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Kate Debuts Skinny Crops for Scilly Isles

Friday, September 2, 2016

Last night, as the Duke and Duchess retired for the night at the 500 year old Restormel Mansion, there were rumblings amongst media and locals that the Scilly Isles visit was in jeopardy due to the weather. Some press travelled to the islands last night, while others stayed behind. When the sun rose this morning, the weather had indeed rolled in and the airport had cancelled flights to Scilly. Several media members just headed back to London or on to their next assignments while the Cambridges' team threw together an alternate event for the royal couple to do in Cornwall. It was announced the two would visit the Eden Project and hope that by afternoon it was clear enough to make the trip to Scilly.


Eden Project boasts the largest indoor rainforest in the world, in addition to a dome that simulates a mediterranean environment, so the visit felt like we had been transported to a foreign locale and full-blown trip. In addition to admiring the flora, the tour of the Eden Project included a stop at a little rum stand where smoothies with a shot were served to the royals. William might not frequent the London club scene anymore, but hasn't forgotten how to lean nonchalantly against a bar.


The pizazz of this second day was boosted by a new piece in Kate's closet that caused quite the stir. She switched up her usual style rhythm by wearing pants rather than a dress or a skirt. Kate has been wearing this style--patterned trousers with a jacket or sweater top--for some years now in private, and it was really fun to see her choose it for an official event. These were skinny patterned crops from Gap, and the Duchess paired them with her Smythe blazer and wedges. That Smythe blazer just gets more beautiful every time I see it. 


Kate loves, loves, loves her skinny pants. It was reported several years ago that she was shopping at a Gap or Banana Republic and was intently browsing the jeggings, which were very en vogue at the time. Fashion favors the super skinny style right now, and Kate has always tracked the trends in jean styles. She had a range of Diesel and other designer jeans in boot cut and flare in the early and mid 2000s.


As the general preference for straight and "skinny" jeans began to take off, Kate started sporting the style, too:


Kate's wedding weight loss probably precipitated her preference for even skinnier styles, which was not out of step with fashion's continuing trajectory toward what was ultimately termed jeggings. I don't think the blue jeans from the Olympics were technically jeggings, but they were pretty close.


While patterned skinny, stretch pants (these need a better name) didn't just hit the scene recently, they have been more prominent in the ads I have seen over the past few years. Kate also hit a point where her public was weary of the blue jeans and she needed to find a more interesting middle ground between dressy and casual. She certainly hit the spot today. As mentioned, the gorgeous blazer goes a long way to making this the classy/casual hit that it is. Kate looks young and trendy, but polished and professional. Both the Cambridges, actually, are hitting this middle ground very well. 


Happily, the Duke and Duchess did make it to the Scilly Isles in the afternoon, although they had to cut St. Mary's. Much of the Scilly Isles is Duchy land, succinctly described in a 2005 article in The Telegraph:
For centuries, the Duchy owned all the land and properties on the Isles of Scilly but in recent times ownership has become more complex. Tresco is leased to the Dorrien Smith family, who run it commercially as an up--market tourist island.
Many homes on St Mary's have been sold off, so the Duchy now owns 330 - just under 30 per cent - of the 1,150 residential properties on the islands.
The Duchy continues, however, to own all the land on the other inhabited islands of St Martin's, St Agnes and Bryher...
I don't know how ownership has changed in the past decade, although there have been bumps for Prince Charles in the management of his land and tenants. In any event, the couple visited Abbey Garden on Tresco. Abbey Garden is a 17-acre sub-tropical garden. Since it isn't enclosed like Eden Project earlier in the day, you might well wonder how the system works. The garden was built in the 19th century as a private retreat by Augustus Smith. 
By building tall wind-breaks, Augustus Smith channelled the weather up and over the network of walled enclosures that he built around the Priory ruins and the three terraces he carved from the rocky, south facing slope looking towards St Mary's. You can learn more about the history of the garden here. The hotter, drier terraces at the top of the garden suit South African and Australian plants; those lower down provide the humidity that favours flora from New Zealand and South America.
It sounds like a little paradise. The description of the tiers reminds me a little of the terraced gardens at Mount Vernon in Virginia. Certainly a very different climate than Cornwall, but it sounds like a similar mechanism to control the environment for the plants. My favorite part of the day was the boat ride and visit to St. Martin's.


Kate and William wear blue all the time, but I wonder if they particularly plan ahead for an outing like this. Their blues against the water really made for gorgeous photos.


The duo greeted residents, several of whom could recall William's childhood holidays on the islands with Diana, Charles, and Harry. As mentioned, many of these people are tenants of the Duchy of Cornwall and Prince Charles. They have more of a connection than most "fans" we encounter while following Kate. To me, the connection injected a higher human interest factor. 


William and Kate toured a community center before their trip concluded. The Duchess was in her Sebago boat shoes for the final bit of the tour, so it was fun to see this ensemble with both the wedges and the flats. This ensemble was a huge hit for me. Kate is in such fantastic shape and if anyone can pull those figure hugging trousers off, it is Kate. I know there has been talk about just how skinny they are, and some wish Kate would ease up and wear more tailored trousers. I like skinny jeans myself, so these were a hit for me. I think that skinny jeans, or in this case dressier printed ankle pants, hit the casual/dressy balance better than tailored slacks would, simply because the skinny keeps these hip and casual and the print dresses them up. An event like today called for either jeans or something in the vein of these prints. I am sure Kate would look fantastic in more business-suit slacks, but for today, I think she made the right selection. It was a huge, huge home run.





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  1. Great!! This joins my favourite outfits! I really have to copy that!
    I love the Smythe blazer so much! And I love love love how she combined it today! Thumbs up!

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  2. I know I have mentioned it before---I love skinny jeans/pants. Wear them all fall/winter/spring. I can't put my finger on it why exactly, but I don't care for them on Kate for her public visits. I do like them better with the flats, and the jacket is gorgeous, as is she (always) but I am definitely one that would like to see a more tailored trouser.

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  3. Like Autryville I've wished Kate would wear tailored pants for an occasional royal event (like the airshow since she needed to be able to pick up George and climb in and out of planes) but this royal engagement look isn't quite what I had in mind. At least the pattern provides a bit of a different look although the "tight pants" theme has been seen before at royal events. I like her hair better as it does seem more "styled" than the simple and more juvenile "pin-back" (or JCs "lazy mother" look) seen at other events.


    Several articles have called these pants "trousers" and maybe they are in British terms. But with the way they fit Kate and the shorter length, to me they look awfully close to what I would call (long) capri leggings in US terms or what Jane calls cropped pants and so I think the outfit might have looked better with ballet flats since sleeker heels might not have worked for the terrain. I know some will say Kate's outfit is current and maybe it is,  but short tight pants paired with clunky wedge shoes doesn't seem a flattering professional look these days for anyone. And I think the  narrow short pant legs and nude wedges make Kate's feet look really huge, perhaps due to the often touted visual lengthening of nude. (I know she later changed into flats but plainer flats worn all day would have looked better IMO.) These pants--while obviously designed to be skinny--also seem an inch or more shorter and a bit tighter on Kate than on the Gap model almost as though they shrunk in the wash or are a size too small.


    I do like the jacket a lot but with the back cut-out, I think it is probably a jacket best worn over a solid-color dress as Kate has done in the past (or if worn over separates,  worn over separates of the same color.) The rectangle of white shirt showing in back just looks odd to me and it makes the jacket look a bit short with all the different colors showing. A more traditional blazer might have worked better here. 


    All in all, more of a casual "personal time" outfit to me although she is channeling Queen Letizia except for accessories and fit of the pants!  

    http://fashion.hellomagazine.com/celebrity-style/201506263534/royal-style-of-the-week-27/

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    1. Agree with most of your observations, lizzie, but also think I would prefer the blazer if it were a few inches longer, and I could do without the notch.

      My main beef with this outfit is the use of a clutch, which looks downright silly with this casual look, IMO. A navy or black, smallish shoulder bag in smooth leather might've looked more appropriate; failing that, forget purses/clutches, and go without--as I noted Kate did, at some point.

      @Jane Barr You want a name for the Gap garment Kate wore? How about Jazzings? to denote jazzed up (zippers and pockets) leggings.

      Still, Kate looked delighted to be out today; could be just me, but I thought she seemed to be quite enjoying the change of schedule and the chance to see the Eden Project, which, after all, is one of Cornwall's top tourist attractions. I also thought she got a kick out of the boat ride between Tresco and St. Martins.Seems she just loves being out on the water.

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    2. I agree with all your points. Well said!

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  4. I thought Kate's look was fabulous today. Although casual, sporting about on a boat and enjoying the beachy lifestyle of Scilly, it seemed appropriate. I don't think we would ever see her in this outfit for an official engagement around London unless it too was a "sporty" event. I would have loved to see her style these crops with a navy ballet flat. I think that would have looked much more polished than the wedges and I'm not a fan of the Sebago boat shoes. She is so tall, I wonder why she works so hard to stand on top of those 4 inch heels most of the time. All in all this was a decided win for me. Her hair is getting quite long again and I know this will cause an up-roar but I'd love to see her take a few inches off again (maybe even 6-8). Don't crucify me people!

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    1. I think a pair of navy ballet flats would have looked great too. Although the Sebagos are better for being on a boat and more sturdy for walking on uneven ground so I can see why she chose them. I like the longer hair but my head doesn't explode when she takes a few inches off so no crucifying from me. :-) What I really don't like is when she cuts those long bangs.

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    2. Ballet flats generally do not have much cushion. Given the terrain she was walking on and the length of time, maybe they would not be easy on her feet.

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  5. Love this outfit too! I think her navy wedges would have looked better with this outfit but clearly she was going for comfort with these lower wedges. Still a solid hit!:)

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  6. The one question I would love to get a answer to is: how does Kate keep her shoes so clean?! If I was traipsing around India and England (on the beach!) in nude espadrille wedges they would never be so pristine as Kates are. Sigh.

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    1. I'm sure Rebecca (or whichever assistant she had with her) cleans them up after each wearing with some suede cleaner and a soft cloth or brush. Most of us don't take that kind of time with our shoes. At least I don't. At the end of the day they get kicked off and put back in the closet.

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    2. True. Plus for all we know Kate has more than one pr of the same shoe. If money wasn't an issue, wouldn't we all consider doing that for our favorites?

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  7. Kate is a lovely woman and can wear anything- this is a great look for her. My only concern ( and this reflects my Midwestern conservatism) is that from the back, one can see her behind in all it's glory. I would want a longer jacket so as not to scare the children. This would be a cute outfit for Canada with the kids in tow!

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    1. Omg "scare the children " hilarious

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    2. I absolutely agree. There is 1 picture from the back that actually makes her rear look ~ bad. I'm from the Midwest also, plus I'm in my 50s, so my opinion is "CAN Kate wear these? Yes. SHOULD Kate wear these in public? No!" I could say more, but I try only to share positive opinions so I'll refrain.

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    3. It's 2016 girls, it's ok to have your behind showing in a pair of pants. It was even ok in the 1950's. This is not an issue at all in the modern society :-)

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    4. I don't think it's having your behind showing is the issue. I think it's the "framing" of said behind by the cutout in the back that would be the issue for most of us.

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    5. I work in retail so I know what's hip and modern. There is a whole section of clothing called "athleisure" and really only half of us should be allowed to wear leggings. I don't know if there is a term for the rear view of "camel toe" but Kate is certainly rocking it. To paraphrase Prince Charles ( remember the famous Diana picture with her see-through skirt), " I knew you had a fabulous ass, but did you have to show everybody?" Prince William is a lucky man....

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    6. I was at the mall yesterday...I have NO problem seeing **Kate's** behind. πŸ˜„ If she can't pull this off, no one can.

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    7. PS I think a longer blazer would look out of proportion given the length of the pants.

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    8. I cannot see any problem whatsoever with her outfit. It looks fresh, young and modern. Kate, you look awesome.

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    9. I cannot see any problem whatsoever with her outfit. It looks fresh, young and modern. Kate, you look awesome.

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    10. I agree with Robin the "framing" is the main problem. A long blazer might not be proportional royalfan. But one a mere inch or so longer--still a relatively short blazer especially with Kate's long waist-- without the cut-out and one that isn't quite so nipped in above the waist that it almost gives a high peblum look,  wouldn't highlight the rear view so much and would look more proportional with these pants IMO. I agree we don't have to "hide" that part of our body and a jacket an inch longer wouldn't hide Kate's rear. But regardless of what goes on at the mall on Saturday afternoon (in my experience not a typical spot for high fashion choices!) when wearing *professional* garb and viewed from the back, I expect most of us don't want our behind to be our most prominent and memorable feature either.

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    11. Most of us don't have photographers looking for rear view and up-skirt shots.
      Mall fashion? Like nearly everything-location etc etc. The malls I have visited include some very high fashion boutiques and shoppers.

      I keep hearing this "Kate is long-waisted" mantra. How did it start,exactly?
      How are we measuring this? Long in comparison to her legs-is there a scientific mathematical formula for this...Have you ever noticed that when W&C are sitting side by side, her legs nearly match his in length? The woman has seriously long legs.

      That jacket-actually not my cup of tea-for me. All the marketing photos I've seen show it with skinny pants from the rear. Not with a skirt. The whole point is to avoid cutting the behind in half at the midpoint, thus failing to highlight the results of hours on the stair-climbing equipment.
      As has been pointed out through pictorial evidence, (thank-you, royalfan) the royals who get compared to Kate the most have been seen publicly in skinny jeans/pants.
      I agree that we're not likely to see Anne or the queen in skinny jeans, possibly not Eugenie.

      I'm an old lady rooted in the Fifties and Sixties. The board butt was in then. We wore girdles
      (shapewear) with pants to avoid any hint of roundness.I doubt I'll ever become accustomed to seeing fully outlined posterior views. Or thong or even highrise swimwear.

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    12. From what I understand being long waisted or shirt waisted is about ones torso (specifically the distance from your shoulders to your natural waist). I believe that's why sometimes off the rack pieces can look like they need a little tailoring - where the designer placed the waist of the garmet when cutting it sits higher than Kates natural waist.

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    13. True, Anon 1, most of us are not photographed frequently. But along with checking how a garment fits when sitting down or bending over, most of us do check the rear view in the store's dressing room mirror before buying garments, especially if they are for work. Since Kate knows she will be photographed (and seen by many members of the public) from different angles and since she probably doesn't do all her own clothes shopping in brick and mortar stores,  I would think she would have a mirror set-up at home that allows her to see from all angles how a planned outfit fits. If she doesn't, maybe she needs one. 


      I agree that some photos taken of Kate are "gotcha" shots but I don't  think all photos taken from the back are automatically suspect. Honestly, I can't see blaming the photographers for any photos I've seen from this trip.


      Kate does appear long-waisted to me and I've always heard she is. When sewing, the "back waist length" is a key measurement given on the pattern along with bust, waist and hip..it is the measurement from the first neck "bump" to the waist on the back of the body as Anon 1:55 says. Pattern alterations can be made (usually) for a waist that is short or long before cutting out the garment.


      Many dresses Kate wears with fitted waists hit her above what is her natural waist (and we can see where her natural waist is when she wears separates.) I don't know if she and Carole are wearing unusually low-slung jeans in the picture of the two of them with this article but Carole's waist looks very long too so I assume Kate's comes from her not from MM.

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    14. Actually, the dress waistline hits above the natural waists of most of the models as well. It's often part of the design. Kate has her clothes altered and bespoke. I seriously
      doubt she would buy off the rack without any alterations needed.

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    15. Yes, Anon 1, and here are the other royal ladies wearing snug jeans or pants. All of them are young mothers with Letizia, Mary and Charlene being older than Kate. And note Mary's striped top under her vest and jacket. Apparently, she owns a similar "uniform". :)

      Mary, Sofia, Charlene

      http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/07/05/article-0-1F61D27500000578-359_634x827.jpg

      http://media.glamour.com/photos/569595cc16d0dc3747ec6edc/master/w_400,h_533,c_limit/fashion-2015-08-sofia-hellqvist-jeans-gingham-shirt-blazer-main.jpg

      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ThEHo13RDtQ/VTfiWNCN0rI/AAAAAAAALCE/dw11xJidRLA/s1600/imagdase.jpg

      Queen Letizia in leather! :)

      http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1839401/thumbs/o-LETIZIA-LEATHER-PANTS-570.jpg?6

      IMHO, in a prior post having to do with diet and fitness, Jane never dissected Kate's body to this degree and yet there were objections to it. I honestly do not understand all the fuss over these pants. They're in style, she has the age and figure to pull it off, and she did a great job of combining them with classic, solid pieces. In the past, when she has worn the navy skinny jeans, people have actually suggested that she try something different and break away from her "uniform". Something young and fresh. Well, IMO, she did exactly that. And I understand that they were "on duty", but royals do many different things "on duty" and they don't all require a sheath dress or tiara. :)

      Okay...end of MY rant. :)))

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    16. Referring to someone as "long waisted" is not a criticism or an attack. It's a statement similar to "she has brown hair" or "she has long legs"

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    17. I'm thinking that Kate did check in the mirror (or five) to see what she looked like, and when she saw how good she looked, she went for it. And rightly so. Her figure is enviable, and she has nothing that needs hiding. Framing or no framing, long waisted or short waisted. Who cares, just enjoy Kate being Kate and welcome to royalty in the 21st century. I love it.

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    18. Well I have read in several places Anon 1 that Kate prefers the waist of dresses to sit high above her longer-waist because SHE thinks her legs are too short. (Hence her tendency to add high-fitting belts to many beltless jackets and coats.) Supposedly she thinks this kind of fit makes her legs look longer so the fit of her dresses may be intentional. I think it CAN look "juvenile" (like a young teen-ager who has suddenly outgrown her clothes.) But not all of Kate's "day dresses" have been bespoke anyway. High end yes, bespoke no. And unlike the reverse,  a dress that is too short-waisted can't be "altered" to be more long-waisted...a new one has to be made from scratch. While she certainly could afford to order custom for every piece of clothing she wears, I don't think she has. For example, the waist of the bespoke Bond premiere dress did appear to hit her actual waist...compare where the waist was on that dress to the waist on most of the pleated skirt, solid color, day dresses she used to wear, dresses that were often  *described by the maker* as "fitting at the natural waist" or some such. 


      Being long- or short-waisted is hardly a deformity...its just a slight deviation from "the average."

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    19. I have no problem with long waistedness. It is the tangents and assumptions that have evolved. They start off as speculation-really, Kate told someone she likes to wear her waists high to disguise her long waistedness and make her legs look longer? Part of that I know started out as a maybe statement as some sort of explanation on a blog site I used to read. It wasn't long before it made the rounds of fan sites and was likely picked up by some royal writer.We learned in a recent interview that royal writers consult Kate bloggers regarding her fashion.
      I object to the made up stories that can passed around until they are accepted as truth.Nobody can remember where they heard or read these so-called facts.
      It seemss harmless but is potentially harmful. This long-waisted short legged story makes Kate look vain and silly. She may just like the way a skirt hangs with the raised waist. Obviously some designers do. Ever hear of the Empire waist? No need to make up an ever-growing myth about it.
      It may be true. Or not.

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    20. Hi royalfan :-) All the above royal ladies look great in their skinny pants/ jeans. For me, the miss with Kate's is that either the fabric or the cut is so body hugging that we can see the exact shape of her back side if you know what I"m saying. With the other royal ladies, we aren't seeing that. I know these are trousers but from the back, they really come off as leggings.

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    21. How many of those photos showed he same angles and distances or any rear view at all?

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    22. I agree Faith. Though in some cases I would also give a big no to that look because they are too tight. If they are not fashion models why act like one? For me the miss is her choice of shoes, makes the whole look cringeworthy.

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    23. True or not I don't think it makes Kate look vain or silly if she is trying to use certain fashion techniques to balance or alter her figure in whatever way she sees fit. How is that any different than wearing nude heels to create the illusion of a longer leg?

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    24. Well, that's just the thing, anon 1. Kate knows she will be photographed 360°. She needs to be sure she looks as good from the back and sides as she does from the front. Also, all the other royal ladies are wearing dark jeans which create a great optical illusion instead of showcasing their lower body.

      Yes, I agree anon 12:58. The Monsoons just looked huge paired with these skinny cropped trousers.

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    25. Hi Faith :) ... the point I was trying to make by posting the links is that this is what modern royal moms in their 30's and 40's sometimes wear. And I'm sure the other ladies weren't just photographed from the front; at some point, I suspect they turned around, bent over, and maybe even took off their jackets. :) Personally, I'm not so sure that these pants are tighter than her skinny jeans, but I will pass on writing an essay on her backside. :)

      General thought/question here... If Kate was overweight, would some of the analysis of and references to her body still qualify as constructive criticism, or would there be cries of fat shaming? I understand disliking an outfit, but is it necessary to talk about her body to this degree? Over the years, I have read countless references to Kate's influence and potential impact on young girls. Well, what about a teenage girl reading some of analysis of Kate's body? If it's not okay to fat shame, why is it okay to pick apart the physical appearance of a slim person? Don't both cross a line?

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    26. Yes, royalfan.
      However, round two has begun. They have had a successful string of engagements.
      Happens every time. The anorexic claims have been debunked. Now it's "secret
      surgery." I suppose the next barrage will be trumped up marriage troubles.
      So predictable.
      My question is-why is it always "secret " instead of "private?"

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    27. "Secret surgery"???? For claiming to despise dubious news sources anon 1 you sure seem quite "up" on them and eager to keep us all updated on the most ridiculous headlines

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    28. I think her skinny jeans are just as tight as these, royalfan, but because the design and material are different, the same effect is not created.

      Unless I missed it, I don't think anyone has body shamed Kate on this site. The lousy trousers have been shamed, however.

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    29. Dubious news source? how do you know I didn't see the quip in Hello magazine? Or the New York Times in an article about character assassination.
      And-"headline?" who said it was a headline??????
      Sounds like you've been reading, too 5:31.
      By the way, I am flattered that you pay so much attention to my words.

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    30. Just a thought here . . . Has anyone stopped to consider that Kate saw these pants and said "I like those!" and she bought them? Then, they were going to Cornwall and Scilly and she knew they would be on a boat and thought "Those pants would be comfortable and stylish. If I wear this sweater and my blue jacket they will match and I'll be warm." Maybe she just likes that jacket. I don't care for the cutout in the back but we all have different tastes. Maybe, just maybe, she doesn't have any ulterior motive for choosing this outfit other than that she likes it. Not "Will these shoes make my legs look longer" or "I need to make my waist look higher" but maybe "This is what I like." For big tours to other countries she chooses outfits to compliment her hosts and it's always perfect. There are times when protocol calls for a certain level of dressing up. But to assume that everything chosen is to change her body appearance is, IMO, absolutely ridiculous! She is a beautiful young mother. She is always well put together whether she's wearing something we would like or not.

      Before anybody starts throwing stones, I don't shy away from seeing Kate wear something I don't care for and saying so. This is a fashion blog, after all. But I try not to assume she has ulterior motives for choosing her clothing other than it's appropriate for the occasion. She certainly doesn't need to be a cookie cutter replica of other European royals. And, quite frankly, more people follow her than all of the others put together so I think she's doing something right. I don't want her to be super high couture with avant garde clothing and stiletto heels. If she was, she wouldn't be the quintessential English girl she is and she certainly wouldn't have attracted William's eye.

      Ohmmmmmm

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    31. Robin, this reminds me of a simple quote from my fashion hero, Michelle Obama. When asked about her philosophy on choosing outfits, her response was "Wear what you love".

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    32. Fantastic advice

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    33. If we throw stones, Robin, they'll be diamonds. Ha!

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    34. OK, you can throw those! I think my ability to catch would improve if diamonds were being thrown!

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    35. Queen Letizia of Spain wears VERY similar pants in a recent photo. And her behind is also visibly shapely. It's European summer fashion, that's all it is ladies. Simply that.

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    36. Love that Robin has embraced my Ohmmm attitude ❤❤❤πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

      And I concur with your comments !

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    37. I can't find Letizia in anything similar. Do you remember the engagement?

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    38. I don't Faith, sorry. Maybe google it. She looked fab.

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    39. Faith I can't copy and paste right now but Google Queen Letizia print pants.

      It's a black and white print worn with a blazer. You should also see the black leather pants...both worn to more formal events. :-)

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    40. Queen Letizia is generally fabulous at pants πŸ˜€ Those black and white print pants with the blazer (believe they are Hugo boss) are actually quite different than Kates pants fabric-wise, they are a bit looser and lighter weight which is more obvious in other pics of her in the same pants.

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    41. Ok, I found it. Thanks all. Yes, Letizia looks fabulous. I do have to agree with anon 6:26 though. I think her trousers aren't comparable to Kate's. They are skinnies but the cut and fabric are different, and they do not look like leggings on her. Plus, with the longer blazer, her bottom was not front and center. I don't have a problem with skinny tight pants on royal ladies. My problem is with these Gap trousers specifically which are not very flattering from the back at all. Also, although her Smythe jacket is one of my favorite Kate pieces, I feel it was a miss with the trousers because it is basically framing her back side.

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    42. Btw, the leather trousers are fantastic, royalfan :-)

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  8. I think she really did hit it out of the park on this one! She looked young, stylish, crisp, and happy. The blazer is the perfect way to dress these pants up a bit and keep her warm out on the water. I'm still not a fan of the cut out in the back of the Smythe but that's just me. William also looked fantastic. I loved that, instead of going home, they found an alternate while they waited for the weather to clear. As a pilot, William could probably tell that it wasn't going to last all day. I can't help saying it over and over - what a great team!

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  9. Great post, Jane. Again, you made it unique and personal with your review of her past pants
    as well as your own thoughts. You included a few dollops of information I hadn't heard before
    and topped it off with that delicious first photo of a serene, confident Duchess.
    Five Stars!

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  10. I loved the total look! Though I still am not sure how I feel about the cut out on the jacket.

    I will say this though ~ I feel like per usual its damned if she does and damned if she doesn't! She cannot win. I really do not understand how it is that of she wears a basic dress that is perfectly tailored and she looks great people complain that it is too basic. Too bland. Not appropriate for the event. Why doesn't she wear pants? So she wears her skinny jeans and she is again lambasted for wearing her 'uniform'. Why doesn't she wear some print versus the blue jean look? So she wears these fab skinny print jeans (which I also have a pair and LOVE THEM from the Gap (it is good to have a daughter who is working at the Gap while getting her Masters degree ( please let her graduate soon so I can buy more skinny prints from the Gap) I digress πŸ˜”πŸ˜)) and now people still are not happy and want her in business slacks. I mean come on now. She is 34 and a young hip Mom. Let her be herself. She is on an island. Walking through a rain forest and gardens and she is totally appropriate.

    I love her look and style. I like that she is always consistent (some say boring. I say no way). I love that she is not flashy and trashy with tons of jewelry. She is so very classic and elegant. She looks like a future Queen. She has many years ahead of her to wear business suits and slacks.

    Ok rant over.

    Happy weekend all!

    Happy Labor Day weekend to all in the US. Be safe! I have big grill plans in the works. I shall wear my skinny print jeans.... just saying πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‹

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    1. Well said Diane :) Kate is always beautiful and appropriate and a wonderful role model for all women! She is the epitome of grace and class.

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    2. I was thinking the same thing, Diane. She just can't win with some people. I think she is always appropriate and classic. I don't always personally love what she wears (that long Erdem with the unfortunate ruffle comes to mind) but she is always appropriate.

      I know what you mean about having those insider connections at stores. My daughter worked at Ann Taylor when she was in college. I got some killer deals!

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    3. Thank you for the "rant", Diane.

      The girl cannot win. Personally, I loved the look.

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    4. Thank you Diane, you put into words exactly what I was thinking. Some seam to ALWAYS find something to criticise. I think they are both doing a great job and starting to step up to the plate as many of us always thought they would when the time came. Hopefully, it will still be a long time before they have to take over the Dutchy, but good to see they are ready.

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    5. Put on your big grill pants, Diane.

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    6. Yep, different people have different preferences when it comes to fashion so it's impossible for anyone (even royalty) to ever score a universal fashion "win"

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    7. Haaaaaa anon 1!

      My "big grill pants" are ready to go! I am going with a blue top and wedges. All you folks that find that to be "cringeworthy" I am doing this for you out of love πŸ˜²πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Ž

      The shoes will not be on long so try not to cringe too long as that really makes for future wrinkles ladies LOL

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    8. Thanks for the head's up Diane! I'll be sure to wear my sunglasses today and put on lots of wrinkle cream :-)

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    9. Hilarious Faith 😁😁 I think I should post a picture for you hHaaaaaaa....jk

      Happy Labor Day ☺

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    10. I see the party has started, Diane. Ha!

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    11. Yes, Happy Labor Day. Hope those who are celebrating are enjoying a safe holiday. :)

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    12. Happy Labor Day to you Diane, royalfan, Jane and all my fellow Ameeican posters!

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    13. I just want to say that my Gap skinny pants were a big hit! One of my friends took me aside (and I thought she was about to push me in the pool) but she said 'Di have you been working out more because your bum is looking good in those pants". I roared with laughter and she thought I had a few too many wines. I had to explain it all. The vote was more Yays for the pants. Now granted I am 58. None of them thought I looked bad or that they were too tight. So if I can pull that off then Kate at 34 is totally on point!

      No one was cringing Faith but I did bring Nerium as a party gift for all the ladies πŸ™„πŸ€”πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹πŸ˜Ž just kidding

      Comfy pants. I recommend.

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    14. And a Labor Day it was for us here. No BBQ - just labor. But, we finished the bathroom remodel and hung new blinds in one of the bedrooms. I taught my mother how to use Pinterest - it was a bit of a labor too. Now on to the rest of the labor week. Starting the move. Talk about cringe worthy! Pass the wrinkle cream!

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  11. I surprise myself By really liking this outfit: cheerful and chirpy, it brightened up a dull and miserable morning, besides looking summery and appropriate when the sun shone in the afternoon.
    It certainly should put to bed any suggestion that she is too thin. She is slim, but shapely---well just gorgeous.
    Love the top she wore too--has anyone discovered where it can be purchased?

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    1. The knit top doesn't see to be identified in anything I've read. I wonder if it's something she's had in her closet for awhile.

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  12. I believe some have ID'd it as H&M but i remain skeptical - the quality of the fabric as it appears in the photographs of Kate seems higher than what I have typically seem at H&M. I also can't remember her ever wearing that label

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    1. H&M have some really good things. With those less expensive brands, you have to select carefully though. I bought a blazer from them a while ago, and whilst it was not expensive, it wears well and tolerates dry cleaning well also. I could see the top possibly being H&M.

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  13. Jane, was there something wrong with my comment complimenting your post? Have you turned modest? Perhaps it was the mixed metaphors. I wrote it around 10:15.
    Did you feel the earthquake?

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    1. Hi anon 1. I got your comment and I really appreciated it. There is another reader who leaves similar sweet notes. It's complicated, but there is a reason that I don't always let those go live. If I ever hang up the blogging hat, maybe I'll write a post on that. :)
      In any event, it's still in the queue, and as I say, I read it and those are the awesome messages I love getting after writing a post. They really pep me up.
      I am not in the midwest right now, so I missed it, but I was very worried about my collection of royal teapots. Happily, I think they all stayed on their shelves and were not harmed. :)

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  14. Hello all..

    Well this outfits is a win for me. It is the one off time that she has worn separates and I think it was all very well put together. I don't have to tell the regulars on here...I love the coat. :). But I always make sure I wear mine with a shirt the same color as my pants so the cutout is not so obvious. Some posts have said the sweator is H&M but I too am sceptical. Agree with Anon 11:28 on question of quality. The wedges were fine, boat shoes too casual. Would agree that navy ballet flats would have been better. Before her wedding Kate used to wear flats from London Sole and they have lots of great pairs that would work for this outfit.

    Now the pants. Hmmm. I did cringe ever so slightly when I saw them. For a work engagement, even a casual one, I think they are too fitted. It is not a size issue. The "stretch" in them is going to make them fit like this. I just think they should be left out of a work setting. The jacket helped keep the overall look professional. A style that had a bit less "stretch" and more loose of a fit in the leg...even still a narrow leg...would be better.

    But overall it was still a win. Her hair also looked fantastic. Have a great weekend everyone.

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  15. Excellent outing and outfit! Love your views! :D

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  16. I love everything about this ensemble - it's so casual chic, fresh! I especially like how the Smythe jacket pulls it all together. I doubt we'll ever see Kate in tailored trousers -- a la Hilary Clinton. Well, not for many years to come, anyway. They're just not Kate's style.

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    1. I don't know what others mean when they say they wish to see Kate in tailored pants but I know I didn't have HC's pants in mind...more like those often worn by Princess Mary. 

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    2. Certainly not the Hillary pants. [cringe] But the tailored pants, even the narrow legged ones, tend to be worn with heels which would not be appropriate for this visit.

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    3. Good point, Robin.

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  17. Love this outfit--with the Flats. I'm not a fan of Wedges in general, although she makes them look okay in the longer skinny jeans. She must really love her wedges, the way she switches them out on events--depending on how much walking she's going to do.

    But with these shorter pants the Wedge look is all wrong--especially from behind! They do not flatter her ankles at all.

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  18. Saw several photos from this event on facebook was surprised to see some of Mr. Security with his head down and looking at his phone. He appeared to be texting (thumbs and all). Yikes! Hope it was security related :)

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    1. Security did seem more relaxed than usual.I spotted a few Mr. Security frowns, though.

      I can't believe that crowd clustered around them on the beach.The area must have been cleared and sealed, with only previously vetted or ID'd persons allowed in. It looked
      casual and spontaneous, but I think that was just the intended impression.
      Otherwise,I don't think we would have seen Mr. Security actually grinning at William's remark and whatever was going on in that construction area.
      He is focused and all business in London.

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    2. anon 1: Yes, there was a fun and relaxed vibe. The gorgeous location added to the casual atmosphere.
      One of the workers at the construction site took a selfie with the royals in the background. I wonder if that was what William and Mr. Security were grinning about.

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    3. A version that seems reasonable to me is William remarked something like, "That's a very bad selfie."Which set Kate giggling. And Mr. S. grinning. He was looking at W&K.

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    4. @ anon 1, apparently, some of the construction workers gave Kate a wolfwhistle, or so I have read. Might be why Mr. Security was grinning.

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  19. Loved Kates outfits both days. She hit it out of the ball park. And love seeing William and Kstevdoing joint engagements. They are just so good together. And the love they show towards each other is so wonderful. Thrybare a blessing to the royal family ❤️
    Jane thank you for all your hard work bring us fans this great blog.

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  20. I really REALLY wish Kate would ditch the wedges. They are so ugly and with her very slender ankles, just make her feet look very clumpy. As previous commenters have said, she is tall enough to carry ballet flats off perfectly.

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  21. Did anyone notice the solid blue dress with pleats the woman with the little boy was wearing (DM photos)? Beautiful dress--it would look lovely on Kate.

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    1. Me!! Glad to hear someone else thought so, too.

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    2. So happy you noticed it too, Jane! I love that dress and have been trying to find it online. Not sure how to go about ID-ing it.

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    3. And me, too! I also noticed a lot of bold prints. Kate blended right in.

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    4. I saw that one as well and thought the lady did a great job at a "Replica Kate".

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    5. I also noticed it! Fabulous dress!

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    6. If someone IDs that dress, please post here.

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    7. The blue dress seemed like a clone of my school summer uniform--65 years ago!

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    8. Sounds like your uniform was significantly more fashionable than mine was Jean! πŸ™‚

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    9. Going to a public school here in CA, the only uniform I wore in school was my PE uniform. There couldn't be anything more ugly than the weird green, one piece, elastic waist, snap up the front uniforms we wore. Throwing it away on the last day of school our senior year was a ritual!

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  22. I'm with Lizzie et al that these are unflaterring trousers, and I think the pattern/ colorway is the culprit. I bet the berry shade would have looked lovely on her. The white background wirh the blue print in this skinny cut style is just accentuating every nook and cranny making her legs appear much more muscular and short than they actually are. Also, the view from the back is pretty cringe worthy. I mean, all you notice is her bottom. Her solid skinny jeans are skin tight but they don't highlight her bottom in such a way. I bet she was horrified when she saw some of the photos.

    Have to say not a fan of the Monsoon's with skinny pants as the narrow cropped ankle seems to emphasize the shoes's clunkiness. Once she had the Sebagos on, her feet looked more balanced with the whole look.

    I thought her hair looked amazing!

    I love islands! A fun and interesting trip for them. I hope they return soon.

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    1. Faith..Glad to hear someone else mention the cringe-worthiness of the rear view and I do hope Kate was horrified at the photos. I agree the flats were a major improvement. Maybe Carol will see the photos and offer some honest input..apparently no other female in her circle is stepping up. Rebecca Deacon, let's be a good friend.

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    2. Looking around the various blogs, the overall impression of this look was hugely favourable. So maybe her circle are been good friends to her. She is never going to please everyone as fashion is very subjective.

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    3. I am surprised there isn't more of an uproar over these trousers on this particular site, Diamond Ripples. Everytime she wears a shorter dress or pencil skirt, there is clamour about the inappropriateness of showing some thigh. I thought the Gap skinnies were much more revealing to tell you the truth.

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    4. and maybe she got fed up with the dangerously thin, unhealthy etc. remarks.
      She sure shut those remarks down. Impossible to complain about her weight now.
      But again-there is always someone who didn't get the memo.

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    5. Agreed anon 1 ! The first thing to go is your rear LOL and we have proof now that Kate does indeed have a "rump". The girl has a lovely shape. We can end the thread now on being "unhealthy" or a "poor role model". I will say that being a good role model has a whole lot more to do with ones character. One's classy behavior, grace, elegance, honesty, warmth, love of family and friends, empathy for the masses and a wish to do good for the greater masses in the world, a good wife,Mother, daughter, sister etc. I would say all of things make Kate a role model to me versus her "frame". Our bodies are but a shell. What is inside makes the person a role model. Enough said ☺

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  23. I don't feel that leggings are suitable attire for a royal engagement. And I so tired of seeing those hideous wedges. It's as though Kate wants to appear as tall as possible. And pretty tired of those boat shoes, too. Suggests a lack of imagination/effort etc. No desire to take risks with her dressing or possibly her life, as in patronages etc.

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    1. They are not leggings. They are a skinny pant.

      Risk with her life?

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    2. What kind of risks are there with patronages? Why should she take risks with her dressing? She is a member of the BRF, not a fashionista. When she does come up with something different there is an outcry.

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    3. And when she doesn't come up with something different there is an outcry. Some people are just cry babies!

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    4. I meant that she needs to take more 'risks' in her public life and take on more patronages, (and engagements) and a wider diversity. It appears people in the USA have a very different feeling towards her than us in the UK....

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    5. Patronages will be limited until the older generation moves on and even then I don't think we will see the number of patronages as the queen has. Some patronages never see the queen, it is in name only. W, K and H have always noted that at this time their focus will be on sprcific areas. Check out their foundation. Actually the areas they are championing are quite risky and deserving. Many people in UK do have good feeling toward the couple as well. Your statement is a generalization.

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    6. Yes. It's a generalization because there hasn't been a referendum on whether the UK wants William & Kate to be King and Queen when the time comes. William and Kate need to be more at the cutting edge, in my view. They should try and take a lead from Harry, or even, Charles, Philip, or perhaps Anne. They need to be more inspirational. The Queen is inspirational in a different way owing to the sheer number of engagements she has carried out, and devotion to duty.

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  24. Personally, I do not care for skinny jeans/pants. But I know they are in style and Kate does have the figure for them. I've always liked the color navy, and it looks good on Kate. I’m liking the Smythe blazer more and more. It seems to be very versatile--it goes with dresses and also with yesterday's more casual look. I've been critical of Kate's hairstyles recently, but I think her hair looked great here.

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  25. Faith 325...You're absolutely right, the tight skinnies and short tops are Far more revealing than a short skirt. Fact is Kate will be photographed from stem to stern, backwards and forwards, at every outing for the rest of her life. Something to take under consideration when choosing outfits.

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    1. Yes she will, DR, unless some miracle takes place and women will begin showing compassion and acceptance for other women instead of trying to bring down one who is trying her wings. Unless the market for such photos dries up.

      Fashion forward, take risks,stop dressing like a matron say some; some other remarks,
      and descriptions I've read on this site- I wouldn't want to repeat. Some really vulgar terms have been used and remarks about her person I would expect on the comment section of a tabloid, not a site that is supposedly supportive of Kate. If you think Kate is in poor taste, what about those who call attention to it?
      Even if one is not a fan, one need not say or write every unkind remark that comes to mind.

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    2. Anon 1..if the market dries up will you be blogging? I thing you are over-reacting..I don't remember seeing anything remotely like "vulgar terms and remarks about her person." One can certainly be a fan, which I am, and have an honest opinion. That's part of the enjoyment of blogging. I would have no problem if Kate read anything I have posted since it is meant constructively with all good intentions. Always a little wary of women who call down their gender as a group with no compassion/acceptance for their own.

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    3. Anon 1 Please relax. Reading through the comment section, I have seen personal opinions disliking this particular outfit. What is wrong with that?

      Also, you say Kate is trying her wings, what are you talking about, she is not in her teens or twenties any more. By this age, women usually know what suits them, as you discussed a bit up, her waist and stuff.

      Simply, a few of you need to let this constant criticism of fellow commenters go, I am seriously worried about some people mental health here.

      Diamond Ripples, I agree with everything you said!!

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  26. I can't decide if I like this look. I love the blazer. I think the trouser choice is wrong given how slim she is. It accentuates her very thin ankles and I'm not sure they make her look all that well. On the catwalk maybe but not for a public event. Love her hair though.

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  27. I like this look but it's definitely not fashionable, at least not in London. The style this season is baggier trousers, mom jeans, etc. Skinny jeans and trousers are considered out of style, much to my sadness.

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  28. I have for some time, now that I'm above 30, been reconsidering how tight my work pants should be. Thank you, Kate, for adding evidence to my thoughts. I'll be sizing up and/or opting for wool trousers and those with a bit less stretch. I agree with the comment who said 'Can she wear them? Yes. SHOULD she wear them? No.' Too many people who seem to agree they're a bit too tight; gives you a glimpse into what half the people in your work meetings are probably thinking too!

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    1. Not to keep harping on this but I have to say that if I showed up to work wearing them, I would probably be asked to go home and change.

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    2. Totally agree...it's that fine line that CAN be navigated between FASHION and GOOD TASTE. One does not necessarily preclude the other. Love this blog and the opportunity to critique and to hear all the other points of view.

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    3. Well I have them and I am 58. Mine are not tight like that but they do accentuate your rump. At my age this is a good thing LOL

      However I would not wear these to work. They are for me playday clothes. Running errands ...a movie...lunch with friends.

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    4. I agree Diane - I wear styles like this all the time in my casual life but would be very hesitant to wear them into a professional setting no matter how fantastic I look in them. That said - my professional setting and my role in it are very different than a "work day" for Kate and so it's a bit apples and oranges. I thought she looked gorgeous and appropriate for a Duchess on official (albeit somewhat casual) business.

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    5. Do any of you climb in and out of a boat at work? If you were required to do so, do you still think you would be sent home from school-er, work?

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    6. Is anyone's job to climb in and out of a boat while looking professional?!

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    7. I agree that Kate has more creative leeway in her professional wardrobe than most of us but I'm not sure that should extend to these particular trousers. Of course she should wear what she likes and what is comfortable but, also, she should check out how she looks from behind. She wasn't just stepping in and out of boats. She was also doing public engagements. I'm a substitute teacher which can involve bending, kneeling, crouching and sitting on the floor. I need to be comfortable but have to be careful that I don't give the children an eyeful of stuff they shouldn't be seeing. Unfortunately, we got an eyeful of Kate's the other day. The Gaps look fine from the front and even the side, but from the
      back they are no better than a pair of figure hugging yoga pants.

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    8. Anon 10.51

      Kate's would be. Still, lots of times she is on the edge. I see no reason why she can't look neat and appropriate in a proper slacks not skinnies. But it is nothing to do with vanity of course.:)

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  29. "While patterned skinny, stretch pants (these need a better name)"
    Treggings (trouser + leggings). Alas, I didn't make that word up.

    And I understand that treggings are "supposed" to be fashionable now, although I also saw that the hot trend is baggies.

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  30. I'm not sure it's relevant to say that *we* would not wear this to work. How many of us would wear a gown and tiara to the office? Well, Kate DOES. :)

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    1. My comment was meant to convey that for me the skinny is not for MY job. But Kate looked totally appropriate as I have said in other comments. She is young and hip and on an island ....its perfect for this venue.

      We both know she would not wear this to one of her visits to a hospice or the like.

      I was speaking for myself and my old rump in the office. Now that is not to say that if we had a picnic offsite outdoors I would wear them.

      Of course right now I am a LulaRoe obsessed person. Daily wear .....

      Rambling again ~

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    2. Understood Diane. My comment was not directed at YOU....*I* was rambling. πŸ˜€ It was a general observation given some of the references to the outfit not being something one would/should wear to work.


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    3. Diane, you Roe as well? So comfortable!! Love the Anas, Maxis, and leggings with Irmas! Not crazy about the new Carlys everyone is obsessed with.

      RoeSpeak.

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    4. Why compare wearing a tiara with these awful pants? Go to extremes, don't you think?

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    5. Oh Robin I am a huge ROE person!
      Wearing a Carly right now! I like them! So comfy. The butter leggings are just great! Fun patterns too! Love the Irmas, Classic T, Lindsay, Cassie skirts are so nice and the Maxis. Which I wear as a skirt or a dress. Versatile.

      LOL yep RoeSpeak

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    6. I'm pretty sure royalfan was saying that to compare what we wear to work with what Kate wears in her various roles is a true apples and oranges situation. Sometimes Kate's work requires the gown and tiara which, of course, never applies to any of us - unless someone is hiding a secret identity here. :-) I believe the word royalfan used was "relevant" in discussing our professional wardrobes and comparing them to Kate's. And I'm really trying to see what exactly what we got an eyeful of the other day. That she has a backside? Stop the presses!

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    7. My reply to 2:44 was published below, but that was my point, Robin. Thank you. :)

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    8. I've been trying to make my point in the least graphic, most gracious way, Robin. Perhaps, because she is long waisted, the fit in the back is wrong. The trousers are pulling vertically right under her bottom accentuating the exact shape. Also, they are separating her bottom and going right up the middle. Excuse me for pointing that out and I have no idea if Jane will publish this but that us my issue. I'm not saying that the trousers are too casual. I'm not saying that royals shouldn't wear form fitting jeans or trousers. I'm saying that the fit is really bad in the back and, especially, because of who she is and what she does, these trousers would have been a better option for her private life rather than her professional one. Of course she has a backside Robin but should the most photographed woman in the world be showcasing it in this way?

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    9. Sadly, Faith, so much more of her has been photographed by intrusive long lens photographers that she probably doesn't think this is so bad.

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  31. I think Kate looked wonderful overall, but the skinny pants are just too skinny imo. Do other royals (Mary, Victoria, etc) wear pants that are so form-fitting for engagements?

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    1. Letizia has at times.

      However, there is no reason to compare these ladies to each other. That is not fair. They are all in varying roles, ages, countries and vast differences in personality and thus style. Maxima ( love her) is very out of the box! It suits her completely. Kate would not look right in some of Maximas clothes. They are individuals.

      They have all worn form fitting clothes be it pants or dresses.

      Is it completely missed here by some that she is on an island. On a boat. In a rain forest. Should she wear a gown and heels? Tiara? This is a fun engagement not a hospice. Oy vey

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    2. I assumed there is a "princess protocol" memo they all receive ;)

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    3. I assumed there is a "princess protocol" memo they all receive ;)

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    4. Diane, I too love Maxima's style *on Maxima*, and her hats are my favorite! Not exactly shy, are they!?

      And I do agree that we should not compare these ladies. When I posted the links in another thread here, I was trying to make a point because two of them in particular have been recommended, repeatedly, as ladies Kate should look up to. Welllllll, here is QUEEN Letizia rocking it in snug black leather pants and red high heels. If that isn't edgy and modern for a royal, I don't know what is. Meanwhile, Kate slips into a casual pair of navy and white pants for a casual day of royal engagements and it's unacceptable. If I were standing in Kate's wedges, I'd be very confused! :))

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    5. Oh no royalfan the links are great! I was answering Jay's question about others wearing similar clothes. I think your links help.

      Letizia really pushes the edgy clothes. She wears heels that are wild and fun! Lots of leather and very fitted clothes. I love her style ...but Kate would not get many thumbs up if she wore that out in public. Omg wore some snazzy new pants that accentuated her shape. So what! Good for her. It is confusing. If the dress is long its too long and matronly. If it is short she is too old to wear that and its not appropriate. I don't know if she wore a bag it would probably be wrong because its environmentally uncool. Just seems like there are many 'flip floppers" who cannot find much to like ever.

      She does well in my opinion.

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    6. Diane, you've been on this site long enough to know that I'm a big Kate fan and that, mostly, I love what she wears. As a matter of fact, usually, I like her more out of the box outfits better than her more conservative ones. I replied to Robin above about my issues with the fit of these trousers. I won't repeat that again. I guess we all have different standards of what is acceptable fit when working no matter how casual the environment. For me, unless someone is doing school run or grabbing a cup of coffee, one's trousers shouldn't be going up one's bottom. Is it just me?

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    7. Diane, your reference to the "environmentally uncool" bag made me laugh because it's so true. :)

      I, too, believe that Kate does well. When W&K got engaged, I recall the debate over Kate following in Diana's footsteps and how she would cope with the pressure. Well, five years on, this couple continues to lay the foundation for a very successful chapter in the history of the BRF. Together, they are quietly and persistently achieving the vision that Diana had for the future of the monarchy (both publicly and [apparently] privately).

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    8. LOL, Diane! The bag made me laugh too! Especially since I live in an area where we aren't allowed to have bags. You either bring your own reusable bag or you have to carry your items out in your hands!

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    9. While I don't deny that Diana was the first breath of fresh air breezing around the BRF and her influence on her sons is undeniable, I do wonder at what point people will allow WK&H to own their own vision and sense of purpose. The younger generation is in the position of needing to navigate waters Diana couldn't have even imagined - from the profound changes in technology and media to global changes that affect the daily lives of the BRF as well as the role of the monarchy within the UK and the world. I don't mean to imply that Dianas legacy is in any way diminished, or that the compassion and warmth she brought to the monarchy are not guiding principals for WK&H - merely that W&K are about to outlive Diana and I hope that at some point they get seen as adults themselves who are making their own choices and forging their own vision of the monarchy (while mindful of the general values Diana instilled in her sons).

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    10. 7:46, I did not interpret your comment as being dismissive of Diana's legacy. I want to be clear on that. At the same time, I don't believe that Diana's vision (a more relevant and relatable monarchy) is outdated. If anything, it's even more important in 2016. In her day, the Firm viewed Diana's vision as half threat half drama, but the problems faced by society today is proof that she nailed it.

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    11. I was trying to say that I don't think her overall vision about a relevant and relatable monarchy is outdated and I do think the younger royals are trying to live their lives in accordance with that value. It may be not be well received here but I also think that Charles' attempts to pare down the official ranks of the Firm are his attempt to modernize the BRF and who knows to what extent he also was influenced (in hindsight) by Diana.

      My point was that at some point the baton is passed and WK&H are not merely Diana's "foot soldiers" but are creating their own vision and legacy which is absolutely influenced by her guiding belief that the monarchy should not be so aloof and unrelatable. It was an attempt to give credit to WK&H and let them step out from under Diana's shadow.

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    12. I'm sorry...I misunderstood, 8:56.

      As for being in Diana's shadow, well, perhaps that could apply more to my (Diana's) generation since we were aware of her struggles, but that would also make us more inclined to cheer them on. Personally, I don't see them as being in her shadow. Diana planted a seed and her sons (and Kate) are running with it, but it IS about them; if their hearts weren't in it, if they lacked sincerity, empathy, etc., her "shadow" would not protect them. Also, the younger generations (than Diana's) don't have an appreciation of what her life represented and I don't believe that they view the trio as being in her shadow.

      IMO, the Queen's legacy will be one of selfless duty and the preservation of tradition. Charles has done some very good work, but his personal choices and actions have clouded his bio. And W/K/H represent what a modern day monarchy requires to survive.

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    13. Anonymous 7.46pm, 'I hope that at some point they get seen as adults themselves who are making their own choices and forging their own vision of the monarchy'; but W & K need to show the UK their complete commitment in their royal roles, and not chiefly be seen as a air ambulance pilot and wife & mother while undertaking a few UK engagements 'on the side' mainly involving sports and children (with clothes generally recycled from overseas tours) /film premieres/award ceremonies (and undertaking a number of overseas tours, with dignitaries & the overseas public bowing and fawning and giving presents)

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  32. There are actually quite a sizeable number of distinctly 'non-royal fans' on Scilly. They disagree about decisions the Duchy has made regarding Scilly etc.

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  33. 2:44, I was trying to make a point. Some folks described these pants as being inappropriate and they used their own workplace dress codes to support it. Well, Kate lives in a very different and unique world and what *we* would or would not wear to work is irrelevant. Kate could be at a country fair setting in the afternoon and smile politely over a sheep she is being introduced to and, in the evening, she could be at BP with a tiara on her head while chatting with the president of China.

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    1. I took the line of comments to be a discussion not so much about what is professional attire for *Kate* per se but whether or not those pants would work as a "repliKate" option for us non-princesses.

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    2. Royalfan, I think I have discussed this ad nauseum :-) and I did just comment to Robin and Diane, so this will be my last comment on the subject but my issue with the Gap troussers is not the casual aspect. I understand that many of her engagements call for less formal attire than most of us can wear in the workplace. I'm saying that the troussers are ill fitting from behind. Maybe that is not an issue for anyone here but me but I think it shoukd be one for Kate.

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    3. Faith, I respect and understand where you're coming from, but this "fit" is typical of some of today's form fitting materials. (I've seen dressy slacks that share this quality.) And I think that if you're in your 20's or 30's you're more inclined to accept and roll with it. Not sure if this makes as much sense in print as it does in my own mind right now. LOL.

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    4. Yes, I get that royalfan. Just seems odd to me where she is so cognizant of her hemline length and, often, wears her skirts and dresses much longer than her peers because of her position, that this would be ok. For me, anyway, I think a solid color would have created less emphasis. The print seems to be advertising a whole lot more. In general though, I know the general public loved these trousers.

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    5. Faith, that is ironic....I thought the pattern was busy and less "revealing" than a solid color! :)

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