Part of what makes covering Kate so exciting for a site like WWKD is that we’re not just reporting on the news and on the happenings of the Duchess of Cambridge (although we do that too!). We try and always look beyond the news and ask how we can incorporate more of Kate into our daily lives. It’s why it’s exciting, we think, to have a group of writers who contribute to the site as well – it means that you’re getting not just one but several points of view about Kate and Katespiration. When it came to the Royal Tour of India and Bhutan recently, some the team got together and shared their favourites – and unsurprisingly we all had different things on our list of Kate’s best outfits from the Royal Tours of India and Bhutan.
My favorite piece from the royal tour of India and Bhutan had to be the Anita Dongre maxi dress. It’s surprising as it’s not the most glamorous or the most accessible but I thought it was absolutely stunning and well-suited for the occasion. The fact that Kate chose a Mumbai-based designer so soon into the tour schedule shows how clever she is at choosing these pieces, too! I thought the addition of inexpensive earrings and wedges made it very playful and comfortable for interacting with children. I would love to add the dress to my closet although I’m not sure where I would wear it.
My favourite piece has to be a tie between the repeat of the Alexander McQueen broderie anglaise suit worn when leaving Bhutan and the Naeem Khan white and blue dress at the Taj Mahal visit. I loved the McQueen white suit the first time I saw it and and find the broderie anglaise to be such a classic look that anyone can incorporate into their look – no matter their size or figure. The Taj Mahal dress was such a fresh take on such an iconic visit, especially considering the tie in with the Indian designer.
My favorite outfit of from the India & Bhutan tour is a bit of a departure for me. I generally love the most glamorous gowns or the prettiest sundresses that I dream of having an occasion for. But this time, I found myself drawn to the most casual of Kate’s choices—her Bhutan hiking outfit. Maybe it’s because I always welcome seeing Kate in casual, relatable clothes that remind me that she’s not always in dolled-up princess mode or because this is the look that I could most see incorporating into my own life (although I can promise I did not look anywhere near that good after my weekend hike and you’ll never find me on the trail without a ponytail or bandana in my hair), but I loved this functional yet stylish outfit. It reminded me of one of the things I like most about her—that Kate is always up for a sporty adventure and isn’t afraid to dress the part.
My favourite look from the tour was hands down the Beulah Juliet poppy dress. Kate chose a cut (faux wrap) that she knows works beautifully for her figure, paired with an unusual (for her) colour choice. The result was stunning without looking stuffy – this actually looked like a comfortable gown! What I loved just as much was The Duchess’s statement in wearing the dress. While she’s not permitted to embroil herself in politics, she stepped out wearing a frock made by human trafficking victims from the very region she was visiting, as though sending a message to women in the subcontinent “I see you, I know that you’re fighting, and I support you”. Well, done, Your Royal Highness!
My favourite item worn on the tour was the Paul & Joe Lyrisme cape – the beautiful embroidery immediately caught my eye, and I loved the restrained use of colours along with the stark black and soft cream. When I saw it styled online simply with skinny jeans I knew it would fit into my wardrobe – I wear a lot of capes! To purchase it was a Herculean task, but I managed to track down the last one at the Paul & Joe flagship store in London, and they were kind enough to post it out to me! I cannot wear to wear this in the spring when the weather is cooler in the evenings – it will go perfectly with a white blouse, blue denim jeans and my red pointed McQ flats!
During Kate’s recent trip to India, she wore a number of amazing outfits. My favorite outfit from her India trip was her simple, patterned maxi dress from the British company, Glamorous. Glamorous is based in Manchester, England and can be found in a few high-end stores, including TopShop, House of Fraser, as well as on the ASOS website. The £50 ($71.01 USD) red navy border print maxi dress, to which Kate added a waist-defining belt, was a smart choice for sitting down to play and draw with children during her trip. Indeed, one can easily imagine Kate also wearing this dress while playing with George and Charlotte at home. I also was pleasantly surprised when I found out that Kate’s maxi dress was also available in a tunic form. I was able to buy the tunic before it sold out for £24.00 ($34.08 USD), but hopefully more tunics will be available soon! I can’t wait to pair it with my favorite jeans and wear it while playing with my son. Additionally, I loved the £8 ($11.36 USD) Accessorize Filigree Bead Short Drop earrings that Kate paired with this dress. I love it when Kate wears something that is within my budget, which I could then potentially purchase for my own closet! And I did just that in this case, and I am currently on the waiting list for these dazzling earrings.
What were your favourites? We’d love to hear!