WHICH MOTHER-DAUGH­TER STYLE TRIBE ARE YOU?

It’s not just our eye colour that’s in our genes, our fash­ion choices are too, says Laura Craik

Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

THE ROYAL BELLES LED BY Ca­role and Kate Mid­dle­ton

HOW TO SPOT THEM You don’t have to be born into priv­i­lege to be a Royal Belle, but it helps. As does hav­ing coltish legs, mod­est breasts, in­cred­i­bly dewy English-rose skin and preter­nat­u­rally glossy, bouncy brown hair that can with­stand a level of blow-dry­ing and tong­ing that would ren­der most women’s tresses as fraz­zled as Ein­stein’s. Al­ways smart, al­ways oc­ca­sion-ap­pro­pri­ate and never know­ingly over­dressed, the Royal Belle is a breed for whom fash­ion is a keen in­ter­est, but not an ob­ses­sion. She wears clothes, but clothes never wear her. Some trends – broderie anglaise, pas­tels, tai­lor­ing – she will add to her reper­toire with quiet aplomb. Other trends – side­boob, gothic, any era that isn’t the late 80s – she will ju­di­ciously ig­nore. WHERE TO FIND THEM Man­ning a stall at the vil­lage fête, cheer­ing at the touch­line on Satur­day morn­ings at their son’s/grand­son’s school sports teams, tak­ing af­ter­noon tea at Clar­idge’s – on a Mon­day. SHOPS LK Ben­nett for shoes, Hobbs for coats, Bo­den for bre­ton tops, Mul­berry for hand­bags, Joules for ca­sual week­end at­tire and Alexan­der McQueen for black-tie oc­ca­sions. MOST LIKELY TO SAY ‘You can never have too many nude heels.’ LEAST LIKELY TO SAY ‘I’m so thrilled that ugly train­ers are back again this sea­son.’

“YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY NUDE HEELS ”

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