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Kate Strikes Out Styling Her 1st Oscar de la Renta

Monday, February 6, 2017

Six months ago there were three designers that Kate had never worn that I really very badly hoped she would. I wasn't sure how long I would have to wait to see them, because none of them was British, but because Kate has been wearing more and more high-end labels, I was not entirely without hope. The three labels were American brands Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta and French giant Dior. As of today, Kate has worn two of three. This evening, the Duchess stepped out with her duke for a conference at Chandos House in London and she was wearing her first Oscar de la Renta ensemble. 


The couple had been to Mitchell Brook Primary school earlier in the day where Kate gave a moving and encouraging speech to the youngsters about kindness and how important it is for them to aware of the needs of their peers. 



The visit was part of the couple's ongoing mental health initiative. At their evening event, William was due to present to a lightly older crowd, the Guild of Health Writers.
I didn't really know anything about this group, but their website gave me some background:
The Guild of Health Writers is a national, independent, membership organisation representing many of Britain’s leading health journalists and writers. Many other individuals and organisations maintain close links with the Guild as Friends or Associate Members.
The Guild was founded in 1994 to promote high professional standards and provide good quality, accurate health information to the public. It encompasses the whole spectrum of health and wellbeing, from innovative medical science to complementary therapies and lifestyle issues.
The Guild of Health Writers is working with William, Kate, and Harry's Heads Together campaign. Since the royals are trying to create conversation about mental health, who better to partner with than people who produce reams of content in journals, papers, and reports?

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William's speech focused on suicide rates, particularly among young men. You might recall that when the Cambridges announced their mental health plan with Harry, William's targeted area was young men and the prevalence of suicide. Kate and William highlighted suicide prevention in March of 2016 where they specifically addressed the heartbreaking epidemic on a visit to St. Thomas' Hospital.

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As laudable as the event was and as fantastic the "Designer Debut," it was not a sartorial success tonight. Although Kate has worn two of the designers I was crossing my fingers and wishing she'd wear, I haven't been over the moon about either selection. Her Carolina Herrera coat in Canada was beautiful, but not something that really splashed. Of course, with Herrera you really are gunning for an evening gown, so we were not quite in the sub-category of CH I had actually been hoping she'd wear. 


Tonight, was a similar, but frankly bigger, disappointment. This ensemble is just not working for me. In theory, it is great and it taps into a lot of the features that Kate loves, like the peplum, the big buttons and the collar, and the pleated a-line skirt. What went wrong here?! I hate to say this, and it is almost never the case, but I think this looked better on the model. I can see where Kate is coming from in that if I saw this suit trot down the runway, I would absolutely peg it for the purchase pile.



So where did she go wrong? Several places. First, ditch the dark stockings. I love dark stockings and Kate is Queen of the look, but somehow with this it makes an already retro ensemble look too dated and dowdy. Second, Kate loves her gorgeous locks, but every now and again you need to pull all that up in a dramatic updo. I would have swept this up in a loose bun right on the knot of her head and let some loose ends frame her face. Or, she could have tried a little 1960s style with a high crown and low pony. Whatever she did, the look should have been more polished for this suit. Third, ditch that expensive watch and add a delicate bracelet instead. Finally, look at the model above again. See those shoes? Those really pop! Kate should have worn shoes with a lot more personality that played well with the flirty styling of the pleated and flaring skirt. 



I know you are all wondering if there is some positive comment I might have to add. I can do that, too. Although Kate struck out on the styling, this ensemble was an interesting window into her private shopping. Kate didn't really debut this tonight, she wore it first to the Queen's pre-Christmas luncheon (95% certainty on that) at Buckingham Palace just this past December. That is a private event, which means that Kate bought this either for that party, or even before for other personal dates. 



That she wore it now doesn't change that she initially contemplated this not when she was scanning Net-a-Porter for tonight's public event, but probably planning her look for the big, annual family get-together. Everyone does want to look their best at those things, although I think for Kate it is probably not so important, since all her extended family can see her on the cover of any number of papers throughout the year. Still, interesting to see what she is drawn to when off-duty--younger and more adventurous, and new and foreign labels. 


The verdict: it's a miss, not because of the suit itself (like say, the Dreaded Moloh or the Unspeakable Reiss Delaney coat) but because Kate struck out styling it. The suit is exactly the fun and flirty look that we've all been hoping for, but it is unable to break out and shine because it is held down by the opaque stockings and Plain Jane shoes. Kate got halfway to what I have been hoping for this 2017, but she stopped short and it killed the look. I'm bummed, but the positive point is that she has dipped into de la Renta and where Kate has bought once, she is more likely to buy again. This bodes well for the future, even if tonight was a bit of perplexing disappointment. 



One final comment before I call it a night. The Queen marks her Sapphire Jubilee today, a milestone no monarch in British history has ever reached before her. As I shared last week, sapphires are apparently Elizabeth's favorite stone after her father compared the color of her blue eyes to the glittering gems. She has a set of breathtaking sapphires from her father which she still wears for special occasions. The most poignant remark I saw about today's milestone is that the exact second is anonymous and passed sometime last night, because King George VI died in his sleep. No one, not even the Queen, knows the exact time she transformed from Princess Elizabeth to the monarch. It underscores the flip side of such a joyful event--that Elizabeth lost her father at a young age while she was a world away from him. She marks this date every year very quietly. 


Ok, that's it for today. I might Instagram a little later in the evening and I look forward to hearing what YOU think of this evening's look. Full disclosure. Today I wore a beautiful black skirt with a soft white sweater top and a snazzy animal print scarf. I also wore black stockings, ร  la Kate, and it killed the look. I know all my law student peers (those with a flare for fashion in addition to enforcement) were giving me side-eye wondering when I went from 28 to 82. It happens to the best of us. We all have days where we look it all over and think...I fluffed it. ;)

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  1. I{m really shocked at your comment! I honestly though you were going to saw that it was great, that it was a throwback to her pre-wedding styles.
    It{s a good point what you wrote about the accessories, but I really loved the suit

    Anyway, this is what the world of for, for many and different points of view :)

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    1. It is for sure a throw back and a welcome one! It isn't the suit itself I quibble with, it is the styling. Even throwbacks need an update. ;)

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    2. I also love the suit and really don't think the model looks better. In fact, I really dislike the shoes on the model. I like the black with it as well, but I guess that what makes fashion fun - different strokes for different folks.
      As far as the watch is concerned, it seems to me that ever since the children were born, she seems to wear the watch more often than not.
      Williams speech was excellent tonight, so all in all a very successful day for the Cambridges and for their campaign.

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    3. Agreed!I loved the bit in the end about the Queen. She is a figure I deeply admire and recently read Pamela Mountbatten's book, which described the moment when Her Majesty went up the tree house a Princess and came down a Queen.

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    4. I so disagree with you, Jane - I agree with other posters that you're becoming uber critical! I think Kate rocks the suit & I like it with the dark tights.

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    5. I disagree !I though she looked so much better than the model. At the end of the day what you didn't like are only the stockings, if she had won sheer, the watch and hair would have gone unnoticed. I liked it a lot when I saw it first, and I am trying to get that feeling back after reading the post...

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    6. I like the suit, but the black opaque tights should be ditched. I guess the model wears also black but translucent tights, that looks much better. I wonder why she always chooses these elegant but boring court shoes, there are lots of edgier shoes

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    7. The vast majority of commenters disagreed that Jane is overly critical.

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    8. I don't think this post was meant as a Jane referendum and needn't be made into one. I suspect it is a game being played by a mischievous commenter who has more than two faces. I'm not taking issue with Alejandra; she is being sharply honest in kind. It is the 4:22 comment that rankled me as well as others that appeared to be trying to keep the Jane critique going. No one forces anyone to read this blog . I read it in part because Jane DOES take a personal stand and is not a fan blogger masquerading as a journalist or vice versa. She is direct in her opinions and does not present subtle references and questions to instigate commenter's to draw conclusions and make statements for her. What you see is what you get. There is no alternative Jane. I'm not defending Jane because she is more than capable of defending herself. I just don't appreciate attempts to manipulate comments by those who probably aren't interested in that lovely family for itself , rather as a tool to amuse themselves by instigating discord. Jane allows criticism of her blog and methods that other blog managers would feel no qualms about editing out. I hate to see this abused.

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    9. My comment was a defense of Jane and the other commenters because only one person had made a negative comment and the others were positive or defending Jane. Get a grip.

      Anon 4:22.

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    10. Hear, hear, anon 1. I don't 100% agree with Jane's take on the outfit, but attempts to shame her into surpressing her opinion *on her own blog* are inappropriate and tacky.

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    11. anonymous 4:22, 9:34....Until your "get a grip" remark, I was ready to apologise. If there was only one negative comment, why the need for defense? I was concerned that the comment section was going to turn into a big discussion of Jane's blogging techniques. If you were replying to Jeanne, your comment would be understandable. Hers was the second personal remark and you probably had not seen it, however.

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  2. Jane, you are absolutely on point here. I so wanted to love this, but couldn't for all the reasons you mention. I really hope it gets another outing styled the way this beautiful suit - and beautiful woman! - deserve. Especially a cute bracelet FTLOG. Why in the world does she need to know what time it is? She has people for that lol!

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    1. Rebecca, LOL @ 'she has people for that'...I actually quite like that watch, but fashion-wise, a bracelet would've been better for the evening. I agree with you & Jane...the styling of this suit let it down a bit for me, but it is a lovely suit & the pop of purple is nice!

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    2. Hi Jane, I'm new to your blog but I love reading your thoughtful and honest critiques. I completely agree with your points and wish Kate had pulled on a pair of fun shoes with an ankle strap and undertone jewel clip while ditching the tights for nylons to make this work. The color is beautiful, but it sits a little off on Kate's frame. Loosing the buttons would help with that. Really glad that Kate and Will are working harder this year, and glad to have your blog to read. Reign in DC

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  3. Oh my goodness Jane! Could you just tone down the criticism! I love your blog and I will continue to read, but I have been concerned lately with how sever you have been when you don't personally like what the Duchess is wearing. I know we are supposed to be polite, but I think that occasionally you cross that line yourself. A simple "not my favourite" would do. Picking every inch of the poor girl's ensemble apart seems a bit much to me. Maybe it is my Canadian sensibility, but I have been increasingly upset by your strident criticism. We all have "hits and misses" and, I know, being the Duchess of Cambridge it probably comes with the territory, but I think taking a more gracious approach to your commentary would be more in keeping with the tone of your blog.

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    1. I'm sorry but Jane is anything but strident, severe or not gracious. Quite frankly if I were Kate and I read any Kate blog out there it would be this one - and I would appreciate (and take tips from) the gentle critiques and suggestions Jane offers.

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    2. This is a personal blog & I appreciate the personal (and always respectful) opinions of Jane. Carry on!

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    3. Did you not read the last post? Nothing but praise for what she wore earlier. Jane is always kind in her critiques.

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    4. This Canadian thinks that Jane was anything but strident - she made it clear it was the styling she wasn't keen on, even going so far as to say that she has made that same mistake herself. I confess I wasn't that keen on the look myself, but couldn't put my finger on why. In any event, I agree with others who say that Jane is extremely gracious and respectful.

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    5. I read this blog religiously and I have never found Jane to be anything but polite. I love reading her views when she goes over every aspect of Kate's outfits that she likes (which are the vast majority) and equally, I am interested on her views on every aspect of Kate's outfits that she doesn't like - I would be disappointed if all I got was 'this wasn't my favourite.'

      Jane, I also find that very often, when I don't like an outfit I can't quite articulate what it is that didn't work for me and very often, when I read your comments, it clarifies that in my mind!

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    6. Disappointed with negativity regarding Kate's suit. Lets keep opinions not criticism.

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  4. Have to agree that this should have been amazing but it just... wasn't. On her the peplum didn't work with the large skirt, I was left wishing for one or the other, not both. I also agree re: the styling with boring black accessories and tights. LOVED the pop of orange in the shoes on the runway, really wish Kate would get even lightly edgy w/r/t her accessories. There's something about the upturn in the pointy toe of these shoes that throws me off with the black tights, probably the peek of dirty tan sole.

    On the plus side, L-O-V-E her makeup, so glad she's lightening up on the heavy under-eye liner and getting into the cat eye, looks great on her.

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  5. It's from 2015, so my bet is that she purchased it then. The thing with Kate that frustrates me is that gah- she has an esemble ALMOST perfect all the time! Like it can be pretty but it's always missing or having too much of something.

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  6. She always looks lovely, and honestly if I had the means for this de la Renta ensemble, I would likely have worn it the same way! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    This ensemble feels quite similar to what she wore earlier today - solid color, wool fabric, peplum, suit separates... I would have loved to see these spaced out. Different accessories from this morning's engagement would have made it more fun, and while I adore her long hair down and loose, I am always so impressed when she puts it up!

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  7. I tend to agree with you! I couldn't quantify what was wrong with it, but you've summed it up well. Just not quite right.
    She's still gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜„

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  8. Not a fan of this look. The skirt is too full for the top. Perhaps if worn separately with other pieces...?
    I wish she would be more adventurous with her accessories, especially her shoes.

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  9. I think Jane is right on point..completely agree with everything. I had the exact same reaction...hair should have been up to go with the lovely Audrey Hepburn look of the suit. Those shoes and tights take the whole thing into dowdy territory and yes the watch is completely out of place. I don't find Jane's remarks to be particularly critical..as I have said before THIS IS A FASHION BLOG and many times I feel Jane gives Kate more of a pass than I would...from a fashion standpoint. Kate just can't seem to capture that little edge that Letizia of Spain and Charlene of Monaco just have naturally. She certainly has the body and the beauty she just cannot grasp that elusive quality that would put her in their company from a fashion standpoint. Unfortunately, I find photos of those two ladies more interesting nine times out of ten. And I am a huge Kate fan!

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    1. IMO"Naturally"isn't the word I would associate with Laetizia or Charlene!their fashion is interesting but artificial. I very much prefer the feminine way Kate dresses

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    2. I think it is the little imperfections and slightly off look that sets her style apart. She is clearly saying she intends to remain her own person and not become a statement for some stylist. She knows when she must dress to impress and when to appear more approachable. How can she relate on the one to one, personal level she does if her style says " I'm perfect and I am beyond approach. Admire me, but don't muss my perfect outfit." If we're going to do the comparison to European royals thing,who would rush up to Charlene or Letizia for a spontaneous hug? On the other hand, I imagine Maxima, when not appearing with the King, likely has enjoyed a hug or two.

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    3. anon 1; I also follow Letizia and she comes across as very approachable, more so than Kate. You have to see the way to she interacts with families following a tragedy or young children to see Letizia has a better rapport with people than Kate. I also think Letizia knows how to better dress for an occasion than Kate. For example, when she's around children she usually wears pants so she can comfortably interact with them. Letizia dresses in a more approachable way than Kate on most occasions.

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    4. Sorry, Sally. I have yet to see photos of children or parents rushing to greet or hug other royals. Or sit on the floor with children in an Indian slum hostel. Or sit beside a little girl in a hospice making projects with glitter. I'm not sure what you mean by approachable, but that's what I mean. HM is approachable, if you are first vetted, cleared, announced, and remember to curtsey. The only other current royal I have seen come close to Kate in humility and warmth is Princess Madelyn of Sweden. She is great with children-but no hugging photos. Letizia doesn't just wear pants with children. She looks good in them and wears them everywhere, including events with dignitaries.

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    5. Anon 1, then I recommend you check out the queenletiziastyle blog and you'll see MANY examples of Letizia being hugged by children, the elderly etc (more so than Kate). The Spanish royals are extremely warm and affectionate. I religiously follow both Kate and Letizia and from my observations I think Letizia wins in the approachable department. Kate's body language is usually on guard especially with her clutch holding. The British royals will always have a stiff upper lip whereas the Spanish monarchs are generally more easy going and less formal.

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    6. Oftentimes Catherine's attire and styling are contrasted with Queens Letizia, Maxima and Crown Princess Mary. These three women are ten years older than Catherine. They are higher in the echelon of royalty being either Queens or one step away. They dress appropriate to their station yet manage to be chic, polished, flamboyant (Maxima!), youthful and approachable. What they accomplish that Catherine has yet to master, is that they dress right in the zone. You would never say that any of them were too girly nor too matronly. Yet they incorporate short hemlines, color, design, trousers, interesting shoes, great accessories. The BRF is definitely conservative. There's chatter that Catherine needs to dress more appropriately to her station as a Duchess. Yet when she does, the critique is that the clothes are too matronly. But these three women are examples that one can be dignified and fresh without being buttoned up.

      And we may never know if Catherine's proclivity to wear long hemlines, an abundance of up dos, long sleeves, high buttoned up necklines is from living up to BRF expectations or is truly her own aesthetic. Certainly Diana started differently (she was so young) but evolved to present a standard that is emulated today; from jeans to tiaras.

      My style favorite is Letizia. If I had the budget, figure and functions to attend, that's how I would dress. But as other posters have said of themselves, I too follow Kate. I cheer her successes and am a cheerleader. There's no better accessory than her smile and exuberance. She's a beautiful woman who hopefully will continue to travel her own path. And we are well perched to follow her.

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    7. IMO, Kate is the perfect example of how to dress appropriate to her station yet manage to be chic, polished, youthful and approachable.In that respect, she has nothing to learn from Laetizia ( not always perfectly appropriate) Maxima (not always perfectly tasteful) or Mary ( my favourite of the 3, at least she always looks pretty). I think it is because Kate has natural charm and grace, and is always tastefully elegant in a feminine way that I am more interested in her fashion than in that of Laetizia, Maxima or Mary, though of course, I like to see what they are wearing and I love laetizia s shoes!

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    8. Thanks for the info on the Leti site. I'll be sure to check it out. Undoubtedly, both Kate and Leti each have their own, unique contributions and objectives for their , at present, different roles. Each has traveled a similar, yet fundamentally different path to their present place in life. I'm sure Leti's current life bears some similarities to parts of Diana's unfortunate experiences and perhaps we could understand Leti better in that light. Diana was trying desperately to fit into her role and the royal family as well as to save her marriage without losing her sense of self. Superficially speaking, her best fashion years evolved when she was no longer a British HRH......I would suggest that we remember that packaging does not always represent what you will find inside.......and I promise not to go on the Leti site and claim Kate is better then Leti.


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    9. Different women, different roles and, perhaps most importantly, VERY different family dynamics.

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    10. Catherine is her own person; I can think of no good reason why she should dress like anyone else.

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    11. Agreed royalfan and Jean. There is also a difference in culture. In Spain everyone hugs and kisses each other on both cheeks. In Britain there is more of a reserve with a polite handshake upon meeting someone new. Nothing wrong with either approach, just a difference in cultures. It would be so boring if all of the royal families were the same.

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    12. I believe the twin cheeks bit is an upper class/royal thing in Britain. Remember Catherine and Eugenie greeting each other in New York at the St. Andrews dinner? Or was it Beatrice? Enjoying your travelogue, Robin. With a decided tinge of green.

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  10. Well hello to everyone from the deep freeze that is Canada!

    This outfit is a win for me but it did need some tweaking. It is a win because the colour is just so gorgeous and I love the pieces. The biggest thing for me is the fact that because Kate stands with her hands and clutch in front of her it "flattens" the peplum and the flare of the skirt. Both of them need space and need to be uncluttered so that you can truly see the beautiful cut of both garments.

    I am okay with the black tights but not with the the delicate stilettos.(which I generally love!!). She needed a "heavier" shoe ...with a really solid heel. Or a cute clunky bootie!! Then I think the black tights would have worked.

    Finally...I agree Jane. ...the hair needed to be more youthful. A bouncy ponytail would have been great.

    I liked it but agree with you Jane...it could be better!!

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    1. Black booties would've been so cute, Laura! I like the ones she wore outside The Carlisle Hotel in NYC with the Seraphine coat. How cold is it in Canada right now? It's getting hotter in NZ, want to trade places? :P

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    2. Laura, I agree with you regarding the flattening of the peplum. I like the suit very much and think the black hose tipped it from a daytime to an evening look. Perhaps sheer black hose and black patent pumps?

      But above all else, i think the hair should be up to allow the suit to shine; the shoulder and collar detail is lost with more attention going to the skirt which takes away from the retro feel of it (likewise for the shorter sleeves).

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    3. Has Kate ever worn a black patent pump? I'm wracking my brain but am coming up blank. I think it would be a great surprise. My black patent pumps are a staple of my work wardrobe.

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    4. I'm with you guys. It needs a bootie. Normally I'm favoring loose longer hair on the DoC. But today I agree, it might have been better up--a high pony tail or loose bun, not one of the formal structured updos she wore so often this year.

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    5. Kiwi Gal....sorry for the delayed response. I would trade with you in a heartbeat. - 22 today where I am in Canada. And ghastly amounts of snow...even for us Canadians!

      I am an avid traveller...and New Zealand is certainly in my top 5 places to get to!!

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    6. Laura in Canada - Brrr! Chilly is an understatement :) One of my Kiwi friends is enjoying the snow in Toronto right now, it looks so beautiful...hope you & your fellow Canadians are keeping warm! Yes, you must head down to NZ sometime & escape the cold :P

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  11. I think the color is so pretty on her, plus I love the skirt! Although I will never like any of her skinny pants, I always seem to like her dressier looks. I am minimalist with jewelry and accessories, and even patterns (probably why I love this solid colored outfit), and I like dark legs and heels in the winter. Maybe an updo would be nice but otherwise a great look!

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  12. And very poignant anecdote about HMTQ and the exact moment of her ascension being a mystery.

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  13. The last photo here--HM's evening gown is so beautiful. I am not a fan of the neckline, but the fabric is so delicate and pretty, especially at the hemline. Lovely!

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    1. Jay - I'm glad you mentioned HM's gown, I noticed the hemline and flow of the fabric as well, gorgeous!

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  14. Can I parody P & P and say, "Are we to review every peplum in the county?"...

    Gorgeous on the model but didn't work on Kate. She's thin, yes, but has some curves. I think that's why the skirt didn't work. Not her best color either.

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  15. I notice the other woman in the photo with William was also wearing black tights. She was meeting with writers. Perhaps it is the done thing in that group. I'd like to hear from some Brits who have attended such get-togethers. I did notice earlier her left knee area looked bruised and now maybe somewhat swollen. A cover-up? Who knows? Maybe there was a memo. Loved the design and the saturated color. Hate the model's saffron shoes. Maybe turquoise? OK for the runway, but not a meeting of that type. Some of the women were in very casual outfits, including pants. An up do may have been seen as too fancy. She did have evening makeup on, however.

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    1. You're probably right about the "done thing" in the group. I recall from College that whenever you're to speak in front of a group, you should evaluate your audience so as not to speak above or below their knowledge level.

      Also, it's best to "dress to be included" in any group you want to be a member of, so that info should be included in your evaluation as well.

      Maybe she was advised of this as well? Those orange shoes on the model might have been a distraction here lol.

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  16. I'm so surprised at the negative comments. Although I'm not crazy about the suit itself, I love the color. It looks fabulous on Kate. I also like black hose in the winter. I had no idea that opaque stockings would ever be considered dowdy! I like Kate's shoes. They’re classic—not boring. I’m in the minority, but I'm usually disappointed when Kate wears her hair up. I tend to think that most of her updos are aging. I prefer Kate's hair long and less wavy, as she wore it today. Her hair has been looking much better lately, I must say. All in all, this is a win in my book.

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  17. I love this suit, both on the model and on Catherine. Hopefully she will re-wear some day and mix it up to everyone's satisfaction.

    If I wore this, it would be tough to find the right shoes. I'm not crazy about the color shoes the model is wearing, but I wouldn't want to be too matchy matchy with purple either. Burgundy would match the buttons, so I'd probably go that way with shoes and purse, and nude hose.

    A blingy bracelet would have been nice, I personally hate watches, even expensive ones. I haven't worn a watch in decades.

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    1. A bracelet would have been lovely, but i suspect that the watch was a gift from William and the sentimental value is more important to Kate than anything else.

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    2. Absolutely, royalfan! However, perhaps it is a secret locator device in case of kidnapping. Or it contains a squirt of mace. Ha!

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    3. Ahhh...perhaps it does. ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    4. A James Bond type of watch/gadget? Love it, anon 1!

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    5. Ok, I would wear a James Bond-type spy watch with special powers :p

      Belle

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    6. In a heartbeat. I would never take it off. Better than a Swiss Army Knife.

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    7. anon 1 - I will never look at another accessory the same way! I will now and forever be looking at every watch, necklace and braclet for a secret spy compartment! LOL!

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    8. HA! Laura...I would give particular attention to lockets and cameos...and there is still the mystery of HM's purse. Only Mia knows and she's not telling Then I've always suspected that some of the hats the Duchess of Cornwall wears are meant as flotation devices in the event of shipwreck. It's a challenge, for sure. I won't even speculate about those pearl chokers with the heavy clasps.

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    9. Haha anon 1, Camilla's hats could certainly double as floatation devices in case of an emergency, judging by their size alone!

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    10. RobinFromCA (yes, it's me on a different machine)February 9, 2017 at 1:29 PM

      I've been off enjoying my jaunt in The Netherlands and totally missed this conversation! I love the idea of Q designing something very 007ish for Kate! And ditto on Camilla hat thing. "In the unlikely event of a water landing your hat can be used as a flotation device." LOL! In the unlikely event of sinkage we'll find you by your plumage!

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    11. I have to admit I love Camilla's hats.

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    12. Nothing wrong with beauty combined with utility.

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    13. Oh! Robin! "...find you by your plumage"

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  18. Kate and Pip have a tendency towards wearing a lot of schoolgirl looks, too immature, unsophisticated, with no glamour.

    While Oscar is not known for doing a schoolgirl look, Kate actually found the one in his collection. Of course.

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    1. Must agree with you. Kate's fashion has never been sophisticated and now that she's maturing it's becoming especially apparent. I appreciate her staying true to herself though, and she keeps it interesting enough for me to keep watching.

      That said, I would never in a million years wear these pieces together though separately they're gorgeous. The ensemble should have been left on the runway, and more consideration given to styling - as usual. This is an outfit like the black and red Christmas party dress, that Kate seems to think can just be plucked out of the closet, put on, and worn out successfully without any consideration for accessories or hair. That just isn't so. A miss in my book. Her Sunday athletic gear is this weeks winner for me.

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    2. Was not aware Jane was live on the blog between 12:23 and 12:55 AM, thus allowing instant replies to and agreement with a comment. Pull an all-nighter?

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    3. I had trouble sleeping, so nearly.

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  19. This suit is lovely. I love it's youthful look without it being girlish. I say this as Catherine has been accused of being girlish in her choice of Peter Pan collars on the one hand and matronly in some of her choices on the other. So this strikes a youthful yet grown up look. The only change that I would have made was to add a pair of ankle boots instead of court shoes. I know she needs to move on as you say Jane but how I love and miss the ankle boots :) ;)

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  20. Firstly, I send up a cheer for the color! I've been waiting for Kate to include more purple in her wardrobe and this looks terrific on her. I tend to agree on the opaque stockings for evening wear. Daytime is fine but nude or sheer black for evening is better. I am, in general, never fond of the suede pumps, but if the stockings had been sheer she could have pulled these off better. Love the jacket but what is completely off for me is the structure of this skirt. Don't like it on the model and don't care for it on Kate. In my mind, if something is going to be structured with a lot of pleating, the fabric should flow. This stiff wool isn't working for me. That being said, I love the color on her, I think her hair looks beautiful, and I didn't even really notice the watch - although, personally, I'd have opted for a bracelet as well and button earrings (the Asprey she wore yesterday) to go with the jacket.

    Now, I'm off to the Rijksmuseum before the rain/snow being predicted here in Amsterdam today starts to fall!

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    1. Go the purple! :) The colour is great on Kate...I agree with you on sheer black hose being better for evening, as royalfan also mentioned above.
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    2. Ha! I didn't realize that Robin commented on sheer black hose, but I should know better. Same page yet again. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    3. Robin, I Hope you are enjoying your trip......... :-)

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    4. We are usually on the same page, royalfan! I'm having a great time - even if the weather isn't on my side. It hasn't been above 30ยบ since we got here. We've had snow and freezing rain. But, I struck out today for The Hague and finally - on my fourth trip to The Netherlands - saw The Goldfinch and Girl with a Pearl earring. She is even more stunning in person! I was going to explore more around the old part of town but while I was admiring the artworks in The Mauritshuis the temperature dropped and the wind picked up. I hiked it back to the train station and my hotel in Amsterdam! I'm still thawing out! No Maxima sightings on this trip. ;-) I did see a replica at the Diamond Museum of the tiara she wore for her wedding. That thing could be used as a weapon with all of those pointy stars!

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    5. Good for you, Robin. It sounds like you're having a great time, despite the weather. It isn't much warmer here in the North East, by the way. But instead of admiring artwork, I had to shovel snow. ☃❄๐ŸŒจ Stay safe and enjoy!! ☺

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    6. I heard about your weather in the northeast - sorry about the shoveling. I guess the weather at home in CA is awful too. Flooding, mudslides, and road closures. You're right, it's cold here but there are so many wonderful things to see!

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    7. I hope you are enjoying every minute of your trip. ๐Ÿ˜™

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  21. Jane, I agree with everything you said above. This is a great outfit in theory and Kate unfortunately killed it with how she styled it.

    There are three additional points I would make.

    First, if you look at the model, it looks like the jacket sits in a way that exposes the top panel of the skirt -- this gives the whole ensemble quite a cool, edgy feel. I think Kate may have had hers tailored so that the jacket covers the top panelling in a way that is more traditional on a skirt suit - I think that also contributed to making this look a bit dowdy.

    Second, I absolutely love the shoes the model is wearing but I can see how those may have been too much for Kate. However, we absolutely did not have to go with black shoes in order to create a pop -- even her pale pink Gianvitto Rossis would have worked well here (although if Kate did branch out into cooler footwear ร  la Queen Letizia, I would not complain :))

    Third, I think both the jacket and skirt were from the 2015 collection so perhaps Kate bought it without any fixed event in mind?

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    1. I think you are right about how the skirt is different from the model's. Hard to see because Kate always holds her clutch in front of her (I really wish she didn't).

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    2. I think Kate uses her clutch to give her hands something to do. She talks with her hands and having the clutch in front of her stops that from happening. As far as the watch thing, I am lost without my watch- I wear a ratty old one with a leather band. Doesn't matter if I am dressed up or down, that watch is on me. For the younger ones out there who don't wear a watch because the time is on their phone, Kate can't whip out her IPhone when she's listening to the speeches ( I am sure it's in her clutch!). Kate carries her clutch more for nervousness than utility, much like Prince Charles twirls his signet ring.

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    3. But Jay, did you notice every single one of the other women had her hands clasped in front exactly the same way. Both the ones with William in that group and with Catherine. So it wasn't a mater of mirroring Kate. It really isn't just a "Kate thing."

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    4. But the other women weren't holding clutches to their fronts..that's what makes it a "Kate thing"

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    5. Kate was the guest. She would have a purse. ;+) But the point of the raised elbows altering the sleeve-length appearance...as well as the drape of the peplum effect....? ok, it's not the immediate point, but what about it?

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    6. I wish Kate would have her arms at her sides more often--maybe when walking. The few times I have seen her photographed this way, she looks so much better. Even if she is holding her clutch higher up (closer to her waist) and loosely/further from her body, it's such an improvement imo.

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    7. Her hands clasped just below her waist on the red carpet tonight, Jay! She has long arms and sharp-looking elbows. Her usual hand position may be an attempt to avoid seriously injuring companions. Ha!

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  22. I believe you are being terribly unkind in your critique. Please remember the Duchess of Cambridge is representing The British Royal Family, attending charity functions. Orange shoes with a purple outfit may be in keeping with something a Kardashian may wear to a fashion function however is certainly not suited to a Duchess representing The Queen of England.

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    1. Jane was spot on with her critique. She didn't say Kate should style it with orange shoes, but that there were better style options that would help modernise the look. Also, there's NO such title as the The Queen of England. Her correct title is the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. England has not been a separate sovereign state since 1707 #getyourfactsright

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  23. I thought the jacket of the suit would have looked very nice paired with a sleek black dress slack...but we all know that will never happen. Jane, your outfit sounded great to me...but it would have all depended, of course, on what you wore on your feet :)

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  24. Sorry to be unpleasant, but I have long come to think that Catherine often buys beautiful garments, only to put them down while styling them.
    Today makes no exception.
    It is just more evident because the suit is really meaningless styled that way.
    Beautiful woman and beautiful garments, but fashion and chic are elsewhere.

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  25. The pleats and length of the skirt seem a little schoolgirl...the outfit doesn't have the cool vibe that the model on the runway has. Are the sleeves too short or are they supposed to be that length?

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    1. They're bracelet length sleeves: meant to show off a bracelet (or a very lovely watch). ☺

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    2. I agree the sleeves are close to bracelet length Tsipa Swan but they look a bit short for true bracelet length on Kate (the length looks to me to be a true bracelet length on the model appearing to hit about an inch above the wrist bone) and yet they are a little long for 3/4 length. So the jacket ends up looking too small on Kate. A larger size tailored down to fit might have worked better. The peblum also seems to hit too high. Normally the top of the ruffle would hit at the waist and then the ruffle would flair out over the hip. Admittedly Kate is quite slim-hipped but it looks like a lot of the "ruffle flair" is over/around her waist as the top of the ruffle is above her waist. That also adds to the "shrunk at the cleaners" look...and that's also why as some have already mentioned the ruffle seems to stick out more on Kate than on the model. I agree with Jane the outfit looks better on the model. I agree bracelet length sleeves beg for a bracelet or a dressier watch and I agree less opaque black hose would be better with her suede courts (opaque tights go only with boots and with flats to me) but the fit is the main reason I like the outfit better on the model as I don't care for the model's shoes.

      I'm pretty much over the peblum look myself but Kate has been wearing peblums for many years so she must really like them. Still, this not her best peblum look to me. I'm also personally not crazy about the magenta color on Kate (or so much of it on most people for that matter.) I'd like to see her in more true purples--more blue than this reddish hue. It may be the same but the outfit she wore to the Christmas lunch looked more purple than magenta through the car windshield. (Remember at the time some posters thought the Christmas dress was the purple Issa from the first Canadian tour) If we see these expensive pieces again I hope it is as separates as others have mentioned. Breaking them up would look more interesting and might help visually with some of the fit issues too. 

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    3. I thought they were described as 3/4 length sleeves? Agree the outfit looks better on the model but that is often the case as the clothes on models have pins and adjustments made at the last minute to create a specific look. Could Kate have had some alterations to perfect the look, yes, but I still found it a fantastic look on her. One of those outfits that is a matter of personal opinion, and really influenced by only seeing a few shots, and non professional lighting as compared to a professional runway or advertising shot:)

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    4. You could be right Ali but the sleeves on the model look way too long to be 3/4..pins can't make sleeves longer..but they look too long on Kate to be 3/4. Otherwise people here and elsewhere wouldn't keep asking about the length of the sleeves.  Everyone has seen 3/4 sleeves I'd think.


      The other issues I see with fit are issues I've noticed with other peblum suits on Kate. She has had many outfits essentially remade into bespoke outfits but I think the tailoring is bad on her here and with some other peblums. So I compared the fit to the fit on the model as Jane had compared other aspects to the model.

      And yes, my post was my personal opinion...aren't all posts? :)

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    5. To be honest, I prefer the longer sleeves on the model; it's more of a vintage look, IMO. Although, generally speaking, I am not a fan of coats or suits with shorter sleeves.

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    6. I agree the length on the model is different, but maybe she had hers tailored to be 3/4. A size to small would not adjust the sleeve length that much. I was basing my 3/4 length on a description of the suit, maybe a different site? But mainly, hers are 3/4 and to me her suit does not look like the sleeve length is due to it being a size to small :) Not sure what your mean by "personal opinion"... simply saying my looking at the fit may be different from others.

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    7. Sleeves-try putting on a long-sleeved top that is loose at the wrist. Hold your arms flat at your sides. Then flex your elbows at about a 30 degree angle. What happens to the relative length of the sleeves? Where were the model's arms? Kate was not walking on a runway to show off a dress. Just a thought. It's simple physics or math or something. I think physics. Leverage and fulcrums and such, perhaps.

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    8. I meant the same ali by personal opinion. To me the shortness of the jacket and highness of the ruffle make it seem the jacket is too small and a larger size tailored down would have been better. The sleeves give the *appearance* the jacket is too small also because they look too long to be 3/4 and so one assumes they were supposed to be long or at least bracelet length but aren't perhaps because of a size issue. In other words they are neither really. It is opinion but of the people mentioning the sleeves not many have said the length looked good and more have found them an awkward length vs what the model wore.

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    9. Thanks lizzie. I will take another look. I had not looked that carefully at some of the details you are mentioning.

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  26. Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about! A beautiful suit! And in the red family without being xmas red. Still those annoying black buttons, but they work much better here. This silhouette is not dated, not frumpy, not aging, not something you'd see on Nancy Reagan. It's youthful but appropriate, classic but fresh, and very flattering. Love it! Would have loved to see the hair up, but you can't have everything and she looks fantastic!!!

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    1. You know what's fun, Jane? This will probably be your Love It or Hate It outfit from 2017. There are a lot of strong opinions on here about this look. Please put me down as Meh aka a Miss. Reign from DC

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    2. I take it back about the black buttons, on closer view they are a nice matching color to the suit. I love this look so much! About the black tights - I don't love them either, I never have and she's been wearing them all along. So do her sister and mother, and everyone else in the world because there aren't a whole lot of options in the world of appropriate leg wear. I think they do "kill" almost any look because they are pretty dated, especially with a heel. I've wished Kate would not wear the predictable black tight/shoe combo for a while now - but it's still better than light-colored hose, which she unfortunately seems to favor the last couple of years. I miss those amazing, tan, bare legs! They are not inappropriate if the skirt isn't too short, which her sister and mother often are guilty of. In THIS particular case however, I think the black tights are appropriate - the skirt is almost too short, not quite, but almost and the black tights help pull the look together and lengthen it. Except for the hair down I think this look is GREAT!

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  27. This event might have been in the evening (though the pre event publicity gave registration at 5:15), so many of those attending probably went straight from work.
    As usual she was dressed for the event; not for the catwalk or for a coctail party.
    The suit is lovely, but shorter than she has been wearing, hence, I suspect the choice of accessories.

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  28. Love the color on Kate! Reminds me a lot of the burgundy suit of Paula Ka she wore to the Middle Temple in 2012!

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  29. I enjoyed Jane's opinion of Kate's outfit-I appreciate that she gave both comments on what Kate did well and on what Kate can do better on-with specifics not just vague answers or the same old "oh shorter skirt, less hair down, etc.". I agree about Kate's shoes--she can work interesting shoes well and should use that option more. Keep your comments and opinions coming Jane!

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  30. Jennifer from the SouthFebruary 7, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Geesh, you guys, please lay off of Jane. Jane gave her honest opinion of Kate's outfit. The point of this blog is to talk fashion (mostly). Jane was not screeching about what a hideous ugly troll Kate is. (Because obviously she isn't.) Or what a terrible and mean person Kate is (because truthfully no one actually knows, but signs point to this not being the case). Jane gave her well-justified opinion about some fabric and accessories Kate chose to adorn herself with. Which, well - makes this blog fun. Jane obviously has a lot of respect and admiration for Kate. That does not and should not translate into blind adulation if Jane wants to meet her apparent goal of discussing fashion in an objective way. For some who come here, anything short of "OMG Kate Middleton looked more beautiful than the Virgin Mary herself" is unwelcome, and it's a little (a LOT!!) saccharine to read those posts.

    Anyway, I agree with Jane on this one. Kate could definitely use the help of a stylist whose name is not Natasha Archer. I like the suit a lot, but the Aline skirt plus the way it was styled here loses a lot of the chic-factor that one would expect from a princess. Kate looked nice enough, but this look felt very country - which Kate's natural style veers toward anyway - and I would probably have preferred this look headed to church at Sandringham or some other country daytime event with it feeling very appropriate. Here, it just missed the mark as an evening suit the way it was styled. It could have made the cut, but Kate doesn't have that innate flair for styling that was required to transform this look.

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    1. So this is an interesting point about Natasha Archer. Does everyone think Natasha actually styles Kate's whole outfits or just points her in the direction of things that would work in her wardrobe? I personally think the latter. I think Kate pulls a lot of the styling together herself and where her outfits have gone wrong, they tend to have done so in a way that really resembles how she sometimes went wrong in her pre-princess days, when she obviously didn't have a stylist.

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    2. Has Natasha been her stylist since the beginning? I ask because it seems she's been operating without one for a couple of years. Am I wrong? She has gone from sharp, crisp, and on-point to frumpy, dated, weird proportions and fabric combinations - sometimes hitting it out of the park, but more often totally missing the mark IMO. Certainly not up to the standards of a self-respecting stylist.

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    3. I put the blame largely on Tash.
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  31. I don't adore her her styling of this outfit, but I don't think she completely ruined it. By now, we're used to seeing Kate in black tights and suede shoes, so it's not an enormous let-down to me.

    I completely love the color, though - purple's such a lovely color, and this tone is great with her coloring! I remember learning during my opera training that Pavarotti refused to wear purple, as it was reserved for royalty. I think that's a tradition best left in the past; nevertheless, there's something satisfying about an actual royal wearing purple.

    As for the odd way the skirt sits, and the peplum, and the way she made clutch back into a verb, well...I think you all know my opinion on those details, so time will tell. All things considered, I'm happy with this outfit and look forward to seeing more De La Renta.

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    1. I think the royal use of purple thing came out of the dye being made out of some exotic, rare Greek sea urchin or something. Only royals could afford it. Sort of like truffles used to be.

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    2. And the Bishops and Archbishops...too..

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    3. The archbishops ate truffles, anon2?

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    4. I dont know but probably, ha!! they dress in purple, in the Catholic Church at least...

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    5. Purple dye was expensive during Biblical times and was associated not only with royalty but also with religion.

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    6. King Solomon and King David. Not sure about the high priests, but I think so. "The Robe..." I think at some point somewhere people had their eyes poked out or some terrible punishment for wearing purple. I think a big deal with the Roman Caesars, too. Song-"...purple mountain majesty..." from America the Beautiful, I think. Tsipa- jump back in anytime, here.

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    7. In the Catholic religion women deessed in purple after the two years mourning time, in bkack, it meant a "releaf" time, when the widows could be flattered again...mixed up with grey, I can still remember it..
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    8. The BRF have followed that protocol and they are C of E. Perhaps it started during the time when England was still Roman Catholic. Isn't there also white mourning wear-or is that just for Catholic royals in a Papal audience?

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    9. Only Catholic queens and female consorts can wear white for a Papal audience, the rest must dress in black.

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    10. There was a "white mourning" as well worn by the European queens in Middle Ages, in Spain until the XVI century. Paola of Begium decided to w ear white at her husband's funeral Balduino in 1993, because she was Spanish

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    11. Sorry, FABIOLA of Belgium...

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    12. Anon 1, I just did some Googling on the subject of wearing white for mourning...

      https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/fashion-blog/2012/jun/06/jubilee-queen-white-outfit-older-women-fashion

      http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2012/03/flashback-friday-white-wardrobe.html?m=1

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    13. You do it so well, royalfan. ;+) Thanks! Maybe it will help me figure out HM's purple outfit at church with the new Earl of Snowden. have completely forgotten how this thread started. Ha!

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    14. Thanks, anon2. I think also children's mourning is white. Or do they wear mourning? Just black armbands perhaps. Sofia's sister? Fabiola. She was a beloved Queen Consort in Belgium, I believe.

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    15. No!! Sofia is Greek!! Sofia is Price Philip"s cousin!!!

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    16. Anon2-I knew there was a connection in there somewhere. Ha! Don't give up on me yet. Anyway, she should stop with the Spanish spelling of her name. It confuses me.

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    17. I would not suggest to write her name in the Greek alphabet!!!
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    18. By the way, in Sweden there is a Princess called Sofia too!!

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  32. Oh man, can you imagine if she paired this with nude hose and those red Gianvito Rossi pumps from the Order of the Garter? And the miu miu red clutch from my hometown, Vancouver? That would be something!

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  33. I have to agree. This is a great outfit, one that seems perfectly suited to Kate (and one I would like to have for myself, lol) but the styling pulls it down. it often seems like one last bit of polish in the accessories would take an appearance from "ok" to "great" without taking her in an inappropriate direction for a royal. I'm looking forward to seeing this suit again!

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  34. Jane, I rarely disagree with you, but today I do. I think she looked lovely, and youthful and it really worked for me. I love it. The color is gorgeous, the black tights look great in my opinion and she looks happy! I like everything about this look.

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    1. I agree with you, Zoe. And, I am so disappointed with the negativity and hostility directed toward the Duchess. I thought she looked lovely and appropriate for the occasion.

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  35. May be a repeat:) I love the suit on Kate. Thought it was a classic but fun look with the bright color and a bit shorter skirt than some of the older models of this look by designers over the years. Her black tights, shoes, hair and jewelry worked just fine, could she have done it differently, yes, but to me the suit is so great on its on that I do not think the styling "makes it" or "unmakes" it as a good look on Kate. Her hair is looking wonderful. I also found it very appropriate for the event. My only complaint is that the look of the suit was so similar to her earlier red suit. Oh well, can't have anything as that is just my desire to see a range of looks on her:)

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  36. I'm firmly in the negative camp on this suit. Love the colour, really dislike the style--on the side of too juvenile for a 35-year-old, nor does it fit--jacket too short, skirt a tad too short and too full to work with a peplum jacket.All in all, this was a miss for me; as some others have suggested, Kate needs a professional stylist rather than a let's-pretend-I'm-a-stylist, aka Natasha Archer/Kate's mother or sister/ Kate, herself.

    Kate's deceased mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, was just as fashion clueless when she had the misfortune to marry Charles, but, once she realized that she was in danger of losing her husband to an older and much more sexually experienced woman, and once she'd given birth to the heir and spare, she sought out a pro-stylist, I believe someone employed by Vogue. Et Voila! A 20th century fashion icon was born.

    Kate should take a leaf out of Diana's book. My theory is that girls who go to boarding schools and wear school uniforms most of the time don't learn how to dress themselves. This has been reinforced by pics of society weddings which William and Kate have both attended: many of the young women present could've used a stylist!

    In Kate's defence, she hasn't spent a great deal of time in London since graduation from university. First banished by William/powerful members of William's family/the paps/a combo to Bucklebury, then off to Wales for two years, shortly thereafter to a further two years in the Boondocks/Anmer Hall...and somewhere in between, managing to decorate two large homes and produce the requisite heir and spare.Perhaps I should be asking myself why Kate hasn't had a nervous breakdown and not why her fashion sense has failed to develop!

    Ai long last, she is being permitted to take up residence in London, will be within reach of decent fashion houses and advice/help/shops, and has managed to survive both two bouts of HG and those endless sleepless nights of early motherhood--and, with only one nanny, the kids had just one caregiver 16 hours of the day: Mummy, and of course, only Mummy on the weekends.(I don't include William as co-caregiver because it is my belief that he wasn't. IMO, William dropped in every once-in-a-while, when he wasn't working at EAAA or wasn't going off to an aristo/gentry weekend wedding, or participating in a weekend shoot or hunt, or when he wasn't in London/elsewhere on royal duty, leaving wife and kids behind.)

    So, at long last, Kate will be back in London, George will be in school, and as soon as she is toilet trained, Charlotte will be off to nursery school, probably three mornings a week, and Kate, well..., she'll be partially liberated, able to enjoy herself browsing shops, getting a manicure, meeting Pippa for brunch occasionally, just feeling free.

    Only one thing will hold her back from this imagined Utopia of a new, better-dressed Kate: lack of money. As far as I know, she is completely dependent upon the largess of the the Windsors; no Trust Fund kid here!

    Still, many happy possibilities for Kate and for her fans.

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    1. I honestly couldn't disagree with you more. Kate is not a victim here, she has it easier than most women, she has the time and money to dress fabolously, if she doesn't choose to that's her thing, but it's not because of circumstance. Also, she has AGREED to live in Wales and Anmer Hall, she was never forced, specially when she was just the royal girlfriend and could've stayed in London while William was in Wales with no problem. She doesn't have a 16-hour nanny, Maria is a live-in nanny. And even so, her dress sense has worsened as the years go, with only a few good outfits here and there. Stop trying to make us pity Kate just because she doesn't dress well. I'm also a very busy woman, and you can check on my url (click on my name) that I have good style, even with the burdens of my life. Kate has the tools, she simply hasn't used them yet.

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    2. You are entitled to your point-of-view, as am I.

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    3. I don't know how much of it has to do with money, but I have always believed that Kate has to be mindful of "royal eggshells" and this is a major reason for her somewhat cautious approach to fashion.

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    4. I agree with that assessment, royalfan. Never outshine those who rank above you even if you are half the age of the next highest ranking royal. She also falls into that category where she can never win. Spend too much - outcry! Wear off the peg - outcry! Too short, too long, too drab, too bright - outcry, outcry, outcry, outcry!

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  37. I love this color, I hope Kate wears more purple, fuchsia. It looks beautiful with her coloring. She reminded me of Audrey Hepburn. Kudos to W&K for shining their considerable light on this worthy cause.
    And here's to Her Majesty's remarkable reign.

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  38. Tedi-did you by any chance portray a diplomat in any of your roles? Or the "cock-eyed optimist" in South Pacific?.....I enjoyed your comment.

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  39. I'm a little amused by the comments about whether Jane is being too harsh or strident in her assessment of Kate's styling, because I've lately been thinking that since started law school, Jane's commentary has been more interesting, analytical, and nuanced. I think I've been reading this blog since just after the Royal Wedding. I enjoy Jane's perspective, but sometimes felt like there was just too much "everything Kate does/wears is perfect" and there wasn't much to learn from Jane's posts. In the last year or so, the posts have gotten refreshingly more nuanced. Kate's not perfect, none of us are. Sometimes she gets the styling of her outfits spot on, and sometimes she flubs it. But she remains beautiful, poised and happy. Yeah, for being human! (Hope Jane reads my post with the complimentary tone with which I'm writing it.)

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    1. Agree with you. I really enjoy the content a lot more now bc it isn't just about fashion. She has the perspective of a true royal follower. Makes the whole thing a bit of fun.

      Re the outfit: total miss. It's a fashion forward outfit...so doesnt work when pulled together conservatively, which is what Kate has done. This outfit needs cool heels, nude stockings, and chunky diamonds.

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  40. I love the colour of this suit, and I like the black tights as well... not keen on the heavy watch, and maybe the skirt is a little too bouncy for me, but I still love this look on Kate. Who knows, maybe she will style it up differently if we see it again. I think it would look great as a late Spring piece with flesh coloured (or no) tights, and purple shoes.

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  41. Does anyone remember how after Diana's death, William chose a Cartier watch as a keepsake, while Harry selected the engagement ring?

    http://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Prince-William-Kate-Middleton-Cartier-Watches-42681562

    What I notice is how much more delicate is Diana's watch, compared to Kate's bulkier one.
    I wish she had one slim and lovely, elegant and timeless to wear.

    AND, I very much like reading Jane's commentary - intelligent and thoughtful as always.
    Constant praise can be as boring as ceaseless speculation about someone's waistline!

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    1. Agree about the watch. Also think that the ballon bleue is too sporty to match Kate's style of clothes. A smaller watch with diamonds perhaps would look much better.

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    2. Big watches are in style now and have been for some time. I have small wrists and am waiting (patiently!) for this to change. :-)

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    3. Right there with you royalfan. I also have small wrists and it's hard to find a watch that doesn't look like a second fist. I'm also at that age where I can't see the really small watches anymore. What's a girl to do?

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    4. I am about to utter a travesty...I think Rolex watches are highly over-rated. ha! Robin- a pendant or brooch watch?

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    5. Robin, if you only knew how many times I've seen a watch I love only to wish it was available in a smaller version... vs. something a male scuba diver would wear. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

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  42. I thought about marrying William, but after a nanosecond of reflection, I thought NO WAY! Imagine having every little thing you say, do, and wear and how you say it, do it, and wear it criticized and analysed and commented upon. Yikes! So, I made the right decision. And "Queen Jane" just didn't have the right ring to it for me. Back to my humdrum life now. But I'll never wear my red suit with black stockings and black suede shoes again! I promise.

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    1. Love it! Thanks for the laugh, Jane. :-)))

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    2. Hee hee. It is true, but what if you fell in love with someone who was very famous. I have thought about this as I have kids interested in the performing arts... I think you have to just put on blockers. In todays world it is awful, so much media, so much minute by minute info. But I do think the kids under 30 today are figuring out how to use this media and not be abused by the media.

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    3. HaHa! Jane. Intriguing observation. Queen Jane was Henry VIII's favorite wife. There is a precedent; you should reconsider.

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  43. I don't have a problem with the look, I like it minus the shoes.. I think Jane would make a great stylist as well bc every point she made does have merit. I also think that some people are way too eager to start an argument where there isn't one. That's what's great about America we are all allowed to have and express our opinions!!! I like it much much better than the green a week or so ago!! But you rock Jane!! I do admire your honesty, style,, and the care factor. People are just so rude nowadays and just mean.. Try doing one thing a day that is a kind gesture small or large

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  44. I did not love this outfit choice. For me I think it was the skirt. I think the jacket would've been better paired with a black pencil skirt for a daytime look, not an evening engagement.

    I will say I LOVE that Kate has softened the eyeliner on her lower lash line. It's about time!

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    1. OMG, Emily ... I had a similar thought about the recycle possibilities for this outfit. I'd LOVE to see this jacket with a black pencil skirt!

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    2. and that black hat she wore with the blue dress and black jacket to a wedding? I don't know about shoes. I wondered about the strappy black ones from the India tour. Now I'm thinking more fascinator, to go with the whimsy of the jacket? For a late afternoon wedding.. Maybe not.

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    3. The black suede cut-out Pradas.

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    4. I saw them on a recent trip through Kate's Clothes and thought, "THAT'S IT!"

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  45. Also, Diana's watch is 22k gold while Kate's sadly is stainless steel!

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    1. I know (eye roll). I do not like 90% of Kate's jewelry choices. And when she decides to spend a chunk, $80,000, on something nice - we get that Cartier necklace that doesn't look anywhere near that price!

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    2. There is also the possibility that, after the day time engagement, she just forgot to take the watch off.

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  46. She looked too juvenile!! Pleated skirts ate outdated so is her hairstyle!!

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  47. Ladies, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your comments. A little disagreement has brought out thoughtful comments, excellent critique, and a healthy amount of support for each other - no matter what "camp" you fall into. Much more interesting than the usual endless stream of bland compliments. What also comes through loud and clear is the genuine affection for both our blogger, Jane, and the Duchess. It's all good, right? Have a lovely weekend, everyone. Looking forward to the next event and subsequent post.

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  48. Sunday. BAFTA Awards! Bling-baubles, bangles, and beads! I want to see Ralph and Russo or the burgundy Roland Mouret. Or the teal JP with the lace back from 2012.(on Jane's icon)

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    1. Can't wait! I want to see either the teal JP or the lilac McQueen from the LA BAFTA if she does a repeat. If it's something new I hope it's in some shade of purple from dark to light or a lovely shade of pink. I'm tired of the black or blue or cream choices - even though that blue Roland Mouret was gorgeous. There are some stunning Ralph and Russo gowns but they would all have to be lined for Kate to wear them. Yes, bring on the bling!

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    2. I may be in the minority here but, as beautiful as the teal gown is and my goodness Kate looked lovely in it, I don't think it's "regal" enough for her at this point. IMO, it's better suited for a younger lady.

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    3. royalfan-you may be right. More ingรฉnue than leading lady.

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    4. Exactly, Anon 1.

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  49. PS I have yet to see this comment section an endless stream of bland compliments. Nearly always some disagreement, often quite spirited, but usually respectful and kind.

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  50. A very beautiful post.I loved the way she dressed her up.Thanks for sharing.

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