Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge, has stolen our hearts with her flawless, classic style; her flair for fabulous fascinators; and, of course, the exciting news of her pregnancy. For her latest royal appearance to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, aka the tube, Kate chose a teal-hued Malene Birger coat adorned with black embellished piping and a dramatic black fascinator. Along with yesterday's coat look, she has donned some particularly sleek ensembles as of late. See them all here, plus check out some of our other favourite fashion moments from the duchess. From her stunning teal Jenny Packham gown and Issa wrap dresses to her perfect Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen-designed wedding dress and countless tartan-printed coats, it's virtually impossible not to fall a little bit in love with Kate's easy elegance.
Kate Middleton has pulled her recycled style trick again, reworking the same Emilia Wickstead coat that she wore for last year's St Patrick's Day festivities for an official military parade in Aldershot yesterday. And why not? The chic topper is the perfect shade of emerald to celebrate the luck of the Irish, and it snugly accommodates her just-visible baby bump. Kate made it fresh by switching her base colour from chocolate to black, layered her trusty overcoat over opaques, a fine-knit turtleneck, gloves and topped off the look with a chic felt headpiece and festive lapel sprig. Step inside to see it now, and then.
We've missed you Kate! It's been a little since we've seen the Duchess out and about, but she's made up for her absence in spades — appearing twice in as many days. Yesterday we saw her in this nifty little burgundy Paule Ka skirt suit for an appearance with Will in central London, and his morning we've been treated to yet another chic ensemble from HRH, with Kate stepping out for the official launch of the National Football Centre in Burton-upon-Trent in this super-sophisticated khaki Reiss coat. Both are classically tailored pieces, but it's her on-trend palette that really impressed us. Ox-blood red and olive make a fabulous, new-season colour combo — and whilst it might feel cold-weather appropriate in Kate's heavy woolens, we think this is still well worth keeping on file for A/W 2013. Want to get the look? We found similarly chic options, via Shopstyle!
Whistles, the British chain store of choice of the Duchess of Cambridge no less, is now shipping to Australia! Which means you can shop the entire range of chic separates and Princess-appropriate frocks direct from the UK. HRH recycled one of her favourite Whistles dresses on Monday for the London Olympics closing ceremony, proving that the classic-but-femme aesthetic from this Brit retailer will stand the test of time. Think one part preppy to two parts ladylike, and at wallet-friendly prices. To further illustrate our point, we've picked ten of our favourite pieces from the current collection for your perusal. Oh, and the best bit? Our pals at shopstyle.com.au have wrangled exclusive free shipping for you until the 15th of September, with the code whistlesau. First up, snoop our faves. Secondly, see the whole range online. Thirdly, copy and paste that code! Your royally approved new wardrobe is a mere mouse click away. . .
Confession time; we've been a little more interested in keeping track of Kate Middleton's Olympic outfits rather than the Aussie medal tally. But, really, can you blame us when HRH consistently looks so chic, day after day? Catherine always looks immaculate, but it's the way that she's combined patriotism and style that's made us sit up and take note. Her simple tricks? Take Princess-perfect staples like ladylike day-dresses and tailored blazers in a Brit-approved colour palette of blue, red and white, throw in some Kate-classics like skinny J Brand jeans, streamlined clutch bags and an espadrille or two, then finish with the royal blow-dry. Voila! An essay in how to support the country in style. Step inside to snoops Kate's Olympic wardrobe, from her nifty tennis whites through 'til this morning's closing ceremony extravaganza (for which she went for high street chic in a Whistles dress), we don't what's cuter — her logo-ed polos or her "C'mon Team GB" face!
We always welcome a local addition to our top ten, best dressed list, and this week we were delighted to add home-grown beauties Jessica Hart, Rachael Taylor and Jessica Mauboy to the honour roll. Ms Hart worked a classic navy and straw combo that was too cute for words (must buy wide-brimmed hat), Rachael looked chic in a Cushnie et Ochs leather shift and Ms Mauboy busted out a siren-worthy look at The Sapphires premiere courtesy of Yeojin Bae. Internationally, Diane Kruger, Keira Knightley, Rachel Bilson, Kate Middleton and Jaime King kept us on our toes. Step inside to see the week's list, in full.
Leave it to Kate Middleton to achieve that classic prepster look without having to go the popped-collar polo route. While she debuted a similar y, it's yesterday's blazer ensemble MondaOlympic equestrian-bound attire that caught our eye. Why? Kate utilized three preppy styling staples — a tailored navy-blue blazer, a striped top, and canvas cork wedges — to perfection, thus proving that an easy combination can instantly strike that nautical-inspired note so essential to cultivating a preppy look.
- To put your own spin on the off-to-the-races-meets-sailing vibe, just employ structured top layers (like a tuxedo-style blazer) with classic separates (stripes being the most obvious choice).
- Stick to a classic colour scheme — neutral tones, navy blues, cherry reds, and of course, crisp whites.
- Rather than opt for a boat shoe a cork wedge or espadrille will round out the outfit nicely.
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You've got to hand it to Catherine Duchess of Cambridge — she really knows how to make a dress work double-duty! HRH has pulled the recycled-frock trick again just last night, re-working this chic grey Roksanda Ilincic sheath that we first saw when the newlyweds toured North America last year. A year on and the draped-neck dress is still Princess-appropriate, but Kate switched her previously day-time styling routine in favour of after-dark glamour. Diamond drop earrings replaced her subtle studs, an embellished clutch took over from her simple cream carry-all and her locks were swept up into a sophisticated up-style. Get a closer look at how Kate flipped the switch on her versatile sheath inside . . .
HOW adorable is Kate Middleton? The Duchess proved that you can be chic and sporty, attending the launch of a sports initiative yesterday with Princes Harry and William at Bacon's College in London. The last time we saw HRH she was label-central wearing a chic ladylike Stella McCartney frock and a Cartier necklace worth a pretty $74,000 — so it was refreshing to see Kate was back to her high street tricks opting, for a fit-and-flare frock from UK chain store Hobbs. The check-print dress retailed originally for (approx) $179, but was recently reduced to a thrifty (approx) $88. Unfortunately, said dress has now sold out — such is Middleton effect! Kate teamed her '50s frock with a neutral woven waist-belt and taupe espadrilles, which she happily kicked off for a judo demonstration. Step inside to see Kate's cheap 'n' cheerful look, from allangles . . .
We can safely credit Kate Middleton for our latest obsession with the royals, and rightfully so. Since her engagement to Prince William, the British beauty has garnered worldwide attention, not just for her real-life princess status, but also as a fashion pro in her own right. Our style obsession may have started with Kate, but the worldwide network of royals boasts a bevy of style-setters. We've traveled the globe (so to speak) surveying the style of real-life princesses. Sure, they can fashion up a red-carpet look like nobody's business, but this batch of savvy trendsetters also offers up a lesson in chic, modern-day looks that appeal to our everyday sense of dress. From Princess Letizia of Spain's feminine-chic sheaths to Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis's fashion-forward ways, click on to get acquainted and inspired by some of the world's best-dressed royals.