Duchess Kate – The final looks of a great tour wardrobe

The Duchess of Cambridge is now on her way back to the UK as I write, and has bid farewell to the beautiful islands and destinations that have welcomed both William and Kate so warmly. But before she left there were a few more glamorous outfits to be showcased, along with a wavy, more carefree hairstyle that showed that even those  famous chestnut locks aren’t safe from tropical humidity.

The navy blue, broderie anglaise dress from Mulberry has been a major hit for Kate, possibly because it has such a youthful feel to it, Kate teamed it with her Stuart Weitzman wedges, which matched perfectly. This dress has such a pretty silhouette and with more casual hair, this felt like a very fresh look for the Duchess.

Get the look – Navy blue dresses

Lovedrobe Pleated Detail Pinafore Dress

Navy/Rust sleeveless dress

Yellow is a colour that often makes an appearance in the Duchess’s wardrobe, and it appeared twice in two days on this tour, albeit in different colours. The brighter yellow shirt dress is a High Street find from Jagear. With it’s crisp pleated skirt and sunflower shade, this is almost the epitome of the perfect summer day dress.

The second dress is by an unknown designer, and again has a strong broderie anglaise design. I love the fifties silhouette of this dress, the boat style neckline and the full skirt. This is a very Jackie Kennedy look, complete with the pastel colourway, and again I really liked it, especially when paired with that very elegant upswept hairstyle.

Get the Look – Canary yellow

Almari Almari lace bib dress

 

F&F Limited Edition Prom dress

Ted Baker Aude Seam Detail Jersey Dress

One of the most interesting outfits that Kate was seen in was a beautiful ‘Beatrice’ boho style maxi dress from Alice by Alice Temperley that Kate sported whilst taking part in evening festivities in Tuvalu. This is such an unusual style for Kate, very reminiscent of styles worn by Talitha Getty and the glamorous hippies of the 1970s. The embroidered bodice looked very pretty and eye-catching, and the cheesecloth style made this a glamorous choice which didn’t seem overdressed for this particular occasion. I loved that both Kate and William got into the spirit of the occasion in the grass skirts and floral headdresses, as well as showing their sense of fun with traditional dancing.

Get the look – boho style maxi dresses

Uttam Boutique Freya maxi dress

Aftershock Mardiana sundress

Pink moonlight maxi Was £28.00

For the journey home, Kate wore two separate outfits, landing in Brisbane for a stopover, Kate supported Anglo-Australian design duo Project D. The partnership of Dannii Minogue and Tabitha Somerset Webb has already been worn by Pippa for both evening and daytime occasions, and now Kate chose one of their prettiest silk prints, the Penelope dress, which has brightly coloured florals and lovely birds running through the fabric.

Get the look – Pretty floral dresses

Floral Print Fit and Flare

Collection Floral Printed Prom Dress

 

Floral prom dress

Mela Turquoise Bird Print

Kate was more wrapped up in her other airport outfit. A simple sweater, jeans and a great Longchamp Le Pliage bag was a warm and comfy traveling outfit, given a touch of colour with a bright Alice Temperley scarf. The Le Pliage bag is now a style classic, they can be folded down to nothing and are washable and come in a range of different sizes. I have two myself and am off to dig them out now. Selfridges have a huge collection in every colour imaginable – well worth a look.

LONGCHAMP Le Pliage medium travel bag £67.00 click to visit Selfridges

Blue Floral Print Scarf

 

Kate and William arrive in the Solomon Islands

Kate and William left Malaysia yesterday to continue there Far Eastern tour with a trip to the Solomon Islands. This meant more changes of clothing for the Duchess, these with a cool tropical feel. As usual, the Duchess looked effortlessly stunning, and also showed that she is not adverse to a wardrobe change at the last minute.

Kate arrived in the Solomon Islands in a dress that was sure to excite fashion fans all over the UK. The choice of Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders was one that Kate watchers had been hoping she would make for some time, a hot designer known for his fabulous use of colour and print. The Evelyn dress combined geometric print in turquoise and green with cool cotton fabric. Kate teamed this with a small, cream coloured hat which was reminiscent of styles worn by The Queen in the 1950s, but I think this was something she could’ve left off – it was not really needed and wasn’t a great match for the dress.

Jonathan Saunders Evelyn cotton dress

Jonathan Saunders Edition at Debenhams

 

Jonathan Saunders/EDITION

Jonathan Saunders/EDITION

Kate’s second look was very impromptu, but non the worse for it. She had been given a beautiful silk batik print dress by her hosts and had loved it, and so had decided to wear it for the evening reception and gala given by the Governor General of the Solomon Islands. The dress was from a local Island store called ‘Print’

I love that Kate wore this dress, just perfect for a tropical evening in a stunning location. Strapless printed dresses are still everywhere on line, and if you are planning an Autumn break, these are perfect for warm evenings under the stars or covering up after a day on the beach.

Get the Look – Strapless floral prints

Rosie Frill Detail Maxi Dress

Amanda Floral Print Bandeau Maxi Dress

Hollie Rose Print Bandeau Maxi Dress £20

 

 

Duchess Kate – More Singapore looks to Savour

I have to say just how much I am enjoying the fashion odyssey currently being undertaken by the Duchess of Cambridge has she makes her way around Singapore. There have been no fashion recycled pieces yet, and with up to three changes of dress in a day, this makes exiting viewing for Kate watchers everywhere. The designer names she has worn so far are almost a who’s who of fashion at this moment, Jenny Packham, Prabal Gurung, Erdem, Alexander McQueen and Raoul have all been showcased to great effect, as the Duchess breezes through the unenviable task of looking stylish and keeping cool in very balmy conditions. (I went to Singapore and couldn’t stop the hair sticking to my head, so much Kudos to Kate for looking so effortlessly beautiful so far).

The first look yesterday was one of my favourite Kate pieces. A gorgeous broderie anglais design from Alexander McQueen, this 1950s belted dress utilized a cotton design and looked both elegant and crisp. My one moan would be the shoes – the navy wedges are great and probably very comfortable, but I think they look a bit heavy for this look -I would’ve love some nude strappy sandals instead.

 

You can get broderie anglais pieces quite cheaply now in the end of summer sales, and it is well worth picking up pieces as this is a timeless look that comes out of the wardrobe every summer. If you are going on a late holiday, just imagine this crisp, pure look against sunkissed skin – absolutely perfect!

Get the look – broderie anglais

Brand logo L.K. Bennett Tiffany Broderie Anglaise Dress

MADEMOISELLE DRESS

Kate’s 2nd look yesterday was from rising international label Raoul. This was a gorgeous, floaty blouse and skirt in a retro style print that had great flashes of orange running through it.  The skirt had a slight pleat detail and again this seemed the perfect choice for the warm weather conditions – light as a feather and floaty. Both pieces were available on Matches, but as usual with anything Kate wears, they have now sold out!

 

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Oasis Spot Pleated Belted

Acorn Print Pleated Dress

Kate’s final look yesterday was a watered silk lined, pleated dress from Erdem. Again this dress had a decidedly oriental print, this time in soft blues, greys and occasional splashes of coral. I particularly loved the sleeve detail, which was semi sheer, and seemed to have been added to the original design of this dress (The Meryl) especially for Kate.

Get the look – pleated dresses

LOWLA – Floral pleated dress

Jonathan Saunders/EDITION

Kaliko Tattoo Pleat Dress

I’m totally loving Kate’s wardrobe at the moment, and looking forward to seeing what each new day brings.