Saturday, 28 April 2012

Kate Middleton Style: anniversary fashion special

Tomorrow will mark the first year wedding anniversary of Kate Middleton and Prince William, and it got me thinking about all the amazing outfits Kate has worn over the past year. Pre-wedding Kate's outfits were gorgeous, but post-wedding they have simply been spectacular. There have been some glamorous ball gowns, casual ensembles, wonderful wedding outfits and amazing royal appointment numbers. Thinking about which outfit would take the number one position in my 'Top Ten Kate Outfits 2011/12' was tough, and I still haven't been able to pick my absolute favourite, but I do know that one outfit springs to mind and would definitely be a contender.

In 2011, Kate stepped out with Prince William and Prince Harry to watch the Epsom Derby, which was at the time the biggest gathering of the Royal Family since the royal wedding.  Kate dazzled in a collarless off-white jacket over a diaphanous white frock and nude platform shoes while Prince William, and Harry opted for a top hat and tails.

For me, I just loved the simplicity of the dress. Catherine's jacket was from Joseph, her clutch by LK Bennett and the dress was from another of Catherine's favourite shops Reiss: it was the 'Peacock' dress. What made the ensemble truly magnificent was the way she styled her hair. Although her long-flowing brunette curls are her trademark, sometimes it pays for Kate to tie her hair up. She looked simply stunning, elegant, chic and youthful.

The designs are no longer available, but I have found you an alternative dress, jacket and clutch. I know the weather in the UK isn't great at the moment, but hopefully this will improve, and the up-and-coming months tend to be taken up by weddings, days at the races, summer parties and the like. This is a great time to start investing in some spring/summer pieces, which will save you money in the future when even more invitations will be landing on your doorstep. Plus, when the weather is gloomy, a spot of Internet shopping will always bring a smile to your face.

This 'Chic Broderie Jacket' from Boden is gorgeous. It does cost £129 but the design and colour means that you can team it up with other summer dresses or dress it down with a pair of jeans and wedge sandals for a daytime look.

This 'Anara' dress from Reiss is a great alternative to the Reiss 'Peacock' dress. It comes in at £189 but, like the Boden jacket, it can be dressed down for day wear or teamed with jackets in another colour (think shades of royal blue) to create a different look, therefore making it a real investment. (Reiss dresses do tend to be timeless, and Kate and Carole have worn several Reiss dress that have been out of season.)

Pair the dress and jacket with nude shoes and a clutch. This is the 'Natalie' clutch from LK Bennett which Kate has used a couple of times, including at the Epsom Races.
 I'm not a fan of fascinators but Kate wears them well, so if you can pull them off too then don't forget to buy one to add the finishing touches to your outfit. Otherwise, I'd recommend a nice pair of plain diamond earrings or a pearl pair to complete the look.

Happy Saturday shopping

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