Chatty Cathy Cambridge

Posted on April 04, 2013

This is so seriously, no-shit fucking cute that we think it should immediately inspire a Pregnant Cathy doll.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow in a Moloh coat.

Moloh ‘Workers’ Coat

Normally, if we’re saying a woman looks like a doll, that’s not a compliment, but since she’s an almost-princess in the public’s eyes, she gets to be a little more precious than most. And this kicky little plaid coat is so perfectly Cathy while still being a little unexpectedly cute. The boots and tights keep it away from being too cloying, though. They add just a little bit of kickass to the Duchess.

Would Great Britain be washed away to sea if a royal walked with their hands by their side like a normal person? That posture is just so odd. Not as odd as when the male royals clasp their hands behind their backs like cartoon characters, though.

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  • How CAN this woman be getting even more gloriously lovely?

    • Jecca2244

      I was JUST thinking that. After a rough start pregnancy is agreeing with her. I feel bad she was sick because she could have probably hidden it through the winter months.

      • filmcricket

        She really could have. In that coat, you can’t see even a hint of a bump unless you’re looking for it (my belly’s larger and I’m not pregnant). Generally except for a bit more roundness in her face she hardly looks different at all.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Many women look better when preggers. You’re full of estrogen and pre-natal vitamins that make your hair and skin shine. You’re obviously pregnant but not unwieldy. The morning sickness is over and you can eat two of everything, but you’re eating as healthy as you can and you’re feeling like the life-giving goddess you are. It’s a great time!

      • Introspective

        that hair! the pregnancy has clearly made her already unbelievable tresses just that much more gorgeous. full bouncy and endless amounts of shine…

        coat’s fab too. but damn, that hair is a werq by itself.

      • And then there’s the rest of us who spend our pregnancies fat, sweaty, and flatulent.

      • Ew estrogen does not make me feel lovely.

  • gabbilevy

    Major coat envy would be happening, except I’m so ready for spring I’m kinda mad at all coats.

    • VicD

      I kinda want that coat to be about 2 or 3 inches longer on her though. Am I wrong here?

      • capybara_cafe


    • JasmineAM

      I’m so jealous of people in cooler climates when it comes to winter clothes.

      • WhiteOprah

        To me, the only redeeming thing about winter is the outerwear. The problem is, cute footwear is nearly impossible when dealing with snow, ice, and salt.

        • That lasts for like a month or two. When winter is long like this year the 4th or 5th month of wearing the same coat(s) make me pretty grumpy. It was about 30 some degrees all march and I just abandoned coats all together.

  • decormaven

    I would buy that doll baby in a heart beat, and I’m a grown woman.

  • You go, Cathy! Love Duchess Kate and her skinny legs. They could have hidden the pregnancy for months if she hadn’t gone to the hospital!

  • Jackie4g

    Love the coat and especially admire the matching of the plaid pocket flaps, angled as they are. It’s miserably hard to match plaids on flaps that are inset on the bias and offset at an angle from the garment plaid. Well done!

    • stardust462

      Yes, those plaids match up amazingly. It always bugs me when stripes and plaids don’t match – stripes more so because plaids are a bitch to match.

      • Sunraya

        And one would think that for what designer clothes cost, they would be perfectly made!

        • stardust462

          Definitely. I love how when she has her arms down, you can see the plaid continue into the sleeves!

    • Yeah, its the mark of masterful work, being able to manipulate plaid with precision. Having done such work, I know just how onerous it can be. Precise cutting and even more precise sewing. They did good for her!

    • filmcricket

      I love how many sewers there are on this site; you folks always point out stuff I’d never have noticed on my own.

      • Wendi126

        I read ‘sewers’ as in the drainage sewer until the second half set me straight. Maybe cause I can’t sew a stitch

  • Ceur

    She’s got more coats than I got socks.

  • Fisher&SonsFuneralHome

    She is radiant and positively glowing.

  • charlotte

    I want to see (and then rob) her coat closet.

    • Yes! This. “Don’t mind us here rummaging through your closet; we’re just the cleaning ladies. Cleaning. Coats. Taking them somewhere else.”

  • insertclevername_ici

    I normally love everything she wears, especially her coats, but I find the colors of this depressing. and the proportions feel a little off, no? like it should be shorter or longer.

    • AndresB

      Can’t get into the gushing either, but then this bland woman’s appeal always tends to escape me.
      In this fabric, the plaid is too much of the horse blanket variety, and the length feels quite wrong indeed – make it shorter, over a pencil skirt that peeps out more decidedly than the one inch that’s showing here.

  • Kim Kardashian, THIS is how a pregnant woman dresses and still looks amazeballs. Take notes.

    • lrober03

      Agreed. Then again, Kate looks a lot less pregnant than Kim

      • Kate is more pregnant than Kim, but she’s also about nine foot taller!

    • aeb1986

      haha, NOT in tight leather mini dresses.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Amen! I saw this earlier on another site. She’s at the ‘happy glowing looking fabulous’ stage of her pregnancy and she’s so damned cute!

    • Sobaika

      Pregnant women (or any women?) should be able to dress how they darn well please. I know I’ll be saying that if/when I have a bun baking and show up places in a mumu and sunglasses.

      I’d give my left arm to look as put together and fresh as Cathy here, preggers or no.

      • Mar8


    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I honestly wish the media would stop comparing the two. I’m not really into the whole royal/monarchy thing, but Kate is like light years away from Kim Kardashian. I especially hate sites like E! that try to say that Kim is America’s version of Kate..puleez!

      • MilaXX

        Apples and oranges really. Kim’s curvy figure is light years away from Cathy’s slimmer one.
        *UGH! cannot believe I am defending a Kardashian.*

        • That, and Kathy’s about 5-6″ taller than Kim. It’s a lot easier to carry pregnancy weight if you’re tall and slim than if you’re short and curvy. (Says another person who can’t believe she’s defending Kim Kardashian.)

          • Claire Benedict

            I know, how awful is the media coverage of KK’s pregnancy that we’ve stooped to defending her! It’s galling!

          • Candigirl1968

            Here is where the comparison comes in: Kate is wearing a lot of trapeze frames, but in styles that would easily fit into her pre-pregnancy wardrobe. In aggressively shunning maternity gear and not looking things that are “her” but flattering for an expanding curvy frame, Kim looks bigger than she is and very blocky. Christina Hendricks suffers from a similar problem when she tries to dress herself. Kanye West is doing Kim no favors by moonlighting as her stylist.

            Sure, Kate’s tiny frame makes dressing easier, but Kim makes it much harder than it needs to be.

        • charlotte

          Kim literally being the orange.

        • maretha2

          I don’t think that’s what Danielle Lisle meant. (Yes, I agree that the media is being RIDICULOUS in criticizing Kim’s body right now while she is GROWING A PERSON IN THERE. And I also can’t believe I’m defending a Kardashian.) I don’t think the … um … suggestion to Kim is that she should look like Kate. That’s impossible. It’s that Kim looks miserable in her outfits of leather pants and dresses and skintight everything. If that’s what she truly wants to wear, fine. But she would look cuter (and probably be more comfortable) if she’d just wear things that fit her body. Her body looks fine. It looks exactly like it should for someone of her build who is pregnant. But I just wish she would look more ok with that fact instead of trying to squeeze herself into pencil skirts and stilettos. [And now I have wasted way too many brain cells thinking this much about a Kardashian.]

          • MilaXX

            I get that. Truth is I think this is who she is. She makes her bread & butter being in the public eye. I agree many of her looks range from awkward to non-traditional maternity, they are very much her. I’ve also known many pregnant women who wore heels up until they day they delivered. This is a woman who who lives her very messy life on camera. I think we can afford to give her maternity wear a pass.

    • rumcg66

      Kate has clearly gained, like, a pound. Which bully for her, but mere mortals usually gain a lot more, and obviously KK is a very mere mortal. If I were pregnant and in the public eye at the same time as the Duchess here, I’d probably just kill myself and be done with it.

      • I have plenty of friends who have lost weight (like, 15 to 20 pounds) in their first trimesters because they had severe morning sickness. Given that Cathy Cambridge’s morning sickness was severe enough for hospitalization, she may have lost weight before she started gaining as well.

    • capybara_cafe

      KK doesn’t even know how to dress herself in a flattering way when she’s NOT pregnant. We can’t expect her to suddenly drop “trashy”, just because she’s pregnant πŸ˜‰

    • These comparisons are so harsh. Not every pregnant lady glows. For a lot of us, pregnancy is a misery, and when I see Kim, I see a woman who is really uncomfortable. It just seems mean to pile on at this point.

  • pulpytomato

    She has a little bit of a 60s mod thing going on right now. Love it! Super cute coat.

  • I love plaid coats, she looks fantastic.

  • ConnieBV

    I love the shape and all, but boy I’m not a fan of plaid. From the knees up she looks like a character in Call the Midwife.

  • A plaid coat in Scotland, how cute is that? She looks great, and I love the boots and tights with it.

  • She has the most enviable collection of coats.

  • twocee

    If I could somehow own Kate’s entire coat wardrobe I would be a very HAPPY kitten.

    • formerlyAnon

      I’d be even happier if I fit into it like she does. That ship, however, has sailed.

  • Anyone know about the boots? To DIE for!

  • My kingdom for this coat.

  • C. C. Winslow

    Even boots don’t hide the fabulosity of her legs. I hate her. πŸ™‚ Adore that coat.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i am seriously coveting her regal collection of coats!

  • It’s an adorable coat and she looks lovely, as usual. The only reason I’m not swooning over it is that it’s almost the exact same plaid as my Catholic school uniform, which was decidedly NOT kicky. Or cute. It was mostly itchy and ill-fitting.

  • Qitkat

    i haven’t noticed that she holds her hands like that previously. I thought she might be a wee self-conscious about showing. It would be a perfectly normal reaction.

    Gorgeous as always here. What a spectacular collection of coats she has!

    • Click on TLo’s other links to her and you’ll see that her hands are pretty much always in that position — sometimes with a clutch in her hands, other times with flowers, but about 90% of the time they are together in front of her body. It’s awkward, but she’s so pretty that I don’t mind!

  • AshleighV

    Oh, the things I would do to be able to raid her coat closet.

  • cowper

    It’s “British Girl” instead of “American Girl”!

  • snarkykitten

    She looks fabulous, but the name of that coat is making me want to punch someone.

  • Cathy S

    She has the most beautiful coats. I love that one.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I want all of her coats! She should send some of her older ones to the former colonies πŸ™‚

  • Kyle Crawford

    ADORABLE! but… just how short is her dress/skirt ? and you know, does the mother-in-law know of this….

  • another_laura

    Love that coat. And her legs haven’t swollen to the point where she can’t wear above-the-knee stuff and boots. I wish I could hate her for that but I just can’t, she’s just lovely.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    Maybe the hands over the belly is a bit of protective mum coming out? Trying to shield the baby from the press? She did stand this way before, but her hands were much lower.

    • Adriana_Paula

      Also, people want to see The Ring, I’m sure, so they’ll just feel cheated if it’s too hard to see.

  • Cute, but I had to laugh that this coat is named the “Workers Coat.” I imagine one has to work pretty hard to earn an approximately $900 coat. How proletarian.

    The hands, hair, and posture are all combining to make her shoulders look like they’re up to her ears. This is my bitchy comment because I have no quibble with this outfit in its pregnancy perfection. Pffffft.

  • Dam_Angel

    She still doesn’t look pregnant!

    • Judy_S

      Yes, and that coat would not fit her if she did. She is cute as can be but she seems like the Healthy Cathy Doll. Try for Pregnant Cathy in 6 months.

      • capybara_cafe

        The baby will have already been born in 6 months. I can’t believe how tiny she is.

        • maretha2

          I have a very different body type than Kate, but I was also horribly sick at the beginning of my 1st pregnancy. I never did get very big; I was 8 months pregnant before the average person could tell I had a bump. I just looked a little fuller in the face and waist. (Next pregnancy was healthy and happy and I was round as a balloon.)

      • embers618

        I was in my 2nd trimester during the winter months with my last pregnancy, and wore this style of coat until I was 6 months pregnant with no issues. All the coats she’s been wearing this pregnancy have been perfect for camouflaging exactly how pregnant she is – and she can have them tailored so that they fit in the arms, and still are straight through the torso. It’s hard to tell with the angle, and with the plaid, but women with her body type (especially if they’re fit) often just get thicker in the torso until they’re into their third trimester – I’d bet that if she took the coat off, you’d be able to tell she’s pregnant, even if she didn’t have the traditional “bump.”

  • MilaXX

    I would kill for a coat that cute. Well played Cathy, well played.

  • Dam_Angel

    She looks splendid, but I thinks she is teasing the public a bit. By dressing in a certain style and placing her arms over her tummy-she disguises her pregnancy.

  • Coco Cornejo

    It’s the classic pregnant woman pose. There’s an unconscious tendency to rub one’s stomach and protect what’s within.

  • She is radiant. The second trimester agrees with her.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I know she’s pregnant from the news but she never actually looks pregnant. She certainly does not look pregnant here, but she does look fabulous. I love that coat.

  • formerlyAnon

    This is getting ridiculous. She is so dead on point PERFECT in her assigned role, the royal family couldn’t have done better if they’d ordered her from central casting. The public relations people must be assigned to knock wood for an hour a day a piece, lest bad luck overtake.

    I’m starting to worry about what’s going to be in the inevitable tell-all book eventually.

    P.s. All to say “Damn she’s adorable!”

  • hotpaprika

    Please don’t hate me but here is what I see: a woman who doesn’t look pregnant just close to a normal weight; unflattering curls; a hair colour that looks like she tried to match her natural hair color but didn’t quite get it. Harsh eye make-up. 90’s boots. An ugly ring that’s famous just because a royal wears it. A blah bag. A cute coat.


    I love the a Princess is wearing a “Workers'” coat!

    At least she does look fabulous in it.

  • sweetlilvoice

    She looks so adorable! Love her!

  • subwaycars

    I live in eternal jealousy of her coats.

  • Beardslee

    I read somewhere that standing or walking with your hands clasped behind your back is a symbol of power, as it can take a powerful person to feel comfortable so exposed. We can debate about how powerful the royal family is, but we can all agree that they are very privileged; maybe that pose is a symbol of privilege as well.

    I would love to be privileged enough never to carry a bag of any kind because I have staff to carry stuff for me. I don’t care how cute that clutch is.

  • She looks totally delighted with her life. I guess this is the difference between when a Prince marries you because he loves you as opposed to when one just wants to breed new royal stock!?!

  • capybara_cafe

    It seems so weird to be calling a grown woman adorable, but dammit, she is! I keep expecting to see some belly though, and she’s taunting us with all this swing skirt style stuff. I LOST weight in my first 3 months, and I still had more belly at 5ish months than she does. Crazy!

  • She must be carrying so far back the kid is kicking her spine, because holy wow, discreet bump or what? Gorgeous coat, gorgeous woman, style icon, end of. πŸ™‚

  • What is this witchcraft? I know she’s tiny but she’s now almost 6 months pregnant and not showing.

  • Hhhope

    That is aDORBulous! Want that coat! *grabby hands*

  • LaSylphide

    Love the coat, but I really wish she would lengthen her clothes by a couple of inches. Sure, great gams, but some of these short coats look out of proportion. Hard to believe she’s five months gone. I’m not even close to being pregnant and I don’t look half that good. Depressing…

  • ccm800

    she;s so NEW England American looking to me.

  • the hand behind the back thing is because most of the males have served in the army/navy etc and it’s their default at ease position.

  • librarygrrl64

    The bottom looks bell-like on her. I prefer the original photo version.

  • She’s still in the fat-day period of pregnancy. Doesn’t count. Let’s see what happens in a few months.

  • When I was in London last week I was in a few of the shops she’s known to favor (like Reiss), which was kind-of interesting. They’re all stocked with items that you can see her wearing like they’re waiting for her to come in. Selfridge’s, (another reported fave), on the other hand, would make anyone here squeal with delight.


  • She looks so good with a bit of roundness in her face. Not that she looked bad before, but I’m hoping she’ll keep some of the baby weight.

    I’m due in July, like Kate. Thank goodness I’m one of the lucky ladies who only seems to gain weight around the torso and not so much in the face and limbs, or I’d be dying of jealousy! πŸ™‚

  • AnotherJulie

    I have just discovered this site… I could spend hours….. love the Cathy and Bill, and I want every single coat she owns.

    I think she is pretty perfect.