Duchess Kate in a Diane Von Furstenberg ikat wrap dress: gorgeous or budget?

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Day 2 of Duchess Kate and Prince William’s Australian leg of their grand royal tour. For the day’s activities, Duchess Kate wore something new, and something I wouldn’t I have chosen for her: a Diane Von Furstenberg ikat wrap dress. I think Kate is like me, in that blue is one of her favorite colors overall, and one of her favorite colors to wear. She so rarely wears these kinds of patterned dresses since becoming a married lady, but there’s something about this dress that reminds me of the Issa dresses she used to wear when she was a royal girlfriend. Oh, and guess what? Those WEDGES OF DOOM are back. And just as soon as I noted her pulled-back hair, she lets it fly again.

Kate and Will visited the Blue Mountain in Austalia today. They met with emergency workers, first responders and firemen for lunch. They also posed for photos with Girl Guides. Then they met with Aboriginal Elders at Echo Point, where Will and Kate received a kangaroo-hide coat for George. You can read more about their day’s activities here. Some dudes were arrested or held for “harassment” or something at one of the events too. Weird detail: the harassers had pro-Israel stickers?

All in all, a decent look for Kate. Not my favorite but not my least favorite. The DVF dress apparently sold out online in a matter of minutes though, so lots of women loved it.

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Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News, Getty.

 

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  1. paola says:

    You two get out of the way! You’re photobombing the Blue Mountains!
    Love the dress though..

  2. Dani2 says:

    I dunno, I don’t think it’s a bad look at all, I don’t think it’s as good as yesterday’s dress but it’s cute. And I quite like the “wedges of doom” lol, I don’t get why people freak out about wedges on this site, they’re cute and this one is no exception.

    • Rosehip says:

      Dani2
      I speak for myself here; i love wedges, just not these! These are ridiculously high; it’s absurd!
      Someone referred to them as ‘stripper wedges’ and i think that’s an accurate description.
      I quite like the combination of the dress and wedges here: not too stiff, yet decent. Just THE WRONG WEDGES. Sigh….

      • Dani2 says:

        haha thanks for explaining but I still don’t see what the big deal is about the wedges, I haven’t seen this kind of reaction outside celebitchy either lol.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Dani,

        CLEARLY we ladies at CB have far superior taste which accounts for the comments.

        ;-)

      • Rosehip says:

        Clearly, indeed.
        Her wedges are so…. common..!
        *clutching my pearls*

      • wolfpup says:

        The hostility of the new posters is so apparent. I don’t understand why they post here, when clearly, it is the CB regulars they are after. I don’t see thoughtful ideas about the duchess, but silly random remarks. I post on CB because I like the ladies, and I’m here to have a spot of tea and learn.

        New posters, I am not being hateful or negative by stating the obvious, so do not project or blame me for your bad behavior. Most of the posts that you are making are just plain petty or mean. And then it’s a haha and away. It’s disturbing, and that is why I mention it. You are using a teasing, bullying sort of tone, and it is ruining the fun of this blog. It’s not that you are not welcome here, but please…try a more adult tone.

      • AC says:

        Wolfpup. Funny I have been a long time reader of this blog, and the comments, but a very occasional poster. Yesterday I got the distinct impression that the regulars feel some ownership here and new posters are not very welcome. Thanks for confirming that. I will go back to reading and not commenting, you have successfully driven me away.

      • LadySlippers says:

        AC,

        Oh don’t go.

        Did you go back and read my comments? I don’t think anyone, new or old, tries to drive others away.

        But please (if you haven’t already) read what I wrote.

        Lots of long time commenters have inside jokes but it’s not a closed thing. Most of us are quite open to allowing more people in on the party.

        Wolfpup,

        Are posters really being that hostile? Or is my terrible migraine preventing me from seeing the obvious?

        :-/

        (Also I’m an INFP and rarely see it anyway. Migraine or not)

      • bluhare says:

        I think you’re missing wolfpup’s point, AC. She’s not saying anything about every new poster, like you. You’ve come in and posted, which is great. Every place needs an infusion of people with things to say. What she’s talking about (I think) are the people who come in, and do post and runs with the old familiar refrain of pearl clutching jellus haters drinking haterade.

        Besides, isn’t this all about “community” of some sort? Seriously. We post here because we like the other posters, and like everywhere else feeling included doesn’t necessarily happen overnight. There’s a clique of regulars who know each other from posting here, and I think that’s the extent of it. Every last one of us came in here and posted and got to know the others over time. I get cheesed with the people who come in appearing to just want to slag everyone else, not join in at all. I like a differing viewpoint. I don’t agree with everyone here and it gets dull fast if everyone’s posting the same thing.

        But, wolfpup, I don’t get the context for your post in this particular thread.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        AC
        I am not into telling others what they should do or not do but I hope you stay and continue to comment. Here me out:

        I am a regular but it wasn’t always that way. I have been teamed up on and made to feel disenfranchised and overly criticized for my opinions. But I have also found knowledge, laughter, wisdom and challenging dialogue here. I also feel that I have also contributed the same. You also have a voice and everyone is vital to the conversation.

        Secondly there have been lots of new faces here because of the tour. Some of their comments make me cringe, some make me think, some make me laugh out loud. I welcome it all. It has made things really jump around here and that is the whole point, imo. I hope they stay. People like wolfpup only insist, and rightly so, on civil discourse and mutual respect. Of coyrse you personally are not targeted by this statement – I am just trying to echo the sentiments of the regulars who have come to expect/enjoy a certain level of lively but tempered back and forth. The result is a camaraderie that anyone here is welcome to.

      • AC says:

        Thanks Ladyslippers, that’s very sweet :) I just find it more relaxing to read, I don’t want to engage in debate or critique..carry on!

      • Rosehip says:

        Wolfpup,
        I didn’t react at first because i was pretty shocked about what you wrote, and especially how you wrote it. While i am still wondering what hostility you exactly mean, i found the tone of your message to be particularly hostile, and attacking on a personal level.
        I don’t see the need for that, nor do i find it a very mature thing to do.
        First of all, i’d like to state that English is not my mother tongue, so i don’t think it impossible getting lost in translation (i might express myself incorrectly, or i might miss subtleties in what you or anyone writes), and i’m well aware of that.
        I feel forced to defend myself, while i truely miss the point of what i need to defend myself for.
        I did not mean to be hostile, not towards Kate, and not towards anyone posting here, simply because i don’t have hostile feelings towards anyone. I am not a hostile person, so if i came across like that, i apologize for that, to anyone whom i might have offended.
        You say that ‘the new posters are clearly after the CB regulars’. I honestly don’t get what you mean, so i would be happy if you or someone else who is perhaps a regular and has a better knowledge of English than me, would explain me. I am not after anyone.
        You state that you are not being hateful or negative (for stating the obvious, and again, i don’t have a clue what is so obvious here), and yet it is you that a priori speaks about the new posters not having to ‘project or blame you for their bad behaviour’. I don’t get the logic behind this way of thinking, and would really appreciate it if someone would explain this.
        As you see it, it’s ‘haha and away’; and i note that it’s not that ‘we’ (i?) are/am not welcome, but the tone has to be more adult. ‘Haha and away’ doesn’t seem like a very adult tone to me, if i may say so, nor is personnaly attacking other posters on a site like this.
        The ‘away’ part is pretty much what you will get one way or another, if you attack new posters here the way you do, so chances are big you will be right about that.
        About the pearl clutching:
        I have been anjoying comments on this website for about a year i think, and the reason why i kept reading – and enjoying – CB is because i find the comments well-balanced, and they offer intelligent points of view. Overall, i like the level of the discussion here, and i’m sure we are all intelligent human beings over here. I have stated that a couple of threads ago, and if that wouldn’t be the way i feel about CB, this topic, or its ‘regulars’, i wouldn’t be reading, and definitely not posting in the first place.
        The pearl clutching thing is basically pretty much my everyday kind of humor, and has been for many many years, long before i knew of the existance of CB er even KM. It seems that pearl clutching is only allowed if you are a ‘regular’ here. I did not mean to steal anyone’s humor, really. In my opinion, i didn’t anyway. If that is where i crossed the border, than i will leave and rethink my vision on maturity.

        Bluhare
        I guess you view me as one of the ‘people who come in, and do post and runs with the old familiar refrain of pearl clutching jellus haters drinking haterade’. I’m sorry but i honestly don’t understand this. I probably miss the finesses of the language here too. Please help me out and explain so that i can understand.

        I am not a hater (never, not to anyone), i do not intend to be hostile, i don’t want to blame or project, i do not want to slag anyone.
        But i especially don’t want to ‘ruin the fun of this website’.
        Like AC, i don’t want to engage in this type of polemique, and that’s why i didn’t react at first. As i said, i react because i feel forced to defend myself, while at the same time i don’t know what i did wrong. This is not nice, friendly, let alone welcoming and in my humble opinion also not mature either.

      • FLORC says:

        Wolfpup
        While the hostility is easily avoided by not engaging it does exist.
        When I was new there were some personal attacks (Mich came in and saved me). And when I was a regular there were new commentors that had a score to settle with me for my opinions.

        This is a thread to escape and the point of the website.

        LS I remember when you were kind of new here and when Dame Snarkweek got her title. Now you’re both honorary members of the Wiglet Watch. Not because we shared the same opinions, but because when we disagreed it was civil and fact based back and forth. Even Bluhare and I agree, but not always (Cressida), but it’s a nice debate. No one should feel a gang mentality here. That’s not the intention.

      • bluhare says:

        Rosehip, you absolutely are not one of the posters to whom I was referring. Those posters post pretty much what I wrote, get aggressive with regular posters for one post only and then are never to be seen again. Either that, or return under a different name and do it again. They don’t contribute to the conversation at all; it appears their only purpose is to rile people up. There’s also a regular poster here who gets picked on a lot because she can misread innuendo as English isn’t her first language, and I definitely will come to her defense in those cases.

        Look at this thread. Regulars getting defensive and new people thinking that they are the problems. You aren’t. Not in the slightest. If you were, I’d tell you and that’s a promise. The drama that the trolls bring derails things and turns nice people defensive. Wolfpup, who is very nice, overreacted (my opinion only, wolfpup!!) to something dani said about how we are the only people trashing the wedges. She didn’t react to you, IMO; in fact, I’ll bet she’s clutching her pearls with you.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Rosehip
        I hope you will go up and read my response to AC. You should insert your name because I want to say the same thing to you. I think Wolfpup and Bluhare only appear to be put out with you because their comments are under yours. But I think they both just chose that time to express their feelings and it is not actually directed at you. I could be wrong but you are such a mild-mannered and humorous poster that I don’t think they were referring to you. But over the weekend especially there were some unfamiliar faces who felt the need to put us down for being critical of Kate in some way or another. And I am one of those who feels that some people go after Kate for every freakin little thing and I was still surprised at the extreme negativity of some of the newbies. It is no fun to b called names or insulted, you know?

      • Belle says:

        Can’t tell if this is posting where it should… My phone seems to make that more complicated than it should be! I figured I would speak up about the whole ‘regular’ vs. ‘newbie’ issue.

        Sorry, but it shouldn’t matter. I have been a long time reader at CB, and only an occasional poster. More times than I can count, I have decided not to post anymore, due to the tone of various posters. By nature, I enjoy chatting and participating, so after a while, I usually end up posting again. Often, during my ‘break’ from posting, there are new people that have been posting regularly, and consider themselves to be regulars, or maybe they are regulars that, like me, take ‘posting breaks’… either way, I have been treated as a new poster by people that seem much more ‘new’ than I am… LOL If you have been on this site regularly, for a very long time, then you probably have a good idea of which posters are new. If you have been here posting for a few months, it might not be best to assume the poster you are talking down to is ‘new’. You know what they say about assumptions… (btw, this is not directed at anyone in particular.)

        I guess my point is that I don’t think people should necessarily be trying to judge who is a regular, and worthy of respect. IMO, everyone should be treated with respect.

        Even though I have been around for a while, I still feel that some posts reflect a bit of a superior attitude. I can understand how new posters might feel as though the site is not always welcoming… I’m not a new member, but sometimes have the same impression.

        To be clear, I’m not griping about it, just offering my opinion and impression. It is what it is, and people have a choice of whether they want to be a part of it. Sometimes I do… and other times, not so much. :)

      • AC says:

        Rosehip, I feel your pain. :)
        Dame, LS, Bluhare, I appreciate your taking the time to reply and clarify, and truly I have been reading this blog for several years, and the comments are as fun as the blog because they generally are fairly astute, well thought out exchanges.
        I appreciate that you have this camaraderie , and don’t take this the wrong way, but when you jump in to clarify for each other in defense, or with the suggestion that perhaps we don’t understand because we are “new” it does sort of feel like we are uninvited guests to the party. That said, I am grateful for your thoughtful and kind replies.
        Wolfpup, putting a general statement calling “new posters” hostile and telling them to use a more grown up tone is quite offensive and exclusionary in tone. I don’t want to be part of that club. It would be nice if some of your regulars would call that post for what it was…wrong and not nice.
        Anywho… I’ll go back to reading now. I’m supposed to be working anyway!! :)

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        AC
        Upon reflection, you have made a good point. Speaking purely for myself, even my explanation/defense of what was said becomes a proxy of the usversus them mentality. I apologize for how that made you feel. It was unintentional. Its just kind of hard not to make that kind of slip when you’ve come to respect and admire some of the other posters so very much.
        Speaking of admiration your eloquence is pretty groovy!

      • bluhare says:

        I will always defend people I like, and that will not change. Sorry if that makes you feel left out. This is way more drama than I am in the mood for today, so I’m out.

      • LadySlippers says:

        True AC, very true.

        @all posters above:

        In real life we are constantly dealing with miscommunication and we have several other cues in real life to help us and we still mess up in understanding a message over half the time. Online we miss those important and valuable clues so it really compounds the communication issue.

        As to the comments — who defines new or old? New new? Or new to you new? How does anyone know someone else has been lurking forever vs just stopped by 5 minutes ago. And then, different social media have different rules. Heck even on the same site, there are different rules depending on subject. Just like in real life. Everyone might live in the same city but each abode will have slightly different set of norms.

        So while I get the concerns and comments you’ve all made, there’s a lot at play here. I try and give everyone the benefit of the doubt but even that doesn’t always work out well.

        Again, and this goes out to everyone, I hope you can stay and join the fun.

      • AC says:

        Yikes. I wish there was a like button so I could acknowledge the nice thoughtful posts..(shout out to Belle, LS and DS) Not looking for drama and not looking to be massaged and I really don’t care if I’m “left out”, just would like to avoid posts categorizing people into slots of who belongs and who doesn’t.
        I’m going to find it hard to stop writing now…but I may get fired if I don’t cool it!
        To summarize though… Wrap-love…shoes-burn…”mom jeans”-almost wet my pants.
        That is all. :)

      • FLORC says:

        AC/Rosehip/ ETC…

        I just want to add.. My opinions on the BRF as a whole and individual characters can be very critical at times. And while I do take issue with some things regarding them and those there is a language block.
        I do try to list in the post I’m not sure how to phrase an opinion any other way and that tends to come out as very negative. Of course, while most comments are not glowing positive it’s also not portrayed out of hate.
        Just poorly interpreted or expressed. And I have strong feelings regarding woman that lead by a poor example. When I hear girls aspire to be taken care of and not fight to be self relient it does bug me. Opinios are mostly based as a whole critique and not as a direct comment towards Kate.

        To clarify, i’m Greek, but live in the States and have lived in a few other countries. Also Sarcasm is very dfficul if not impossible for me to figure out in text format and I read it as an insult at times.
        I do not mean to personally attack. And I do enjoy a good back and forth. Not as much based in emotions and tunnel vision, but fact based.
        Not meaning to scare anyone off from the thread or make them feel attacked.
        Hope this helps.

      • wolfpup says:

        I’ve re-read my original post and the comments that were left after it, and I have a few things to say. I did not intend to offend anyone, or cause someone to leave this site…I mean seriously, do my words mean that much…really?

        I’m coming out – I’ve never posted on a blog (no Facebook, nothing) in my life. I’ve posted here for a few months only. I’ve made people upset because my comments were put in the wrong places – I hadn’t learned how to do it yet. I started out tentatively, and then sometimes went more boldly. But I would never think that something that I said, would actually cause someone to not read here… I still don’t believe it. What a bunch of baby-whiney asses for saying so. (Hankies and pardon-me will be passed out in the lobby).

        But in all the drama, my point seems to have been mislaid. It’s funny how asking for relief, makes me the target. I knew that would happen, I point out negative behavior, and then am called names for pointing it out, and how hurt everyone is, and adinfinitum. The ladies who post here frequently, are so patient and kind. Perhaps that’s the only way to be in this sort of forum, but I just thought that they are exceptionally nice. Why just look at how they’ve run to you to see if you need a band-aid, or help to protect you from wolfpup.

        Rosehip, I did not single you out…you are so defensive…you really needn’t be. My comment was in response to Dani’s comment (and many others like it).
        Belle, you must know that I’m not (yet) a regular poster if you read here all the time. Your response therefore does not make sense. Same with you AC. If you have been reading this for several years, you know that I’m not a regular as well, so you can save yourself hurt feelings over the regulars/newbie thing. Rather, you might note what this newbie (me) notices about comments from the regulars vs. comments from people posting after the tour started. That has been pretty specific, in that we all know what I am speaking of. If anybody wants to know if I was talking about them, well, you know if I am, and if not, you know that as well. I taught high school for nearly 20 years, and am not easily fooled.

        bluehare, what can I give you that you do not already have. You are one of the most sensible and bright among us. Shine on. For all the regulars, sorry for bringing a storm down on your heads. I admire all of you. They say pick your fights carefully. This was one that I was willing to fight because I have enjoyed this forum, and saw people come in ruining that. I step aside to your greater experience. I must admit it is difficult for me to be so kind.

        You know, I don’t worry about being perfect, so all of you who would like to attack me further, just save your energy and mosey on.

      • Dani2 says:

        @wolfpup From reading your comments, I just get the impression that you’re having a bad day so I hope your day goes better. Oh, and I’m not new, I’ve been on this site since 2012, I got the impression though that you’d been on this site for at least a couple of years from your tone in that first comment. Ladies, let’s not fight each other, this is just a celebrity gossip blog, this isn’t high school, and life is too short to get worked up over internet drama :)

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Wolfpup
        This is a little off-topic but I enjoy your posts so much that I forget you are relatively new lol.

      • Dani2 says:

        @LadySlippers you ladies do :) and I apologise for my earlier “hostility” ;) lol

      • Rosehip says:

        Thank you all for clarifying.
        The last thing i wanted to get ingaged in is drama. It is just unnecessary. Also, i see it as easy to be avoided if everyone shows basic respect towards eachother, and be specific if they don’t agree with an other poster.
        FLORC, i understood from your previous posts that you are not a native English speaker. I am not either, and i also don’t live in a country where people speak English either. Moreover, i’ve had an accident a while ago, which caused me to have enormous problems with speech, especially expressing myself correctly. (I was unable to speak my own language for four months.) This probably made me hyper-aware of the fact that a message (any message) can be so easily misinterpreted in general, and of my own inability to ‘read between the lines’. Because i don’t want to cause unnecessary drama, i tried to dissect what i felt and thought as precisely as possible.
        Wolfpup, i did not mean to pick you as a target. I knew from the beginning that chances were big i was missing certain liguistic finesses, and thereby perhaps the whole point. That was exactly what i was trying to avoid in my reaction. It may come across as being overly defensive, but actually, i just wanted to communicate in a clear way.
        I’m sorry but i still believe this whole thing (as in: storm in a glass of water) could have been avoided if you had communicated in a clear and specific way.
        Several people didn’t get your point. Not only AC and me, but also Dani didn’t get it, as she mentioned below. She likes the wedges, which is fine. I take it that she didn’t mean to cause a stirr towards the whole ‘community’, as she is posting here herself, which basically makes her part of the ‘community’, no? Anyone can correct me if i’m wrong, really. (As before, i invite people to correct me if i’m wrong, rather than reaching for relief. Please, we are not school girls.)
        Bluhare, i understand now (i hope) what you meant with ‘the people who come in, and do post and runs with the old familiar refrain of pearl clutching jellus haters drinking haterade’. I get the fun of how you express this, but i completely did not understand what you meant by it at first. Honestly. I really thought this was aimed at me (being the haterade drinking hater), and i just didn’t understand.
        Overall, as has been mentioned before by several ladies, i think the labeling of regular vs new posters, the ‘us versus them’ discourse is not only unessential, but also inappropriate and undesired.
        We are, after all, discussing a pretty trivial topic here, and it is nice to stop by, have a cup of tea and a good laugh and read interesting perspectives and learn from eachother. It’s not like we’re discussing nuclear weapons here, right?
        I think we should, and can, keep it lighthearted, and pleasant, and mature, and by all means not attack eachother on a personal level.
        Besides no one is claiming to be perfect here, so there is absolutely no point in pulling that sorry card. I wish i knew what ‘mosey’ means, but sadly i don’t. I hope your carefully chosen battle was at least worth it for you, and you are satisfied. Now can we flip the page please?

      • AC says:

        +1 perfectly said Rosehip. Tempting though it is, I’m not going to rebut or add anything, you took the words right out of my mouth (figuratively speaking) :) I will see you all on the white dress and horrible new wedges page.

      • wolfpup says:

        Dani2, I wasn’t and I am not having a bad day. I appreciate your apology. That makes you far more mature than the posters who are full of excuses… Again, as far as being clear as to whom I was speaking…I said, I repeat, “to the new posters that have come on since the tour began”. And if I was refering to you(?) then you know it by remembering your mean posts to the ladies, and if I was not referencing you(?), then you know it as well. I haven’t pointed a finger, that is true. You have to figure it out all on your own.

        Don’t think I don’t know when you are patronizing me, or putting in sneaky put-downs as you are excusing yourself. Was this chosen battle worth it? Are you going to figure it out and play nice? If you are, then it was worth it. Enough said – leave me alone. If I am speaking to you, your conscience will tell you.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I love the dress, and while wedges aren’t my favorite, I do think the dress called for a more casual shoes than her LK Bennett heels, so I see why she wore them. Girl only has 3 pairs of shoes, you know. I think she looks quite fresh and pretty.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Oh Dahling, it’s WAY too early in the morning for logic.

        *pours a mimosa and hands it to GoodNames*

      • HH says:

        The wedges actually work here. Can’t believe I’m saying this after so many awful outfits with them. I’ve seen multiple photos and I actually like the entire look.

      • FLORC says:

        The dress is very casual, picnic, dressy. I love a good DVF wrap dress. She made it 1st and flawless.

      • bluhare says:

        I agree, Goodnames. The print’s a bit too bold for my taste, but she looks good.

      • fairy godmother says:

        I really would not mind the wedges too much- as I have a few pair of my own- however, in Waity’s case (IMO) she seems to over do the wedges (and I cringe when I see her pair them with her dreaded jeggings). Maybe that is why many people comment on them?
        I do not care for the dress- at least on her. Maybe it is the print on her as if she cannot carry it off. Maybe someone with a personality or natural flair would change my opinion?
        Besides this tour is an over done deal and more of a glorified holiday with occasional meet and greet with lots of rest time compared to other royal visits.

      • Stephbpt says:

        So I know we have several RF experts here … Is there some sort of protocol against flats? I’ve heard about no open toe (though she did sport some less than lovely wedge sandals with an amazing dress). I’ll admit all 5’4″ of me secretly covets those navy wedges (not with the jeggings though) and I’m kind of ok with the hair and hemlines (yes, weights and a an few more ponytails wouldn’t hurt) … But seriously, you’d think they don’t sell flats in the UK or maybe they don’t make them in her size. He’s in jeans for crying out loud … I just don’t get it??!

    • Talie says:

      It’s a great casual look and it’s a print, which she doesn’t do often. I like that she’s rocking a watch, too.

    • Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

      I like wedges, myself, but cork soles are about 10 years out-of-fashion.

    • Hazel says:

      I like this dress, more because it seems ‘normal’ as opposed to British Royal Lady Costume. As for the Wedges of Doom–had I been wearing them, as she did, on that rock face near the ledge, I’d have been clinging onto my husband for dear life! Yowza! Just not a good everyday shoe, in my opinion. And hanging onto PW might have kept him from going so close to the edge. I don’t know the rock type, but cliff faces can shear away, for heaven’s sake!

    • Dani2 says:

      @bluhare whoa, I had no idea @wolfpup was addressing me, I honestly don’t see how her comment relates to my two comments above. After reading what @Dame Snarkweek said, I’m sorry you guys were attacked over the weekend on this site, but I’m definitely not a part of that. Sorry if I offended anyone with my wedges comment above, Kate’s wedges aren’t worth fighting over so I wholeheartedly apologise! 😁

  3. LadyMTL says:

    I actually really like the dress but noooooo, the wedges are back! I think the shoes ruin the entire look, tbh.

  4. Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

    That looks like an outfit I would have bought in 2006.
    It’s nice, but those UGLY, dated shoes… Cork soles? seriously?

  5. littlemissnaughty says:

    Dude, those are some ill-fitting pants (jeans?) on William.

    She looks nice but really, when the baby isn’t with them, I find them so boring. They have no flair, do they?

    • asia says:

      I thought the same thing. He needs some wardrobe help. Mom jeans right there.

    • Racer says:

      I agree. Without the baby they are like vanilla ice cream with no sprinkles.

    • Hautie says:

      I keep wondering does William have any clothes that are not blue?

      All I see of William on this trip, is him dressed in lots of blue. Blue suits, jackets and this unfortunate pair of pale blue Mom jeans.

      I suspect in the big book of all things, Royal. Their (Royal’s) must wear color is “any shade of blue”.

    • Okie says:

      Yep, William needs a stylist, STAT. Kate really is a style icon next to him. As for her, love the dress, hate the shoes (would’ve opted for flats myself — what about a cute ballet flat or slingback in a bright color to contrast the navy they’re both wearing?) and my goodness am I tired of clutches. Someone get this woman a new purse.

      • Ramona Q. says:

        Yes, Okie, flat shoes, maybe in yellow.

      • bluhare says:

        I don’t know why she even bothers with a purse. She doesn’t need one; she’s got her assistant person with her to hold her stuff; would be easy to give her a little cosmetic bag with lipstick, hanky etc.

        Only reason I can think of why she always has clutches is to give her something to do with her hands.

      • Okie says:

        @Ramona — Yellow would be great, so would red. Part of me wishes just to see the uproar over the future queen wearing red shoes. :)

        @bluhare — Agreed about needing something to do with her hands. People have been referencing the placement of her hands on this tour and I think that’s just the proper way to carry a clutch (fashion and royal experts, please tell me if I’m wrong), and seemingly royal protocol. I know for performers what to do with one’s hands is often the most challenging bit, and since the Duchess is “on stage,” I can understand that conundrum. Still, a clutch is a little too formal for the dress and shoes, particularly with William and his ill-fitting chinos standing right next to her.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Okie,

        There really isn’t a right or wrong way to hold your hands (unless it’s something culturally inappropriate). I think it’s just her ‘go-to’ formal position.

      • Hazel says:

        Can’t beat a red shoe, in my opinion.

      • Belle says:

        Bluhare… Very much agree about the clutch, I think she is uncomfortable when her hands are free. Personally I would be dancing with reckless abandon if I didn’t have to carry a bag of some sort wherever I go.

        Wait, that’s probably it… She carries the clutch to keep herself from dancing with reckless abandon! ;)

        I haven’t commented about the dress/shoes yet, but I like the dress quite a bit. It’s nothing iconic, but I do like it. The pattern is a bit bold for me, but I can see a lot of ‘regular’ ladies liking this one. I don’t hate the blue wedges, but am just sick of seeing them with every ‘casual’ outfit. Some navy sandals or flats would have been cute… or for a pop of color, I love red with navy/white!

  6. LadySlippers says:

    I dislike the pattern on Kate’s dress. But that’s just me and my terrible migraine.

    And people, Operation Terminate Wedges needs to happen and SOON.

    **ETA**

    Why is William wearing Mom Jeans???

    • Rosehip says:

      Poor Ladyslippers,
      i might have to look back at the pictures when i have a migraine day too, and judge again..!
      If it has to be wedges for her, i give her permission to get some new ones. But please, please Kate, these huge cork hooves are indescribably hideous!!!! They have to go!!!

      • LadySlippers says:

        Thank you!

        I’m just not a fan of big/loud prints and sadly it’s worse with a migraine. So I totally get it’s me with her dress. She does look nice. If I don’t look at her feet.

      • FLORC says:

        Certain patterns can’t overlap. DVF is mindful of that in most of her wrap dresses, but this slipped through the cracks it seems. Bold and more geometric prints stand out and much like stripes overlapping stripes you notice it more often.

        OT a bit, but DVF more often gifts her clothes to celebs. She one of the top designers that always sends out loads of items immediately because it’s guaranteed business. Just saying I would be more shocked if Kate paid even a pound for that dress.

    • Cersei says:

      Mom jeans…LOL! I thought the same thing. He needs to wear a suit in public; otherwise, he looks homely and nerdy. Regarding her dress, I think the print is too bold and it reminds me of beach wear. The flotation devices on her feet should be destroyed. In another thread, someone commented her hair may help soften her face, but I think that heavy curtain look ages her. In the third picture, I see an older Kate with a lot of Carole thrown in. Shorter, layered hair and lighter, fresher make up would help her look her age, not her mom’s.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Mom jeans indeed.

        But I don’t think he *needs* to wear a suit, just find some non-nerdy clothing!

      • booboobird says:

        Gotta agree. In the suit he looks acceptable. Well, from the waist up he looks decent here. That day when they went sailing, he looked like their protection officers in frumpy sweater and cords not like an heir to the throne.
        as for Kate, photoshop is fine and dandy if applied to her footwear. The dress is ok, I suppose. Would not wear that sort of pattern myself, but the hair, dear lord, can’t understand how a person on a relatively official outing can wear their hair loose. Small talk, wind blows, hair gag..*shudders*

    • LNG says:

      At first I thought they were slacks of some sort (which was bad enough, they’re still hideous), but then I saw the back pockets and realized they’re denim!!! They are truly terrible jeans.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      So sorry about your migraine, LadySlippers. They’re the worst. Feel better.

      Total Mom jeans.

    • AC says:

      Insert laughing face at the mom jeans comment. That’s FUNNY. I gotta stop refreshing this page. Lol

  7. Loopy says:

    Do these items really sell out? I have a hard time believing this, i mean i would like to know the people that rush out and buy something just cause Kate/Any Celeb wore it,sounds like a marketing scam to me. I mean i have seen celebs where stuff where i thought ‘gorgeous wish i had that’ but never immediately or ever rush to get it.

    • LadySlippers says:

      It depends but a lot of people are VERY celeb focused and love anything and everything ‘touched’ by a celeb.

      But if it’s a current item it can sell out quickly, other stuff she buys are out already or low in stock due to a variety of factors (out of season, older item, etc. etc.).

    • deb says:

      Loopy, that’s a valid question and it doesn’t really make sense to me either. Surely there are multiple web sites that sell the product and wouldn’t it take a bit of research to determine that it “sold out” so quickly and be able to report this so quickly? Hmmm

    • m says:

      It depends on how many of the dress are actually available and in stock. There could be 2 or 2,000. We don’t know because no one ever bothers to check, but its not a coincidence that things sell out fast when she is wearing something ‘last season’ vs wearing something from a new collection. When she wore a coat by Hobbs last year, it sold out in 30 seconds but someone who worked within the company said that there were less than 8 left so of course it sold fast. Recently when she wore that blue LK Bennett dress, it didn’t sell out and it was a new product so there were plenty available. Its only a handful of people who actually buy clothes because Kate wore the same thing but the media leads us to believe that its thousands when thats just not true.

    • Ramblingirl says:

      This particular dress, I love. If I could find one in my price range, I’d buy it. I have always been drawn to geometric patterns.

    • bwarf says:

      Dvf isn’t mass market, it’s sold in high end retail locations and not all retailers carry the same styles so it is very likely that this dress sold out fast. Dvf would know because retailers are probably calling to re-stock. From what I read though, the dress sold out from the DVF site, not worldwide retailers so it’s pretty likely that it really did sell out in 8 minutes.

  8. The Wizz says:

    What on earth is William wearing?

  9. Toniko says:

    These f.cking wedges! Geezes Will burn them already!

  10. Chinoiserie says:

    I like the print but I do not like wrap dresses.

  11. bettyrose says:

    Okay you meet these two at a party…which one looks more fun to talk to? Let’s face it, she outshines him even while trying not to.

    • deb says:

      I don’t know about that bettyrose- she doesn’t come across as being sincere and some of the questions she’s been heard asking – well, let’s just say she doesn’t seem to be very well read. And at least with William, we wouldn’t have to worry about him being distracted with his hair and fiddling with it incessantly!

    • bluhare says:

      I agree with deb. I think I’d end up talking to William. Besides, he’d have way better stories after he had a couple of beers down him.

    • Renee28 says:

      I might be in the minority but I feel like she actually has a personality. I bet if there were no cameras or prying eyes around and she felt comfortable with you she might actually be fun.

    • A:) old prude says:

      I have to disagree. I will definitely pick William to talk to because I believe even with his royal status, he has seen more ‘life’ then Kate who I think have always lived in a secure bubble provided by her wealthy parents and the most horrible thing that ever happened to her was being dumped by her BF. I’ll have lots of things to talk about with though, re his bad childhood, his RAF job, his interests, hobbies like polo or his friends etc. What exactly you’ll talk to Kate about? How to apply eye liner or how to get sausage curls?!! She’ll probably tell you how perfect her life is, how perfect her parents are, how perfect her marriage and her childhood were. How everything is just so perfect in her life or how well taken care she is, and then I’ll probably feel like smacking her. It’s rather sad that a born royal have seen more life then so called commoner.

      As far as her outshining him is concerned, I think it’s more due to the fact royalty is often followed by women and we love or concentrate more on dresses, shoes and tiaras then the kind of work royals do. Look at the comment section, 99% comments are on her clothes and fashion rather then anything else. So in modern world royalty at the end of the day is all about clothes and tiaras, so royal men logically can’t really compete with royal women. Another example look at Harry threads (who we can all agree is not boring and have more looks, charm and personality then Wills), there are very less comments even when he is flying solo doing good charitable work but Cressida threads (who is not doing any work and look just as vanilla as Kate) have so many in comparison. At the end of the day BRF have to accept people will always be more interested in ‘princesses’ then their ‘prince’ and try to play that to their advantage rather then being threatened and losing popularity on the whole.

      • LAK says:

        I’d pick William too.

        Based on the fact that everybody who has ever spent time with her, and was willing to go on record, has described her as quiet and reserved and doesn’t really engage people.

        Perhaps she’s one of those people. Who has to spend lots of time, meaning days or weeks, with a person before she opens up.

        I don’t have the patience for such people. Sorry. No patience. It’s my worst quality.

      • Just Me says:

        Old Prude – love your comment so much! I think it’d be fun to talk off the wall stuff with her just to see her reaction. I’d start off asking if she had any piercings….

        LAK, awwwwww, c’mon! You’re missing out! Some of the most beautiful flowers take years to bloom! :D

      • Just Me (and my Bobby McGee) says:

        BTW, I want a name change. Just Me & Bobby McGee here on out!

    • Hazel says:

      Nah, once I saw that head tilt, I’d know she tuned me out.

    • hmmm says:

      William. I don’t think Waity likes women who are not her family much.

      I’d ask Wills when he plans on abdicating.

  12. M.A.F. says:

    I like the dress and the color of blue that is used. Wish her hair was up or pulled back though. And although I do like wedges (and I do like those) I think she should have worn a different shoe. Some type of sandal may be? or open toe pump?

  13. HK9 says:

    I like the dress and if the “wedges of doom” have to come out I think they look better with the dress than they do with pants. (all in all I love wedges, but these wedges are just too high. If you took and inch & a half off the heel it would look better-proportion is everything.)

  14. Racer says:

    I would wear the dress. I like bold prints. Not a fan of wrap dresses but this one doesnt look clingy. I’m a fan of the wedge and I will not apologize. Its a comfortable alternative to a stilletto.

    Other than that…..her look is like groundhog day. Nightmarishly repetitive.

  15. deb says:

    How do people/the press find out the fine details of what clothes & accessories she’s wearing (and so quickly too)? Do her people issue some sort of press release? Even if you are in the fashion biz and are familiar with the designers, it’s still a bit of a crap shoot to nail down every item she’s wearing with 100% accuracy — think of the backlash if they made a mistake and named the wrong designer!

  16. Heather says:

    I’ve only ever seen two outfits on Kate that I liked. I just find her taste to be so “wag.” Her shoes all look the same. People trash Kim Kardashian for often wearing the wrong clothes, but she takes risks and I quite like many of her outfits – just not on her. On the other hand, Kate’s clothes are beyond boring, even for someone who must play it safe stylistically.

  17. Katie says:

    Love her outfit, including the shoes!

  18. Dame Snarkweek says:

    I may be alone here but I think a heavily patterned wrap dress is actually, finally perfect for the hairstyle. An updo, ponytail or chignon is not classy/sophisticated in and of itself – it has to complement the outfit. We are used to yelling about Kate always wearing her hair down but for once I think it goes with the dress. An updo would segment her lines with a resulting lollipop/bobblehead effect with a lot of movement below. But the contact between the hair and the dress calms down some of the vivacity of the dress. Awful footwear choice. And as for Will, somewhere in Maine a mom is missing her FedEx package from Lands End.

  19. SnarkGirl says:

    Love the dress, love the shoes, but not together. Somehow the brown of the wedge heel just doesn’t work with the dress and bag. It’s not awful, just a bit off.

    I’m a big fan of wedges, especially for summer. They look so cute with a sundress or shorts. Plus, they’re waaaay easier & more comfortable for walking.

  20. Gabrielle says:

    This dress is a little bit a a throwback to her waity days but I like it. I was totally obsessed with yesterday’s yellow though. I wish I could find a knock off of it.

  21. SamiHami says:

    I like the wedges. They look comfortable. And I like her hair down. As for the dress, not crazy about the pattern, but I like the style.

  22. Jezzy says:

    LOL I love how this headline says “budget” when it’s the future queen we are talking about.

    Kate looks great.

  23. Mrsjennyk says:

    Does Will always have to point at whatever he’s looking at??? Makes me crazy

  24. mel says:

    I love wedges…I get her appeal for them…easier to walk in…so comfortable…I don’t get the hate…love the whole outfit…I wear similar stuff all the time.

  25. HoustonGrl says:

    I’m trying a new thing where I’m commenting more on Wills. So, that look is actually pretty sexy on him (minus the mom jeans)! He looks better without the tie.

    As for Kate, this is the only time I’ve enjoyed the wedges of doom (lmao Kaiser). I think they actually look *cough* decent with this matronly dress.

  26. Dash says:

    One of the big Australian TV stations was doing “rolling coverage” of the visit to the Blue Mountains, including helicopter shots of the cars driving down the freeway, lots of discussion about their tough schedules, questioning whether we’d see more of George, and plenty of speculation of what Kate thought of the landscape. They were really just interested in Kate, not anywhere near as much talk about William.

    Of course they also pretty much did this when Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah and the cast of Modern Family came to town. It will probably seem to the rest of the world like we have royal fever, but we were honestly more excited by Oprah.

  27. A:) old prude says:

    So another day, another boring, inoffensive, vanilla dress from duchess of Boring. God with the amount of money she spends her clothes, access to top hair dresser and all the time in the world she wears the most blah and boring clothes. As I said in my previous post, none of her outfits are really bad but they aren’t neither great or stand the test of time i.e. look memorable 10 years later. All her clothes are not memorable or wow at all, it’s the same shoes, dresses in different colors.

  28. TheCountess says:

    Looks great, I want it.

  29. wow says:

    Another nice look for her. I don’t know who’s behind it, but this can’t be all Kate. She is rocking this tour. Her outfits at events in G.Britian usually look too costumey and “old” for her. Plus, I guess it must be all the help she has with everything than can make her look so at ease. She didn’ t have to make the travel plans, worry about transprtayion, worry about a budget or worry about someone to look after George and his safety.

    Speaking of, I also like the way George has been dressed. Especially his little shoes.

  30. rep says:

    The dress Kate wore to the daycare was the best so far. I dont care for this dress, and i like wedges, but not these. William does not care what he looks like. I think hes ready to go home.

  31. MrsBPitt says:

    Remember when William was young and looked like Diana? Now he is looking more and more like his father…unfortunately…

  32. Jocelyn says:

    I’m not a huge fan of this look and you know, when I first came into this site I had no idea why everybody hated those wedges but now they annoy me too.

  33. Reece says:

    IDK If it was this dress or something else I saw that had the same pattern. And I’m having the same reaction to it as before, which is” uhhh…ppfffbbbttt…maybe, hmm, It’s Georigia O’Keefe-ish like abstract vags everywhere…pffbbtt, maybe I could wear around the house or running errands, pfffbbbttt…”

    At least Will does have another pair of pants and belt.

  34. rep says:

    Especially when she wears them with jeggings.

  35. Maggie says:

    Love the whole ensemble. She looks gorgeous!

  36. Sara says:

    Ok, I LOVE the dress! I like it as much as the yellow one. She is finally wearing something interesting. Too bad she didn’t pull her hair back more. She looks really dumb leaving it down all the time, especially when she’s doing events outside. Any wind is going to send her hair in her face.

  37. Rascalito says:

    Wow look at William’s chest hair growing in. It’s Prince Burt reynolds over there! ;)

  38. MyHiddles says:

    Will’s pants are awful. AWFUL!

  39. Dawn says:

    Great dress! I love it to pieces.

  40. drea says:

    two things, diane von furstenberg is NEVER budget.. also, that’s not an ikat print.. someone needs to bone up on fashion and design before they keep making a fool of themselves..

  41. Caroline says:

    I have not posted on here before although I looked often. Kate’s dress is not one of my favourites but I think it looks good on her and is nice for a change. I cannot say I am keen on the shoes and think in these circs flats would have been better but if she likes them… As for William as long as he is clean and presentable does it actually matter what he wears? Come to that surely it is a bonus that Kate is so beautiful and so well dressed? Yes, it is good that she is well dressed but the beauty is surely a bonus and not a pre-requisite?

  42. Montréalise says:

    I do like the dress, and I can understand why she often wears blue – with her blue-eyed, fair-skin brunette coloring, it’s her most flattering color. What I can’t understand, though, is why she wears the same shoes over and over and over again. It’s not as though she has luggage restrictions the way we do when we travel, so why not bring a wardrobe of different shoes and different styles?

  43. Nima1 says:

    Its was all good until I scrolled down to the shoes…they killed it for me. Leave the wedges for grocery shopping on a Sunday,

  44. LadySlippers says:

    Open toed sandals that are wedges.

    Still hate ‘em. But I hate wedges. Period/Full Stop.

    *sigh*

  45. I'm With The Band says:

    Love her style. Those cork wedges, however , are criminal.

    *she’s ridiculously pretty but she must soften her eyeliner stat.