Duchess Kate wore a $280 Luisa Spagnoli sweater & it was shockingly cute

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners after they put a Heads Together headband onto the Kensington Palace post-box in support of the Royal Mail wrapping 70 post-boxes that line the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon route

Heads Together is the charity sponsor (or whatever you call it) of this year’s London Marathon. Heads Together is the charity-conglomerate that Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate put together, although only Harry is the actual patron of the London Marathon. Still, because so many runners are going to be running for Heads Together, Will and Kate have been doing events around this year’s Marathon. On Wednesday, Kate met with runners at Kensington Palace, and she placed a blue ribbon around the Royal Mail box which designates the marathon route. As in, the route will be marked with those blue ribbons, so the marathon goes past KP.

For the event, Kate kept is casual and I have to say… she looked great. The only criticism I have is so minor, which is that she’s wearing too much makeup for a casual, daytime event. But otherwise, I’m totally fine with her look. Kate rarely wears things that I, a common peasant schlub, would want to wear even if I had Prince Charles’ credit card. But I would love to own this sweater. It’s by Luisa Spagnoli and it retails for $280, so that’s totally out of my price range. Still, it’s super-cute. Kate enjoys striped sweaters, but she usually sticks to blue-and-white stripes, giving her a constant nautical theme. So it’s nice to see her mix it up even with just a minor hint-of-red stripe.

Considering this is a casual, sporty event, I’m not going to bitch about the jeggings, mostly because I’m so relieved that she didn’t pair the jeggings with cork wedges. Look, a sensible shoe choice! And look, she’s even smiling like a normal person at children! Bless her heart, she’s trying.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners after they put a Heads Together headband onto the Kensington Palace post-box in support of the Royal Mail wrapping 70 post-boxes that line the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon route

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners after they put a Heads Together headband onto the Kensington Palace post-box in support of the Royal Mail wrapping 70 post-boxes that line the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon route

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners after they put a Heads Together headband onto the Kensington Palace post-box in support of the Royal Mail wrapping 70 post-boxes that line the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon route

Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.

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  1. Daisy says:

    I saw a video and she looked so so pretty. And somehow younger.

  2. Lainey says:

    I can’t get over how thin she’s been looking these days. I think it was kp who had a video of her tying the ribbon onto the letter box and then standing for pics and she looks so much thinner then she has in a while. She also looked so awkward compared to the man who was with her. He was so relaxed and at ease while she looked closer off and rigid.

  3. detritus says:

    She looks cute. No problem with the makeup, it looks fine.
    I want a pair of sneakers like that, but I have no idea how to keep them clean

  4. Clare says:

    Her expressions always look like she is making pantomime faces for the camera.

    But I agree, I like the jumper/jeggings/shoes combo.

  5. CrystalBall says:

    She looks tense and rigid quite often.

    It was an okay outfit – but why not red or black trainers instead of the white?

  6. anna says:

    oh dear, the bar is set so low with kate. she didn’t flash anybody, didn’t say inappropriate stuff and had rather normal facial expressions. we’re supposed to be excited about that? pfff.

  7. Becks says:

    I think she looked great. Her hair looked really good and I think she looks good with some color on her lips.

  8. Odell says:

    That’s an expensive sweater, and it’s not even a pretty one.

  9. Patricia says:

    I couldn’t outfit myself for an entire season for the cost of that very basic and boring sweater. Yawn.

  10. littlemissnaughty says:

    I mean if it was still available and not this expensive, it’d be in my closet right now. The outfit is cute, summer-y and appropriate.

  11. Olivia says:

    Same here. There are women who are naturally skinny and born with no curves. I have struggled with accepting my body in the past and I am now learning to accept it. Hearing people comment about how real women have curves is sickening for me.

    • deevia says:

      It’s never about the women naturally born with hour glass shape, rather a body positive movement for big girls or worse, being used by the Kim K of the world to justify their bought and paid for body. So I don’t think you are missing out on anything.

    • sophietta says:

      As a well rounded woman there have been times when I’ve wished for some straight lines for my body so enjoy what you have is my way of thinking!

      For perhaps the first time ever I think Kate looks, smiles, acts, holds herself a bit more upright and talks in a far more natural fashion at this event than at so many others. The hair isn’t going to change anytime soon but it is healthy looking on my screen. She also looks a little fresher – new lipstick colour perhaps? And far more animated without William’s presence. I also think TQ might overall approve of the way Kate presents herself although not sure about the work ethic as there appears a strong nod toward ‘work’ has been placed on Kate’s plate.

      A small win for me apart from those white shoes and I suppose the leggings are somewhat appropriate for this event.

    • Erica says:

      It’s different when you are naturally skinny, nothing wrong with that.Kate was a healthy looking girl while a University. Kate has dieted her way to her ultimate goal of thiness.Her face looked a little like she has been getting fillers or Botox. it seems her top lip went from non existent to suddenly visible and plump.I hope she doesn’t go to far with the beauty tweaks.

      • lobbit says:

        It shouldn’t be different, though. Her “thinness” is her choice and she has every right to it.

      • graymatters says:

        Lobbit, it is her choice and she does have the right to it. I suspect she’s at the low end of her healthy weight spectrum, so I won’t say that she’s “too” thin. I did, however, worry about girls who might look up to her and note her dramatic weight loss around the time of her wedding when she clearly wasn’t satisfied with her healthy, slender body. I wouldn’t hold a silent public figure responsible for someone else’s eating disorder, but there could be a link nonetheless.

      • Erica says:

        If she wants to be that thin yes,Lobbit it is her choice.You have your opinion and I have mine.

      • Nic919 says:

        When her extreme weight loss from a previously healthy weight is praised as being fit or healthy then that is a problem. She can be as thin as she wants, but no one should be pretending that she was not a healthy weight before or that looking emaciated is the same as being fit. She is a woman with insecurities and not a fashion icon or role model.

  12. OTHER RENEE says:

    She looks great. And pretty.

  13. MellyMel says:

    I basically own this exact outfit and variations of it (at a lower cost of course) so I think she looks great!! She pulls off casual looks so much better imo.

  14. L84Tea says:

    I think the outfit is cute. I would’ve loved her hair in a ponytail!

  15. minx says:

    I would never guess that sweater costs that much.

  16. Cerys says:

    I think she looks good here. It’s a nice jumper, the leggings don’t look as bad as they usually do and flats instead of wedges. She also looks quite relaxed in the photos.

  17. vava says:

    It’s an OK outfit, but not all that noteworthy really. The sweater looks fine next to the marathoner’s colors too, but my only question would be: how many striped sweaters does she have? Also, a different type of trouser or jeans would have been refreshing. The sneakers are a good choice.

    The makeup is a huge improvement and the hair looks fine.

    Now what I would find really great is if she actually participated in the marathon!

  18. TheOtherOne says:

    She looks nice and relaxed. Dare I say even a little confident. Keep it going, Kate.

  19. Karen says:

    She is wearing.a boring striped sweater. Let’s not get crazy. I would wear this to go to the supermarket.

  20. Patty says:

    Love it. Casual, cute, and fun. And as a Superga lover myself; I gotta say I wish I could keep my shoes that white.

  21. Joiluv says:

    I think Meagan has her shook maybe that’s why for makeup improvements.

  22. Joannie says:

    This is her comfort zone. She looks great!

  23. Starlight says:

    When I first looked at these pics I thought yes lovely and still do! Th third picture looked as though she had that sealed lipstick look where you hold your mouth in a certain way to keep the lipstick looking perfect. After a while I thought she looked very feline cat like in this make up. All in all could not fault the look

  24. Susan says:

    The sweater is cute. Now just imagine how killer the outfit could have looked with some awesome tailored trousers instead of those raggedy leggings she always wears!

    It’s so weird how her options are either “old lady dress up” or inappropriately tight millennial leggings. Why is there nothing in between for her? Chic and appropriate are foreign words to her and her stylists apparently.

  25. Casi says:

    While we’ve already established that internet-diagnosing is not a thing, I still say that she looks to me like she suffers from anxiety…the posture, the facial expressions, her general discomfort in speaking publicly. This is something in her comfort zone so of course she looks more natural.

  26. Anitas says:

    I like it. Casual clothes suit her much better than when she tries to dress up, you can tell she carries herself with much more confidence. But she wears almost the same style of hair, makeup and jewelry regardless of the clothes she wears and the event she prepares for. You could pin an evening gown on her in this photo and it’d look like it was taken at one of her galas. Why not a ponytail and stud earrings if she’s going for the sporty look?