Kate’s Style: Smart, Chic Fashion from a Royal Role Model by Caroline Jones, published by Carlton Books and available on Amazon!
Like many people, I have been struck by how exceptionally classy Kate’s clothes and accessories are put together. I truly like her understated elegance.
Calling the Duchess of Cambridge a “royal role model” for style, author Caroline Jones has compiled this book for our viewing pleasure, full of great photos of Kate’s best looks with well-written commentary and history on the pieces.
While the Duchess does have access to major designer labels, her look is distinctly her own as proven by the photos from before her life as a royal wife. She is always elegant, whether she’s dressed for a formal event or a casual shopping excursion.
Most of Kate’s sartorial tastes aren’t obscenely out of reach either, which is appealing. The Duchess of Cambridge has made certain retail chain store clothes extremely popular due to their decent price tag and classic elegance. Any lady can embrace the Duchess’ style and her against-the-grain “the tighter, the better” of popular culture. So I’m loving the Kate’s Style book. While I’m not a major Duchess expert a la What Kate Wore (go see this site; it is seriously amazing), I admit that I do enjoy seeing what she’s wearing and I especially appreciate how she inspires women to dress appropriately.
Kate is also adept at pairing her delightful pieces with accessories that really make the outfit pop. Below, three of my personal favorites featured in the book:
L to R: The new Duchess of Cambridge during her first royal tour of Canada in 2011; during the Jubilee service of Thanksgiving in June 2012; attending the unveiling of her first official portrait as a mom-to-be.
The Duchess of Cambridge proves that being classy is sexy and timeless pieces are the way to go. Just look at these outfits! A beautiful white dress (L) with a hint of ruffle. It can be worn forever, changed completely on each outing with new accessories. What about the glorious, neutral colors of her lace dress (C ) or the deep burgundy (R ) that compliments her light skin tone?
Things that Diana, Princess of Wales wore in the 1980s are seen as hopelessly out of style today, but look at Kate in about 25 years and I guarantee that she could still wear many of her clothes of today without looking dated.
Those little accessories are so charming and go a long way. Jones makes note of the Duchess’s simple but lovely earrings and necklaces. The pieces are always small, never gaudy and never detract from an outfit. In fact, Kate hasn’t even worn a big tiara yet. The only sparkly headgear she’s worn has been the Cartier Scroll tiara lent by the Queen for her wedding to Prince William. Other than that, Kate keeps it light.
What often threatens to detract from the outfits is Kate’s hair. It is way too long and fussy. When her hair is pulled back or up, the outfit really comes alive. You can focus instead on the clothes or jewelry instead of being distracted by a massive mane.
The other issue centers on those hems! I advise Kate to take a page from the Queen’s book and put weights in those puppies! Let’s face it: that elegant, knee length dress is made null and void if it’s blowing up around your head. It’s not old-fashioned to have weights in your hems, it’s insurance that there will be no embarrassing faux pas to haunt you forever.
Overall, the Duchess of Cambridge rarely puts a foot wrong style-wise, and this book proves it. If you love classic fashion, I highly recommend Kate’s Style.