Jul 282014
 

Kate was in familiar styles today in Scotland.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

The Duchess joined Harry and William for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Their first stop today was at the gymnastics competition, the Daily Express has more.

They sat in the family section of the arena shortly before 3pm as gymnasts from across the Commonwealth competed in the men’s and women’s team finals.

Their arrival at the Hydro went almost unnoticed by the crowds until cameras showed them on the arena’s big screens.

After gymnastics the trio went to the boxing venue, where they watched England’s Scott Fitzgerald take on Azumah Mohammed of Ghana.

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Mr. Fitzgerald was triumphant over Mr. Mohammed, winning the welterweight match.

Splash News

Splash News

As the Duke, Duchess and Prince departed the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre after the boxing match, Kate thanked volunteers. (Our thanks to John Cushing for allowing us to use his photograph.)

Photo: Kind Permission John Cushng Global Radio (@

Photo: Kind Permission John Cushing, Global Radio (@JohnCushing)

Thus far the Games have been enormously successful, more from the Daily Mail:

Since the Queen opened the event last week, the Commonwealth Games has proved popular with royal visitors, starting with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, who kicked off a week of royal visits the day before the event got underway.

Other royals to be seen cheering on the athletes in Glasgow include the Queen, who joined the crowds at the hockey and the swimming on last Thursday, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who were seen over the weekend at the hockey and the rugby sevens. 

The Glasgow games have already broken Scottish visitor records with more than 350,000 spectators watching events yesterday on so-called ‘Super Sunday’.

In these pictures via Michael Kurn you see them arriving for field hockey competition.

Photos via Kind Courtesy Michael Kurn Twitter (@MichaelKurn)

Photos: Via Kind Courtesy Michael Kurn (@MichaelKurn)

Prince Edward, who is Vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games, joined the younger royals to watch the women’s field hockey.
Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Whether watching competition, traveling between events, or meeting athletes, Harry, William and Kate seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. Here we see Kate and William reacting to action in the hockey game.

i-Images/Polaris

Having this generation of royals supporting sports initiatives makes perfect sense. The Duke, Duchess & Prince Harry are all athletic, with a particular affinity for team sports. They have all volunteered time for other sporting endeavors, especially those benefiting charitable organizations. Kate is royal patron for SportsAid, an organization providing financial support to young athletes who ultimately want to compete at the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games level.

SportsAid

SportsAid

Below, Harry posing for a photo with England’s hockey team, tweeted by Georgie Twigg, Team GB Olympic hockey medalist.

Georgie Twigg Twitter Feed

Readers won’t be surprised at what Kate wore at the Games today, many will recognize her clothing and accessories. The jacket is by Zara, we first saw the Duchess wearing it in Auckland, New Zealand, during the royal tour.

Zara / Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online Twitter Feed (@RE_DailyMail)

Zara / Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online Twitter Feed (@RE_DailyMail)

She also wore skinny jeans and a blouse we have yet to identify.

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

The button-front top is sleeveless and appears to be done in a tone-on-tone stripe. Below, a better look at the collar.

splash News / Polaris Images

Splash News / Polaris Images

It also has domed buttons and vertical tucks from the shoulder seam to the bustline.

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

If/when the blouse is identified we’ll update the post with that information.

Kate was carrying her Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley Muse clutch in navy suede (£255, about $430). For those not as familiar with the handbag, a snippet from the product description.

In blue suede, the chic minimal design and simple flap closure make this understated evening bag the last word in luxury.

With thanks to those questioning the handbag ID in this post (and on Facebook, Twitter, as well as via email), I raised the question with several closeup photos in Tuesday’s post on the Commonwealth Games. Kate is carrying an Emmy clutch, not the Stuart Weitzman Muse.

UPDATED FRIDAY AUGUST 1: Kate was actually carrying a bag by from a favored firm, LK Bennett: the retailer’s Frome Suede Clutch, described as “our wear-anywhere favourite clutch. Smart, sleek and the perfect size for any occasion, it’s crafted in soft suede.  It initially sold for £185 (about $300) but most recently it was discounted to £110, roughly $185.

LK Bennett 'Frome'

LK Bennett ‘Frome’

Cindy, Sara & Anna of My Small Obsessions have our thanks for their identification of the piece.

At times Kate could be seen holding a pair of sunglasses, but we haven’t yet seen photographs allowing a firm identification. And she was also wearing her trusty Corkswoon wedges by Stuart Weitzman.

Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman

We show them at Stuart Weitzman above, but they are also available at Zappos. Both retailers charge $398 for the shoes.

The Duchess accessorized with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings, Cartier Ballon Bleu wristwatch and Asprey charms necklace featuring charms from the company’s Woodland Collection.

Kiki McDonoough/Cartier/Asprey

Kiki McDonoough/Cartier/Asprey

Not everyone was thrilled with what Kate wore: a look at Twitter, the WKW Facebook page, other blogs, and some of the comments on this post is all one needs to verify that sentiment. Why? Because many feel Kate settles for a ‘uniform’ when she should be showing variety, at least a little bit, in her wardrobe. A look at the headline and montage from Dhani Mau’s post today in Fashionista:

Fashionista.com

Fashionista.com

From Dhani’s story:

“…fashion-wise, it was not very exciting. That’s because she was wearing an outfit that she’s worn literally a dozen times and seems to choose for every occasion that calls for something casual — i.e. not a dress.”

It’s a good point. Except I think Kate wants to be “boring”: she wants attention on the occasion/event/function she is attending, and the people involved with that event. She doesn’t want the focus on her and what she is wearing. I respect her feeling that way (if, in fact, it is how she feels, obviously it’s mere speculation on my part). Unfortunately, one need only look where all the cameras are pointed when Kate is present to realize the noblest of intentions can be overwhelmed by the reality of a wired world demanding its pictures. Now. They want them now, as in I wanted-them-yesterday-now.

Would there be even more buzz and tweeting and chatter if the Duchess wore something new? I don’t know, but my instinct is there would be; the old Tweet-o-Meter would be peaking in the red zone. While I am not a fan of everything Kate wears in this sort of ensemble, I respect what appears to be her determination to not feed the beast, if at all possible, and to stay in the pleasantly ‘uninspired’ category.

Kate and William watching swimming this evening.

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

And William fanning her with her credentials because it’s warm at the swimming venue.

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

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Also today, a very quick update on what the Duchess wore this Saturday when attending a wedding with Prince William. They were in Batcombe, a small village in Somerset, for the marriage of Alexander Vaulkhard and Sarah Nicholson. The Prince became friends with Mr. Vaulkhard when both were attending Eton. There are no photos available for licensing, although you can see a few images here. The Duchess was in a Jenny Packham frock we have seen before, worn to a polo match in California during the 2011 N. American tour.

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

We did not see the dress again for almost a year, when Kate wore the silver and marble grey hand-painted silk frock to the June 2012 wedding of Prince William’s cousin, Emily McCorquodale.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News (June 2012)

Kate also appeared to be wearing the ‘Sliver’ sandal this weekend, the same shoe originally worn with the dress in 2011, it is by LK Bennett.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

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In Friday’s post we wrote about the incredible display of 880,000+ handmade ceramic poppies being ‘planted’ in the dry moat at the Tower of London.

The Tower of London/Historic Royal Palaces

The Tower of London/Historic Royal Palaces

Ceramic artist Paul Cummins and set designer Tom Piper are doing the installation in tandem with Historic Royal Palaces as part of the World War I Centenary observances. Mr. Cummins has been working with volunteers for more than a year, creating the handcrafted glazed red ceramic poppies. Now there is a small army of more volunteers (8000+) who have been working for days ‘planting’ the poppies at the Tower, all part of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

Historic Royal Palaces Instagram

Historic Royal Palaces Instagram

From Historic Royal Palaces:

Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, the installation is being created in the Tower’s famous dry moat. It will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war.

It is a massive undertaking.

Coming Home Facebook Page

Coming Home Facebook Page

The sea of red is already a spectacular sight.

Coming Home

Coming Home

This photo gives you an idea of the scale in terms of size, that is Crawford Butler holding the flower in a picture taken earlier this month. Mr. Butler is the longest serving Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London and he was given the honor of planting the first flower.

Tower of London

Tower of London

A closer look at one of the poppies.

Via

Via the Tower of London

Here you see another Yeoman Warder in a photo taken today, as he stands amid the poppies rapidly filling the moat.

Historic Royal Palaces Twitter

Historic Royal Palaces Twitter

Several WKWers have actually worked on the project as volunteers, and others have registered their interest to purchase one after the installation is closed.

Each ceramic poppy will be available to buy for £25 (+p&p) from 5 August 2014. 10% from each poppy, plus all net proceeds, which we hope will be millions of pounds if all poppies are sold, will be shared equally amongst six service charities.

The charities chosen are Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).
To register your interest in purchasing a poppy, click here. We’ll leave you with this latest image shared by Coming Home, one of the 6 organization’s  that will benefit if enough of the poppies are sold.
Coming Home Twitter (@ComingHomeOrg)

Coming Home Twitter (@ComingHomeOrg)

We will see you tomorrow, when Kate is due back at the Commonwealth Games.

 

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  42 Responses to “Familiar Pieces at Commonwealth Games, UPDATED with 2nd Bag ID (Corrected), More on the Massive Poppy Project, & What Kate Wore to a Wedding Saturday”

  1. Are her jeans Top Shop Leigh Moto’s? I love those jeans and have them in a few different washes and they look very similar to hers, they also have the ankle grazer option which looks to be what she’s wearing. She was wearing Top Shop maternity jeans (tell tale sign is the slight roll at the ankle on the maternity jeans) so I wouldn’t be surprised if she also likes the regular Leigh Motos

  2. While I thoroughly enjoy your blog and your attention to detail, I must say Kate’s wardrobe selections have become quite boring. I’m not sure if she enlists the help of a stylist, but if not, maybe she should. One can look classic and elegant without being boring or wearing the same outfit over and over again. Her sense of style seems to be lacking in comparison to some of her other royal colleagues such as Queen Letizia of Spain. Perhaps you should consider covering her wardrobe. Just a thought.

    Thanks for the wonderful effort you put into this blog.

  3. Dear Susan,
    Let me start by saying that I have been following your blog since its inception, but I have never posted any comments until this minute. I truly appreciate your hard work and dedications to this blog and your timely fashion of posting everything. I am obsessed with your blog (not Kate Middleton) and I love love love the way you break down everything and go into details and add links to other sites. My day starts with a cup of earl grey tea and this blog, which is a dream come true. Thank you for your hard work and for sharing all these information with us mere mortals.

    Now onto Kate’s wardrobe du jour. I have to admit the posting by Dhani Mau made me laugh so hard that I spewed my tea all over my desk. I never really understood the ensemble of high wedges, a fitted jacket and skinny jeans that end 2 inches above her ankles as a casual go-to outfit/uniform. In fact, I never really understood her wedges as part of this uniform and they did not look good on her until she wore them with the DVF dress in New Zealand, which in my humble opinion was the perfect match (A++).

    I totally agree with Dhani Mau that kate’s casual uniform is bordering on bizarre now. It makes her look clueless, even though she is a beautiful young woman with a killer body. I think Kate has many simple, casual pieces that she can wear without drawing attention to her. Just look at her wardrobe before she married P.W. What has she done with them? did she donate them? Did she leave them at her parents house? did she give them to her sister?

    with warmest regards
    Tilla R.

    NOTE: Edited by admin

  4. Uops, I forgot to tell you that I believe that at Saturday’s wedding she was wearing the white fascinator that she was wearing at 2012 Order of the Garter ceremony… :D

  5. i think there’s also a huge thing the press, critics, style watchers etc. are forgetting when appraising kate’s outfits-she’s a mother now! we all know she has royal aids that pick her clothes based on symbolism etc. but to informal events-she’s just getting dressed in her go to outfits she finds comfortable and works well at such functions. i know i have my go to outfits when i am uninspired to throw an ensemble together. she’s a mother now. and from all accounts a very hands on devoted mother. that takes time! and she doesn’t seem to be the type that would call her royal aid/stylist and say “what about that charity match? can you send me some outfit ideas?” no. she has a son (regardless of the heir to the throne) and that’s what happens when you become a mother. and that’s what makes her so likable. i do agree to a certain extent she doesnt want attention being drawn to her new top (which it always will be) but more so i think she’s just a normal mom who is busy with an active infant and she has bigger fish to fry.

  6. Your insight into Kate’s uniform is really interesting. It reminds me of when Jennifer Aniston was on “Friends” and was often seen wearing the same pair of orange workout pants, probably in an attempt to avoid more harassment from the paparazzi. Kate always looks beautiful, but I do think her style is so classic that it borders on boring, especially for someone her age. I wish she would take more risks and have a little fun. I do like that dress for the wedding, though. And I think her eyeliner sometimes ages her, when she is really so young and beautiful. In some pictures, she looks like she could be a lovely woman in her 40s or 50s, and I think it’s because of the makeup.

  7. Any word on the sleeveless tucked blouse Kate wore on the first day of the Games? I am embarrassingly obsessed…

  8. Love the sleeveless blouse – it really suits Kate. The jacket is ok, and our old friends the corkswoons have turned up again. But those jeans!!! So wrinkly round the knees and starting to look faded and worn. They need relegating to the gardening clothes box….or the royal equivalent :)

  9. I have a theory regarding the Asprey Woodland Collection charms. Heraldically speaking the acorn obviously represents Katherine and the Middelton clan. According to their official website: “In the conjugal Arms, The Duchess of Cambridge’s shield is surrounded by a Wreath of Oak, to balance out the Duke’s garter on his crest.” As she does in life, The Duchess provides balance to her husband. Of course the mushroom is baby George.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Thank you for the wonderful blog. Cheers!

  10. I think it would be nice to vary her casual uniform. She has some many beautiful variations when she dresses up but when she is casual, it is either the navy skinny jeans and a navy jacket or the skinny jeans and the top with the stripes.

    I also notice, that she has never been seen wearing flowing trousers no matter how far back you look at pictures of her. Always jeans of some sort. Maybe that is not something that is popular in the UK.

  11. Someone needs to tell her that high wedges look ridiculous with skinny jeans. And these skinny jeans are too tight/wrinkly. The other colors fit her much better. If she wants to adopt a “uniform” (and I agree that this is practical and economical), why not consider a trendy pantsuit. Flare legs would accentuate her height and her slim figure.

  12. Great post Susan! As always I knew right where to go to find the answers to my question from the Femail Daily Mail posts. They should hire you but then again it’s nice to keep our National treasures here at home, which I consider you. :)

  13. Kate looks great and it isn’t a stretch of the imagination to assume she likes knowing what she will look like in pictures. In other words, the outfit is safe. She has some tells that she isn’t always totally secure in her duties, but does her best to be outgoing and positive about them anyway. I suspect having a very consistent and safe outfit is part of that.

    I would love to see her in a different trouser shape, though. She wears a wider pant leg very well, but hasn’t chosen that style in quite a while. Even a small change like that would refresh her look a bit.

  14. I have no problem with Kate’s casual uniform. I too prefer skinny jeans, and only own them in a couple of different shades as they can make for a great neutral base for an outfit. The same goes for her blazer, a classic cut in a color that goes with everything, allowing her to change it up with her blouse and other accessories. And I don’t fault her for wearing those wedges over and over either, I’m guessing they’re quite comfortable and she probably enjoys being closer to William’s height. I purchased a pair of wedges similar to the Corkswoons a few months ago and I’ve worn them almost on a daily basis from everything to work, to weddings, to the grocery store as they are so comfortable. Flats are great, but I’ve found that a wedge or a heel force you to stand up straighter which makes your overall shape look better.

  15. Is it possible that she is carrying a new clutch? because in some pictures the clutch appears to be larger and front side seems to different to the muse bag. But i’m not really sure. It’s just a guess.

  16. I hate the wedges. Those turn up with alarming frequency, and I think they are really ugly. I do like the blouse and it is very pretty and looks great on her. The jeans and jacket do turn up frequently, but she likes them and is comfortable in them, so I think we will see them again! There is a balance to repeating things, and it would be nice to see other older pieces turn up once in a while. She can’t always buy new things; well actually she could, but times are tough economically for a lot of people, and there would be a lot of grumping in the press that she was extra agent if she always only wore something new. I admire her regardless of what she wears, but I cringe every time I see the wedges. Hideous!

  17. The website fromberkshiretobuckingham shows the shoes more clearly, they aren’t the silver sandals they are without straps

    • Hello, and thank you for commenting, I appreciate your input! When looking at Jane’s post on the Vaulkhard / Nicholson wedding I am not seeing any photos from the actual event. The photos used in the post are from previous events, unless there is a picture I somehow missed, or that was perhaps deleted….? Please let me know if there is someplace specific to look, no one would be happier than I to have the shoes correctly identified, it makes life much easier all around. Thank you again! :)

  18. Jacket, ok; jeans — especially with bony knees — no thanks; shoes — can’t stand them! But overall, Kate herself looks fantastic — her hair is in wonderful form and I the make-up works well for all the photos.

    And I like so much what you say about the wired world. I really like to see Kate wearing what she really likes wearing, I’m so glad she isn’t always super-cool uber-chic, sporting whole new outfits every time. I sometimes try to imagine her in outfits like the new Queen of Spain and instantly I can see why I like Kate so much. Letizia wears brilliant outfits which suit her, but Kate has a natural warmth which is all her own and I admire her for sticking with simply being herself, if only because I too have outfits I just like wearing for the heck of it.

    I’ve come to like that Jenny Packham frock more since I first saw it at the polo event. I think then I was suffering from the onslaught of tour outfits when I find my judgement wavering after the first dozen or so events. As I say, it’s possible to suffer from too much click-on entertainment! I love those sandals with the dress too.

    The poppies are awesome. Thanks so much for a thoughtful post.

  19. I’m sorry, but I have to kindly disagree. I don’t think Kate chooses these outfits in order to draw more attention to the event. I think she just genuinely likes this ‘uniform’. I have always thought Kate likes the attention. Maybe in a charity event she may prefer the attention being more on the cause than on her, however, in a event like this I am not sure it really matters. The Royals being there brings way more attention than the Commonwealth games would normally get. I think it is a big assumption to think she dresses this way for the sake of the event she is attending. I think she just wears what is comfortable and knows looks good on her. This is my opinion, and sadly we will never know the truth. But I from things she has done in the past I believe Kate has always liked the attention. Sadly, I think this outfit is very tired and it is time to change up her ‘uniform’. It is too bland and too navy.

    • You may think that Kate “likes the attention”, but I think you actually mean that she enjoys attention – from her husband, from others, etc. It is well documented that her first forays into public life were daunting for her, and her speeches continue to be brief. Consider just this isolated blog, and the level of…detail…in the comments and updates – without question, this young woman is exposed to an attention (I would identify it more aptly as scrutiny – positive or negative) that the casual observer doesn’t really comprehend. The hundreds of flashbulbs going off in my face would put me over the edge, let alone the fact that dozens – hundreds, at times – of strangers are camping out by your home (KP), outside the hospital as you’re delivering your first child, lurking around the weddings of your friends, and on your private holidays – the list goes on and on. No, I don’t believe for a moment that she likes attention of this sort – or that any of the commenters here would enjoy it either.

  20. Yes, I believe you’ve done a right analysis of her intentions! And that’s evident also when she goes at weddings, when she always recycles something old, I think for not overshadowing the bride…
    Evens so, she has given us a little trouble in identifying the blouse!!! ;-) (just kidding ;-) )

    Just one question: do you believe that they will delivery the poppies also outside the UK (particularly in Italy)? :D

    Thanks a lot and all my best compliments to this wonderful blog!!! :D

    • I think it is great fun that Catherine is sometimes wearing pieces that are not that easy to track down. :)

      To my knowledge, skinny jeans, wedges and blazer with this light blue and white striped blouse (+ clutch + yellow earrings) is a combination she has never before worn in public.

      I also suppose that the colours Catherine, William and Harry wore aren’t pure coincidence:

      darker blue + yellow: Commonwealth flag
      darker blue: also in the UNION(!) Jack > referendum anybody ?? :)
      white: Union Jack, and also in the flags of England, Wales AND Scotland
      lighter blue and white: Scotland
      no English red

      I am also very happy with her rewearing clothes. Rose

  21. That blouse with the pleats (not tucks) looks like seersucker to me. I think that look of Kate’s is missing a belt. So did the dress worn at the wedding, which almost looks too big on her, contrary to the runway photo, where the model is wearing (drum rolls)… a belt! I don’t have a problem with Kate wearing navy, though: if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

  22. I agree that we are all bored with, what seems to be Kate’s one and only casual outfit. I am a big fan of navy blue but try not to wear it over and over again. Even if Kate insists on the navy blazer, there could be a pair of red, or perhaps any colour skinny jeans. And those wedges are not necessary. A pair of stylist flats would be a really cute change…and likely more comfortable. Her hair looks lovely but the eye liner is too harsh and needs to be softened. I love the photo where William is holding her hand. How nice to see a solid and happy relationship!

  23. Clearly, I’m in the minority, but I like the “uniform” on her not-so-official events like watching sport. It’s obviously comfortable, and it works well to photograph with her husband and brother-in-law. When I attended the Olympics, I wore shorts and t-shirts every day. She’s clearly not allowed to do that, but she’s making herself comfortable at an event hat involves a lot of sitting. She does change it up sometimes, like today with different blouse. Her presence is suppose to bring attention to the events unfolding in front of them (i.e. the Commonwealth Games), not whether she’s wearing a new outfit.

  24. All stylish women have a uniform. Think of Katharine Hepburn wearing khakis, Audrey Hepburn and skinny black pants, the Queen and her Hermes scarves, tartan skirts and cardigans. There is nothing wrong and a lot to praise in Kate having a uniform. Ten and 20 years from now, her photos will look just as contemporary as they do now.

    So, please don’t give her a hard time. This is much better than all of Princess Diana’s many fashion mistakes. And by the way, she had a similar uniform.

    • I agree with your sentiments re “uniforms” especially with regard to the Queen. I’ve often thought Kate seems to be taking a leaf out of that Royal lady’s book by sticking with her own “go-to” outfits.

      And she did at least change up her blouse. Sadly I’m one of those who don’t like the blouse, such a strange stand up collar, although in the photo of her minus jacket, both the colour and the collar look very well against her face and tumbling curls!

      But she’s not there to be a fashion plate, she has a job to do and is highly competent at it

  25. I honestly don’t mind her “uniform” looks but i agree it can get old. Mayby it’s time to try domething else. :) Having said that, I may sound defending the duchess, but I do think she might be playing safe in these occasions. Blue white and red are national colors and nautical stripes are very neutral. She has other times to shine.

    The smythe jacket always makes me drool…

  26. I love how affectionate Kate is with William, putting her hand on his knee, etc.
    That’s love as well as chemistry, and it’s great to see them as a couple.

    She has beautiful eyes.

    I’m sick of the outfit too, but she re-wears things a lot. Too often in my opinion.
    But then again, maybe she is deliberately trying to avoid being accused of only being interested in clothes.

    Poor thing can’t win – if she wears a different outfit every time, she gets criticized. If she wears the same thing too often, she gets criticized.

    At least she could change her hairstyle more often!!! Maybe some french braids?

  27. Alas, the dreaded Corkswoons. I don’t care about the Duchess’s love of navy blue and her choice to wear a certain “uniform” to sporting events — she doesn’t need to dress up for these in any way, or deflect attention from the athletes via her clothes — but I’ve truly come to hate those wedges. That’s saying something, since I’m normally a fan of wedges.

    Just not those.

    I also don’t adore that Packham dress. It’s pretty enough, there’s nothing objectionable about it by any means, I’ve just never though it particularly interesting. Not my style, I suppose.

    On the other hand, the poppies-in-the-moat project is fascinating. Thanks so much for the photographs.

  28. It seems like Kate went for a comfortable outfit, so I can’t fault her for these choices. I’m not interested in psychoanalyzing her but this is the most somber I’ve ever seen her at a festive outing — that shot of her without her blazer is so sobering! Also, she and William are quite affectionate in these shots, which seems out of the ordinary.

    I do really love this hairstyle, and I detect some sort of change to her eyeliner — her eyes look so much larger here, in a tasteful way. Her eyeliner all around is still very dark, but I believe she may have white eyeliner on the inside of the lower lid. Overall, a lovely effect!

    …although I, too, miss those cute red skinny jeans!

    • I like your thought about the eyeliner, it does seem to look different this time. I had wondered if it was just the effect of lighting in the photo, but the extra eyeliner sounds very imaginative!

  29. I think Kate is smart to wear a casual uniform. She knows what she likes and what she looks good in. Kudos to her for bucking the fashion expectations in her mild, sweet way!!! We would all do well to own fewer clothes.

  30. Oh dear god, please retire this outfit already!

    At least change up the colors, please. We know she has a different colored pair of jeans and a different colored blazers from before her wedding. Why not wear a pair of white skinny jeans, white sleeveless and a tan-colored or light blue colored or even light green colored blazer from her pre-wedding/college days with a pair of cute flats? Mix it up a little. We get the uniform, but at least change the colors.

    If she wears navy blue tomorrow, I’m going to scream.

    • I might scream with you!! I am so sick of this outfit. Too much navy, it is getting to be ridiculous. I want those wedges retired. If she wants to wear wedges, she should try another pair. She has several nice black wedges she could wear. I agree, different colors would help so much!!! I was thinking a cream blazer with her skinny jeans would be an improvement. She even had nice cream flats pre-wedding that would have looked great!!! This outfit is so boring and tired!! I have items that I love to wear too, but I change up what I wear them with, such as I have an amazing blazer, but I change the blouse and shoes. Her uniform just needs some variety.

  31. I’m getting a bit tired of seeing Kate always in navy (especially the wedges) at sporting events. I understand everyone has their “colour”, but I think that she really should change it up a bit! Her shirt is even wrinkled (perhaps from sitting), and that blazer look is going to be tired out soon. I really wish she would’ve worn some red and some sandals. Also, less eyeliner! The hair is lovely and I do like the cut of the shirt. I just wish she would get out of this “sport uniform”.

  32. I love your blog as always! One question, you mentioned she was wearing the LK Bennett Sliver sandal this weekend, but in the pictures of Kate attending the wedding, it appears she’s wearing the sledges. Was there another outing she was spotted at this weekend wearing the sliver sandals? I was always a fan of those and wished she’d worn them more often!

    • I think perhaps you’re looking at the picture from an earlier wedding, in 2012, when she wore the Packham dress, with a Katherine Hooker coat and the Sledges.

      However, it’s actually not possible to tell – or, at least, I can’t tell — what shoes she was wearing at this most recent wedding. Have I missed something that indicates she was wearing the Slivers?

      • Hi Lili, hmmm you could be right. Maybe it is an older picture. Other Kate blogs showed what looks like her wearing the sledges as well but maybe they could be similar style? In this blog it says she was seen wearing the sliver sandals, but even if they aren’t the wedges, they don’t appear to be the slivers to me. Do you agree?? Perhaps another LK Bennett style?

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