Kate Middleton – Latest Outfits

It’s been a busy week for Duchess Kate. The state visit of the Chinese President has seen Kate attend her first state banquet, and she has also met Jackie Chan and attended multiple occasions in Scotland. For lovers of Kate’s style, it has been a real fashion bonanza, because she has, quite frankly, looked amazing for every occasion, with the Dolce and Gabbana Marsala dress being one of my favourite Kate looks ever.

Here are three outfits from this week in a bit more detail.

Look 1 – State Banquet.

Red is always a great colour for Kate, and the Jenny Packham dress was a beautiful, formal choice. This dress did remind me of the sort of styles Princess Diana opted for in the late 80s for some reason, and I did think that Kate played it just right for the occasion – with red being a perfect colour for China, and the dress being elegant and demure.

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Red is a great choice for Christmas formal occasions and there are some stunning red looks around if you want to take inspiration from Kate for the upcoming party season.

VIVIEN ONE SHOULDER DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

VIVIEN ONE SHOULDER DRESS
£195.00 click to visit Coast

GIUGLIA DRESS £95.00 click to visit Coast

GIUGLIA DRESS
£95.00 click to visit Coast

SANDRINA DRESS £169.00 click to visit Coast

SANDRINA DRESS
£169.00 click to visit Coast

REEVA LACE MAXI DRESS £109.00 click to visit Coast

REEVA LACE MAXI DRESS
£109.00 click to visit Coast

Look 2 – Dolce and Gabbana Lace

This is one of my favourite Kate Middleton looks ever. Some have commented that it is a shame Kate didn’t opt for purely British designers during this week, but this marsala lace dress was a spectacular triumph for Kate, with the lace managing to be both classic and totally modern. It is just the epitome of chic, and totally what a 21st century princess should be choosing to wear.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping State Visit to London, Britain - 21 Oct 2015

 Dolce & Gabbana floral lace midi dress £1,850.00 click to visit Farfetch

Dolce & Gabbana
floral lace midi dress
£1,850.00 click to visit Farfetch

With this shade being the colour of the season, and lace being a style staple, there are lots of ways to incorporate this sort of look into your wardrobe.

ALLUREA LACE DRESS £119.00 click to visit Coast

ALLUREA LACE DRESS
£119.00 click to visit Coast

Nightingales Side RuchedLace Dress £55 Click to visit JD Williams

Nightingales Side RuchedLace Dress £55 Click to visit JD Williams

**Lace Bodycon Dress by Glamorous     Price: £35 click to visit Topshop

**Lace Bodycon Dress by Glamorous
Price: £35
click to visit Topshop

Lace Bodycon Dress £60 click to visit Next

Lace Bodycon Dress £60 click to visit Next

 

Monsoon Molly Lace Dress £189 click to visit Next

Monsoon Molly Lace Dress £189 click to visit Next

Look 3 – Christopher Kane in Scotland

Kate wore one of the brightest stars of British fashion for a series of appointments in Scotland (Dundee to be precise.) The Christopher Kane coat and dress is another sleek and stylish look that is perfect in its minimalism.

kate-now--zA blue coat is a great alternative to classic black, it adds a little bit of colour to the wardrobe but seems to be a colour that suits most hair colours and skin tones.

Jackson oversized Wool Coat £180 click to visit French Connection  http://media.frenchconnection.com/ms/fcuk/70EAK_4.jpg?height=117&width=78     Jackson Oversized Wool Coat     image: http://media.frenchconnection.com/ms/fcuk/70EAK_5.jpg?height=117&width=78     Jackson Oversized Wool Coat Next Jackson Oversized Wool Coat £180.00 Read more at http://www.frenchconnection.com/product/Woman+Collections/70EAK/Jackson+Oversized+Wool+Coat.htm#s7MAkZbIxrtklaoT.99


Jackson Oversized Wool Coat
£180.00 Click to visit French Connection

 LORILI Long wool wrap coat     £299 click to visit Ted Baker


LORILI
Long wool wrap coat
£299 click to visit Ted Baker

 Pied a Terre Hallie Funnel Neck Coat  £149 click to visit House of Fraser


Pied a Terre Hallie Funnel Neck Coat
£149 click to visit House of Fraser

Spreading the cost of being a wedding guest

Summer 2015 has been one of my favourite years for attending weddings. I have watched lots of my family and friends tie the knot over the summer months – it’s been so much fun!

But what hasn’t been fun is the rather large hole it has left in my savings account… I have always put money aside for special events and occasions but this year has hit my finances hard. After all, like many ladies, the thought of being seen in the same outfit twice fills me with dread!

And, this year in particular, my eyes were opened to the fact that it’s no longer the case that weddings are costly for just the bride and groom, they are also super costly for guests too! So much so, that many of us are finding ourselves in a position where we have had to polity decline invitations. After all, from finding the perfect outfit, to overnight travel costs, wedding gifts and everything else that comes hand in hand with being a wedding guest, attending your loved one’s big day is a pricey affair, with costs sometimes running into over £2000 per couple each year!

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Pippa Middleton always seems to be at a wedding!

However, there’s lots of ways that you can bring down the costs when it comes to purchasing the perfect wedding guest outfit!

Spread the cost

Occasion wear is not cheap, and sometimes it can cost up to £200 or more to kit yourself out for a wedding. If your monthly income doesn’t cover this type of splurge all at once, there’s always the option of looking at taking out credit to spread the cost over a few months (always look for a 0% interest credit card).

And, as long as you’re responsible, this can relieve a lot of financial pressure and domestic strife. Of course, to save disappointment, it’s always worthwhile checking out your Experian credit report online to make sure that you are actually eligible to apply before relying on credit to finance your needs.

Plan in advance

When it comes to weddings and special occasions, many of us know months, if not years in advance when they are going to take place, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise when they come around.

If you know that you have a lot of wedding plans in the pipeline, why not set up an outfit fund as soon as you get your invitation. Putting as little as £10 a month a way (£2.50 per week) means that, when the big day comes around, buying that dress you’ve had your eye on won’t be that much of a shock to your finances. You can always stock up on occasion wear in the sales too, even if you are prepared months in advance!

And remember ladies – invest wisely

When it comes to picking out your wedding guest attire, try to stick to buying staple pieces that you can re-style year on year by changing up your accessories. You might end up paying a little bit more for a timeless pieces but in the long run, it will work out being a worthwhile investment.

Kate wears the same dress, just with different styling

Kate wears the same dress, just with different styling

The perfect yellow dress from Kaliko

If there was any further evidence needed that sunshine yellow is the colour to be seen in this season, then the site of the Duchess of Cambridge emerging from hospital holding the gorgeous Princess Charlotte was all that just that. She looked amazing in a yellow floral print dress from Jenny Packham, and when, two nights later, I took a stunning yellow lace dress from Kaliko for a test drive, I was told I was wearing the ‘Middleton yellow.’

DOUBLE LAYER DRESS Item No. 060037795 £129.00 click to visit Kaliko

DOUBLE LAYER DRESS
Item No. 060037795
£129.00

The double layer dress is a bit of a departure for Kaliko this season. Many of their dresses have a 1950s feel with full skirts and prom styles – they wouldn’t be out of place in Grace Kelly’s wardrobe. This dress however, is more Jackie Kennedy than Grace Kelly. A simple shift style in lace style nylon, it is knee length, sleeveless and has a lovely double layer effect due to a floating bodice. It is cool and stylish for summer, but can also have a 1960s ‘dollybird’ effect when teamed with opaque tights and Mary Janes.

I wore this dress for the press night of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Unfortunately the weather had decided to skip Spring/Summer and return to Autumn, with biting winds and heavy rain. This meant the look I wanted for this dress – strappy gold sandals and accessories – just wouldn’t work.

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11052470_756848501079920_7609861128160991205_nI love yellow and black as a colour combination, it is just so vibrant. (Unless we’re talking wasps of course.) So, with the weather being horrid, I added my favourite Planet jacket and opaque tights and heels.

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I think this is a gorgeous dress that just can’t be spoilt, even when a gale force wind manages to transform the hair into a fright wig.