It was business as usual for the Duchess of Cambridge over the Jubilee weekend, as she employed the holy trinity of royal fashion – dress coats, fascinators and court shoes – to fulfil her duties. Now that the bunting has been packed away and Prince Louis has stopped making faces, Kate is engaging her usual workwear mode again. For a visit to Brent’s Little Village hub to see how the baby bank is supporting local families, she wore a variation on the polished smart-casual aesthetic she has been honing.
A trusty Zara blazer – Kate’s high-street go-to for her tailoring – was in line with fashion’s current preference for sized-up suiting and sat on the right side of boxy. She teamed her power-shouldered jacket with wide-legged Roland Mouret trousers – another effort this skinny jeans fan has made to stay in line with the trend cycle – a woven Massimo Dutti clutch, Gianvito Rossi pumps and Kiki McDonough citrine earrings for a subtle splash of color.
The approachable look – a tee and a blazer is something anyone can emulate – chimes with the softer side to the Duchess, which was splashed across the papers over the weekend as she tried to reason with her youngest during a moment of playfulness while taking in the pageant. Coupled with more intimate photos of Kate, wearing a pink gingham Brora blouse and & Other Stories jeans while icing cake with her kids, the Duchess’s low-key and light-hearted image looked good on her. We’d take Kate in relaxed separates, running a hand through her hair, over the primped and preened Duchess on the world’s stage any day.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk