Honestly, we just want to dress like Kate!
The beauty and the curse of Kate — Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, mother of snugglemuffin Prince George — is not that she’s a style icon, or maybe even THE style icon, but that she inspires the thought, “Hey, I’d wear that!”
Unlike so many other pillars of fashion, who veer toward the avant garde and haute couture, Kate’s classic, timeless style has a certain relatability that sends people scurrying to the Internet or the nearest store to either buy what she’s wearing or try recreating the look.
On Kate, William and George’s recent three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, every detail of every outfit Kate donned was scrutinized with almost scientific fervor and the overwhelming conclusions were these: Beautiful. Classy. Wearable.
Many of her looks would translate well to events and occasions at which we might find ourselves here in western Colorado, inspiring us to consider What Kate Wore and Where We’d Wear It.
OUTFIT: Hobbs Wessex dress, with belt and wedge shoes.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Posing for photos in front of the bright red sandstone monolith Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, Australia, and at an Aboriginal welcome.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: With all due respect to Kate, we wouldn’t wear this on an outing to Colorado National Monument (or the Australian Outback, if we just happened to be there).
Instead, it would be perfect for a baby shower we’re not particularly thrilled to attend and thus eagerly volunteer to entertain other people’s children in the back yard. This is a run-around-the-back-yard sort of dress.
OUTFIT: Alexander McQueen pale pink wool suit, nude pumps.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Visiting a music and performance center for youths and the Playford Civic Centre in Adelaide, Australia.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: To a spring wedding on the shores of Crawford Reservoir, when the weather can turn on a dime and it might end up being a great, great boon to be clad in wool and dirt-colored shoes. Plus, should the weather remain delightful, that kicky little skirt would be perfect for a round of “YMCA” at the reception.
OUTFIT: Lasa Poppy Dress by LK Bennett and matching Alexander McQueen blue heels.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Royal Australian Air Force Base at Amberley. She somehow climbed into the cockpit of an F-18 Super Hornet jet fighter in a ladylike manner (imagine having to answer to the Queen for panty flash!) while in this dress. She and Prince William also visited Brisbane, Australia.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: To work. On a date. To dinner. To bed. To the car wash. Everywhere. Never going to take this one off.
OUTFIT: Zara blazer, check shirt thought to be by Gap, skinny jeans, Corkswoon wedges by Stuart Weitzman.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Touring Amisfield Winery in Queenstown, New Zealand.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: Wine tasting, of course! Or to meet Significant Other’s parents for the first time, when we’d want to hit the sweet spot of casual yet pulled-together and would bring along a gift of a nice bottle of local wine. Just in case, you know.
OUTFIT: “Patrice” Ikat Batick navy and black print dress from Diane von Furstenberg, Corkswoon wedges.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Visiting the Blue Mountains. In this picture, Kate and Prince William are on a tour of Echo Point in Katoomba, Australia.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: To have engagement photos taken at Cold Shivers Point in Colorado National Monument or Lands End Overlook on Grand Mesa. And particularly in re: Lands End, how cute would it be to have engagement photos that include those cheeky chipmunks that demand sunflower seeds? And in that dress? Darling.
OUTFIT: Roksanda Ilincic color block dress, LK Bennett heels.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Arriving in Sydney, Australia, and making a beautiful, sunny statement. Prince George is by far her best, most cuddly accessory. (No offense, Prince William, who reportedly thought the dress looked like a banana.)
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: To sign the papers closing on the purchase of a new home for which we’d saved and saved. Sure, it might be a little dressy for the occasion, but what better to express the feeling of “Yayyyy!!!” than this happy dress? Clothes speak an emotional language, after all.
OUTFIT: Zimmermann (Australian brand) floral, eyelet “Roamer Day Dress,” Stuart Weitzman Minx espadrille wedges.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Attending the Royal Easter Show, visiting a hospice and watching competition at a surf life saving carnival at Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: To show off our plot at the community garden near the central library, on a day when we have no intention of doing any actual gardening but instead want to look sweet and natural and lovely. Skip the espadrille wedges, though, which are cute but impractical. This calls for charming flip-flops.
OUTFIT: Catherine Walker emerald green coat dress, LK Bennett Sledge pumps.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Watching Prince William shovel dirt to plant an oak tree at the National Arboretum in Canberra, Australia. Kate also took a turn shoveling.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: To any kind of ribbon cutting or grand opening or, failing to find one of those, any event where others will be doing work and we just get to stand around and watch, looking pretty but also capable. Or, you know, to church.
OUTFIT: Chapeau created by Jane Taylor Millinery, Alexander McQueen gray ensemble, LK Bennett Harper pumps.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Attending Easter Sunday services at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: To tea with the Queen! And OK, perhaps by “Queen” we mean “little girl in a feather boa and plastic tiara” and by “tea” we mean “impromptu party with Kool-Aid and stuffed animals.” But still, the best reality is the one in the imagination and this outfit is deeply appropriate for “tea” with the “Queen.”
OUTFIT: Roksanda Ilincic dress with belt, LK Bennett Sledge pumps.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Arriving at Ayers Rock Airport in Yulara, Australia and visiting the National Indigenous Training Academy in Uluru. Half way through the day she switched to the Hobbs Wessex dress.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: To wedding-crash Saturday in Memphis, Tenn. Apparently, William and Harry are flying stateside for the wedding of their pal Guy Pelly to hotel heiress Lizzy Wilson. The wedding is said to be at a polo club near Graceland, so in the event of an unsuccessful wedding crash, there’s always Elvis. He’d appreciate the dress.
OUTFIT: Lela Rose cocktail dress, black pumps.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: A reception at the Government House in Canberra, Australia.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: Love the lace-like sleeves, but the lace-like peplum, not so much (thus this photo crop). In blouse form, this would be lovely with a pencil skirt and strappy sandals at any of the upcoming high school and college graduations — a blouse that says “I have dressed up, for this is an occasion I sometimes doubted would arrive.”
OUTFIT: “Primrose yellow” eyelet dress Kate helped design with the Queen’s tailors.
WHERE KATE WORE IT: Visiting Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
WHERE WE’D WEAR IT: George is so cute! So is the bilby stuffed toy! Cute cute cute! And squeezable! These cheeks are for kissing! And how enchanting are those pearly little new teeth? Raspberries on that round, round tummy! Oh, wait, back to the dress. We’d wear it to the store or wherever.