Kate, 36, has made some subtle tweaks since returning from maternity leave
Has upped ante on recycling, re-wearing old outfits on 8 out of 13 engagements
The outfits she is re-wearing are all tailored pieces fit for a Queen
Also embraced Her Majesty’s fondness for co-ordination and bright colours
The Duchess of Cambridge has had years in the spotlight to perfect her royal wardrobe, but since she returned from maternity leave in October she’s made some discreet tweaks to her style.
With a newcomer on the scene in the form of the glamorous Duchess of Sussex, Kate might have been tempted to switch things up dramatically, but instead she’s been moving towards a more traditional look – inspired by none other than Her Majesty.
Writing in the Irish Independent, Bethan Holt commented on the subtle changes in Kate’s wardrobe which are reflecting her status as ‘Queen-in-waiting’.
She noted how Kate’s taken inspiration from ‘two of The Queen’s favourite fashion approaches – wearing bold colours so that she can be easily spotted in a crowd and showing thriftiness by using the same pieces over and over again.’
And Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage agrees, telling Femail: ‘Lately I’m noticing her wear more tailoring in head-to-toe looks, rather than individual pieces of tailoring.
‘Head-to-toe tailoring is a the Queen’s go to so it makes sense for Kate’s style to develop in this way.
‘As a queen in waiting Kate has adopted a playful approach to colour, again something we are used to seeing the Queen have fun with.
Then there’s the recycling, which is certainly nothing new for Kate who has made it something of a trademark.
However, she’s certainly upped the ante of late – re-wearing recycled outfits on eight of her 13 official royal engagements since returning from maternity leave.
And she set the tone for things to come be wearing a pair of Penelope Chilvers boots she’s had for more than a decade on her first official engagement on returning from maternity leave.
Her choice of recycled pieces is also significant, with Kate choosing smartly tailored dresses and skirt suits that could easily have come from the Queen’s wardrobe at some point.
She’s even added a significant regal touch by carrying a handbag rather than her ever-present clutch when attending the
The Queen is said to favour a handbag over a clutch as it can be hooked on her wrist, leaving her free to shake hands and accept flowers with greater ease.
Edging towards a more traditional look also helps Kate differentiate herself from her sister-in-law the Duchess of Sussex and avoid the inevitable comparisons between the two women.
‘The Duchess of Cambridge has been a trail blazing young member of the royal clan and until Meghan was totally unrivalled in the style stakes,’ Lucas Armitage explained.
‘It’s great to see Meghan as another new royal and her individuals take on royal dressing and how it contests with Kate’s.
‘Whilst Meghan has brought a directional high glam look to royal style, Kate favours a more traditional take on her personal style.’
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