Kate’s amazing Canadian wardrobe…This woman really knows how to dress!

William and Kate have begun their Canadian tour in some style, with all eyes on Kate and her amazing array of outfits. There are some old favourites making a reappearance, but also some amazing new pieces with true designer credentials. These are looks that will have fashion editors salivating over the new saviour of British fashion. Here is the low down on the outfits so far.

Airport chic

This outfit would be sure to guarantee you an upgrade! Kate looked super smart when she left the UK to begin her Canadian Odyssey. Head to toe in navy, Kate wore a Roland Mouret ‘Manon’ dress, a blazer by Canadian brand Smythe and a lustworthy Mulberry Polly Push Lock bag. This was a very businesslike outfit that looked super chic on Kate, although one comment in the London Metro said that Kate resembled an air hostess. and claimed she had put ‘comfort before style.’ What tosh!

Arriving in Canada

Princess Diana was always very clever in acknowledging fashion from a host nation whenever she was on a tour, wearing Chanel in France and Escada in Germany. Kate has obviously been paying attention to this little fashion tribute, and emerged from the aeroplane to give Canada its first glimpse of its future Queen, wearing a dress by Canadian designer Erdem. This was a show-stopping, navy and stone, scooped back shift dress that Kate teamed with trusty nude accessories from LK Bennett. An absolute triumph, and one of my favourite Kate outfits so far.

Outfit 3 – An old favourite reappears

Kate dug deep into her wardrobe to find an old favourite to wear for an informal barbecue on her first evening in Canada. The swallow print Issa dress was the same one that Kate wore the night before her wedding at the Goring hotel. With those trusty LK Bennett wedges that were recently relaunched in UK dress stores, Kate hits all the right fashion notes in an outfit that was perfectly appropriate for a more relaxed event.

Canada Day Celebrations

Another day, another old favourite. Kate cleverly dresses to echo the colours of the Canada flag on Canada Day wearing the Reiss Nannette dress last seen on Mario Testino’s lovely engagement shots. She added an already sold out clutch from Anya Hindmarch and a red Sylvia Fletcher fascinator, that looked like it had maple leaves on the top. The finishing touch was the diamond maple leaf pin from the Queen’s personal jewellery collection. This look really revamped the Nannette dress and is a great advert for the struggling British High Street.

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So far you would have to award Kate an A for effort. She has been flawless and there has been enough old and new to please the fashion pack. With 30 outfits promised for this tour, I really can’t wait to see what comes next!

Kate Middleton – The clothes recycler.

Lately there has been much talk in the media about Kate Middleton’s recycling of old outfits for official and social occasions, and for her loyalty to the British High Street. Kate has been criticised for using clothes from previous seasons, including that Reiss dress and Whistles blouse, rather than using new designs that could give a boost to the British Fashion industry. She has also faced flack for mainly sticking to High Street brands, albeit High quality ones, rather than opting for a designer option. Even the ever-sensible Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman has waded into the debate, stating in the March issue that she hopes “…the current recession doesn’t drive a beautiful young women…to only wear clothes that we can all afford. We don’t need her to pretend to be like the rest of us.” One website even referred to Kate as ‘The Paper-bag Princess.’ But how fair is this?

Kate wears classic clothes in classic styles. They never go out of fashion because they are never in fashion. Therefore, they become staples that can be worn again and again and still look stylish, elegant and appropriate. Kate wears clothes from the UK High Street and seems have an eye for a bargain. She is reportedly a fan of TK Maxx, and apparently makes trips to Bicester Village designer outlet, often visiting the Alice Temperley outlet. For her official engagement photos she wore a Whistles blouse and a Reiss Nannette dress, both of which have been reissued by the named stores, which is clearly a boost to the British High Street. However, both Reiss and Whistles are at the higher end of the British High Street, we’re not talking Asda George or Peacocks here. Many people aspire to buy these brands, rather than the designer brands, but in these days of recession and cutbacks this is simply not possible. A family on benefits may have less money per week to live on than the cost of the Nannette dress. Clearly Kate is not wearing clothes that we can all afford.

Kate is in the middle of planning what has been hyped as the wedding of the decade. Finding a new, fashion-forward look is probably not her most urgent priority at the moment. Therefore it makes sense to stick to clothes that she knows and feels comfortable and confident in. We all do this, have a fail safe outfit that we know we can turn to when we need to look good – why should Kate be any different? When she does wear something new, like the Alice Temperley dress that she wore to the teenage cancer trust event in December, she faced criticism that ranged from her wearing tights with the dress, even though Britain was freezing in miserable temperatures at the time, that the dress was too summery, and that she didn’t look as good as Hollywood actress Kerry Washington, who had worn the dress previously.

And this highlights another problem facing Kate. Maybe she shouldn’t be wearing clothes we can all afford, but does she want to be dressed like Cheryl Cole or Kerry Washington either? Key designer wear is often much worn and photographed on the red carpet, sometimes in different shades, sometimes with slight modification, but overworn just the same. Kate will need exclusivity in the designs she wears, but does that then make her a mere clothes horse? And what exactly is to stop the High Street picking up the design and copying it, like Tesco and Peacocks did with the Issa engagement dress? Hence she ends dressed like the rest of us after all!

Kate should be applauded for how she is boosting the British High Street, connecting with the British public by wearing brands that are well-known and  accessible. Tesco, Peacocks, Reiss and Whistles have all benefited from the Kate association. Thrifty Kate is being called a Princess for budget cuts Britain – and this isn’t a bad thing.

This week Kate has faced further scrutiny for her outfit that she wore to lunch with Camilla Parker Bowles. The outfit was a nice mixture of designer and High Street, which should’ve pleased all corners, but this wasn’t the case. Journalist Liz Jones dissected the outfit, and whilst approving of the Diane Von Furstenberg dress, she was not so impressed with the Whistles jacket, the thick tights or Kate trademark High leg boots. Even her small Mulberry clutch came in for a drubbing for being too small for a daytime occasion.

I personally think that Kate is looking great. She may not have impressed the media fashionistas yet, but watch her go. She’s be a clothes recycler, but so are all important style icons. Kate Moss has worn her denim shorts, leopard print coats and Minnetonka boots over and over again, Alexa Chung constantly re-uses her Mulberry bags, and Princess Diana was the Queen of restyling outfits, even wearing her peach going away outfit again on a tour of Canada a few years after the wedding. Real style is timeless and does not need to be discarded once its particular season is over.

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If you loved the beautiful white dress that Kate Middleton wore in those Mario Testino shots, then visit the Reiss website and check out that dress – its back in stock. Its beautiful, and sure to be a sell out!