Saturday, 4 June 2011

A Commentary on Kate Middleton's Wardrobe

I'm not in any way a royalist, although I'll put my hand up and admit that I did see a little of the Royal Wedding. As I've explained countless times, it was only because I wanted to see the dress. And of course it was beautiful. I loved it's Grace Kelly-esque quality. So yes, and that was the end of that....

Until I saw the pictures of Will and Kate along with the Obamas at Buckingham Palace last week. Kate, (I should really call her the Duchess of Cambridge shouldn't I?) was wearing that beautiful nude-coloured Shola dress from Reiss. She looked stunning. Michelle Obama, had up to that point looked fairly good. In my opinion though next to Kate she just didn't look very polished or streamlined. In these pictures it is Kate who has the gravitas.

So, why am I so obsessed with these pictures. I suppose it has something to do with the notion that Kate still shops on the High Street? And I think I find that reaffirming. I feel that by choosing Zara, Reiss, Whistles and Jigsaw she is affirming a decision I myself made a long, long time ago. The decision that the high street was enough, and I don't need to feel pressurized to shop beyond my means. I don't think I'm alone in this decision. This article in The Telegraph quotes Tina Gaudoin from the Wall Street Journal saying "Britain has the best high street in the world." 

In the Shola, Reiss have produced a dress in a very similar vein to the Galaxy dress by Roland Mouret. I'm sure that Kate could quite easily afford a couple of those bad boys if she wanted to. But no, she wears the Shola instead and looks as beautiful in it as Victoria Beckham ever looked in her RM numbers.

Now of course my version of the high street is quite different to Kate's! In fact the high street I frequent most regularly is actually segregated. Topshop, New Look, River Island and H&M at one end. Karen Millen, LK Bennett, All Saints and Reiss at the other. I look (of course I look!), but if I'm honest Zara (in the sale) is really my cut-off point. But Topshop and New Look, Zara and H&M, with a sprinkling of Urban Outfitters and carefully cared-for really can make for a good wardrobe.

So, we'll have to see if Kate stays true to the British high street and continues to make such shops the backbone of her wardrobe. I may just keep half an eye on the press for that!

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