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Kate's Visit to Hampton Court Garden in Sandro Paris

Thursday, July 11, 2019

It is time to do some real catch up! Last Monday (July 1st), Kate attended the opening of her Back to Nature garden at Hampton Court. Although this was not on her calendar, the opening date was public, so most royal watchers expected her to show up, and we were not disappointed.

We were not disappointed in the fashion, department, either. This dress was by French label Sandro Paris. If Kate is going to continue wearing midi dresses, this kind is my favorite—beautiful colors, attractive print, flattering cut, and youthful features, like the gathered bodice and that v-neckline. The v-neckline might have been the biggest selling point for me—you all know I like a good plunge. The v-neck really does lighten the look of the midi dress--it adds some va va voom, and even streamlines the silhouette, I think. 

Kate’s Castener wedges are not, sadly, growing on me, but they seem to be the wedge of the summer. Now I know how all of you who didn’t love the Corkswoons felt.  The Polly Petal earrings by Accessorize were the perfect accessory here. The print of the dress is quite fun, and I feel like these earrings are right on vibe. 

I don't feel like there is all that much to analyze here. Given the nature of the outside activities, a longer hemline is definitely a good call. These easy-breezy summer dresses are very youthful on Kate and they track the informality of an outdoor children's event, while still hitting the appropriate formality for a royal Duchess mixing with the public. This was a big win...Casteners notwithstanding. ;)