Cathy Cambridge Wears a Pretty Dress at the “A Street Cat Named Bob” UK Premiere

Posted on November 04, 2016

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the UK Premiere of “A Street Cat Named Bob” in aid of Action On Addiction in London, United Kingdom.








Hmm. This is a pretty dress.

And just so you know, that’s not a good sign, when we open up a post with the anodyne and mundane observation that a given dress is pretty. You kind of want to avoid that trap when you’re writing about dresses all day.

On the other hand, we just got to use one of our all-time favorite words – anodyne – in a sentence, so we suppose we should be a bit grateful.

Our point, which we could have gotten to a lot quicker if we weren’t rambling: if the only thing we can say when we see a famous person on the red carpet in an expensive gown is that it’s pretty, it’s because it’s a look that almost completely lacks style. It’s a pretty dress. Someone like Rihanna could’ve paired it with gold, stilleto’d gladiator sandals to the knee; someone like Kristen Stewart could’ve paired it with 40 pounds of makeup and white combat boots; someone like J Lo could’ve set it off with a high, tight ponytail and massive hoops. There are plenty of ways you could take a basic pretty dress like this and turn it into high style. It’s a blank canvas. Unfortunately for Duchess Cathy, she’s allowed the canvas but not any of the paint or brushes. Sometimes we wonder if we she really wishes she could go out in thigh-high boots and hoop earrings.

This is not a criticism of her. It’s a pretty dress. She’s at the absolute limit of what she’s really allowed to do with it. Personally, if she asked us (Oh, PLEASE ask us, Mrs. Cathy! We dreamed for years of Shelley O finally sending us a DM on twitter to get our thoughts on some gown she was thinking of wearing, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, alas), we’d advise her to stay away from such plainly pretty dresses, since she doesn’t have the option of styling them. The trick – which she manages often enough, just not in this case – is picking gowns and dresses with enough visual interest that she doesn’t have to look for ways to zhuzh it up.


Style Credits:
Self-Portrait Pleated Crochet Floral Maxi Dress
Oscar de la Renta Earrings
Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ Clutch
Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps in Bordeaux

[Photo Credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images, Courtsey of Self-Portrait]

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