Cathy Cambridge, Working Girl

Posted on February 19, 2014

Wasn’t she supposed to start wearing Betty-approved dresses and stop showing off her filthy, provocative commoner knees? Cause princess ain’t playing. She’s gonna make you love her knees more than the Queen.

She also still knows how to show off that ring to its best effect, bless her:

 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge seen arriving to open the ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School in London in a L. K. Bennett dress.

L. K. Bennett ‘Detroit’ Fitted Dress

 

She doesn’t have what we’d call great style, but damn if she doesn’t look fantastic in pictures. It’s the one thing she’s got over Diana, who was also ridiculously photogenic. But Cathy’s working on another level. Look at that last picture. 99.9999% of the population would look absolutely awful under the same conditions – a candid shot, on a windy day, with her mouth wide open and her eyes half closed. Result? Movie star.

From a style perspective, this is just an okay dress, but from a real-world perspective, it makes a great working dress. We could see someone wearing this on a day when she’s making an important presentation or meeting with clients.

Cathy isn’t really all that stylish, in that she never really pushes the envelope or shoots for more than “pretty” in her goals. But she does demonstrate fantastic instincts as to how to present herself to the public as a relatable semi-working wife and mother without insulting their intelligence about it. In other words, there’s just enough of a remove between her and the little people, but she’s so wrapped up in looking like the average (albeit wealthy and very attractive) person that she comes off like someone you want to know. There’s no condescension in it. We don’t think Diana ever quite managed that. By the end of her life, she was beloved by millions, but we don’t think many of them could really relate to her anymore.

 

[Photo Credit: i-Images/PacificCoastNews, lkbennett.com]

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  • Frank_821

    These are great shots. For some reason the jingle for Charlie perfume as sung by Bobby Short popped into my head seeing these

  • Adrianna Grężak

    She has great legs, she should show them off!

    • hunt3002

      She can’t really. There’s some strict wardrobe rules coming from the Crown.

    • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

      Re: the dress – me too!

  • @Biting Panda

    Does her hair have its own Tumblr yet? Magnificent!!
    The dress is reading polyester and a bit budget, for sure.

    • mshesterp

      Her hair is freaking magnificent.

      • Sam Smith

        Seriously, what products does she use, it always looks so happy, healthy and shiny.

    • StellaZafella

      I love Will, for all his glory and early thinning locks…but I kinda hope little prince George inherits mom’s hair follicles…

      • tallgirl1204

        I can’t remember quite how the genetics work, but doesn’t Cathy’s dad have a fine head of hair? I think George may get lucky. I’m partial to balding men, though, myself.

        • Claudia Berry

          I think it’s the mom’s hair genes you inherit. In which case, my boys will look distinguished (my dad) rather than monk-like (my father in law) :D

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180174329 Elizabeth Phillips SC TSu

          You get hair genes from both of your parents. Men need one gene for baldness to be bald. Women need two genes for baldness to be bald. Since Charles is bald and Diana’s father was bald and Harry is now starting to lose his hair as well, I suspect William has two genes. That means he would pass down at least one baldness gene to George, assuring that he will be bald.

    • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

      It really never ceases to amaze me. Glorious.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I love that she’s wearing a watch. Another notch on the “relatable” scale.

    • ikillplants

      Especially since it’s a Cartier embedded with sapphires. ;)

      • eowyn_of_rohan

        Yes, hence the “relatable” being in quotation marks. ;)

  • Flavia Pantoja

    Everything she wears, from McQueen to ASOS, is always on the ‘safe’ side. And this is fine by me, considering she is a duchess and all that. But, my god, her hair is fabulous!

    • marlie

      I agree, but this is “safe” in the sense that a lot of your average “office drone” jobs also don’t allow a lot of room for creativity, or dressing outside a certain official or unofficial dress code. This look – and a lot of Cathy’s looks – are the kind of thing that a regular person can look at and say “hey, I can dress like that, too!”

  • nannypoo

    Yes, Queen Betty is highly qualified to give this woman fashion advice. Maybe some support hose, thick heels, a matching brocade mid-calf sheath with matching jacket, and a little hat with a veil. Oh, and a purse.

    • shopgirl716

      Don’t forget the brooch! Very Important Accessory.

      • MissKimP

        …and the corgis!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180174329 Elizabeth Phillips SC TSu

        AND the necklace. One must never wear a brooch without a necklace.

    • Loramir

      I actually think the Queen has great style….for an 80 year old lady. She pulls off some fun pastels and cute hats and jewelry. But yeah, what looks cute on an 80 year old granny doesn’t really translate for a 30 year old duchess, especially one who cultivates an appearance of being relatable and wearing attainable/vaguely affordable looks.

      • Susannah

        In The Queen’s defense, her entire Thing is about functionality, and not remotely about style. Weighted hems, so One does not accidentally show off a bit of arse… pastels, so One is always visible… She’s a master of Clothing What Gets Things Done. (Now I’ve moved fully into the Fred Armisen impression. Carry on.)

        • Tock

          I don’t think it’s actually pastels so one’s always visable, it’s ‘a single color’ so one is always easily distinguished in a crowd. So it’s easier for the security to go ‘The Queen/Duchess/Princess is in yellow’ and it’s always the woman solely in yellow, never a pattern or a mixture of hues. That’s what Kate can wear browns and those lovely sapphire hues she does.

          That said, I think out of ‘state’ visits they loosen up on that, since she visited Canada wearing jeans and various colored tops.

          Wow… that odd moment when you realize you know waaaaaay more than is logical about this…

    • Mim McDonald

      I think it’s more that Kate often has to bend over to talk to people, and if the press get a chance to get a shot of the Royal good china, it will be *everywhere*. She doesn’t always choose the most practival stuff for her job.

  • Kathy

    She seems to have a realistic and mature attitude. She knew what she was getting into when she married into the royal family, and she’s not trying to rebel or be particularly provocative. She’s dressed and styled perfectly for the role.

    • Constant Reader

      I agree! “Fashionista” is not in her job description; ladylike, appropriate, and pretty are.

    • Alyssa

      Exactly. She knows everything she does is being watched, and she has perfected her public image. Relatable, but royal, to sum it up.

  • Diego!

    Great pics and she looks stunning! Thank God she went back to her old do’ She looks amazing to me. I kinda dislike those shoes, because they look heavy but she is enjoying this thing so much that I don’t care. Way to go Cathy!

  • ashtangajunkie

    No matter what she wears, her hair is the star.

  • lobsterlen

    I was sort of surprised to hear that the Queen was going to be offering the Duchess fashion support because to my peasant eyes Cate seemed to have nailed the look. I couldn’t imagine improving on it.

    • MilaXX

      I automatically took that to mean the Queen was going to ask her to make her hems longer. Otherwise what fashion support could she offer?

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        Yes – mind you, this all seems to be based on a Daily Mail article, so it’s hardly a compelling source.

        • lobsterlen

          Wasn’t there something about Cate wearing more custom tailored designer clothes? I did wonder if it was true because Cate’s choices seem perfect. Furthermore wouldn’t Cate’s ability to make these off the rack dresses work for these events play well for the royal image.

          • Jecca2244

            that’s why i was so confused about that report. The Queen seems to want her to become more unrelatable to the population that pays their bills. doesn’t add up!

          • NOLA_gal

            I don’t think the queen is much of an expert at gaming public perception, hence the royal family’s public relations disasters surrounding Diana’s death. Look on the bright side, maybe it’ll mean some visits to the queen’s jewelry vault for the duchess!

        • CPK1

          ha ha. Not exactly the paper of record

      • cocohall

        It may mean that the Queen is expecting her to up her charity work and personal appearances now that Georgie has arrived and she isn’t suffering from morning sickness/up all night as a new mum. And although the Royals do recycle outfits, they still need to have quite a stockpile to handle all the different sorts of engagements they attend from school and hospital visits to formal events.

      • kimmeister

        I can’t see the words “fashion support” and “the Queen” in the same sentence without thinking of very thick hosiery.

        • AthenaJ

          Yes, and very sensible shoes!

      • ana170

        Longer hems and she wants her to wear royal jewels more often, like tiaras. Actually I think this dress fits the queen’s new rules. Cathy apparently has had issues with wind and flared skirts.

    • sagecreek

      The idea of the Queen offering anyone fashion support is a bit ludicrous, n’est ce pas?

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

    She matched her frock to the school tie. I think that is brilliant.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      It’s those thoughtful, little touches that I like, too.

  • Joanna

    I unreservedly love her because, even though she is wealthy and completely removed from real life, she really does appear to be quite aware of that fact and doesn’t take it for granted. I would and COULD wear every single thing in her wardrobe, not only in terms of appropriateness, but in terms of being flattering, conservative, and realistic given my lifestyle. I actually do look to her for what’s trending for work-appropriate style.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      A lot of the labels she wears aren’t that far out of reach, too – that particular dress is £225 on their website, which I think is pretty reasonable for executive lady dressing.

      • Bridget Smith

        Yes – I want this dress for, like, five years from now in my career.

      • Joanna

        Yes, I completely forgot “affordable” (relatively speaking). I would pay $150 for a knockoff of that dress. I might even go $200 – that’s a classic look that will be wearable for years.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          Obvs anything Cathy Cambridge wears sells out pretty quickly, but LK Bennett also do pretty good discounts. I had a lovely 60s-style silk cocktail dress from them a few years ago which was something like £120.

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        This is one reason I chose a profession where I can wear scrubs. My Appalachian upbringing would never allow me to spend $375 on ONE dress. I will forever relate the price of anything to the cost of my parent’s house/mortgage payment at the time I was growing up.

        The huscat and I are talking about replacing a car, and I told him that we couldn’t buy the one he wanted because “it cost 1-and-three-quarter houses”.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          Haha – did you see my comment on Helen Mirren’s Burberry coat? Your frugal soul might actually faint.

          • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

            Honestly? I think that’s a lot of money for a coat that ugly (even un-bedazzled). That color brown is hard to carry off, IMO.

      • marlie

        Yep. That’s not withing my “everyday” work clothing budget, but not too outside the realm of possible if I were shopping for something for a special meeting or event.

    • NOLA_gal

      She also is a regular (if financially well-off) girl. I’d guess a lot of her style choices are based on her actual life as a person who bought clothes in a store and not from ateliers.

  • gsk241

    I think we need a third category for a case like this. I don’t want to DO her or BE her, but I do want to BE HER FRIEND.

    • Mismarker

      I want to be in a sisterhood of the traveling pants scenario with Duchess Cathy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sandra Bullock.

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        My sisterhood would be Jennifer Lawrence (although I reserve the right to kick her out of the circle if it turns out that she is really friends with Taylor Swift), Julia Louis Dreyfus and my real life BFF, Pussy, who is the funniest person on the planet.

        If things don’t work out with JLaw, I’d swap in Martha Plimpton.

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        I change my mind again! Now I want Amy Poehler and and Tina Fey.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I think shooting for pretty should be considered style . So sick of people thinking complicated overworked designer frippery that doesn’t suit or flatter them is style. I think she consistently looks better than about 99% of Hollywood. Also I would not want to go head to head with the queen over wanting to wear more challenging clothes.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      I think it’s enough to pay it the compliment of “pretty.” To us, real style shoots for more than just that.

      • Blair Sylvester

        I can see that perspective. I just define style more broadly and consider her to be a stylish woman if not a modish one.

      • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

        Have to agree. Everybody, even those with more conservative tastes, needs a little something that is distinctly their own.

  • Anna

    My impression of Kate is that she’s purposely not pushing the envelope with fashion, with public appearances, with interviews, etc. Kate grew up with Diana in the headlines, and she witnessed that not only was Diana beloved by the media, but she was also lambasted on a daily basis for being a clothes horse, a slut, opinionated and all that. I think Kate has honestly done things perfectly, and she she’s very likable – but I think she holds herself back in order to protect herself and probably her family too.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      I think she was well-groomed for her public role, too. An advantage that Diana never had.

    • scoobynacks

      I think William’s the one being uber protective. He saw what it did to his mother. Obviously Kate’s going along with it, and had she not been that kind of person, I think it would’ve been a red flag to him a long time ago when he was dating her. She’s vain enough to want to look pretty in pictures, and who wouldn’t be? It’s smart to keep yourself up this way, esp. since you’re already gonna be Queen one day. She doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody. Just be likable so enough people go ‘Ah the future of the monarchy, aren’t they young and pleasant? Let’s keep’em’.

      I don’t recall Diana being lambasted internationally for her clothing. I thought people ate it up with a spoon. Then again I don’t know what the British were saying.

      • Anna

        I agree, I do see William being protective of Kate, but I think Kate completely understands why he is that way. Getting to William’s mother, Diana was truly charismatic, and people and the press really ate that up. From what I remember, Diana wasn’t necessarily criticized for her fashion choices (this is generally speaking of course), she was criticized for being frivolous – people loved seeing her in all of her designer clothing, but she was accused of being superficial and being way too carefree about spending money.

        With Diana, it always seemed like love or hate – there was no in between. She was so likable and also very relate-able, but because of her visibility, she was constant fodder for being torn apart to shreds in the media. This is what I at least recall, as an American, who probably followed Diana in the media more so than the average person as I found her very interesting. Definitely not claiming to be an expert though.

  • jw_ny

    That last pic…I’d swear it was an ad for shampoo, perfume, or some feminine hygiene product. She could make some serious cash for the “struggling” royals if they get desperate….;)

    • kimmeister

      Sing it with me: “She’s got Jhirmack bounce back beautiful hair. Jhirmack, bounce back . . . beautiful hair!”

  • Danielle

    She has Disney princess hair. I’m in love.

  • deelup

    Never underestimate where a great smile and hair can get you.

  • http://www.domesticdisturbia.com/ Christi Wampler

    She’s the definition of Easy, Breezy, Beautiful. Go Cathy Cambridge!

  • Betsy

    I immediately thought of Marlo Thomas in the That Girl opening or maybe Mary Tyler Moore? I’m dating myself, aren’t I?

    • tallgirl1204

      Totally “That Girl.” Although, as I recall, Marlo Thomas was called to task for not wearing a bra (or appearing as if she didn’t).. Yeah, I’m old too.

  • Alyssa_T_Robot

    i’m amused that the dress is called ‘detroit.’

  • RussellH88

    I think she knows her image and does a pretty great job of working that image, which is more than I can say for a lot of celebrities.

  • tallgirl1204

    She is a master of working her assets– a slim body with fabulous legs and Breck-girl hair (showing my age with that one). This partcular blue sets off her dark hair and skin tone perfectly. The dress is deceptively simple, but look at those seams! They are not an easy task for a seamstress. It is perfectly made and tailored. I am starting to think that Ms. Cambridge is a zen master of simple chic–

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, simply sublime.

    • SierraDelta

      I think the sleeves should be maybe a half inch shorter — they bunch up when she bends her elbow.

      She can keep Wills — I want her earrings for my everyday appearances, too.

  • Mismarker

    Yes, put me in the same circumstances as the final shot and I would look like a braying donkey. Wouldn’t you love to just sit down and talk with her? She seems so approachable. And I bet she’s one of those people who, when you have their attention, can make you feel like you’re the only person in the room.

  • Jessica Freeman

    She just ‘gets it’. Her role, her style. It’s always impeccable. Kudos to her for knowing the job and fulfilling it perfectly.

    • ikillplants

      I just love her.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Me too. It helps that her and Wills seem to be genuinely in love. I think that is where the disconnect came in with Diana. She was in an unhappy marriage and still had a very public role to play.

  • http://www.groovymarlin.com/blog Groovymarlin

    She’s fantastic, but I wish she’d stop wearing that heavy black eyeliner around the entire eye. Otherwise I love everything – how she dresses, her hair, and her seemingly down-to-earth attitude.

    • Snailstsichr

      Can you imagine Cathy and SJP in an eyeliner intervention together??

  • mjude

    cathy is adorable. what I wouldn’t give for that hair. damn

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      Well, from what I hear, you can purchase some just like it. I think she wears bits and pieces to make it fuller (I’m losing my mind – what are they called? My memory is terrible these days.)

      • http://www.groovymarlin.com/blog Groovymarlin

        Extensions?

        • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

          Ohmygod, thank you! It was driving me nuts! I was sitting here thinking, “Inserts? No. Implants? No.” I could NOT remember the word.

  • majorbedhead

    She honestly looks like she enjoys these public appearances. It’s hard to fake and she never looks bored or above it all.

    I would cut someone for that hair of hers. It’s gorgeous.

    • marlie

      She especially seems to enjoy appearances that have to do with children, hence the seemingly genuine smile.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    Here in Loserville, I’m looking forward to seeing if she really gets the “makeover” that all the papers are saying the Queen has ordered. Part of me is excited because I’m a magpie and PRETTY JEWELRY!! TIARAS!! But I also think her style is one of the things that contributes to her popularity. It would be a shame to squelch it.

    • formerlyAnon

      My cynical side says this is how they will inject some really high dollar stuff into her wardrobe and keep her “innocent” of the charges of being spendthrift when a lot of people are still struggling and [elements of ] the government is pushing austerity.

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        Sounds like a plan! As long as she doesn’t start wearing those dresses with matching coats that the Queen wears.

    • marlie

      There was an evening appearance last week/earlier this week where she wore a giant honking diamond necklace from the Queen’s collection. I get the impression that that’s *some* of what the makeover talk is about.

  • stubbornthoughts

    She is a spectacular specimen of the human race. I have nothing but complete adoration for this woman, without knowing her at all.

  • starrika

    Lawyer, here. I desperately want that dress for work. It is FANTASTIC.

    • decormaven

      That dress is perfect for professional wear.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      YEESSS ME TOO.

  • Lilithcat

    I find her dull.

    What I want to know is who is the gorgeous woman in the scarf?

    • julnyes

      I like that scarf.

      • Lilithcat

        Me, too!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      She’s Juli Beattie, the Director of The Art Room charity.

      • Lilithcat

        Thanks! She’s got style.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          She does. The black lady on the other side of Kate is Gloria Lowe, the head teacher of the school. I feel like their names ought to be mentioned because these pictures were all over the place but most of them were just captioned as “Kate opens an art studio”.

  • bessann28

    I’m just wondering why in the world this dress is called “Detroit.”

  • kt

    She looks like she’s having fun 98% of the time. It makes me want to be besties with her. Can you imagine drunken wine nights at the castle, gossiping about Wills?

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      Pfft. I want to talk about Harry.

      • kt

        You and me both friend.

  • Cee Layton

    This is a “Gee, your hair smells terrific!” shampoo ad from the 80s. That’s a good thing. I loved those tacky commercials as a twee.

  • lunchcoma

    That’s an awfully nice work dress, but I wish she’d consider making some changes to her hair. I’m not saying that she’s required to chop it off just because she’s married and a mother, but her particular long, curled style is looking a little dated. Surely there’s something equally young that would be a little more modern? Or maybe she could experiment with pulling her hair back now and then?

    • Mismarker

      She does wear it back or up every now and then but her default does seem to be Breck girl, doesn’t it? If my hair looked like hers I would wear it down every single day and hire someone to carry a wind machine in front of me.

    • imakeart

      Speaking as someone who was blessed with great hair myself – and very little else that is even attractive – I’ve had the same general cut for the past 40 years. You go with what works and what’s comfortable, especially when it’s classic, long, and healthy.

  • Tani Spielberg

    “Cathy isn’t really all that stylish, in that she never really pushes the envelope or shoots for more than “pretty” in her goals. But she does demonstrate fantastic instincts as to how to present herself to the public as a relatable semi-working wife and mother without insulting their intelligence about it. In other words, there’s just enough of a remove between her and the little people, but she’s so wrapped up in looking like the average (albeit wealthy and very attractive) person that she comes off like someone you want to know. There’s no condescension in it.” Nailed it.

  • formerlyAnon

    she does demonstrate fantastic instincts as to how to present herself to the public as a relatable semi-working wife and mother without insulting their intelligence about it. [stuff omitted] . . . she’s so wrapped up in looking like the average (albeit wealthy and very attractive) person that she comes off like someone you want to know.

    Yes. She’s a genius at her job. The entire Royal family and their PR staff in particular no doubt pray every night that her marriage thrives and she’s in for life.

  • sagecreek

    She is such a great dresser — when I read that story about the Queen chiding her for not dressing modestly enough, I laughed for the entire rest of the day. Heck, Betty, she’s almost Amish, and she makes it work.

    • Mrs. Julien

      I don’t believe that story about the Queen censuring her for a second. Didn’t it come from the Daily Mail? Then I feel ashamed

      for thinking about it at all.

      • murt

        Completely agree – I’m sure the Queen is counting her blessings that Will married someone like Kate – she’s revitalizing the monarchy’s public image without taking over.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      If she’s going to be doing a lot of royal duties, she’s going to be sitting on a lot of platforms. And there is nothing the British press like more than an upskirt shot. If there is any truth at all in the story that the Queen wants her to be more modest, I’m prepared to bet it is just an extra inch or so on some occasions to protect her from the paparazzi.

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        I’ve noticed her hems don’t appear to be weighted, either. The wind might make her hair look amazing, but it also blows one’s skirt up at the most inopportune moments.

      • Mim McDonald

        Yes, Sophie Wessex wears stuff that’s (slightly) riskier, style-wise, but of a length that’s unlikely to get the redtops all excited.

        • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

          I love Sophie’s style. She doesn’t get the attention she deserves.

  • Ashleigh

    You guys CRACK my shit UP!! So perceptive and witty. Thank you for making me laugh out loud at work, consistently.
    PS How is she a size zero again? Did Buckingham Palace install a gym?

    • Mrs. Julien

      I confess that when I see her, I think, “If this is how svelte she is in photos, what must she look like in real life?”

  • bertkeeter

    Style is relative…and in my book she has tons of it. Has nothing to do with what one wears. More about the entire picture, attitude and who she sees she is. YSL quote,” Fashions fade, Style is eternal”! Most of this seasons runway fashions will be “outré” in a year… Kate’s style will still appear fresh and contemporary!

  • gloriana232

    I like how she picked the colour to match the school’s ties, apparently.

  • Allie Carter

    That little girl in one of the middle shots is ADORABLE.

  • Cheryl

    Yeah, kind of hard to look at a princess in fashion terms because there are some pretty strict written and unwritten rules in place, but I think she looks lovely, nonetheless. My BIL’s long term girlfriend looks a lot like her, so much so that when they were touring my city, she’d get stopped often. Uh yeah, do you think the Duchess of York would be in Starbucks wearing yoga pants and hoodie, with no security, hanging out with me? Because I adore her, it makes me like Catherine, even though it’s completely illogical.

  • Linderella

    I had the exact same reaction to the last picture: “How does she manage to look that great under the worst photo conditions?” Unfair, sez I.

  • http://www.lindamerrill.com/ Linda Merrill

    It’s funny how her hair in the first pic looks like most normal heads of hair outside on a blustery, wet day – a little limp. And then in the last pic – whoosh! Wonder if they are out of order and the last pic was taken after a bevy of minions did their fluffing and buffing, but before the damp weather could take hold. Spectacular.

  • siriuslover

    TLO said: “Look at that last picture. 99.9999% of the population would look absolutely awful under the same conditions – a candid shot, on a windy day, with her mouth wide open and her eyes half closed. Result? Movie star.” My thought: just like Barney Stinson.

  • marlie

    That’s one of the things that I love about Cathy’s style – it’s attainable. Like you said, she’s not going to win any awards for innovation, but a) she wears a lot of clothes that aren’t TOO pricey (depending on who you ask), and b) they’re looks that the the everyday person can emulate in their professional and personal lives, and feel like they’re channeling a bit of the Cathy Cambridge style.

  • Daisy Walker

    I don’t think it’s the knees Grandma Betty has a problem with–it’s the expanse of Cathy thigh that’s sometimes on display.

  • Sam Smith

    Those last two shots its like a catalog shoot, she looks fabulous, natural and happy and not forced (even if it is). I don’t have that kind of poker face at all, I’d be sneering and rolling my eyes all over the place.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      i’d be smirking while i showed off that ring!

  • jay

    I think it helps that she always appears to be going “HAY GURL, I’M SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU!” in pictures. She just looks so damn cheerful and friendly.

  • Sofia Bentivoglio

    simply bowing down to her glorious head of hair and her truly joyful spirit.

  • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

    She really likes the flowers!

  • quiltrx

    I think the one thing she really has over Diana is looking COMFORTABLE in public and in front of cameras. Diana, bless her, always looked like she was trying to hold a fright-caused diarrhea in. Later in her life (when she was no longer married), she kind of got over that. Cathy looks like she’s having a good time. I think that’s maybe why she isn’t too “FASHION” in her fashion choices. She doesn’t want the clothes to be too distracting…just interesting enough to chat about, but no Bea’s-wedding-hat level furor.

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    it also helps that she and will appear to be truly in love…something charles and di never had from the get go.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Like the dress-a good choice for all of the reasons TLo cited. She really does come across as very natural.

  • Shug

    Cathy Cambridge’s dress gets wrinkled from sitting down, just like mine! Celebs, they’re just like us.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    Her hair is a national treasure.

  • Qitkat

    That is the most lovely shade of blue, and perfect working mom dress ever. Such joie de vivre and naturalness. She seems born for this role.

  • roverrun

    Oddly enough, I’m very happy that THE RING is getting out and about. That was so memorable in my mind as being part of Charles and Diana, and after her death I would occasionally (rarely occasionally) wonder what ever happened to it. I was very happy and sentimental to see it’s return when Kate first wore it.

  • GillianHolroyd

    hmmm. This reminds me of Diana’s clothing from the early years which was either slightly fussy or slightly dowdy. Is it the same shade of blue as the suit she wore for the engagement photo, the one with the polda-dot scarf?

  • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

    She needs a coat!!! An stylish one so we can drool about it.

  • OffToSeeHim

    I don’t think it’s the only thing she has over Diana. She brings a whole “I knew what to expect” and fearlessness to redefine the role that might have saved Diana a lot of pain.

  • Clash D

    Fashion doesn’t have to be flashy. Considering how the restricted she is in terms of adhering to royal protocol and not showing excess, this is a WERQ for me. Great color on her too.