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Kate Wears Philosophy Blazer for Coach Core

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Yesterday, Kate once again made a surprise appearance when she accompanied William and Harry to a Coach Core event. When I saw she was out yesterday morning I thought it might be time to start tracking William's schedule to anticipate these snap show-ups. 

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The What, Why, & Where

On Tuesday, Kate accompanied William and Harry to Paddington Station for a Charities Forum event. William and Harry launched Charities Forum before William married Kate and she joined after she hit HRH status. Coach Core, however, is an initiative that William, Kate, and Harry launched together in 2012. I really love this initiative, the social benefits of which are clear and the impact immediate. Coach Core "takes young people aged 16-24, who are not in education or employment, and trains them to be sports coaches and positive role models and mentors in their communities." This project gives direction to young people, immediately stabilizing their lives, and provides them a better chance at success and happiness, and of course, creates an opportunity for them to impact other young people. A very impressive project for the royals to take on. 

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The young man on the left in this picture of Kate with Judy Murray told me he got to say hello to Kate and had a nice long chat with William! Congrats Andrew, and best of luck with this awesome program! 

You might remember when the three launched Coach Core at Bacon's College in July of 2012. Kate wore that Hobbs dress that was (justifiably) so popular. It was such a perfect event. William and Kate were flirty and fun, and Kate kicked off her shoes to play some sports. That was when we were still acclimating to this whole royal princess thing and everyone was super excited to see the Duchess go barefoot. I guess I am feeling nostalgic tonight? 



The good news is that although we have all gotten used to the swing of Kate Middleton as Kate Cambridge, she's still flirty and fun with William and we are still seeing sweet moments from these two. [P.S. Who else has the occasional space out moment just like Kate here?]



The Labels

Ok, let's talk the fashion. You might have recognized this coat right off the bat, or maybe you are just learning about it, but it is a piece Kate already has in another color. The Princess has a penchant for stocking up in multiple colors when she finds something that fits her fancy. This slate-blue coat is once such item. 



It is by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Kate has it in a rich red. She debuted the first blazer on Valentine's Day of this year at RAF Wittering. 



Today, Kate wore Russell & Bromley's Fallon Dry Mid-Zip Chelsea boots and her Lauren leaf earrings from Kiki McDonough

Fashion in Motion



Jane's Thoughts

Ooook. Well, February feels like a lifetime ago, but I remember that I struggled with her initial styling of this coat in red. I went back and checked and my feelings, to paraphrase Mr. Darcy, remain unchanged. In February, I was happy that Kate was trying something new, and gave it a quasi-pass, [it was Valentine's Day, after all] but I didn't love it then and I like it even less now. I think the coat could probably be styled in an acceptable fashion, but it is the faded jeans that are rubbing me the wrong way. 


I don't usually say this, but it is time for Kate to change it up and step it up. These faded jeans are for spring cleaning day, or sandbox time with George and Charlotte, but they aren't for a day in front of the cameras when you are one of the most famous women on planet earth. 

One of the things I think so many of us love about Kate is that she is normal in her fashion. At least, I love that. Don't get me wrong, the style surprises always delight me, and I live for the red carpet events and big official engagements, but you all know how much I love "Casual Kate." I have always followed Kate's casual style, and emulated it in my own wardrobe. But, now it is time for me to return the favor and offer some style advice. 

I lived in suits all summer, and I still spend half the week in one now, so on school days I want comfy, but I am an adult and a professional, and I need to look polished. I have the whole faded jeans dilemma right now myself, and each time I survey my sad collection I realize how overdue I am to pay my dues to Paige. I bought some twill trousers from Banana Republic (this is not an ad) and some soft sweaters from J.Crew. The twill trousers are a step up from jeans, but they still give me the snug fit I like in the hips. And I enjoy paring my favorite scarves with the sweaters to dress it up. Pointed flats add the final balance of casual, but pulled together. 



I think Kate struggles with casual when pregnant. Her first maternity closet was bumpy, no pun intended, and her second was a major improvement, but she is still hit or miss with the sporty events. She clings to her preference for super skinny jeans, but obviously wants some privacy with her bump, so more than once she has worn jeans that aren't super flattering and some bulky top. Don't get me wrong, she has done skinnies really well when pregnant (above in NYC), but why not try something new? She should strike out into fresh territory, as she did with her casual looks in Canada, and try more forgiving silhouettes that will make her comfortable and present a professional appearance. A fitted twill trouser with a more balanced cut for her pregnancy figure would work well, and a cozy sweater would be hip and provide the privacy she clearly craves with her bump. That's my advice! And I take it myself... 

Kate is so radiantly beautiful and she doesn't lack for funds. She should be putting more into her casual wardrobe. 

The Verdict
It's a miss.




106 comments:

  1. I completely agree with you! For someone who does so well with the formal and red carpet events, I'm surprised that she has such trouble with the casual as you've pointed out, while pregnant. I find it rather odd honestly. On another note, I've been following this blog since the beginning and absolutely love every post! Thank you for keeping me in the know Jane when it comes to the DoC.

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  2. Hahaha that last photo and comment are so funny! Jane you always put a smile on my face!

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  3. Huh. I've disliked the whole idea of skinny jeans for official engagements from the beginning. Eventually I decided I was the one with the problem (too old and conservative) so I decided to just get over it. Now Kate is in skinny jeans and a very nice Blazer and NOW the young, fashionable crowd decides she needs to stop with the jeans. I guess I'll never get it right.

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    1. I feel just the same. I didn't care for the skinny jeans-or for that matter Meghan's torn ones, but I am old and talked myself into accepting it was the age difference.
      Must say, I wonder how she managed to get into them when 3 months pregnant.
      However loved the boots and appreciated her being there.
      William and Harry are busy this morning with BBC awards to teens. I suspect she is sticking to engagements in the afternoon or early evening and close to home, at present

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    2. I've been right there with you bristowmom! She looks amazing in skinnies, but there are other kinds of pants out there, and honestly sometimes I think they are almost inappropriately skinny! They are like tights on her slender legs, a bit revealing and at least disproportionately thin when paired with a large blazer like this - seems like conflicting styles, and I hate the blazer anyway. So dated! So many gold buttons! Ugh. Kate could go so much cuter and more modern!!! The world is saturated with cute sportswear and chic every-day looks!

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    3. I have been replying to Jane’s posts with this response for years but was always the minority. Love my leggings and skinnies (I am 43 and a stay-at-home Mom to 4) but Kate has way too many resources at her fingertips to keep wearing these type of pants on engagements. They just don’t seem appropriate, even the printed or darker wash styles. However—she is glowing and it’s good to see her able to be out & about a little bit!

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    4. I was one of the young crowd who fully supported them at first. Over the past few years I've begun to move away from that support and now I'm fully against. They were fine when they were newer, dark jeans on a young woman. Now the look is tired and approaching unprofessional. I think she should ditch them entirely for business, and I heartily agree with Jane's recommendations.

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  4. Very nice point of view! I really liked the outfit, but after reading your post, I am having 2nd thoughts.
    Maybe the jacket is nice, but the pairing maybe not :)
    Good point of view! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Lol :) Love the last photo to go with your verdict! I prefer the blue blazer to the red one, but agree that the skinny jeans need to go for official engagements. But Catherine has been looking so happy and radiant on her return engagements, which is a great plus.
    ~Mo

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  6. Hi Jane;
    I love your blog too. I don't think I have ever posted though; however, I feel compelled to write and say how much I agree with your fashion verdict on this one. It's not that I haven't liked her styling of skinny jeans on some occasions; but - this combination of the tailored, formal, double breasted jacket with the faded skinny jeans is almost like wearing a dinner jacket with tracksuit pants. I liked this blue/black combination even less than the red/black combination, due mainly to the Pixie boots. Really - I think there are plenty of more appropriate, stylish, slim-leg pull-on pants/capris available. And as you said, a on-point pair of flats could still reflect the sports-orientated mood of the day. I thought maybe Kate (who I think is wonderful) might forgo the skinnies after her 35th birthday- alas, not yet.

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    1. I agree with your comment on a lot of parts but I find it a bit offensive to suggest someone shouldn't wear skinny jeans after their 35th birthday.

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    2. Agree, Kirsten, that women can wear skinnies past their 35th birthday. Times have changed and I think sometimes the older generation applies outdated rules to fashion. It all depends on what looks good on YOU.

      It used to be that women had most of their kids in their twenties, by their thirties, they were seen as "older". Kate is now where my mom's generation was at 26-27. We view age differently now. And fashion follows that too.

      I also think this outdated thinking is what pushed Kate to change her hair, which is awful. While I don't think you can rock every long hair forever, Kate was nowhere near the age necessary to cut it. Makes me sad.

      I also think these age comments are more a reflection of the commenters own issues than a reflection of what Kate should do based on her looks.

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    3. I'm really, really sorry. I feel terrible. I absolutely wouldn't want to offend. I probably didn't write that very well. I'm 53 and still wear skinnies. I was just thinking in terms of her maturity as a public figure, rather than her actual age - particularly in view of the apparent ascent of Kate up the ladder of public profile seniority with the retirement of Prince Phillip. Again - not wanting to suggest that she is too old for them. I certainly don't think I am.

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    4. PS: I think I might just stick to reading - not posting after this exchange.

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    5. Oh my goodness, 8:01/8:07, please don't stop posting!!😘

      I am so used to people begging Kate to cut her hair because of her age, I thought that was your perspective. My apologies.

      And I think those thoughts can come from many age groups. Ladies at 20 who can't imagine being over 35!:) And older ladies who want to age Kate before her time.;)

      But I'm sorry if my comments didn't make you feel welcome. That wasn't my intention.

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    6. Anon 12:12, I couldn't agree more about the hair. It made me sad too, hope she grows it back.

      I know that a lot of people here are older and have outdated views but it still rubs me the wrong way when people say things like she shouldn't wear skinnies cause they are too tight or she is too old to have long hair or or her dresses have to be a certain length.

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    7. I don't mind the disagreement about the skinnies, and I don't mind if you express the possibility that generational divides might influence perspectives and tastes, but "older and outdated views" is rubbing me the wrong way, primarily because it seems to imply that older views are necessarily wrong. It feels dismissive, as if because someone's opinion isn't the majority opinion at this point in time, it is necessarily the wrong opinion. I think we can all agree that is generally a bad assumption, and I am sure that isn't what you are trying to say at all, but I thought I'd jump in and ask that we all (there have been several comments like this) be sensitive to the way we express ourselves in this respect.

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    8. I understand your point Jane, I think you want us to post with kindness. Understood.

      I brought up the age of the posters (which I think, as I said, can be a wide range) because many posters who want Kate's hair shorter cite her age as a reason. And their arguments for her having shorter hair because of her age started several years ago when she was barely past 30. Which, honestly, left me flabbergasted.

      That type of thinking really is outdated and more a reflection of the commenters' personal age - whether they are really young and can't imagine ever being past 30 or older and repeating what has always been drummed into women.

      So, I don't mean it as a slam, but ideas do evolve. And I think Kate struggles with the criticism of her hair because she always grows it back and the cuts, so far, have been awkward and not very flattering.

      Thanks for listening!

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    9. I, too, was very surprised when people said she needed to cut her hair. I miss it, and I hope she grows it back!

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    10. I don't want anyone to stop posting because of a misunderstanding. I believe everyone should be able to wear what they want whatever their age and misinterpreted your comment. I'm sorry if I attacked you.

      Jane, sorry if the way I expressed my view was offensive to anyone. I don't think I've ever participated in any discussion about how different age groups have differing opinions so maybe I didn't think my wording through carefully. Sometimes, stereotyping happens to the best of us!

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    11. PS: Miss her long hair too. I think her thick hair is difficult to handle when it's shorter, hence the styling always seems a bit off. (I have the same problem with my thick hair)

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    12. Kirsten, don't worry about it. I know you weren't trying to offend anyone. I just wanted to jump in before someone else did, and diffuse any sharp responses or hurt feelings. I don't always enjoy moderating, but I appreciate how sweetly you responded! It makes my job easier.

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  7. Sadly, have to agree. It's a miss. I didn't hate the blazer in red but this slate blue isn't working for me.. Also agree that pointed flats would have been better. I don't have an issue with skinny jeans per se but she needs to get better fitting ones and style them differently..

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  8. Why does she wear ones that are so faded and look like they are old?

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  9. I completely agree with Jane, there are so many styles with trousers, not jeans, from slacks to trouser suits and jumpsuits which are professional and chic. Skinny jeans might be ok for very sporty events, e.g. the volley ball event after George‘s birth, but accompanied with trainers not heels.

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  10. I've never been a fan of the skinny jeans, it always seemed too casual for most of the events she has worn them at. Black jeans can look quite smart, but the faded colour seems a bit tacky and unkempt to me.
    I prefer the blue blazer to the red and I'd love to see it paired with some other pants.

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  11. Jane, Thanks for the fun article. You keep me amused with your humor throughout😀. So glad to see the success out & improving in health. Great pictures you chose. That last onespecially had me smiling after you s"miss" comment.waw

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  12. Agree with you also if I like skinny jeans. Maybe just a bit less skinny would work better, and, in my opinion, not a turtleneck top.
    Federica

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  13. I agree - I don't particularly dislike the jeans and boots but that blazer. On the plus side, it is nice to see her looking normal :) (as in having a bad clothes day where nothing looks or feels right)

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  14. Absolutely agree Jane - she is lovely no matter what - but time to get the casual wardrobe bumped up a notch - maybe three or four notches. These blazers to me are so dated, so 80's, with their big lapels and big gold buttons, plus wearing them with ultra-skinny jeggings or high boots and jeans makes the proportions way off - too much volume on top, too little below - though IMO it would be hard to style these dated blazers successfully no matter what you paired them with. I also don't love the hair - too center parted, just a little to the side works on Kate's face best. I totally understand wanting to update your look as you mature, but she's still too young to go so old - I think her fashion generally has become farrrr too matronly. I actually HATED that pink dress the other day, with the black accessories - omg that color was so pepto bismol - medicinal - chalky - old lady - those flowers, UGH. And not to put too fine a point on it, but I was horrified by the Paddington Bear spinning her like that! Taking too much liberty there for sure, and not to mention her suffering from HG! Awful - between the color of the dress and the spinning, I thought I might be the one to barf! lol! Poor Duchess. :( I hope she's feeling much better!!! Oh and btw I thought her first pregnancy wardrobe was AMAZING!!! I miss those days! That Dalmation coat! That Canary Yellow coat dress and creamy hat! That bespoke peach dress/coat ensemble! Memories. :)

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  15. I like the jacket, but the combination is a miss. In my opinion the colour of the jacket is too much "summer" for the black/grey jeans. I would prefer a white trouser.

    The black skinny jeans look like they loose their colour. They look washed out. So the jacket looks (for me) more faded than it actually is.
    I would combine it with white trousers & black ballerinas and would wear in the spring :)

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  16. I found the whole outfit a miss - each item "fighting" with the other. There is no setting that that outfit would be appropriate as the pieces simply do not belong together. I am 53 and work hard to stay in excellent shape, but skinny jeans are for the grocery store run, would never consider wearing them for any official event - age is not the issue, nor fitness, it's professionalism.... Time to hop on board, Kate.

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    1. Especially when she is not doing something active at the event.

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  17. I completely agree that this outfit ensemble is a miss!

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  18. Jane, I totally agree with everything you said, and I'd make two additional points.

    The first is that whether pregnant or not pregnant, faded or obviously worn clothing is just a no-no for a member of the Royal Family. Kate has made this mistake before with her marked boat shoes. It's just totally inappropriate to her position for her to be showing up in bedraggled clothes.

    Second, while I agree that she should change up her casual look, I'm actually totally fine with Kate wearing skinny jeans, when pregnant or not. What does not work, ever, are skinny jeans that bunch up because of the shoe you choose, and that's what happened at this event: look at the way those jeans are scrunching around the ankle and even slightly at the knees. That's because they don't tuck in properly to the boots - that is bad styling under any circumstances.

    And, finally, there is really nothing flattering about this blazer. I was fine with the red one even though I didn't love it, or even like it that much. This blue isn't great and it's even worse when paired with the faded jeans and frankly bad boots.

    This was a bad combination of casual items and looked like Kate had just thrown on a few items to go and pick George up from school. I love following Kate's fashion but I have to say, this was just inappropriate in every way.

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  19. while I sometimes tend to be less critical about her wardrobe, I absolutely agree that she needs and her position deserves a more polished, professional look as far as her pants or trousers are concerned... I do hope her new "assistant", if she can be called that, points this out to her, as no one else seems to... I can only guess they make her feel young and slender, but a definite NOGO for official functions, however "casual" they might be! have a nice weekend everyone, here on the continent it's afternoon already..

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  20. Agree with Jane's verdict and the verdict of most commenting. I've never liked Kate in super-tight jeggings at official events. I know they are (or have been) very popular but hers are SO tight in the legs and are often faded. And when she wore the red blazer and was jumping with the cadets she had to keep yanking them up. Not a good look IMO. I think slim-cut trousers would look much better. (Hard to believe but it hasn't been THAT long--less than 2 yrs I think--since we were debating whether Kate would ever wear ANY kind of trousers to a work event in the UK. Some thought the "royal dress code" required dresses and skirts!) Whenever I've posted mention of less tight trousers though others have stated Kate probably doesn't like those styles. They may be right but lots of people can't wear their favorite "downtime" clothes (jeans, tank tops, sweatshirts) to work!

    I don't like the blazer much in either color. It looks "polyester cheap" to me even though it certainly wasn't cheap. But I'm not much for lots of gold buttons and while I like many double-breasted coats in longer lengths I think double-breasted blazers and short coats look too chunky on most people (although I did have a "pea coat" in high school---everybody did back then even though they weren't all that flattering on most of us :) 

    I wondered too how Kate managed to get into those jeggings while pregnant. Since the top doesn't show maybe she had them altered with a stretch panel? If so we'll probably see them for awhile.

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    1. She isn't thag far along. If they are low rose she can still wear them. I'm 7 months and can still wear my normal pants. They could also be maternity jeans.

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  21. Jane, I was so happy to see your comments. As I have commented before, my issue has long been with the skinny jeans. Your photo of Kate pregnant in NYC with skinnies is the perfect example of skinnies done well at any age...a lovely top, balanced by the correct length. Have always disliked the full leg reveal in skinnies that fit like tights with tops that are too short. Have never liked this blazer in any color...too dated, unflattering fit and those awful gold buttons. Kate is so lovely and so charming..she may just need a little help from a professional stylist/dressmaker working one on one.

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  22. Kathy, I agree Jane. Please Kate hang up or rather throw out the skinnies!

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  23. I think she wears the skinnies because, many times, she's very active during the engagements. Also, as we know (lace dresses, nude shoes, Kiki earrings, shall I go on?), Kate grabs ahold of something and wears it to death. Or until we, as her admirers, want to die if we see it again. 😂

    I also think her love of blazers with gold buttons is a very British thing, dating back to their love of school uniforms.

    And I think everyone has an asset, physically, that they depend on. For Kate, it's hair and legs. (I hate the new hair.) She can still show off her legs, but update the look. I don't have a problem with jeans for active events, but these look like they have seen better days. What about the styles she wore when she was younger? Not showing her tummy, but something different than skinnies.

    Maybe Jane's gentle but firm critique will influence her.

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  24. Lots of opinions about skinny jeans, which we probably all love to wear, if and when we can. Having said that, I think that unless the event calls for her to be kicking soccer balls or playing volleyball, it does seem like an odd choice. She doesn't have to wear heels and a skirt for this - that would be silly, but perhaps a switch up from these skinny jeans. Someone commented on Meghan Markle above, and let's remember she's not yet part of the royal family and the torn jeans were worn at an outdoor sporting event, during a heat wave. Let's face it, the Duchess of Cambridge can really pull off any outfit that she wants. The question is are skintight jeans always appropriate? Clearly she thinks they are. I, like many of you above, think that perhaps they're great for hanging out with the kids, or if there are opportunities to be on a track running or kicking a soccer ball, but there are other pant/slack styles out there which would probably look a little more polished. Then, on the other hand, playing my own devil's advocate, I don't see anyone getting after the princes for wearing, what seems like the exact same jackets and pants/slacks all the time! Anyway, Jane I eagerly await your posts everytime the Duchess appears. Love the blog and appreciate all your hard work!

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    1. Actually Sandy I believe people have mentioned Will's "unimaginative" outfits in the past. (It certainly sparks comments when he appears in something different from his usual uniform.) And some have mentioned iffy tight fit of some of his trousers!

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  25. The blazer is awful. I couldn't stand it in red and I can't believe she opted to get it in another color. It looks cheap and has an outdated shape. Why on earth would she chose such a piece when she has so many beautiful sweaters and coats in her wardrobe?!

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    1. The blazer looks like something Krystle Carrington would have worn on Dynasty. In other words - ugh!

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    2. Lol!!!! Yes! Exactly!

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  27. Agree with most that this outfit is pretty bad. It's not sophisticated, classy or stylish. I think the clothing of a woman of her public stature needs to hit at least one of those adjectives when out on a public engagement. The proportions are off. The jeggings look old and the are bunching at the ankle because these are not the correct booties to wear with them. From a distance, they do look like tights, so looks like she forgot to put her skirt on. Yikes!

    On the plus side, Im sure she was very comfortable. Also, I think she's just going into her closet last minute and putting something together for these unannounced events.

    Regardless, she looks great and extremely happy to be there. She seems to be suffering less with this pregnancy.

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  28. I think that a casual outfit is appropriate. I think the idea of this outfit is better than the Hobbs dress worn back when the launched so they can do sporty things. That said, I like the pieces of the outfit but not together. I think the all black with the blazer over is just eh. I also don't like the booties. It's all a little too early 90s for me. Some of her olympic looks would have been better.

    I also will join the side of there is nothing wrong with skinny jeans. She can rock them with her killer legs. Age doesn't matter. It is how they look on you.

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  29. The issue for me is really the black turtleneck. It makes her head look like it's just floating about that ugly jacket, and she looks much shorter and older in my opinion. I agree, it's a miss.

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    1. LOL! Head floating over the ugly jacket! Maybe she was going for that Halloween look!

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    2. Hilarious! Now I can't un-see the floating head :)

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  30. I must be one of those who think out of the box, because I disagree, not only with Jane but with everyone! I do not think it is a miss at all. Nice warm jacket that fits her changing form better than the red one, nice boots...I don't mind the jeans, and prefer them to larger trousers. I think she looked perfectly polished, and see no worn out jeans. At least those weren't torn and ripped like those of MM!

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    1. I agree...I don't see worn out jeans either. Just black ones.

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    2. I am reading the comments here and I have mulled this over a bit for the last few days. To me, this engagement was rather sporty and casual. The Duchess looked perfectly fine next to William and Harry- they've worn their casual blue sportcoats a lot lately. In fact, I'd say it's Will and Harry's turn to kick it up a notch with their casual wear. I am trying to think if Kate had turned up in the J Crew pant and blazer she wore in Canada would I like it anymore? Nope. Are we advocating a sweater/slacks combo? I'd probably wouldn't like that anymore either (plus we'd be examining the bump all the more). A soft printed dress- too much. Her shape is changing, things are not fitting so well, and she probably is not showing enough to make maternity clothes look any better. They would look too billowy on her. I think this is the best alternative in her closet. I think Kate looks her best when she is sleek and sophisticated in her styling- this outfit for me, ticks those boxes. It may not be the most imaginative, but it does the job and I think it is perfectly professional. As for her hair, I'd kill for those locks. She can wear it up or down, I don't care. I enjoyed the fringe on her, but then again, fringe can hide my forehead wrinkles ( which I've had since my twenties). I am happy to see her looking so well. Hopefully, she can start enjoying the rest of her pregnancy. Since she is on tour later in her pregnancy, I am hoping for a glamorous maternity gown occasion when she can rock her décolleté!!

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    3. HoosierLori, I wholeheartedly agree!

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  31. I agree - it's time to rethink Kate's casual events outfit. I think it's time for her retire her black skinny jeans (unless the appearance requires physical activity). I keep waiting for the day when she'll choose some gorgeous, chic trousers (cigarette pants are making a huge comeback, and I would think she'd like that style) - but that day never comes! I actually think her reliance on her go-to uniforms are a function of the fact that she doesn't make appearances multiple times a week. If a day comes when she is at multiple functions per week, I think we'll see more variety.

    Although I do want to express some sympathy here. If I were pregnant, and feeling pretty lousy, I'd probably be comfortable in this type of outfit too.

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  32. Does Serafini have any photos of this coat on a model? I am curious to see how they would style it.

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    1. I would totally style this coat in a nautical way with a white wide leg trouser. However, not for this event! I think if Kate went super sporty that would have been even better.

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    2. That was a good idea Andrea but since the jacket is not from this season it is hard to find pics. But see the 1st link below. At the site click on "product details." That will bring up new pics. Use the arrow to go to the 2nd one. Net-a-porter says that look was "styled by the brand." Leaving the mini skirt aside note the jacket is worn open which seems a little odd for a double-breasted style. It's worn that way on another site that shows it with sleeves rolled up and full pants. (2nd link below--click to 3rd pic) 

      I think there's no hope for this jacket myself :)



      https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/817520/philosophy_di_lorenzo_serafini/double-breasted-twill-blazer


      https://www.brownsfashion.com/shopping/double-breasted-blazer-11834045

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    3. Thanks for the links Lizzie! Agree 100% there is no hope for either colour.

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  33. She might be wearing a belly band over the jeans to wear them without buttoning them, and using the long blazer to cover the the band. That’s pretty much what I did when I was pregnant. She definitely needs a new pair of jeans though.

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  34. I love blue and black together, but it has to be a brighter blue. Kate's blazer is more of a slate blue and it looked washed out with all of the black. Don't get me started on the skinnies. I have never liked them, she definitely needs to send them to Good Will. The only good thing about this casual outfit is that it wasn't a BLUE STRIPPED SWEATER. And I loved the boots (thank goodness no wedges). BTW I loved Megan's ripped jeans I thought she looked awesome. -J

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    1. You made me laugh when you said at least it wasn't a blue striped sweater! So true!

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    2. I must be quite fashion blind but I don't see why Kate's skinny jeans are unpolished and Meghan's ripped jeans awesome. I can't imagine liking the later and being shocked by the former.

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    3. It might be because the tips in Meghan's jeans were part of the style but faded black jeans aren't a style so Kate's look is worn not polished. Also, Meghan was in her private capacity whilst Kate was making an official "professional" appearance. I'm not sure when faded black denim is ever considered a professionally polished look.

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      Agreed!💃

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    5. You mean if the jeans are ripped on purpose the look is polished whereas a somewhat worn trouser is unpolished? Must clothes be new to be polished? A new torn one is OK ? I do not share this view, it seems very consumerist. I think trousers can be worn more than once and as long as they look all right they do not need to look brand new. Fashion or not, I don't like the idea of deliberately ripping a new garment.
      Perhaps there is a fashion logic in this but not an ecological one.

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    6. 2:47,

      Worn more than once? Kate's skinnies and shoes are practically worn threadbare. Look at the top pic. They aren't even black anymore. And yes, ripped/torn jeans bought like that is literally a "look".

      And why are we comparing Meghan, not a royal, not on a public engagement, to Kate, who is all of the above? Completely different. Seems like a way to attack MM over nothing.

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    7. Clothes don't need to be new to look polished Anon 2:47, and your personal preferences about intentionally torn denim clearly adds a wrinkle to this particular comparison - what I would say is that Meghan wore her jeans are they were intended to be styled (the tears were an intentional feature of the design). Kate's denim was faded from wear, not bc the fading was part of the intentional design (in contrast to some denim where fading *is* a design element). Faded/worn denim is totally fine in a casual setting but I don't think it looks polished/professional for an official appearance by a royal duchess. Quite frankly it gives a whiff of "I couldn't be bothered to try"

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    8. It is true ripped jeans bother me. They were fashionable in my teenager years and even then I thought it was ridiculous. Now it is more a matter of principle, there is IMO something strange in a society that artificially creates a torn garment. I was reacting to the poster who thought them awesome while disliking faded skinnies. I still cannot see that Kate's skinnies and shoes are practically worn threadbare, they look all right to me. If they really were that bad, I would agree they should be discarded and understand that those who see those horrible marks of wear think she shouldn't have worn them. But I guess I will never get that they simultaneously like torn jeans, even if they are a style...

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    9. I think the torn jeans hit the odd mark for many because it just seems to shout out that people have way too much money and time on their hands:). Conspicuous consumption. I have the same reaction to all the logos, why should I pay a boatload of my hard earned money to advertise your product plus why do I need to show off to people, oh look at what I can afford. Now logos are everywhere so hard to get around but I still try and avoid and still bugs me:):).

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    10. Ali,

      As a child of the 80s and teen of the 90s, ripped/torn jeans don't say conspicuous consumption to me. It was just a "look" that many of us loved. I also love the tailored more preppy jeans from the 80s too that influence looks today. I wear both, depending on my mood.

      I'm not seeing the contention with conspicuous consumption and the ripped jeans. They are about the same price of non ripped jeans across the same level of brand. I think they're just fun.

      Agree about the logos.

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    11. Ali, while torn jeans should not be worn in certain settings, they certainly don't scream conspicuous consumption. You can easily buy a pair at for less than $20 at Target, Old Navy, or the like. They're just in style now, hence the popularity.

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    12. Haha, should be connection!

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    13. This blog, as several others have addressed the issue of comparisons between Duchess Catherine and Ms. Markle, in fashion as well as in their professional endeavors. I am of the opinion that comparisons between these two ladies as to fashion style is irrelevant. They have two very different lives and roles at this moment in time.

      I will however weigh in about Catherine and her 7 years as an official member of the royal family, and apparent exposure and opportunities to prepare prior to her nuptials in these two areas many years prior to her wedding to William.

      I am perplexed as to her lack of maturity- not an ageism comment- when it comes to fashion and as a significant member of the royal family. In my humble opinion she does not appear to have any guidance from professionals as to her "signature" styles in various settings. I am frankly amazed when commentators defend the Duchess as a country- ala Vogue cover lady. Her position and career that she willingly has chosen requires a much more polished, professional and appropriate clothing repertoire. It is almost humorous when commentators reflect that Catherine never had a career; therefore she doesn't know how to compile a professional wardrobe or that formal wear is not within her comfort zone. To me, it's not a matter of being a "fashion icon," which many agree Princess Diana captured with precision and combined to illuminate her professional career as a member of the royal family. I believe Kate should aspire to appear as a polished and confident royal with an image that marries her work with the obvious attention she garners in her image for the greater good of charities and highlighting important issues. Whether her hair is full of extensions, cut too short or too long should not be the highlighted substance of her profile. As some commentators have remarked, there is not a lot else to critique or admire as to her profession.

      As a former attorney, with two children, I am stunned that Catherine rarely delivers a speech or any extemporaneous conversations; especially since she has access to the best resources possible to teach her the skills and exude confidence, compassion and effectiveness as s voice for the royal family.

      As a budding attorney Jane, I can not imagine you can condone Catherine's professional work ethic, experience or accomplishments. I am not implying that she should have the skills lawyers hope they learned in law school; or any other training in any profession. But Catherine is in the profession of royal ambassador. That includes wife, mother and career. All of which I believe are within her control, true aspirations and dedication to the monarchy. How she has chosen to portray herself in her role is very perplexing in my humble opinion. From other commentators, I have noted that they have concluded that she follows the direction of William, her Mother, or others who mold her persona.

      Time will tell as to Catherine's role and dedication as a member of the royal family. And we may all disagree. However, William and she are blessed with two beautiful children and another on the way with the blessings of our God. Prayers that she has a safe pregnancy and another precious healthy baby.

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    14. Anon, 9:51, completely disagree with most of what you have said:):). Catherine is just fine:).

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    15. Anon 9:51, I agree with a number of your points. Wasn't it reported that Sophie was willing to take Kate "under her wing" but Will insisted he would provide whatever help Kate needed? If that was true, I think that is some of the reason we see some of the things you mentioned as problematic. Will isn't female and so he can't really understand the different kinds of issues that arise for women trying to dress professionally, he hasn't married into the family so he doesn't have the same sorts of challenges Kate (and Sophie) would have so I kind of doubt his guidance has been that helpful (other than what any spouse might provide)

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    16. Anon 9:51, I agree with a lot of what you said. I like Kate a lot (for various reasons) but as the years go on, I'm perplexed by a lot of her choices when it comes to her royal role. She and I are the same age and I sometimes feel like she has still has the mindset of when she was William's girlfriend. When she first married him, many of my friends thought she was so vibrant and were excited to see what she would do. Now almost 7 years on, I'm the only one left that still reads up about her. In fact, many of them didn't know she is pregnant with #3 until I mentioned it the other day. I found that astonishing and yet not surprising.

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    17. Anonymous. 9:51pm - I agree with a lot of what you have written. Kate has not grown into her role the way I had hoped. She is now in her mid thirties, an experienced mother, and a senior member of the Royal Family for a handful of years. She has rarely spoken in public and by all accounts is reported to still display a fair amount of anxiety and uncertainty in public. I am not attempting to create competition between women, but it is fair to say that the arrival af Meghan into this family, her ease and comfort in the public eye, and reputed warmth with the media - she does not view the, as the enemy - will provide a striking contrast. With all the resources they have at their disposal, Kate needs to be helped along on her path to the role she married in to....

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  35. I am completely in sync with you on this, Jane. I don't like the blazer because it's boxy but I could forgive that if the faded jeans hadn't been glaring at me. The booties just put the cherry on top of an already unfortunate ensemble. The only thing I will say in Kate's defense (and with her resources this is stretching it) is that she is at that point in her pregnancy where maternity clothes aren't quite right but regular clothes don't fit the bill either. Fortunately, for her, the whole world knows she's pregnant. Every other woman on the planet just feel like people think she's fat at this point. There is no excuse for the shoes even if the faded skinnies and boxy blazer were the only things in her closet that fit.

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  36. I've never had a problem with Kate's skinny jeans because she has the figure to wear them, and they continue to be in style.

    Perhaps a layered look with a shorter jacket and nice top would have worked better here.

    And may I assume that anyone who truly objects to Kate's skinny jeans would share the same thoughts on tattered jeans? 😊

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    1. I'm one who isn't a fan of the skinny jeans, so I'll respond. It's not that I don't like the jeans themselves, and I agree Kate has the figure to wear them. My teenage daughter wears only skinny jeans and now torn jeans also. She looks adorable in both. I also wouldn't draw a line at a certain age and say they shouldn't be worn after X years. (Although there might be an argument for that!). My quarrel is over the setting or situation in which they are worn. I don't think I'm being arbitrary in my opinion. I think if anyone takes an honest look around them at professional settings: office, Court, political bodies, you name it, you will not find a woman in skinny jeans. It's not because there is something inherently wrong with skinnies; it's for the same reason that men in these settings wear a button down shirt and a tie - it's simply a societal norm of professional dress. Now that I've typed that, I realize William and Harry have ditched their ties more often than not! So maybe they are working to change the norms. Nevertheless, this is what my opinion is based on. I just want that to be clear. I'm not some old dinosaur who just doesn't like young woman's fashion, rather I adhere to a standard of professional dress which has been in place for a long time and, though it may be relaxing, is still in place more often than not.

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    2. I don't like skin-tight jeggings or tattered jeans in most work situations (although I do wear "sort of" skinny jeans on my own time in casual situations.) And at least where I live in the US, jeggings, faded jeans and creatively torn/tattered clothes are not seen on women (or men) *of any age* in the vast majority of professional &  quasi-professional situations. So I share Bristowmom's view.

      I may be wrong but I assume the questions about tattered jeans were aimed at MM's attire at the IG. I would not have chosen to wear that pair of jeans myself--in any setting. But I also would not have chosen to wear the light green low-cut dress Pippa wore to Wimbledon. Frankly, it looked like it was in danger of falling down leading to full exposure above the waist (and I guess it was supposed to look that way.) But neither Pippa nor Meghan is a member of the BRF nor do they represent the monarchy when attending events. Pippa's clothes may attract comment given the close relationship she & Kate reportedly share and as a "wealthy socialite" Pippa is often in the news. People may or may not like what she wears and may or may not think the clothes are flattering. But there really isn't a question of "appropriateness" for her as she is a private citizen just as MM is. *IF* H&M marry, Meghan's clothes and the appropriateness of them will then become fair game (although I would be inclined to give her a small "adjustment grace period." After 6+ yrs of marriage Kate is beyond that newlywed grace period.) 

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    3. If you look at the pic of everyone standing together, Kate's pants and her shoes look like they have been worn too many times, almost rubbed bare in spots. The shoes too. That's my biggest problem with this outfit.

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    4. Bristowmom, I understand what you're saying, however, I do not believe it's completely realistic to compare Kate's wardrobe requirements with that of an average professional woman. Kate's position may require her to toast marshmallows with Cub Scouts in the morning and chat with a foreign dignitary at a state banquet in the evening. How surreal is that? :-)

      I also think that Kate is very much a "uniform dresser". And by that I mean that she favors and wears certain styles repeatedly. Could she have worn something else to this event? Of course. However, I don't believe she dressed inappropriately by choosing jeans with a blazer and boots.

      I also think that Kate is less interested in fashion than she is in dressing appropriately while still not appearing too grand, especially on occasions such as this.

      The length of this jacket does emphasize the skinny jeans more than a shorter jacket would ... or even a longer one similar to what she wore in New York; I can see an argument based on *proportion*, but I don't believe she dressed inappropriately. My two cents. :-)

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    5. Lizzie, my own professional wardrobe includes suits and nothing but suits. LOL. I get it. However, Kate's wardrobe has slightly different requirements, no?

      And while Pippa will never be a member of the RF, Meghan is likely to be part of the Firm in the very near future. Not sure we can compare the two...

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    6. I agree, royalfan, Pippa and MM aren't in exactly the same position. But both are female private citizens who are "high-profile because of their "close connections" to the BRF. Neither represents the monarchy. Meghan might someday but that hasn't happened yet--an engagement hasn't even been announced much less a marriage taking place-- so it makes less sense to me to compare the wardrobes of Meghan and Kate than to compare the wardrobes of  Pippa and Meghan. While I don't like them all, MM's clothes fit her current profession of acting. If we must compare MM and Kate, and we aren't willing to wait until (if) she and Harry have been married for a number of years as W&K have been, it seems we'd need to compare Kate's "dating" clothes to MM's. And that's a bit difficult given 1) there are very few pics of H&M together or of M alone (except for Suits) and 2) Kate wasn't also choosing clothes to fit a profession during her dating years. While social media was quite different then, Kate was photographed wearing things that weren't professional "work" attire (e.g., midriff-baring tops, shorts) and I don't recall cries of "inappropriate attire for a royal girlfriend" but maybe I wasn't paying attention.

      Although jeans are iffy in most professional situations IMO, as I said before I could get on board a bit more with Kate's if they weren't so tight and weren't often faded. I mean, there's skinny and there's skin-tight. Slim-cut (or looser skinnies) unfaded jeans could work for scout events or for this event. But trousers that fit so tight a multitude of horizontal wrinkles form all along the legs to the top and/or those that require frequent "adjusting" aren't a professional look for anyone of any age IMO. They also look more like tights to me. That is part of the proportion issue. A longer sleeker jacket (like NY) would minimize the "tights without a skirt" look. 

      So far as Kate's types of events varying, I don't see that as a big wardrobe issue. And except for a few "mandatory" events like the Trooping, W&K do have some control over the types of events they do. While doing varying kinds of events does mean she doesn't have one "work uniform" it's not underheard of for professional women to work an 8-hr office day then need to go to a work evening event without being able to go home to change.  A different blouse,shoes, glittery jewelry added along with heavier makeup, maybe a fancier jacket or silk shawl (sometimes accomplished by changing in the ladies room) and it's off the the evening event. Except on an occasional tour day, Kate's events that require a change of clothes are rarely back to back and I'm pretty sure she doesn't have to change clothes in the ladies room----ever!

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    7. The problem with these skinny jeans is that they look really worn. In that respect, I don't think she dressed appropriately.

      Also, what do her skinny jeans have to do with MM wearing torn jeans in Toronto? I'm not making the connection. Kate is a duchess attending a work event in which she represents the royal family (and is part of that family). MM attended the IG with her boyfriend who happens to be Prince Harry. Are you saying that MM should start dressing like a duchess? Did Kate dress like a duchess when William was her boyfriend? I can think of plenty of times she did not (and this coming from someone who LOVED pre-wedding Kate's fashion and sorely misses it).

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  37. Jane so enjoy your blog! First I must toss a thought, I personally believe is Kate is trying to have you not focus on her belly & notice something such as: triangle pleats on blue dress, lace on pink dress and by wearing a long slate blue jacket & recent shorter new hair style. This brings your eyes elsewhere. I adore casual Kate! She looks fabulous in jeans, she has a great figure. If you notice photos of causal Kate she beams with such natural smile. One must remember ,Kate has been under the weather has anyone thought perhaps those jeans are super comfortable? This outfit may have been a quick thought. Haven’t we all made a quick clothing decision???? Btw: age is just a number......anyone who desires to wear skinny jeans should be able to select the style of jeans & color that makes a person feel confident. That goes for hair length also. Final thought on the blazer: it’s looks retro, the color was too light & those buttons were a detraction to wear with black jeans. Had the blazer been in either black or dark gray, maybe it might have blended a bit better. What I know for sure: Kate could wear bib over all’s & look fantastic. Thanks Jane for this blog, it’s always wonderful reading.

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    1. I wasn't a fan of this blazer but your comment reminded me of the outfit she wore to get on the plane heading to Canada at the start of her marriage. She had on a Smythson (spelling?) navy blazer with gold buttons. She looked amazing. It was a very tailored look. So I agree, a blazer with gold buttons can work, just not this look.

      Good point!

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    2. YES! That was one of my all time favorite looks. The long, silky hair, the fitted dress... professional and beautiful.

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  38. I’m not a fan of blazers buttoned over the shirt. Too stiff. But it’s her hair that’s the worst part!! Why, Kate, why did you cut it?!? It’s obvious she (or more likely her hairdresser) doesn’t know how to work with it when it’s this short! I miss the old Kate with the pretty hair.

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  39. Usually, I prefer a navy blazer, especially on Kate, But with the super skinny black pants, the shoes, and the black turtleneck, she makes it work. It's tailored in a very feminine way and fits her so well. I think she cuts the hair like this to get rid of split ends and dry patches. It's not permanently short, just routine maintenance for long hair. Everybody with long hair lobs off a few inches every now and then. If you go back and look through her other Mumsy cuts, she always lets it grow out again.

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    1. Ohh I hope you're right. I had long hair and recently took several inches off but plan to keep growing it. I'll stick with your theory!

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  40. Looks like it was a last minute decision and she threw things that she hadn't worn yet in public together. I honestly don't know what else to say about it.

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  41. This is off-subject, but can I just say how EXCITED I AM about Harry and Meghan?!!! It really does seem like an impending engagement, and I could not be happier. It is such an incredible romance in many ways! First - they are so in love, it is delightful. Harry has become the most beautiful, open-hearted man - he truly has become the "People's Prince" which is the best kind of legacy for Diana - and he looks INCREDIBLE. His joy in life and love just radiate out of his handsome, red-bearded face. I love that beard - perfect for a modern (and ancestral!) English prince to have, lol. Harry deserves true love and Meghan looks as in love as he is. She seems such a well-adjusted, strong, loving person full of character. And she is a REMARKABLE choice for a royal bride - American first thing - I mean, I guess we all DID stand a chance to marry into the Royal family after all, lol! DARN IT! But she is also divorced - now doesn't this ring a familiar bell? The Queen's uncle abdicated because he couldn't marry Wallis - a divorced (although more than once) american? This is what made the Queen, the Queen. Also her sister Princess Margaret could not marry her divorced love, and of course Prince Charles and Camilla's own situation is similar - it's just amazing she is giving this marriage her blessing, and SO WONDERFUL!!!! This an incredible turn of events, at this stage of her life and a real legacy to leave. Plus Meghan is three years older than Harry, right? And already 36 so I'm assuming they will have children asap. SO MUCH FUN AHEAD!!!! I am thrilled to have a new style star in the family to watch as well - Meghan is so original, always -appropriate, very modern, very in-touch, and SO BEAUTIFUL. Omg I can't wait to watch this all unfold - from the announcement to the children. Plus we have baby Cambridge #3 on the way - hooray! On a side note: where in the world is Pippa Mathews? Is she just ensconced somewhere fabulous and private and we will never see her again? I'm wondering how soon we'll hear baby news from her and James. :) Also - where are Carole and Michael Middleton? I'm so glad their lives are pretty private, but I miss them too. Last question - how is George's school going? Is he ever seen coming or going? I'd love to see pics of him at school! Really looking forward to the holidays ahead, I wonder if Meghan will go to Church on Christmas this year?! Woot! Cheers, from Portland, Oregon.

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    1. Wow, I love all of your enthusiasm🙂. Meghan and Harry are going to be tremendous fun to follow, and quite the dynamic modern Royal couple. Meghan radiates confidence in public, does not appear to detest the media, and will most likely happily embrace her role as a public figure. Can't wait for the wedding.

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  42. Hi Jane,

    I had read in a newspaper (British) that Charlotte's nickname was Lottie. Have you ever heard this before? xo

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  43. I think Catherine looks great in these pictures. I like that blazer in both colors, but I would switch out the buttons--for myself, because I don't like shiny buttons. Or shiny zippers/buckles on boots either lol, but that's just me.

    I'm a 59 year old retired Programmer, and I still wear skinny jeans! Just not so tight... But I totally agree with Jane, I wouldn't wear old black faded-to-purple ones to a public function like this. They're for running errands or piddling around the house. I'm thinking how restrictive they must be on her pregnant tummy too. It's definitely time for some new slacks.

    About every 7 years I get tired of my hairstyle and change it. I've had em all! I wore it long like Catherine until age 40 when I cut it to the nape of my neck. For awhile now it's been the length that Catherine's is currently. I prefer this length on Catherine too, although I don't think she's styling it to it's full potential.

    Belle

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    1. I love your name, Belle!❤️

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    2. I agree with you Belle about Catherine's hair style. It's a good length and she could do a lot more with it before it grows back in.

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  44. Hi Jane, wondering if you might be able to update your loyal readers on the following ladies, what is new In their world: Pippa Middleton Mathews, Rebecca Deacon Priestly and Chelsey Davey? Haven’t heard about these lovely ladies in a very long time. Thanks so much Jane.

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  45. I disagree with Anon on October 22nd @9:51.

    Kate does not display anxiety on her engagements or any insecurities. That is a stuck needle the media keep playing. From her first official visit in Anglesey right after her engagement until now, she has displayed grace and poise and charm in all her engagements. She has a wonderful sense of humor and elicits wonderful responses from everyone she meets.

    She's been amazingly accomplished for being with the family for such a short time. For starters, Kate pulled off an amazing wedding. She's been growing a family, moving into two new homes, and still keeping up with her royal engagements. She does not speak to the press, she does not try to upstage her husband, or the Prince of Wales, or the Queen.

    Kate has never courted the press and she held her own when they hounded her, called her 'Waity Katie," and made snide comments about her family's background and their party business. She stayed calm and carried on. She carried out several engagements with charities, behind the scenes, with no publicity long before her engagement. She was discrete in everything she did.

    After the wedding, the Middleton's were criticized in the press for offering a range of street party decorations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Every vendor was selling Jubilee decorations with the Queen’s face on everything. But the Middleton’s range was simply British flags on cups and plates and bunting. But they were still accused of taking advantage of their royal connection and the Middleton’s withdrew the line.

    Kate’s been with William for over ten years now and has proven herself to be the best addition to the Royal family this generation will ever produce.

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