Just like the Queen at 90 years old, Kate Middleton is a global fashion icon whether she likes it or not. She puts otherwise unknown Designers on the fashion map. She makes lines sell out over-night, and the Duchess of Cambridge’s recent Royal India Tour has been no exception. What Kate wore on this 2016 Royal Visit to India and Bhutan is going to influence what our high streets stocks up on this summer. Here’s what you’re going to see.
1. Someday My Prints Will Come!
Regardless of how many daily outfit changes (on average 3 a day), Kate Middleton always chose prints and patterns of some description. From the Jaipur inspired motifs on that Anita Dongre Dress to the intricate lace detailing patterns of her Temperley London Two-Piece. She was not going to fade into the background!
Kate Middleton in that Day 1 Anita Dongre dress.
Kate in her £805 printed silk-chiffon maxi dress from Anna Sui's Fall 2015 collection
The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Taj Mumbai in this Alexander McQueen print.
The £2,990 fitted monochrome top and matching skirt by Temperley London
2. Electric Blue
Kate’s always been a fan of sapphire and electric blue. They’re a real complement to her luscious dark brown locks and eyes and really make her whopping Sapphire engagement ring stand to attention. She’s been seen on nearly every Royal Tour wearing the distinctive colour and following the electric blue Jenny Packham gown that she wore to the Bollywood Gala at the Taj we predict that you’ll be seeing a lot more of it this summer.
Kate often feels blue
Kate's Sapphire engagement ring
3. Maxi-mum Impact
Boho-chic, maxi dresses, dippy hippy, call it what you will but the full length looks that Kate wore are here to stay. We’ve also been spotting our Bollywood Starlets like Deepika Padukone maxing out on this easy, breezy fashion statement.
Deepika Padukone shows us that less is more.
Demure and gorgeous. Full arms and full skirt. Big trend.
Tory Burch is almost always worn on by Kate on public engagements
4. Waist Not, Want Not.
If you’re wearing full length, it’s important to make sure your waist is defined, (no one wants to look like a sack of potatoes do they?) Our Duchess showed us how to do it with panache. From skinny belts to A-line outfits that nip in at the waist, no matter what your size or shape, find a way of drawing attention to your hourglass, as Kate did.
Kate added a crucial belt to this £50 dress.
Again, this Emilia Wickstead coat dress was customised with a belt.
5. Cape Coverage
We thought capes had come and gone but Kate’s wearing of this Paul and Joe cape during the Bhutan extension of the trip reinvented the look and showed us how the look is destined to stay well into Autumn.
The stunning wool cape worn with a locally sourced skirt.
6. Drop Dead Gorgeous
This summer we predict and influx of drop earrings as worn by the Duchess. Gold, silver, gem, it doesn't really matter. Kate was seen wearing everything from £3,900 Amrapali earrings to £6 Accessorize ones. We think we'll be packing our studs away in favour of small drop earrings, even at work. Watch this space.
Yes, m'lady, you've every reason to smile!
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