Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is about to embark on an international state visit to Australia and New Zealand with Prince William and their adorable baby, Prince George. But what will Kate wear over the 19-day tour next month?
From official state receptions to game days with children to hospice visits to museum tours, Kate will need a wardrobe that spans the casual-dressy spectrum. Obviously, we have some suggestions.
Kate’s been known to rock a Temperley London dress every now and again—and here’s one from the label’s spring runway that would definitely make a splash. It’s got a classic silhouette that Kate likes, but features a bold print that would really pop in photos.
For dressier evening events that don’t require a full-length gown, I’d love to see Kate try out something from Erdem’s spring collection—maybe this sheer-ish white long-sleeve number—perhaps taken in a bit at the waist, just the way Kate likes her dresses.
For her few days in New Zealand, wouldn’t it be nice if she wore a sleek and sporty day dress from Richard Nicoll, a designer born in London to New Zealander parents? Kate’s got a few children’s sporting events to attend, so this LBD would be perfect—maybe under a little jacket or cardi.
For museum visits and other daytime occasions that don’t require tailoring, I’d love to see Kate in some bold mix-media pieces from Burberry Prorsum’s spring line. This top-and-midi-skirt look is so ladylike, but so original (and a little sparkly!).
Kate’s had a longtime love affair with LKBennett’s “Sledge” nude platform pumps (who can blame her, they’re so comfortable!), and lately she’s been wearing more and more of the brand’s apparel as well. I love this beautiful “Houston” lace-trim dress—and the coloring would really suit the Duchess.
The Duchess’ love for designer Jenny Packham is well-documented. So many of her formal dresses come from Packham’s atelier! For her trip down under, I’d love to see her switch it up a bit and try Packham’s day dresses—like this charming silk number.
So often, when Kate’s appearing at an official state function, she likes to wear red—and more often than not, that red comes from the design studios of Alexander McQueen. If she doesn’t already have this jacket-skirt combo from the McQueen spring collection, she should definitely consider it—she’d get a lot of use from it.
Lots of British celebs love Emilia Wickstead, and I don’t blame them—the UK designer’s soft, girly looks are offset by her use of surprising, often billowing silhouettes. I love this pink top and skirt combo from spring—and if Kate is making comfort a priority as she totes Prince George around Australia, this would be a great look to bring along as well.