KATE’S COAT DRESS OF MANY COLOURS
The Duchess has turned her work wardrobe into a uniform,
She’s found her signature style and is sticking with it. The only time we see Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, deviate from her repetitive dressing is when she is out doing fun things with her family.
Catherine, who next week returns to official duties after maternity leave following the birth of Prince Louis in April, recently appeared at a friend’s wedding wearing a Catherine Walker coat dress in blue. If you had a sense of deja vu, you’d be right: She wore the same dress in Berlin in July 2017 and has sported the same style over and over for years.
The coat dress has become Catherine’s go-to outfit, a smart but conservative choice, which by its very uniformity means she lessens some of the style scrutiny.
So, is she making a canny move to simplify her decisions, or just fed up with the attention?
“Catherine is practising Repetitious Wardrobe Complex/Acumen — which is the tendency to wear the same outfits habitually to neutralise mood,” explains fashion psychologist Dawnn Karen. “Simplifying her clothing decisions lessens anxiety and stress.”
In fact, onlookers could be forgiven for thinking she’s trying to blend into the background — perhaps happy Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is deflecting some of the spotlight.
Since giving birth to her third child, for example, Catherine has worn a coat dress almost every time she’s appeared in public. She sported a grey Catherine Walker one at Balmoral in August, a white Alexander McQueen dress to Prince Louis’ christening in July, and a primrose version to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May.
She is a devotee of the label — she wore an Alexander McQueen dress to her sister Pippa’s wedding in May 2017, another McQueen coat dress to Princess Charlotte’s christening in July 2015 and a McQueen dress to Prince George’s christening in 2013.
And she has worn Alexander McQueen to Trooping the Colour every year since 2011, barring 2015 when her coat dress was by Catherine Walker and 2012 when she went crazy and rocked a floral Erdem frock.
The only time she selects something different is when she’s attending a relaxed event — like her yellow Dolce & Gabbana dress at Wimbledon in July and a Zara summer frock at the polo in June.
Perhaps, now she’s a mother of three, she’s looking to take some of the stress out of her wardrobe decisions. Possibly her perspective has changed and her love of fashion moved slightly into the background. Certainly, you get the sense she’s looking for easy outfits that do the job, but don’t involve too much choice — like a uniform.
Maybe she’s using her signature style like armour — in the same way the Queen has worn a variation of rainbow-coloured dresses and coats for the past 50 years. Eventually nobody notices the clothes, just the person.
And while the world analyses sister-in-law Meghan’s hits and misses, Catherine, most likely, is breathing a sartorial sigh of relief.
SEPTEMBER 2018: CATHERINE WALKER
JULY 2017: CATHERINE WALKER
JULY 2015: ALEXANDER McQUEEN
MAY 2018: ALEXANDER McQUEEN
JUNE 2013: ALEXANDER McQUEEN