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Old 05-12-2017, 01:27 AM
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Okay, I am not generally a Catherine Fashion Fan, and this coat underscores why that is so. It is boring for no other reason than she has so many plain blue coats and what's with the high waist yet again? I googled her blue coats and stopped counting at 30 and I just know some fashion sycophant is going to rave about her cutting edge fashion.

When it comes to fashion Catherine is very tame or timid. Once she got past the initial "I'm going to do my own thing" stage where she treated the world to numerous 'thong or commando shots', she has pretty well done little less than lengthen her skirts, dresses and coats and maybe added weights.

We hear that she has found her fashion groove and I keep thinking well, Queen Elizabeth and Camilla have found their's too, but you won't find Catherine wearing any of the gorgeous styles, patterns and colours they display. Nor will you find her wearing hats and fascinators unless it's a wedding, funeral or memorial service.

It looks very much like she has had her hair styled in a long bob going on her appearance straight out of the car. But the wind always wins.

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Old 05-12-2017, 02:21 AM
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That must not have been a very strong wind because I don't see any difference in how her hair looks.

I think Camilla and Queen Elizabeth dress fine, but I wouldn't call the styles they wear gorgeous. In fact, neither have much variety when it comes to their every day outfits. The Queen is always in a coat dress (of various colors) and while Camilla mixes it up a bit more, her style is still pretty predictable. Which is fine. When you find a style you like, why not stick with it?

In the last 20 daytime appearances, Kate has only worn a coat dress four times. She's also worn a variety of colors and patterns. So while her style may be boring to some, she definitely mixes it up a bit more than people give her credit for.

I like the outfit she wore today and think the style and color suit her.
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Old 05-12-2017, 04:40 AM
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Its very lovely pale blue coat that fits her perfectly and creates definite hour-glass figure.
I wish she had added a brooch on the lapel or brought in some zing with contrasting colors because now everything was in pastels (coat, shoes, bag).
But overall -- beautifully classic, springlike and elegant look. Thumbs up!
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Was this Catherine's only public appearance in Luxembourg?
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Old 05-13-2017, 01:08 AM
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Was this Catherine's only public appearance in Luxembourg?
Do you mean first trip to Luxembourg or only event ?

This is her first official trip at least.

But it was a series of four events (not including official greeting ): modern art museum, cycling festival, city museum and then the commemoration event. All in one day so one outfit but four events.
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Old 05-13-2017, 01:19 AM
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Okay, I am not generally a Catherine Fashion Fan, and this coat underscores why that is so. It is boring for no other reason than she has so many plain blue coats and what's with the high waist yet again? I googled her blue coats and stopped counting at 30 and I just know some fashion sycophant is going to rave about her cutting edge fashion.

When it comes to fashion Catherine is very tame or timid. Once she got past the initial "I'm going to do my own thing" stage where she treated the world to numerous 'thong or commando shots', she has pretty well done little less than lengthen her skirts, dresses and coats and maybe added weights.

We hear that she has found her fashion groove and I keep thinking well, Queen Elizabeth and Camilla have found their's too, but you won't find Catherine wearing any of the gorgeous styles, patterns and colours they display. Nor will you find her wearing hats and fascinators unless it's a wedding, funeral or memorial service.

It looks very much like she has had her hair styled in a long bob going on her appearance straight out of the car. But the wind always wins.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/...4501925289.jpg
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/...4503322068.jpg
Catherine's a fairly conservative dresser but she generally looks appropriate for the occasion and is quite stylish. There's no need for someone in her position to try to successfully pull off cutting edge fashion or to be constantly trying something new if she doesn't have a genuine interest in that sort of thing.

I think QEII and Camilla are generally beautiful dressers - although Camilla's had some major fails over the years - but I don't see that much difference in how stylish they are versus Kate.
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Old 05-13-2017, 02:37 AM
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A boring look IMO from Catherine. The coat is too pale for her, the high waist bely doesn't suit her and the overall look was too plain. I think she could've gone for a ponytail or a soft bun at least with the hair.
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Duchess of Cambridge , at a Special Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on April 13, 2017.


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She wore it again in Canada. De See by Chloe

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oh dear, can it get any more matronly

the lace top with ruffled sleeves & collar screames Doll Toilet Roll Holder to me, plain skirt & belt complete the frumpy 1970s look. And then of course the evitable wedges.
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oh dear, can it get any more matronly

the lace top with ruffled sleeves & collar screames Doll Toilet Roll Holder to me, plain skirt & belt complete the frumpy 1970s look. And then of course the evitable wedges.

I love the dress; it looks so delicate and feminine.

As for the wedges, what else could she wear to walk on grass?
Heels would sink right in, and flats wouldn't work with the dress.
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Flats with straps/summery would've been the perfect match for todays event. The dress is nice enough but IMO, hair in a ponytail would've been ideal. The ruffled collar, lace top and open hair is just too much.
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oh dear, can it get any more matronly

the lace top with ruffled sleeves & collar screames Doll Toilet Roll Holder to me, plain skirt & belt complete the frumpy 1970s look. And then of course the evitable wedges.
Agree both on the dress and shoes
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The dress is pretty, my only quibble is the ruffled collar and I agree that flats would have been better.

I gotta say, I see the word matronly used quite a bit (on the various fashion threads) and I never quite know what qualifies as matronly. To me, Kate's' dress looks like something I'd see on any of the younger royal women.

Another photo of the dress:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/...4692089846.jpg
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wonderful dress
love this color
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I don't see this dress as matronly. Perhaps the ruffles on the collar could have been left behind though. It's less matronly than the amount of boring coat dresses.
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I like this. Even though I agree with other posters about the hair and the shoes. Her hair up would have made the color stand out and my only quibble with the shoes is the color. If she really likes wearing this type, why not get some in different colors. It;s not like they are hard to get.
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I heard Catherine reads this fashion thread and wears the same shoes and 'matronly' dresses with her hair down because it winds up the usual suspects.

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The dress is pretty, my only quibble is the ruffled collar and I agree that flats would have been better.

I gotta say, I see the word matronly used quite a bit (on the various fashion threads) and I never quite know what qualifies as matronly. To me, Kate's' dress looks like something I'd see on any of the younger royal women.

Another photo of the dress:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/...4692089846.jpg
Thank you for saying this, Soapstar. What is matronly? It's clearly meant as a diss but I have never been able to distinguish between 'classic' and 'matronly', because usually what I think of as 'classic' winds up being another person's 'matronly'.

I am fairly young (I like to think) and fashion forward (most days), but dressing as a royal on display obviously requires a totally different sensibility than dressing otherwise (as the hapless Stephanie of Luxembourg demonstrates for some people).
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Thank you for saying this, Soapstar. What is matronly? It's clearly meant as a diss but I have never been able to distinguish between 'classic' and 'matronly', because usually what I think of as 'classic' winds up being another person's 'matronly'.

I am fairly young (I like to think) and fashion forward (most days), but dressing as a royal on display obviously requires a totally different sensibility than dressing otherwise (as the hapless Stephanie of Luxembourg demonstrates for some people).
Matronly means generally "in my mind what the upper middle age women wears". The thing is, that standard generally is set when you're a kid. So for a kid that grew up in the 50s and one that grew up in the 70s and one in the 90s their view of "matronly" is very different. I, as a 90s kid, find midi skirts very retro and chic and modern since my mum born in the late 60s would never have worn such styles but my mum generally finds that style very "mumsy" because her mother born in the 30s wore that kind of skirts etc. It's very much a case of perception (with some people not following the "rules" ofc!)
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Thank you, hernameispekka. Good explanation. Definitely see that with shoes! There are some shoe styles that currently are seen as very fashion forward but which my great-aunt tells me she would never have been seen wearing dead when she was young because so 'old-fashioned' looking.

But I also see the type of clothing oft photographed women (like royals) wear to be of a particular type/style/kind because of certain logistical concerns. I don't think Kate (left to herself) would ever wear the stuff she wears at public events. She simply has adopted a formula for public costumery that suits (her) being a female member of the BRF.
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