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Commonwealth Games: Kate Wears Stella McCartney For SportsAid Reception

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kate started the second of her two days in Glasgow at a breakfast hosted by one of her patronages, SportsAid. The charity mentors promising athletes and has worked with many young people who have gone on to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics. 


Kate, who herself has an amateur background in rowing, chatting with an Olympic hopeful:
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At the same time, the boys were goofing off at Coach Core project. Something tells me that George gets a little of his playtime personality from Dad. :) 


The trio reunited to spend some time in the stands again. George might also have inherited some sports enthusiasm from Mom. It's a double whammy. It must have been pretty engaging, though, because even Mr. Security was grinning:


William seemed a little concerned about Kate's footing, which isn't entirely surprising given she was wearing the towering Corkswoons....


While his concern for Kate's safety and comfort is one of his most endearing qualities, Kate was ok, because these Weitzman wedges are Kate's sport shoes. She is nimbler than a mountain goat in them. They are her jumping shoes:


Her "clamber uncomfortably close to cliff" shoes:


Her "climb all over chairs' shoes:




And she has only once come close to a tumble:




This afternoon, the shoes were at it again. The highlight of the day had to have been the Cambridges time playing children's games with kids involved with UNICEF:








That is how a princess does it.

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Kate is going to be a really fun mom. I can already see them trying these out in Granny Carole's garden or the yard at Amner Hall:

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Kate pulled a recycle, wearing her electric blue Stella McCartney for the 4th time. I think I will call it her Sporting Stella. Three out of the four wears have been sports related. The NPG event was the launch of the "Sports Star" exhibit in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics, The second wear was to cheer Andy Murray on at Wimbledon, (I suppose we could argue that handling squirming George while deplaning gracefully is athletic enough to be considered a sport, too, but let's just leave it out) and now this wear to the Commonwealth Games... Yep, I dub it the Sporty Stella:


Today she styled it almost identically to her appearance at Wimbledon, only adding her Asprey charm necklace: the Sporty Stella paired with the much coveted, but sadly sold-out, Smythe blazer. I really do love rewears. Kate looks fabulous in this beautiful dress, but variety is the spice of life, and some subtle changes are always appreciated, if for nothing else, than to quickly be able to differentiate the two when sifting through several hundred photos of the Duchess.  Little changes...Maybe using hats:


Updo vs. loose:



Adding bling-a-ding:


Or, both a hairstyle switch-up and added bling-a-ding. (It's like a blow-out bar menu):


Despite the lack of significant change, it was still fantastic, and frankly we didn't get really great shots at Wimbledon, so this was an opportunity to more fully appreciate the mix. 


Fashion verdict: I loved it. I have always loved it, but I loved it again. This entire outfit was a no-cut-corners ensemble. The Stella McCartney has always been a striking shift dress, and the Smythe blazer  is sharp and smart as can be. It was great pairing at Wimbledon, and a great pairing today. It would have been fun had she put her hair up in a relaxed bun or pony, but I can't complain with the classic Kate. She looked great and they all had fun. Speaking of she looked great...she looked great! Who would guess she gave birth just barely over a year ago... 


37 comments:

  1. Loved the outfit, but the shoes are ridiculous. If you know you'll be participating in a sporting event with children, a lower wedge or ballet shoes would have been more appropriate. She'll be a podiatrist's dream patient in a few years.

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    1. LOL, podiatrist's dream! So true.

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    2. That is possible. I will say, though, that although these shoes look unbearably high, they have a significant platform which eases the pressure on her soles and makes the heel shorter...in practice.

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    3. I agree with you Jane. Plantforms can often be misleading in the height and are more comfortable when wearing them than others think.

      KiwiNic

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  2. Thanks for the great post Jane. I love the way you think it through. I'm loving the Duchess more and more each outing. She really seems to be growing into herself. She is one class act - very confident in her fashion choices that say "I'm a professional and an ambassador for the BRF, but it isn't about me - its about these great charities and athletes". Yes, she can afford great clothes, but there's no point in being wasteful. Just because you can doesn't always mean you should. I love it. I may not love the shoes, but I applaud her for wearing them if she wants to.

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    1. Thanks, Jane!! :) I agree. She has really blossomed as a royal. I don't mind multiple recycles, particularly for an event like this. As opposed to a formal event when we are always especially holding our breath waiting to be dazzled. This color is so good on her, too. :)

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  3. She could sprain or break her ankle jumping in those crazy shoes! Personally, I don't like all the cork, and she's definitely tall enough not to need that much extra height.

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    1. Well, I really think the platform changes the game, and obviously she feel really secure in them. She wears them enough to be an expert! :)

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  4. Love the dress, love the blazer (it's still available at Saks and Shopbop), but loathe the shoes. They're clunky and ungainly and look particularly odd with pantyhose as the cork is so casual.

    Two thugs up for the way she continues to wear her clothes like anyone else does rather than a new look for every occasion!

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    1. Yes, it is available! Susan at WKW is checking with Smythe to make sure it is the same cut, i.e. length, as Kate's original, because I think it is a reissue...

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  5. LOL love your commentary about those shoes and what she can do in them!

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    1. Haha, ahh, thanks, Mich. :) Appreciate it! xoxo, Jane

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  6. "The shoes were at it again." Lol! Loved the post, Jane. I think she looked great, but I think the shoes should be retired.

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    1. She wore the sledges everywhere and then one day, poof, and now we see them, but only occasionally. I imagine that will happen one day with these... Could be a long reign, though!

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  7. Hi Jane

    As always, a great post! You are always so positive about Kate and her fashion choices, which makes it so difficult to disagree with you. I was kind of bummed this morning seeing her in this outfit. She seems to have only two uniforms for sporting events, tired, skinny jeans with a blazer and this Stella McCartney dress with a blazer. And why oh why wear these shoes to a sporting event?? Just climbing up and down the bleachers is an accident waiting to happen, let alone all the jumping she does in them. I appreciate that the colors of Scotland are blue and white and she probably wanted to keep the attention on the events and athletes but really does she not have any other appropriate clothes in her closets but these two outfits? The only plus to these two outfits, is that she can pack light since the only thing she changed was the dress and jacket.

    All that being said, I thought Wills looked much better today than yesterday. The blue shirt really makes his eye color pop and the pants he wore didn't scream "dad pants".

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    1. My bad, I got on such a rant about Kate's fashion choices this trip that I totally forgot about their engagements today. I was so thrilled to see W&K&H visiting their sports related charities and taking part in the action. Team sports are so necessary for helping a child learn the important lessons in life, discipline, teamwork and the ability to be a gracious loser, all the things needed to become a successful human being. It's really great to see the three of them working so closely with these causes, you can tell that this really means something to them, that they're not just charities that they should support but charities that reflect who they are and the lessons they have learned in life.

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    2. Noo, Lauri!! :) I would have been excited to see a new dress from Kate, but all things considered, it was a good occasion for a recycle.
      Frankly, she LOVES heels and she always wears these when she goes to sports events or outside. Seeing what she does in them it is pretty clear she feels must comfortable and secure in these. Shoes are weird like that. Sometimes everything is perfect. They stay on, they don't rub. As long as they are very snug and secure, most of what she does is pretty safe...as she has shown. Jumping, walking, etc, shouldn't be problem. If they were loose, it would be a problem, but, obviously they are not.

      William did look pretty handsome today. Harry did, too. I like William's blue pants, I just wish they were cut just a tad better...

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  8. Hi Jane,
    I loved your corkswoon listing and the comparison of varied outfits!! Funny AND interesting! It's incredible what little changes can do to the whole appearance.
    I love today's outfit, even the shoes! But in my opinion it looked a little bit improperly doing sports in it. But, well, Kate can obviously do it :-)

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    1. It is, isn't! I felt the Roland Mouret really was entirely transformed--it was incredible.
      Kate loves those corkswoons, so...I approve. :)
      Thanks for your kind comment! xoxo, Jane

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    2. Dear Jane,

      Thank you for mentioning the small and subtle changes in Catherine’s outfits when she is rewearing things! :-)

      I am sure that you realized, too, that there was more than one change in the examples you gave. With the Missoni Catherine also had a different hairstyle, (earrings), (dress), colour of the shoes and she swapped the yellow flowers for a clutch. With the Roland Mouret she also had different shoes and clutch. In a way, these changes may be considered minimal and insignificant. Taking the possibility of "fashion diplomacy" into account these changes, e.g. the colours worn at certain events, could have meaning. That is one of the reasons why I like rewears so much. :-)

      With the Stella McCartney, Catherine also changed the color of her earrings to yellow for Glasgow day 2 (compared to Wimbledon). In a nod to the Commonwealth? :-) If this day’s colours were meant to compliment anybody, I suppose that the compliments not only extended to SportsAid and UNICEF but also to the Glasgow Games themselves. As you showed in your last post, WKH wore quite a bit of English (?) red at the London Olympics. They didn’t do so on the two days in Glasgow. :-)

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  9. Like this so much more than yesterdays choice. Nice hue difference made it all stand out a bit more. Would have been nice to see her hair up in something other than what we normally see but overall I liked it. I can understand her wanting to reuse her clothes. If she likes them, wear them, just not too often.

    KiwiNic

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    1. I would have LOVED an updo. That would have been a really great element to add variety. Oh well... Next time! :)

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  10. I understand that the colors worn by
    William, Kate, & Harry were a royal compliment to Scotland's flag's colors,
    royals always wear the "team" colors.

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    1. Yes, I believe that is correct. I think it is a nice touch.

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  11. The blazer is better suited with jeans due to the cut of it, imo. I think those ugly wedges need to vanish, not appropriate!. The look is better than yesterday, she needs to find a new "uniform". that look is fine for boarding airplanes or watching William play polo. Maybe the white dress wit blue trim she wore recently can take it's place

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    1. If she is going to wear a dress, she could wear any number. It just is very unusual for her to do so for sports, but of course she had an actual event to attend today. I think she wanted to dress in the team colors as has already been pointed out, although she has several dresses in this shade. I would have loved to have seen the LK Bennett again, but honestly that was probably too nice. I don't know if I would wear a beautiful form-fitting white dress to sit in sports stands. That stuff has to be taken into consideration, as well...

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  12. Carmen, The NetherlandsJuly 30, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Great post Jane! Loved your comment about handling a squirming baby George being a sport :)

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    1. Thanks, Carmen!! He is quite a handful, isn't he? And when Kate holds him she looks so tiny. It must be a work out. Comment much appreciated. :) xox, Jane

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  13. Hi I think you do great posts, or I used to. I think this post is bordering on obsessive. Sorry to be personal but I think it is.

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    1. Huh, really? I would have thought that conclusion would have been drawn a lot earlier, maybe like when I wrote this post: http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2014/04/kates-lower-hemlines-down-under.html I mean, it's an entire post on hemlines alone. if we are going to be fair about this, that has to win the obsessive badge first. ;)

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    2. Really? I don't know why people bother to post stuff like that. if you don't like it don't read it. The rest of us love the tone of this blog so if you were trying to sway how Jane writes or something why would she change it for 1 person? Silly. What a waste of typing and a waste of time to read your comment.

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    3. Hi Anon,

      I don't understand, do you mean it's obsessive about Kate? If that's the case, it's probably because this blog is all about Kate so of course we're a little obsessive about her here. If that's not the case maybe you can clarify.

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    4. I think maybe what she means is that you used to have a different tone in your posts. If you remember I also mentioned it once how certain posts are too sugary to me. And then another person came up with this too. Obviously it is the best advice: you do not like it do not read it, this is I do and can suggest to Anon too. A.

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    5. Jane. I am so impressed by your easy-going attitude. You are proving again that you are the coolest and certainly one of the reasons this blog is so great. Keep up the good work! This is a bright spot for so many of us.

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    6. Hi Jane, I honestly didn't think you would post my comment... I guess to those who say don't read the blog...well I can't make an opinion without reading. And I like reading about royalty. My opinion, obviously not that well expressed, was in line with what anon 11:13 suggested...it's all pretty sugary for my taste, but I still am drawn to the blog just to see what other opinions are out there. I guess that's my way of feeling fully informed - reading what I like as well as reading what I don't like. I suppose that is hard for some in the royal-watching world to agree with because often people are quite polarised as to whether they like or don't like a tone of a blog or a particular royal. I am not suggesting Jane should change her blog at all. I just thought this particular post was fairly full on with historical referencing of incredibly minor details, even for Jane. All that said Jane I think you have fantastic skills and I still like to follow your blog, because like I said, it gives me perspective that is different from my own.
      Best, Jen.

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  14. Jane - this was such a fun post! I loved all the comparisons and the pics of her in her sky high shoes. I certainly couldn't wear them myself but she clearly is comfortable and confident in them. Just the other day I had on my "kate inspired" wedges and almost broke my neck LOL so the fact that she can play volleyball in them is a HUGE testament to how comfortable and confident she is in those high heels. Keep up to the great posts!

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  15. Completely agree that Kate will be a fun Mom. I may be utterly wrong, but I think Kate would love to guide her son into big-time sports rather than service in the Armed Forces, altho all will depend upon THE FIRM, and to a lesser extent, upon Williams willingness to see the sense of it. (Do think that poor George might have to spend a year at Sandhurst, but if he should prove to be a talented athlete, that is what he should pursue; benefits would include keeping George sober, disciplined, and in great shape. Further he would profit from regular contact with other athletes, as opposed to the drunken, druggie culture so prevalent in aristocratic circles, the sort that both William and Harry seem to favour.)

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