Royal Watch: Cathy Cambridge in Zara

Posted on December 07, 2011

Cathy was feeling SASSY, you guys!

 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at a concert in support of The Prince’s Trust and The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry at the Royal Albert Hall. Catherine wears a Zara dress and a Ralph Lauren Jacket.

Zara Lace Tulip Dress

That is an adorable little party dress. Our only complaint is that the skirt looks a little more bell-shaped on her than on the model. But we love that she’s not afraid to show off those legs. Expect black sheer hose to sell out in Great Britain within the month. Cute jacket, belt and shoes, too.

 

[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews, zara.com]

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      She looks totally adorable and as usual completely put together.  Brava, Kathy!

    • Anonymous

      Lovely!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Could the bell effect be due to the belt?

      • Anonymous

        Totes a baby bump.

        • Anonymous

          I mean, how long have they been married already?

      • Anonymous

        I think it’s just cause she’s not contorting herself (oh, fine, posing) like the model is. Also, she’s probably a bit shorter-waisted than the model, so the flare of the skirt is hitting her a little higher on the torso? Perhaps?

    • Anonymous

      adorbs.  quite short and sassy for the future queen, dig it. 

    • foodycat

      I think those are opaque tights – it’s the flash that makes them look a little sheer. I like the pattern.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll weigh in with semi-opaque.

      • Anonymous

        My thoughts exactly. If they were sheer they wouldn’t look as black.

      • Anonymous

        They look like 40 denier opaque tights to me.

      • MilaXX

        not the flash it’s the ration of spandex to nylon. A little spandex keeps hosiery from sagging and running easily, but too much and they start t appear shiny.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

      I just love her!  She does conservative, yet fashionable and cute so well. 

    • Anonymous

      Showing one’s awesome legs is fine, but this hose makes them look like she painted them with black glitter. I don’t know, you guys.

      The rest is lovely.

    • Anonymous

      Sigh.  She’s so perfect!  In a good way.  And most of all, every time I see her, I can’t stop staring at her hair.  I wish I knew what she uses in addition to her DNA that makes it look that way.  So shiny and healthy.  If it involves animal placenta, I’d even try it.  Once.

      • Anonymous

        I’m too busy (er, lazy) to find the gossip piece that I read, but I think she uses some organic veggie/oil concoction.

      • http://twitter.com/iJenmac Jennifer McClory

        I recently grew my hair out and I’ve found the best way to get Cathy Cambridge hair is to use shampoo and conditioner that don’t have sodium or sulfates (they cause hair to frizz).  Instead of a curling iron, I use the “sock bun” trick.  Every time I take the bun down, my hair looks like hers.  Really easy, really inexpensive.

        • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

          Would love to know both the brand of shampoo/conditioner you use and what the sock bun trick is!

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

            I really like the L’Oreal EverPure (and Ever___) lines.  I use the EverStrong, and it evens smells nice:)  The Overnight Treatment is particularly great. 

            The YesToCarrots shampoo and conditioner are really great as well — my husband uses those because he has several skin problems/allergies and can’t use 98% of commercial products.  He has very coarse, very dry hair and even with just the shampoo (testing hair products for him is like testing baby food — one isolated new product at a time:) his hair was ridiculously soft and shiny. 

            • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

              Thank you! These sound great. I generally check out products on the Safe Cosmetics Database but I’ve seen that YesToCarrots is super safe. I’ll give it a try.

            • MilaXX

              Love the Yes to carrots line and FYI the Cucumber makeup remover clothes are awesome. In the summer I keep them in the fridge. They feel great after a hot day running around.

            • Anonymous

              I tried the Cucumber makeup remover cloths and just could not take the scent. Burt’s Bees ones worked much better for me. 

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

              I use the Blueberry ones, and my husband uses the Cucumber (he can’t use face/body wash either… he also can’t eat any raw fruits… it’s fun at my house:)  Still the only ones I’ve ever found that DON’T dry my skin too much. 

              And for dark circles, the blueberry eye roller is AMAZING!!! I was amazed by it and turned a friend onto it too — she called me 5 minutes after buying to shriek into the phone “THIS IS SO GREAT!”  We have dark circle issues… as well as moderating our responses to little things like that issues:)

          • Anonymous

            Yes, would also like to know what the sock bun trick is. Spill, spill!

        • MilaXX

          Have you tried that ploping technique?

      • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

        I’ve heard she gets Keratin treatments, and I believe she used to use Kerastase products, but not sure if that changed, since that info was from before the wedding.

    • Anonymous

      Very sweet with a touch of sophistication. Well done!

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s the belt that makes it more bell shaped.. but I like that.
      She looks fabulous!!

    • BerlinerNYC

      The combination of black tights and matte/suede/velvet black pumps with a not-ridiculously-high heel is very 1989-90. In a good way. Opaque/matte tights would have completed that look, where the tights just blend into the shoe. I think I need to go listen to Swing Out Sister now.

      • Anonymous

        Just what I was thinking. About the tights, not the music. Although the 80s is one of my favorite decades, musically speaking.

        • BerlinerNYC

          Apparently my memory of matching opaque tights and pumps was on trend. Not 20 minutes after I posted that, the stylist on Access Hollywood Live showed how she “elongated the leg” by dressing the model in red tights and pumps in the same shade.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

            This is an old but good fashion tip.  Pretty sure I read it in O last year.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          Me too, re: the tights. I’ve always loved that look. It streamlines everything.

      • Anonymous

        Well it was Gary Barlow they were seeing I think so that’s not far off the mark :)

        • BerlinerNYC

          Ha! I love the idea that she was wearing period costume for the early 90s, like she was going to a Ren Faire or something. Instead of giant turkey legs, she probably feasted on Snackwells cookies and Tab Clear.

    • penn collins

      Nailed it! I am retialers wish she would give them a heads up before she starts a trend tho! (maybe she could do it like Oprahs Book Club…..Kathy’s featured style accessory of the month? might pay off the national debt!

    • http://twitter.com/cluckerdoodle Remy S

      Just checked Zara’s US e-commerce site–the dress is sold out, as expected. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m firmly in the “I like hosiery” camp, but the Duchess’ hose here seem pretty dark next to the light/white color that is the background for the dress.  She looks lovely and happy, though, which is most becoming, and to my eyes hers are dark hose, not patterned, and not glittery.  Glitter hose on the Duchess of Cambridge seems like a heckova stretch and would likely be viewed as a misstep.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think their shininess suits the look either.  I think she should’ve gone with matte black hose instead.

    • Anonymous

      Lovely, and also youthfully cute.  A winner!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49702581 Susan Bullard Mayer

      Like like love!

    • http://twitter.com/RzYoung RzYoung

      I like it, i don’t think it necessarily needs a belt – but then I guess everyone would be screaming ‘pregnant!’ at her if she wasn’t cinched. I do think it’s funny when the blogs mention the black hose as if they’re some sort of fashion statement, it’s really cold in London at the mo, I live in my tights all winter, I just think she’s sensible and it was out of the question to go out without them.

      • Anonymous

        LOL exactly, and they’re not sheer either, they look like 40 denier opaques. 

      • Kate Pearce

        Black opaque tights are always sold out in England. It’s cold there at the moment, LOL

        • Modern Belle

          Completely agree. I’ve done several years in DC, and this is what everyone does. Black tights are a winter necessity for big cities in the winter. I wear them at least 2-3x a week, especially with skirts and black boots.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Best deployment yet of the black hose/black pumps combo.

    • Anonymous

      I hate looking at her because there’s always this huge fit of jealousy that I get when I see just how damn perfect and beautiful she is.

      This is what it must feel like to be the evil stepmother in every Disney movie ever made.

      Gah.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        I’m there.  I want to dislike her solely based on her infinite good looks.  I just can’t.

    • Anonymous

      She’s just a doll, plain and simple. And once again, she’s wearing something i’d love to have. Sigh.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I hear you. She has such a classic, simple style. I covet damn close to everything she wears.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Looks nice.  I think the skirt could use about an extra inch–not “OMG, cover her legs!”, more that she looks just the littlest bit uncomfortable getting out of that limo, like she’s afraid it’s going to hike up.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. The slightly longer length on the model looks better to me.

    • Anonymous

      Adorable.

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      Love those well matched separates. So classy!

      Far better paired than the Lanvin (?) and Marc Jacobs on Olivia Wilde the other day, I would say.

    • Joyce VG

      *sigh*  she’s so pretty

    • Anonymous

      Cute! Wish she would let go more often, but given the circs, I doubt that’s possible.

    • Sara__B

      She seems to be a genuinely healthy, happy, lovely lady with a great sense of style. I always enjoy seeing photos of her — and her handsome husband, too!

    • Anonymous

      meh. she looks cheaper than usual.

      • Anonymous

        Well, Zara is pretty cheap. It’s disposable fashion, all synthetic fabrics, no linings, minimal allowances in the seams. It’s fun  but when you can afford very expensive, you tend to look cheap when you step out in Zara.

        I think it’s a cute dress, but the belt is silly with it.

    • Anonymous

      Lookin’ good!

      And I do hope black sheer {ETA: and opaque] hose (in winter, anyway) come back here. And stay. I’ll be wearing them either way, but it’d be nice to have company amongst the fashion leaders & the fashion-conscious.  (I already have lots of company, but mostly among the 35+ and frazzled.)

      • Anonymous

        I’m 21 and I wear black tights/hose with practically everything. I almost don’t want them to become trendy because I’m at that age where I strive to be unique and different and all that crap. 

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

        Black opaque tights have been pretty popular for some time.  All opaque tights really.

        Personally, I don’t feel that they are sufficient for winter unless I have a very dressy event to attend and can’t make a case for my beloved tuxedo pants.  (Easily my favorite thing I’ve ever made — perfect fit and lined with flannel for warmth:)  That and a beaded top with a great earring/bracelet, wool dress coat with bracelet length sleeves and long leather gloves — there are very few things important enough to get me in a skirt in winter.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      Wow, pretty short for a princess. Cute!

      • Anonymous

        That’s what I was thinking. That’s got to be the most leg we’ve seen on a royal ever – Diana’s post-divorce frocks notwithstanding. It looks like Camilla’s of the same opinion, too, which is hilarious.

        Not to get into the whole body/weight thing, but the reason I’m saddest that she got so thin is that her legs used to be goddess-like in their awesomeness, and now they are merely model-fabulous. I’m tough to please, I know.

    • Anonymous

      So cute. I love that you can really see her in her clothes and not just her clothes.

    • Anonymous

      Viva la sheer black hose!  She looks great and very happy.  Wish she’d vary the hairstyle once in a while, though.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I think she looks pretty cute and sassy too.  I like the dress, length, jacket, belt…not liking the sheen and sheerness to the black hose nor the shoes matching the hose color and sheen.  A darker black shoe with a bit of contrast to the hose would have been better, imo.

      Is Will wearing his standard dark blue suit?  Boring….

    • Anonymous

      cinched too tight with that big belt, I expect. very cute but the jacket kind of ruins the looks for me. she needed something to cover up with but that doesn’t do it for me. suggestions for what might have worked better? a shawl seems matronly, a shrug too cutesy. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Love it.  She dresses appropriately for her age and always pulls it off nicely.  Nice to see her in something a bit shorter, she’s got the body for it.

    • Anonymous

      She looks like a junior exec at a fashion mag.  Belt ruins it.  

    • Onika K Morris-Alleyne

      The British live in black hose anyway, but the dress is cute.

    • Onika K Morris-Alleyne

      The British live in black hose anyway, but the dress is cute.

    • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

      I want that dress!!!

      And her legs. Bitch.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66KPZ36LMHMRQOX3HIJGHRNNUA MandyM

      You should have done pairs with this one. Prince Bill needed a black or charcoal suit standing next to her. She looks great.

    • Judy_J

      Nice gams!  She looks great! That jacket is perfect with the dress.  And the belt is a nice touch.

    • marilyn

      The black hose are so bold that they fight the dress.  The dress is daytime and the hose are evening. Somehow she turned a flirty daytime dress into something to wear to work.  The the bold dark hose, contrasting belt, the white underlay and the black jecket take it down. I think this is a miss.   I think she is gorgeous, but somehow the Palace Dowdy Police got to her.  She better be careful, or she is going to start looking like Princess Anne.

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

        There are many ways of critiquing this outfit, but I don’t know how you can say dowdy!  The girl’s skirt is SHORT!

        • marilyn

          I think she tried to change too much about the dress and made it very ordinary.  i think that she is gorgeous.  But, she changed too many things about this dress to keep the flirty, effortless look.  The original dress looked like it had a flesh colored underlay.  So, when the model wore it, it seemed to melt into her body.  The dress was not cluttered otherwise.  The point of having flesh colored legs was to carry out the theme of body melting into dress.  The balck stockings she wore fought with the dress for attention.  I did not know where to look:  The dress or the legs.  In the end, the legs won.  This is not a dress for a winter evening.  It is a daytime dress.  It was not meant to be worn with a jacket.  The top is boring when under a jacket.  The contrasting belt, the change to white from the flesh color, the odd jacket make  the whole outfit boring IMHO.  I think elbow length sleeves on a jacket are odd, anyway, especially in winter.  I am not trying to tear her down.  But sometimes I think people are shutting off their brains and will say ANYTHING she wears is great.  Most of the time, what she wears is great.  But, once in a while, she misses.  I think the outfit is boring and should be worn shopping or to visit a school, or someother mundane daytime activity. I also think she ought to not wear the black stockings with it.   And you are probably going to really dislike this, but I think those opaque hose make her legs look kind of heavy.  And we all know she is pencil thin, and would really have to work to look like that.  I think this outfit was just a miss for her. 

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

            Oh, I wasn’t disagreeing with any of your reasons, just the choice of dowdy:) 

            I still feel like the proportion is just off somehow — everything looks just a skosh too short for her.  If everything she had on was lengthened by a 1/4 to 1/2 inch in each area (the dress would be through the shoulder, the waist and the skirt individually) it would be far more flattering. 

            I don’t think the hose make her legs looks heavy, but I do agree that they may make them look a bit heavier than they really are.  I can’t imagine anyone saying the legs themselves are objectively large, but through the thighs they appear slightly bigger than they usually do.  It’s because of the semi-sheer nature and the sheen in the nylon. 

            • marilyn

              I said dowdy, because she took a very sculptured stylized dress, and made it look ordinary.  I would have preferred that she put this dress away and wear it when she did not need to change so much about it.  And, I am scared they are chipping away at her sense of fashion.  She needs to stick to her own fashion aesthetic.  Princess Anne is pretty scary, but undoubtedly in good standing with the Royal Dowdy Police.

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

              I’m always of two minds when it comes to royal fashions: On the one hand, I think that these people should still be allowed to be individuals, and a fabulous wardrobe is always fun to see.  On the other, there’s something to be said for tradition and doing one’s duty to one’s country. 

              I don’t really think this was ever going to be her dress anyway — because of the proportion issues I mentioned. 

          • Anonymous

            The dress colour is the same. The lighting is a bit different obviously and it’s bleached out by flashbulbs, but it definitely isn’t white! It’s a dress from a high street shop, made in a factory somewhere on the other side of the world, she’ll be wearing the same one as everyone else.

            I like it with the black opaque tights. And it wasn’t a super-dressy event so it worked.

            • marilyn

              I think she missed an opportunity to wear something kind of edgy.  This is an evening concert for the Prince’s Trust. She could have worn something younger and more daring than she usually does.  It would have been all right to do it for this concert.  The Royal Dowdy Police would not have been on her case so much .  She is apparently restricted about what she can wear normally.   She could have  taken a little fashion risk, because of this particular event.  One of my complaints is that she is dressed for daytime.  It seems so out of place at this concert.   I do make these comments with the understanding she is pregnant.  The dress she wore did cover the baby bump. She may not feel like being edgy at this point in her life.   Never the less, she is always beautiful.

            • Anonymous

              It’s Gary Barlow though, not exactly edgy :) And I think as it’s for disadvantaged kids affected by the riots, wearing a high street dress was a good choice. 

              She wouldn’t go daring, partly as she’s on duty whatever the event is, and partly because she just isn’t a very daring dresser anyway. I agree she maybe could’ve been a little bit dressier, but I still like it, especially given that it’s turned really cold this week after a long mild period.As for pregnant – only rumours and there’s always rumours :/

    • Anonymous

      Nice gams.

    • http://twitter.com/nicolahearts nicole seligman

      perfect duchess is perfect. also, what a cute holiday party dress. i want one in my price range.

    • Now I am The Bee

      Totally beautiful and I love the edge that the black hose gives the dress.  I’m a big fan of balck tights with heels–its warm! 

    • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

      Lovely outfit, lovely lady. 

    • Anonymous

      Nice to see Kathy in a print, even if the proportions are slightly off.  If the tights really are opaque, it’s pretty divine.

    • Anonymous

      I strongly dislike the whole outfit. If that skirt makes her look hippy, imagine what it will do to mere mortals.

      • Anonymous

        But isn’t the point of a bell-shaped skirt that it’s clearly the skirt and not the person underbeath that’s that shape?  The model’s certainly not hippy either, but the skirt gives her that silhouette, which I think is pretty.

    • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

      I almost love this look! I am pro-leg, and if she’s comfortable I’m comfortable. But the black tights with plain black shoes I think could use just the smallest touch of sparkle. What about shoes with a silver buckle or a vintage silver shoe clip? Or, dare I say it, black tights with the most subtle of patterns, like black on black vertical textural stripes.

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

        I’m pro her leg… not so much my own:)

    • Anonymous

      She lloks great!  I suspect the belt helped the skirt to bell out a bit more but she wears it really well.  Damn, she has great legs and I love the black on black from the hem down. It shows her shapely legs but keeps the focus upstairs where one shoud be focused with royalty.  They almost never put legs on a stamp.

    • Anonymous

      I love her for wearing high street.

    • Anonymous

      Nice look, young & chic but not overly exposed.  I do hope Prince William is not wearing one of his father’s old double-breasted tuxedos again–a fashion effort like this by his spouse deserves more spousal support!  I also liked glimpsing the yellow “brollie” in the back seat of the car……good to know everyone’s prepared.

    • Anonymous

      Cute. Chic. Maybe the belt is causing the skirt to bell out? Still, she looks great.

    • Anonymous

      Well, I’m not totally dropping off to sleep (as usual when I see her) so that’s a plus!  I think she’d have done well with a bootie here instead of the pumps.  And I too am looking for a pop of some sort, maybe a sparkly black or kelly green or coral or teal belt?  Or a brooch on the jacket?

    • MilaXX

      Color me surprised. I never thought we’d see her in that length again. I would have preferred plain tights over sheer black, but only because she appears to wear a spanx or high percentage of spandex hose & they look a little too shiny for me liking. Love this look nonetheless.

    • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

      pretty sure that dress is sold out, she looks great and i amazed she is shwoing that much leg. isnt it cold in britain though? oh what girls must do to look good

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudia-Gilbert/875055316 Claudia Gilbert

        Its mad, crazy cold!  Granted I’m a girl from AZ living in the UK and my version of cold may still be a little skewed….

    • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

      pretty sure that dress is sold out, she looks great and i amazed she is shwoing that much leg. isnt it cold in britain though? oh what girls must do to look good

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      So adorable.

    • Anonymous

      So now it’s OK to wear black hose with black shoes?  I’m confused.

    • Anonymous

      Is that Camilla’s nose?

      I would have liked the dress better when it was sleeker without the belt but I love Kate.