Don’t Mess With the Duchess of Cambridge

Ever since the debut of her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress, Kate Middleton has made fashion headlines. Her fashion choices crash designers’ websites. Most of the clothes she owns are on back order for years. As is the case with most mega-celebrities, the Duchess formerly known as Kate Middleton is now the subject of scrutiny for her fashion choices. God forbid we actually leave a well-dressed, friendly celebrity alone. Here’s what the Duchess of Cambridge has been criticized for in the fashion department:

1) Re-wearing her clothes. The Duchess made headlines when she appeared at her husband’s cousin’s wedding in a green dress that she had worn a few weeks ago while rubbing elbows with American celebs. In a recent interview on Jay Leno, Kelly Osbourne criticized Kate for re-wearing clothes, citing the fact that in Britain that is a huge fashion faux pas.

2) Her make-up choices. Designer Vivienne Westwood has a problem with Kate’s eye makeup. Westwood recently criticized the Duchess for the sharp lines around her eyes created by her eyeliner. Shortly after the royal wedding (for which Kate did her own make-up), critics thought Kate applied too much blush and eyeliner.

3) Dressing too conservatively. Vivienne Westwood also thinks that Kate’s style choices are boring. She said Kate’s image is “ordinary woman.” A post a few weeks ago on The Frisky further illustrated this point by saying that Kate should not be considered a fashion icon and her clothes are way too conservative. Uninspired. It looks like she buys her clothes from Talbots.


4) Wearing pantyhose. The Duchess of Cambridge wears pantyhose all the time and it was especially apparent during her North American visit. Wearing pantyhose in summer (or ever) hasn’t really been a fashion trend since the 1980s and Kate’s pantyhose habit has some fashionistas considering her old-fashioned.

These criticisms of Kate’s fashion are simply ridiculous. How can people be so critical of someone so chic, so stylish, so poised, and so demure? Here’s what I think about these crass judgments:

1) Re-wearing your old clothes? Really? That’s a problem? Because you know, that’s what the rest of us have been doing for centuries. With a tight economy and constantly changing styles, we should all be re-wearing our clothes. Just because you’re a wealthy celebrity and can afford to always buy new clothes doesn’t mean that you should. Thanks, Kate, for making me feel better about the fact that I’m re-wearing a Banana Republic jersey dress that I bought four years ago.

2) Kate is a duchess who owns half of Prince William’s worldly goods and she still does her own makeup. I applaud her for that. She doesn’t need ladies in waiting, she has her own two hands and a vanity. Not only does she do her own make-up, but her work is viewed by billions of people. Kudos, Kate. Kudos.

3) What’s wrong with dressing conservatively? Less is more. I’m so sick of people who barely put on clothes and then run around as if they invented style. Or what about those people who “dress different” to “make a statement”? I’m sorry, but leg warmers do not mittens make. What’s wrong with dressing like a distinguished woman? I salute your fashion choices, Kate. I would love to get my hands on that tan Reiss dress.

4) Only Kate Middleton has the fashion clout to rock sheer pantyhose. Before, I used to hate them, now I love them. Sheer pantyhose make your legs look shiny, covering up any dry or unshaved patches. Way to bring back an old trend, Kate. Well played.

To all those Kate Middleton critics out there, all I have to say is, don’t mess with the Duchess of Cambridge. She’s cool, she’s hot, she’s everything you’re not. You wish you could have her style and class. Or maybe just her husband.
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10 thoughts on “Don’t Mess With the Duchess of Cambridge”

  1. I think Kate Middleton looks very nice. I’m not a fashion expert or anything like that. I think she dresses well and appropriately. Seems to me that not re-wearing clothes is just a type of conspicious consumption. I have heard a couple of people comment on her wearing nylons and again, I don’t see a problem there. Carry on, Kate.

  2. I agree, not re-wearing clothes seems like a type of conspicuous consumption. What’s the point of buying new clothes if you can’t get a few good wears out of them? I really like Kate’s style and it’s nice to see someone dress appropriately for a change.

  3. Kate wearing pantyhose is actually a very British thing to do; it’s only fallen out of favor here in America where we’re all slobs. Almost all of the criticism for Kate wearing hose has been from American columnists. If she can bring back wearing hose to American fashion, I’m all for it! The no-hose look is so tacky, especially since girls like to pair their skirts with flip flops, ugh.

  4. You make a great point, most of the criticism has come from American columnists and here we dress so sloppily. I’m hoping the sheer pantyhose look will catch on. I’m all for that trend.

    I also agree that the fashion world should take some cues from her regarding moderation. No more dresses made out of meat!

  5. Amen, sister!! Kate is fabulous. I think the people criticizing her are probably just jealous of her beauty and class. And I agree, I’d be all for the pantyhose trend coming back!! They’re not comfortable, but they sure look better than bare legs, especially in the cooler months.

  6. Kate is a very pretty woman. She always looks nice wherever she goes. Dresses very professionally, and American gals should take note! Bare legs and sandals/flip flops look rediculous… Keep up the good work Kate!

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