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Kate Wears Catherine Walker & Erdem on Day 1 of Royal Visit Sweden

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ok kids, let's go through the first day of the Scandinavian tour. The Cambridges kicked off the tour at an ice-rink in downtown Sweden, and I covered that this morning in this post. I won't cover old ground here, but pop back there if you missed the post.



Ok, after the rink, Wills and Kate changed and headed to the Palace to meet one of Europe's most popular princesses, Crown Princess Victoria, her husband Prince Daniel, and of course, Victoria's parents, the King and Queen of Sweden, Carl Gustaf and Silvia. The royals were scheduled to sit down to luncheon together, and posed for a photo beforehand.


I am a little surprised by Kate's choice. Although she often either experiments or goes for very classic on tour, she veered back to her simple and straight-forward maternity profile. I don't think it was a mistake, but it took me a little by surprise. This could have been a GOAT London by its design, although the length is long for that label. It's actually a Catherine Walker, which is in Kate's usual tour preference--that is, she likes to turn to the power houses when putting together a tour wardrobe. Burberry this morning, Catherine Walker for the afternoon, Erdem this evening--but let's not get ahead of ourselves...


This dress is a customized version of Catherine Walker's Bea. The Princess has toned down the peaked shoulders, narrowed the silhouette a little, and, of course, changed the color. At first I was a little non-plussed by this dress, but as the day wore on, I really came to like it very much, particularly seeing it paired with the coat she wore. 


After lunch, the two couples walked from the palace to the Nobel Museum. Kensington Palace tweeted this video of the four heading into the frosty afternoon.

The trip itinerary described this as a walk through the picturesque, cobbled streets of historic Stockholm, and the pictures didn't disappoint.

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The four made a scheduled stop in Stortorget Square, the oldest square in Stockholm, which has been dated to about 1066-1320. The Nobel Museum faces the square, so they weren't far from their destination as they greeted fans and undertook a walkabout. 

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Aren't these yellow flowers beautiful against Kate's green and black? Blue is one of the Duchess's best colors, and certainly most frequent, but sometimes I forget how perfect she is in green! 

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The crowds were healthy, but soft-spoken. I don't think I have ever seen a crowd so quiet for a walkabout. Maybe it was just this particular moment:
Maybe a little more noise when they looked to be heading in, but all in all, an excited, but self-contained crowd.




The Duchess wore the fur hat we saw at Christmas, the faux fur collar and cuffs I love so much (from John Lewis), and carried a new Mulberry bag, the Mini Seaton.  At her ears she had sparkling Kiki McDonoughs first debuted in India. She wore her Half n Half boots which I don't love, but actually worked just fine with this ensemble, and for this occasion. 


At the Nobel Musem, Kate discarded her coat and changed back into her Tod's pumps from lunch. William and Kate were given a tour by the curator and met Nobel Laureates during their visit to the museum.

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The British couple bid farewell to Victoria and Daniel at the museum, and headed to Ark Des, Sweden's national center for architecture and design. Interestingly, Kate left off her coat for the rest of the day, which was certainly a style choice, in addition to simplifying transitions between locations. As I mentioned earlier, this look really, really grew on me. It's so pretty on her.


As part of their visit to the Ark Des, the couple met the designer for Ikea, and told him they have Ikea in George and Charlotte's bedrooms. Good on them, I say. Don't waste the beautiful antiques on the spirited little ones. ;)


Someone, somewhere passed around the champagne, which makes this one of the best stops of the afternoon in my book. I mean, it was probably getting on to cocktail hour by that point anyway, right?

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After a little tipple, these two headed back to prep for their black tie dinner party this evening at the British Ambassador's residence. The Swedish royals were billed to attend, as well as one of the most beautiful film stars out there right now, Alicia Vikander. It should have been the perfect end to a perfect day, but there was a hitch and its name...Erdem.

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What in the real world is this? I mean really, what is this? Everyone here knows I will go for all manner of floral, flounces. I will. I stood by the "Dust-Ruffle Erdem:"


I swooned over the floral, corseted, super-ruffled McQueen.


I practically gave the flouncy Ascot McQueen Best Ensemble of the Year in 2018.


Tonight. Is. Bad. Kate's face seems to say, what have I done? (A reflection echoed in all our heads) While William's face replies, I said go with timeless and elegant...now we have to see this through.


To be fair, none of the night's dresses were very good, but Kate definitely went for gold in the fail category and scored a ten for her efforts. Victoria's dress and stockings/shoes combo was a no-no, and Alicia Vikander showed up (sans super hot husband in this photo) wearing something Andy Sachs would have chosen pre-makeover. {She is in blue in this video}




It's like the girls all had a pact. "We are going to choose terrible dresses tonight to highlight our natural beauty." Their natural beauty is considerable, but my goodness, it was a night of fashion fails.


I am going to say it, and it will be my last comment. This is the absolute worst dress that Kate has ever worn.

Postive conclusion: today was full of fun, mostly great fashion, and sweet moments between William and Kate that continued to provide relationship goals for us all. And, even the fails spice up life. Woaw....  See you tomorrow, kids.








127 comments:

  1. Does the Bea dress have raglan sleeves too? Because the green has. If the red does not the green might not be its modified version.

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    1. The green dress has set in sleeves, not raglan.

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    2. That'S what I thought too. So the Bea can hardly be the original imho.

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  2. Yeah, that Erdem is, ah, not popular. I didn't much care for the "dust ruffle" dress either, but I think that worked way better than this one. It's the color...and the length...and the neck...and the sleeves. Until now my least favorite dress was that Temperly with the weird flowers all over it (back in early 2013, I think), but this takes the failcake.

    I LOVE that Catherine Walker coat, though.

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    1. YES! ME TOO!! That is still, to this day, my least-favorite, can't stand it, personally offended by it look. Not really, but you get what I mean. I think every Kate follower probably has one, and I sometimes wish we had a poll for that because I'd be fascinated to know other peoples' but it's in such mean spirit that I guess it shouldn't be attempted. This Erdem doesn't even crack my Top 5 Worst, honestly. At least it's bold!

      It's here for reference: https://whatkatewore.com/2012/10/23/kate-in-alice-by-temperley-for-team-gb-palace-reception/

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    2. Were there to be a survey of that sort this would be the one for me. The color, the shine, the front ruffle, neck ruffle, sleeve ruffle, dust ruffle. I can't find one redeeming quality on this dress. I love her jewelry but they don't go with this dress and belong with something much more classic. I didn't think anything would overtake the McQueen skull bathrobe but Erdem has succeeded.

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  3. I think she needs to forgo belts at this stage of her pregnancy. I actually think the colors of the gown complement her brunette coloring. However, the gown does not make for good maternity wear.

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    1. I liked that colour too..but just that.

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  4. That is a spectacular dress, I find it drop-dead gorgeous, luxurious fabric, opulent design. Just breathtaking. It absolutely shoots up to the top ranks of my favorites of dresses per se. And the pulled back hair, the jewelry, etc. The Duchess looked splendid. HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT. I do think that this dress is NOT for a third trimester pregnancy. Even HRH, in all her swan-like pregnancy elegance, would have been much, much, much better served by wearing a one-color, empire/pregnant waist dress. This is way too busy and it does not do HRH favors (nor any pregnant woman, no matter how beautiful and fit). With a single-color dress, HRH could have pulled attention should have been on some heart-stopping earrings. So this is the weirdest review in the sense that it's one of my favorite dresses ever (the dress per se) but HRH, I think, commits yet another faux pas in her attempt to dress as if she weren't pregnant (I don't know what. it. is. with. her and that tendency). So, that's my two cents. Silvia

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    1. Silvia, 100 % agree!!!! I LOVE THIS DRESS. It happens about once every two years- Kate pulls out all the stops and steps out in an unpredictable, completely unique right off the runway high fashion masterpiece. Gorgeous design. Gorgeous fabric. However, you hit the rub. One needs to be super slim to make this work and at 6 months pregnant this doesn't look like it should on her. She would hit this out of the park with her pre pregnancy figure. I hope she gets this re worked and wears it again when she's not expecting.

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    2. Faith, first completely agree that this is for super tall, super thin gals. So that's a big issue right away.
      And maybe it is high fashion. But then why is kate wearing it? We all go back and forth on this all the time, and usually she's defended for her choices because she's NOT a straight off the runway gal. Nothing about kate ever says high fashion straight off the runway masterpiece. So that makes it a bad choice too in my opinion, it's wrong dress for wrong person at wrong time. And as others have said even kate seems to think something's not right.

      And just for fun can you name someone you think would knock it put of park? Trying to imagine who this dress could work on.

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    3. Thank you, Faith! I, too, hope we will see her wear this post-pregnancy (although the blowback has been pretty strong so it might be a "one hit non wonder." ) Silvia

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    4. Anon 11:02, perhaps Michelle Dockery aka Lady Mary could make it work? She has worn Erdem with some success.

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    5. Anon 11:02, I don't think this dress would work on a curvy woman but Kate has the height and figure to pull it off. It may work on a petite slender woman if tailored properly.

      Kate doesn't often go the high fashion route but she certainly can. She has the figure and height for it as well as the platform. I think we are used to her wearing a fairly conservative wardrobe but she obviously enjoys going outside the box at times and I don't think its inappropriate.

      The suggestions here that Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton could carry it off are spot on, I think. Also, on another blog Charlotte Casarighi, Tatiana Santa Domingo, Nicole Kidman were mentioned and I agree that this dress is within their wheelhouse. Off the top of my head, I think Vanessa Hudgens could carry it off as well as Behati Prinsloo. I think anyone with the right figure, confidence and a bohemian flair can pull this dress off in a nano second.

      Silvia, yeah, the dress is getting killed but she definitely likes this kind of dress since she's worn similar before. I have hope that if she loves it she will wear it again.

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    6. I agree with all of you. I don't hate the dress itself, and I don't totally hate Kate in it, but there are certainly people out there who put more effort and consideration into their look and have a natural tendency toward boho, and these people would wear this dress with great success. Kate is many things, but a trend setter is not one (though she's forced into that by dint of her position, I don't think she has a natural flair for fashion). It was ill-advised to go with this in the last trimester, but I applaud her! She should embrace maternity wear though. We're in month 7 here. It's time, Kate.

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    7. Jay, Michelle Dockery would rock it.

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    8. Anon 8:40, imo, Kate gravitates toward a boho aesthetic(remember India and Bhutan) but because of her position has tempered it. I do think she falls down miserably at times in styling a complete look with the proper hair style, accessories and jewels. Had she gone a different route with that last night, the reviews may have been more complimentary.

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    9. Hair down and different jewels might have helped nudge this towards boho (I agree she tends that way naturally) but not with this tightly pulled back hair and prim pearls. The I don't understand why she thought those sleeves needed a 3-strand pearl bracelet.

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    10. I totally agree... I actually really love this, but the styling tanked the look. I do agree that maybe this should have been saved for a less pregnant moment, but for me, it needs long boho hair and interesting jewellery to make it modern. It’s giving me such a late 70’s bedspread/housecoat vibe, when it could be a serious fashion moment. The color is divine and the print in so interesting, but the pearls-especially that bracelet- and hairdo are dating this in such a bad way. Even the ruby earrings Kate wore in Poland could have worked.

      I think the Marquess of Cholmondeley could have totally pulled this off. She has the right undone, un-fussy style that can really pull off these fashion dresses.

      It’s a moment like this that shows you how valuable a stylist could be for Kate. It’s an attempt at some serious style, but she just doesn’t know how to pull together the rest of the look by herself.

      I do applaud the attempt, and I have noticed a bit of revitalization of her wardrobe, which I actually attribute, in part, to Meghan being on the scene. I think having another woman in the mix has given her a little boost of confidence to think outside the box.

      In the end, it’s just too overdone, when the dress should be standing on its own,

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    11. The dress would look much better if she were not pregnant. It looks stunning on the model. It's high fashion and therefore won't appeal to everyone. It is definitely not a good maternity dress- the heavy fabric, bold print and belt make her look much to heavy in photographs.

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  5. Darling Kate. We love you even when your dress fails. You will be fine. You should have seen my dress fails when I was pregnant with MY 3rd child. We forgive you.

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    1. I think I love you for that sweet comment - Linda x

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    2. Agree! I see it as stylist’s fail!

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  6. No. No. And NO. This is so disappointing. I have never hated a dress so much!

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  7. That dress. Blech. I am not a fan if the Erdem brand overall, so I am never excited to see it. That dress takes the cake though. There is too much going on between the colors, large floral designs, belt and ruffle. It might have worked had there been no ruffle - a ruffle is too light a detail for the heaviness of the dress. Good on her for taking a risk though. It didn’t work out, but she did it.

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  8. Jane, well said, short and sweet and straight to the point. And I agree, this is the worst thing I've ever seen her wear as well. Even if I liked the dress it does nothing for her, makes her look frumpy, lumpy and bumpy and out of proportion. When in reality she has a fabulous figure even when pregnant! I agree with anon 842, this was an especially bad choice for a pregnant woman.

    I admit I'm baffled by the opinion that this is fashion forward. Maybe on a Tilda Swinton or Cate Blanchett, but hard to see who could pull it off. Way too much going on, and terrible base color on top of it. Not to mention, Kate is not a fashionista! We've been over this, she has a very set style. You don't attempt something like this from her starting point. It didn't even seem to fit her properly.

    I wonder what her assistants think when they see the pictures. I wonder what William thought when she walked out in it! Wonder what her mother thinks when she sees the coverage.

    I loved the green coat and fur, perfect for the shamrocks too I thought! And she looked absolutely adorable And fresh first thing this morning. But wow what a swing the end of the day took. Oh well, Reset tomorrow, and it's just fashion!

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    1. Meant to add, even if I could appreciate the dress, where do the pearls fit in? Traditional, conservative pearl earrings and bracelet seem completely out of place. It's like she got ready and put a robe on waiting till the last minute to put her real gown on. And the erdem is the robe.

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    2. I thought the same thing! This is definitely an ugly frumpy silk robe and there is really nothing more to be said about it:((((

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    3. If you don't mind, 10:27, I have a few words to say about it. ;+)
      The tour was reportedly originally planned for November (although it was never officially announced as being scheduled or canceled for that time-frame) and probably planned for a non-pregnant or less-pregnant Kate.
      I wonder if she really liked the dress and decided to just go with it.
      I do agree with Jane- it wasn't a night for fashion. It was not a banquet situation, just a small dinner party. The intimate setting-small room, low lighting- I wonder if the press was even meant to be there originally? I thought the King and Queen were to be there, also.

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    4. I have to say though, anon1, I wouldn't wear this to a family dinner much less something I was hosting for guests - press or no press - November or any of the other 11 months of the year.

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    5. The November thing had to do with the fit.
      I am convinced Nicole Kidman has worn this dress or one very similar.

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  9. I couldn't agree more, and am so glad you were honest. Ever since seeing "that dress" I kept telling myself "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" but... There is nothing redeeming about that dress, well, except that Kate was wearing it.

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  10. Does anyone else think William looks a little subdued today? Maybe even a little uncomfortable? He doesn't seem to be his usual self. I can't blame the Erdem because I thought this even when they were at the hockey event.

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    1. He was a bit "off" on the French tour as well. Perhaps he has difficulty when in countries where he doesn't speak the language.

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    2. OR...a "I'm the guy who accompanied Kate to Paris/Stockholm" situation.

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    3. He did seem to relax more on the second day:)

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  11. The Erdem is not a dress I would choose, personally, but I think it is quirky and fun on the Duchess, and I say hurrah for trying something a bit different.

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  12. That is not only the worst dress Kate has ever worn but possibly the worst dress anyone, even Cher, has ever worn!

    I loved her clothes for the rest of the day,particularly the Catherine Walker dress. Also I very much liked William's dark blue wool coat with the tartan scarf. He looked very nice.

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  13. Sometimes Kate's fashion choices are instructive because she offers an excellent example of how to dress perfectly for a variety of situations. This ensemble is also instructive - in what to never ever ever wear under any circumstances.

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  14. Jennifer from CanadaJanuary 30, 2018 at 9:15 PM

    I agree. Sadly, just not an attractive dress. I think her expression in several of the pictures seems to acknowledge something out of whack. But what a lovely morning and afternoon! Pure elegance,

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  15. Totally agree! I can’t imagine what possibly attracted Catherine in this dress 🤦‍♀️😱. Way too much is going on . Erdem is not Catherine’s friend . Can we talk about Catherine’s hair?, it’s just too matronly 🙄 enough already . Can’t wait for tomorrow 😉

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  16. I have LOATHED every Erdem gown she has ever worn. I really wish she would move on from this brand for evening wear and embrace designers like Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, Naaem Khan etc. There are some incredible evening collections out at the moment (see Moda Operandi and Net a Porter) so I feel she doesn't have much of an excuse (eep!). Do we know if she chooses these things herself, or does she have some quasi-'stylist'? I don't think we'd ever see Meghan in this atrocity (I know, I know- lets not compare! But honestly...).

    As for the day outfit... what is with the black stockings? It just looks off with this outfit and the shoes. Am I alone in this? Love, Love LOVE the coat and the fur (hopefully faux!?) trimmings. Just perfect for the occasion.

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    1. I've been waiting for Naaem Khan or Elie Saab as well. I suppose she needs to tilt more heavily on the British designers. I don't think Jenny P would have let Kate down for this event.

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  17. Kat's Swedish outfits had been very flattering on her early in the day, but that dress really aged her and was just not very attractive. I appreciate your honesty Jane. Kate was really glowing though, and she looks rested and content. and

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  18. Alexandra from CanadaJanuary 30, 2018 at 9:21 PM

    Thank you Jane.....it is the worst item she has ever worn for me too....that said she IS pregnant and being pregnant myself I can sympathize. It is VERY challenging finding what makes you 1) feel good 2) actually look good 3) is comfortable. So although this was a huge miss for me....I'll let this one slide!
    PS The Catherine Walker ensemble was soon elegant!!

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    1. I really really agree with you and been there too!
      BUT, (sorry there's a but!) she really should be pointed toward the tried and true maternity styles. They work for a reason, millions of women have done the testing already!
      A deeper neck, higher waist - NO BELTS! Sorry. I'm all for pregnant women being comfortable but I'm all for them looking amazing too!

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    2. agree 100%, Anon 9:38. Perhaps something similar to the first red Beulah she wore, with some adjustments?

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  19. I didn't have a problem with the Erdem dress as much as I did with the stiff pulled back hairstyle. With a dress this busy, you kind of have to keep the hair off your face, but something a little more current and less helmet-y is in order.

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  20. Whew! Jane, I was worried you were going to try to defend the dress here. There are way too many elements; in fact, I believe all possible design elements have been captured in one awful dress.

    I would feel slightly better about this if KATE looked like she liked it - after all it was her choice, and what a choice it was. If she looked happy, and confident, and owned it, that would have made an improvement.

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    1. Clara that's awesome point. Kate looks less than thrilled, she doesn't seem like someone who loves how they look. She doesn't own it.

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    2. She looked happy and confident. Did you see the video with the ambassador? She clearly is enjoying herself. The first pictures, taken with flash are unflattering. But other than in those, she does seem to feel good in the dress

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    3. I noticed yesterday that Kate was seated on a sofa across from the Swedish PM, engaged in animated conversation with him. William was sitting quietly beside her. She is definitely not a tag-along spouse on these tours. It may be why this tour was delayed until she could attend instead of going ahead with just William ,as with the Finland visit .

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    4. Again, Kate engaged in conversation and seated across from the heir while William is seated across from the spouse.
      I wonder if Victoria gets thrown in with the spouses sometimes instead of with her royal counterpart. She would have more in common with Maxima, Mette-Marit, and Mary on a personal level as mothers and women; but protocol-wise-maybe not.

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  21. Gosh, I disagree! While I agree the belt isn't quite right I think the colors and print are fantastic. Yay to HRH for being different and bold!
    Erika

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  22. I wonder if this was fashion diplomacy...we all know how gorgeous Kate is even when she makes zero effort, and it might have been an attempt to avoid outshining CP Victoria...? I’m trying to give her points.

    Interestingly, I somehow like this more than the red Erdem. That flounce alone was offensive, whereas this dress...I don’t hate. It’s not great, and not flattering, but it’s interesting and...well, growing on me. (Eek! Erdem has gotten to my brain!)

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  23. I like how William is holding Kate’s purse in the IKEA photo. I’d like to see video. Did he offer to hold it? Did she hand it to him?

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    1. Good eyes! I didn't notice--went back to take a look.

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  24. An absolutely hideous hideous hideous dress. I am a personal fan of flowery things (although I don't wear them much because it makes me look like a large old sofa) but this goes beyond flowery to a sartorial wilderness garden. It looks like something Scarlett O'Hara might have whipped up from "Miss Ellen's po'teers" I did read that it was meant as a nod to the national colours of Sweden - but those are royal blue and bright yellow. Not bilious slime yellow and 14 different flower colours. She could have worn a beautiful dark royal blue with yellow flowery trim or something (being that blue and yellow are sort of difficult to work with) and looked stunning. This dress should never see the light of day again. Yikes.

    Margaret

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    1. Margaret, you win a prize from me for most amusing comments! Thank you for a good laugh!

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  25. Ok. Had a bit of a think on this first. Firstly, I think Kate looked great during the day today. Her casual, sporty outfit was first rate. Her Catherine Walker was appropriate and a beautiful color. Love the hat and accessories with that. Now onto this evening.... Just as another mentioned earlier, the dress itself is a beautiful dress- beautiful fabric, beautiful print, lots of nice details. I love it that Kate surprised us ( it's not ice blue Yay!!! or lace Yay!). If I were Kate, (and obviously I am not), I would go simple color, empire waist, show off some décolleté, and rock some of Granny's rocks. If she were not pregnant, I think this dress would drape more beautifully on her. But as it is, I just want to take some scissors to it so that she can breathe through dinner. Maybe this Erdem dress is so comfortable. Maybe by the end of a long day of travel and standing, Kate's feet are swelling. My hunch is that Kate doesn't feel pretty when she's this far in her pregnancy. But I am so glad that she ventured out of her comfort zone ( and ours too.) Princess Diana wore a deep blue velvet dress while pregnant with William- it had a deep V-neck and a lace frill color that showcased her bosom and bump- as well as her pearls. Kate could've pulled off that kind of look too. We shall see what tomorrow brings.....

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  26. I think Kate looked absolutely radiant all day. I am personally divided on the Erdem dress. I think the fabric is lovely on her, but the overall styling is a bit off. From a maternity standpoint, there is a lot going on but I think it is great of her to take a risk. I thought the clean lines of her green dress from earlier in the day were lovely.

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  27. I would say you are exactly right on about the Erdem dress. I don’t think we’ll ever see this dress again!
    I did love the green coat with the buttons on her left. If you didn’t know better you wouldn’t know she was pregnant.
    Looking forward to Day 2.

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  28. Kate's expression clearly says "that minx Charlotte pulled my real gown out of the suitcase and stuffed this awful thing in instead". It's the only explanation.

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    1. hilarious! I feel the worst part about it is that you can just tell from the photos that Kate was not on her game with the gown. Like she just knew well in advance it would not go well. Poor thing, I think she looks great, I feel for her.

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    2. I enjoy your explanation Jane in Canada :) I loved everything about the first two outfits and I hate everything about this Erdem! Sometimes I do wonder what inspires Catherine's choices and I'd really like to know what she was thinking when she made this choice. This is the worst dress she has worn in my opinion.

      I thought that the side buttons on her forest green coat was a lovely style change. My first thought on seeing this beautiful coat was " Could it be adjusted to fit post pregnancy for a St Patrick's day event?" The black trim is a snug and yet elegant accessory. Catherine shone in this outfit.
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  29. I think she looked just fabulous in all three outfits. The Walker Green coat was wonderful with the faux fur accessories. Kate looked just beautiful. I also liked the chic green dress, and thought less is more. As for the Erdem, it's very different, and when I saw it I knew it would be controversial. But, I like it because it's a bold move on her part, and no matter what Kate wears, she is always gorgeous.

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  30. I am definitely in the minority here because I actually liked this evening's Erdem. Not 100%, but she sure looked better than everyone else. What in the sam hell were any of the ladies thinking when they chose their outfits? I wouldn't go so far as to call any of it 'formal,' but perhaps the snow steered anyone from trying too hard?

    I wonder if Kate knew this in advance and in order to not show up CP Victoria, she took a stab at wearing something wild? Who knows. I think the fabric and pattern is just fine. The belt and ruffle was one step too far. But I liked it overall with her hair pulled back. Seriously though, what were all these women thinking!? Maybe it wasn't as formal of an event as one would think.

    Speaking of WORST dresses/outfits. I have to say, my absolute LEAST favorite of all her outfits, over the years, is the cream engagement photo dress worn in Canada with a red homage hat to Canada and red pumps. Bleh. I cringe every time I see that outfit. The length, the inverted slit in the front plus ruffles, the striking red leaf hat, and poppy red leather pumps. Tonight's Erdem was ten times better. IMO of course.

    I love CP Victoria, but I am definitely not surprised with her dress/opaque tights/shoes combo. I generally love what she wears, but there's always a small glitch in each outfit that's just a bit too, trendy perhaps.

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  31. I love to read about HRH and thank you for sharing with us. I am across the pond ; ) but love your Royals. Look forward to hearing about tomorrow.

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  32. Kate looked so glowing in her green coat with black hat. The Erdem looked awful. Maybe someone out there could wear that style but I just don't care for it. Kate honestly doesn't look good with this whole style and the awful color. I wish there was something positive to say. I just cannot. Victoria looked pretty but I was not fond of her attire. Hopefully Kate never wears this one again. Thank you Jane, I also appreciated your true opinion.

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  33. Honestly, that’s a really long day for anyone let alone a busy mom, on her third pregnancy, and six months pregnant. I’m sure by the time those evening photos were snapped she was done for the day. That’s a busy day for anyone let alone being on your feet all day and changing clothes several times while being that pregnant. I hated getting dressed after I hit six months. Nothing seems to look good or fit, so I’m with you Kate 👊🏽

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  34. I really love Kate's day dress. The color looks fabulous on her! I've always wished she would wear green more often. I also love the simplicity of the dress. As someone else here said, less is more. I like the black hose, too... such a nice change from the nude hose she usually wears. While I do not care for the evening gown—it’s not my style at all—it’s hardly the worst ever. In my opinion, Kate has worn a few doozies in the past (but I guess we all make a few fashion missteps from time to time).

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  35. I have been waiting for your post and thoughts on this all day!
    The first two outfits were so nice but Erdem .......
    I don't like the ruffles or the sleeves or the neckline or the print
    I think it is waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy tooooooooooo much at the same time.

    My first thought was that she was trying to hide her pregnancy and a simple one color dress would have shown her bump a lot more (that's what I thought)
    I think it was Victoria Murphy who said that the dress didn't photograph well

    So yep! I agree with you Jane! In all you said!
    We all have those days but like someone said on Twitter back a couples of years ago, with the floral Erdem actually, "Kate is more than her dress"

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    1. While I actually like the dress, I must highlight your last sentence. Kate is definitely more than her dress. Perhaps it's her demeanor and confidence and the fact that she's just been looking so radiant and happy lately! Yesterday's events were a definite winner for me. Can't wait for the rest of the tour.

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  36. Brave Kate.... this was a miss for me.
    Loved the day wear.

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  37. am I the only one that thinks the erdem dress is stunning? And that she looks wonderful in it? Incredibly slim and gorgeous for 6 month pregnant? I believe at the end of the year, when we look back at it without the initial shock of the unexpected, many people will realise it was a great gown. As was the ruffle erdem paired with those wonderful safire earings. I love it!

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    1. I must be looking at a different dress. The one I see is incredibly fussy. In my opinion if the dowager countess of grantham would wear it then the duchess of Cambridge should not!

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    2. No, you're not. This is a beyond fabulous dress. I think you're correct and there will be more converts as time go on. Already I'm reading comments like, "the more I look at it, the more I like it". When she wore the last Erdem with the ruffle, most hated it but now the reviews aren't so harsh. Also, the initial response to the Polish designer dress were scathing but it ended up winning several polls. So there is hope.

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  38. Don't know that I'd go so far as to say this was Kate's worst fashion choice, but it was certainly a first cousin! When it comes to Erdem, I personally have a love-hate relationship where Kate's choices are concerned. This dress falls into the hate category and, as flag dresses go, it pretty much takes first place. But there's a simple solution to this dreaded and apparently necessary BRF female protocol, as follows.

    Share the problem with your spouse! Would it kill William to wear a gold bow tie so that Kate might wear a blue dress? Sure, it's a black tie event, but William should've had the foresight to wear a gold scarf/jacket/ gloves, etc. earlier in the day in order to avoid such an evening break with protocol. After all, why should it always fall to Kate to carry the load? Is chivalry dead?

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    1. Will could share the burden :) or  the flag-dressing protocol could just stop. Maybe it's a hard habit to give up though. And I guess it sometimes makes planning a tour wardrobe easier...it seemed there was an awful lot of red and white worn during the last Canadian tour.  But if foreign visitors to the US came decked out in red, white, & blue I *might* think it was sweet, I *might* appreciate the effort, but more likely I'd think it was an unfortunate & slightly silly touristy misstep like the Griswold family wearing matching berets in Paris (in the old movie European Vacation.) So I do wonder how flag homage dressing is viewed by citizens in the countries W&K visit. The British press makes a big deal of it being an honor for the other countries but I wonder how people in the visited countries really feel?

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    2. I share your other solution sentiments, but good luck getting it passed by the other Liz, not to mention her tone-deaf-to-style first son and heir. I say, push the envelope! Turn William into a clown, and even dearest Lilibet might have second thoughts.

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    3. I would rather see the "flag dressing" limited to one color or, better yet, a fabulous piece of jewelry. A beautiful blue dress with some stunning topaz, citrine, or yellow diamonds would be perfect!.

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    4. I guess JC. Maybe I'm just not that observant but I don't recall other female members of the BRF doing regular flag-dressing. Nods to the host country in the form of motifs, sometimes. Tartans worn in appropriate places in the UK, you bet...hasn't that been done (for various reasons) by British royalty for a long time? And if the monarchy was gifted with a piece of distinctive "patriotic" & nationalistic jewelry on a previous occasion by the host country, wearing that piece on a later visit seems only good manners (& to be honest, where else could one wear many of those distinctive pieces?) Occasionally wearing a garment from a designer native to the host country while there, sure, why not. But dressing in colors from the host country's flag? I just don't recall others doing it. So it's hard for me to see it as an edict from HMTQ or Charles. And maybe I'm naive but I just don't see either of them micro-managing Kate's wardrobe. (And if they were, the only edict I'd expect would be to wear mostly British designs!) But the British press seems to like the flag-dressing & other kinds of symbolic dressing so if Kate stopped doing it maybe it would be seen as a diplomatic faux pas for the first few foreign visits.  

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    5. I believe she compliments the host country by wearing local designer clothing and jewelry at least as often as the flag colors. Some of the color combos could represent a nod to the country's flag, but perhaps not all. I think the flag theory may sometimes be as much a part of the viewer's imagination as some of the other "Kate things."

      Or perhaps she intends it. Maybe she would like to establish some of her own routines, as the Queen has done with the handbag, pearls, black pumps, mashed stovepipe hat, matching coat and dress uniform . Something to set her apart. I doubt anyone is mandating this. I also doubt she would do it if HM objected.
      I think it is a thoughtful gesture.
      Good point about her having established a precedent that is difficult to break without appearing to snub a country. She has to keep up what may have been a one-off, since so much has been made of it.

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  39. I have no words... I agree with you Jane. Thanks for your updates, I always follow you ;)

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  40. I actually really like the dress! You have to see the videos to give it justice and I'm sure that it's something that looks better in person and doesn't photograph well with a busy background. I think Kate looked anally radiant yesterday, including in the evening! I prefer her dress over Victoria's. I just don't get the black tights with black clunky sandals.

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  41. I totally agree! This dress MAY have worked on a teeny tiny and very tall supermodel, but not on our pregnant Kate! Fingers crossed for more sucessful outfits for the rest of the trip.

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  42. I totally agree, Jane, it is really her worst dress ever (the Erdem) she should dump it quickly. Her ice rink outfit is lovely especially the coat, is the pompom of the hat real fur or faux fur? If it is really arctic fox fur, she should not have worn it, IMO the shearling coat is ok, if you are not a vegetarian und eat lamb, but to kill animals just for the fur should be banned. I love the green coat and the accessories, the little bag is very modern and varying her usual clutches.

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  43. It's the first time that I can see Kate so meditative and not smiling....odd....I suspect the atmosphere was not so good...

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  44. Well I would rather stub my toe than speak against something the lovely Catherine wore. So I will just say this:

    Her hair looked great all day!

    Belle

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    1. 😂 That's hilarious, Belle!

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    2. "Kate went for gold in the fail category...."

      You said it. Yup.

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  45. This...um... dress... it has an ugly seam on the waist. It's such a mess.

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  46. "Tonight. Is. Bad. Kate's face seems to say, what have I done? (A reflection echoed in all our heads) While William's face replies, I said go with timeless and elegant...now we have to see this through.".... OMG Jane, this made my day :)

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  47. Hmm... the Erdem... I think "go big or go home" might have been in someone's mind when they selected that thing. ;-P

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  48. Kate's day choices were very nice,BUT WOW I think the Erdem is the ugliest dress I've ever seen. And to top it off Victoria looked like a hot, wrinkled mess (wearing her grannies support stockings to top it off). Maybe they were trying to see who could look the worst. --J

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  49. Well, going against the prevalent opinion here, I think this dress was a work of art, beautiful material, great cut, conceals the bump, gorgeous silk. And Kate looks incredible in it. If that is her worst dress, we can all agree she is a pretty good dresser!

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    1. I think it I should beautiful material but I do not think it's anywhere near approaching a work of art because the print isn't matched at the seams. It's aminir detail but if this dress is going to be a masterpiece rather than a fussy frock in need of serious editing the designer needed to make a few tweaked. The top half could be a lovely blouse or the bottom could maybe be worked into something glamorous but all together this looks like a mess of a Victorian nightgown. Beautiful fabric isn't enough to carry this disaster.

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  50. I saw the gold Erdem dress and know that it is an unusual look for Catherine, but I just don't hate it. I actually like that she wore something that wasn't ultra-conservative. And I genuinely did love the first Erdem floral gown Catherine wore back in the fall of 2015. It's nice to see her branching out and wearing designs that are outside her comfort zone. Her look today (Jan. 31) is gorgeous!! Love the Catherine Walker coat and McQueen dress. Smashing!! I feel for her doing this tour at approximately 30 weeks' pregnant. I hope she is managing ok.

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  51. Why, I wonder, was she the only woman wearing a long gown? Didn’t her staff understand that while this was a black tie event, the women present would all be wearing short, cocktail dresses? Something isn’t quite right about the protocol of this fashion moment. Your thoughts, Jane?

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  52. The Erdem is terrible, but it's also one of the reasons I follow Kate now: it's interesting! Her clothes range from boring to great to the occasional awful ensemble, and you never know what you'll get. It adds zest to royal-watching.

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  53. My goodness, what an end to an otherwise perfect day...Both of the earlier outfits were perfect and so flattering and I would totally put my money on Kate wearing the green ensemble on St. Patrick's Day this year. But, WHAT IS THIS ERDEM?! I didn't love the last Erdem dust ruffle but I was happy to give Kate kudos for a bold and interesting choice that time around. This was just awful in every way: not the most flattering of colours on her, way to busy in both print and all the additional elements and absolutely not flattering on her figure right now. I also agree with Anonymous 9:04 - how could it be that everyone else went cocktail length and Kate went with a long dress, particularly given her proclivity for often wearing cocktail dresses to dressy evening events on tour?

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  54. The first two outfits of the day were so perfect! The green coat and dress looked beautiful on Kate and, at six months pregnant with a little heat generator on board at all times, I can see why she left the coat off for the indoor events. Then evening hit. This is definitely the ugliest piece of any type of clothing we've ever seen Kate wear. I also agree with you on CP Victoria's dress/tights/shoes combination. It's funny you would say that they all put their heads together because I said exactly the same thing. It it was like an ugly Christmas sweater party except fancier! Both ladies just looked like a hot mess. It's time to abandon Erdem for evening wear.

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  55. I’m a reader but never comment. However, I have to comment on the Erdem dress. I think the dress is gorgeous, I loved it on her. It’s a risky choice but I like that she took the chance. I think the dress does not photograph well due to the flash of the camera off the shine of the fabric. I also think the lighting in the rooms the dress was photographed in was horrible. I believe both those things contribute to us not getting a true representation of what she looked like in the dress. I think if we saw her in person it may have made a bit better impression. I think the color is gorgeous on her. She wore it well. As to the expression in her face I’m going to chalk it up to being a tired momma, I can’t imagine keeping that schedule while traveling and pregnant. That’s my two cents! I enjoy reading this blog!

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    1. I agree! I actually really loved it too. The warm gold color looks beautiful with her dark hair, and I love the glossy florals and Victorian silhouette. Very glamorous. I would love to see a repeat of this dress under better lighting, but I suppose that's unlikely, since she's pregnant.

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    2. I think it worked for the setting. I believe I have seen the Scandinavian royals wear similiar prints/colors. Very pregnant with her third child, touring with a crazy schedule, I am sure she looks way better than any of us would....

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  56. I kind of wish the green outfit could have been in a separate post from the Erdem. I thought the CW outfit and coat with the faux-fur collar and cuffs were perfect for the activities. Some thought the green dress too plain and wanted a necklace. I think that would have ruined the intended effect. It reminds me of the lavender dress from Germany, which was simply cut and unembellished.
    I tried to find the lavender dress on Kate's Clothes to be sure but missed it.

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    1. The green coat and dress was lovely. I'm a huge CW fan. Without fail, the fit is amazing!

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  57. That dress really is hideous! It's like someone dug up some old curtains from the 70s to make that dress. Poor Kate. I really do like the green dress though, that is very lovely and streamlined.

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  58. Jane, I agree! This Erdem is the worst dress Kate has ever worn. I absolutely do not like the evening Erdem I just saw online! She needs to ditch Erdem all together. Hideous clothes!!! But, do love Kate!!! Kathy from NJ

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  59. I think CP Victoria is partial to florals--look at some of her ball gown selections, as well as the print dress she wore during the day. Perhaps Kate thought she would appreciate it--or even be wearing a floral dress herself! Victoria actually surprised me in all black. I think the bigger issue is why our Kate continues to dress as if she's not pregnant. It's by no means a secret to be kept at this point. There's a good reason for maternity wear and good designers can make the most out of a woman's blossoming figure. Celebrate it, even! We've certainly come a long way from the sailor collars and big bows of 25 years ago!
    If Kate had looked smiling and confident, I believe we may have had a different opinion on this dress.

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    1. There are a lot of pictures of her smiling and laughing, and some videos. She looks very happy and the gown is beautiful in motion and under a better light. I think it was a very good gown to dress her shape, she looked very tall and slender

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  60. I agree the Erdman dress was spectacular and very fashion forward. She looked beautiful in it! All the designers are doing florals and victorian necklines and sleeves. Kate is young and she gets to experiment with style. Your all so critical.

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  61. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU Jane! When I first saw this dress on Instagram this am, I thought, HOLY COW, then I thought, am I the only person in the world who thinks Kate needs to give Erdem a pass from now on? I mean really, UGLY!! Actually, unbelievably UGLY!! In a sea of plain and uninspiring dresses, you are absolutely right, Kate took the cake!! At 9pm I still haven't gotten over this dress. The worst.

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  62. I thought the second Erdem was better, like most I like her in blue much better. When you see how the designer "dressed" his models, the dress was much longer. I think because she's wearing non-maternity clothes, while six months pregnant, they don't hang as they were intended to hang. I think if it had been longer, it would have worked better. And I agree the shoes didn't exactly make it either. Having said all of that, the coat and dress earlier in the day were lovely.

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  63. Jane I am just nuts about the faux fur stole and cuffs. It's something I own and would wear also. Love that she wears it too. As for Erdem, I don't know. I'm telling you , it's another boy, cause she made stupid fashion choices while pregnant with George too.

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  64. The biggest fashion miss for this Erdem gold dress and the dress she wore the next day is too much modesty; high neckline, long sleeves and hair up makes her look 70. Case in point: she looks much younger with her hair down on the first day in Norway after the arrival.

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  65. Jane, I think your comments are very tactful. I wasn't a fan of the "Dust-Ruffle Erdem" and I'm still not. But the gold number was, and I'm trying to find diplomatic language, not something I can understand being worthy of a wear. I am 'Er-done' with Erdem :) Not a fan at all.

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  66. Love Kate, hate the dress. Hate it with a passion. Couldn't be uglier. Erdem is awful. Kate needs a stylist. Why doesn't she use a stylist???

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  67. She's exhausted by dinner. I give her an A+ just for showing up.

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  68. I normally love everything Kate wears, but the yellow Erdem dress was just awful (in my opinion). I think it was just too much of too many things, the shiny fabric, the huge florals, the yellow, the buttons up the front, the bell sleeves, the dust ruffle, the belt, the loose, weird fit, the high ruffled neckline... However, she normally gets it so right, so I feel like she's entitled to get it wrong once in a while. And she still looks beautiful, albeit in a horrible dress.

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  69. I loved all the outfits, especially the Sorel boots and those adorable knit caps. But sadly, not the two Erdem dresses. I'm sorry to say I thought they were hideous. I was surprised to see Kate wearing them, especially that dreadful yellow one. I can't decide whether or not Natasha the Stylist was out sick that day or if Kate was when that dress got chosen. Either way, what were they thinking?

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