Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Royal Wardrobe: March 2016 top ten

With March almost done, it's time to cheer the winners in the Royal Wardrobe. We've had some standout looks this month from fairytale ballgowns to springlike suits with a sharp edge. So here's a glance back at the looks that made us cheer in March 2016.

When it came to royal fashion in March, Queen Maxima ruled. She's had a great year so far but her wardrobe this month, especially during her trip to France, has been standout and then some. The best of all her choices was this golden caramel coat worn on day one of the State Visit which just gets better with every look. Add in a Maxima hat for style perfection.

Not far behind in the outfit of the month stakes was Beatrice Casiraghi who wore a dream of a dress to the Rose Ball in Monaco. Her red gown really was the stuff that fairytales are made of with a skirt that took the definition of full to new levels and a fitted bodice that made the whole thing simply stunning. A triumph of tulle.

There was more evening excitement in Denmark when Crown Princess Mary wore a new tiara to a cultural gala mid month. But once we'd got over the dazzle of the diamonds, there was a cracker of a gown to admire as well. The white dress with sheer black overlay was marvellously modern while its rather daring back added another twist to an evening look that's hard to beat.

Princess Sofia of Sweden showed some fabulous fashion choices this month but the pale blue/ grey dress with white lace trim worn to the Te Deum for Prince Oscar on the day after Europe's newest royal made his debut was standout and then some. The dress was pure class, soft and subtle yet fabulously formal. Plus we got a hat with a veil and that is never a bad thing. Sofia's style wins again.

The Duchess of Cambridge went for something a bit different with this orange, Sixties inspired suit and made us all hope for a repeat very soon. The colour, the shaping, the overall effect - everything about this one just works and then some. It's fresh, modern, classic and cool all at the same time. A Kate triumph.

Queen Letizia of Spain has had a quiet start to the year fashion wise but she cranked things up in March with a hattrick of style winners, the best of them being this palest grey ensemble worn in Puerto Rico. What's not to love about the length and cut of those trousers and the top which adds just enough colour and texture to take this spring suit to the top of the class.

Queen Rania does daywear like no one else. Her navy, white and pink mix outfit worn for a series of meetings was about as sharp as they come. It's on trend (of course) and elegant and the black belt and bag match to perfection. Just fabulous.
(photo Queen Rania Instagram)


The Countess of Wessex scored a huge hit with her Easter Day outfit this year. The red coat was bright and beautiful while the hat was neat and nice. But it was the clever colour combination - her black and white dress had red trim on the hem - that really made this one work. Easter usually means pastels but this bold choice is seriously standout.

Princess Caroline looked super chic at the Rose Ball as well in a deep ivory dress with pleated skirt. We got an interesting, flowing hemline and some standout shoes to boot. Simple and elegant, this is a really royal evening dress.


You didn't really think we'd get through the list without an other appearance from Maxima, did you? The only problem is narrowing down her fabulous March style to just one more look. The coats, the dresses, the boots, the hats, they've all been great but the dress that we'll remember in years to come is this evening creation with its daring skirt and classic top. A fitting finale to a month of the Royal Wardrobe that's been all about Maxima.

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