Duchess Kate wears her favorite J Brand jeans again: cute or under-dressed?


Yesterday, after Prince William and Duchess Kate got finished with their camping trip (in which Kate merely looked at solid food and shivered), they headed to an Alberta town called Slave Lake. Slave Lake had a wildfire in May, and parts of the town were left devastated. There was still fire damage for William and Kate to examine, and they met with locals and were generally pleasant. I think this was an “unscheduled” stop, but I’m not sure how that goes, what with all of the security and press and such. I’m pretty sure Kate is wearing the same pair of jeans that she wore for her camping trip – she just seems to have changed up the top part, wearing a frilly blouse and a navy jacket (I think the jacket is the same one from last week…?).

The Mail says Kate really has been wearing the same pair of J Brand jeans for days straight. I’m not going to judge her for having a favorite pair of jeans, or for wearing the same pair several days in a row, because I’ve done that (and continue to do that) too. I will judge her slightly because I don’t find these jeans to be a particularly flattering cut on her figure. She has a boyish, lithe little figure with no hips whatsoever – she could find a really great pair of jeans that wouldn’t make her look so… I don’t know. Twig-like? Am I the only one who remembers Kate’s healthy, athletic figure just a few years ago?

Oh, and the wedges are Nine West. I can’t believe she’s wearing Nine West shoes! That’s kind of amazing. She really is a duchess on a budget.






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  1. Isa says:

    I think the whole ensemble is cute, but she is way too skinny to wear this sort of jeans.

    Also the Middleton sisters have got to stop wearing wedges, it is not a good look.

  2. dorothy says:

    I think shes just a modern-day princess. Recycles clothes, dresses down at times and has a youthful style. It’s refreshing.

  3. Quest says:

    I like William and the pink piggy pic…really love it! :)

  4. Cherry says:

    I don’t mind about the jeans, although I agree that they do not flatter her, but those shoes HAVE GOT TO GO

  5. DogBoy says:

    She’s lovely, but 10 pounds would make her look so much more healthy.

  6. Tierra says:

    I think she looks cute in them. She could have a few pairs that look similar ya know or maybe she didnt want to pack a thousand outfits for this outing. I know if I find that rare pair that look good and feel comfy I buy a few of them and there may only be a slight color/shade difference to them.
    Its not easy to find something that camouflages the long torso/no hips thing, I know b/c i have the same issue.
    I wish ppl would get off the ED thing, she’s probably just too nervous with everyone picking everything she wears and does apart. How relaxed would anyone be knowing every thing you do is being photographed abd talked about all day, not to mention she is in another country and out of her ‘safety zone’ of home. Id be losing weight from the stress and pressure too.

  7. lin234 says:

    Her legs are her best feature. So were Diana’s. Do guys really look for traits of their mother in their future partners? If so, this would be pretty close.

  8. N says:

    Honestly, the mosquitoes right now in mid to Northern Alberta are so so so so so bad that I don’t blame her for wearing jeans. Otherwise all the gossip tomorrow would be why she has what looks like chicken pox all over her legs.

  9. Abby says:

    She wore those shoes the weekend of her wedding! Twice! I’m embarrassed that I know this.

  10. Laura says:

    I think she looks cute, as usual! I wouldn’t mind seeing her with a few more pounds, but at least she still manages to look healthy and lean, instead of coke-addiction-emaciated like many famous women.

  11. inthekitchen says:

    I thought she looked better with the flats. Not feeling the wedges with that outfit or for walking around a burnt out town…seems too dressy.

    I definitely think she would look better with a stone back on her – in body (her legs are getting scarily thin now) and face. She is looking way older than 29. The vertical lines when she smiles are practically craters now (too thin!!).

    I know they are trying to be frugal and all (but, come on…you’re royalty for god’s sake!) but I think it would have been better to have brought a lady-in-waiting with her for stress relief, assistance and support.

  12. jamminatorr says:

    She’s wandering around in a town that is half burnt-out and destroyed… I think a dress and her court shoes would be too much. The idea for the visit was supposed to be casual. I know all the Canadian media is reporting it as a spirit-lifter for those in the area. It was much appreciated after the people lost their town/livelihoods/house

  13. kg says:

    To me there is generally one thing off with all of her outfits that ruin them for me…can someone please tell her black, navy and brown don’t all mix together?

  14. garvels says:

    She looks fine considering she was touring a burnt out town. The newlyweds seem to be enjoying married life-good for them.

  15. mel says:

    she looks great, leave her alone.

  16. Lady D says:

    The town of Slave Lake lost over 400 homes and businesses in that wildfire. There are people there worried that they will be living in shelters this winter. It is considered the 3rd worst wildfire in terms of damage and life lost in Canadian history. You should see that town.

  17. Hellen says:

    Those shoes. She’s got to stop wearing them for every occasion, and they look silly with jeans.

  18. taxi says:

    She looks fine & like Tierra says, maybe more than 1 pair of fave jeans. I buy dupes & trips of fave basics that I wear a lot.

  19. Stubbylove says:

    Bloody hell she’s crazy thin.

  20. ladybert62 says:

    She really is TOOO skinny as those jeans show.

  21. Chrissy says:

    As strict as Royal protocol is with requiring stockings and closed-toe shoes, I’m surprised she can wear literally skin-tight jeans around on official functions. I don’t really mind this outfit but the flats she’s been wearing the past two days would have looked a lot better with this outfit.

  22. Toe says:

    She looks good, just need to gain some weight

  23. sharylmj says:

    she looks great, leave her alone! She’s thin, but she has no hips, that makes her look even skinnier.

  24. spinner says:

    I think she looks wonderful. Not too thin at all. Look at her build. She wears it well.

  25. Kloops says:

    Her clothes, as usual, are fab, but she needs to gain a few pounds. She’s way too thin. Nice to see her rocking her royal duties.

  26. texasmom says:

    I thought the jeans were fine for camping, etc. but more tailored pants with a little drape would be better for this occasion. I don’t care that they are skinny jeans per se but on her they look more like leggings (jeggings?) with an unflattering wrinkling about the knees.

  27. Would kill for those legs! She looks smashing : )

  28. Obvious says:

    I’m in LOVE with the wedges!!!!! she had/has a very similar pair i’ve been drooling over since before the wedding!

  29. Truthful says:

    she looks cute to me, I get tired of seeing her in those dumb hats and easter suits.

    she looks fine to me.

  30. zesty says:

    @kg, that’s funny, I thought the same thing about the blue, black and brown. Lose the black shoes! I think she pretty much looks great all the time though.

  31. allison says:

    the shoes are not nine west.

  32. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Duchess obviously likes to travel light, hence the recycling of her clothes.

    Kate looks great!

    ED or stress, whatever it is, Kate needs to take better care of herself or her Prince needs to step in.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Gain weight Kate! She looks good but come on! TOO skinny!

  34. ElleGin says:

    She is thin, not way too thin. She doesn’t have hips, so what? Those are skinny jeans, I find girls with too much curve look weird in them. Everybody has a different body. Sure she can gain a few pounds, but I’m not bothered if she doesn’t.

  35. really says:

    Very cute, just NEVER show her backside!

  36. Anonymous says:

    I third the comment on the mixing of the blue, brown and black. Only thing that bothers me about this outfit. If you look at her past outfits, she’s always mixed brown and black strangely, and Pippa does it too. (And I do think brown and black can mix if done right).

  37. Nymeria says:

    @ElleGin (#35) – I don’t like skinny jeans on any body type. On Waity here, they look like baggy leggings. Bleccch.

  38. Isa says:

    I think she will look great after she has a baby. I imagine she’ll go back to being thin but her hips will probably have spread a little.

  39. bagladey says:

    She looks fine. Should she be better, more formally dressed to view completely burnt out homes and cars in a deserted area? I also like her recycling her clothes.

  40. Kim says:

    Not underdressed at all. Why should he be able to wear pants but she has to wear a skirt suit to even casual events? I much prefer her casual. When she is casual she doesnt look like she is trying to hard which she does when dressing up.

  41. OtherChris says:

    I love those shoes. I think she looks very appropriate and approachable. She’s obviously got someone smart dressing her but I think she also has her own (very good) sense of style as well.

  42. blonde on the dock says:

    Slave Lake is a dump at the best of times. I think she’s handled herself like a pro. Totally impressed with her. Fabulous figure!

  43. Melinda says:

    I love the fact that she is recycling pieces. That’s what people do when they travel. As always, I think she is appropriately dressed and adorable.

  44. A Fan says:

    I am honored, thankful, and happy they chose Canada as their first royal visit…and Alberta as a provincial stop…and Slave Lake, too. I think she’s beautiful and appropriately dressed and neither of them deserve any criticism. I wouldn’t want the job of being a royal and in the public eye. They are warm, gracious, friendly, and so darn cute (together and individually). Honestly, I tear up whenever I watch coverage of their visit to my country.

  45. sam says:

    She probably has several pairs of the same jeans.

  46. Crys says:

    well, it makes sense to wear practical inexpensive clothes when traveling so often outdoors. why wear ridiculously priced clothes for those kinds of outings. its not a red carpet event.

  47. coconut says:

    overall i think she looks healthy, albeit skinny, and happy and put together.

    however…given that her other outfits are so middle of the road (too bland for someone so young i think), “proper” and modest, i find it incongruous that she wears these trendy skinny jeans.

    i don’t know about the royal rule about hose and closed toes–didn’t diana go bare-legged a lot? (though maybe that was post divorce)

    kate could at least get some more interesting pumps than the ones she’s got: blahsville and those icky platform nude ones (and i agree: ditch the wedges!).

    her dresses/outfits along with the shoes could be proper AND way more snappy/unique/characterful AND she can keep recycling.

  48. mary simon says:

    underdressed – a little too casual.

  49. phaksi says:

    I cant wait for her to start doing more than being a cloathes horse so we can comment on something other than her boring fashion

  50. Emily says:

    That top picture where you can see her feet should tell you why she wears sheer hose all the time. Bitch has horribly bony feet. I’m surprised the palace isn’t telling her to gain weight so she can conceive faster.

  51. benny says:

    “Am I the only one who remembers Kate’s healthy, athletic figure just a few years ago?”

    No, you’re not. But Kate’s fan base (11-year old girls, readers of romance novels, and people who think reality-show contestants are “celebrities”) will flood the blogs with praise of how “healthy” and “beautiful” Kate looks, if anyone dares to point out that she’s obviously starving herself.

    At some point, the non-fan base just doesn’t care enough to keep pointing out that she’s obviously starving herself.

  52. jemshoes says:

    Kaiser, I remember Kate’s athletic figure, too. Which is why I’m always thinking, “Too skinny!” whenever I read a post about Kate on CB. She looked her best and healthiest around the time she first started dating William. This said, though, I do like her sense of style (most of the time). Casual, elegant, not too frilly or fusty.

  53. eternalcanadian says:

    I found this picture of Catherine wearing those same kind of skin-tight jeans just now over at People (posted June 22, 2011, under “Rub Elbows with William and Kate – for $4,000″). I don’t know how long ago the picture was taken, but you can definitely see the diffrence between healthy and not-healthy thanks to those jeans.

  54. Sam says:

    Did you see the little girl, Diamond, with cancer that Kate met on the runway in Calgary? It was her request to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet Kate. The little girl’s letter made me teary eyed.

  55. Suzie says:

    I think the Duchess is wearing a totally appropriate outfit for the occasion, and I think she always does. The fact she is thin is to her credit, and good for health. She is glowing with good health! Most women battle to control their weight over the age of 30. I can name some celebrities under the age of 30 that battle with weight…

    Also, she is dressing absolutely correctly for someone her age group and position – a delicate balance. Definitely not under dressed!

    All her outfits on the Canada trip have been a treat to see. Tasteful, elegant. She is wearing the clothes, not the other way round.

  56. Ally says:

    Wearing Nine West today and damn proud of my ‘budget shoes’. lololol

  57. koko269 says:

    I don’t see what the big deal is. Her outfit is cute.

  58. alisonp says:

    The wedges are NOT nine west!! They are the Pied a Terre “Imperia” shoes! (no longer in stock)

  59. Amy says:

    I like that she recycles outfits. Seriously, normal people when they travel wear the same clothes for days straight.