Dressing to suit your figure – like a Duchess.


The bright red Luisa Spagnoli suit worn by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge in Christchurch today was a change from the coats she has favoured for most of the New Zealand tour. The pencil skirt and tailored jacket, gathered in with a black belt, created a flattering peplum effect and showed off her tiny waist and celebrated Christchurch by sporting Canterbury colours. Nude hosiery and the Kate’s signature stilettos (black) completed the outfit. Kate has showed herself a pro at walking anywhere in high heels – from balancing bonny Prince George on her hip and walking down the plane’s gangway in Wellington’s gusty wind to playing cricket in the killer heels in Christchurch.

All her outfits have been elegantly tailored and timeless. She has preferred plain strong colours. The emerald green coat, from London designer, Erdem, worn in Cambridge on Saturday was my least favourite.

I have to agree with Prince William’s comment that the colour was too bright. No doubt chosen to echo the lush green fields of the Waikato,  the green was a bit harsh for Kate. Having said that, she is so beautiful she can really wear anything and look stunning, as she has done every day of the tour. The Erdem coat dress had interesting sleeve and front zips, but that was only visible close up.  And the narrow silhouette was not as flattering on Kate as her preferred A-line.

The New Zealand born designer, Emilia Wickstead’s  teal dress worn in Dunedin on Sunday was superb for Kate.   It was the first of several outfits worn that day. Always wearing appropriate clothing has meant a few changes in the one day.   After the formalities of the church service in Dunedin, Kate changed from the beautiful teal dress to a casual textured cream sweater from Australian brand, Gasparre Cashmere with another trademark, skinny jeans and sneakers. Then for the wine tasting in Queenstown the sweater was replaced by gingham shirt and Zara navy double breasted blazer and Stuart Weitzman high wedges with her skinny jeans.

It is good to note that the Duchess has recycled some of her wardrobe for this visit.  Arriving at Team New Zealand in Auckland on Friday, she teamed the Zara blazer with a nautical navy and white tee-shirt.

Evidently the Luisa Spagnoli suit was worn a couple of years ago by Kate. In England she wore a black high necked jumper under the jacket and long black boots. A good example of how timeless dressing, when it really suits the wearer can last several seasons and be given a couple of different looks.

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