I thought I’d continue a bit of a theme around women given that we are coming up to International Women‘s Day on Monday and celebrate another special lady but this time with a style angle!
Following my post last week on wedding guest outfits for summer 2020, I had a lot feedback on the pieces I pulled together using the Duchess of Cambridge for inspiration. It was a popular look! And I enjoyed writing that post so much I thought I would do a follow up solely based on her style, so here are 8 outfits Kate Middleton would wear (in my opinion).
There is a set of rules for royal dressing that ensures an elegant and demure look with a professional edge. These are 'work' outfits after all, even if it is a gala dinner at Buckingham Palace. No short hemlines, low necklines, revealing fabrics, sexy skintight styles...it can seem restrictive but actually you can have a lot fun working within these parameters. Of course, the Duchess and her stylists often work directly with designers to alter pieces and make them more royal appropriate but the items I have sourced all meet the guidelines with no extra work required!
There are certain labels that seem to crop up more often in her wardrobe, including Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Emilia Wickstead, Jenny Packham, Roland Mouret, L.K. Bennett and Reiss but nothing with obvious branding or lettering.
She tends to favour greens, blues, pinks and reds. This is partly due to needing to stand out in crowds, but it's also a way of expressing creativity and style. Closed toe shoes appear more than open, and she does love a wedge heel. One shoulder gowns have appeared before, as have off the shoulder but never, ever strapless. Accessories are usually a clutch bag and dainty jewellery for daytime, but a raid on the Queen's diamonds for evening events (and why wouldn't you).
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This first look is inspired directly by the look the Duchess wore first at the Ark Gala in 2011. A showstopping Jenny Packham sequin gold gown with nude sandals and an equally bling clutch bag plus a dainty little pair of shell earrings to finish off the look
This Alexander McQueen dress is so gorgeous and I love the way the colour blocking really highlights the shape and pleating. I put this with nude patent flats, a delicate gold bangle and a soft green suede clutch bag.
How demure is this raspberry pink L.K.Bennett dress? I love the 3/4 length sleeves and bow belt. I decided to go tone on tone and pair with matching tweed pink heeled court shoes and clutch. Topped off with a chic pair of organic pearl hoop earrings
This dress has a real vintage thirties' feel to it, and the soft crepe fabric will hang really well. I love the gathered sleeves and pleated skirt, and the pop of green is amazing. I have paired with a jewel handle printed bag which is a real statement piece. And of course, the nude leather wedges that Kate must have at least 5 pairs of she wears them so much! A simple pair of gold earrings completes the outfit.
A stylish spotted dress is such a great option for summer events like weddings, the races, Wimbledon, Henley and more. Espadrilles go perfectly, plus more gold and pearl earrings and a navy tweed clutch.
The Duchess of Cambridge sure does love a peplum and this baby pink ruffled wool-blend dress from Alexander McQueen is highly likely to crop up in her summer 2020 wardrobe. I pondered what colour accessories to put with it and ended up going with black flat shoes and a black clutch to make it a bit Parisian chic. And more pearl and gold drop earrings.
This is my favourite look. It has a casual edge to it and I think it would work well for a trip to the polo. A long printed black and white Reiss dress paired with black espadrilles, a droplet necklace gorgeous grosgrain and tulle-trimmed straw sunhat and round-frame black and gold sunglasses
And finally, a little tea-dress in abstract red and lilac block print with a tie collar. Demure and ladylike and easy to wear, with a soft pink/nude clutch with wristlet bangle detail and the favourite nude leather wedges, again. They do lengthen the leg so well and are super comfy so it isn't surprising they crop up so often. I thought the little shell earrings would look nice again with this outfit. And I do really rate & Other Stories jewellery, I have so much of it and it looks way more expensive than it is.
I hope this has given you some outfit inspiration, or helped you pick some pieces for upcoming events. Let me know if so and tag me on instagram in any pics as I want to see!