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Old 11-19-2012, 09:23 AM
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The coat dress is quite nice, but the overall look is ruined by the utterly unflattering hat - this model looks like something Princess Diana was glad to ban from her wardrobe forever in ca. 1985 and smashes poor Charlene's small head; terrible choice.
I agree, Boris. The hat does nothing for her face and an otherwise rather nice ensemble.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:44 AM
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Not a fan of the hat either. The coat dress is nice, but I would have loved to have seen it belted.
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Is Charlene in mourning? Has a friend or family member died recently? The coat is quite nice but the hat is horrible.

What an odd choice those black leggings were the other night. I don't always like what Princess Caroline wears, but she comprehensively outshone Charlene on that occasion.
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The hat is bad and by that I mean really bad. Not a good choice IMO.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:56 AM
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Albert looks proud as punch in Upper 2. I like the hat, plus we'ere not used to seeing proper hats, just those hideous fascinator things.
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I love the outfit but hat is terrible. With such short hair cut that mushroom hat is not flattering. All in all though, she looks lovely.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:06 AM
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Charlie Chaplin called, he wants his hat back
Horrible choice, not fond of the coat dress either, it looks too big to me.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:57 AM
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The hat brings to mind an Edwardian lady going riding. While I like her short hair style, the hat makes her look like she has no hair.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:11 PM
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Well... Charlene looks great in a fierce 'fashion mag editorial' way in this clinging pantsuit and with her dramatic vamp make up, but this means at the same time that she looks quite wrong for the function and role she's supposed to have.
I couldn't agree more!

IMO the coat dress was divine, but the hat was less successful. The fabric looks sumptuous, and the silhouette is so classic and flattering.

The hat looks like a bowler, which never works on women (and hasn't worked on a man since 1919).
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I actually love the hat.... The last picture slightly from the side is stunning....

Had her hair been tied up or in a chigon it would look very similar, so the short hair for me is not an issue!

I think its spot on! But JMHO.....
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The coat is nice though the hat is awful.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:55 PM
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the Hat is bad but it could be much worse...nice coat though.
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I finally figured out why this hat does not compliment Charlene or her outfit.
She is a tall woman with broad shoulders and she has a long angular face with a high forehead. Her coat-dress looks very good on her body-type. It cinches in and flatterers her small waistline and flairs out in attractive pleats. Her broad shoulders do not dominate the outfit. This hat visually cuts off the top half of her head. So we see a smaller version of her face, just the bottom half. With another hat her outfit would have been perfect. It is really elegant and stylish minus the hat. Is this coat-dress Arkris?
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Charlene in white/creme at the opera as part of the National Day celebrations this evening - nice!



** Full view with coat ** Dress ** Back view **
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What has struck me about both Charlene's outfits today is how both have striking similarities to what Grace wore.
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Agreed. Is it just my imagination, or does Charlene look uncomfortable here? Perhaps she realized that she got it "wrong." I do like her top, but she needs evening trousers or a skirt to wear with it rather than these tight skinnies.

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Well... Charlene looks great in a fierce 'fashion mag editorial' way in this clinging pantsuit and with her dramatic vamp make up, but this means at the same time that she looks quite wrong for the function and role she's supposed to have.
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Charlene in white/creme at the opera as part of the National Day celebrations this evening - nice!



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Quite a disappointment... The dress looks unfinished, like a sample from the pattern cutter before the real work on a gown starts; without any detailing, it's not understated and elegant, but unimaginative and bland.
In all White and Red from her hair to her Snow White make up to her feet, it's also a bit like she's a guest on her way to a posh costume party who decided to come dressed as The Flag of Monaco.
Any detail of interest, particularly jewelry, might have helped, but this is just nondescript. Even the jacket in cream provides no appeal when worn over white - there's neither a contrast nor a match.
Looks like Charlene is wearing the wrong sash of the Order, too - the men's wide version instead of the ladies' narrow one.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:30 PM
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Quite a disappointment... The dress looks unfinished, like a sample from the pattern cutter before the real work on a gown starts; without any detailing, it's not understated and elegant, but unimaginative and bland.
In all White and Red from her hair to her Snow White make up to her feet, it's also a bit like she's a guest on her way to a posh costume party who decided to come dressed as The Flag of Monaco.
Any detail of interest, particularly jewelry, might have helped, but this is just nondescript. Even the jacket in cream provides no appeal when worn over white - there's neither a contrast nor a match.
Looks like Charlene is wearing the wrong sash of the Order, too - the men's wide version instead of the ladies' narrow one.
I noticed the sash too, it's clearly too big it's not the female version but why would pa give her the wrong one?
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:19 PM
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is this an Arkris design again? The lacy coat overwhelms.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:44 PM
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I like the dress - simple sophistication. But it needs dressing and a statement necklace would have nailed it. I would have worn a multicoloured semiprecious stone "cascade" but I'm not a princess. It needs a but of zing!

I had no idea about the wearing of the wrong sash so a thank you to the experts but she does have a look about her that says something has gone wrong.

The makeup in some pix (I've been looking at a ll the pix on Getty) emphasises the terror of having made a mistake. too pale and a slash a dark red on the lips.

She is lovely but something is just not gelling. But it is getting better and I do appreciate the risks she is now taking
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