Today, in her new role as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Duchess Kate attended the opening day of Wimbledon.
With a playful twist on Wimbledon’s classic ‘tennis whites’ dress code, the Duchess wore a new white dress with black polka dots by Italian designers Dolce and Gabbana.
The silk-blend dress features a pleated skirt, a scoop neck, 3/4 length sleeves and a concealed zip on the back. It is a combination of this dress but with the neckline of another D&G piece. Despite its undeniable vintage feel, Catherine still made the dress look modern and fresh.
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Kate accessorised with a boxy white handbag designed by Victoria Beckham, who was a guest at the Cambridges’ wedding in 2011. We’ve seen this handbag at the All England Club before, as Kate paired it with her yellow Roksanda Illincic dress for another centre court visit in 2016.
Catherine also continued to fly the flag for high street fashion, with a pair of sandals from Office, costing only £62. The ‘Nina block heel nubuck sandals’ are a simple black chunky-heeled sandal, with an ankle strap fastened by a silver buckle.
This monochrome look was a nice twist on the Wimbledon whites, adding just enough colour without overshadowing the tennis players – it is their day!
To finish off the look, Kate chose her Oscar de la Renta gold and pearl earrings, adding to the vintage look.
The Duchess also debuted a new hairstyle today, dubbed a ‘Lob’. This long bob is a shorter style for Kate, whose classic bouncy curls are now shoulder length. I am a big fan of this new look, as the shorter length frames her face beautifully.
Although Dolce and Gabbana has a reputation for risqué fashion, the Italian fashion house has been a popular choice for The Duchess of Cambridge recently. Opting for more conservative dresses – or even modifying the original design to have an outfit suitable for a duchess – we’ve seen Kate in several of D&G’s feminine silhouettes. During the Cambridges’ tour of Canada in 2016, Catherine shone in a bottle green D&G dress which she had adapted to suit her own style, removing the original clock detail.
This was one of my personal favourites from that particular visit, being a fan of anything green, although the £2,150 price tag did raise a few eyebrows! Dolce and Gabbana have actually decided to release the Duchess’ version of the dress in white and have named it the ‘Middleton Bow-Embellished Cady Midi Dress’. I think it’s safe to say that Catherine has now firmly cemented her position in the fashion world!
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