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Kate Picks Preen for Hope the Blue Whale at NHM

Saturday, July 15, 2017

On Thursday night, Kate returned to the Natural History Museum, of which she is royal patron, to reopen Hintze Hall. Kate chose a new Preen dress and some sexy Prada strappy sandals that have left yours truly in a conundrum. More on that later.


Hintze Hall is the stunning (Hogwartsesque) main hall at the Natural History Museum and used to house the very popular skeleton of a dinosaur, affectionally called Dippy. The Museum moved Dippy along to make way for a new character. This Blue Whale is
the new star of the show. 

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Last year, Kate visited the museum for Dippy's goodbye party. It was the same day that she attended the Place2Be Wellness Awards in a black Preen Finella, so I think the Dippy event got less attention as a result. 


The Duchess of Cambridge made brief remarks to the gathered guests, sharing how much she loved the museum as a child and how she has enjoyed reliving that joy by introducing its treasures to George and Charlotte. (Transcript at the end of the post)



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The princess turned to Preen again for this event, choosing the label's Everly dress in a barely-there blue. You can see in the product shots and on Kate that the dress is really embracing the full-skirt. 

Like her Finella, this retro silhouette works really well on Kate, nevertheless, the Everly is an interesting choice for this event. Its very simple bodice looks almost like a t-shirt top that has been dressed up into a party frock by its structure and more formal skirt. I can't put my finger on why this ensemble wasn't really a win for me, because the dress by itself is great. Either the venue or the accessories are creating a conundrum for me. Speaking of accessories...


...is Kate on a strappy heels kick, or what? The Duchess pulled these Pradas from her closet; they are the same ones she wore to the Bollywood Gala in India. Due to the long dress she wore on their first wear, this is our first full look at the heels on the Duchess. To those we were discussing nail polish on one of the last posts, I think Kate's toes might reignite the conversation:


Shoes and purses are the two accessories Kate has been restocking recently. This new purple clutch is one of a number of new additions. Japanese_Ginger determined it is by Jerome C. Rouseau, an LA-based designer who produces luxury accessories including shoes and clutches. These are two versions of his Jem clutch, which appear to be exact matches to Kate's new piece.


Kate recycled her Temple of Heaven earrings by Cassandra Goad. These have been in Kate's closet for some time, but haven't been worn all that often. Recently, they have been getting more wears.

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This ensemble doesn't have me feeling anything special. The simplicity of the dress gave a very fresh impression, which was nice for this summer heat. Dressed up with her sky-high Prada heels in a deep aubergine, the ensemble was an unusual mixture of relaxed and formal. It was fun to see Kate wear "sexier" shoes, although a flashy closed-toe heel might have pulled it together a little more. I guess I am ambivalent. I don't dislike it, the shoes paired the dress was an interesting choice, but they are also throwing me off a little. The dress is so simple, you'd think you could pair it with anything and yet...  I'm stymied. We will leave it there, doubtless to be dissected in the comments. :) It's not a win. It's a hung jury.


William and Harry are playing polo today and we are all hoping Kate will bring the kids. Fingers crossed that we will reconvene soon to discuss a whole lot of summer fun!

KP



*Transcript of Kate's speech via Kensington Palace:

Like many of you here tonight, I remember visiting the Natural History Museum as a child, and being inspired with a love of nature. And now, as a parent myself, I am experiencing the joy all over again with my own children, who adore coming here, and it is not just to see the T-Rex mind you.
Who could fail to be inspired standing here in this wonderful hall. It is so fitting to see the ocean now taking centre stage, with many other marine specimens as star attractions in this splendid Hintze Hall.
As we are increasingly learning, marine conservation is a global challenge, for all nations and all people.
I, personally, have always been in awe of the sea. As someone who has been fortunate to experience scuba diving, something I love doing, and seeing the incredible marine life, I have come to care deeply about life under our waters and the conservation of our oceans.
Sir David Attenborough has famously talked about the fact that people will not protect what they don’t first care about, and will not care about what they have never experienced. This idea lies at the heart of this new Hintze Hall design. As I stand here tonight, I have every confidence that this spectacular display will go a long way not only inspire a new generation but it will also encourage us all to think about and to care for our marine life.
Our Blue Whale, Hope, at the heart of the museum will help the millions of visitors that come here each year, experience the wonders of our oceans.
So, as Patron of the Natural History Museum it gives me great pleasure to declare the new Hintze Hall open.
I now have the honour of introducing a great friend of this Museum, and somebody who has perhaps done more than anybody else on the planet to inspire a love of nature - Sir David Attenborough.

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  1. I thought it was an interesting outfit and really reminded me of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. The short sleeves, full pleated skirt, and strappy sandals...




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    1. Yes!! That's a good comparison. I also feel like Liesel in the Sound of Music wore something like this.

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    2. Yes! So Liesel :)

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  2. I think the reason why this dress isn't a win is simply because I see it as a day dress, not an evening one. I know that it's summer and that the event wasn't full glitz'n'glamour, but this is better at Wimbledon than at an evening party. In my humble opinion at least. What do you think Jane?

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    1. I agree with you Gaia, I think this is a day dress and shoes don't match with it.

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    2. Me too- best for the tennis not this event. I love the silhouette of the dress- would've preferred a bolder color or even a print. Shoes to die for and I applaud Kate for being able to walk in them!

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    3. Reminds me of a sort of uniform, perhaps a full skirted nurse or a choral issued dress.

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    4. It seemed like a day dress. I think it is meant to bridge the gap to formal, but she didn't dress it up the way she should have to make it evening.

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  3. Yes agree Dress would have been more appropriate for the Tennis, I think it's the purple accessories that threw this ensemble off, love her new haircut!!

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  4. Sonja from BavariaJuly 15, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    The shoes are gorgeous, but the dress looks too much like a casual t-shirt...

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  5. The outfit confused me too. I have hoped Kate would be a little more adventuresome with accessory choices, but I don't think blackish-plum stiletto sandals & a lighter purple boxy clutch compliment this pale blue dress or compliment each other. (I love purple but think it is hard to mix purples much less mix plum with purple. It's kind of like mixing magenta with a coral red.) 

    I'm not sure what color accessories would be better for an evening reception except black or navy blue. Silver would also work colorwise but might be too formal for the dress. Part of the problem, for me anyway, is that Gaia is right and the dress looks like a day dress (and it is described by the designer that way..I could see it with a straw clutch and casual sandals.) But Kate seems to be trying to glam up the dress for evening. Maybe she chose it as a nod to the blue whale or to the ocean? I think it would have been easier to glam up a sheath dress or a silky skirt or pant suit. (Even her Taj Mahal dress...it could have been a nod to some of the museum's interior architecture. ) I also don't understand the toenail color combined with the outfit/accessories although I know many have been hoping for Kate to wear colored polish. Perhaps the polish was leftover from the state dinner the night before-- Maybe it matched the rubies in the necklace? 

    I like Kate's new hair length quite a bit but wish it was blown out straighter and wish she'd not suddenly adopted a center part. Few adults look their best with a center part IMO. 

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    1. I think maybe it would have been a more successful "glam up" of a day dress if she had worn her hair up or partially back and chosen a statement necklace rather than those earrings. It's an adorable dress but with her hair in a daytime style and the t-shirt like top of the dress it's coming off a bit mixed up in my opinion. Her upper half is attending a day event and from the waist down she's at an evening event.

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  6. I like the dress. It's crepe, so I think it does work for an evening engagement. The color makes her stand out more in the dimly lit hall. I would have preferred silver accessories with it though. Silver earrings with a bit of sparkle would have been perfect.

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  7. I was the one advocating for bright polish in the prior post, pinks or reds. The shoes and feet are stunning!! Great job, Kate! It polishes her look so much.

    The shoes with this dress don't work together, so I am just focused on the feet.;)

    Jane, you forgot to mention the hair. Maybe it was too horrible to comment on?;)

    Sigh. I wish people would stop telling Kate that it needed to be cut. This is simply horrible. Kate's two greatest features are her hair and her eyes. She should keep her long hair and do the beautiful blowouts.

    And yes, I am slightly older than Kate. And yes, short hair can be great, but not on Kate. And yes, Kate, even at her age, can wear long hair.

    Sandra Bullock. Elle McPherson. Dylan Lauren. All much older than Kate with long hair. Honestly, money and maintenance, along with healthy, thick hair are the keys to making hair look good at any age. Both of Kate's parents still have thick hair and they are in their sixties. If your hair stays thick and full as you age, you can keep it longer and it actually makes you look younger. Both my mom and grandma have thick, full hair which is really rare as people age.

    I hope Kate lets her hair grow back, this is just... sad.

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    1. Sonja from BavariaJuly 15, 2017 at 11:14 AM

      That's so funny, I think her hair looked beautiful! A very sassy style ;)

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    2. I think this hair length would work better if she wore it straighter- it doesn't quite work with the curls (and center part). I like long hair on her too, but often felt that the way she wore it was a bit outdated- I'd love to see her style it with loose waves, as opposed to the giant curls.

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    3. She looks great with up dos, half up dos, pony tails, blow outs, but not with this cut, these curls and the length are a style for an older and mature woman. The shoes are great, they need perfect polished feet, but the dress is too casual for the shoes and as well for the earings.

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    4. She has beautiful hair at any length but I like the fresh new look. I think most don't realize that she has naturally, very curly, frizzy hair if left alone. From what I've read her hair is very difficult to manage on her own. She made a comment on her first visit after getting it cut that it was easier this way. In any case, it looks beautiful to me. It's bound to set of trends this summer.

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    5. I think long hair done well is stunning and that's where my problem was, it wasn't being styled well 90% of the time. Instead of a haircut she should cut the hairdresser from her team. Even this is a terrible mid length look IMO. It's a hairstyle that doesn't know what it wants to be.

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    6. Lol. I like this shorter length; it has some bounce to it where the long hair was dragging her down.

      I think navy patent slingbacks with a matching clutch and perhaps a fun twisted pearl choker would have added to the vintage vibe.

      https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/jewelry/pearls/pearl-twisted-hammock-necklace/22599?srcCode=GGBS00006_99101918130_198720438_15874971198_77447593328_m_pla_pla-77447593328_9003919&sisearchengine=197&siproduct=22599&noPopUp=true&source=googlePLA&lsft=srcCode:GGBS00006_99101918130_198720438_15874971198_77447593328_m_pla_online__9003919&gclid=CjwKCAjw-qbLBRB7EiwAftBCI10vhWW2r7uQRsTYVwcSKT6acAii5-75GCPSMD1qCbKQ5vXJDy25KRoC4O0QAvD_BwE

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    7. That would have been fabulous. Maybe we will see it for the recycle?

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    8. Anon 10:38 I agree the shoes put too much focus on her feet.
      I also agree that many "older" women can look great with long hair. I don't like the rule of hair length with age and believe it can be individual. My opinion is she wanted something shorter and lighter for summer with the kids.
      ~ A

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    9. I highly doubt that Kate's hair is "difficult to manage on her own". She's been wearing very long hair forever! And, when on engagements, she has a hairdresser. Let's not make this into something where she needed to cut it because she was having trouble. I mean, come in.

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    10. Well, Will did call it a "nightmare" several years ago. And she had the hairdresser back then.

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    11. I remember that comment from William. It was on video and he was rolling his eyes and teasing Kate. Because she has beautiful hair, really perfect, he was cheekily calling it horrible. He teases a lot.

      I think there's some hair jealousy on here.

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    12. He uses irony in his humor-such as implying he was starving from Kate's poor cooking when he obviously is robustly fit and well-fed. As you said, anon 10:22- he said her hair was a nightmare when it is in reality quite beautiful. The trick to this type of humor is making sure the object of the humor is in on the joke and isn't offended. anon1

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    13. I just looked up the nightmare hair comment story to be sure I was remembering it correctly. As I thought, Will was talking about the difficulty in styling and caring for Kate's hair, *not the final look of her styled hair.* He was talking to a hairdresser-in-training. I know he makes jokes that can sound negative (particularly about George who may not be in on the joke.) But I expect there was a kernal of truth about Kate's hair---it likely DOES require alot of attention. (Lengthy blow outs to remove natural curls, setting to create desired curls, updo work, frequent coloring/touch ups...) So I wouldn't assume it is easy for her "to manage" (as was stated in this thread & the reason I mentioned Will's comment.) I doubt it's easy for Kate to manage (even with her hairdresser) for official events and during tours simply because she wore long hair during uni, pre-marriage, pre-working royal, and pre-motherhood days. And unlike the cooking comment Anon 1 mentioned, Will wasn't rolling his eyes at Kate when he made the hair comment..she was not at that charity event. If you saw a video Anon 10:22 when he said "nightmare hair" and Kate was present, he's said it more than once (and that seems really odd.) If so, perhaps Will is the one who is jealous of Kate's hair given his genetic lack of hair.


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    14. I think William was teasing & truthful, because Kate's hair probably is very difficult and he jokes that means "nightmare". She has naturally curly/wavy, extremely thick hair that for years she kept long. Can you imagine the effort and time for her to straighten it, let alone straighten and style? I don't think her hair is/was a "nightmare", but probably work and time consuming. My hair is bone straight and medium thickness - low maintenance, unless I want it to hold a curl, then it's a nightmare ;-)
      ~ A

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    15. We'll agree to disagree, Lizzie, because I don't think that's what he meant. I bet William loves her long hair.;)

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    16. My husband loves my long hair too. Until it clogs the drain ;-)

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    17. Exactly ~A and Anon 9:47. Men can love a final product but still be in the dark for ages before finally realizing how much time it takes to achieve the final product. And sometimes women keep men in the dark about some routines before marriage. (I am sure there are things women are clueless about too.) I don't doubt Will probably liked Kate's hair long. But I don't know if it was her absolute best feature to him as it seems to have been to some here. (I hope six yrs into marriage her inner qualities are her best to him.) But it is sort of like asking a man 30 minutes before supper on a late work night if pasta tossed with ripe tomatoes and fresh herbs is OK since it's late and having him say "Sure. You know I love all your pasta dishes. You're baking your famous homemade bread too, right?" And I think it is safe to assume Will's own hair--like many men's-- doesn't require anything besides a quick wash in the shower and letting it dry naturally for about 5 min. The many hours Kate's super-long hair regularly required probably WAS a bit of a shock/"nightmare" to Will especially as time went on and more frequent public events were expected of Kate. Hasn't it been reported that her appts at a London hairdresser used to be six hours long? That would seem nightmarish to many men IMO.

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    18. There is no way Kate's hair appointments are six hours long. (eye roll) Three, tops.

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  8. Pretty dress and seems right for the type of event. It may have been in the evening, but it was a very casual event, not at all like the usual receptions held in one of the palaces. Most of the people seemed quite casually dressed.
    On my computer the clutch and sandals looked the same shade.
    Rather miss her long hair.
    The Duke is with her at the tennis men's final tomorrow

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  9. I love the dress and the accessories (including the sandals and painted toe nails.) Yes, this an evening event, but not a "full-on glamour" one. Look how the people around Kate are dressed. I also very much like Kate's new shorter hair, and the middle part too. Kate looks fresh, relaxed and in her element. She looks great. I don't think it is fair to judge Kate by one's own likes and dislikes. She is her own person. She knows what her position is; she knows all about each event that she goes to; and she knows how to mix looking attractive and feeling comfortable at the same time. She knows what she is doing, how to do it and why. I simply admire her very much.

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    1. Yes, Jean and Anon 11:25. If the men had been in black tie the women should wear evening, cocktail apparel. They weren't and they mostly didn't-including Kate. There really weren't that many of the crowd shown close-up to be able to make a fair statement.The sandals and purse dressed it up. I like pale blue with purple/plum. They don't clash, they avoid the usual color clichés-really, what is the problem, other than differences in personal preference? I believe Kate has a right to hers as commenters have a right to not wear the colors together themselves. I think someone who was actually at the event could judge whether the purse and shoes exactly matched in shade. Photographic technique, types of film/camera, differences in the types of screens where the photos are viewed---too many variables to judge color shade-matching. Must they match, by the way? I don't think it is necessary to turn her choice into some sort of fashion faux pas.anon1

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  10. About the dress, I don't have a problem with it, and as lizzie mentioned, I think Kate chose to wear it in homage to Hope, the blue whale who presides over the Hall, and since at least some other women there were clearly in street length dresses, in a mix of day dresses and those more formal, and since all of the men were in suits, the event was not meant to be a particularly dressy affair.

    Personally, I rather liked the top of the dress; the square neckline, altho definitely not my cup of tea, is an improvement over the one Kate recently debuted on her first appearance at Wimbledon this year. Don't know why; perhaps it's the difference in the length of the sleeves. I do think square necklines require a necklace to break up the space; a strand of pearls, with matching pearl earrings, might've worked.

    As for the accessories, just plain odd. Yellow gold earrings, plum shoes, and a purple clutch with a touch of silver? I can only conclude that Kate had tropical fish in mind.

    I'm betting, having seen this clutch, that we will see it again tomorrow, at Wimbledon. (The official colours of the tennis tournament are deep green and purple, and we all know how Kate likes wrap herself up in appropriate "flag" dresses; hence, I am steeling myself against the vision of a forest green dress, purple clutch in hand, and am hoping that, instead, the dress will be a mint green.)

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    1. Square necks aren't my favorite anyway JC, especially really wide square necks. And I am not sure they are the *most* flattering neckline on Kate. She has fairly broad shoulders and to me,  V-necks, narrow U-necks and scoop-necks work better because they don't draw the eye across from shoulder to shoulder. But I agree the square neck added to the Wimbledon polka dot dress didn't work partly because of the sleeves. If those had been changed to short sleeves like this dress or even elbow length sleeves vs 3/4, I think the square neck would have worked better as it does here.

      I don't understand the earring choice either since the clutch seems to have silver trim. This pair may not be worn often (as Jane said) but we saw them almost daily in India. Enough for me forever! Maybe no one wears hoops anymore but I think thickish silver hoops would have looked nice with this dress if Kate wanted a boho vibe.

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    2. JC, lol at tropical fish ;-) She does like her outfit colours to be a nod to the event, so it will be interesting if we see your theory come true!
      ~ A

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    3. Again, I agree with you lizzie, re square necklines on Kate; they do showcase the breadth of her shoulders--that is, they serve to illuminate her very slim hips and hence, don't flatter her figure.

      And, oh how I long for a simple pair of silver/white gold/platinum sizeable hoop earrings on Kate! So serviceable, especially since the only decent watch she possesses has a band of stainless steel. Of course, it's too much to hope for a white diamond tennis bracelet, a jewelry classic, but what about a bangle to match the earrings? (In my heart of hearts, I do think Kate needs some jewelry and accessory tips from an expert.)

      - A, glad you picked up on my tropical fish explanation; I thought it was an inspired way to explain the inexplicable! :)

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  11. I really like the dress. It's hard to see the fabric but I think it does work for an evening event well if you look at a close-up of the fabric. Love the shoes! I think the colors of dress, purse and shoes are throwing people off- they don't come across in pictures as flowing together. Our computer screens could be tinting them differently so not sure but I think I would prefer silver purse and shoes, as someone else said. Maybe with some sparkle they would complete an evening-type look. Overall, I think she looks cute, pretty and appropriate bringing smiles to all she interacts with.

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    1. Yes, between the material and the full skirt, the dress does work for this engagement.

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  12. I had very similar thoughts on the outfit. I quite like the dress, but am very thrown by the choice of shoes and clashing clutch. I had the same reaction to the state dinner as well. She looked every inch the glittering princess but the ruby necklace did not compliment the color of the dress she wore. Seems like she may be going for less matchy match with accessories, but I personally am not a fan of it.

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  13. Love the whole look except think the bag a bit off, but like the color of it, and not a fan of the earrings. Agree that this length hair may not be the best for Kates features, however better than her other short attempts. She may need a side part and more volume at the top for it to work well with her face. Think the dress was very appropriate for the event and love the shoes with the dress.

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  14. I absolutely adore the dress, bag and shoes individually but don't think they go together quite as well as she envisioned. The shoes appear almost black which looks a bit off against the pale blue dress and the clutch is a bit too formal for the rest of the outfit. I like that she's branching out and trying new accessories so, all in all, I'm still happy with this look.

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  15. I love every bit of this ensemble from the top of her new haircut to her brightly polished toes. Silver accessories would also have looked nice but what she chose probably match better than photographs show.

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  16. This is not a look I love. Kate was so stunning at the State Dinner, but this is not a winner for me. I prefer her hair longer, or perhaps a straight blunt cut. The middle part doesn't flatter her, imo. I do like the red polish, and her speech was very good.
    Kate is so beautiful, I want her to always show herself in the best possible light.

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    1. I don't know anyone over 10 who can pull off a center part - and when you think that Kate's absolute worst public look was a center part I'm amazed anyone suggested it and more amazed she went for it.

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    2. Look around at magazines. Many women can wear center parts beautifully when styled correctly. Meghan Markle looks great with a center part and she's going to be 36.

      I wear a center part all the time and I'm in my 30s. Blown straight or curled, both work well with a center part.

      The Middleton women do not age well in the face. That's Kate's problem with the center part. No amount of good styling will change that. However, she's a very pretty women and looks great in her other, longer hairstyles.

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    3. A center part can be flattering on women with round faces because it visually lengthens the face. But most of us don't have a round face shape and so as we age (even into our 20-30s) most of us aren't trying to make our faces look longer. The downside to a center part on any shape face is it calls attention to any asymmetric facial features which most of us--including Kate--DO have. And it tends to flatten hair on top including thick hair much more than a side part. Of course there are exceptions to face shape/hair part recommendations made by hairdressers but I don't think Kate is one. (Meghan Markle *usually* wears a side part doesn't she anon 8:17? And her face seems rounder than Kate's to me.)

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    4. Meg flips between side and center parts. I know a lot of women with round and heart shaped faces who wear center parts in their 30s and 40s.

      Although Kate doesn't have the face for it, I think a lot of women have round enough faces for it. As far as flattening on top... that's what product and the correct technique are for.

      Honestly, I can't relate to much of the beauty advice given by commenters on here. It seems to be 20 years outdated.

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  17. What a difference a night makes. What struck me the most was how confident, happy and at ease she looked tonight as compared with the State Banquet. Someone noted (in the banquet post) how polished and regal Queen Letitia looked. I couldn't put my finger on it looking at the banquet pictures, but now seeing the museum pictures I think Kate was nervous and ill at ease at the banquet, which of course didn't help trying to pull off the dress and big heavy jewels. I wonder if she felt uncomfortable wearing them. I'm positive with more experience our favorite princess will become more comfortable in her role at those big, serious events.

    Anywho, I LOVE the dress, shoes and hair. She looks radiant and very much in her element. -J

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    1. All those who think Kate went to HM and asked to wear that ruby necklace, raise your hands.
      Now those who think Kate had chosen the Diana-linked LK tiara and matching earrings-both of which she likely has for her personal use....who thinks the Queen came up with the royal statement necklace, knowing the hefty jewels she herself, as well as other head table women would be wearing.
      To me, that necklace distracted from what may have been a tribute to Diana-the LK tiara and matching earrings. At least they alone would have been perfect with the dress, perhaps with one of Diana's pearl chokers, wherever they've gone off to. Everyone was talking about that necklace, and not in a good way, and which I would bet Kate had no part in selecting. Now really! Think about it. Would you say no to the Queen when she offers up one of her wedding presents? anon1

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    2. I wish we had accurate info about how the jewelry borrowing for *single ocassions* works Anon 1 as I don't find either borrowing scenario you've laid out particularly persuasive. I'm sure it's not a borrowers' free-for-all in "the vault." But I also find it hard to believe HM regularly takes the time on her own to ponder whether to lend a piece for an event. If she decides lending is in order would she then thumb through the catalog of jewels to decide which piece to lend, particularly if the piece is as major as a necklace? (Lending the mapleleaf pin for Canada was a no-brainer, of course. And earrings aren't as showy as a necklace or bracelet to me.) Would she really send over a necklace with no knowlege of what banquet gown and tiara the borrower was planning to wear and simply assume the necklace would go with everything? Or assume the borrower would quickly acquire another bespoke gown if needed for a match? HM may go for the Big Bling herself but IMO what she wears always relates to her outfit, her tiara, and often to an element of the occasion. Or are we assuming the Queen is shown the gowns/tiaras of *all* acceptable potential borrowers' outfits in advance of a banquet? Actual gowns? Photos of gowns? Or designers sketches of gowns? (Yikes if it is sketches) Then she decides on a case-by-case basis if she will lend something and if so, what will be lent? That seems a little weird too. Or is she given an advanced peek of outfits only if the wearers want to be allowed to borrow something.. anything? I guess it would be "borrowers beware" in that case. (Gee, I needed earrings and got a bracelet.) Or do borrowers specify "how about lending me a necklace that will go with pink?" (or bracelet, earrings, whatever) Again sounds awkward and another borrowers beware scenario. And in this case weren't there earrings to match the necklace? Are we assuming those weren't offered for whatever reason or are we assuming Kate felt comfortable skipping those?

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    3. I agree Lizzie that it would be fascinating to know how the royal jewels are shared and chosen for particular events. Alas we will probably never get the specifics on that. But fear not - if there is a way to start cast the unknown in a nefarious light to start a rumor anon1 is on the job!

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    4. As a long time reader, I just want to reach out to anon1 and say thank you for commenting. I love to escape to this blog and read the articles {THANKS JANE!!} and the comments. I appreciate you taking the time anon1 and everyone else. It makes it fun and exciting. We may have differing opinions but anyone willing to take the time to write in a thoughtful way should be listened to with respect in my mind. So thanks to everyone who comments for providing some fun discussion to read :)

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  18. I think if Kate added a modern strappy belt (like one from BCBG) that echoed her strappy shoes, her look would be more cohesive.
    The other commenters are right, it is all about accessorizing well.

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  19. What a difference a day makes in that I think this entire/whole look was a miss, BUT I like individual elements. I think the dress with a bold necklace and a different hairstyle would have made a world of difference. Kate isn't the first to think if her clutch/purse and shoes aren't close together it's ok if the shades don't match, so no judgment there.

    I'm not a fan of the short hair and curls with her extremely thick hair, especially with a centre part. The leniency I'll grant Kate is she has to experiment with the world watching. I experiment - successfully or unsuccessfully - but with a much smaller audience. IMO, I hope she works herself out of this phase :-)

    ~ A

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  20. To the many of us scratching our heads over her hairstyle or accessorizing of this look, I try to remind myself I don't think fashion is natural or innate for Kate. I recall a Kate blogger who met Carole saying that Carole said "I've heard of your blog; Kate wasn't interested in fashion at your age". She was probably too busy with sports and school to care. So while Kate has a small number of engagements she is still her primary stylist. She's learning as she goes and experimenting - no harm in that :-) We've already seen her style evolve and one day with a stylist it will be interesting to see what she tries. Fashion should be fun!
    ~ A

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    1. I remember that too! I think it was at Wimbledon? I have said before that they definitely read blogs to gage people's reactions and for feedback. I wonder if she read about the pedicure and polish from our discussion before and that's why she came out with this look. It certainly fits right in and a departure from her normal look.

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    2. Anon 10:23 - I do think it was at Wimbledon. *If* they are reading blogs I think it is those in Kate's inner circle, but not Kate herself. People like her family and Natasha can read them, filter comments, then share feedback with her in a loving, suggestive way.
      ~ A

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    3. She has worn polish from time to time in the past. I don't think they read comments. Commenters are a limited demographic, and their remarks are predictable.

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    4. Oh, they read and I'm sure Kate from time to time does too. It's an easy way to check the pulse of the people.

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  21. I really like the simplicity of this dress. Sometimes, I think Kate tries too hard and goes a little overboard with the frills and lace and fancy sleeves. In my opinion, this outfit is elegant and summery. Kate looks great. I'm not a big sandals person, but I like these shoes on Kate. I don't know how she can walk in them, though. I would be crippled!! The only thing I don't like is the new haircut. It's so blah. I'm not sure why so many people wanted her to cut her hair. I’m not usually a fan of really long hair. But Kate's long, shiny hair was her crowning glory. I hope she grows this out a bit.

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  22. I'm really torn on this outfit. On one hand, I love that Kate pulled out these great shoes and that she paired purple with pale blue: it's the type of color mixing I've been dying for her to try as opposed to matching everything or going with nude or black accessories. On the other hand, I don't think this is an evening dress and I don't know if it works with the shoes. This is a dress that would be good for Wimbledon.

    Small point but I don't think these are the same shoes from India. Those, I think, had black soles and these have nude soles. I think she has two pairs of similar styles in different color ways.

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  23. I don't think these shoes are flattering on anyone,especially from the front. The foot looks way too broad because it is pushed into an awkward position. The straps are too busy,and call too much attention to ones feet. The focus should be on her beautiful face.

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    1. Agreed; the shoes, I think, would make anyone's feet look awkwardly huge.
      ~ A

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  24. As others have said, the elements are fine but together they don't work.

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  25. The shoes are just awful. I think a pair of sparkly kitten heel pumps and a sparkly necklace would have pulled this look together.

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  26. Does anybody know, what is the purple and green bow she's wearing on the Catherine Walker dress at Wimbledon?

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