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Kate Wears Red to the Wimbledon Quarter-Finals

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

As announced last week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did attend Wimbledon today! The couple were in the Royal Box to cheer on Andy Murray and Vasek Pospisil as they competed in the men's quarter-finals. Last night there were a lot of excited predictions on what Princess Kate would wear, and so it was particularly fun to discover she had chosen a brand new red dress to debut!



This is the "Cayla" dress from L.K. Bennett and it is very en vogue thanks to its hem length. The runway has been featuring these longer skirts for a bit now, and many of Kate's favorite labels have been incorporating the style. We just saw Pippa Middleton wear a similar silhouette and hem to Princess Charlotte's christening, and I think the style is very, very elegant. 


Frankly, after the collectively neutral/white christening we had on Sunday (which was beautiful, by the way) I was excited to see a pop of color. Kate paired the ensemble with nude heels, and her DVF leopard/branch clutch, and wore her beloved Cartier watch:



Kate had a flattering new haircut, returning to her on-again, off-again bangs (fringe) which she pushed back a few times to reveal her Mirabelle "Lolita" hoops. 



The Duchess usually recycles a white ensemble for Wimbledon. I thought an excellent suggestion was that she might rewear her white Jaeger, but I honestly do not think that Kate has gotten back to the point where she can comfortably wear the majority of her pre-baby sheath dresses. She probably has a month to two to go yet on that, so it is not shocking that she debuted a new dress. One of my Kate's Clothes readers suggested that the color was a tribute to the Scot/Canadian aspect of the match, and I like that idea very much. I think this is my favorite picture below. She looks absolutely gorgeous. Fresh-faced with perfect, full hair contrasted against the red of the dress and her healthy tan, topped off with her sweet and genuine smile. 



The Duchess brought her trusty Ray-Bans which she wore sporadically throughout the event, and you can see she continues to wear her diamond eternity band nestled next to her engagement and wedding rings.  



As always, there was an abundance of whispering, happy smiles, contorted faces, and much laughter as the couple enjoyed the game. 



Carole and Mike were also on hand to watch the game, although as usual, they did not join their daughter in the Royal Box. Carole always looks smart, and today she opted for a green, print dress and a pair of wedges she has worn to Wimbledon before. She looked fantastic. I loved Mike's blue trousers and brown, suede loafers. These two make a good looking couple. 

Speaking of Middletons and tennis. Pippa attended Wimbledon on Monday wearing a Suzannah tea dress in sage floral. This is the sister to Kate's budding hearts tea dress. Suzannah has a whole fleet of these and they are very tempting. I might need one...Gorgeous neckline, cute sleeves, and lovely airy skirt. Well done, Pips. (But, dump the purse.)



I am in the midst of a look-back on the Cambridges' tour of Canada, so I thought it was very fun that today Kate wore red and she carried the Diane von Fürstenberg "Leopard"clutch. Today in 2011, Kate wore a similar red ensemble for her Canada airport farewell, and she debuted this very clutch at a reception in her honor in Los Angeles! So, we have a fun little fusion outfit at Wimbledon, which I am sure was unintentional, but interesting nonetheless. 

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Overall Verdict: It's a win, for sure. The dress is very in keeping with Kate's recent style, save for the length, which is right on trend. The top was reminiscent of her electric blue Stella McCartney dress, whose bodice has similar, simple construction, or several of her Goat pieces. The flare of the skirt was slimming and accommodated her as she transitions back to her "closet size", while still remaining a piece she can wear later. This ensemble put Kate's fashion savvy on full display. She was picture perfect. 









50 comments:

  1. Back to the eternity band (I brought it up before and no one commented), I heard the jeweler quoted as saying Kate bought it herself. To me that seems very odd to by yourself a ring that you wear next to your engagement and wedding rings. The timing that she debuted it did not coincide with their anniversary (was she first seen wearing it in a February?), so my guess it it must have been a gift from William, perhaps for her birthday or a private milestone. Thoughts?

    I didn't like her wearing a new dress. The cost of a new tennis court, being on mat leave...I hope this wasn't a dress that Charles/Duchy of Cornwall paid for. I hope the Cambridges paid for it. However, last week on your blog I did defend her to someone that this is kind of an unofficial working engagement for Kate, and Andy Murray confirmed it today saying (in regards to W&K): "I'd love them to come along and watch...it draws interest to the sport and it's good for tennis".

    Don't Mike & Carole normally sit in the royal box, but not when W&K are there?

    Amanda, Canada

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    1. Hi Amanda! Yes, the Middletons do sit in the Royal Box--they were just there last week--but, they never join Wills & Kate in the Royal Box. That would be a fun photo op. One of these days, I hope!! :)

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    2. Amanda I read it was a Push Gift from William when she gave birth to George. I don't think she would have bought something like that for herself.

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    3. Anon 2:39pm ~ something like that would make more sense, it was just what the jeweller claimed and I didn't buy their story.

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  2. Faith from BostonJuly 8, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    She looks great but this outfit has left me underwhelmed. Love the cherry red but the fabric looks stiff and the empire waist coupled with the A line skirt resembles a maternity dress imo. Doesn't work nearly as well as Pippa's dress at the baptism. I'm not getting a retro vibe with the dress either just a dull and uninteresting one. Unfortunately, not liking the bangs any better this time than the last. They tend to fall across her face and look sloppy. Hair color is great though! Looks brighter. The only thing I'm loving today is the purse which is fantastic.

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    1. The outfit didn't say *July* or *summer* which is a shame.

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    2. Faith from BostonJuly 8, 2015 at 1:13 PM

      No, it really doesn't anon 12:49. Styled differently though, it could have made a more positive impact. She is looking at the dress as the main focal point of her look. If she had approached it as more of a blank canvas to be built upon, it would looked better imo. This dress needs jewelry, hair and shoes that make a statement. Red lips would have been nice too.

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  3. Great look for Kate today-beautiful dress. Love the new hemline trend and color. Definitely a winner and something she can easily wear to a lot of events.

    A lot of royals in force today at Wimbledon to see Andy Murray (who won)-along with the Cambridges, the Duke of Kent (President of the All England Lawn Tennis Club) and daughter Lady Helen Taylor, the Countess of Wessex, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent with their son Lord Frederick Windsor, Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall, and a visitor from Monaco-Prince Albert.

    So, while not an official engagement, definitely a Windsor family event to support British tennis.

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  4. I agree with you Jane. I thought this dress was perfect for the occasion, regardless of who paid for it (but I suspect Kate paid for it herself). She looks fresh and happy and relaxed. You didn't post on the 7/7 bombing commemorations yesterday, but I was particularly pleased with William's presence. It may be that marrying into the Royal Family has raised the profile of Kate and her family, but this engagement by William confirms to me that marrying into the Middleton family has helped William bring out his empathetic side. I knew it was there given the reports of his comforting Diana during her dark days, but William's life experiences pre-Kate led him to act a little stiffly, especially when contrasted to Harry, who has always been publicly empathetic. I really notice William's softening and his willingness to be very genuine and human when among the crowds. His hug for Emma Craig yesterday brought tears to my eyes. This couple chose each other well. I believe William gains as much from Kate as she does from him. Back to tennis. So sorry Vasek didn't win, but Kate and William's appearance is a big win both for them and for tennis. As for tennis, I'll be rooting for Roger. He's still the King of tennis in my opinion.

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  5. Kate looks boring. Her recent style choices put me to sleep. I preferred the clothes she wore right after becoming a duchess

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    1. I take this comment seriously whenever I hear it. Most women saying having kids brings a confidence that allows them to be more experimental with fashion (except when being practical for mommy duties). Whereas Kate was bolder and more playful with fashion post-babies.

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    2. *pre-babies

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  6. I loved the new dress--I was expecting something new, for the same reason you mentioned it unlikely for her to rewear the Jaeger dress at this point. It's a lot easier to get something new post-baby and have it nipped in a bit here or there for later wears than to make a smaller garment bigger. I love her in that bright red color too!
    -TMM

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  7. I also liked the dress and it is pretty obvious why it would have to be new.
    Members of the royal family have always supported Wimbledon and no one has ever complained before--it seems to be just because the Duke and Duchess seem to enjoy their visits.There were eight members of the family in that front row of the Royal Box, and also the Prince of Monaco, plus Zara and her husband further back.
    The tennis court is being replaced because the old one has been allowed to go to rack and ruin. They would be criticized if they allowed other parts of the garden to become grossly overgrown.

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    1. No issues with them attending or improving upon their home or wearing new clothes. Concerns are how they fund these things, especially given current events and being second in line at the moment. Doesn't change that I love W&K, but I think accountability for their decisions is healthy and not negative :-)

      A, C

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    2. I think William received over 10 Million Pounds from his mother when he turned 30, so I think he can afford to pay for the dress and the revamp of the tennis court at Amer Hall.

      I really like the red dress, it fits her so well certainly doesn't make her look washed out or tired. I think the colour may gives her a boost as well. All things said it looked great to see them both out together enjoying the day alone for the first time since Charlotte's birth.

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    3. I agree, Eva B. If I'm remembering correctly, William and Harry each received close to £17 million from Diana's estate upon reaching the age of 30. They are wealthy individuals, Kate comes from a very well to do family so I don't understand the criticism when she wears something new. She recycles her clothes more than any other prominent royal I've ever seen.

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    4. Yes they did inherit, but they have been spending plenty of taxpayer and Duchy of Cornwall $. That is what has paid for KP and Anmer renos. That is how it goes with royals I just think they need to spread out big spending. My opinion :-)

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    5. Anon 10:08, The Facts I remember surfacing was that parts of KP were funded by funds from what you refer to as taxpayer $ but other parts they paid for themselves. However, Anmer is a private residence so I doubt taxpayer funds were used. My understanding is Dutchy of Cornwall funds are for the Royal Family to use - to let them use it whatever way they need. I don't see them being overly extravagant.

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  8. The red is unusual, in that it really stands out compared to what other box attendees are wearing, and this is a DofC appearance where she doesn't need to stand out (eg, unlike a walkabout). But it looks great in my opinion.

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  9. Love the bright color, but the dress is blah, blah, blah. Summery prints seem more appropriate for this venue. The longer hem length may be "on trend" but it isn't flattering on most figures. Just above the knee is a more youthful style that looks great on all figures, esp. Kate's.

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    1. Well, I have to disagree about the above the knee point. I do not think that above the knee is flattering on all figures. You have to have relatively thin/toned legs and nice looking knees. I agree it is a more youthful look, and certainly flattering when pulled off properly. I DO love above the knee, especially on Kate since she has such beautiful legs, but I just had to respectfully disagree on the universal. It's a pet peeve of mine. Many women today would look better in longer hems, à la Victoria Beckham's beautiful lines, and often girls today go too high and show too much thigh, which actually adds heaviness to your look. An a-line or flare skirt is the most flattering for the majority of legs, rather than straight or figure hugging. Length is something that you have to gauge on a case-by-case. Kate is certainly long enough to pull this off, I know there was debate about Pippa's ability, since she is shorter, but I won't wade in there.

      Anyway, it is an interesting topic to chat about, because it effects, well, all women. :)

      I wonder if you would have liked the dress more had she dressed it up? Someone suggested jewelry, and I think this would have been the perfect "slate" for a bold statement necklace.

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    2. So agreed! Along with a necklace, brooch, hair ornament, etc -one cannot have too much bling! (And my pet peeve -tie the hair out of the way so I can see all the bling!)

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    3. Jane: speaking of Kate's legs, did you see the photo that seemed to surface today of her working out outdoors in 2012 with what appears to be a personal trainer?

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    4. Anon 3:40pm, yes. A very kind reader sent me those shots in hi resolution about a year ago. I love them! She is in a garden at KP doing either yoga or Pilates.

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    5. Is there any place online to view the picture?

      Thanks, Heather

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    6. This is where I saw it.

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/a1/16/87/a1168763a7d85087c968243c73fec757.jpg

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    7. Heather check out 'thecambridgespage' on Instagram. It was loaded before they added all of today's Wimbledom page.

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  10. Sonja from BavariaJuly 8, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    I love Kate's look!

    Red is such a goregous colour on her and she was beaming today, she and william looked really happy. I also really liked her hair.

    Is there a full body picture of the dress so that we can clearly see how long it really is?

    I think pippa's dress is beautiful - Suzannah offers beautiful dresses. I also think carol looked good (but considering her age, I wish she would wear dresses/skirts with a lower hemline - at least under the knee).

    The shape of the dress is just so beautiful on Kate and today was 10 out of 10 points for me :)

    Does anyone know when the official christening pictures will be released?

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    1. Regarding christening photos: once the couple approves them. I think KP said as late as today (Wednesday); however, reporters were speculating that with William's busy schedule this week and Wimbledon there is a good chance of a delay.

      I can appreciate them wanting to take their time - sometimes a photo you overlook early on becomes a favorite - I also think they know they have "power" in this situation, and can keep us waiting ;-)

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    2. I agree with all your points except for Carole's hemline. I really think if it had been over the knee it would make her look to short and boxy. The hem line falls mid-knee which looks good to me. Just IMHO :). Cab't wait for the pictures as well.

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  11. Bland. Cute color, don't mind the hem trend, but with a v-neck and even simple necklace it would've been more youthful. Kate has such a slender figure (at nearly every size!); this dress was too boxy for me. It's the bodice/top, not color, I think. Love the smiles and hair though.

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  12. Kate looks very happy today. I think higher hemlines suite her better.
    The red ensemble she wore in Canada is an all time favourite of mine!
    I'm love with the Suzannah tea dresses.

    Liseli

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  13. The colour's nice & bright but slightly odd 1970's type design.....

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  14. Is that Billie Jean King sitting behind the Duchess?

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    1. It is! She looks great!

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  15. Are you sure about the Royal Box and the Middletons? I'm fairly certain I've seen them in box when Kate & William were present, albeit several rows back. And obviously when Pippa has attended with Kate she is seated next to her, front and center. I'll have to head to Google to get the dates.
    On the fashion front, Kate looks lovely but bland. The dress is screaming for accessories and I think a ponytail or something to pull the hair back would have been more striking. In fact I wish her hairdresser had taken a few inches off the length too along with the fringe/bangs. And is that the same suit & tie William wore to the christening? (After all why should Kate get all the criticism!) Overall I think they both need to remember they're in their early 30's, look like it!

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  16. Hi, Jane,

    Thank you for this post.

    Also, kudos on Kate's Clothes. It's a fantastic site. I've looked up several things I've had questions about or wanted to comment about (as I do below).

    I like Kate's dress today. Red is my favourite colour so that contributes to my positive opinion. I do wish Kate had added just one more accessory-maybe a beautiful necklace or scarf? The leopard clutch made me very excited so I definitely needed to see just a little bit more pizzazz.

    I don't like Kate's new hair. It reminds me of her hair in late 2012 when she wore the green Mulberry Peace and Love dress (one of my least favourite dresses ever!) to a few events. It looks a bit old-fashioned as a hair style. It may be the bangs. Still good to see her out and about...

    Did anyone notice William is quite sunburned near his temple? Was he caught in the sun at the 7/7 Memorial?

    I think Carole looks great. It's really hard to dress fashionably at her age. Younger women cannot easily fathom how hard it is to find smart, appropriate clothes as you get older (by "appropriate", I mean fashionable but not overly sexualized, not too short, maybe with sleeves-not all of us are quite as toned as the Middleton ladies). She does a fabulous job!

    As a Canadian, I'm very, very proud of Vasek Pospisil! He did really well through some very long competitive days, playing both singles and doubles.

    Have a great week, everyone!

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    1. Ditto to your comments about how hard it is to find appropriate clothes once you get to a certain age. I think Carole looks fantastic and love her sense of fashion.

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  17. Wow! Talk about rocking a "Duchess at Wimbledon" look. The clutch bag and nude pumps make it summery. And I like the bangs; it gives her an overall lift.

    And could there have been a better comeback after some of "Middleton ladies in boring white" observations? I think not. :)

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  18. I think she looks lovely. I love the dress, the color, and her happy face. If the longer hemline is what's trending right now (and I love that it is) I think people would criticize her for being behind the times. Sometimes the poor girl can't win. I would have wished for a great necklace to accessorize the dress and the bangs aren't my favorite but I think she looks stunning.

    I think Carole always shows up in appropriate wear and she is a great model for those of us who are no longer thirty-something. As for Pippa, LOVE the dress but the purse and shoes pulled down the summery light feeling a bit.

    William, buy some new ties. A tie is the only creative accessory available to men who wear suits for a living. Diana got Charles out of the male frumpiness (he has had a slight slide backwards since then) so let's hope Kate can do the same for Wills.

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  19. Firstly, I wish to second those who liked Kate's choice of red at Wimbledon--and, by my count there were at least five other women sporting this colour in the Royal Box, built to contain less than 60 people, roughly half of whom are no doubt men. I cannot fault Kate for wearing a vibrant colour which suits her to perfection. But dear God, where was the medium-length string of pearls, with matching earrings, which would have suited this outfit so well?--Oh yeah, thats right, Kate doesn't have a pearl necklace of any length!

    And RobinfromCA, I fully agree that William could use some new ties--not to mention a couple of new suits, shirts, tux, shoes.(His retro 1950 lace-up shoes are particularly awful, IMO.)

    Nevertheless, I was particularly pleased to see Kate enjoying herself, and laughing with Philip Brook. chairman of the All England Lawn and Tennis Club (Wimbledon), seated next to her, on her right. There is no doubt about it: Kate should be the next royal patron of Wimbledon, replacing HMTQ, who has shown no interest in the sport, inclined to attend Wimbledon only sporadically--once in the last 30 years.

    I am giving Kate's fashion choice a two thumbs up--sure, she didn't have the pearls, but she did have her winning smile and her clear enthusiasm for the sport.

    JC

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  20. In my ongoing pursuit to say little and avoid conflict I will say that I LOVED the RED! Kate always looks fabulous and she does wear white well, however it is always nice to see her in a vibrant color. Works well with her hair. ..and her HAIR! Looks amazing! Like the bangs and the color. She looks very happy and relaxed.

    Ok I said too much but nothing controversial.

    Thanks Jane for another great post ~ Nina

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    1. Nina, sweetheart, relax. Jane (Barr) is the most forgiving of hosts, as I have good reason to know. Yes, one or two of my posts have not seen the light of day, and yes, Jane has, in her own special way, warned me re a few others. But here I am.

      Someone--cant remember whom--once said that Boldness is Genius, and I rather think that Jane subscribes to that philosophy.

      You did not say too much, and you had no reason to apologize. My advice to you: Say more and apologize less. And try to have a bit of fun while you're at it!


      And yes, now that you have mentioned it, I liked Kate's new hairstyle too. Fact is that she has too much hair and it weighs her down; chopping off a bit allows her hairdresser to give her more lift, topwise.

      Wishing you all of the best.

      JC

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    2. Thanks JC!!

      None of my comments have been deleted or found their way to the not posting pile (yet).. thankfully !

      I am not afraid to speak my mind but after that one thread on maternity leave and nursing and not doing her duty I just decided to stick to the point of the post. Well I say I am going to but I also know that I can get riled up ... LOL

      I follow this blog because I love all things BRF and Kate of course. Mainly Kate ..haaaa.. and George.... and Charlotte.. where are those pictures Mr. Testino???? Tap tap tap

      Thank JC for your kind words and support...

      YESSSS... the cut just brings her face up! Long hair can be beautiful but it does drag a face down when too long. I love the cut! It is saucy!

      Have a great day!

      Nina

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  21. Well I love this look. This is a win for me ..no doubt. Could she have added a bold statement necklace...yes...and I probably would have but that is not our Duchess. I still liked the outfit. And I LOVED her hair today. I like the bangs..I like the color (is it my imaginiation or does it seem to have a bit more of a hint of red than usual??) and I loved her smiles!

    I also wanted to point something out. People keep saying that her style is "boring" and she should be more chic and sexy...I think that may come with time as she gains confidence in her role in the royal family and feels like she has proven to them that she can do this job. The pressure on her not to "misstep" has to be huge and thus I think she errs on the conservative side. If I think back to Dianna (and don't shoot me for the comparision...) but some of her more sophisticated/sexy styles came only after she was no longer "officially a member of the royal family". So I say give Kate time. I do agree that I would like her to dress more "youthful" but I understand why she chooses more classic and simple looks.

    As opposed to popular opinion....I did not like Carol's outfit. The shoes are really cute but don't go with the dress. And nothing screams "old" to me then ...pleats! Also didn't like the pattern....again....screems "old". Just IMHO.

    Thanks again for a great post Jane.

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  22. the duchess looks so lovely in her dress and her expression was a great I think its a family outing for them prince William breaking the royal protocol on hugging young lady on his enagement

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  23. With Kate's dark hair, I love seeing her in bright, vibrant colors. I'm not crazy about the length of the dress, but I do think she looks great in red and should wear red more often. I can't agree that Kate should have worn more jewelry and/or accessories, It's a tennis match... how dressed up should one get? I think Kate’s earrings and watch are very appropriate, and she didn't need anything else to liven up her outfit. I love her hair and the long bangs. The bangs are very subtle but will give her more styling options.
    Betsey, NYC

    Betsey, NYC

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  24. Hey Jane, great post as usual. I love Kate, I think she is a great role model. I have one question for you though and I mean it in the kindest way possible...Do you really think Kate puts that much thought into her outfits? You mention that she wore red to honor the Scot/Canadian feel of the match but really? The amount of time and effort that would go into outfit planning to try and find something to relate to ALL THE TIME would be exhausting!! Isn't it possible that perhaps she just went to her closet this morning, knowing she would be photographed, and thought: "Hmm, what do I want to wear today that I like and makes me feel awesome? Oh I know, this new red dress I bought last week". I just can't see her intentionally putting so much thought into ALL her outfits which is what seems to be suggested on a regular basis.

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  25. Jane!
    Please add a "to the top" button in Comments.
    I read your post, then click on "comments."
    This takes me to the bottom of comments, and then I have to scroll up to the top.
    As your blog becomes more popular, this is exhausting!

    Thank you~

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