After arriving at the airport to fly home yesterday I plugged in the iThing and had a delightful surprise: Kate and George joined other family members at a charity polo match.
It was very much a family affair: Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall were on hand with daughter Mia; Autumn and Peter Phillips with daughters Isla and Savannah were also there; Prince Charles came to the event as well. George seemed happy entertaining himself or playing with cousins.
The Duchess was in casual pieces, many of them things we have seen her wear before. We’ll begin with Kate’s shoe, the ‘Bala’ style from Sebago. The moccasin-style shoe is suede, with a non-slip rubber sole and cushioned lining.
For anyone interested in purchasing a pair, now is a good time to buy, the shoe is on sale at quite a few locations: Shoes.com has a good selection of sizes and the style is $70.99; at Amazon the price is also $70.99 (that’s 25% off) and shipping is free; Sebago has the shoe priced at $95.
NOTE June 18: Our friends at People report that Topshop says Kate is *not* wearing their jeans. I am looking through photos and will probably be downloading others in an effort to discover just what brand Kate is wearing. In rare instances retailers have made mistakes when verifying whether or not Kate is wearing their brand. By no means am I suggesting Topshop is mistaken, I just need more time to do some research. Of course, if you have any thoughts or insight on the subject, please email or comment or both!
UPDATED JUNE 20: People Stylewatch has done a column about the ‘mystery jeans, and it has generated some helpful comments here and also on the WKW Facebook page. Our thanks to Ashley Marie for noting that I used the wrong Leigh photo in the original portion of the post, when I should have used the older photos of the Leigh. Below, a look at the 2013 Leigh Maternity Jeans from Nordstrom.
This is the pair we actually linked to back in a 2013 post about the Ring of Fire race Kate started with William when Kate wore Topshop’s black version of the Leigh maternity jeans. These next photos have been digitally lightened to better show the product detail of Kate’s black pair. A newer version of the black Leigh jean is available at Nordstrom, but it does not have the cuff seen in Kate’s older style.
Back to the blue pair from last Sunday; below we show the 2013 version in a side-by-side comparison from the front. Both the black and blue styles came from Topshop’s Maternity collection at Nordstrom.
The style is described as a “pair of medium-rinse skinnies is crafted with a tonal band to accommodate your growing bump for supportive comfort without sacrificing modern style.” As noted by Nat in a comment, it’s possible the jeans are from Kate’s previous pregnancy and very well worn. The jeans are a cotton/poly/elastene blend, a fiber mix that would guarantee comfort and stretch. One more set of comparison shots.
Now back to our original content, showing a comparison of the current Topshop Leigh at Nordstrom to Kate’s pair at the Polo. The current style Leigh jeans are also a cotton/poly blend, with a touch of elastane for stretch, and they have a wide elastic waistband. This contemporary style is available in limited sizing at Topshop ($70).
Topshop remains firm in their statement that the Duchess isn’t wearing a Topshop product. As I noted above, in rare and isolated instances a retailer might be mistaken when responding to media inquiries about their products. It’s possible this is the case here, and Kate is wearing the 2013 Leigh shown in photos above. My gut instinct says that is the situation here, but it’s possible I am wrong and Kate is in a pair of jeans we’ve yet to see identified.
UPDATED June 2015: As we thought possible, Topshop acknowledges Kate was wearing their merchandise. People magazine’s Monique Jessen received confirmation June 23rd from the brand.
Now we move back to our originally published content unrelated to Kate’s jeans. Below, Kate and George with Autumn Phillips.
The Duchess was in another Breton stripe top from a brand she is fond of, ME + EM.
UPDATED JUNE 16: While currently out of stock, ME + EM is taking pre-orders for the top with expected delivery mid-September. The top will be priced at £48, the same cost as the other Breton stripe styles, shipping to the US is an additional £20; this page has more specifics on international shipping. Another graphic from ME + EM.
Our thanks to Valerie, she left a comment on the blog alerting us that ME + EM is re-issuing the piece. If not crazy about waiting several months for one of the brand’s Breton stripe pieces, ME + EM offer a variety of other colors and stripe styles (£48, about $75).
Here is another ME + EM style Kate has worn during last year’s royal tour.
My friend Gracie Beth suggested a few copyKates for that version of the classic piece, including Target’s Merona Boat Neck Tee ($12, or 2 for $20). Another good stand-in: the Elbow Sleeve Breton Stripe Top from the Nautical Company (£45).
The Duchess wore her folding Ray Ban Wayfarers, many thanks to Anna of My Small Obsessions for the ID assistance.
Readers will remember this wasn’t George’s first time at a polo match. Below we show him almost exactly one year ago, on June 15th of 2014. The Duchess’s outfit that day was almost a precise match to what she wore Sunday.
Another look at Kate and George today.
After yesterday’s match was concluded Kate and George spent some time with William.
It seemed this was one of those times when Mom appeared to be having as much fun as her child.
One quick note about today’s annual Order of the Garter ceremony and parade: Kate did *not* attend this year.
NOTE: Yours truly is still playing catchup on email and updates to all the other weekend posts.
- PopSugar‘s photo gallery is here
- The Daily Mail story is here
- The Telegraph’s story is here
- The Daily Mail’s video is here
- The Daily Mirror’s story & video are here