Take a deep breath, observers of the royal style, we will just say something brave. The summer wardrobe of the Duchess of Cambridge is by far her best. From the Chelsea Flower Show to Wimbledon, Kate comes to life in the warmer months as her diary is filled with major British events in line with her personal interests. (Who isn’t excited about the Pimms side’s central court action?)
The features of the Duchess’s style – Erdem flowers, Alessandra Rich’s dots – are well tolerated in June and July, at a time when her coats are in a dry cleaner’s and Jimmy Choo’s court is being withdrawn in favor of Castañer espadrilles. In Ascot, she is everything My Fair Lady-inspired lace, care Dolce & Gabbana; for Royal Horticultural Society festivals, it’s an Emilia Wickstead T-shirt; while on polo she prefers affordable LK Bennett day dresses. Her seasonal dyeing – which makes Kate, like many women in the summer, easier – looks softer and hints at weeks spent on the beach in Mustique.
The Wimbledon style of the viewers is Kate in her most self-confident. Do you remember the media madness when she arrived at SW19 in 2016 dressed in the bright yellow issue of Roxand, which her husband later called a “banana dress”? That same year, she wore an Alexander McQueen midi with details with the Obsession brand print: a symmetrical combination of skull, butterfly and lips. Then it is not your usual motive for a kind princess.
That doesn’t mean he’s direct. We know that royal tours to distant destinations were not ordinary, and that even the most diplomatic individual can make an honest mistake in style. Formal events at the palace, such as weddings, baptisms and garden parties, can also bring Kate back to the world of fascinators and court shoes.
But for every look of Trooping the Color in the color of the blocks, there is a moment of a curved ball in the brand without a doubt that arouses our interest. Barbara Casasola was one such brand that enjoyed the so-called “Kate effect” in 2016. The Spanish designer’s open-shouldered day dress was unusually minimalist – and, whisper, cool – for the Duchess, who later wore it again with a pair of choo-studded glitters. On a recent trip to Belize, she wore a pink metallic dress that is the unmistakable work of Susie Cave in The Vampire’s Wife. Wearing the color of the season by the cool-girl label loved by Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung indicated that Kate has a finger on the fashion pulse – no matter how much Sledge heels bury her past.
With a new respect for vintage – and an understanding of the importance of using her platform to promote a more sustainable approach to fashion – summer looks promising for this lover of feminine silhouettes and happy prints. After two years of horrific public events, in which Kate remained calm and continued in cheerful clothing combinations ready for Zoom, expect a season of thoughtful fashion underlined by all that the Duchess stands for.