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Old 04-30-2012, 06:34 PM
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I'm not a fan of this look. The trousers are too wide, and could pass for work-out attire, and the colors wash her out completely. I like the scarf, and her hair. Charlene needs to wear more vibrant colors, because beige, white and grey wash her out completely.
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Charlene's style might be more like Katherine Hepburn and Diane Keaton than Grace Kelly. Charlene has an entire life shaped and molded by an athletic lifestyle, not by a haute couture-fashionista-trendy life style.
I think you have nailed it. She is not a fashionista, she is definitely "Charlene", and her style is evolving as a very distinct one and it is not cutting edge "fashion" but haute couture in it's truest sense.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:31 PM
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Palazzo pants make a comeback, but that's how fashion is nowadays - old designs just get recycled with a new look. This is very retro, but I can't say that I like them very much.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:21 PM
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ooo...Love it! Very elegant and classy. Not too many could pull off this look, she is tall and slim enough.
Love the newly styled short hair.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:53 PM
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I love it! Looks great - I like her clean, minimalist style and color palette - I don't see that it washes her out. Very little patterning going on - its all about flow and fabric and presenting her simply. With these clothes she overwhelms no one around her - and no one else compares to her. Her new hair cut looks fabulous. Perfection.

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I think you have nailed it. She is not a fashionista, she is definitely "Charlene", and her style is evolving as a very distinct one and it is not cutting edge "fashion" but haute couture in it's truest sense.
My ignorance prompts me to ask. What do you mean by "haute couture in it's truest sense"?
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:26 PM
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Here are two clearer pics of today's outfit

- I think with short hair those wide looks work, it wouldn't have worked with long curly hair.



** Full view ** Upper part **
I Don’t Like her Outfit it’s very Loose outfit , and I Don’t Like Her short haircut , Thanx for Posting
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Here are two clearer pics of today's outfit

- I think with short hair those wide looks work, it wouldn't have worked with long curly hair.

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I don't know what Charlene is trying to prove but shes been on my worst dressed list for awhile now. She used to be so stylish, now all she's wearing are these pajama type outfits. She hardly even wears jewelry anymore and her hair could use some styling. I hope she gets out of this phase quickly.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:32 AM
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Pity she hides her perfect figure with this kind of clothes
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Charlene looks wonderful to me. Beige, cream, black, tan, white: all sophisticated tones. This is so much better than the "island" stuff she used to wear. The cut of the outfit being discussed shows off the beautiful fabric to a T.
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Here are two clearer pics of today's outfit

- I think with short hair those wide looks work, it wouldn't have worked with long curly hair.



** Full view ** Upper part **
Ooooh, what a gorgeously lovely, floaty outfit! It's quite exotic really, and if it came in mesmerising and contrasting shades to, would e perfect for a warm summer's night! It's interesting in the first picture to see the difference in the cut of clothes between Charlene and the lady on the right - who is wearing a very lovely yet fitted outfit. Charlene's outfit allows her to float along graciously with movement and intrigue!
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:25 PM
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I like the outfit but not the scarf. It looks like a shawl masquerading as a scarf. It makes me think she is trying to hide something - like maybe she got something on the top on the way to the event and needed to hide the spot!
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:27 PM
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Um, what haute couture about Charlene fashion?
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Yeah I think Charlene's good fashion days are over. I used to think those who wanted a style icon from Kate would be better putting their hopes on Charlene but Charlene since the start of the year has been a horrible dresser. Maybe she can do better at a ball or gala.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:19 PM
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simply the last outfits is one of her worst EVER
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I don't agree. I think she looks lovely.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:38 PM
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I like her new hair, something modern and different. But such wiiiiide clothes, ts ts ts and the scarf on top of it. (..)
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. . . . . - its all about flow and fabric and presenting her simply. With these clothes she overwhelms no one around her - and no one else compares to her. Her new hair cut looks fabulous. Perfection.
My ignorance prompts me to ask. What do you mean by "haute couture in it's truest sense"?
You answered your own question.

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Haute couture refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. It is made to order for a specific customer, and it is usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.

A haute couture garment is made specifically for the wearer’s measurements and body stance.
Therein lies the answer. Charlene's clothes are made to fit her. Her body, her stance, style, preference, etc. She seems to be finally asserting herself, having passed through "Cutting Edge Fashionista" phase that I think she was more or less obligated to embrace. Her sister-in-law is renowned for her fashion sense and elegance (or was), however Charlene is totally different both in style and in beauty. What suits a woman like Caroline, watched and dressed by the best of the best all of her life does not suit Charlene.

Her initial wardrobe never seemed to fit her personality or, more correctly, the sharp lines of "fashion" swamped her completely. She looked like a dressed up Barbie Doll, and not a happy one at that. Any woman knows that if you feel good in what you are wearing you look good and I don't think Charlene ever did.

The first real move we saw was at her wedding. Her civil wedding attire with it's gorgeous colour and flowing palazzo pants hinted at a woman we were unfamiliar with, and from that moment on she has been steadily changing the way she presents herself. Gone is the fussy fashion and in it's place a style that seems to suit her well.

She looks so much more comfortable in her own skin as she creates her own style, an athletic figure dressed in soft, flowing styles and soft and feminine colours, little of which will be found hanging on racks in high end stores.

To me her haircut was merely the last step of her own private emancipation and I have to admit, I envy the gamine look especially when she wears those enormous diamond stud earrings!
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You answered your own question.

Therein lies the answer. Charlene's clothes are made to fit her. Her body, her stance, style, preference, etc. She seems to be finally asserting herself, having passed through "Cutting Edge Fashionista" phase that I think she was more or less obligated to embrace. Her sister-in-law is renowned for her fashion sense and elegance (or was), however Charlene is totally different both in style and in beauty. What suits a woman like Caroline, watched and dressed by the best of the best all of her life does not suit Charlene.

Her initial wardrobe never seemed to fit her personality or, more correctly, the sharp lines of "fashion" swamped her completely. She looked like a dressed up Barbie Doll, and not a happy one at that. Any woman knows that if you feel good in what you are wearing you look good and I don't think Charlene ever did.

The first real move we saw was at her wedding. Her civil wedding attire with it's gorgeous colour and flowing palazzo pants hinted at a woman we were unfamiliar with, and from that moment on she has been steadily changing the way she presents herself. Gone is the fussy fashion and in it's place a style that seems to suit her well.

She looks so much more comfortable in her own skin as she creates her own style, an athletic figure dressed in soft, flowing styles and soft and feminine colours, little of which will be found hanging on racks in high end stores.

To me her haircut was merely the last step of her own private emancipation and I have to admit, I envy the gamine look especially when she wears those enormous diamond stud earrings!
Good explanation. I have sensed that she has moved to another level. To be frank, it makes all the sense in the world. If I were in most of these women's shoes - on display, photographed endlessly - I'd have my own clothes made for me, too. None of this 'off the rack' stuff or even high-end 'fashion'.

I'm always intrigued to see a new picture of Charlene - to see what will she do this time - for the elegance and newness of what is becoming her signature style.
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I am curious how that works though.
Do designers have sketches which they bring to her to choose from? Or are these 'catwalk' clothes that are remade to her figure?
Or does she have her own ideas.
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I'm sorry but I see nothing haute couture about Charlene's recent fashion choices, they are definitely not setting any trends and they don't look like they were made for her unless they purpose tried to make her look like a scarecrow with baggy clothes hanging off them. I've seen a few haute couture outfits on runways and Charlene's outfits look nothing like them. To tell the truth when looking at her recent looks the first thing that comes to mind is sloppy.
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