Being the princess of Wales, Kate Middleton’s collection of clothes is astounding. Besides owning plenty of custom made designer clothes, she also owns clothing pieces of cheaper brands.
However, besides always being well-dressed, Kate is sometimes heavily criticized by the fashion experts for some of her choices.
Recently, she came under the fire for wearing a dress very similar to one she already has, thus royal commentators criticized her for spending a much of money on clothes while her husband is trying to fight homelessness in the country.
Kate wore a dress which cost around one thousand pounds when she attended the Order of the Garter ceremony. As everyone agreed she looked stunning in the dot polka dress, many argued that the price of it was ridiculous while many Britons struggle to make ends meet dubbing the choice of clothes a “mishap.” On top of it, she wore a very similar dress at the Royal Ascot last year.
“This was a bit of a flop, not the outfit, the circumstances under it. It just didn’t sit well,” royal commentators Michelle Thole and Rachael Andrews said on their podcast Keeping Up With The Windsors, as reported by Express. “And this year, she had on shoes that looked very similar to ones that she’s previously worn before, but again, its a different designer, but they look almost the same.”
“She’s obviously got her favourite designers but why [is she] picking a dress that’s so similar? Why not bring out the dress you’ve previously worn? Last year the dots were a bit smaller or this year’s were, and that was about it, and the colour. Come on!” Andrews added.
On her podcast, Andrews went further and said, “As she’s Princess of Wales now, it is like she has a certain uniform, and I think we are seeing that, but she had so many outfits that she could re-wear to an event like this.
“How many coat dresses has she got that she hasn’t worn more than once to a church service? Bring that out. Bring something out that you haven’t worn in eight, [or] nine years, and everyone would be like, ‘wow, she’s doing a re-wear, that’s so cool.’”
“We absolutely love Catherine and we’re normally all hot on what she wears but it just felt like a mishap this time and a lot of people felt the same.”
As per royal expert Daniela Elser, Kate spent staggering $337,000 on her wardrobe last year.
Over the years the new Prince and Princess of Wales have served the country to the best of their abilities. They are adored by millions for their dedication and hard work, but at the very beginning, when the two undertook their first royal tour together, they did something that frustrated then-Prince Charles.
The couple went on 10-day visit to the US and Canada, but the behavior they adopted while there was perceived as too laid-back back in Britain.
William and Kate posed for a set of photos that left Charles “more than a little irked.”
In her book, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, royal author Sally Bedell Smith wrote that Charles thought William and Kate’s trip to the US and Canada had too many “tasteless” photo opportunities and were too much of a “camera-friendly couple,” treating the trip as a holiday rather than work.
Now, she is once again being criticized and it is because of what she is wearing, which was branded a “disappointment.”
On her podcast Creative Conversations, with her guest, British Vogue’s jewelry editor, Carol Woolton, former Vogue editor and fashion expert Suzy Menkes criticized Kate for not caring about the collection of jewels she had access to. What’s most, Menkes, awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth in 2014 for her contribution to fashion journalism, argued that the Princess of Wales doesn’t seem passionate about wearing the jewelry.
“The Princess of Wales is a bit of a disappointment about jewelry. She gives the impression that she only puts it on when she absolutely has to. I imagine her looking beautiful in one of those gowns behind the scenes and then pulling a face as if to say, ‘Do I have to wear this?’” Menkes said on her podcast, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“‘She doesn’t give any sense of adoring jewellery and being pleased to put it on.”
Menkes continued, “She doesn’t seem to have Camilla’s joy at wearing jewellery,” adding that Kate’s attitude towards jewelry might change as she edges closer to becoming queen.
“We now have a new Queen, so presumably, she has a first opportunity to look at the jewels. We can imagine that the next in line to the throne’s wife would be something that was very special, so will we see Catherine wearing jewelry that is more dramatic, that is more personal to her?”
“I don’t know. I can’t help feeling with things of beauty – you either love it or you don’t,” Menkes concluded.
However, royal fans were quick to defend their favorite royal.
“Catherine has worn gorgeous jewellery, some flashy, some understated,” one user said.
Another stated, “I think people forget that Catherine is a young modern princess. And likewise, she has her own personal style that quickly becomes a designer’s success.”
A third royal fan argued, “The Princess of Wales has an excellent eye for accessories, and her earrings collection is stunning – particularly because she often promotes small businesses by wearing their jewellery. She has just the right mix of affordable and high-end jewellery in her wardrobe.”
No matter if she wears expensive clothes or she ops for a cheaper brand, one thing is certain, the Princess of Wales always looks stunning.