Cathy Cambridge, Chic & Cheeky

Posted on February 09, 2012

Cathy steps out in The Little Dress That Could.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a preview of Lucian Freud paintings at the National Portrait Gallery in London in a Jesire dress paired with Jimmy Choo shoes.

We understand the restrictions that come with her position and for the most part, we think she does okay in the style department. Not quite “style icon,” but she’s consistent, almost never looks bad, and tends to hit the mark when it comes to dressing the occasion. But when she goes out looking truly great, we have to admit that a great deal of that has to do with the fact that, well, she’s a great-looking lady, no matter what she wears. She’s not quite pulling a Jolie, but sometimes she does tend to disappoint because there’s often very little personality or expression in what she chooses to wear.

But this is such a sassy little dress with so many cute details that it may be one of our favorite outfits we’ve ever seen her wear. Granted, the shoulders add a lot of bulk, but she’s so thin it’s not really an issue. In fact, it’s nice to see something with so much shape on her. She looks fresh, young, and chic. Well done, cheeky Duchess.

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree.  Chic, event and seasonal appropriate. 

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        Perfection. Perfect girl. Perfect dress. Absolutely love her.

    • Anonymous

      I love absolutely everything about this look. And I want it. It wouldn’t look nearly as nice on me, but I don’t care. I have severe dress envy right now.

    • Anonymous

      Covet this…holy God, do I want that dress.  And I know her pretty tresses are her thing, but it would have been nice to see that cool neckline a bit more.

      • Anonymous

        You may have to fight me for it… and I don’t think it’d look good on me ;-)

        • Anonymous

          Hahaha…I actually think this could look good on lots of different shapes, but I may be blinded by sheer and utter love for it. 

          And how do you feel about breakdance fighting for it? I find that is the best way to resolve ANY conflict. :)

          • Anonymous

            I’m in! If I don’t win, at least I will have been entertained!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

        You’re all on!  I could SO make this dress work for me.  I’ll have to pass on the breakdancing competition, though. :D

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

        I was actually checking to see what this coat dress costs and found the following on glamour.com:  “Sadly we can’t tell you where to buy this particular look because Jesire closed down last year!”  So now we really will have to fight each other AND Kate for the dress.  Hopefully she’s too thin to pack much of a punch.

        • Anonymous

          Well, I kinda want to see how CC would pop and lock. :D

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, it was another high street brand sold in a few department stores. At a guess I’d put that dress at around the £150 mark, maybe a little more. So she’s obviously had it a while, or she’s been second hand shopping.

    • Anonymous

      I love everything about this dress. It looks great on her. I have soft spot for coat dresses and shirtwaist dresses, and this is sort of a hybrid. The collar/shoulder detail adds some flare but doesn’t overwhelm her, nor is the outfit too bulky looking. Way to go Cathy!

    • Anonymous

      i just love this look head to toe.  she really is adorable.

    • Cathy S

      I love that dress, love that belt! Rock on, Princess!

    • Anonymous

      Great dress, but oh man! I want that bracelet!!!!

      • Anonymous

        That’s my favorite part of the look too!

        I wish she’d gone with a clutch in a color.  Maybe plum?

    • Anonymous

      The more I see her, the more I love her style. Ahhh, to be a princess… :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Uh. I’m just…wow. Damn, I really want that dress.

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

      She looks great, and it’s amazing how “the ring” always manages to be prominently displayed.

      • Anonymous

        I assume everywhere she goes people are craning their necks to see it, so there’s not much point in being coy. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow, she must have TOWERED over everyone between her natural height and those heels!  She looks great!  I wish her hair had been up a little since that neckline is THE focal point of the dress, but still……she’s a WERQ on this one!

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

      So lovely, so classic. And *that* is how one wears nude hose. :)

      • Anonymous

        I noticed the hose too!  I thought her legs looked lovely and natural and then I saw the slightest sheen of the hose.  Perfectly played, Cathy.

      • Anonymous

        Yes. Even though I’m sure her hose doesn’t come in a little plastic bag from the grocery store, it’s still possible for we peasants to do better than what you usually see when hosiery is worn.

    • Anonymous

      I think it is almost too late to be wearing this tweed.  I would generally cut off wooly tweeds by the end of January.  By February, I would be looking to spring.

      • http://annmartina.wordpress.com/ annmartina

        Although it has been unseasonably cold in Europe, possibly London too?

        • Anonymous

          It snowed there this past weekend. 

          • Anonymous

            Yes, I am in London and I can attest that it has been damn cold recently.  Snowed again today and a wee bit yesterday.  I’d have been wearing a big ol’ coat over that dress.  

        • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

          It certainly has – we’ve had the mildest winter and then last weekend it got really, really cold.

          I love coat dresses, but the bracelet is the thing that totally makes this for me. Such pretty sparkles!

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

        That’s dependent on where you live, though — in the land that sun forgot, tweeds like this can work into the end of February.

      • Anonymous

        This last couple of weeks has been the coldest it’s been all winter. Not spring quite yet.

    • Sara__B

      Great dress, shiny hair, and, wonder of wonders, elegant heels that are sky high. She always looks good but this is amazingly attractive. (Now if she’d just soften her eyeliner…)

      • Anonymous

        Yes!! She finally ditched the sensible shoes!! Sure, they’re still black pumps, but at least they don’t like her grandmother-in-laws…

    • Laurie Bergman

      She looks lovely.  I love the portrait collar and the knot detail on that belt. 

    • Anonymous

      With that figure, that hair and that smile, it’d be hard for her to look bad, but this is even better than normal. I’m copying that collar!

    • Anonymous

      While her clothes might not be expressive, I have to disagree with the mild Jolie comparison: look at that smile, which she never fails to flash, and always seems genuine. I think that’s what people respond to about Kate.

    • Anonymous

      I know you guys were trying to say that she doesn’t have a baby bump, but I’m on to you and your protective lies.

      What I mean to say is, if you squint your eyes her ankles are totally swollen.

      • Anonymous

        Bwahahahah!

    • Anonymous

      I love that dress!
      Even though her hair is gorgeous, I kind of wish she had done an updo with that collar and some gorgeous earrings.
      I don’t think she ever wears her hair up. Can’t blame her really; I wouldn’t either.

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

      Not wild about the color, but she looks cute. LOVE that bracelet

    • Anonymous

      Generally speaking, I tend to skip over Cathy Cambridge posts because her style bores me to tears. HOWEVER, she looks absolutely perfect in this look. Love the dress and shoes. And I’d kill her and do the time for that amazing bracelet.

    • Anonymous

      I really love; the dress, bracelet, hair, smile, it’s all good.

    • Amy Ellinger

      Want.  (the dress)

      Her makeup looks SO. MUCH. BETTER!!!!!

      • Sara__B

         I read that she spent three hours at a salon before this appearance, so maybe she let pros do her makeup.

        • Amy Ellinger

          She’s naturally gorgeous, so I’m thinking two hours of the visit was the pros beating her over the head with an eyeliner pencil!

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      Diana was gorgeous by Royal Family standards but Catherine is  gorgeous by Red Carpet standards

    • Jasmine Moten

      In the first picture, her shoulders look huge. It seems like it may be the angle though, because it’s giving her a triangle shape.

    • Anonymous

      She looks lovely. Perfection. Great dress, well styled. 
      Oh I must have that dress -although I would probably pair it with some red shoes and belt :)

    • Anonymous

      Love that dress, she looks fabulous.

    • Anonymous

      she has GREAT legs.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, I covet that bracelet. (The dress is nice, too.)

    • Anonymous

      I love, love, love the belt!  And the bracelet….well, if I were the Artful Dodger, I would nic that in a New York minute!

    • Anonymous

      That dress needs to come home with me after she’s worn it once and tossed it aside.  I’ll give it the kind of love it needs.  (Mind you, it should bring a friend, because I’m gonna need some more room!)

      • Anonymous

        Oh, no, PeggyOC, that dress is MINE! I love it!!

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

        Sorry ladies, the Royals don’t do that — they wear their clothes more than once regularly.  For two main reasons: a) they pay for their own items; it’s not comped like for celebrities, and b) the Queen is notoriously frugal and would not approve of the wastefulness of wearing an item only once.

    • Terence Ng

      Her legs look great. The shoes really are stunners to me for some reason.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

      buh.  that bracelet.

    • Anonymous

      The Duchess looks fabulous, but I think she usually does.  I love that she wears classic chic.

    • Anonymous

      FAAAAAAAAABulous!  I covet that dress–it’s a complete winner!

    • Anonymous

      Don’t count her out yet as a fashion icon, there’s plenty of time for her taste and look to develop.

      I mean, she’s already single-handedly responsible for:
      1) bringing back hosiery (THANKS, CATHY!)
      2) promoting and representing an anti-slut look (THANKS AGAIN)

      That’s a damn good start.

      She looks remarkable here — that dress is perfect for her, everything about her appearance is right.

      • Anonymous

        don’t forget:
        3) wedding dresses with sleeves.

        • Anonymous

          How could I forget that one!  Another THANK YOU.

      • Anonymous

        And how about this, she’s not wearing a sleeveless dress in February.  I love tweed, wish more people wore it.

        • Anonymous

          Me too — and herringbone can be quite flattering.

      • Lori

        This.  And to a generation of girls that aren’t living amid the excesses of the 80s and don’t know Diana well, she is a role model and style icon.

    • Anonymous

      What a great dress.

    • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

      Love!

    • Mariah J

      DO WANT! She is one of the most consistently chic girls in the spotlight. Luv huh.

    • Anonymous

      And she’s wearing jewelry! And hose!

      Funny that she still looks thin even with wide shoulders, gathers and a belt around tons of heavy fabric.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1542185727 Barb Cooper

      Oh, it’s been too long since we saw my favorite princess (duchess, whatever). She is still amazingly lovely and doesn’t appear to have had a personality change. And yes, jewelry and hose–who’d a thunk?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567631327 Midge Andrews

      Wait a minute, do I spy a slight platform? I think that’s groundbreaking!

      • Anonymous

        Yes, but subtle — not hoof shoes.

      • Anonymous

        When you’re out w/out the ball and chain, you can be as tall as you want to be.

    • Anonymous

      Fabulous!

      Also, it really annoys all my British friends every time I call her Cathy Cambridge. Thanks, unks!

    • Anonymous

      Love it! She looks fabulous!

    • Judy_J

      I absoutely adore that dress!  She looks perfect in every way.

    • Anonymous

      She looks wonderful here–a fabulous dress. But would it kill her to put her hair up? Just once? Pretty please with a cherry on top?

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I so agree re the hair!

      • Anonymous

        Yes! Am over the hair lovely as it is.

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

        I have a suspicion that I know why she never wears it up, though I have no real proof.  Look for pictures where you can see her ears — they don’t stick out, but they are somewhat long for her face.  She probably prefers covering them.  And when you do see her with it up or back, she usually still has the top of them covered. 

        I know that trick because I have kept people from noticing that I have really big ears for over a decade the same way:)

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4IT4DGRFTG5EKMBMW4IAXGYCVY bbjamfan

          When she put it up (partially at least) a few months ago, the press went insane over a scar in her hairline. I wonder if that is why she avoids it. 

          • Anonymous

            I suspect she has enough confidence to handle both issues, but you two may be right. I think I’ve only seen one picture of her with her hair up and she looked stunning. 

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

              No matter how confident, EVERYONE has at least one feature they don’t like on themselves.  And it’s often something silly — I have several features that I know aren’t bad, but they bug me for some reason.

    • Anonymous

      The shoulders may be my favorite part.

    • Anonymous

      FAB. Totally and utterly FAB. She has secured one of them elusive coat dresses, three cheers to her stylist!

    • http://twitter.com/ConveConfu Convenient Confusion

      what kind of pantyhose are these? 

    • Anonymous

      I love the dress and the pumps and the hose!  She looks great!

      • Judy_J

        I didn’t notice the hose till I read your comment.  Hooray for sheer hose!

    • http://twitter.com/mirrormirrorxx Paola Thomas

      That’s a WERQ if ever I saw one…

    • Anonymous

      Adorable yet still perfectly appropriate.  Snaps up.

    • Anonymous

      Flawless.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, I hate it.  Generally like her outfits, but I don’t like the collar/shoulders on this.  Reminds me of Princess Di.

      • Anonymous

        Agree! Are we the only ones? Collar is bizarre; combination of elements is bizarre and vaguely precious?? Almost a girls-department dress, in that sense. Also hits her a skosh too high, IMO.

      • Anonymous

        Agree! Are we the only ones? Collar is bizarre; combination of elements is bizarre and vaguely precious?? Almost a girls-department dress, in that sense. Also hits her a skosh too high, IMO.

    • Anonymous

      J’Adore that dress! Fabric, proportions, length, all lovely. Perfectly turned out little Duchess.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      That is a fantastic look.  To be fair, she already achieved fantastic with just the bracelet and shoes – the dress just took it to another level.

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

      I completely agree that she’s not a style icon — because she’s only been around for a few years.  Icon status is reserved for women who have looked fabulous in at least two decades.  But I do think she has the potential to be.  No, she’s not the most exciting dresser ever, but she does chic, classic and conservative quite well, and there will always be women who that appeals to. 

    • Anonymous

      Love this.  Grey is hard to wear for many women, and she wears it beautifully.  The shawl collar is gorgeous.  Wow, did she hit the gene pool jackpot or what?

    • Anonymous

      I do wish she’d get over the black eyeliner…

    • Anonymous

      Love tweed. But is she getting thinner?

    • Anonymous

      oh gosh, i love it.  that’s so exactly the type of workwear i gravitate towards.  

    • Anonymous

      LOVE this dress!!  I want!

    • Anonymous

      class talks and bullshit walks..

    • Anonymous

      Okay.

    • oohsparkley!

      It looks very chic on her indeed!  I think the big collar, double breast and box pleats would tend to make most women look about 20 pounds heavier.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UH5XQGXDKLXDSVGB626B53KXBA linda

      LOVE the jewels!

    • voter1

      Could she get any cuter???

    • http://twitter.com/jennawaterford Jennifer Ford

      As I say to my cats, “Who’s a pretty, pretty princess? YOU ARE!”

    • Anonymous

      I love this dress and I want it for myself. WANT IT.

    • Anonymous

      Love it. I want to be her in that outfit!

    • marilyn

      Perfect.

    • MilaXX

      She looks great, I like the bracelet.
      See starlets even Cathy can figure out how to deploy simple, clean jewelry. It really does accentuate the outfit.

    • http://twitter.com/dollsaga Helen

      gee, after natali portman stole a dress from Vintage Barbie Doll (Enchanted Evening) for her Golden Globes appearance,  here again, the Duchess also borrowed one from Barbie (After Five), Barbie is 52 years old–Grandma’s wardrobe certainly holds treatures, go dig Grandma’s, girls!

    • Anonymous

      everything here is absolutely beautiful

    • http://twitter.com/kbshee kbshee

      Just beautiful and elegant, yet not stuffy. Good on her.

    • Lisa

      Very cute!  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Beth-Fournier-Skelly/100001018866796 Beth Fournier Skelly

      why are we not discussing that bracelet!?!?  j’adore!!!

    • Anonymous

      Gorgeous! I love that dress! And she looks amazing!

    • Call me Bee

      Absolutely adorable made more so with perfect bag and shoes. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t get why everyone thinks this is so modern–this looks almost exactly like one of my mom’s chic suits from the 1950s.

    • Patricia Gillett

      Divine. And can I say that Cathy looks like she’s gained a few pounds here? Believe me, that is a huge compliment. She looks so much better. Here’s hoping she keeps moving in this direction, fashion-wise and health-wise. 

    • Anonymous

      I will have everything in these photos to go please, including  her hair, her legs and that bracelet.

      …She can keep her ring.

    • http://twitter.com/aStudiobytheSea a Studio by the Sea

      Talk about the genetically gifted.  And yes, the outfit is way cute.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

      Divine!

    • Anonymous

      Love it!!!

    • Anonymous

      1) MEOW, she looks completely sophisticated and sassy.
      2) WHY did I immediately assume, based on his poise and gesture in the first picture, that the man in the picture with her was a bizzaro British Tim Gunn?!

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      LOVE that dress!  And, of course, I would kill for her head of hair.  Also, I would not turn down that bracelet.  See, I’m not asking for much!

    • Anonymous

      It feels like a coat to me. And so it seems weirdly unfinished. Now, if she was wearing a pencil skirt underneath it it would maybe seem like she was actually dressed. 

    • CQAussie

      Lovely, top to toe, just fabulous =D

    • Anonymous

      Yeh, i agree! She did well, and I commend the fact that she didn’t wear opaque tights even though it was so cold the witches t*ts called in sick 

    • Anonymous

      Would also lurve to see this dress in black or even a deep purple. Gorge, good for her.

    • Anonymous

      I want her bracelet. It is gorgeous.

    • kbuchholznp

      I like the dress well enough, but it is SCREAMING for a hair-up scenario. Either a high voluminous pony or a (perhaps more princessy) chignon. ALso I find the buttons, pleats, and the belt she has chosen to all be a bit busy and competing with each other. But like you say, it is one of her better looks.

      • Anonymous

        Yes!  HAIR UP was my first reaction (after ‘pretty good look altogether,’ I must admit).

        Have always considered it a Top 5 Basic, that when your garment has something extra going on at the very top, esp. the shoulders, it’s best to clear the hair away (however sumptuous that hair may be, sigh) — otherwise you muffle the design interest of the dress (at best) or look like a linebacker (at worst) < which Chloe Moretz seems to do a lot.  

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      It is plainly obvious from the pages of comments that some knockoff dressmaker needs to do this dress STAT – in a variety of colors, fabrics, and weights.  LOVE this dress!

    • Anonymous

      First time I’ve seen her and said, Perfect. Finally a young, fun frock!  The second photo shows her with a really great smile too, she looks less wary for a change. 

    • Anonymous

      Gorgeous look. Kate’s dresscapades are just a pleasure to watch.

    • Anonymous

      I want it all. She looks fantastic!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

      Boring. 

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t Jesire out of business?  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Walter/726423206 Peggy Walter

      Huffington Post has a story that says that Kate bought this dress at a secondhand store.  Even more awesome!

    • frankystein123

      I despise the fact that people still worship royalty in the 21st century, but damn does she look chic and classy.