Style Tips from the Duchess of Cambridge, Part 1

The Duchess of Cambridge is well known around the world for her sense of style. I’ve gone through the clothes she’s worn since becoming engaged to Prince William, and thought for today’s post we’ll begin a two part series of style tips from the Duchess.

1. Wear what makes you comfortable.

The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her love of her nude L.K. Bennett heels. Many in the fashion world are sick of them, but they’re obviously comfortable, and that’s what matters.

The Duchess loves her nude L.K. Bennett heels

2. Less is more.

Whether it’s make-up, jewelry, or an outfit as a whole, Kate usually decides to take the “less is more” approach to her style. She likes to wear little jewelry, fresh makeup, and let her clothing do the talking, or blend in if the event calls for her to take a back seat.

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3. If you like an item, it’s okay to repeat it.

Kate is known as the Queen of Repeats, much to the chagrin of royal watchers. But it is very refreshing to see someone famous rewear clothes, because that’s what most normal people do.

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4. Casual doesn’t have to mean t-shirts and track pants.

Usually when we think of being casual, we think t-shirts, track pants, or sweats. Kate, however, manages to look chic while out shopping, out to lunch, or leaving the hospital.

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5. Support causes with your clothes and accessories.

Kate also chooses to wear brands that support great causes. Beulah London helps to support human trafficking victims. Kate has worn three of their garments, seen in the first three pictures below. Also, when Kate visited East Anglia Children’s Hospice in July 2012, she wore a lovely purple and orange bracelet made by Imogen Sheeran (Ed Sheeran’s mother) to raise money for The Treehouse Hospice in Suffolk.

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There are several other brands of clothing and accessories that raise money for charity. One extremely well-known brand is TOMS, most known for being able to buy a pair of shoes and send one to a child in need. TOMS also has sunglasses available which offers a chance to restore or save the sight of someone in need.

Kno Clothing gives 50% of their profits to end homelessness.

FEED aims to help “feed the world” through their bags, accessories, and apparel.  They have raised enough money to pay for over 60 million meals for school-aged kids via the UN’s World Food Programme.

Lemlem was started by Liya Kebede to provide jobs to weavers in her native country Ethiopia.

One of my personal favorites is an organization called iSanctuary. They sell jewelry and stationary made, and in some cases even designed, by victims of human trafficking. I personally own the Filigree Leaf Necklace, which is no longer in stock.

If you know of others, please let me know in the comments!!

6. Dress symbolically (or diplomatically) if or when you can, or if the occasion calls for it, without being cheesy.

Kate has become somewhat of a pro at dressing for the country or event. The easiest route is by simply wearing clothes by a designer with ties to the country she’s visiting…

Erdem dresses in Canada (times two), Prabal Gurung in Singapore, Raoul in Singapore, Project D in Australia

Erdem dresses in Canada (times two), Prabal Gurung in Singapore, Raoul in Singapore, Project D in Australia

She also is good at dressing in a way that’s reminiscent of the event…

Military McQueen chic for a visit to the Irish Guards, kicky white Temperley and McQueen dresses reminiscent of tennis dresses to Wimbledon (2011 and 2012), an African-inspired Matthew Williamson dress for the premiere of "African Cats", and a 5-ring necklace with a blue Stella McCartney dress for the "Road to 2012: Aiming High" exhibit prior to the 2012 London Olympics

Military McQueen chic for a visit to the Irish Guards, kicky white Temperley and McQueen dresses reminiscent of tennis dresses to Wimbledon (2011 and 2012), an African-inspired Matthew Williamson dress for the premiere of “African Cats”, and a 5-ring necklace with a blue Stella McCartney dress for the “Road to 2012: Aiming High” exhibit prior to the 2012 London Olympics

I love when she finds ways to somehow incorporate the event/country into her outfit. Below, we see a nautical inspired McQueen dress with a nod to Prince Edward Island, Canada (where they were visiting) and Anne of Green Gables which was set in PEI; red hat and heels, white Reiss dress, and maple leaves for Canada Day; a lovely kimono-style Jenny Packham dress with hand-painted orchids, perfect for an orchid-naming ceremony in Singapore; a hibiscus-covered McQueen gown in Malaysia (the hibiscus is Malaysia’s official flower); a geometric print Jonathan Saunders dress with colors similar to the flag of the Solomon Islands (where they were visiting); a Vivien Sheriff fascinator featuring an insignia of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, worn in Wales; a red Catherine Walker dress with a maple leaf brooch loaned to Kate from Her Majesty the Queen while in Canada; and wearing pearl pins in her hair in Malaysia, something that many Malaysian women do at weddings.

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7. Always find time to represent designers from your home country!

Kate is a wonderful representative of British fashion, at home and abroad.

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Amanda Wakeley, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Catherine Walker, Jenny Packham, McQueen, Orla Kiely, Christopher Kane, Temperley

8. Lace is classy and classic.

Lace seems to be one of Kate’s go-to fabrics, and it’s easy to see why. It’s classy, classic, and timeless, and manages to look amazing in so many different ways.

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9. Florals, bows, ruffles, and pleats aren’t just for kids.

Kate shows us how to add frill to an outfit without going over the top or childish.

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10. Don’t steal the spotlight if the day or event is not about you.

Sometimes you just have to take a backseat to someone else. And when the only thing the world seems to want to talk about is your clothes, the smartest choice to make is to repeat an outfit. One of my absolute favorite outfits of Kate’s is the red McQueen worn to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla (bottom row, next to last). It was quite possibly the only time she could have worn bright red and blended in, as the interior of the royal barge was bright red as well.

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We’ll continue with part 2 next week!

For now, tell me what you think about Kate’s style? Love it or hate it? Do you agree or disagree with these 10 style tips?

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On this day in royal history in 1964, 23-year-old Constantine II acceded his father King Paul to become the King of Greece.

Photo credits: AP, Getty, INFevents.com, Tim Rooke/Rex Features, Stephen Lock/I-Images, SplashNews, Steven Gibson, Angeli, Ikon, Corbis, Theo Wood, Mark Large/DailyMail, DKR, Reuters, MirrorPix

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