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.
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.