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Kate in Paule Ka for Children’s Neuroscience Engagement

The Duchess brought back a Paule Ka suit for today’s engagement at University College London (UCL).

She was at the University to visit its Neuroscience lab.

Kate met with a team of research neuroscientists. One of the scientists is Professor Eamon McCrory, seen below left. He describes his research as focusing on “…early adversity and behavioral problems in childhood. I am particularly interested in the impact of maltreatment on children’s emotional development and their future mental health.”

Richard Palmer shared a video.

The UCL neuroscience team also works with the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, an organization Kate and William both support. In a news release, UCL says that in partnership with the Freud Centre, “UCL is training researchers and clinicians in child development and mental health with over 300 students enrolled.”

Kate heard Dr. McCrory’s team talk about “….how they work closely with children and families to shed new light on resilience following early adversity.”

Kate also took part in a roundtable meeting with researchers and students.

In a news release, Dr. McCrory said,  “What we are learning has the potential to significantly improve the lives of children and their families. I am delighted and truly honoured that Her Royal Highness has shown such interest in our work and is supporting vital research in this area.”

Now for our look at what Kate wore today, starting with her Paule Ka separates. 

The jacket is double-breasted; it features a shawl collar, two front patch pockets, a slanted breast pocket and modified peplum detailing at the waist. The skirt’s most distinctive feature is its three tiers.

Kate previously wore the suit in October 2012 for a Middle Temple engagement, and again in February 2017 for an away day in Wales.

This may actually be the fourth wearing; there is some thought the Duchess wore it for the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace in December 2011. Photos may be seen here.

The Duchess carried her go-to Mulberry Bayswater clutch. (Kate’s bag is suede.) 

And brought back her Tod’s suede pumps.

She was also wearing her Asprey Oak Leaf earrings. (We show them as worn at another engagement; today’s photos did not yield a good closeup.)

The Duchess wore her hair pulled back and tied with a velvet ribbon.

On a related note, the Duchess of Sussex also had an engagement today. She also wore burgundy.

There’s been chatter about this online, debate about whether or not it was planned. I believe it was. Both women are sure to have heard about or read the stories in the tabloids about their hypothetical arguments, the fights they are allegedly having, all manner of things. Both are well aware of the unspoken messages their wardrobes send, and both are savvy enough to connect and say, “Hey, next time we have engagements on the same day, do you want to wear the same color or do something else to send a message?” Call me crazy, but I don’t believe it is coincidental they both wore berry/maroon clothing, both wore black tights and both wore ponytails on the first day in quite a while when they both had engagements.

If so inclined, you can read about Meghan’s outfit at our sister site, What Meghan Wore.


Also today, a quick retail note: Monica Vinader has started its Black Friday promotion early, offering 30% off *all* collections. This includes Kate’s Siren earrings. Normally priced at $195, the earrings are now $136.50.

For everyone celebrating tomorrow, I hope you have a splendid Thanksgiving! We’ll see you Friday with our annual list of shopping Sales & Savings opportunities! Gobble-gobble.

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Saturday 1st of December 2018

Oof sorry to say there is nothing to like about this look. I even showed it to my mom asking “What do you think?” and her first comment was how outdated it looks. Burgundy is a fine color on Kate but that blazer looks a bit too snug. And the skirt isn’t necessarily too short but it looks like something cutesy I would have worn in college or high school. Kate looks like an intern here not a 30 something year old woman. Time to donate this outfit to the Goodwill.


Friday 30th of November 2018

I am generally a big fan of Kate and her beautiful fashions. I like the fact that she has been re-wearing some of her lovely classic clothes like that gorgeous teal Jenny Packham gown. More of that, please!

However, Kate needs to get rid of this entire burgundy outfit and never wear it again.. This mess needs to go to Goodwill. The color is not flattering on her at all, the skirt is much too short. Short skirts like this are no longer in style. Also the awful bland black turtleneck makes it even worse. This outfit might have been salvaged for a younger woman with over the knee boots and an on trend ruffly, lacy blouse. The whole look is thrown together, not flattering and needs to leave Kate's wardrobe forthwith. She has so many lovely coats and suits I cannot imagine why on earth she would wear this hot mess of an ensemble.


Thursday 29th of November 2018

She really does have an amazing figure and this six year old outfit definitely shows it off. I love that she and Meghan color coordinated for this day out at different events. The ribbon goes well with the overall look. It's nice to see her try something new.


Thursday 29th of November 2018

I forgot to add, I love her new earrings!!!


Tuesday 27th of November 2018

I think the coordinating outfits were a coincidence. This time of year, burgandy and black tights are not hard to come by. If anything, I would be concerned about inviting a "who wore it better" showdown.


Tuesday 27th of November 2018

Love love love the coordinating outfits between the two duchesses. I definitely agree that they're making an unspoken statement that they are, in fact, quite close.

I agree with others here though that the proportions are off for the Duchess of Cambridge. The skirt is too short and flared for me. A pencil cut a few inches longer I think would have worked better on her slender frame. As it is, it looks like she's wearing a triangle instead of a skirt.

sue d

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

I too love the coordinating of the day's outfits ! She would look on point and elegant in a pencil skirt which she rarely seems to wear!

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