Kate wears Tory Burch for a visit to Plunket

Prince George may well have stolen the show, as well as toys belonging to other babies, but Duchess Kate showed, once again, her impeccable fashion credentials during a visit to Plunket, a New Zealand well baby programme, on the second day of the Royal Tour. Opting for a stylish, yet practical option, Kate was able to get down on the floor and play with the baby prince, whilst looking cool and elegant – and that is no mean feat.

146027The monochrome, graphic print dress that Kate wore was the Paulina dress from American designer Tory Burch. I’m not sure if Kate has ever worn Tory Burch clothing before, the designer is better known for her accessories and highly coveted flat shoes, but sister Pippa is certainly a fan, and has worn Tory Burch pieces on many occasions.

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pippa-middleton1-zThe Paulina dress that Kate chose was another perfect choice. Short sleeved, and in a soft, open knit, the stretch allowed the Duchess to sit and play on the floor with the adorable baby prince. A simple, elegant design, the pattern assured that minimal accessories were needed. The dress is available at Net-a-Porter (although it currently says all sizes will be available soon at the moment).

 Tory Burch Paulina open-knit dress £390 click to visit Net-A-Porter


Tory Burch
Paulina open-knit dress
£390
click to visit Net-A-Porter

Print dresses are a great way to tap into pattern, and are versatile enough for any occasion. You can add a blazer and heels, or a denim jacket and flat ballerina pumps, to get two very different, and yet effective, stylish and totally wearable looks. There are some great print dresses on the High Street and internet at the moment, as these are also a perfect transitional piece.

Get the look – Print dresses

 Isla Print Day Dress Item No 060/032257/244 / Price £89.00 click to visit Kaliko Fashion


Isla Print Day Dress
Item No 060/032257/244 /
Price £89.00 click to visit Kaliko Fashion

 Silk Honour Print Dress Item No 060/031894/241 / Was £149.00 Now £75.00 click to visit Kaliko


Silk Honour Print Dress
Item No 060/031894/241 /
Was £149.00 Now £75.00 click to visit Kaliko

Moda Stripe Chiffon Dress £20.00 click to visit Asda George

Moda Stripe Chiffon Dress
£20.00 click to visit Asda George

Tribal Print Belted Midi Dress     Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Tribal Print Belted Midi Dress
Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Polka Dot Netted Prom Dress     Price: £49.50 click to visit Wallis

Polka Dot Netted Prom Dress
Price: £49.50 click to visit Wallis

Arianna Dress WH670 £149.00 click to visit Boden

Arianna Dress
WH670
£149.00 click to visit Boden

Darcey Dress WH649 £89.00  click to visit Boden

Darcey Dress
WH649
£89.00 click to visit Boden

Easy Day Dress WH621 £69.00 click to visit Boden

Easy Day Dress
WH621
£69.00 click to visit Boden

Nicky Printed Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Nicky Printed Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Shell Print Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Shell Print Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Pagoda Print Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Pagoda Print Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pippa’s holiday style – A guide to mini break packing.

The lovely Pippa Middleton gave us a good lesson in what to pack for a European mini=break last week when she visited the Spanish capital Madrid with a group of friends (including an ex-boyfriend!) Pippa looked fabulous throughout the trip, with an impeccably chosen summer wardrobe of neat dresses and cool seperates.Here are a few tips for channelling Pippa’s style this summer.

1. Choose classic separates for the airport experience. Pippa’s simple vest and cardi combo are comfortable for short air travel, and the cute cardi will combat the sometimes chilly feel when on a plane.

2. Invest in a wear-anywhere dress. This dress is the perfect piece if you want to pack  hand luggage only. This looks cute with comfy flats for sight-seeing, but imagine with red spiked heels and hair in a neat bun for evening. A little black cashmere knit could be worn over that dress for cooler moments.

3. Stick to flats for day and night, this means you can avoid money for taxis and walk everywhere. Pippa’s patent flats (she’s a fan of Tory Burch) look great with her camel coloured mini skirt.

4. Remember that it is still only May – and that the weather may be changeable.  Always pack a lightweight jacket and an umbrella if you are planning on visiting a European tourist capital in the Spring.

5. Choose your colour pallete – and stick to it. Pippa focused on a capsule wardrobe containing items that were predominantly black, white or nude. This is a clever move as it means the individual pieces can be mixed and matched to create many different outfits and looks.

And when you get home…throw it all in the wash, put on your well matched denim…and hit the shops again!