Cathy Cambridge, Sporty Girl

Posted on July 27, 2012

Cathy and Bill are feeling sporty today. We’d like to be bitchy (we ALWAYS like to be bitchy), but the fact of the matter is, they look good. Damn them.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Bacon’s College in London, England. Catherine wore a Hobbs dress paired with Pied A Terre  wedges.

Hobbs Check Wessex Dress

Pied A Terre Imperia Fabric Wedges

Super-cute dress and shoes. Of course they’re in the standard dove-grey, which she seems to like so much. We’d have loved it if this dress or those shoes had a little color to them, but let’s face it: Princess Cathy isn’t going to listen to us. Hmmph.

But wouldn’t this dress look great on her if it was a bright red or deep blue instead of another pale grey?

Bill? Don’t change a thing. If we didn’t know better, we’d swear Mrs. Cathy is having a positive effect on his dressing.


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  • Sobaika

    No pantyhose! I consider this a mini-win for Cathy.

    • SassieCassy

      Above the knee too. shocking.

      I dont get riled up about this princess lady the way others do IDK. She’s pretty but I think her style is usually kind of boring and she should probably go easy on the blusher if she’s wearing all these neutrals all the time. 

      This could be because I have zero interest in the monarchy. Talk about antiquated

      • she does look a little too rosy on the cheeks, like a cheap china doll.  maybe she’s flushed from a little tumble in the back seat with wills.

    • Kyle Crawford

      wow!!  I did not notice!  she is bare legged – shocking!  

  • Bill looks amazing.  I think Cathy is slowing the effect of the House of Windsor ugly-old-age genes.

    • I’d hit it.

    • mshesterp

      I thought he was kind of losing his sex appeal, but the rolled up button down shirt?  BAM.  Sexiness.

      She looks good, as always, but i find the heather gray to be flattering to almost no one except dark skinned women, and even then i’d pick another color.  It’s a little lifeless for me, but love the style.

  • Yes, the dress would be way better in any other color. Also, I want it.

    And that’s the cute William that I once had a totally inappropriate crush on!

    • I’m guessing — just making this up, really — that neutral colors were the right choice for this event so as to avoid seeming partial to any of the countries coming to the Olympics.  Obviously, she could have gone with red, white and blue from the UK flag since, you know, she’s from the UK and all (or, worse, the colors of the Olympic rings), but maybe it was thought that as a quasi “host” of the event, it might be more seemly if she didn’t seem partial.  But I’m totes making that up.

    • lovelyivy

      The price on that dress was EXTREMELY reasonable for all five seconds it was available. Pretty much everything at that store that I’d buy is now sold out. Of course. Plus 20 ponds for shipping to the US! That’s what $30-40.

      Le sigh.

      • H3ff

        I saw that it was on sale for 35 pounds (and now sold out, clearly). But who exactly is rushing to buy what KM wears as soon as she steps out? Women trying to copy her look at every turn?

        • formerlyAnon

           Women who want a little piece of the fantasy. Or, women who are completely delusional about what it’s going to look like on THEM.

  • Carla Axtman

     She’s totally bringing the adorbs–but a soupcon (like how I went all French on that one?) of color would have made this amazing.  And Bill is clearly getting it regularly–he’s practically glowing at her.  Love is the best accessory (That’s right. I said it).

    • “Bill is clearly getting it regularly–he’s practically glowing at her.  Love is the best accessory (That’s right. I said it).”

      And yet still no baby bump.

      • Snailstsichr

         I hope they’re having lots of fun while they’re young and look great.

      • Carla Axtman

         I suspect they’ll get the baby bump when they’re damned good and ready. 

        • Aurumgirl

           And just after the Olympics end.

    • the way they’re grinning and tickling each other, it looks like they had a nice little grope in the limo.

  • Judy_J

    I love this dress!  She looks fantastic.

  • winged_sheep

    Great dress! Would love to own it – it would even be flattering to those older and larger than CC.

  • teensmom99

    You’ve got to be kidding about the shoes.

  • RzYoung

    I think it would’ve looked lovely in a jade or mint green, but still I’m not grumbling too much. Bless her for trying to kick a football in those wedges. Bill actually looks kinda sexy here, never thought I’d think that!

    • Little_Olive

      Yes on the dress. 

      He DOES look kinda sexy. A lot. I need a boyfriend. 

  • theblondette

    Wow, out of his bad suits you can tell Wills has niiice wide shoulders and a tiiiiny waist.

    Kate’s shoes are rather mumsy but I guess manage to be both smart and something in which you can kick a football. Ah, the strange requirements of royal dressing.

  • Isn’t the belt a little off place? I don’t know… It looks odd to me. But her hair is alway amazing-looking!

    • Her hair is seriously envious, though it would drive me crazy to wear it down on my neck like that in summer.

    • amf0001

      that’s what I thought… the belt is a skosh too high,  I want to tug it down…
      otherwise,  a perfect outfit for kicking a ball and still looking pretty…

      • BazoDee

        I assumed it just moved up a bit from kicking the ball around. It is hard to be active in a belt. 

  • She looks totally cute and he is soooo handsome. OMG watch porn gets me all the time!

  • quiltrx

    Mmm…Bill is bringing the hotness today!  Now THAT is the cradle I wanted to rob. 🙂

    And I love the dress!  But I like grey, so it’s fine for me just as it is.  The print is really cute, and with the belt I bet the FLOTUS is wishing she had thought of this look first. 🙂

  • MissAnnieRN

    I was looking at these pictures the other day, and I’ve been noticing that the waist on her dresses always seems high.  In this case, if you look at the pic of her standing side by side with Bill, her waist line is about 4″ higher than where his pants sit.  Yes, men wear their pants at the hip, not at the natural waist.  But he’s 5″ or so taller than her.  Most of the time I figure it’s just that the waist hits her in the wrong spot, but this ensemble includes a belt, which makes me wonder if this is deliberate on her part to elongate her already willowy legs.  

    As a long waisted gal, it’s always difficult for me to find dresses that fit properly given my proportions.  I guess I notice these things?  Or else my girl crush for Cathy Cambridge results in this type of over-analysis.  But even though the girl crush stands, I’m growing bored of her style choices.  I feel like I’ve seen it all already.  Always tasteful, restrained, boring, yet beautiful.  

    • I typically wear dresses a little high on the waist.  It gives me a better waist-hip transition, by floating over where it would normally cling horrifically, and since I’ve got stumpy legs, it gives an illusion of a little more length to them.  My sister, however, who is very high-waisted, cannot ever try this – it looks completely wrong on her.

  • That dress is adorable, I’d love to own another color ;0)  They both look smashing!

  • Allyson Wells

    I just love that she wears affordable clothes!  Seriously, $43 for that dress??  I’ll take it! Except i’m sure it’s out of stock from now until forever…

  • NurseEllen

    I saw a story that this dress is a totally “off the rack” item that costs about $60–and naturally it was sold out of the store’s website mere minutes after Mrs. Cambridge’s photo hit the airwaves.  Such is the power of royal styling.  But she does look cute!  We need a clever BK photoshopper to show us this dress in a lovely sky blue, or orchid, or mint green.  Would make the white belt more of a statement that way.

  • mjude

    i just think they are so adorable.

  • VictoriaDiNardo

    Somewhere I saw an adorable photo of her in this dress, playing table tennis barefoot.  Dress was on sale for $55.00.  Maybe Stylebistro?

    Such a nice fresh breath of air!

  • Jess5628

    Wow, now there’s the hot prince I had a crush on as a teenager! Nice job. 

  • Violina23

    J’ADORE the dress!  😀

  • Hermione_Granger

    That’s a really pretty dress. I’d have worn it with red shoes.

  • Anathema_Device

    Love the dress and the color. I agree that color suits her, but in this instance, she was visiting with athletes and even participating, so the laid-back color of this look totally works. Plus you really notice her face when she wears more muted colors.

    ETA: Yellow wedges would have been perfect, now that I look again.

  • MilaXX

    I vote for the red version of this dress, still, cute look

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I adore the dress and the shoes and I think the (non) colours of both are fine.  She looks chic, comfortable and summery. 

  • marilyn

    She could tone down the makeup.  This could be a no-win situation for her, since the makeup looks great for photographs from a distance, but too much from up close.  I am going to give her the benefit of the doubt, and assume she intended to be photo’ed from afar.

    At least she did not have to wear a hat.

  • siriuslover

    That dress is gorgeous! If I had the money, I would purchase it as it looks wearable for the average woman. Ah William, so handsome.

    • You very well might have the money, it’s on sale for 35 pounds = about $55.

      • siriuslover

        awesome! Thanks for the information!

  • BazoDee

    She looks flawless but could she at least try to humor us with some colored accessories??? 
    And Will is channeling Hugh Grant in love actually.  

  • Sara__B

    Aw, they couldn’t be any cuter. (And I’m so pleased that Cathy can go bare-legged at casual events.There are so many RULES!)

  • This is the first time in a while that I’m reminded how good looking Bill is! Probably because we can see his figure & he doesn’t look stodgy and uncomfortable! 

  • It’s adorable. I think that shoes in a brighter colour would have been great, but I can’t really complain. She looks lovely and William looks rather hot.

  • Wills doesn’t have much hair these days, but he does seem to have quite the body on him.  Good for Wills!  (Good for Cathy, too.)

  • Cousin_Rose

    Both look perfect to me and it still seems amazing that she manages to always look like she is enjoying the gig.

  • Wellworn

    This made international news because of the thrifty $55 dollar price of the dress when she apparently has a $100,000 clothing budget.

    • twocee

      That must be that commoner background coming out.

      • formerlyAnon

         Or the shrewd manager of public opinion & her own popularity.

  • They always look like they’re happy to be together.  And even windblown, her hair is fantastic.

  • poggi

    They both look great. I agree though, a bright blue would be fantastic.

  • guest2visits

    I’m a little disappointed in the conservative wedges; but it looks cool and summery, and she looks fine in it.
    And even better; it looks like they are enjoyng the day.

  • twocee

    I know many BKs find Cathy’s style boring, but I love it, and I love the fact that she always looks APPROPRIATELY dressed for whatever function she’s at.  Many stars would’ve worn 6 inch platform sandals to this event — she wore comfy espadrilles because she was going to play soccer.  I know that her station in life dictates some conservativism in her wardrobe, but I still think that her clothing choices reflect her tastes and it’s not the Queen telling her what to wear.

    • luciaphile

      I am in total agreement 

  • Patricia Gillett

    That dress in blue would look so striking next to a Union Jack during this super patriotic time for the country. Oh well, she still looks great anyway: summery and cool. 

  • Call me Bee

    Perfect summer dress and shoes for schlepping around a grass field (court?)  She certainly knows what is spot-on appropriate for whatever she’s doing.  Will they be at the Olympics Opening Ceremonies this evening?  Hope so!   

  • Come on. Let’s walk Bill over to Harrod’s and pick out some striped and/or color sport shirts. You all can join me, then we go to lunch. Bill will pick up the tab.

  • They are so sweet together. Look how she’s even touching him on the shoulder! They seem to actually like each other and they bring out the best in each other, at least she sure is making him look hotter than usual.

    The dress is adorable and suitable for the season and for a Princess being casual. I really like these two and I’m not enamored of royals normally. 

  • Allison Woods

    I think the shoes  look like they came from Payless Shoe Source.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    One can only hope that she’s trying to bring his wardrobe into the here and now.
    Next step: get rid of those double-breasted fuddy-duddy suits and get him to a suit maker. He’s tall, he’s lean, he’s got good shoulders; the man has everything to look good in a suit people. There’s no excuse. 

  • Larkin21

    They both really do look great. And I’m in love with that dress, regardless of the color (or lack thereof). 

  • I saw this, and Harry and thought, damn it. They’re all hot. 

  • mom2ajs5

    I love how she looks like she just lovingly insulted or challenged him to a soccer match while giving him the love pat on the shoulder. The look on his face is like, bring it on. At least that’s what’s going on in my head!

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    If only Wills would buzz his hair down instead  hanging on to his once great empire of hair (which seems to be a Windsor affliction).

  • Susan Crawford

    Yes, Cathy’s dress would ave been a KNOCKOUT in a blue, a red, or even a brilliant Kelly green . . . but she still nailed her look to the wall. She looked cool, fresh and youthful. He looked adorably casual and informal – such a big improvement after so many potos of him in those Daddy-Double-Breasted suits. He ALWAYS looks best in sporty attire or uniforms . . . skip the stuffy lounge suits and dinner suits, Billy boy!

  • Ooh, William actually looks sexy in that photo. Maybe it’s because of the no pantyhose/above the knee thing. 😉

  • formerlyAnon

    I think it’s just that Bill is semi-casual. He’s always done better if there’s a soccer (umm, football) pitch or polo pony in the photo and he’s not duded up to award something.

  • Laylalola

    I never understand her belt placement — is it fashionable to always wear your belt within three inches from your breasts?

  • jeeplibby02

    Couldn’t they just wear jeans?  
    They’re on a soccer pitch, for God’s sake!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    They look great, and HE looks GREAT! Huzzah!!


    I think they both look great and hey, if monochromatic is Cathy’s thing then at least look damn good doing it. And she does.

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    Ok… this SERIOUSLY is the best I’ve seen Will look in ages. Perhaps he’s gotten his own stylist? Perhaps his father finally convinced him he’s not in his mid-fifties and should be taking his cues from Harry instead of his grandfather. Oh, one can hope! 

  • bluefish

    Love the dress and the wedges.  Love the colors — She looks terrific.