A new page on my blog bringing you the latest royal outfits!
19 October 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge debuted a new burgundy polka dot dress from Whistles at an engagement at Kensington Palace yesterday. The “Margot” spot shirt dress is still available in some sizes at John Lewis. I love shirt dresses as they’re so versatile to wear so are a real wardrobe saviour. Great day-to-eve and work-to-weekend. The colour of this one is great for autumn and the polka print is classic too. Big ticks all round from The Lady’s Maid! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were hosting an event for the finalists of this year’s BBC Radio One’s Teen Hero Awards.
17 October 2018
The Duchess of Sussex is getting good wear out of her Martin Grant trench coat – wearing it over three different outfits in her first three days in Australia. All three of her dresses have been sleeveless midis and with showery weather in Sydney and Melbourne this is a good option for a one-coat-all-outfits cover up. Trenches are a great wardrobe staple for transitional seasons like spring and autumn – here are a few of my top picks from the high street:
For day three of Royal Visit Australia Meghan wore a navy sleeveless midi dress with asymmetric hem by Australian designer Dion Lee, accessorising with her navy suede Manolo Blahnik heels and a clutch from Gucci – the “Sylvie” – perhaps chosen as the colours reflect the red/white/blue in both the Australian and British flags. Her second outfit of the day was a black sleeveless dress – the “Miguellina” – from Club Monaco worn with her Rothy’s black flats – practical and comfortable shoes for a Royal walkabout. Rothy’s make eco-friendly shoes that are designed to fuse comfort, style and sustainability.
16 October 2018 – Royal Visit Australia – Day 1
Princess Eugenie will barely have had time to hang up her glorious wedding gowns and now it’s all about what Meghan’s wearing with Royal Visit Australia well underway!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their tour of Australia with a welcome reception at Admiralty House in Sydney. The Duchess wore a classic ivory sheath dress – the “Blessed” by Australian designer Karen Gee. A classic Meghan dress – sleeveless, sleek, and chic. Appropriate name too given that this is her first public appearance since her pregnancy was announced.
Meghan also wore some butterly earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana.
The Duchess later changed into an olive green pleated shirt dress by American designer Brandon Maxwell, a favourite of Lady Gaga and former First Lady Michelle Obama, for a reception at Admiralty House.
I’ve pictured the red version of this dress from Maxwell’s Spring 2019 collection. The shirt dress is reminiscent of the fit and flare denim shirt dress Meghan wore by Carolina Herrera and also the pleated shirt dress by Club Monaco she wore to a wedding earlier this year. I think it’s a style that really suits her figure and also her smart/casual personal style – shirt dresses are really versatile for transcending different dress codes and can be easily worn day-to-eve so it was a good style choice for a tea-time reception. I predicted we’d see her in olive green and it’s a great neutral but oh how I love the red version!
13 October 2018
Princess Eugenie wore a beautiful blush dress by American designer Zac Posen for a private dinner following her wedding on Friday. I really love the old school hollywood glamour of this dress – a characteristic of Posen’s evening dresses – always dinstinctively feminine and glamourous. I love the neatly defined waist, the fine folds across the bodice and the beautiful full flowing skirt. I’d love to see a back shot as it appears to have some sort of mini cape feature. My only criticism is the actual photo with the groom centre stage! It’s quite sweet of the bride even in an official wedding photo when all we want to do is stare at her stunning gown! This dress is definitely my favourite royal bridal evening gown, and one of the most stylish royal evening gowns I’ve seen in a long time.
The designer chose the peachy pink colour to reflect the blush of an English rose. The white rose of York is embroidered onto the shoulder and back – a reference to Eugenie’s status as a Princess of York. The silk of the dress comes from Biddle Sawyer Silk.
Princess Eugenie’s dress is obviously a one-off bespoke number but I’ve pictured an off-the-shoulder long sleeve Zac Posen gown here that is a similar colour with the same pleated style swishy skirt:
And some more English Rose themed budget options:
12 October 2018 – Royal Wedding Day!
Princess Eugenie wore a favourite emerald green dress by Osman for a pre-wedding interview for ITV who will be broadcasting her wedding today. She last wore this dress at an evening event in July – the Nelson Mandela centenary celebration – and prior to that she wore it for the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June, teamed with a hat by Beesmiths Hats. So it’s certainly proving to be a wardrobe favourite this year! I love this dress – with its cowl neckline, nipped in waist, 3/4 length sleeves cinched with gold bars in places and an asymmetric hemline – the style really suits her.
10 October 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge wore Erdem this evening, on a visit to the V&A to open a new photography centre in her role as patron of the museum.
The Burgundy Prince of Wales check dress featured an asymmetric Bardot style neckline and crystal/pearl embelleshments. Kate accessorised with Jimmy Choo burgundy velvet heels and clutch and cinched the waist with a matching belt.
This Erdem dress is sold out but if you’re looking for an evening tweed alternative there’s this sequin embellished tweed dress by Talbot Runhof:
The Countess of Wessex shimmered in silver sequins at a dinner in Latvia last night!
Her stunning Estrella cap sleeve silver dress is by Galvan London.
Meanwhile in Madrid….If anyone can carry off purple and orange leather it’s Queen Letizia – showcasing her Queen of cool credentials yesterday in a colour block leather A line skirt by Hugo Boss. She sure knows how to shrobe too!
9 October 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge recycled her lilac Emilia Wickstead dress in London today, accessorized with her Mappin & Webb necklace and earrings, Gianvito Rossi suede courts and a new taupe patent bag by Aspinal of London. The ladylike Mayfair bag in deep shine soft taupe croc is hand-crafted from Italian calf leather and comes with two detachable straps so can be worn over the shoulder too: a wide striped strap in soft taupe and natural python print and a plain soft taupe thin strap. Kate wore this ensemble to attend the first Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit at County Hall with The Duke of Cambridge.
The Duchess last wore this dress in on her official tour of Germany and Poland last year, accessorising it then with a red clutch by Anya Hindmarch:
3 October 2018
The Duchess of Sussex wore a classic cream coat by Armani over an all green blouse and skirt ensemble on a walkabout with Prince Harry in Chichester today. Meghan’s dark green leather skirt is by Hugo Boss – a label often worn by Queen Letizia of Spain, who also knows how to rock the leather look! The matching green silk blouse is by & Other Stories. The Duchess also debuted a new bag by Gabriela Hearst – the Nina – shaped like a fortune-cookie in sculptural emerald satin, and beige suede heels by Stuart Weitzman.
2 October 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge kept it casual in khaki today – returning to public duties following her maternity leave. Kate recycled some trusty wardrobe favourites – khaki jeans by Zara and Penelope Chilvers boots – on a visit to Sayers Croft Forest School recreation ground in Paddington. Her khaki jacket is by Swedish outdoor label Fjällräven: the Stina jacket in green.
The Duchess added a new piece to her casual wardrobe – the Rainer printed shirt – a white silk blouse printed with a dark green flower bud pattern from the pre-AW18 collection of Joseph.
Kate’s Khaki jeans are an old design but there are several similar styles available from the current range at Zara.
The Countess of Wessex is never afraid to try out new trends – Sophie was sporting animal print yesterday – pictured on an official visit to the Palace of Versailles in Paris wearing a snake skin print silk blouse and skirt by Emilia Wickstead.
Steal the snake print style with this shirt dress by Stradivarius:
28 Sep 2018
The Countess of Wessex wore a beautiful brown silk wrap dress by Diane Von Furstenberg on a visit to St. Thomas’s hospital in London earlier this week. I love the combination of brown with cream polka dots – made famous ever since Julia Roberts worked the combination in the film Pretty Woman. DVF wrap dresses are a timeless wardrobe favourite too – very flattering and suit most figures. I’ve styled the dress below with a Strathberry Nano bag, Ivory wool coat from Hobbs and Annoushka pearl earrings. The tan leather courts are a great budget by from Next.
A budget option for a brown/cream polka sleeved dress is this rust print polka shirt dress from Top Shop – not sure about those front splits though – they go on for miles!
25 Sep 2018
The Duchess of Sussex returned to her wedding dress designer, Givenchy, for her first solo royal engagement at the Royal Academy of Arts this evening. Meghan attended the opening of the Oceania exhibition wearing a black wool crepe midi dress featuring a velvet V-shaped appliqué panel at the front, sheer pleated silk georgette sleeves and a front split.
She cinched the waist in with a wide velvet belt and some of her favourite accessories: Deneuve pumps by Aquazzura, black satin clutch with jewel clasp by Givenchy and Birks snowflake Snowstorm diamond earrings. These earrings are inspired by the “icy beauty of Canadian winters” a nod to her former home.
The dress is also available in a mini version:
24 Sep 2018
The Duchess of Sussex showed of her sporty side at The Coach Core Awards at Loughborough University today. Meghan is wearing an Oscar de la Renta navy draped belted blouse with asymmetric peplum hem teamed with black trousers by Altuzarra. I used to think navy and black together was a no-no but I actually quite like the combination. Not sure about stilettos on an indoor netball court though!
23 Sep 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge repeat wore a cornflower blue dress coat at the wedding of her friend, Sophie Carter, in Norfolk yesterday. Kate first wore this dress and coat on a trip to Germany last year (pictured right) over a matching lace shift dress. She accessorized the outfit with her blue topaz and diamond drop earrings by Kiki Mcdonogh and a new matching blue floral headband – a bespoke version of this one by Juliette Millinery featuring sculpted roses and intricate leaves. The headband style of hat is quite new for Kate – she usually favours the more traditional style of structured hats. She first wore a headband at Prince Louis’s christening earlier this year.
Juliette’s blue rose headband is too beautiful to replicate so I’m not going to try! I’ve pictured instead an iris pill box headpiece available from Hostie Hats, with a beautiful cobalt dress coat and shift dress from Lalage Beaumont, Charlie clutch from Wilbur & Gussie, powder blue heels from L.K. Bennett and topaz drop earrings. A regal blue look suitable for anyone attending a wedding this autumn!
22 Sep 2018
I’ve styled a look below inspired by the cream and pink ensemble worn by the Countess of Wessex yesterday. Pictured is a collarless cream coatigan by Modern Rarity, The Rochester dress in English rose crepe by The Fold and cream patent heels by Karen Millen. I like the way Sophie added a bit of detail to the clean lines of her outfit by accessorizing with a jewel embellished clutch – I’ve gone for a blush clutch by Dune here and rose quartz drop earrings from Lola Rose. The coatigan is a great piece for Autumn/winter – this one would look good with a high neck jumper and jeans also, maybe a chunky patterned scarf too for chillier days! The fluid silhouette makes it really easy to wear over a wide range of outfits and great for layering in fluctuating temperatures.
The Countess of Wessex – Chic in Cream Cashmere.
21 Sep 18
The Countess of Wessex stepped out in a chic cream/pink ensemble on a day of engagements in the Isle of Wight yesterday. Pictured wearing a long collarless cashmere coat by Loewe. I love “double faced” coats like this for Autumn – the open design is great for getting a glimpse of your dress underneath too! This coat is a cashmere/wool mix on one side and cotton on the inside so it’ll be really soft and comfortable to wear. Not cheap at £1,390 so I’ll be hunting for a more affordable alternative! The oversized fit, collarless design, and longer length makes it really versatile and wearable too – I can’t think of many outfits this coat wouldn’t go with so that should take the cost per wear down a bit. The Countess was in The Isle of Wight to officially launch the new Victoira of Wight car ferry. She also visited a local community charity – Aspire Ryde – and the Liz Earle factory. Sophie wore a pale pink dress underneath the Loewe coat (maybe a repeat wear of her Valentino midi dress?) nude patent high heels and a crystal embellished clutch to complete her look – a really elegant and sophisticated outfit. I was intrigued by her necklace so zoomed in and it appears to be a cluster of initial charms – it looks like “J” “L” and “E” : the intials of her children and husband. The charms are from the Diamond Letter Charms range at Felt London – a jewellery boutique based in Chelsea.
Together Book Launch
20 Sep 2018
The Duchess of Sussex is wearing a bright “Zephyr” blue coat by Smythe for an event at Kensington Palace today to celebrate the launch of a new cook book: Together: Our Community Cookbook. The Duchess wrote the foreword for the book – a compilation of recipes by The Hubb Community Kitchen: a group of women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. All profits from the sales of Together will be donated to the Hubb Community Kitchen whose aim is to strengthen the lives of communites through cooking. The book is published today and already a bestseller! Meghan is also wearing a pleated black “Saturday” skirt by Misha Nonoo, and Sarah Flint heels.
The ensemble above isn’t exactly a budget option – more mid-range – but inspired my Meghan’s blue and black look today! This bold blue coat by Jaegar is a great addition to a winter wardrobe to brighten up plain black separates. I’ve pictured a high neck black top from Coast and a black pleated skirt by Polo Ralph Lauren. The black suede shoes by Unisa have a similar v cut and heel shape to the Sarah Flint pumps worn by The Duchess of Sussex. At least my accessories are budget options! I’ve gone for this pretty crystal embellished “Clauzetto” grab bag by Aldo, and blue toned crystal cluster stud earrings by Accessorize.
Red and white check
20 Sep 2018
I noticed this new red/white check coat at Boden recently and it reminded me of the houndstooth Catherine Walker coat worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her tour of Sweden earlier this year. I love the velvet collar on this one and the slightly darker shade of red. I’ve matched it with a chic red dress from the new in house range at John Lewis & Partners, burgundy heels by L.K. Bennett, claret bag by Aspinal of London, pearl earrings by Annoushka and a cream cashmere scarf, also from John Lewis, for a smart city autumn/winter look but I think you could also wear this coat casually with a cream rollneck and jeans.
The Duchess of Sussex brought some colour to her wardrobe at the 100 Days to Peace gala concert in London, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, stepping out in a royal blue dress by Jason Wu with crystal embellished slingbacks by Aquazurra and a navy clutch by Dior. The simple rich blue shift dress with asymmetric knot detail pictured on the right is by Oasis Fashion. I’ve matched it with Breanna jeweled court shoes and navy clutch from Dune London and curved crystal stud earrings from Accessorize.
On her 37th birthday the Duchess of Sussex attended a wedding in Surrey wearing a dress by Club Monaco. I love colour block, I love pleats and I love a shirt dress – so this dress is a big tick from me if a bit wintery for an English summer’s day. Get the colour block look with this one shoulder colour block pleated dress in navy and blush pink by Mint Velvet.
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