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
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 ”