What should The Duchess of Cambridge wear to Royal Ascot? Our picks for Kate

With Royal Ascot looming just around the corner, we are very excited and full of anticipation for the beautiful couture and millinery that is worn by royal ladies every year. We have been busy styling some looks for Royal Ascot and have challenged ourselves to find an outfit for each royal lady that will reflect their personal style. Have a look at some of our fashion picks below for The Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine has only attended Ascot twice, and both appearances were in 2018. Will we see her this year? We hope so.

A reminder of Kate’s last Ascot look:

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The first outfit we have chosen for Kate is very much keeping within one of her favourite colour palettes of dusty pale pink. The Roksanda ‘Fife’ dress features a high rounded neckline, fitted bodice to the waist, billowing three quarter balloon sleeves, slightly ruched around a gathered elasticated flare cuff. A gorgeous tea-length skirt with soft draped folds creates an elegant and feminine styling. The dress features ever-so-thin bands of contrasting mustard trim around the neckline and waist to add a bit of edge.

Roksanda Fife balloon-sleeve midi-dress

We have added a pink oversized tilted disc sinamay fascinator, from one of Kate’s favourite milliners, Jane Taylor. The hat features pale pink buntal twists with darker salmon colour feather trim.

Sticking to Kate’s love of the classic diamond and pearl earrings and acorn themed jewellery, we found the perfect pair of dramatic earrings from Oscar de la Renta, that skilfully combine diamonds, pearls and acorns into a statement drop earring. Whilst these earrings are quite a bit larger then the Duchess normally wears, they will make a statement at the racecourse.

We used Kate’s satin Prada clamshell, hardcase clutch to match the dress, though below we show an updated lighter pink satin Prada clutch. Kate could either carry her own darker pink or update with the lighter pink for this outfit, as either would work well.

We chose a pair of pale pink satin heels with a slight twist on the classic court that Kate normally wears. The Rochas mary-jane pump has an elasticated ankle strap with beautiful crystal button detailing for that extra sparkle statement.

We have tried to keep the classic Kate style, but with a few extra twists and embellishments within the look, to update her styling a little.


Outfit 2:

The second outfit we have chosen is bold, modern and fashion-forward, whilst still incorporating elements Kate loves. The Victoria Beckham dress in a vibrant cobalt blue would really allow The Duchess of Cambridge to stand out in the crowd. At first glance the dress appears to be a classically styled fit and flare tea dress, with high round neckline, a sleeveless fitted bodice and flowing skirt. The unusual skirt design takes this dress to a very modern level. With a split flowing down one side and an asymmetric hem drop down with a double layer skirt on the right hand side, this dress very interesting and sculptural.

We have added in some contrasting salmon and dark pink coral accessories to really contrast the bright cobalt blue creating a modern statement race ensemble. Catherine usually shies away from clashing colours and prefers to go with a monochromatic colour palette. However, we recently saw Kate clash quite a few different colours of blue, forest green and a bright navy, topped with a peacock feather domed hat, that she wore to an Anzac Day Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey.

Victoria Beckham dress with hat by Jess Collett

The pink coral Juliette Botterill hat is a tilted side percher but almost moves into a dramatic oversized hat with the large rose trim on the front and rear, creating a very pretty and bold statement hat.

We added in matching pink salmon suede Jimmy Choo pointed toes stiletto pumps in a style of heel we know that Kate favours often.

The trapeze-shaped grab handle bag from Givenchy is quite a different style of bag then Kate normally carries. We’d love to see her carry this style of bag to free up at least one of her hands during an engagement, as the Duchess always seems to hold her clutch with both hands quite tightly against her body. Holding this type of grab bag would show a more relaxed body language and allow ease of movement when interacting with other people in the crowd. Not only is this bag in a beautiful pink coral colour to match her other accessories but it is also highly functional for her role as a Duchess.

To help keep this look slightly familiar, we have used Kate’s Kiki McDonough heart and diamond earrings to pull the look together.

What do you think of these looks? Do you have a favourite?

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