Recently, the Style section of Time reported that in the battle of Kate Middleton versus Kim Kardashian, in who wields the most fashion influence, the duchess of Cambridge’s style is apparently referred to as being “overrated” compared to Kim K. This statement comes courtesy of French designer Roland Mouret who has dressed both Kate and Kim, and told British Vogue that of the two, Kim’s the more likely to sell more dresses. “You don’t see hundreds of women running around looking like her. [Kate]” he explains.
I love Kate Middleton’s sense of style and have been following her for some time now. Along with my 4+ bottles of Starbucks Frappucinos, I watched and rewatched the royal wedding and subsequent follow-up coverage more than any one human being probably should. (She did, after all, bring sleeves back to the wedding ceremony scene.) When I found out the Duchess was pregnant, I immediately took to Facebook musing aloud on what her maternity clothes would look like. I even watched that Lifetime movie “William & Kate” to see if the TV version of Kate would look just as put together as the real life one. Not bad. A little bit on the Charlotte Russe-y side, but not bad.
The thing about Kate Middleton, is that she’s pretty and polished at all times with nary a hair out of place. It is a sense of style so completely down to a science that there is even a name for it coined by British Vogue – “Katepedia: A Study in Royal Style.” Clothes in her favorite color blue, boatnecks, clutch handbags, and approximately 8.6 teeth appearing on average when she smiles are all a part of the recipe on how to dress and look like Kate.
Understandably, this can be a difficult image to live up to on a daily basis, especially if you wake up late for work one morning and do not have the time to be fiddling with 20+ bobby pins in your hair, much less wonder how many teeth you have showing up when grinning at the Starbucks barista. And this is where Kim Kardashian, with her maxi dresses, sock buns, and big sunglasses, comes in as the casual fashion role model whose look is easier to copy than Kate’s. However, we have yet to see a “Kimpedia” drawn up or Middleton to step out in a dress from the Kardashian Kollection either.
Maybe we don’t see hundreds of women running around looking like Kate Middleton, but I don’t expect them to either. What I would much rather see and ultimately appreciate, are girls of all ages taking pages from her style book in their everyday wear. From a pair of fitted nice dress pants, to a simple cream colored top, or a dress that hits a fairly conservative spot on the leg in a lovely shade of teal, dressing like Kate doesn’t mean you need to be insanely precise about every tiny detail or spend a fortune along the way. See what she does that you like and try it out for yourself and make it work on your own terms – always while including a bit of your own personality in the finished ensemble.
Your closet’s gonna love you for it.
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