Long-time readers will probably remember my Frock It series, which ended a couple of years ago now, but I’ve so enjoyed seeing what the Duchess of Cambridge has been wearing for the royal tour of Australia/NZ over the last couple of weeks, that I thought I’d resurrect Frock It for a one-off post all about the lovely Kate.
Let’s start with my two favourites, which are these:
The blue flower print dress is by LK Bennett, which I guess could be considered top-end high street at £245, so it just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look fab.
The yellow dress is by Roksanda Ilinic, and apparently Kate told an onlooker that William had said she looked like a banana in it, but I think it’s great to see her in some bright colours.
Talking of which, this red peplum suit by Luisa Spagnoli (no, I’ve never heard of her, either) is another winner as far as I’m concerned. Although not terribly suitable for playing cricket, I didn’t think!
Still in red, the outfit Kate wore for their arrival in NZ was likened by many to an air hostess’ uniform, and I have to say, I can see the similarity, which could be seen as somewhat unfortunate, as a) she’s wearing it to get off a plane, and b) her mother’s former profession, which some say is a bone of contention with some of the royal hangers-on. I did quite like it, though.
As a brief aside, why is Prince George almost always dressed in strangely old-fashioned baby clothes? I thought Kate had been spotted shopping in Baby Gap on a couple of occasions?
I suspect Prince George was one of the reasons for evening engagements being few and far between on this tour. At the first one, Kate wore this Jenny Packham black dress.
I like the slash neckline and the silver fern embellishment (a nod to an NZ fern, I think I remember reading), but I thought the rest of it was just a bit dull, really. Not sure about her hair for an evening do, either.
I wasn’t sure about this cocktail dress by the American designer, Lela Rose, at first, but it’s grown on me, and I absolutely love the chignon – a new look for Kate, I think.
There were a couple of outfits I thought were really quite frumpy during the tour (sorry, Kate).
Although I love the jade green colour, I think the flared skirt isn’t a great length – mid-calf would look so much more elegant in my opinion. I usually like Catherine Walker’s designs, but I’m not a fan of this one.
This one was my least favourite of the whole tour. Don’t like the dress, don’t like the pleats, don’t like the hat. The dress is by NZ designer, Emilia Wickstead.
This was the second Alexander McQueen outfit Kate wore on the tour, the first one being this military style coat, with pleat detail at the back …
I like this one as well, and I think Kate looks great in this shade of blue.
Finally, two pastels I picked out – one I like, one not so much.
Again, I have a problem with the length of this pink dress – I don’t think a flared skirt that sits on the knee is flattering to anybody. And the whole ensemble looks a bit too old for her.
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Hope you enjoyed my whistle-stop flick through Kate’s tour wardrobe. Which were your favourites, and which did you hate?