Duchess Kate continues the recycling at Anglesey Marathon

For fans of the Duchess of Cambridge and her super style, a treat was in store today. Kate, along with Prince William,  made her first official appearance since the birth of Prince George at the Ring O’Fire Coastal Ultra Marathon on Anglesey.

Before the appearance there had been a lot of speculation about what Kate would wear, with Hello Magazine’s Rosie Nixon pondering on whether it would be another Seraphine dress. I thought Kate would opt for something more low key due to the sporty nature of the event, maybe channeling the style she did so well during the London Olympics last year. I was proved right with Kate opting for the skinny jeans and blazer combination that she works so well.

Kate opted for her Ralph Lauren wool jacket in sage green, teamed with a Zara patterned top and a pair of skinny jeans from Paige Denim. All of the items had been seen before, which was no surprise as Kate is well known for recycling her clothes. Perfect for the occasion, this was the epitome of smart/casual and showed that lucky Kate is already back in her skinny jeans (still remembering Miranda in her skinny jeans episode of Sex and the City – think it took a lot longer than Kate!)
All Kate’s items are from past seasons, but you can get the look with items that are online and in store now.
The Jacket
A green blazer makes a great alternative to navy or black. I’ve found a couple of great alternatives to Kate’s at two different price points.

Gerry Weber Blazer – green £170 click to visit Zalando

Designer khaki mini cord blazer

The Top

Kate’s Zara top is now out of stock, but there are plenty of pretty tops available to get a similar look. Dorothy Perkins has a great range, and these tops are a great way to elongate your summer style just that little bit longer. The style of the top from the Avenue 57 shop is very similar to the one that Kate is wearing.

Green spotty peplum top Price: £24.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black geo print top Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Cream printed vest top Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Sophia Spotty Silk Top

The jeans

Kate is a fan of Paige Denim, and although I’m not 100% sure that these are from that brand, Paige denim certainly has a great current range of skinny jeans at Selfridges. I really like the Skyline dark denim pair.

PAIGE DENIM Skyline skinny mid-rise jeans £165 click to visit Selfridges

 

 

Reviewed – Yellow Print Jersey Dress from Wallis

I’ve been talking on the blog about transitional pieces recently, as we move from our glorious summer into the slightly chillier days of Autumn. It is still warm at the moment, but there have been duller and chillier days, a little less in the way of blue skies, a little more in the way of drizzle. And the nights are starting to draw in – you definitely need a cardigan or jacket when heading for a night out.

As part of Fashion-Mommy’s third birthday, those lovely people at Wallis sent me some fantastic, transitional pieces to review. You can find the first review here, the second piece I got to review is a fabulous dress that is just perfect for either day or night wear this Autumn. That piece is the Yellow Printed Long Sleeved Jersey Dress.

Yellow Printed Long Sleeve Jersey Dress £40 click to visit Wallis

The first thing I need to say about this dress is that I absolutely love it. Yellow is always one of my favourite colours, but this is more of a mustard shade than a zesty yellow, which I think fits the pattern very well. The print is unusual, a sort of retro paisley style, but with a slightly graphic overlay – it is hard to pull your eyes away from this eye-catching design.

There are other features I really like about this dress. It is a great stretch jersey fabric, but with a bit of a sheen to it that makes it a viable option for evening occasions. The 3/4 sleeves are perfect for those who dislike their upper arms, and also make it warmer, perfect for those days when there is a bit of wind or a chill in the air. I also adore the elongated rectangular neckline, which is ultra flattering.

This dress needs hardly any accessories to do it justice, the print is most definitely the star of the show. I add nude heels (also Wallis) and a nude clutch bag to complete my look, which I wore to a special birthday Celebration for Brown’s Restaurant last week.

With my Sister Jodie and Blogger and Stylist Emily Jayne at Brown's Birthday

Wallis really does have some perfect dresses to take you stylishly into Autumn. Here are my top five styles.

Floral Midi Dress Price: £32.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Bird Print Dress Price: £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Black and Taupe Polka Dot Dress Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Zip Waist Dress Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Printed Long Sleeve Tunic Dress Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Wallis have a special online event this weekend, with 20% off selected lines. Click here to view the event.

Get the Duchess of Cambridge’s latest look at Boden

The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted looking very slim and elegant, shopping on the Island of Anglesey.  And whilst the press have been focusing on the lack of any remaining baby bump, I must admit to being far more interested in Kate’s outfit, which I think is a great transitional fashion look, perfect for shopping trips and the school run.

Kate’s outfit is a masterclass in classic separates. A Ralph Lauren Breton top, teamed with a pair of black skinny jeans. Add the neutral shoes from Sebago and Kate looks smart yet casual. Many people look at Breton tops as a great spring trend, but they are equally good for those late Summer/early Autumn days when there is a distinct chill in the air. Teaming a Breton top with darker jeans also makes the outfit more Autumnal – leave the white denim and wide leg trousers for Spring looks.

Get the Look with Boden

You can get the Duchess Kate off-duty look with some key pieces from Boden.

The Hamptons Tee has become a Boden classic in recent years, and I particularly love the scoop neck detail, which is perfect for those with a larger bust.

Hamptons Tee WL770 £25.00 click to visit Boden

The Skinny Urban trousers are super sleek, and would be a great alternative to those who are a little fed up of skinny jeans. These have a sexy, early 1960s styling to them (I’m thinking Elizabeth Taylor zipping around Rome on the back of a Vespa.). Also, these are pigment dyed to fade, so they will only look better the more you wear them.

Skinny Urban Trouser WM348 £59.00 click to visit Boden

Kate’s deck shoes are a summer staple, but to pull this outfit into your Autumn wardrobe, I would swap the Sebago’s for a Tasseled Loafer in dark tan. These are still a great comfy shoe for everyday wear, but also look extremely smart – you could easily imagine them worn with trousers and a blazer for a great workwear look.

Tassel Loafer AR592 (Was £99.00 ) now £84.15 click to visit Boden