Kate wears Ralph Lauren to visit Centrepoint.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Centrepoint yesterday, and the informal visit showed that like her sister Pippa, Kate is rather partial to a polo necked dress.

The dress was by Ralph Lauren, and was from the Blue Label Collection. A wool/cashmere mix, this dress had featured on Fashion-Mommy in November when it was shown in a post about Pippa’s blue polo neck dress. The dress is currently reduced at FarFetched.com, selling for £219, and is still available in sizes XS, S and L.

RALPH LAUREN BLUE Roll neck dress £219

The dress is also available from the Ralph Lauren Website for the bargain price of $159. However, Kate’s colour way is out of stock, and the dress is now only available in sizes L and XL in the charcoal/Heather shade. All sizes are still available in the rather stylish black shade.

Long sleeved Turtleneck dress 

 

Both Kate and Pippa are showing themselves to be fans of the poloneck dress. A warm option for Winter, it is not without its detractors, and is definitely an option only to be attempted by the very slim. Kate may well have worn this dress to send out a message that she is most definitely not pregnant, as rumours have been spreading over this point in recent weeks.

Although I do like the look on Kate, I do wish she would start to wear a few more British looks. Of her last three outfits, only the Alexander McQueen evening dress has been from a British designer/source. The dress for the Princes Trust was from Zara, a Spanish High Street giant, whilst this dress was from the American Ralph Lauren. It is refreshing that Kate chooses from a range of labels, and her patronage of the High Street is commendable, but I would just be really pleased to see more UK High Street labels and Designer labels receiving that much-needed support from such an important Style icon…just a thought.

Polo Neck dresses…a few key picks

Cashmere Polo Neck Dress 

 

Oasis Was £35.00 Now £25.00 Polo Neck Dress click to visit Debenhams

DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen Black Night Polo Neck Dress £90.00 

Pippa Middleton continues to show her Autumn style

She may be unlucky in love,but in terms of style, Pippa Middleton still seems to be ticking all the right boxes. November has seen the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge showing off yet more of that highly copied wardrobe as she continues her off to work fashion parade. With the exception of Anna Friel’s stage door parade of fashion, I don’t think I can ever remember another woman who was so highly photographed going to and from work. Still, this gives plenty of opportunities to observe that work wardrobe in great detail.

This blue polo neck dress is a fabulous colour on Pippa, but polo neck styles are something that divide a lot of people. Grazia’s Polly Vernon believes they don’t suit anyone, either slim or curvy, but photographs like this one of Pippa prove that some girls can definitely get away with the look. I personally find them to be a bit like a straight jacket, but there are some exquisite examples on the High street that could seriously change my mind. Alternately, you could try the style with a cowl neck.

RALPH LAUREN BLUE Roll neck dress £319 

Bon prix Knit polo neck dress £14.95 

 

La Redoute Ellos Roll Neck Dress £19 

What I really like about Pippa’s outfit is the tuxedo style jacket with the silk lapels. This is the perfect day-to-night jacket and the good news is that there are lots of examples of this sort of jacket on the market at the moment with a good range of price points. Here are just a few examples.

Black tuxedo jacket £210 

Cropped tuxedo blazer $27.80 

Tibi tuxedo jacket £424 

This look from this week is a great classic look that shows that a stylish black coat can never be anything less than elegant. Although this is a low key outfit from Pippa, not lifted by her usual bright colours, this is winter dressing at its best. I love the idea of using a belt to change the look of your coat, this gives it a new look and breathes life into an old wardrobe favourite.