Sunday, August 14, 2011

Royal Fashion Rules.

Obviously the world cannot get enough of Kate Middleton (or Princess Catherine, I guess?) - everywhere you turn now, you see pictures of her and surprisingly, not much critique (minus a few critiques about her weight).

There's something magnetic about the Royal family, and this modern day Cinderella story that people are just drawn to.


I know that I promised that I wouldn't do a Royal Wedding post (but focused instead on my love of Treacy hats here), but now that months have gone by, I have to say, my serious girl/style crush on the Duchess of Cambridge shows absolutely no signs of dwindling.

I think that what captivates people (or moi, since I can only speak for myself) about Kate Middleton - besides the fact that she is absolutely beautiful - is that she's stylish and trendy, but timeless. Everything that she wears, you can just imagine people talking about for years to come. She embraces trends, without being too trendy - and she makes it look so effortless.

So while maybe we all don't have the budget of a princess, here are some tips that I think we can all take from this iconic style icon.

Rule #1: Embrace color - don't be afraid of it.
Kate Middleton never shies away from color - she's been photographed in a rainbow's worth of dresses, accessories, and separates.


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Rule #2: Keep denim classy.
Kate always rocks denim beautifully - and even while wearing skinny J Brand jeans (hello, I know my denim!), she keeps it classy with a gorgeous (and super trendy, yet timeless) navy blazer.

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Rule #3: Know your audience.

I love that Kate plays with proportions - she can rock a minidress, skinny jeans, or puts on a tea-length skirt for more formal functions. While it's obviously more important for her to be dressed appropriately for the company she'll be around, we can all take that as a lesson! (i.e. Your family reunion is probably not the time to rock your new Herve Leger bandage minidress; and a night out with your girlfriends at a club is probably not the time to rock your new maxi skirt - unless you and I go clubbing at totally different places).


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Rule #4: Have fun with accessories!

Obviously we all know I love Treacy and his fascinators - but find your own niche and signature accessory style. It could be anything from a scarf tied in your ponytail or looped through the straps of your handbag, to a pair of earrings that you're known for wearing. Find what works for your body/style!



Love that this was worn during a visit to Canada.

Rule #5: Monochromatic looks can look stylish and polished.

Kate somehow manages to pull off a monochromatic look without looking boring - which makes her a style icon in my book just based on this alone. White on white is a fun combination (i.e. a white button down paired with white shorts and a fun brown braided belt - my summer signature look!), and there are so many ways to play around with this.



Rule #6: Have fun with what you're wearing!

I love that while in the US and attending a rodeo, Will & Kate rocked cowboy hats and jeans. I think this shows that they can embrace their surroundings, and just have fun. It's another way that they keep it real - and yet they still look incredible.



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Rule #7: Your smile is always your best accessory.

While obviously I can't see behind closed doors, so this is just an outsider looking in - I genuinely think that Kate Middleton loves life. She's always seen with a genuine smile on her face, which I think adds to the love people have of her- it definitely helps when you look approachable, and not like a snobby biotch.



Of course, I prefer my royals partying with Kanye - but that's just me.

Are you all as inspired by the Duchess as moi?

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The PvdH Journal said...

It is incredible the charisma she has and how quickly she has risen as a style icon!


simply frabulous said...

Nice post, I love her yellow dress, it is so lovely!

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Aren said...

I love Kate Middleton, and her extensive collection of signature hats. Hehe. :)

And so to comment on the list of rules you've modeled after her:
a.) I agree that nobody should be afraid of rocking even the slightest bit of color. Bold is sexy!
b.) Yes, everyone can benefit from a nice pair of fitted jeans
c.) Yes, yes, yes. A million times, yes. A girl's smile is the best feature she can possess--smiling makes you instantaneously gorgeous!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

i definitely love all the different color she wears. she's becoming as much as a style icon as the late princess diana.

Ocean Dreams said...

I love LOVE Princess Kate. Not only does she have a beautiful heart, but she has gorgeous style! It's tasteful, timeless, and elegant. She is such a wonderful role model and I even created a folder on my Pinterest dedicated to her lovely fashion statements and her honey William too. Definitely love them!

Mad For Fashion said...

She is just fabulous and I love her look very much! Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

HiFashion said...

I really love Kate's style. It's so classic and works so well. I really love how she embraces colour and always looks so well put together.

P.S. I would love some book recommendations! I absolutely loved The Help. Can't wait for the movie.

401 said...

I think everyone likes her because no matter what she is wearing she does it so timelessly and always looks elegant and classy.

MizzJ said...

Great rules and all ones to follow! She's so gorgeous with that willowy body and great hair, that she could look in anything! Love her classic, timeless style; it suits her so well and her position. She does seem very "royal" hehe yet still manages to seem like the girl next door.

Fashion Tales.... said...

She's simply stunning & love when she wear those dashing hats. -xo

la petite fashionista said...

I absolutely love kate! she has incredible style, and is always poised and elegant. plus how can you not love a royal that can rock a cowgirl hat!

i think she's going to inspire women to act and dress classier :)

Sabrina said...

I always love her look!.. so simple..

Ash said...

Everyone looks at me weird whenever I try to rock a fab dress... I must be doing it wrong. Poor choice of shoes, perhaps?


I'll stop trolling now... couldn't resist :P.

Legally Brunette Kate said...

I like how feminine her style is. It seems like a lot of the current style icons tend towards an androgynous style, which is cool, but it definitely doesn't work for me. Kate's style is aspirational, definitely, but it's also practical and workable for real people.

amy b.s. said...

considering the life she now has to lead, she has handled it with nothing but pure class and a smile. i find her amazing.

Gracey said...

This is such a great post! Kate Middleton has amaaaazing style, she always looks so polished and pretty. And her smile is gorgeous as well

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I loveeeee this post! You know I just adore Kate! Her style is amazing and she just seems so down to earth! I read recently that Rachel Zoe and Anne Hathaway are fans of her style too!

Nicole Linette said...

Princess Kate really is someone to emulate, I agree! I wonder if she has a stylist. All her colors and accessories are gorgeous, and everything is tailored perfectly!
Queen Rania of Jordan is beautiful inside and outside as well.

Cheers to the week!!

Kristin said...

Kate knows that accessories can MAKE an outfit! And she's making me want to bust out my Stetson!

Couture Carrie said...

Love these rules!
Gorgeous post, darling!


Gloria said...

The shot of them wearing cowboy outfits is too funny :-) Love Kate's amazing sense of style - she always has the best dresses!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I adore her. She seems like a genuinely nice, humble woman. And it doesn't hurt that she's gorgeous. I think she's going to fit in with the royal family perfectly and fill Diana's shoes wonderfully.

Thanks again for hosting Man Candy Monday yesterday!

▲my• said...

She's so lovely.

I remember watching the royal wedding, and having my seventeen-year-old brother walk in first making a comment about "why are you watching this?" and the second pausing, and saying "wow. she's really beautiful."

He keeps his taste in girls a mystery too (other than Jessica Alba... he can't keep that one secret.), so you know he meant it.

So lovely.

Audrey Allure said...

Absolutely love her style; she pulls off everything so elegantly.

lauren lanza osias said...

holy lotsa kate. i agree that she has a very fresh take on traditional or preppy dressing. she's very cute.
fall wish list...

i.r. said...

I'm less embarrassed now to admit that I'm absolutely obsessed with this "sloany pony"!
She is very stylish, but at the same time seems to be very accessible (however false this seemingness might be).

Lovely post, as usuall.

Ashley said...

Just came across your blog and I LOVE. I have a girl crush on Kate Middleton- she's gorg and her fashion is, too. So elegant and classy... but fun at the same time! New follower :)

Elle Sees said...

I like how she rewears things, which she gets flack for, but I disagree. It makes her real.

TigerLily said...

What a great post! I love Kate's style too, been stalking on her style lately ;)

Love this pots!


Erika Peterson said...

I wish that I had 1) her wardrobe and 2) her figure :)