Bill & Cathy Cambridge in Canada, Days 7 & 8

Posted on July 08, 2011

The Cambridges ARRIVE IN AMERICA TODAY OMFG SOMEONE HOLD ME CLOSE — sorry. The media freakout is infectious, apparently.

Anyway, let’s check out the last of their Canadian outfits for the trip.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Calgary, Alberta. Catherine wears a Jenny Packham dress paired with shoes and clutch by L.K. Bennett.

Jenny Packham Spring 2011 Collection

We sighed in resignation when we saw these pics. Yes, it’s thrilling to see her embrace a color from the other side of the crayon box, but this dress is a pretty good summation of her official duties clothes. It’s low-key pretty and very classic, with virtually no design elements to speak of past the most basic ones. We keep saying this, but her official duties style is closer to Queen Elizabeth’s than Princess Diana’s. The problem is, Queen Betty is over a half-century older than Cathy. The more we look at her style, the more we think this isn’t so much a smart, savvy approach to her public looks; it’s more fear-based. She dresses like a woman who’s deathly afraid of criticism. And as a commoner married to a royal, that’s an understandable fear, but she’s really got to get over it. This is pretty and all, but it’s one step up from Amish. A belt, Duchess Cathy? Would that kill you? A bracelet maybe? Shoes that don’t look like silly putty?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge board a Canadian Airforce jet to Slave Lake at Yellowknife Airport in Yellowknife, Canada. Catherine wears white top paired with a Smythe blazer, J Brand skinny pants, Linda Camm belt and Pied a Terre Imperia L wedges.

Pied a Terre Imperia L Wedges

This is much better, but then again, if you’re skinny, it’s kind of hard to get the “blazer and skinny pants with wedges” combo wrong.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watch dancers with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta.

Alice by Temperley London Resort 2012 Collection

And this is kind of endearingly adorable. You know how you’ll sometimes see stodgy royals forced to wear the ethnic or folk costumes of whatever country they’re visiting, resulting in hilarious pictures of Charles in tribal head dress or Philip in a silk gown? The only reason they’ve avoided that here is because they both actually look pretty good all duded up. That blouse she chose is cute. This just supports our theory that there’s a lot of fear on display in her official dress, because whenever she gets the chance to go casual, she looks infinitely better; relaxed and more stylish. It’s a lot easier for a young gal to put together a simple jeans and blouse getup without risking criticism.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, elle.com, piedaterre.com, wwd.com]

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  • Anonymous

    The blazer reminds me of the commercial where the woman asks her husband to cut the tag off her dress and he needs glasses so he cuts a big hunk of her hair along with it.

    • Anonymous

      BWAHAHAHHA!   i thought it was weird too, but that sums it up nicely

  • Liana Brooks

    They look cute! Although I wouldn’t mind a If We Were Her Gays post for Cathy.

    Side note… Will looks better in the hat. Can we get him to keep the cowboy look?

    • Anonymous

      seriously, i thought she was standing next to a real cowboy, he looked so at home with his hands in his pockets.  hmmm…

  • Anonymous

    Mrs. Prime Minister, on the other hand, looks like she’s wearing Pajama Jeans.

  • http://smalldog.wordpress.com/ Small Dog

    I disagree, even before she landed that rock she was a pretty conservative dresser.  Accept it TLo, she’s a typical sloane ranger girl blessed/cursed with understated good taste!

    • Anonymous

      good taste does not equal dull.

      • http://smalldog.wordpress.com/ Small Dog

        Exactly!

    • http://verenahafner.wordpress.com/ Verena

      You’re right! It’s not like she hadn’t worked towards ‘the goal’ for years. She only went with the old ‘Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want’ ;-)

      The irony of the dressing-out-of-fear-theory is that she still gets criticised.

      verenahafner.wordpress.com

      • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

        Yes, but she’s criticized by us, rather than the royal establishment or major media. No mag is going t put her “clothes gaffe” on a cover, and not a single member of the court will complain she’s dressing inappropriately. That’s what she’s worried about, not a bunch of fashion bloggers & commentators saying she’s boring!

    • Anonymous

      If you think the doily over the shoulders of the Stampede blouse is “understated good taste.” The blouse would have looked much cuter without it; with it, she could pass as a rodeo clown.

      However, it’s the only decent look Bill has put out during the entire trip (until he’s in his polo digs). I think it’s the fact that the hat covers up a lot of the Saxe-Coburg side of this geneology, including the male-pattern baldness, which didn’t skip a generation because hey, his grands on Pop’s side are cousins and all.

    • Anonymous

      If you think the doily over the shoulders of the Stampede blouse is “understated good taste.” The blouse would have looked much cuter without it; with it, she could pass as a rodeo clown.

      However, it’s the only decent look Bill has put out during the entire trip (until he’s in his polo digs). I think it’s the fact that the hat covers up a lot of the Saxe-Coburg side of this geneology, including the male-pattern baldness, which didn’t skip a generation because hey, his grands on Pop’s side are cousins and all.

  • Anonymous

    They look cute! Love the western wear.

    If you stop thinking of them as celebrities, TLo, you won’t be so disappointed, as they don’t view themselves that way.

  • Anonymous

    The both look suprisingly good in the western gear.
    The yellow dress is pretty but she should have had the royal dress makers sew in weights to the hem. The she wouldn’t have to worry so about the breeze.

  • Lauen newman

    I love Kate and I love her style, but I hope as she settles in more, she wears things a bit more fun.

  • Anonymous

    Someone PLEASE give Bill the money for a new suit!  Hell, I’ll send him a check if he promises to get something that is another color.  Cathy’s dress is cute and all but I don’t think that butter yellow is a good choice for her complexion.  All their casual clothes look great!  Who knew Bill could rock the Brokeback Mountain?!  (Okay so I’m indulging in a bit of sighing fantasy here)

    • Kyle Henry

      I’m not alone!  After one look at his profile in that hat I swooned. Then, realizing exactly who garnered such yearning, I became a bit flummoxed.  Conclusively, he just needs to wear that damn hat half the time.

      Usually I hate a cowboy hat, too…

      As for Kate, she’s a bit of a snooze-fest indeed.  Michelle Obama’s awkward accessorizing must have Kate quivering. 

      • Anonymous

        I will happily share my Wills fantasy with you. (grin)  And between us we can get Cathy to branch out a bit more.  Dare we say it? COLOR Cathy, color.

      • Anonymous

        I will happily share my Wills fantasy with you. (grin)  And between us we can get Cathy to branch out a bit more.  Dare we say it? COLOR Cathy, color.

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

    I think she’s dressing appropriately for her new duties, which aren’t to make a fashion splash, but to represent the UK.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63FW2Y5BWUARL7PJGWK54TUDGE Carrieanno

      My thoughts exactly.  She’s not supposed to be Kate Moss.  The first time she went over the top she’d be lampooned, criticized and vilified.  She has to be sensitive to the fact that the British, in large part, are having difficulty making ends meet in today’s economy and to dress daily like she just stepped out of a couture showroom would be a slap in the face to the people in her country.  She’s still learning the job and it must be a pretty steep learning curve.  She’s fabulous.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. I’m not sure why there’s anyone here who doesn’t get that by now. Even if she does become more adventurous in how she dresses, it will be a very gradual change. I think she can be afforded some time. Also, who wants the scornful eye of the Queen aimed at them, which is precisely what Kate would get if she took even a couple steps out on a limb.

        The financial situation in England can’t be underestimated. I don’t know how popular the younger royals (or the royal family in general) are among England’s citizens, but being splashy and extravagant isn’t going to win them any points.

        She’s not Victoria Beckham. And thank God for that, because on of her in this world is enough anyway. I think Kate wears her conservative clothes beautifully. It looks natural on her.

        Also, I have the biggest girl crush on her.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree about the fear theory.  I think she is just a conservative dresser, and one with impeccable taste.  The only complaint I have about any of the clothes she has worn, in any photograph ever, is that this yellow dress needs a belt.

  • Anonymous

    The fit on the bodice of the yellow dress looks wonky. A pretty belt would have really helped elevate this look. She definitely seems more at ease choosing her more casual wardrobe. Wills looks good in all the pictures. Love him in the cowboy hat.

  • Anonymous

    And BTW, B+C, when you get to San Francisco, stop by my place, the kettles on and I have great home made scones. 

  • Anonymous

    http://www.people.com/people/package/gallery/0,,20395222_20508726,00.html
    I just stumbled on this gallery, and the pictures are ADORABLE.  if you keep clicking through there are a few Canadian Adventure galleries.  God I hate to fall under the category “royal watcher,” and I never have in the past, but I’m like a little girl when it comes to these two.  I especially love the hockey shot, looks like Will scored a hell of a goal, eh?

    • Anonymous

      and those wedges?  $42.  LUV. HUH.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindseypatten Lindsey Patten

      He actually didn’t! Three shots on net and no goals! And I agree, they look very cute and relaxed together!

  • Anonymous

    That yellow dress so screams for a belt, I want to scream with it. And I think you’re right about the fear, but considering the viciousness of the British tabs, and what happens once the turn on you, I can’t blame her. Look at what happened to Diana & Fergie: Diana was chased to her death and Fergie was completely destroyed, all because the tabloids decided that there was money to be made off criticizing them.

    But Bill & Cathy look so fabulous in those pictures 3rd & 4th from the bottom. They actually look more at home in those cowboy hats than the  natives.–GothamTomato

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

      I also immediately thought back to Fergie and Diana.  Perhaps neither one was well-centered to start with, but the constant haranguing by the press couldn’t help.  Poor Fergie got to be the “fat,” and poorly dressed floozy, and Diana got to be the “nut.”  I understand any fear she might have.

      They do look great in the Western wear.  It reminds me of when I was in law school in Texas a number of years back, and we had some exchange students from England attending our school who loved it when we took them to the nearest Austin kicker bar so that they could wear the hats and boots–they were also cute as can be in them.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  I also think that part of the conservatism is that they are more low-key, that they want to promote that they identify more with the commoners than the rich.  Yea, not all the clothes are inexpensive, but they are certainly more affordable.  I think they are making an effort not to dress over-the-top, b/c neither of them want to be thought of that way.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Also, both of them are trying to remain normal people as much as possible — they’re not living in the Palace, they’ve refused most servants, etc.  Wearing splashy designer clothes every day is hardly normal. 

  • Anonymous

    Boys, let go of your insistence that she be a celebrity or actress, she is not.  She is now a political/royal wife with typical (albeit better than average) upper British crust taste.  She works it great, rarely a misstep ever.  I don’t read “fear”, I read “confidence”.  As in, the confidence to not give a shit what bloggers think.  LOL!

    • Anonymous

      I agree with this wholeheartedly.  She dresses impeccably, always a tasteful display that suits her.  Just because she hasn’t taken to wearing sheer skirts with her granny panties showing or throwing on an armful of overly designed bracelets doesn’t make her fearful or dull.  It means she’s got a job to do and the good sense to understand how to dress to do it.  I think she’s beautiful, she knows how to dress her body in a way that is both attractive and accessible and she doesn’t feel the need to gild the lily.

      And I think the two of them make an adorable couple.  It’s not just that they’re both attractive and look smashing in a cowboy hat.  They look like they’re genuinely in love with each other, enjoy each other’s company and enjoy whatever mission is set before them.  They have real chemistry together.  And they’re willing to share that chemistry with those around them.  That’s a real gift.

      Good on them both for being themselves, which is apparently pretty fantastic.  If only there were more royals in the world like that.  Heck, too bad there aren’t more couples like them in this country.

      • Anonymous

         ”Just because she hasn’t taken to wearing sheer skirts with her granny
        panties showing”  
         I do not disagree with your comment except to point out – that wasn’t that what she essentially was wearing at the Fashion Show  where she reportedly first caught his attention :)  I though I saw the pic on tv in the last couple of days

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        It’s amazing how simple suggestions for a belt, some color, and possibly a bracelet are met with “She’s not Kate Moss/Victoria Beckham/a movie star, etc!!!!”  Nor are they anywhere near close to suggestions that she should wear sheer skirts and grannie panties.

        Also, anyone who doesn’t think both she, her husband, and all of her in-laws aren’t celebrities have a very romanticized (and inaccurate) view of their roles.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I agree that the yellow dress could use a belt.  And I agree that they are, indeed, celebrities.  In fact, they are the epitome of celebrities whose only purpose in life is to show up at various places and do ceremonial things.

          Where we part ways is that she should somehow be making daring choices at this point in her permanent celebrity.  What she’s been turning out in is tasteful, classy and suits her.  If she’s not making an ostentatious display of consumption, maybe there’s a reason for that.  These two seem to have a certain sense of how ridiculous their fame is, and how they might use that fame to better ends than just being a couple of clothes horses.  I mean, they’re going to visit soup kitchens in skid row while in the land of conspicuous consumption.  That’s refreshingly different from other royals that have been in the news lately (Monaco royals, I’m looking at you.)

          So suggest away, my dears, I don’t disagree with you.  I just wonder why you’re so mean about it.

          And as to the sheer skirts and granny panties, well, just put it down to my unpleasant reaction to yesterday’s parade of beautifully made but strangely unattractive, colorless garments.  I’m still trying to reconcile those pointless zippers and the moon-shaped butt cheek windows in nothing but white and flesh.

          • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

            Again, we have not urged her to consider “ostentatious displays of consumption” or “daring choices.”

            And we haven’t been remotely “mean” about it. Come on now.

          • Anonymous

            No, no, don’t get me wrong here.  Perhaps I’m coming off more cranky than I actually am here (or maybe I’m insufferably cranky and I’m in total denial, which is quite possible given the heat and the headache I’m being plagued with today.)  I didn’t mean to imply that you two wanted her to be ostentatious.  The reference to conspicuous consumption was pointed at LA, where they’ll be taking in those soup kitchens as, I theorize, a cleanser to the conspicuous consumption they’ll be treated to by all those Hollywood folks.  I mean, that’s quite a shocking swing between two very different worlds there.

            I guess my larger point is that I think these two youngsters are more serious about what good they can do using the incredible good fortune they have and less serious about the trappings of that good fortune.  I find that rather refreshing and endearing, especially in this difficult time where being rich, spoiled and indolent is rewarded beyond all reason while being poor, generous and hardworking is just asking to be ground into dust.  So if these two blessed celebrities can take their fame and use it to do something that helps others in some small way then I’m inclined to cut them a break on minor missteps in how they dress.

            Perhaps “mean” is too strong a word.  If so, then I apologize for being mean myself.  But I think that someone so young just starting out in a “job” where every eye is on her at all times should be given the chance to get comfortable in that position and see how she grows into it.  I doubt she’ll ever be the clothes horse that her husband’s mother was, but I also think she’s not likely to embrace the dowdy example of her grandmother-in-law.  It’s early days for her, she’s young and beautiful and obviously has a style of her own and a fairly discernible level of taste.  It will be interesting to see where she goes with that.  And if she should happen to decide that what she really needs to make herself presentable is TLo in the castle to steer her in the right direction, there will be no one cheering that on more than me.  ;-)

          • Anonymous

            Diana didn’t start out as a fashion icon, some of her initial looks were less than wonderful. I’m for giving Kate a pass and a bit of time to grow in her fashion directions, although at the moment am loving her choosing less expensive pieces for her outingsl. Having a bit of sensitivity to the fact that not everyone is doing well in this economy is a smart move on her part. But really, dear, a bit more color won’t kill you….even your granny-in-law (and her momma before her) worked some color into their public fashion sense.

        • Anonymous

          Bet she’s wishing she would have worn granny panties under that yellow dress.

  • Anonymous

    “… one step up from Amish …” Too funny, but in this case, too true. Admittedly, the western get-up that they’re wearing is cute.

    Has anyone read this article from the Guardian? http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jul/05/duchess-cambridge-style-queen

    • Anonymous

      I did. And thought it was an interesting take on the diplomacy of Cathy’s dressing.

      Which made me think of the Amish dress as more “Sunday frontier wife.” I like!

      The cowboy and cowgirl? Hotties. 

  • Anonymous

    “… one step up from Amish …” Too funny, but in this case, too true. Admittedly, the western get-up that they’re wearing is cute.

    Has anyone read this article from the Guardian? http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jul/05/duchess-cambridge-style-queen

  • http://twitter.com/megelizah Megan Howard

    I don’t blame her for the conservative looks in Slave Lake. She was, after all, visiting people who’ve lost all of their material possessions.
    Will and Kate look good in the duds (I’m from Calgary and I’m all but sick of the stampede and pretending we’re all cowboys, but at least they look cute) but their appearances in Calgary have been reeeally disappointing. Unlike their other stops you had to wait in like for a WRISTBAND to go to any of their engagements and while they “participated” in the parade today they were in an enclosed car and most people couldn’t even see them. So I’m glad I didn’t camp out overnight like a lot of people did!

  • http://twitter.com/megelizah Megan Howard

    I don’t blame her for the conservative looks in Slave Lake. She was, after all, visiting people who’ve lost all of their material possessions.
    Will and Kate look good in the duds (I’m from Calgary and I’m all but sick of the stampede and pretending we’re all cowboys, but at least they look cute) but their appearances in Calgary have been reeeally disappointing. Unlike their other stops you had to wait in like for a WRISTBAND to go to any of their engagements and while they “participated” in the parade today they were in an enclosed car and most people couldn’t even see them. So I’m glad I didn’t camp out overnight like a lot of people did!

  • Anonymous

    I want the LK Bennett nude pumps–she has worn them SO much, they must be the most comfortable heels out there!

  • Anonymous

    Bill’s shirt is almost the exact same plaid as my high school uniform skirt and therefore I hate it.

    • Anonymous

      Grade school uniform for me, but either way, I get it. Plaid still makes me break out in a rash.

    • Anonymous

       I am sure that it is not in the same itchy wool, so I am okay with it :o)

  • Nicole Chubb

    I never thought Bill was that cute… but he makes a SMOKIN hot cowboy. Am I right?

    And I never like picking on skinny or fat girls about their weight, but she looks eerily thin in that yellow dress. If she comes up to SF, I’m taking her out to dinner!

  • http://twitter.com/Coloradowomyn Kimberly S-W

    Nevermind the Cathy…Bill looks freaking HAWT in that cowboy getup.  A tall drink of water…wow.

    And, could somebody, please, teach her how to use an eyeliner for a more casual look?

  • Anonymous

    Dear god, buy that man more green plaid shirts and turn that into his uniform.  He hasn’t looked this good since the wedding day.

    Agree, the dress needs a belt, but other than that I think she’s fine.

  • Anonymous

    TLo said: “The problem is, Queen Betty is over a half-century older than Cathy. The more we look at her style, the more we think this isn’t so much a smart, savvy approach to her public looks; it’s more fear-based.”
    I totally disagree.  I think she always looks lovely and appropriate for the occasion…and confident.  I think she represents her country well.  She is not a movie star or a fashionista and that’s just fine.  Personally, I’m glad she’s not going the Princess Diana route.  

  • Anonymous

    Forget Cathy, William looks H-O-T!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man, he’s sexy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UXHOYXPNJJ4MQH6IHYSI3G5ILI M

    Unfortunately, that yellow dress + wind = an unfortunate picture…

  • Anonymous

    LOVE that yellow dress. I dont care. It’s gorgeous. I dont mind that she’s dressing conservatively because she has a conservative image to protect. She’s Michelle Obama with sleeves. She’s not allowed to wear daisy dukes or very couture gowns. And as the people’s girl, she dresses like a regular folk. Plus, it is her job! All of these outfits are perfectly acceptable for a working girl in any form of office space. Sure, hers includes millions of prying eyes and screaming children to be kissed… but work is work. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I’d go one step further: she has to be a little more safe than even Michelle Obama.  For one thing, Michelle is only the First Lady for 8 years, while Kate is there for the rest of her life.  And more importantly, there are no real rules about what a First Lady can wear — many unofficial ones — but nothing like the rules that govern what Kate can or can’t wear. 

      When Kate leaves the house, she is representing her people, her country, and the royal family, every time.  There is a certain degree of conservativeness that is only appropriate to show respect.  That’s not to say that she couldn’t amp up the style a little — I don’t think anyone’s going to object if she adds an understated belt to the yellow dress, for instance.  But for now, she’s playing it safe while she figures out just where all of her boundaries are.

  • Bleak August

    OK, Bill looks good as cowboy,  Can we now see him as cop, construction worker, and leather daddy?  I think he’d rock all those hats as well.

  • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

    Wow. William has really nice arms. Yowza. I never thought I was susceptible to the lure of the cowboy, but damn.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone else think that the print on her blouse looks like the Mikey Mouse emblem from a distance?

  • aussiegal77

    Even the way she stands is all SUPER DUPER prim and proper with no room for any criticism.  I hope she gets over it soon.  It’s gonna be a major snooze fest if this keeps up. 

  • Anonymous

    That pic of them with the gate in the forground could be a Marlboro ad.  ‘Smoke Marlboros and look fabulous like us!’

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nicole-Walraven/527225623 Nicole Walraven

    ugh, non cowboys dressed as cowboys…it can be done, but rarely, and i think she looks silly. like a pageant girl who’s talent is yodeling. will…actually looks all right. credit to both of them for having boots that don’t look brand new.

    as a canadian, i do notice our prime minister and his wife, who both look incredibly stupid (possibly i’m biased because i hate stephen harper with an unmatched burning passion. but here is not the place for politics). the best way to look like a little boy playing cowboy dressup is to wear pressed jeans and brand new shiny boots. idiots. burn in hell stephen harper. soon.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      And in William’s case at least, he has some right to western wear as an avid horseman.

  • MilaXX

    The only outfit I like is the Calgary outfit and that’s because it’s the only one with any personality to it. I really dislike the yellow dress. It makes her look scrawny. I have no problem with her being naturally slim, this is just not flattering. It emphasizes her small frame and small boobs in a way that isn’t flattering. It also remind me of the dresses from the Dick and Jane primers.

  • Ella B. Mudge

    The first photo of Bill in the cowboy togs said “Village People” to me, but that last photo of Bill is a bit Marlboro Man, indeed.  

    I think Cathy very much poses and presents in a Hollywood red carpet way, but dresses in a very conservative, non-Hollywood way.  She looks as thin as the runway model in that yellow dress, and I think it creates an expectation of some more dramatic looks. Maybe with time Cathy will relax a bit and seem more natural in her public appearances.

  • http://twitter.com/Littlegrr Mary Nau

    They look great in hats.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6YKBGSJPVAK3AG44ASGX5UMMB4 Em Web

    Is she size -2?
    I really feel like she isn’t eating.

  • Anonymous

    Re the Land-o-Lakes dress . . . Happy to see T Lo sort of in my ballpark: my first thought was “Gillian Welch / James Agee Dustbowl” — aside from length, fabric, color … but still.

    The thing needs a belt, but the waist doesn’t hit Kate at the right place for it.  And I hope part of her clothing experience this trip is to know to pack a Plan B or two for unanticipated wind (yikes!) and weather.

  • Anonymous

    I love that you call them Bill & Cathy Cambridge. It reminds me of Mr. & Mrs. Magnatech!

  • Sara__B

    William in faded blue jeans. Sigh. I hope he gets to Canada fairly often so I can see him dressed like that more often.

  • http://twitter.com/_fallingslowly fallingslowly

    I think Kate wears what she likes. She always looks classy, pretty and appropriate.

    It’s a good choice when your husband is in line to be the head of state of over a dozen countries, head of the Commonwealth, head of the Church of England, etc. and you’re going to be famous forever.

  • Anonymous

    I’m actually not surprised they look comfortable and relaxed in western gear. While Western isn’t dressage or any of the hoity-toity horsey events, Wills is a polo player and I’m betting Kate has been around horses for a decent amount of time since she has been around the royals for almost a decade.

  • Anonymous

    They both look great in the western outfits.  I live in Texas, this is how people around me dress every day and they look like they could fit right in.  And they look comfortable in them, like they are used to wearing boots and jeans every day.  I love that blouse.

    The jeans/blazer outfit looks good.

    I also like the yellow dress, but I agree a belt was needed and perhaps she could have worn her navy pumps instead of the nude ones.  And I can’t fault her for the wind-it’s possible that it wasn’t forecasted and they didn’t expect it.  Like in the shot in the blazer-no wind.

  • Anonymous

    They both look great in the western outfits.  I live in Texas, this is how people around me dress every day and they look like they could fit right in.  And they look comfortable in them, like they are used to wearing boots and jeans every day.  I love that blouse.

    The jeans/blazer outfit looks good.

    I also like the yellow dress, but I agree a belt was needed and perhaps she could have worn her navy pumps instead of the nude ones.  And I can’t fault her for the wind-it’s possible that it wasn’t forecasted and they didn’t expect it.  Like in the shot in the blazer-no wind.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

    I think your fear assessment is spot on.  I think I would be the same way.  She will hopefully grow into the role and get more adventuresome as time goes by.  (Altho the royal bottom was quite exposed/outlined in those jeans.) 

    It seems like she just got married.. and now the eyes of the world are on her again; I do have high hopes for something of a “Wow” when they come to California.  I too would love a “If we were her gays” post.

  • Carrie Corns

    We received a child size version of that yellow dress as a gift for my 3 year old and I thought it was too old ladyish for her!  Not her best look, but the others are cute. 

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I know I’m a huge dork, but those two look so damned cute in their cowboy hat and outfits, I just can’t stand it. William looks quite handsome in that hat. The man looks infinitely better in casual clothes.

    Her: Aw, I love the yellow dress on her. So fresh and summery. And hey, gotta give her snaps for not going with that awful shiny dusty pink color of the runway version. I hear what you’re saying about being boring, though. I can understand her desire to play it safe, but she could at least liven things up with some accessories and jewelry and some punchier shoes.

    I like the navy jacket and the wedge sandals are cute. I think for now on I’m going to be on Toe Watch with her. There must be some rule against showing the royal toes or something. Either that or she really hates her feet. Didn’t Diana wear open-toed sandals?

  • http://joansbooks.blogspot.com/ lilithcat

    Good heavens! What’s <a href="Good heavens, it's Debra
    Winger
    !”>Debra Winger doing there?

  • http://twitter.com/vesperbeauty Vesper Beauty

    Cathy who? All I see is Wills in a plaid shirt and jeans. WOOF.

  • Anonymous

    She is so damn cute and tiny.. I could put her in my pocket.

  • http://twitter.com/delysia_lafosse Delysia LaFosse

    I think that yellow dress is adorable. It looks like it should be a little twee, what with the puffed sleeves and the big buttons and the peter pan collar and the pastel, but somehow it isn’t. But really, a little belt in almost ANY jewel tone would have looked great and added just a flash more color and interest.

    When I first saw them in their Western gear, it was just the briefest flash on the news, and I rolled my eyes – but I agree with you guys and actually I think they both look really good and surprisingly comfortable. William really does look cute in the hat!

    As for Cathy’s dressing on the whole, I don’t necessarily think it’s fear-based. I don’t think she sees the desire to be a flashy style icon like Diana, and anyway, I think Diana’s couture was much more appropriate in the ’80s and ’90s than it would be in the current economy. Side by side, Diana would look showy and out of touch; Kate looks understated and appropriate. I’d love to see her in something more fashionable every now and then, but I understand why she dresses as she does, and since she almost always looks great, I can’t really complain. Except about the lack of color – sensitivity and duty don’t have to be beige.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lindseypatten Lindsey Patten

    He always looks like a dork! And I concur about Harper. Damn conservatives.

  • Anonymous

    They are *rocking* the cowboy look.  Cowboys never did it for me, but they look fabulous here.

  • Anonymous

    Look it’s Daisy Duke’s skinnier cousin!  

    (as in Catherine Bach, not that daft film, ok they have similar hair)I like the lemon dress. It’s a bit retro and cute and flirty.

  • Anonymous

    Points for William in the jeans and Stetson. He looks like a real person.

  • Anonymous

    William needs to pull a Tim McGraw and start wearing a cowboy hat everywhere. He looks great.

  • Anonymous

    Man can Bill fill out a pair of pants.  Rawr.  He needs to be in jeans more often.  I also liked it when his shirt is unbuttoned, that instantly ups his hotness.

    Oh and I like her two casual looks as well, her dressy?  Not as much.

  • Anonymous

    It’s great to see some Cathy butt. Her dresses usually make her backside disappear, so seeing her in tight, skinny jean that let her booty show, is great. And she even chose a blazer with a butt hole to prove it. Bless. Her.

    On the downside is the color. Again with the navy and white. I guess we trade off casual, fun and stylish for a bit of color (‘from the other side of the crayon box’). That we get in a pretty, plain dress in need of a belt.

    Finally – I need a close up on William but are his boots looking rather used? I LOVE IT. That the boy would have well worn cowboy boots in his closet, is great.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    the pics of them in cowboy hats made me lol. I agree with you both, her style has been a little more boring than I was expecting. I liked her cowboy blouse the best of everything shown here. 

  • Jenny Madsen

    I don’t think I have ever looked at William and thought WOW before. He needs to keep the rancher look. Or at least the rolled up sleeves.

    • Anonymous

      I love a man in rolled-up sleeves! If he was wearing a leather wristband I’d be done for, lol!

  • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

    William is super sexy in that cowboy getup. rawr

  • Anonymous

    Oh God I think she’s wearing Jeggings, or leggings. That has to be an Out, even on royalty.

    • Anonymous

      Esp. with those great high wedges . . .

  • http://twitter.com/Daleksneedhugs Megan

    Wills should dress like a cowboy al the time. He looks HOT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.selman Janet Selman

    No one else sees Mickey Mouse ears in that last blouse?

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.selman Janet Selman

    No one else sees Mickey Mouse ears in that last blouse?

  • Anonymous

    He looks good too, give him credit.  I love that little yellow dress.  Diana was not much of a fashionista until she’d been in the job a while (I think after she lost those pregnancy pounds).

  • Anonymous

    He looks good too, give him credit.  I love that little yellow dress.  Diana was not much of a fashionista until she’d been in the job a while (I think after she lost those pregnancy pounds).

  • Anonymous

    Kate’s style is impeccable, but in every one of these posts I think two things:  1) she is SOOO skinny!  Maybe naturally so, but I worry about her health.  2) I hate hate hate the way she does her eyeliner.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t agree with you enough about the eyeliner. Yikes!

    • Anonymous

      I can’t agree with you enough about the eyeliner. Yikes!

  • Anonymous

    She’s not a starlet or a runway model. She’s dressing appropriately for her duties and she looks fine (too thin, but the clothes are usually good). Neither of them are supposed to be pushing the fashion envelope. Dressing conservatively is not a bad thing.

  • Anonymous

    You’re overthinking this, T Lo.  Kate looks great when she goes classic which is appropriate to her role, and she looks great when she goes more casual.  She may not be your idea of a fashion plate, but maybe she doesn’t want to be. She needs to look good, which she does, but if fashion forward is not her thing then good for her.  

    Same for Will.  He dresses appropriately conservative for the formal occasions and breaks out the jeans when they’re right. for the event.     

  • Anonymous

    Those cowboy hats are cracking me right the hell up. Kate’s frilly blouse looks a gazillion times better on her than it does on the model. And she looks fab in those skinny jeans. [sighs enviously]

    What is it about hats that make William so much cuter? Any casual wear works well on him, but put a hat on him and he’s damn sexy. They’re his secret weapon. And I just noticed he has the profile of a movie star.

    I don’t love the yellow dress. It seems to be a bit big on her and I’m not a huge fan of yellow. But it’s in keeping with her style, and she does somehow manage to make girly dresses look more sophisticated.

     

    • Anonymous

      Duh, hats cover up the premature baldness. My husband looks 25 in a baseball cap; take it off and you have a 40-year old bald gay guy.

      • Anonymous

        same situation around our house. With a baseball cap, my 30 year old fiance gets carded for everything. Take off the cap and put him in the suit he wears to work everyday and it’s all ‘have a nice day, sir.’

  • mcarlson

    One thing to consider is they have to freakin’ lug that stuff around. Well, not them – their flunkies – but still. I’d go for flexible items too.

  • Anonymous

    No wonder why she’s fearful; this site alone is critical enough, not to mention the fact that every news and entertainment story critiques her wardrobe.

  • Anonymous

    He looks better in jeans, too.

  • Alyson Lamble

    The Temperley blouse is, to me, a little too rodeo-kitschy.  I would have liked to see her in a complementary plaid, perhaps a red to go with Will’s green.  They both rock the hats, which were apparently custom-made.

    The Daily Mail has more photos from their arrival in Calgary, where they were greeted by a six-year-old girl being treated for cancer.  I DARE you to check out those photos and not get misty. 

  • Anonymous

    I *said* they’d have matching cowboy hats, didn’t I!
    (um, yeah, I know that took about as much prescience as predicting the sun will be setting in the wild, wild, West.)

    I don’t think she *quite* got the blazer/jeans right. The notch in her blazer seems higher than the waist of her jeans, at least leaning forward. It’s an ancient fuddy-duddy kind of criticism to make, but it still seems wrong.

    Love the buttercup dress and hate the final blouse (frilly, flowery AND femme cowgirl – a trifecta of dislikes). Fortunately, likes and dislikes are immaterial, she looks good in anything. (and it IS really adorable that she even wore a big belt buckle!)

    Himself, in the pristine cowboy hat & rolled up way high sleeves looks like the squeaky clean urban cowboy seen in many a city bar back in the Urban Cowboy heyday. God save us from THAT particular revival having a resurgence.

  • http://twitter.com/Stevesotherhalf Svanhild Salmons

    Wow she’s thin.  Honey you won, now EAT SOMETHING.

  • http://twitter.com/Stevesotherhalf Svanhild Salmons

    Wow she’s thin.  Honey you won, now EAT SOMETHING.

  • Anonymous

    The yellow dress looks too big.  Maybe a belt would’ve brought it to the right level.  The camera adds weight, right?  Yet she looks thinner than the model. 

  • Judy Raddue

    Forget her!!!  Out of a suit, he looks like lost 30 lbs.  In fact, he looks far more natural in cowboy gear than a suit.

  • Nunya Bizness

    Can I just say….Damn he looks good in that hat!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360770877 Camille Carnahan

    how hilarious is it that they look the best and most put together in cowboy full regalia?!!

  • Anonymous

    The first pair of skinny jeans ar just a skosh snug.  Otherwise, she looks fab!  And I agree with the comment about casual wear for both of them.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    my mother would have physically strangled me if i wore my pants as long as the model in the temperley. what is this business w/ folded up, dragging on the ground?

  • Anonymous

    the last outfit is just adorable. she wears good old jeans and a western shirt just right. I know at times she has to wear “work dresses” and “work suits” but when she doesn’t have to,  I ‘d love to see her dump the matronly CT espadrilles, Talbot’s Saturday jeans and “good little jackets” in favor of this age-appropriate, more relaxed look. Her husband (whose looks have so far interested me not at all) also looks great dressed in what I think of as “normal” clothing. 

  • Anonymous

    They both look really good in the casual shots. She looks adorable in the cowgirl getup. 

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    After seeing her with the little 6 year old girl who wanted to meet a real princess for her Make-A-Wish, she can wear whatever she wants.  She’s aces in my book! 

  • Anonymous

    I have to disagree with your diagnosis. I think Cathy is dressing the same way Cathy has always dressed. As evidence, all you have to look at is how much of the wardrobe is recycled from her pre-royal days.  She’s sticking to her comfort zone. Which is pretty damn smart for a girl moving into a world populated with paparazzi,  bitchy bloggers and sniping courtiers.
    It’s also a damn nice comfort zone. She always looks understated, stylish and comfortable.

  • Gwen Schott

    Apparently, Cathy’s western look is sponsored by Disney. Those have got to be little MM ears all over the blouse!

  • akprincess72

    I’m kind of impressed that she has done the whole Canada trip with five (maybe four) pairs of shoes!

  • akprincess72

    I’m kind of impressed that she has done the whole Canada trip with five (maybe four) pairs of shoes!

  • Anonymous

    Aw… I think the yellow dress is cute. Although it looks a little baggy on her.

  • Anonymous

    They look great together all duded up in their cowboy hats. Wills looks really cute. But Cathy really needs stop wearing the low slung jeans. It makes her torso look weirdly out of proportion. That cute yellow  dress would have been so much better with a belt.

    I like her understated style a lot, but the looks would be much more interesting with the right accessories.

  • Helen C

    William looks good as a cowboy. 

  • Beth G

    I can die happy because I believe TLo got that silly putty idea from me… and you won’t be able to convince me otherwise!!!

  • Beth G

     Oh, and William in plaid – YUM… just wish his pants had been JUST a smidge tighter!

  • Anonymous

    As nice as William looks, why does he have two knees on each leg?

  • http://diaryofaconsumerpunchingbag.blogspot.com/ Laura Ann Springer

    I think they look great!!!!

  • fred.portegies

    Could you please please, please stop paying so much attention to this uninteresting bag of bones and write about style icons again or people with an interesting choice of cloths.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1628254116 Lisa Renninger

    Cathy is bringing modesty back into the fashion scene, which is a great counter-balance to all of the skanky fashion displays we’ve had to put up with in recent years from other celebs. Remember, she is the future queen, married to the seemingly more conservative of the 2 royal brothers, and so it only makes sense that she herself would be more conservative in her style choices. Plus, she looks positively happy and relaxed, which is the best fashion statement of all.

  • Anonymous

    I think an obvious point was overlooked here: Prince William looks fabulous in jeans, plaid, and boots. Who knew???

    Agree that the yellow dress looks too big and so is emphasizing Cathy’s slimness but not in a good way. And yes, it needs a belt. Also agree with Lisa in appreciating the modesty, without the dowdiness, Cathy demonstrates, given the vast sea of skank-wear we’re subjected to more or less constantly.

  • Anonymous

    Total hotness on Wills in the Western wear!  Looks like he just stepped out of a Stetson cologne commercial…rawr!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMEB3XKJCE4WL62SKN473LWBXQ Frank

    yum! Prince William! Wear more cowboy hats!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    The cowboy outfits are adorable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-McIlrath/673340132 Heather McIlrath

    mrs. cathy cambridge looks like a beanpole standing next to laureen! i had no idea that’s just how skinny she’s gotten! time for a thin-tervention for surreeee. 

  • Anonymous

    they should replace the crowns with cowboy hats and never take them off