie loves eco fashion so borrowing clothes for special occasions means they aren’t just left hanging in her wardrobe and rarely worn. One dress can go a long way.’
Carrie announced she is expecting today with an emotional Instagram post.
The post announcing the pregnancy to social media followers was accompanied by a picture of a small blue pram
Carrie broke the news that she was expecting a second child to followers on Instagram today
In a message to followers, the environmental campaigner wrote: ‘Hoping for our rainbow baby this Christmas. At the beginning of the year, I had a miscarriage which left me heartbroken.
‘I feel incredibly blessed to be pregnant again but I’ve also felt like a bag of nerves. Fertility issues can be really hard for many people, particularly when on platforms like Instagram it can look like everything is only ever going well.
‘I found it a real comfort to hear from people who had also experienced loss so I hope that in some very small way sharing this might help others too.’
Downing Street said the Prime Minister had been due to work this weekend from his official country residence Chequers in Buckinghamshire, although it is not known if the couple are there together.
She and Mr Johnson, 57, welcomed their first baby, Wilfred, at the end of April last year
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