New Year, New Clothes?

The royal rumor mill is churning out some news that significant changes are coming to Kate’s wardrobe instigated directly by the Queen herself.  According to a palace source, the Queen is pushing Kate to drop her High Street clothing in favor of something more couture in an effort to project more of a “sense of majesty.” To help with the transition, it was said the Queen had enlisted her own personal dresser, Angela Kelly, to help Kate select her outfits for the Duke and Duchess’ Australia and New Zealand tour, but it turns out this isn’t the case.

However, the suggestion that the palace is hoping the Duchess spend more money on her clothes comes as no surprise as Kate and William have been quickly making the transition into full time royals.  Naturally, that transition would lead to a more professional wardrobe to project the importance and responsibility of the new role.  Moreover, Kate is now the mother of the future King of England, so it’s imperative she dresses the part.  And unfortunately, her cute, girly, mass-made skirts and repeat wearings might not be fitting the bill.

While only time will tell the kinds of changes we are to see from Kate’s clothing, I hope that the palace that keeps in mind that one of the things that makes Kate so popular is her ‘regular’ girl status.  In fact, with a monarchy that has struggled in the past to relate to it’s public, I would caution extreme changes in the appearance of one of its most popular members.  Kate and William have offered a fresh face to the institution by projecting a sense of normalcy.  And while no one will disagree that it’s exciting to see a tiara on the Duchess, or even that gorgeous diamond necklace she sported at The Portrait Gala, everyone loves to see her in a dress that we can actually wear too.  Because really we all want to be Princesses, and Kate makes that unattainable title seem like it’s in our grasp with just the right L.K. Bennett shoes and Topshop dress.

via Rebecca English Twitter

via Rebecca English Twitter

What do you think?  Are you looking forward seeing Kate step up her clothing choices to more couture, or are you saddened by the thought of Kate loosing her ‘regular girl’ image?

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8 Comments on New Year, New Clothes?

  1. Elizabeth F
    February 21, 2014 at 4:04 am (2 years ago)

    This is so interesting, because for the most part, Kate’s been lauded for her clothing choices and in a Britain that is struggling with its economy, her low-end choices and rewearing outfits have been seen as savvy choices to make. Certainly her outfits in Canada were wonderful and smart, smart choices. I can’t imagine why the Queen would want to get involved in Kate’s wardrobe. Loaning her the jewelry is nice, though – I’m sure that’s a win-win for everyone involved!

    • Christine
      February 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm (2 years ago)

      Personally, I agree. Her high street styles have catapulted British brands into great success. I wonder how accurate that original article was. However, I do expect Kate will step up her designer game for the tour and we should be seeing more tiaras and jewels. All about balance!

  2. Bee
    February 21, 2014 at 10:03 am (2 years ago)

    I don’t think she needs to make any huge designer changes, but it would probably be appropriate to wear clothes that are less likely to cause wardrobe malfunctions. Some of the things she’s chosen in the past have been quite short and loose and the wind has caused her problems on several instances.

    • Christine
      February 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm (2 years ago)

      Ah, that wind! It wouldn’t hurt to try adding weights, or even stick to slim silhouettes when in doubt of the weather. Everyone falls victim to wardrobe malfunctions!

  3. Maria
    February 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Catherine has a glamorous image and a beautiful hair that many girls want. Not need many changes. May be someone is involved to distort her image. Catherine must think and be herself.

    • Christine
      February 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes! Catherine must think and be herself! Her style has been very successful so far, so should she really change it? Great point!

  4. Kerri Deegan
    February 21, 2014 at 9:45 pm (2 years ago)

    You cannot be serious. She is in her 20’s not her 80’s. I love seeing her in fashion that suits her age and not being dowdy.

  5. Tatiana
    February 22, 2014 at 1:06 am (2 years ago)

    I think part of Kate’s popularity is the fact that she remained ‘herself’ after becoming royalty, and the mix between high street labels and couture in her style definitely helps with that. Modern day glamour is not about wearing the most luxurious and expensive pieces, but by looking glamorous even without wearing the most luxurious and expensive pieces.

    But I suspect the rumours are untrue or at least blown out of proportion. If Angela Kelly is helping Kate with her wardrobe, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the queen will dictate Kate’s wardrobe through Ms. Kelly. As royal visits to Australia are always a bit ‘tricky’, since the British monarchy isn’t always popular there, I think it is a wise choice to ask the help of Ms. Kelly with thinking out the perfect wardrobe. During the Royal South Pacific Tour in 2012 you saw that Kate’s wardrobe had these sort of ‘symbolic’ details, and I think we will see the same thing with the Australia and NZ Tour. Can’t wait! :D