The hardest-working Duchess thing is just to rile up the royal fans, darlings. Transparency in blogging.
Visiting Maranui Cafe in Wellington, New Zealand
While we don’t share the Duchess’s love for subdued greens and slouchy outerwear, we salute her nonetheless for adhering to a very simple and basic rule of promotional style: If you’re not going all-in on a look, then give them one item they can’t stop looking at. Killer boots, Megs.
Visit to Courtney Creative in Wellington, New Zealand
There’s a cute sassiness about this look, not to mention a seasonal appropriateness to it. She’s worn a variation on this style of dress – lapeled, usually double-breasted, usually sleeveless, with a row of buttons – enough times for it to be called one of her signature looks, but we can’t say it’s a style we love enough to see it repeated so often. It’s an okay look, though. We don’t love the flare of the skirt, but we appreciate how modern and fresh a look it is for an official royal appearance.
Unveiling of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy in Redvale in Auckland, New Zealand
At a Public Walk Along Auckland’s Viaduct in Auckland, New Zealand
Shrug. It’s fairly indistinguishable from a number of other recent looks. We get that this approach is by design but as we noted in a recent podcast, it’s not the kind of style strategy that will pay off for her in the long term. We’ve had many folks argue that she doesn’t want to make it about her or about what she wears. But that is, in our opinion, a somewhat misguided way of looking at her role, which is very much about her serving as a representative of the royal family and about her clothing as a way of promoting herself and/or the causes to which she intends to pledge her support. For now, she’s branding herself hard and a certain strict consistency makes some sense. Cathy did the same thing for years. Both women approached their early image-making period with a sense of timidity, although Meghan is placing herself in a much smaller box.
At a Reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in Auckland, New Zealand
Checking off a few of those elements on her short list of allowed ones. Again, it’s fine. The sweep of the skirt is lovely and welcome. As per the usual, you’re gonna hear us bitch about how much we wish it was rendered in some bold or rich color, but girlfriend’s gotta game plan and she’s sticking to it for now.
First Look: Club Monaco ‘Ellayne’ Trench Coat | Jac + Jack black ‘Trani’ Sweater | Outland Denim ‘Harriet’ Black Jeans | Boh Runga ‘Feather Kiss’ Studs | Stuart Weitzman ‘Veruka’ Black Suede Lace-Up Boot \
Second Look: Maggie Marilyn ‘Leap of Faith’ White Blazer Dress | Jessica McCormack Tattoo Diamond Pendant | Boh Runga ‘Feather Kiss’ Studs | Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ Pointy Toe Pump |
Third Look: Karen Walker ‘Fathom’ Dark Navy Jacket | Lavender Hill Clothing Black Scoop Neck T-Shirt | J.Crew ‘Toothpick’ Jean | Jessica McCormack Tattoo Diamond Pendant | Boh Runga ‘Feather Kiss’ Studs | Muck Boot Company Women’s ‘Reign’ Tall Boot
Fourth Look: Brandon Maxwell Midi Dress | Burberry ‘Maythorne’ Mulberry-Silk Trench Coat | Boh Runga ‘Feather Kiss’ Studs | Stuart Weitzman ‘Legend’ Suede Pump
Fifth Look: Antonio Berardi Navy Double Breasted Dress | Dior ‘Bee’ Navy Leather Bag | Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ Suede Pump
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages, scanlantheodore.com, gabrielahearst.com, hugoboss.com]