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.

2012

2013

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 Duchess of Cambridge – Let’s give Kate a break.

Well, it had to happen, the knives are already out in the fashion world for Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. The always immaculate Duchess is being criticised online for her choice of wardrobe for the tour of Canada.

I am beginning to feel  really sorry for Kate, it seems that she really can’t please all the people, all the time. When she wears the High Street she is told she should be supporting British Designers by the likes of Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman and Grazia’s Laura Craik. When she recycles outfits there are moans about wearing something new. And now she is being accused of playing it too safe and being boring!

The latest round of comments have been posted on one of my most beloved fashion websites, ‘The red carpet fashion awards’. Looking at the latest Kate outfit yesterday, the beautiful Alexander McQueen wool knit dress that evoked the style of early 1920s Chanel,I was surprised by the vitriolic comments that had been posted. ‘Bored’, ‘so bored of her already’, ‘so basic’, ‘aging by the day’, ‘disappointed’, ‘looks like a grandma’s outfit’, the comments go on and on. So I think it’s about time someone spoke up in Kate’s defence.

I think Kate has done a fabulous job on this tour so far.She has produced a wardrobe,without the aid of a stylist or dresser, that has been able to showcase British High Street (Reiss, LK Bennett), British based designers (McQueen, Issa, Roland Mouret, Catherine Walker), and also Canadian designers- as a tribute to  the host nation (Erdem  on two occasions). She has recycled looks to avoid the tag of spendthrift – the Issa dress and the Reiss Nannette. She has worn her hair in many variations and hasn’t worn too many fascinators. She has worn fashion forward looks – particularly the Erdem, and has also managed to boost sales for Joseph and Anya Hindmarch. She has done all this whilst remaining elegant, smart, stylish, appropriately Duchess like and retaining elements of wardrobe control. What exactly is not to like?

Kate is accused of being boring – but she is a Duchess, she can’t dress sexy like Cheryl Cole or any  other member of Girls Aloud. She has to maintain dignity, but also be comfortable, being on her feet for long  periods of time – hence the low heeled shoes. She also has to promote the British Fashion Industry without appearing overly spendthrift during difficult times. There have been moans about the amount of column  dresses and shift dresses she has worn, with calls to mix it up. But these genuinely suit Kate and her figure, and true style icons don’t mix it up all that much – think Jackie Kennedy and her shift dresses and pill box hats, Kate Moss in her endless wardrobe of skinny jeans and Audrey Hepburn in her Givenchy. When  members of the Royal family do mix it up, they often face ridicule anyway – think Beatrice and Eugenie at the Royal wedding, or Diana in America with her wet look hair and Galliano dress that  was said to look like a nightie – fashion forward but not for Royalty.

Kate is still developing her own royal style and this doesn’t happen overnight,  let any of us try to adapt that suddenly to a wardrobe full of constraints. So what if she loves navy, this is probably her alternative to black, and she looks fab in this strong shade. I hope that the Kate critics take a step back and give her a break. She couldn’t go out looking like Lady Gaga, even if she wanted too!