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A Look at Kate’s Wimbledon Style Through the Years

We are back with a new post, this one looking at Kate’s Wimbledon style. We don’t yet have official word about her attendance at matches this year; the Duchess is on maternity leave. As royal patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, it’s likely we’ll see her at one, if not more, matches.

Now for our retrospective examining what Kate has worn for The Championships. We start in June of 2011 when the Duke and Duchess watched Andy Murray outplay Richard Gasquet. Kate was in the Moraiah dress by Temperley London.

When watching Roger Federer in 2012, the Duchess brought back a piece seen during the 2011 North American tour, the sailor-style dress from Alexander McQueen.

Here is how it looked when the Duke and Duchess visited Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island.

Kate wore a second repeated style for another 2012 match, as she was joined by her sister, Pippa Middleton, to watch Andy Murray facing Roger Federer.

It was another piece seen during the 2011 tour, the ‘Vanessa’ dress by Joseph.

You may recognize the jacket; it was also by Joseph. We first saw this piece when William and Kate attended the Epson Derby. On that occasion, the Duchess paired the jacket with the ‘Peacock’ dress from Reiss.

Prince George’s birth kept the Duchess away from 2013 Wimbledon matches. When she returned in 2014, she brought back another dress initially worn during a royal tour, the ‘Roamer Day Dress’ by Zimmerman.

This shows how Kate styled the dress on Easter Sunday, 2014, when visiting Sydney, Australia.

Sticking with the “Repeated Tour Dresses at Wimbledon” theme, Kate wore the Jonathan Saunders ‘Evelyn’ dress at the 2014 Gentlemen’s Finals.

That frock was first worn when Kate and William visited the Solomon Islands during the Jubilee Tour of 2012.

In 2015 the Duchess chose a piece by LK Bennett, the retailer’s Cayla long dress in a rich red hue.

In 2016 we return to the “Repeated Tour Dress” theme when Kate brought back a Roksanda Ilincic design. Below, the Duchess wearing the look when watching Serena Williams take on Elena Vesnina.

The vivid yellow style was worn when Kate, William, and George arrived in Sydney, Australia.

For the 2016 Gentlemen’s Final match between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic, Kate sported an Alexander McQueen design.

In 2017 the Duchess attended her first match as royal patron of the AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club). She wore Dolce and Gabbana to watch the opening round of Gentlemen’s Singles play, featuring Andy Murray vs. Alexander Bublik.

When it was time for the Gentlemen’s Singles final, Kate wore a Catherine Walker design.

There you have all of Kate’s Wimbledon styles since she married Prince William in 2011. I did not realize how many times the Duchess brought back pieces first worn on royal tours. That makes a lot of sense, as they were first worn in locations far away from the UK, and would look fresh for Wimbledon.

Question: Just as we did with Kate’s Trooping the Colour looks, should we do a poll on her Wimbledon style once the Championships are over?


Also today, it’s peak season for summer sales. Here is a quick overview of some of the deals that may be of interest.

Kate’s green Smythe blazer is 30% off at Shopbop. Originally priced at $695 it is now $486.

That’s just one of the offerings at Shopbop, which has some good deals.

At the Outnet, (the discount arm of Net-a-Porter) there are some significant savings. Below, a royal blue dress that looks similar to Kate’s maroon Eloise; originally $740, it is now $340. In the middle, a Temperley London piece on sale, the Prairie Ruffled Chiffon Lace dress, something that kind of looked like Kate. On the  right, another Temperley piece, the Sami Laser Cut dress  (now $381, originally $795).

At Goat itself, there is also a good selection of sale merchandise. Below we show the Ellory coat in pink and also in black; both are 50% off, priced at $440. Kate wore the coat in royal blue. The Duchess also wore the brand’s Eloise dress in plum; it is on sale in marine blue; originally $620, it is now $310. The Redgrave coat is not on sale in Kate’s nude color, but the graphite version is 30% off, as is the frost blue color (not shown in pic below).

Topshop is promoting up to 30% off in a sale that I believe ends Sunday night.

Really Wild has a good range of sale merchandise.

Kate’s Russell & Bromley Muse clutch by Stuart Weitzman is on sale at Russell & Bromley. Thank you for Tara Silvey for her tip on this!

Reiss is offering bargains up to 60% off in its sale.

The LK Bennett end of season sale is underway on the US/Canada website and in-store with discounts up to 60% off original prices. On the UK site the promotion is prices up to 50% off.  J. Crew is promoting over 75% off with promo code BIGSALE.

Other retailers that may be of interest:

We’ll see you Monday for Prince Louis’s christening!


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Maureen C

Friday 13th of July 2018

Just looking through these again after seeing it confirmed that Kate and Meghan will be attending together on Saturday. I can't wait to see what they wear!

Of these, my favorite is the floral Catherine Walker. It's so fun, summery, and interesting to look at. I also love the McQueen. My least favorites is the polka dot D&G. While she looks great in a polka dot print, I think she looks better when the dots are white and the background is black (like the ASOS Maternity Skater Dress she wore:

It just seems to work better for her. The dots in this D&G overwhelm her.


Monday 9th of July 2018

So much white! Which is understandable given that Wimbledon takes place in the summer white is a summery color. I feel though if you made a post of all of Kates' white summery dresses, there would have to be at least 40-50 dresses in there!

I like most of these dresses minus the Alexander McQueen sailor dress. I already know if there were a poll that one would win or be near the top spot. I know it's a favorite but that dress does nothing for her, just makes her look very flight attendant-y. I know it's a "classic" look but it's a very boring dress to look at compared to some of the other vivid dresses there are in the selection. I've always liked the Roksanda Ilincic dress because it is so bright and cheery and Kate can pull off the yellow which is not easy to do. The Zimmerman dress and the first Temperley dress are also ones that I like. The rest are all pretty basic.


Monday 9th of July 2018

I don't remember that Jonathan Saunders one! I love it. The pattern is so unusual and I love the silhouette.


Monday 9th of July 2018

I love the Temperley dress especially the layers and sense of fun and summer. Shame we haven’t seen it again. Love it.


Monday 9th of July 2018

It's interesting to see these all put together, especially as so many of them were repeats at Wimbledon, and I'm more accustomed to thinking of these looks in their original context. It turns out that two of my all-time favorite tour outfits are among them: the McQueen sailor suit (so Anne of Green Gables, which endears it to me forever) and the Zimmerman dress from Australia. I'd forgotten how cleverly she'd styled it at Wimbledon--with the red scarf and that adorable straw handbag in the shape of a fan. And the McQueen look also have a wonderfully sporty, 1920s feel, so appropriate for lawn tennis. I also particularly like the Temperley, though in retrospect it was never really her style; it's interesting that she's rarely worn anything like it since--as well as the flowered Catherine Walker. But really, all her Wimbledon looks have been great. And oh, my, these polls have me longing for her long, cascading curls again. She really has the most mesmerizing hair.

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