Cathy Cambridge Double Shot

Posted on November 20, 2013

Miss Cathy has been out modeling the fall versions of her Duchess drag. There’s not a lot of variation, but you can’t fault her for picking an appropriate style and sticking with it. If nothing else, her consistency is commendable. You can’t always say that about the more fashion-adventurous members of the Royal family, most notably Diana, whose many fashion disasters have been politely forgotten in the years since her death.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Only Connect head office in London in an Orla Kiely shirt dress.

This is “Brown Duchess” and it’s … just fine. The… suit? Coat? Dress? Whatever it is, it probably could’ve used just the tiniest pop of color somewhere. And we question the idea of wearing booties matched exactly to tights. Why not wear a pair of boots that go up a bit higher? It might have made this look a little less – we’re gonna say it – dowdy. There’s just way too much brown going on here. And is it sacrilege to point out that those booties look a little … rough?

And then there’s “Blue Duchess:”



Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Place2B’s Resilience and Emotional Strength in Schools Forum in Canary Wharf in London in a Max Mara jacket and Orla Kiely skirt.

Which still could’ve used some pop of color somewhere, but at least the jacket and the skirt have a little more sass and shape to them. That brown thing looked like something Edith Crawley would’ve worn back when she was the ugly sister at Downton Abbey, making out with married pig farmers.

And yes, we know there’s something of a royal tradition of wearing one color in order to stand out to the crowd, but that tends to be negated when the colors are navy blue and brown. But just a simple red clutch would’ve helped either of these looks stand out more. But like we said, we can admire her for her commitment to a certain style and her clear need to not set herself up for any criticism or ridicule like her mother-in-law faced. If she makes it to the throne, she’ll be the blandest queen in the history of Britain, but by God, she’ll have gotten the job done, Elizabeth2-style.






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  • Mary229

    I agree that a taller dress boot might have stood out a bit more in the top photo but I wondered if she was trying to be more casual by wearing the booties. I’m not saying it worked but I could see that being the intent since booties tend to have a younger more casual look than your typical leather or suede dress boots. I like the navy outfit better.

    • 3boysful

      I assumed the booties would be too edgy for royal wear, so she made sure they didn’t catch too much attention by matching them to the tights.

    • YoungSally

      I have worn booties with similar tights for a long time….I find for me unless the boot uppers fit very closely, they actually change the proportion of my legs (regardless of skirt length). However, the key is getting booties that hit the ankle at one’s best length and that conform to one’s contours.

      PS — I learned that a million years ago when I bought some Joan and David booties (when Joan and David were more of a high-end brand) and it turned out that the nice saleslady at the store fitting me was Joan herself.

  • Danielle

    She is at the top of my irrational love list, right under Jennifer Lawrence.

    • Vickiefantastico

      We’re on the same wavelength today! Again, I completely agree!

      • Danielle

        You can come sit by me! *pats seat*

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          We can all sit down on a nice sectional with some wine and play with our Cathy Cambridge paper dolls!

    • Targettaste

      I’m with you. i don’t understand America’s obsession with the royal family, but I make an exception for Cathy. She is adorable and seems so likeable.

  • mmebam

    Tall boots are always the answer.

    • Mary229

      I totally know that’s the truth and yet every magazine and website (besides this one) right now keeps telling me that it’s BOOTIES. I am so confused!!!

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    • kimmeister

      I think booties (which should never be open-toed) work with pants, but not anything else. My guess is that she matched the booties to the tights to avoid the stumpefying effect, but that would have been solved by wearing tall boots.

  • Sarah

    I like the Blue Duchess top, a LOT. I love an asymmetrical zippa. And I wonder, could she not try patterned tights? Would that be too sassy?

    • Lizzyisi

      Prolly. I saw this navy outfit on another fashion blog and the comments were all shaming her for wearing an inappropriately short skirt. I’m at least 10 years older than Cathy Cambridge and I wear skirts that short to federal court.

      • marlie

        It’s crazy. And I think she looks perfectly appropriate.

        • Rhonda Shore

          I love the navy look! She looks adorable in it.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Criticism for a too short skirt when we’re talking about a lovely young woman? Piffle.

      • mightbewrong

        Eep, and here I was thinking I’d wear it if it were shorter. Ha! I think it’s absolutely fine too.

      • murt

        Ya it’s crazy – there is a lot of underlying misogyny on many celebrity and fashion blogs which – for some reason – especially comes to the surface on posts about Kate.

        • Lizzyisi

          It was really crazy. The comments were not neutral or calm, either. This wasn’t people saying “I think that skirt is a little short” or “a longer skirt would have been more appropriate”. It was people writing that she was a disgrace and saying she lacked all decency wearing a skirt that short. Most seemed to be seeing the skirt as though it barely covered her bottom, rather than stopped an inch or so above her knee. I was a little surprised, frankly.

    • kimmeister

      I think patterned tights could work as long as they were just one color, and the pattern was subtle.

      Now I’m having fun putting together sentences with Pippa and zippa.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, I should’ve said “lace tights” cuz that’s what I was thinking. After a night spent being a tippla, Pippa asked her mista to help her with her zippa!

        • kimmeister

          I’ll bet she was being a tippla with Jack the Rippa, who ended up being quite the lippa.

        • mmebam

          But they don’t necessarily have to be lace, though. Vertical stripes and tonal Argyle would work just as well.

          • Sarah

            Yer right. I eschew tights, personally, because they tend to give me hives, so I stick with thigh-highs and socks, and don’t think of the range of tights available. But, yes, there’s a whole world of one-color tights out there that aren’t just sheer.

          • mmebam

            It’s all good. I used to dance, so there was a five-year stretch where I wanted nothing to do with tights. I’ve only really reintroduced myself to them in the past year.

          • I love the word “eschew”.

  • osu86

    Is it sacrelige to say I’d love it if she cut her hair? Her hair is gorgeous, but I would love to see it shorter and sassy!

    • Danielle

      *clutches pearls* She has Disney Princess hair and don’t you forget it!

    • Rhonda Shore

      unless it was a radical pixie cut, it would only age her,

      • osu86

        Ok – maybe if she just got rid of the center part. For some reason, it bugs.

        • Rhonda Shore

          center parts do have a tendency to do that…maybe a side part…

          • MoHub

            My stylist got me into the perfect compromise. My part starts at the side in front and goes back on a diagonal until it is centered at the back. It solves the side-part problem of winding up with two-thirds of one’s hair all on one side while avoiding the nose-lengthening problem of a true center part. (Of course, nose-lengthening is not an issues for the Duchess, but it is for me.)

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    Just wanted to say, SunRaya, wherever you are, one of your TomandLorenzo comments ended up in the November 2013 Elle Magazine issue. Hope that makes your day!

    • Diego!

      I hope I get one of mine in Vogue (?)

      • Domo_Konnichiwa

        Talk crap about Jennifer Lawrence, as she’s on the current cover, and you just might!

        • Diego!

          Arigatô! hahaha check this out —>

    • DTLAFamilies

      What was the comment?

      • Domo_Konnichiwa

        See above. I replied to Sunraya 😀

    • Sunraya

      Really? What comment? That is fun!

      • Domo_Konnichiwa

        It was a comment you made about Kate Upton: “Pretty girl,voluptuous body. Practically naked on Sports Illustrated and then she bitches. Yawn. If you don’t want to be sexualized, then don’t sexualize yourself 7/8 naked on a magazine cover. Not too hard to figure out.” It’s in a big thin font on page 88, next to a Ralph Lauren Perfume ad with 2 white horses.

        • Danielle

          I’d die for a screenshot.

        • Sunraya

          Thanks!! That’s great!! I appreciate it!

      • marlie

        Cool – good for you!

  • Diego!

    The blue Dutchess is by far the best, and enlightens her a lot! The brown Dutchess is kinda meh

  • Lurk-a-lot

    Both outfits are her “work” clothes, and for such it is perfectly fine. She doesn’t want to stand out in any way, this attitude seems to be her conscious choice. Smart lady in tune with reality.

  • Each of these looks would have been helped tremendously by a piece from the royal family jewelry collection. Show it off!

    • Sarah

      Right? Trot out the bling, Cathy!

    • decormaven

      Heck, yeah! There’s been an extreme shortage of the good jewelry on display. Trot it out.

    • 1964edithgrove

      Flashing diamonds at the unfortunates of these charities? I don’t think so.

      • That would seem bad form. However, I speak from the book of Evita – I’d feel a lot better as someone unfortunate if the Duchess of Cambridge came in with jewels (That diamond broach is as big as my hand – we’re saved!) than nothing (I thought they were rich? We’re screwed!)

  • jmorino08

    You boys are cray! She looks tremendous in both outfits!

  • French_Swede

    I think she looks fine … I just don’t like the black hosiery with the navy jacket and skirt and blue shoes.

    • imspinningaround

      What would you suggest instead? I know she loves her nude hose, but navy sheers with what is basically a navy suit screams “flight attendant” to me.

      • French_Swede

        I would either have worn nude hose or black shoes.

      • kimmeister

        I get accused of looking like a flight attendant whenever I wear a scarf tied in a certain way! Then I just offer people beverages.

    • murt

      I noticed the black hosiery too but I think I like it – the black hose with the blue shoes gives the look an ’80s feel which is kind of fun in an otherwise dowdy outfit.

  • marlie

    I love Duchess Cathy, but I think the brown coat/dress is rather ugly (sorry Kate!). But the Blue Duchess look is cute. I really like the jacket.

    People all over the interwebs were actually angry with her about how the blue skirt got caught in a gust of wind and she had the nerve to show a glimpse of upper thigh. Haters HATED on her, calling her vulgar and an attention whore, and worse. I need to remind myself that this is one of the few places where it’s safe to read the comments. 😛

    • knittermom

      And this is exactly why I understand her strategy of being low-key and appropriate when dressing for her appearances, because it is her “work”, and unlike the rest of us, she is photographed constantly from the time she arrives to the time she leaves while she works, so she stays to the careful side of fashion. I don’t find any fault with either outfit, and like the blue one quite a bit, that jacket is cute!

      • marlie

        You’re totally right. And it’s one of those things where, despite all of one’s careful planning, sometimes you can’t plan for everything that Mother Nature throws at you. And really, no one saw the good china, so it wasn’t really THAT bad.

        • “the good china”… I’m dying of lol!

          • MoHub

            And that’s why we need Peach Carr back in our lives!

      • cocohall

        I agree. She is a celebrity in the sense that she sells magazines and people are fascinated by her, but the normal celebrity rules do not apply. She is expected to work on behalf of her charities, and draw attention to them, but not upstage anyone. If she is too overtly “fashion” or “fabulous” it would also make her seem out of touch. Which is why she also recycles outfits and shoes. It is a tricky line to walk and I think she does a very good job on the whole. And these outfits will follow her FOREVER. She will be queen one day and she knows every paper and magazine in the UK and beyond will be publishing photos of her at every stage of her life.

  • Trickytrisha

    I’m don’t find these looks to be dowdy or yawn inducing in the slightest. This young woman is doing a job and is dressed beautifully and appropriately. There’s no way we can expect her to conform to our ideas of what a “celebrity” should look like. Methinks the uncles protest too much?

    • The only things we said we’d change is that she should have a red clutch and wear knee-high boots. That’s protesting too much?

      Methinks you don’t like to hear the slightest criticism of her style.

  • jbj

    The blue number is noticeably short (she’s got the legs for it, but it’s surprising). I’m fine with both looks but not the brown tights paired with the boots.

  • Yolanda13

    I like the navy blue outfit better as well. It’s a cute suit. I want to know when she will tell the royal tailor to put weights in her skirts. I’ve seen pictures of her skirt billowing up and that’s just not very regal.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like the brown tights paired with the boots, but they belong with a miniskirt. The brown dress is really ugly.

  • Christine Hart

    Every non-print outfit she wear is monochromatic, down to accessories. I will be shocked the day she adds a pop of color.

  • boweryboy

    The UK Daily Mail reported this week that she wore the brown outfit before, about a year ago, down to the tights and matching boots.

    They also reported that she had a slight Marilyn Monroe mishap with the blue outfit.

    Why I know this baffles me.

    • marlie

      I read that too about the “Marilyn” mishap. People raked her over the coals for that (even though it’s ultimately not a big deal).

    • I read a long while ago that the younger royals are trying to recycle outfits as they can, in order to match the frugality everyone else is having to live through with the bad economy. It’s why I don’t mind that brown booties are looking “rough,” as TLo put it.

  • MilaXX

    First look, change the booties to a rust color. Second look, I agree a red bag would have been nice, but I like the navy/black combo.

  • Laura Nisi

    She’s smart. Nothing wrong with being conservative to keep the drama down. Plus she’s a new mum who is probably just happy to fit into her old clothes, not matter how “boring” we think they are.

    • twocee

      Ah good point on fitting into the old clothes. I wonder if she’s had her eye on outfits she’s just been waiting to wear again. Just because you can afford to get a whole new wardrobe doesn’t mean you always want to.

  • Scot Meacham Wood

    aw . . . “Princess Pretty, Pretty Hair” never fails to delight me. I actually kinda like the whole monochromatic thing – but, I’m also a practically obsequious fan . . . so one should take my fawning with a gain of salt.

  • H2olovngrl

    She sure isn’t afraid to show off the stems.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She’s lovely, but that brown outfit is rather ugly. Love the blue look, especially that little jacket. I’m not a Royal-phile at all, but she’s got a spot pretty high up on my Irrational Love list.

  • Judy_J

    The Duchess has great gams. I’d be showing them off, too. Looks like she’s back to her pre-pregnancy weight. I don’t care about the bland style. She looks great.

  • marishka1

    Blandest Queen in Britain’s history? You’re forgetting about Prince Edward, aren’t you?

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I love Brown Duchess. Blue Duchess is okay, but not as interesting to me. I wish I had Brown Duchess’s body and that entire outfit and I would happily wear it every day.

  • Tracy_Flick

    The best accessory for this outfit would be an adorable cuddly royal baby.

  • d4divine

    It looks like she’s trying to hard to be royal. TLo thank you for saying that about “saint” D…I remember her style bombs well, but you’d never know she had one given the press

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I actually love the matching tights and booties – elongates the leg. I like her blue look a lot

  • Clueless_Jock

    She’s the only woman in the world who can wear brown head-to-toe and not look like a mudslide.

    • marishka1

      Hey! I resemble that remark!

  • Joanna

    I love both Brown Duchess and Blue Duchess unreservedly. I would kill for either look.

  • Call me Bee

    This makes me long for autumnal days of wearing woolens and dark stockings. Lately it seems that our weather goes from wearing tanks tops to ski jackets and mucklucks overnight. I love everything here and oh do I want a pair of those blue suede shoes.

  • siriuslover

    What does it say about me that I kind of love the first outfit? Even the booties, but I would have made them brown boots.

  • tallgirl1204

    I admire her ability to match unrelated navies. Well done. And, I like the booties on gams as glorious as those.

  • mickiemonkey

    Cathy’s back!!! I’ve missed her!

  • Laurie Landry

    Hm, I’m actually in love with the brown booties look with the tights/dress combo.

  • formerlyAnon

    I accept all stated bootie failings, but I think they’re the least bland thing about this look, so I’m all for them.

    (I totally understand that her look has to skew bland. Not criticizing.)

  • nannypoo

    I like the blue outfit, and I love the brown one. I like brown anyway, and I don’t think it’s dowdy at all. I love the print, the boots are adorable and she looks really cute in it. I saw it featured on some other site and they were just stunned that she actually wore this dress before. Wow, wearing a dress more than once! I did not know you could do that!

  • Miss_Led

    She looks . . . COLD.

  • TheOtherChristina

    I do love Orla Kiely for her, and I remember coveting that dress the last time she wore it. I don’t like the brown tights and booties, though. Such a drab, ashy shade of brown. But props to the girl for wearing something recognizable more than once.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I am impressed that the blues in the jacket and skirt match.

  • MsALVA

    The brown outfit is actually a complete repeat from an engagement last year, down to same tights & booties. She’s been getting both praise and tsks for repeating, as usual. I really like the blue outfit, and if I had those fabulous gams I would also wear a cute short skirt like she did to show them off. They’re gorg.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Brown duchess is ok,, but I love that Max Mara jacket. If Kate gets tired of it, she can Fedex it to me.

  • Jeannie Shmina Greenwald

    I love her. I liked her brown tights/boots combo. And her legs in the blue ensemble? I can’t even imagine what my life would be like with those legs.

  • mightbewrong

    Oh my god. The second one? I’ve never wanted to steal one of her outfits more.

    • Sylvia

      You’d have to fight me for the jacket. It’s perfection.

    • gigi kennedy

      me too. navy anything and i’m a goner…

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    I’m told those navy suede shoes are McQueen pre-fall, but I may have misheard “the Queen’s”.

  • myristica_fragrans

    ugh, she’s so boring! can’t you do some royal posts on queen maxima instead?

  • Jacob Bowen

    Brown Duchess looks like she’s smushing her boobs to hide them from the world. Not flattering.

  • Dennis

    she always looks incredibly tired to me

  • largishbearishAtlish

    wow, I didn’t even SEE the brown shoes they were so matchy matchy- NOT good (and the hose look a little..inexpensive?), agreed at least the blue has a bit more ‘pop’ to it…

  • guest2visits

    I actually like the brown booties and hose very much, the 70s style print dress is a bit dowdy though. It might be the buttons or the cut that needs to change.
    The blue is stewardess-uniform in it’s conformity… but not terrible.