Is this not the most perfect dress for the Duchess of Cambridge? It comes from Roksanda Ilincic’s Pre Fall 2012 Collection and it has everything Kate loves – a nude tone, appropriate knee-length, long sleeves, form-fitting but in a classy way and an accentuated waist. Better than that, it has some fashion potential! The blue frilled cuff adds a much-needed shot of electric colour into an otherwise drab dress. Kate could wear what she’s most comfortable in whilst giving us an unexpected dose of fashion detailing. The only small problem is that Princess Beatrice has already worn this dress, but having said that, Kate was happy to don a dress for the Jubilee pageant which had already been worn by Tulisa and Kim Kardashian. Somehow I think sharing a dress with Beatrice would not seem too dreadful to the Duchess.
As for styling the dress, we all know what shoes Kate would instinctively reach for. There are other options out there though. In the photo taken for the collection, it is styled with red sandals which looks amazing but I doubt the Duchess would be willing to go that far. She is a woman who loves to match accessories so matching the blue of the cuff to her shoe would be a good option.
Jimmy Choo Anouk Electric Blue Suede heel
Zara strappy sandal
When Marisa Tomei wore this dress during Mens Fashion Week in Paris, she took the matching cuff and shoe route too. Her choice is maybe too daring and too high for Kate though…
Someone alert Clarence House and congratulate Roksanda Ilincic on creating what I see as the perfect dress for the Duchess. I have accepted the fact that Kate is never going to wear the clothes I think she should (think Jonathan Saunders) but I think this particular piece has a fair chance at winning her over and giving her more of a fashion edge.