The Royal Tour – My favourite looks from (N)Z to A

The Royal tour of New Zealand and Australia is now officially over, and by any standards, it has been an absolute triumph for Prince William, Duchess Kate and the gorgeous baby Prince George. Kate’s wardrobe, as ever, has been a joy for fashion lovers, with a definite emphasis on something old, something new, jewellery borrowed, and something blue.

Before the tour, there had been lots of speculation about Kate’s wardrobe, with some saying The Queen had asked for more jewellery, more designer wear and longer skirts. I personally think Kate’s wardrobe proved to be a total triumph that stayed true to her fashion roots. There were splashes of High Street with a beautiful LK Bennett dress(featured here on Friday’s celeb post), lots of new designer looks from Erdem, Alexander McQueen and Lela Rose amongst others. But Kate still recycled looks from the past, including the Luis Spagnoli red suit she wore before her wedding, and hats were kept to a minimum, with a lot of bare-headed looks and lots of flowing hair.

With the tour now over, I have spent a leisurely few hours looking at every single look from the two countries. I have chosen my personal favourites from the tour for this post, and would love to know what your favourite look was.

I have also added a few Kate inspired items for a get the look at the end of the post.

Alexander McQueen

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Emilia Wickstead and a Jane Taylor Hat

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Roksanda Ilincic

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Zimmerman Dress

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Alexander McQueen and a Jane Taylor Hat

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Alexander McQueen

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Lela Rose

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Get the look

 Marios Schwab/EDITION Was £135.00 Now £80.00 Now £54.00 click to visit Debenhams

Marios Schwab/EDITIONNow £54.00
click to visit Debenhams

 Mary Portas The twist dress short sleeve  £69.30 click to visit House of Fraser


Mary Portas The twist dress short sleeve £69.30 click to visit House of Fraser

 Adrianna Papell Cap Sleeve Grupere Lace £170 click to visit House of Fraser


Adrianna Papell Cap Sleeve Grupere Lace £170 click to visit House of Fraser

 Shubette Guipere lace dress with satin dress coat £250   click to visit House of Fraser


Shubette Guipere lace dress with satin dress coat £250 click to visit House of Fraser

 Side Knot Dress £47.20 click to visit Kaliko


Side Knot Dress £47.20 click to visit Kaliko

LISANNE DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

LISANNE DRESS
£125.00 click to visit Coast

Designer pale pink belted fit and flare dress £60 click to visit Debenhams

Designer pale pink belted fit and flare dress £60 click to visit Debenhams

Crepe Shift Dress £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Crepe Shift Dress
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duchess Kate – The recycling continues.

As her pregnancy continues, Kate Middleton shows why she is well deserving of the title ‘The Duchess of Thrift’ as she continues to recycle and revamp existing pieces from her wardrobe for public occasions and private events. This weekend alone, Kate has shown off two different coats that she has altered in some way in order to accommodate her very neat, but ever-growing baby bump.

On Friday, Kate headed to the races at Cheltenham in a camel coat from Joseph. This coat is a real wardrobe favourite of Kate’s, she has been wearing it for at least 8 years, and the coat was daringly short for the pregnant Duchess. It had also, quite obviously, had the buttons moved to make it a larger size, a point picked up on by most of the press. I think it makes perfect sense to adapt clothes you love and feel comfortable in during pregnancy, after all, they can always be altered again once baby is born.

Kate accessorised with brown, a classic choice to team with beige and camel shades.  I think the Duchess looks really good at the moment. Pregnancy, now that initial, rather horrendous period is over, actually seems to suit her, and she looks glowing and healthy. Some websites have picked fault over this outfit, notably the brown tights, but I love that Kate has thought outside the box and worn something over than black.

St Patrick’s Day Deja Vu

At the ceremony of distributing Shamrocks to the Irish Guards on St Patrick’s Day, guests could be forgiven for having a touch of Deja Vu. For Kate was wearing exactly the same Emilia Wickstead coat that she had worn for the same ceremony in 2012. True, she had removed the pencil thin belt, true, she had also changed the hat. But the coat was most definitely the same one, and it looked stunning!

Emerald green is a big story in colour this year, the pantone colour for 2013, and of course, on St Patrick’s Day there can only be one colour. And with Vivienne Westwood saying Kate doesn’t recycle enough, perhaps this was a message to that designer, and every other who has said the Duchess is too extravagant.

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Kate’s Style –  Green at Debenhams

Betty Jackson.Black Designer dark green drape front jersey dress £55 click to visit Debenhams

Gorgeous Green pussy bow blouse £17.50 click to visit Debenhams

Green High Platform Square Court Shoes £37.50 click to visit Debenhams

Jonathan Saunders/EDITION Designer green fit and flare pleated dress £80 click to visit Debenhams

Hotsquash Green pintuck top with ThinHeat £49.00 click to visit Debenhams

Principles by Ben de Lisi Green Crosshatched Buckled Strapped Grab Bag £21.75

 

The ever recycling Duchess of Cambridge

As an avid Duchess of Cambridge watcher, I am totally obsessed with her wardrobe. But more and more lately, I am having instances of deja vu, as Kate recycles her outfits over and over again. And I have been struck by a thought. This recycling is not just about Kate being frugal, or making that wardrobe earn its keep. This is also about everyone knowing that Kate is thrifty, everyone recognising that in this time of economic hardship, the Duchess is trying hard not to flaunt her extravagance.

Kate is not the first Royal to recycle her outfits. The Queen and Princess Anne have both recycled outfits for years, the Queen actually wore a cloak for the Jubilee concert that she had first worn for a photograph in 1968. Even the late Princess of Wales recycled outfits, often having them restyled – sleeves removed from dresses, lengths of skirts shortened etc. A example of this was the salmon pink suit that Diana wore as her going away outfit in 1981, and then wore again on a royal tour a few years later with a longer sleeved jacket and a different hat.

 

But this seems to be the key, and where Kate differs from previous royal recyclers. The other royal ladies tried to leave a decent sized gap between wearing their outfits again, almost in order for people to forget them, or they had the outfit remodelled or restyled so that it looked like something brand new. But I think Kate wants people to realise she is wearing the same outfit again. Take the Emilia Wickstead soft pink dress that she wore to the Buckingham Palace garden party. Kate was seen in that dress for two official occasions with less than two weeks between them. There was no danger that people would’ve already forgotten a dress only so recently seen. And you could say that Kate’s like the rest of us, if it looks good and feels good you want to wear it again and again, but I really don’t think that is the reason for wearing this dress so soon after its first wearing.

In the same vein, the Missoni jacket that Kate was wearing in Nottingham last week was the same one worn at Fortnum and Mason earlier in the spring, teamed with a hat also seen earlier this year. Another instantly recognisable piece, if only because the Missoni jacket had attracted discussion for the Italian label – with questions about if Kate should be buying and wearing British.

Last weekend, after the wonderful display of (new) McQueen that Kate had sported during the Jubilee celebrations, it was business as usual when Kate attended a Spencer family wedding. The gorgeous Jenny Packham dress which she wore to the polo during last years tour of the US and Canada,  had another airing, teamed with the Katherine Hooker coat worn for last years Order of the Garter. I think she looked beautiful and this was a nice way of not upstaging the bride by wearing a brand new outfit that would have got the fashion world buzzing again.

I also think that Kate’s frugality is something which separates her from the clothes-horse princesses of Europe. Mary of Denmark and Madeleine of Sweden are known as fashionista’s who spend large amounts on clothing. Kate seems content to continue to wear High Street looks for key occasions, or just to recycle something she’s worn before. The pretty teal dress that Kate was seen in for The Art Room performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was, you’ve guessed it, from High Street fave Zara.

But Kate still knows how to wow her audience like no other British lady at the moment, when she does choose to wear something new. A key example of this was the gorgeous Erdem silver-embroidered dress that Kate looked so fabulous in at the Trooping the Colour this weekend. This proved to be a new outfit worth waiting for.