Duchess Kate ends the year in Style

In terms of pure style, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has had another triumphant year. She showed that maternity style could be chic and elegant, wearing much of her pre-pregnancy wardrobe with aplomb, and making Seraphine a household name. Since the birth of Prince George. Kate has worn great look after great look.

Of course, the Duchess has stayed true to her recycling roots. There have been reappearances from Orla Kiely and Roland Mouret, showing that if a look is good, it is too good to just be worn once. She has also once again taken inspiration from High Street favourites, most recently in the Delaney Coat from Reiss. And she teamed a beautiful gown from Roland Mouret with a bargainous, beautiful necklace from Zara that I spotted on the Graham Norton show worn by the Bake-Off Queen Mary Berry.

Here are some of Kate’s final looks from a great year in fashion, along with a few ideas of how you can get a similar look without the need to trawl the High Street and the net.

Max Mara and Orla Kiely

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Get the look

M&S Collection Jacquard Biker Jacket Product Code: T590699J £59.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S Collection Jacquard Biker Jacket
Product Code: T590699J
£59.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

 

M&S Collection Panelled Skater Mini Skirt Product Code: T577394 £25.00 click to visit M&S

M&S Collection Panelled Skater Mini Skirt
Product Code: T577394
£25.00 click to visit M&S

Per Una Pointed Toe Court Shoes with Insolia® Product Code: T020307 £25.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

Per Una Pointed Toe Court Shoes with Insolia®
Product Code: T020307
£25.00 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S Collection Gathered Clutch Bag Product Code: T830636C £19.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S Collection Gathered Clutch Bag
Product Code: T830636C
£19.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

 

Kate in Alice Temperley

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Get the Look

Black Cornelli Evening Dress £79 click to visit Jacques Vert

Black Cornelli Evening Dress £79 click to visit Jacques Vert

Garnet Clutch Bag £29 click to visit Jacques Vert

Garnet Clutch Bag £29 click to visit Jacques Vert

Wearing a tiara

 

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Add some bling this Christmas

Designer silver diamante head band £24 click to visit Debenhams

Designer silver diamante head band £24 click to visit Debenhams

Roland Mouret and Zara

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Cream twist show maxi dress     Was £33.00     Now £26.40 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Cream twist show maxi dress
Was £33.00
Now £26.40 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Rhinestone fan necklace     Was £16.50     Now £11.55 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Rhinestone fan necklace
Was £16.50
Now £11.55 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kate in Reiss

 

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Get the look

Designer black suede leather panelled mid wedge ankle boots £60 click to visit Debenhams

Designer black suede leather panelled mid wedge ankle boots £60 click to visit Debenhams

 Delaney Textured TEXTURED FITTED COAT BLACK/NAVY £295 NOW £195 click to visit Reiss

Delaney Textured
TEXTURED FITTED COAT
BLACK/NAVY
£295 NOW £195 click to visit Reiss

M&S Collection Corduroy Jeggings Product Code: T547010 £22.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

M&S Collection Corduroy Jeggings
Product Code: T547010
£22.50 click to visit Marks and Spencer

 

 

John Lewis Secret Santa…and a touch of Temperley

You may remember a few weeks ago I told you all about the Bloggers Secret Santa that I was taking part in, courtesy of John Lewis. Well, last Friday I received my present through the post, chosen by the lovely Sioned of Tea and Fairylights, 

I don’t mind admitting that I was super excited to open the present- I am a fan of all things Christmas, and I possibly get even more excited than my four-year-old, which is definitely saying something. On tearing the packaging I let out a little squeal when I saw a Somerset by Alice Temperley label, and realised that this was a gift of cashmere.

Sioned had chosen the most wonderful cashmere snood in a soft grey cable design. Long enough to be either worn loose, or to be looped twice for a snug fit, this is a piece of luxury that is suitable to be worn every day. Sioned tweeted me and said;

yay!!! Oh I’m so happy 😀 I thought- every mum needs a touch of cashmere for the school run 🙂 i hope it makes you feel glam first thing in the morning xxxxxxx’

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Enjoying my Secret Santa gift having lunch with Joe.

Enjoying my Secret Santa gift having lunch with Joe.

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I have been so lucky with the gift that Sioned chose for me, it is a perfect choice for me, I couldn’t have chosen any better for myself. I know I will be wearing it all Winter , contrasted with soft pinks and navy shades. It feels so soft to the skin, a real touch of luxury.

Somerset by Alice Temperley Cashmere Cable Snood, Light Grey  £75 click to visit John Lewis

Somerset by Alice Temperley Cashmere Cable Snood, Light Grey £75 click to visit John Lewis

 

Duchess of Cambridge – a round-up of recent looks

Slowly but surely, Duchess Kate is heading back towards her public duties, and she’s doing it in the sort of style she has made her trademark. Beautiful gowns, wardrobe favourites that we have seen before and a new, soft hairstyle that is slightly reminiscent of ringlets, Kate shows why she is fully deserving of her nomination for Style Icon at this year’s British Style Awards.

One of my favourite Kate looks from this year has to be the elegant midnight blue dress by Jenny Packham. Kate wore this higher up on the shoulders than the dress was worn on the catwalk, making this a more refined, ladylike look. The shade of blue was suitably dramatic, and with minimal accessories, this was a total style smash from head to toe.

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Jenny Packham style at Debenhams

Jenny Packham is definitely having a moment, with celebrity fans including Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie and Taylor Swift. Of course, for those who want to achieve the effortless beauty of the Jenny Packham look without the designer price-tag, the No1 by Jenny Packham collection by Debenhams is a fab way to get the look. The Red shoes with diamante detail are a particularly amazing find.

Red high heel satin court shoes with diamante leaf trim £42.75 click to visit Debenhams

Red high heel satin court shoes with diamante leaf trim £42.75 click to visit Debenhams

Designer dark blue embellished shoulder dress £67.75 Click to visit Debenhams

Designer dark blue embellished shoulder dress £67.75 Click to visit Debenhams

Navy beaded empire line jersey dress £65 click to visit Debenhams

Navy beaded empire line jersey dress £65 click to visit Debenhams

 

Designer aqua embellished cross over maxi dress £97.50 click to visit Debenhams

Designer aqua embellished cross over maxi dress £97.50 click to visit Debenhams

This week Kate wore a brilliant poppy red coat to lend support to the poppy appeal. The coat is an old favourite of Kate’s , a past season classic from LK Bennett. I love this coat for the sophistication of the belted effect, and the 1970s style length, but most of all for the colour.  Pink may be this year’s hottest shade, but for wardrobe longevity I would plump for red every time.

On a side note, I was really annoyed by the emphasis placed on a few grey hairs that Kate seems to be showing. She’s just had a baby and has very dark locks – my comment on this would be – So What!

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Get the look – Red Coats from Debenhams

Red wool blend collar coat £65 click to visit Debenhams

Red wool blend collar coat £65 click to visit Debenhams

Designer red button coat £116.25 click to visit Debenhams

Designer red button coat £116.25 click to visit Debenhams

Red trench coat £79.20 click to visit Debenhams

Red trench coat £79.20 click to visit Debenhams

Long Fit and Flare Red Coat £167.20 click to visit Debenhams

Long Fit and Flare Red Coat £167.20 click to visit Debenhams

 Preen/EDITION Designer red oversize collar coat £120 click to visit Debenhams

Preen/EDITION Designer red oversize collar coat £120 click to visit Debenhams

Today Kate made a suitably sombre appearance in Whitehall for the annual Remembrance Day Service in London. The exquisite 1950s style coat she wore was the Noa piece from Alice Temperley, another Kate favourite.  The coat, which has a full skirt and satin panel detail on the front, was a chic choice and looked lovely teamed with a Lock and Co hat.

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