Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Royal Visit Canada Wardrobe: day four

The duchess dazzles in green on day four of her visit to Canada
(photo Crown in Canada Twitter)

Kate was the queen of green on day four of her latest tour of Canada. For a day of engagements that went from sunshine to shivering, she chose two green looks that kept it simple but won on style.

The Duchess of Cambridge began the day in Kelowna for a visit to the UBC campus at Okanagan and a trip to a food festival. Kate debuted a bottle green dress by Dolce and Gabbana with a retro feel and a couple of regal touches of her own.

The dress has short sleeves and a ruffle over the top of the shoulder seam. Its fitted bodice and flared, mid length skirt have a real forties feel to them - from a distance this looks like a modern take on a post war tea dress and it's all the better for that.

The original features a huge embroidered pocket watch on one shoulder but the Duchess of Cambridge's bespoke version had that taken off. In a way, that's a shame. It would be a hard look to work on a royal tour where the engagements are meant to be the focus - anything too showy makes the day all about the dress.  But a foray into fashion forward would be fantastic for the duchess - who knows, the watch may appear if the dress is every recycled.

Having got brave with the main event, Kate kept it safe and simple with her accessories adding a pair of nude heels, a matching clutch bag and some subtle if rather pretty earrings featuring dark green stones.

The couple flew on to Whitehorse in Yukon for the last part of the day - an evening of culture. And staying up late and changing town meant a drop in temperatures with the grey skies that welcomed them to Whitehorse signalling the mercury had dropped to around 5 degrees Celsius. Say hello to an old friend, the Hobbs Persephone coat, first seen on Kate when she attended the St Patrick's Day parade in 2014. And it's pretty warm all round - finishing at mid calf length with long sleeves and a high, buttoned up collar.

There is lots of texture in this coat with flaps at the shoulder on both front and back, double breasted button effect and pockets in the pleats.

You know it's really cold when the women of the House of Windsor bring out the tartan and Kate was carrying a shawl with a nod to her hosts. The Maple Leaf tartan features reds, oranges and greens and is designed to represent all the colours the national symbol of Canada goes through in its lifetime.

Day four brought another dose of bright colours - we've not had a day all about pastels yet - with a bit of royal recycling and another new outfit to add to Kate's Royal Wardrobe.

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