The Windsor School of Life will make a real princess out of anyone.
Catherine looks flawless today. But for this to happen, she had to go through a kind of royal style school. Some lessons were relatively easy for her. Assimilating others, she has filled more than one bump. We tell you what the former Kate Middleton had to learn and get used to in order to become the perfect Duchess of Cambridge. By the way, some of this will be useful to us.
Throw out your favorite things in time
There was a time when the Duchess literally did not get out of her favorite ankle boots and boots from the Italian brand Aquaitalia. From such devotion, the shoes got a shabby look. The moral of the story is obvious: don’t get carried away, all things wear out, even those that you really like. Fortunately, reason overcame feelings, and the Duchess of Cambridge replaced the worn boots with new models.
Buy your favorite things “wholesale”
Your favorite thing, whether it’s comfortable shoes, or a dress with a perfect fit, you need to have several copies. Here is the solution to the problem from the point above. Everyone thinks that you are so thrifty and know how to carry things carefully for years and even decades. And you just have ten pairs of your favorite boots and five identical dresses from Emilia Wickstead. In addition, it saves a lot of time for shopping. If you don’t like repeating yourself, buy the thing you like in different colors.
Catherine appeared in this pink Emilia Wickstead dress for the first time in 2013
This is a beautiful turquoise dress (exactly the same as the pink one) Kate wore it in 2014 and 2015.
Another Kate outing in an Emilia Wickstead dress in 2018
William and Kate visited the BBC TV channel, 2018
Filter trends carefully
The wife of the future king has a reputation as a “victim of fashion” – not the best scenario. Kate knows this very well, so, unlike Princess Diana, who sometimes followed fashion too zealously, she is very cool about famously changing trends and adopts into her wardrobe only those that organically fit into her style. That’s why last year we saw the Duchess in an off-the-shoulder dress several times. And that’s why we haven’t seen her in vinyl trousers and over-size jackets.
Kate in a Barbara Casasola dress, 2017
Kate in an Alexander McQueen dress, 2017
Kate in an Erdem dress, 2018
Kate in an Alexander McQueen dress, 2019
Customize outfits to fit the dress code
Since Kate joined the royal family, many outfits in the form in which they were conceived by couturiers are taboo for her. For a while, the Duchess “got out” with the help of more conservative brands, but not for long. Now it is increasingly possible to see branded outfits professionally tailored to the requirements of the protocol on Kate. Most often, the length of the skirt, the shape of the sleeves, the depth of the neckline and the “transparency” of the fabric change (due to the appearance of a body cover under it). A striking example is the red and white Alexander McQueen dress (from Kate’s Canadian tour), in which the skirt was significantly lengthened and the shape of the sleeves was changed. However, sometimes it is enough to remove something redundant from the image. How it turned out with the emerald green Dolce & Gabbana dress from the “fabulous” autumn-winter 2016-17 collection. In the original, the dress has a large applique in the form of a gold pocket watch. A detail that did not fit into the dress code was simply flogged.
The original style of the Alexander McQueen dress
…and a modified version for Kate for a visit to Canada, 2016
Beware of flying skirts in windy weather
Kate Middleton taught this lesson for a long time and clearly based on the rake principle. It would seem that the case at the airfield in a flying Jenny Packham dress in 2011 should have been enough, but no. The Duchess’s stubbornness in this matter has left a lot of funny shots in history that will make Kate blush more than once. It seems that only after an incident in India in an outfit by Emilia Wickstead in 2016, the Duchess finally realized: royal honor and flared skirts are incompatible. On the other hand, you can always use the reception of the Queen herself: special weights are necessarily sewn into the hems of her dresses (as in light curtains), so that no wind can encroach on the royal honor.
The length of the skirts will have to be increased
A conservative wardrobe has its advantages. The Duchess went to him for a long time, but now she does not feel discomfort from what she is wearing. She made a relaxation for herself only when she was “in a position”, and even then only when she repeated the images tested in the previous two pregnancies. Otherwise, her wardrobe is becoming more and more timeless, classic, as befits a future queen: so that there is not the slightest chance of getting into an awkward position because of clothes.
Kate during the Polish-German tour, 2017
Kate during the Polish-German tour, 2017
The coat is the second dress
When you live in a country with a climate like the UK, and besides, you have to spend so much time at public events under the gun of photo and video cameras, the six-coat rule no longer applies. The royal daughter-in-law does not have the status to often appear in the same things. Kate is forced to adhere to this rule — after all, in 2017 alone, she went out in a coat about 20 times. Of course, not every one of them was new. We have already seen some of it on the Duchess before (for example, the milky white Alexander McQueen coat worn during a visit to Belgium, Catherine previously showed on the day of Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015 and in 2016 – on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade). In total, experts count several dozen variants of coats, overcoat dresses and trench coats in the Duchess’ wardrobe. By the way, Kate wears them especially actively during pregnancy.
Kate in an Alexander McQueen coat dress at the christening of Princess Charlotte, 2015
… and in the same Alexander McQueen coat on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2016
You’ll have to love the bright
Catherine took this lesson from Elizabeth II herself. As you know, the monarch almost always chooses bright colors in her clothes, because her status is supposed to stand out from the crowd. The same fate awaits Catherine in the future, so we need to start getting used to it. If Kate Middleton chose discreet colors in the status of Prince William’s girlfriend, then after marriage, the number of bright outfits she has is growing from year to year. In the last year, there have been significantly more of them. What are the red-orange and crimson coats worn by the pregnant Duchess in January 2018.
Kate in a bright fuchsia coat, January 2018
… and the role model is Queen Elizabeth II
Remember about fashion diplomacy
You can, of course, go to the disaster area in designer shoes, as Melania Trump did when she was the First Lady of the country. But, fortunately for Catherine, real professionals of diplomatic dressing work with the Duchess. Therefore, at the beginning of her Canadian tour, Kate went to a meeting with Vancouver residents in a red and white outfit, in Bhutan she changed into a national skirt, for a tour of the slums of New Delhi she chose a Glamorous dress for 50 pounds and earrings for 8, and in Paris she first appeared in an outfit of the iconic French brand Chanel.
In fact, the ability to dress appropriately with respect to others is an art that should be mastered not only by public figures. At a meeting with an old friend, be sure to wear the earrings that she gave you for your birthday, and if you are going to a company where there are ardent fighters for animal rights, give up fur. Everything is simple.
In this dress for 50 British pounds, Kate visited the poorest neighborhoods of New Delhi, 2016
And in this ethnic skirt I attended a holiday in Bhutan, 2016
You’re supposed to wear “your own”
Members of the royal family are unofficial ambassadors of national brands. Of course, sometimes you can make an exception to this rule, especially in the framework of fashion diplomacy (to come to Sweden in the outfit of a Swedish designer, for example). But, realizing the effect it has on the whole world, the Duchess of Cambridge is forced to give preference to British brands, and this applies to both expensive brands and the mass market. So, even the beloved Zara brand seems to be beginning to be replaced by the British Boden — in January, the Duchess first appeared in the clothes of this brand for the middle class and immediately caused a wave of positivity among fashion journalists: “Well, finally!” So, this is another signal for Catherine and her stylist: the Duchess is expected to be even more patriotic in choosing clothes.
Kate in the outfit of one of her main favorites – Alexander McQueen
The Duchess in her first coat of the British brand Boden, January 2018
Give preference to designer clothes
The Duchess is often praised for her ability to competently combine expensive clothes with the mass market, but over the years, even the democratic Kate realized that nothing would put her in a better light than a perfect cut and high-quality fabrics. In addition, such “mixes” or the choice of something inexpensive generates much more unnecessary discussions in the press than a new Alexander McQueen or Jenny Packham dress. Of course, if the price is not exorbitant, as happened with Meghan Markle’s dress, worn for a photo shoot in honor of her engagement to Prince Harry
The same applies to jewelry. For a long time, no one has been impressed by the next Kiki McDonough earrings, worth from 500 to 5 thousand English pounds, but the Zara necklace for 20 English pounds, worn on an expensive Roland Mouret outfit, caused such a stir that they still remember that case, although it was in 2013.
Kate in that Zara necklace for 20 British pounds
Kate in an Alexander McQueen dress
You should always remain a princess
It’s easy to look like a princess in a tiara and evening dress, but what about ordinary everyday life? Years later, under the gun of photographers, Kate clearly understood: it’s easier to think about your appearance in advance and spend a little more time on it than to bite your elbows after your sloppy image was ridiculed by everyone. The most obvious example is the evolution of the images that Kate demonstrated during her two exits from the hospital. If in the case of Prince George, the Duchess wore a simple dress, comfortable shoes and, it seems, only had time to hastily comb her hair, then after the birth of Charlotte, Catherine greeted journalists in an elegant outfit, heels and styling. The difference was enormous.
However, it’s even more insulting if you don’t expect to get into the frame at all, but you do — in a simple vest and with an old-school headband on your head. It seems that after the incident at the picnic while playing polo, Kate has forever learned that princesses do not have days off.
Catherine’s exit from the hospital in 2013
… and in 2015
Prince William and Duchess Catherine after the birth of Prince Louis
April 23, 2018
Don’t flatter yourself, hire a stylist
The Duchess of Cambridge agreed to appear for gloss only once — and then she refused the services of stylists. She did not allow herself to be dressed in a designer dress, and she chose all the outfits for herself. As a result, a cowboy girl in a fedora was looking at us from the cover of the fashion Bible. It is clear that Kate felt this way at that moment, but it would have been better if she had heard the stylists and dressed more appropriately for the situation.
However, in the last year and a half, Catherine’s wardrobe has become more consistent and expensive. And behind these changes is the new Cambridge stylist Natasha Archer (she dresses William too). A professional in her field, Natasha carefully thinks through not only Kate’s front exits, but also her informal outfits for less formal meetings. Thanks to her, the Duchess began to appear less often in jeans and a vest with a blazer thrown over it (a favorite combination for appearing at some sporting events, at a polo game, and so on), choosing interesting and suitable alternatives to the moment. Plus, it was Natasha who introduced colored shoes into the Duchess’s wardrobe (Kate, as you know, prefers the nude version).
One of Kate’s autumn looks, created by her stylist, November 2017
Thanks to the stylist, Kate began to dress stylishly and at the same time appropriately (comfortably) for sports events
PS: No, we do not call for hiring an assistant on a permanent basis, but it is still worth arranging a competent wardrobe analysis and at least one shopping raid under the guidance of a real professional — this will help you make a qualitatively new wardrobe, and at the same time take a fresh look at yourself.