Hello-Hello, I am back with Part 2 of The Duchess at 40. Today’s post focuses on daywear. I initially said it would also include formal outfits, but that would make it much too long. (And it is already too long.)
The Duchess of Cambridge encounters many different environments and situations when carrying out engagements. Some are casual, some dressy, and some are formal. The majority fit in what I call the ‘daywear’ category, encompassing basic dresses, trousers, and suits. (We’ll have a separate look at the Duchess’s sporty and casual styles.)
COATS: The Duchess has long had a strong coat game. We begin with a personal favorite, the aubergine coat with princess seams and funnel neckline by ‘an independent British dressmaker’ (many of us believe this is an Alexander McQueen design), seen on Christmas Day 2011; the by DAY Birger et Mikkelsen style showcasing a gold-tinged brocade fabric seen at Zara Tindall’s 2011 wedding (seen again at other events); when visiting Dundee, Scotland in October 2015, the Duchess wore a striking blue houndstooth design by Christopher Kane described as a “slim-fitted dogtooth wool tailored coat with belt” atop a black turtleneck and matching blue kilt; when doing a day of engagements in Manchester in October 2016, the Duchess chose a checked design by Erdem with softly rounded lapels and lightly padded shoulders; for a May 2014 visit to Scotland, the Duchess wore Jonathan Saunders’ Athena’ coat in a wool-mohair blend; on Christmas Day 2014 the Duchess wore the Moloh ‘Turpin’ coat in a brown and cream tweed with epaulets and decorative tabs at the cuffs.