Kate – A right Royal Jubilee Round up

It already seems like an age away since those fabulous Jubilee celebrations, but now is the perfect time to take a look at the outfits worn by the Duchess of Style during a rather hectic week. Whilst the Queen was the centre of the nation’s attention, Kate Middleton held the attention of every seasoned fashionista. And she didn’t disappoint, flying the flag for McQueen once again during a very busy royal week.

Lets take a look at some of her key looks…with a few types on getting the Kate Factor for yourself.

Look 1 – Haven’t I seen that McQueen somewhere before?

Kate started the weekend with the river pageant on a very blustery day. She plumped for a red Alexander McQueen dress that looked somewhat familiar. Which is not surprising, since the short-sleeved version had previously been worn by both Tulisa and Kim Kardashian. Kate wore a long-sleeved version in a slightly longer length, that showed just how different one dress can be, dependant on the wearer. On Tulisa it was cute and funky. On Kim it look ill-judged and a little bit tight. On Kate it become a very elegant look, one that was well matched with a Sylvia Fletcher hat.

Get the look

Jaeger Accordion Pleated Skirt, Red £99 click to visit John Lewis

BACK BY ANN-SOFIE BACK / BONING TANK £ 124.95 click to visit Nelly.com

NELLY ACCESSORIES / LUXURIOUS HEADDRESS £ 18.95 click to visit Nelly

Coral Satin Box Clutch Price: £18.00 click to visit Wallis

Sledge Court Shoe £185.00 Taupe - Light Taupe click to visit LK Bennett

It was more McQueen for the service at St Paul’s and the Buckingham Palace balcony appearance. This time Kate wore an exquisite nude lace long-sleeved shift dress. The opting for long sleeves was sensible – it may be June, but no-one seems to have informed the weather. This dress was very elegant, with a soft ribbon cumberband on the centre and scalloping detail around the neckline and hemline. A truly pretty look.

Get the look

STINE GOYA / PRISM DRESS £ 224.95 click to visit Nelly

Blush lace pencil dress Was £30.00 Now £24.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

NELLY ACCESSORIES / ADORNMENT HEADDRESS £ 20.95 click to visit Nelly.com

 

Pleated Satin box bag from £16 click to visit BHS

For the Jubilee concert, Kate again opted for McQueen in the form of a black blazer, but this was teamed with a High Street floral print frock from Whistles. This was the Bella Bodycon dress, which has, of course, since sold out at Asos.com, although the Whistles website has some different print varieties in stock at present.

Bella garden print bodycon dress £149 click to visit Whistles

And what of Pippa?

Pippa Middleton also took part in the river pageant, and provided the white and blue to Kate’s red. She looked lovely in an a-line dress from another Kate fave, Orla Kiely, with a 1960s style jacket from Jaeger. This was a very understated outfit from Pippa, but I loved it.

Get the Pippa Look

COLLECTION by John Lewis Ponte Trimmed Jacket, Navy £79 click to visit John Lewis

COLLECTION by John Lewis Ponte Dress, Navy £79 click to visit John Lewis

The Queen of Style

I was asked to speak on my local Radio station,BBC Radio WM, yesterday, about our Queen. In particular, I was asked to speak about her style, her designers and her clothes. Because, although she may not be the name you immediately think of when discussing stylish royals, the Queen is undoubtedly one very stylish lady, perfectly able to set trends, and one whose 1950s wardrobe was full of the most beautiful outfits that continue to inspire today.

The first really iconic dress worn by our Queen was the wedding dress she wore to her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip. Designed by Norman Hartnell, this was a stunning blend of wedding romance and patriotic symbilism. Because rationing was still in place, it was said that British women sent their tokens to help to pay for the dress. This dress has stood the test of time far better than the 80s excesses worn by Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson.

Throughout the 1950s, The young Queen (just 27 when she was crowned) stayed loyal to Hartnell, who also designed the exquisite Coronation dress. Hartnell created British versions of Dior’s New Look for the radiant young monarch, with full skirts, nipped in waists and elegant powder shades. Her evening attire was as glittering and anticipated as that worn by Kate Middleton half a century later.  It was funny that when I googled The Queen 1950s, I was presented with lots of pictures of another Elizabeth, Elizabeth Taylor. In fact, there was a quite striking resemblance between the two Elizabeth’s, who were both tiny, beautiful brunettes.

The Queen moved with the times, moved on to new designers like Hardy Amies and, more recently, Stuart Parvin. She still dresses wonderfully, in bright colours, simple shapes and with the neatest of gloves and boxy handbags. Always immaculate, always age appropriate, and always with a sense of occasion, I salute a true Queen of style.

Dress Like The Queen

Lilac spot midi dress £22.40 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

This soft lilac dress has a fifties feel and is in a very Queenly lilac which would help you to stand out in a crowd.

 

Tula Marisa Large Barrel Tote Handbag, Beige £129 click to visit John Lewis

 This Tula bag has a classic retro style leather design, and comes in a neutral shade that would compliment so many outfits. I love the boxy shape!

Whiteleys Fascinator, Silver £39, click to visit John Lewis

This fascinator has a definite 1950s feel to it. This looks just like something that the young Queen Elizabeth, or her stylish sister Princess Margaret would’ve worn in those heady post Coronation days.

 

 

60 Glorious years – Are you set for the Jubilee yet?

We are just over a week away from one of the major events of the Summer. Next weekend the party will be in full swing as Queen Elizabeth the 2nd gets set to celebrate 60 glorious years on the throne. Not since Queen Victoria has a monarch ruled for so long, and whether you are a fan of the royals or not, I think we all appreciate that Elizabeth has been an exemplary servant to her role.

In celebration, it seems that every retailer is encouraging us to embrace the red, white and blue. This can be in the form of quirky t-shirts, pretty dresses using those most patriotic of colours or just a scarf to add that touch of jubilee fever. If you fancy becoming royal for a day, Selfridges has an amazing range of tiaras that verge from the sublime to the hilarious so you can channel your inner queen.

 Here are some of the key picks from the High Street and the net for all those who are looking forward to one hell of a party.

Selfridges

Just loving this cute, fun tiara from Tatty Devine at Selfridges. I can’t quite imagine Her Madgesty wearing this, but it packs quite a style statement all the same.

TATTY DEVINE Star Tiara £66 click to visit Selfridges

 

 Dorothy Perkins

Just in case the Jubilee weather goes the same way as most of our typically British Bank Holidays, Dorothy Perkins have delivered a perfect pair of patriotic Wellington’s.

 

Navy Union jack wellies £23 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 Debenhams

Navy large jubilee print shoulder bag £36 click to visit Debenhams

Just loving this kitsch bag from Floozie by Frost French, reduced to £36 in the Debenhams summer spectacular. There is most definitely a crown for every taste (and head size) in this cute print.

 
Red floral Jubilee wash bag £9.60 click to visit Debenhams

This red floral washbag is a great buy for under £10. Perfect for summer hols, just buy all travel sized products and you will be able to put all your toiletries in one place, avoiding those horrid suitcase spillage.

 

M&Co

Corgi t-shirt £15 click to visit M

Well, what could be more royal than a corgi. Super cute, and a bargain at £15.

Crown print blouse £25 click to visit M&Co

If quirky dogs aren’t your thing, then maybe this crown print blouse is more your sort of thing. I think the tiny print is really pretty and I love the front knot detail too.

 
Union jack scarf £14

This Union Jack scarf is a simple addition to your wardrobe. Wear with a navy blazer a la Kate Middleton, and this will see you through right up to the Olympics.

 
For the complete M&Co Jubilee collection, click here.