Duchess Kate wears J.Crew & Zara to 1851 Trust event: finally appropriate?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the 1851 Trust, attends the charity's final Land Rover BAR Roadshow at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre

Hallelujer!!!! Here are some photos of the Duchess of Cambridge today, Friday, doing an event in London for the 1851 Trust’s final Land Rover BAR Roadshow. LOOK AT HER PANTS!! Can you even believe that she’s not wearing jeggings paired with comically huge wedges. She actually wore comfortable-looking J. Crew capri slacks which are – obviously – sort of on a nautical theme. She paired those slacks with regular pumps, a crisp white blazer from Zara and a white t-shirt.

People Mag has some details about what went down at this event – it was technically a “sailing workshop” and kids from four different schools got to participate in an “educational treasure hunt” to highlight the environmental danger of plastic in the ocean. The trip was to encourage students to embrace STEM fields.

Meanwhile, as Kate gets to spend time with cute kids at a sailing charity, her husband Prince William and his granny, Queen Elizabeth II, went to visit with victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. There was a HUGE fire at Grenfell Tower earlier this week and the death toll rises by the day. While there’s already a lot of nice coverage about how the Queen and William spent time with the first responders and families, William and the Queen were heckled by some in the community who are very angry with the systemic inequalities represented by the Queen and William’s presence. This interview was pretty good indication of how some people feel, I think:

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the 1851 Trust, attends the charity's final Land Rover BAR Roadshow at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the 1851 Trust, attends the charity's final Land Rover BAR Roadshow at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the 1851 Trust, attends the charity's final Land Rover BAR Roadshow at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre

Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.


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  1. Lucy says:

    That is a really nice outfit, I must say. Simple yet trendy.

  2. isakka says:

    The outfit is okay – except the shoes, they are awful.

  3. lightpurple says:

    I know Kate gets a lot of deserved flack for her ensembles but i have to say she does a far better job than Ivanka Trump, who is supposed to be some sort of special adviser or whatever to the President and has yet to dress appropriately for that part.

    ETA something like that would have been appropriate for Princess Nagini to wear to last night’s baseball game instead of a lacy, eyelet I’m so pure white dress that was too tight & showed off her huge fake boobs

  4. Jenns says:

    I like both the outfit and the hair.

  5. Idky says:

    Finally! No skin tight leggings, no sky high wedges, no coat dress, no flowery dresses!! She looks great!

    • Sarah says:

      I think she looks good and appropriate. I don’t like capris, but they are ok here.
      Sometimes her sleeves seems too short. I wonder if she has longish arms? Or it might just be the picture, cause they look fine in the last pic.
      And that lady interviewed has a point. More and more, people are going to question supporting one of the richest families on earth while they lose their healthcare, and dont have housing, while all that family who they support does is drop in, chat and fly off.

      • Zaratustra says:

        She is very thin and rather tall. And she buys the smallest size she fits in. But small sizes are often “calculated” for smaller women. Clothes manufacturers use tables which dictate the height (= some empirical average height) used for their patterns.

        She could by a bigger size and have it changed by her seamstress. But I guess she loves to “know” and “buy” the smallest size she fits in.

  6. Sharon Lea says:

    Yay, she is wearing some nice slacks! Looks nice with the white blazer. Good job Kate.

  7. Seraphina says:

    She looks good here. i think she could have chosen better footwear but overall nice job.

  8. Coconut says:

    LOVE her outfit!!! Yes, Kate, more of this please! You look great. So appropriate! Great fit, great shoes, great earrings! Yeh!!!

  9. Indiana Joanna says:

    Finally appropriate. Can’t help but think Kate and Pips are rethinking their wardrobe because Meghan is so stylish. It would take a lot for Kate to part with her jeggings.

  10. guest says:

    Her legs look really short in those trousers.

  11. L84Tea says:

    I’m questioning the choice of shoes in this ensemble, but I do think she looks great!

  12. Kate says:

    I like the blazer but the pants manage to be both extremely matronly and inappropriately tight in the butt.
    See the second pic here for a butt view:

    I think a skinny leg trouser would be her best bet (NOT jeggings just a standard skinny leg).

    • Deedee says:

      The catalog description says these pants are “slightly cropped” and they hit closer to ankle in the photo of the model. That said, they are theme dressing (sailor pants! and buttony!) but would’ve looked much nicer if they were the proper size and longer.

  13. 1979 says:

    What happened is desvestating. It could have easily been prevented. People are angry and rightly so.

    BBC 5 live interviewed somebody the Queen spoke to and they only had good things to say. They said you could see the compassion in her eyes. It was right she went there.

    In a side note, was your source LBC? They tend to be right wing and are going to go for this type of angle to the story.

    • Anitas says:

      Surely the anti-monarchy angle would be left-wing if anything? Tbh, I listen to James O’Brien on LBC and he’s anything but right-wing.

      It’s true that the Queen herself has nothing to do with this, it’s the decision-makers who need to be called out and brought to justice. However, I think it’s good she and the other royals are made to face human anguish and suffering out of the scripted charity visits, where they rarely if ever have to answer or consider uncomfortable questions about the state of society they benefit from. I’m sure she has genuine compassion for the victims, but it’s a fact that she and her family still benefit from the class injustice underlying this very tragedy, and it’s hardly surprising it would upset the man whose family is torn apart because of it.

      The royals and aristocracy are still far too detached from the real plights of the people. At least politicians can rise and fall, lose elections, have their careers ruined on account of their decisions or detachment, even though it doesn’t happen enough to those who deserve it. But the bar set for royals is even lower. As long as they show up after a tragedy and offer condolences, their position is not only exempt from questioning, but we are also expected to admire them.

      • Joannie says:

        They’ve set up a fund to help the victims and have seen their share of tradedgy whilst visiting numerous places around the globe. They are out there giving their support and Id bet the people who were there appreciated the visit. They also went to visit victims of the Manchester terror attack. If the RF didnt exist charitable donations would be significantly lower. It’s undeniable when they are involved charities benefit. Why do you think movie stars show up?

      • msthang says:

        I think they are upset with HM because she doesn’t have to worry about the roof over her head courtesy of the tax payers. And well gee what about us??

      • Joannie says:

        Misguided anger but understandably so. I hope whoever is responsible for cheaping out pays dearly. Devastating!! My heart breaks for these people.

    • dodgy says:

      At least the Queen came out and met people? Our PM (May) thinks that she’s grander than the Queen and gave everyone a hard pass. It’s only because she’s getting pelters why she’s meeting people in the hospital today.

      • 1979 says:

        Exactly. At least she, the Queen, put herself in that situation which is more than you can say for May.

      • Sixer says:

        As we all know, I’m no monarchist. But there is an advantage in having a figure viewed to be above politics who can act as a unifying force at times of crisis or tragedy.

        Actually, I would say that she went today – usually, a few more days elapse and things have become clearer before a royal is dispatched so that the royal doesn’t accidentally make a visit look in any way political – as a rebuke to May’s poor showing yesterday. Which says something. And she got heckled at the end of the visit. Which also says something.

        West London is at literal boiling point. My extended family have all put a curfew on their kids because it’s not going to take much for it all to kick off. A load of them are coming down here for the weekend to break the tension and adrenalin levels.

      • Sixer says:

        JFC. May literally hostage in a church until they got enough police in to get protesters under control so they could get her out.

      • SoulSPA says:

        I wish Kate had done something for the survivors (including those of the LB attack). But I don’t know if she’s met any. While I agree her schedule is arranged in advance, why appear at a light and fun event, notwithstanding it highlighted a worthy cause too. The fact that she did not accompany the HM The Queen and Willies, tells me that 1. Waity Chutney is too fragile to deal with the consequences of such event and/or 2. she is not senior enough to attend such event. She’s not earning her keep.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        As much as it pains me to say this, is was good to see Willy Boy supporting TQ. Its not the first time since his grandfather retired that he’s been out with his grandmother. It would appear that he is filling that supporting role Phillip left. He is at least making an effort, unlike his wife. Is it bad optics for her to be out at a sailing event while the people of East London are almost rioting over how the poor of this country are treated – sailing is a middle/upper class sport. We all know she doesn’t have the emotional intelligence to sympathise with others.

        As for the Maybot, she’s a women running scared – its only a matter of time before we get another PM as the DUP deal is unlikely to happen and she has lost credibility with the EU who will use her defeat to steam roll over us.

        PS. Hate her shoes and the trousers are far too tight around the ass and thigh area but otherwise one of her better looks.

      • PrincessK says:

        I don’t think Theresa May think she is grand, her problem is that she is very white middle class awkward and socially rarely mixes outside of her class and doesn’t know how to approach a diverse working class community. When she first got into office she should have been given a crash course on PR with different classes of people. Prince Charles, David Cameron , and dare I say Boris Johnson are all very posh but would have had no trouble at all engaging in conversation with the working class people of North Kensington during this very distressing time.

  14. MellyMel says:

    I really love her outfit! This is such a good summer office look, though I would wear different shoes.

  15. Jb says:

    Maybe there was a bonfire for the wedges of doom and the black jeggings! Maybe her shopping finally paid off

  16. HK9 says:

    Yas girl~FINALLY! I like it.

  17. Tess says:

    Something about the proportions look funny to me.

  18. Connell says:

    She looks really good. There is something to be said for a bright, cheery person after a disaster. London has been having a hard time of it, you know. However, her face is fuller. She doesn’t look preggers to me. She is botoxing. I guess you could say, that she’ll look great until the day it becomes obvious she has done too much. At which point, could this lead to the beginning of PW’s interest in a younger woman? Side note: I love J. Crew.

    • Kali says:

      Oh you are so right. First thing anyone asks for after a disaster is ‘ can I get a bright, cheery person?’ Preferably with crushed ice but, you know, disaster and stuff so the ice machine may not be optimal. Sheez

      • Lorelai says:

        I really don’t think Connell deserved such a snarky response. Of COURSE a visit from HM isn’t going to begin to solve anyone’s problems, but it’s worth it if it somehow takes their minds off of the horror that just happened to them, even for a moment. IMO

      • Lady D says:

        It’s that ‘having a hard time’ line that got to me. Being laid off, breaking a leg, getting a massive mechanic bill, needing a new sewer system, these are hard times, the death of hundreds dying the worst way possible, or being crushed into the side of a bridge, or stabbed multiple times, is just a little f’n more than a hard time of it.
        On a side note, living through that horror show and then having someone all smiley and happy in my face wanting to hug me, while being completely insulated from this type of tragedy, well I’d probably react adversely.

      • kaiko says:

        totally agree Kali and LadyD…i think you’ve both just pointed out what we all see— the uselessness of the royal family in today’s society…being a happy high class cheerleader for photo ops just ain’t gonna cut it anymore unless they back it up with REAL help in times of great tragedy.

  19. OSTONE says:

    She looks great! More trousers and blazers, Kate!

  20. KA says:

    Outfit is spot on. That being said, I thought some of the pictures of her at this event seemed way too animated. Like almost too happy/smiley/etc.

  21. woodstock_schulz says:

    Finally! something appropriate! I really like this outfit, but I hate those shoes. She would have been better off with simple ballet flats or like a casual loafer type shoe. She’s also wearing waaaay too much blush…

  22. Jessica says:

    Theme dressing… HOWEVER…I love that’s she not in skin tight jeggings or a flouncy dress. I’ll take this improvement.

  23. Who ARE These People? says:

    Look at those pink stripes on her cheeks? Does she wear contact lenses? Because she applies her blusher like someone who can’t see well.

  24. QQ says:

    Are Ya’ll SERIOUS!?!?!? Those Pants are f*cking Laughable!!! Not quite a Capri, Jeggings adjacent but too short to even be highwaters?!?! LOLOLOOL lemme scroll back up to laugh about em a little more LOLOOLOOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  25. Sam says:

    Why heckle the Queen, yes she is the high society, the rich and blah blah but she had nothing to do with the govt not doing their job properly.

    May didn’t even go and see the people when she went due to “security reasons ”

    The rich will always be rich and nothing will change that and there will always be poor people in society, but the govt needs to ensure that they are safe and that safety regulations are meet.
    It just makes me so angry that the fire was 100% preventable but the government and landlord ignored the concerns from the residents.

    • Anitas says:

      You’re right about the government of course – regarding the Queen, my understanding is that she wasn’t insulted, just called over to speak to the victims by one of them. Which I see no problem with. Royals should be doing a lot more of that to justify their status – engaging with the people, advocating for their rights, rolling up their sleeves. Maybe not the 91 year old woman, but there’s plenty of younger generation royals who need to step out of their bubble for a bit.

      I think May is on the countdown to her Ides of March, she’s doomed as a PM. I just hope that the horrible fates and suffering of these people serve as an alarm for the society to start demanding better for everyone, not just the selected few.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      Wow. I can’t believe she didn’t go. That woman is a terrible politician and totally oblivious. A 91-year-old woman isn’t afraid, one that is an icon and world famous but May who will be a blip in history feared for her life.

  26. crazydaisy says:

    Her part is so white compared to her face. Weird. I have a long torso, too. Note to self: avoid capri pants at all costs!

  27. Amanda says:

    Fresh and pretty. Questionable shoe choice

  28. India Andrews says:

    A welcomed step in the right direction.Nice to see Kate in lower heels and pants instead of jeggings. However, with Kate’s long torso and love for vacuum sealed pants the proportions of the outfit look off kilter.

    Kate’s jacket needs to be a little longer. It looks to short in head on photographs. Her pants are so tight through the hips they are rippling and you can see the pocket outlines in some photos. Makes me think that Kate doesn’t realize what makes a good fit. It is as though Kate thinks she needs to buy the smallest size she can squeeze into with her pants. Not necessarily so Kate.

  29. minx says:

    Her hair looks shiny but I still think she’d look more stylish with a shorter cut. It’s too girlish.
    I still think she wears pants that are too tight.

  30. Citresse says:

    Kate has some kind of pant disorder. It seems she has serious mental issues which prevent her from wearing a nice pair of tailored slacks. No, she must wear skin tight, adolescent style patterns, or jeggings so tight, then of course, she must show off her bum too.
    Now she wears pants which give an entirely new meaning to Floods.
    These pants are tsunami floods. She is utterly incapable of putting an outfit together when it involves pants. It’s like when she chooses a top which clashes with a skirt. She did that at event Place2be when she mixed different fabrics on top of a colour clash.

    • vava says:

      These pants would look better with a different longer jacket, top with a print, AND shoes with an ankle tie in a summer fabric or perforated leather.

      Her theme dressing is so juvenile.

    • Soothie says:

      “Serious mental issues”?

      Because you don’t like her pants? Are you joking?

      What a thing to joke about. But for the grace of god you or your family never face serious mental issues. What a demeaning and cruel thing to say.

      • Citresse says:

        I should rephrase: it’s perhaps extreme stubborness. Perhaps when Kate goes shopping she likes to look at every outfit in the entire store whereas someone else may just quickly browse.
        Those pants don’t fit properly. The plus side is the Blazer looks attractive and her hair is looking nice.

      • India Andrews says:

        I didn’t taker the comment writer literally when she said serious mental issues. Sadly, irony, hyperbole and other aspects of the English language seem lost on some respondents. There always is someone who takes the comment writer literally or are a self-appointment language cop. Oh, the times in which we live. I hope irony, hyperbole and sarcasm survive the attacks to see the day that our society stops taking itself so seriously.

    • Royalsparkle says:

      Spot on!
      Everything id in too small tight size.

    • Addie says:

      Nah, Kate’s just vain. Whatever she wears, it’s usually skin tight because she derives her value from her body. Sadly, there’s not much else to her – no empathy, warmth, intelligence, curiosity. She’s all for the photo op, then back to her bubble of privilege. She looks rather silly to me. An empty vessel at best.

      Not surprised that there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with royals. They represent a ridiculous class order that just cannot be justified today. It’s easy to fob off people with less with inadequate housing and turning a blind eye to safety regulations. It sends a message that these people don’t matter, just because they don’t have money or privilege. It’s good that the Queen turned up, but it’s the least that she could do. Had she not, it would have been noted by people. The royals (what a ridiculous term) are running out of time. I suspect they know it.

  31. Amelie says:

    Love this outfit! The shoes are a little on the matronly side, the right shoes for fancy capri slacks can be tricky to find but quite honestly I would probably just wear flats. I don’t care if it makes me look stumpy or not (I hate heels and usually get blisters) and I don’t really care about proportions. I don’t love everything she wears but this is appropriate for the event and looks great. Some of you will never be happy no matter what she wears.

  32. Reece says:

    It’s a step in a better direction, so I won’t nit pick.
    But whomever is picking her clothes STILL does not know how to dress her body!

  33. What's Inside says:

    She looks fine. Her hair looks wonderful here.

  34. MostlyMegan says:

    It does rather look like her clothes got shrunk in the wash. I get that they are cropped trousers (AND thanks be to heaven they are not jeggings) but the jacket is too small for her – the proportions are well off.

  35. Joannie says:

    It’s not my taste but she looks terrific. Im not seeing long waisted and short legs. Her figure is to die for. Jealousy!

    • kaiko says:

      No Joannie, we aren’t all jealous of kate’s figure. She is very slim and very toned, but that speaks more for her privileged lifestyle than her genetic makeup. However there are lots of naturally beautiful women in this world of many shapes colors sizes, and they aren’t all out to get one another EVEN WHEN THEY DARE TO CRITICIZE a female public persona’s lack of style and fashion sense. Shocking isn’t it?

    • Sarah says:

      You always default to jealousy, like that might be the only possible reason to dislike Kate.
      With all her privilege, she does very little. You are American, yes? We don’t pay for her to do very little.
      And with all the resources at her fingertips, one would think she could at least get the right sized pants, not ones so tight, you see the pocket outlines. Sad!

    • suze says:

      Everyone is jealous. Yes, that’s it.

      She has a long torso. Some people don’t find the pants flattering because they give her odd proportions.

      Sometimes she looks really good. This is not one of those times.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        I’ve said on here before but she does not dress for her body type – in fact she dresses to draw attention to her wide shoulders, long torso and short legs. There are very few occasions where she has gotten it right. The black, patterned off shoulder McQueen dress that she wore a few months ago was one.

  36. Eve V says:

    The shoes are hideous and I don’t​ like the white on white sweater/blazer combo, but it’s still an improvement over her normal outfits.

    Hair and make up are still bad bad bad

  37. HoustonGrl says:

    OMG you guys. Pants. PANTS! Can’t hate on this major watershed moment.

  38. Maria says:

    Finally no jeggings! An improvement. She looks nice. At least it’s a change. But honestly the bar is so low for this woman.

  39. Sage says:

    Nah, this is not a good outfit. The blazer is good but not with what looks like a cheap tank top. she should have gone with a boot cut or slim pant leg and the shoes look like they were borrowed from the Queen.

  40. Cerys says:

    I thought she looked good today. The outfit is not perfect but it is appropriate for the occasion. No wedges or jeggings. A positive step in the right direction.

  41. cindyp says:

    Hate this outfit. The capri’s are not flattering, shoes are awful & who wears a blazer with capri slacks? Ugh, she tries but never gets it right

  42. Skylark says:

    Sorry, got to say this: dropping the Grenfell Tower fire news and resulting, devastating, ongoing trauma (just because the queen and William paid a visit) into a post about what Kate Middleton wore to a event is really tasteless.

    Better not to mention it at all than to reduce something so horrific to a by-the-way-in-other-news PS.

  43. Starlight says:

    Block heels are in fashion they have been for the last year so she s late on that front

  44. SophieB9 says:

    At last! No clutch purse in a protective double-grip. One day, Kate, you will find the confidence to stand tall, hands at side, without fumbling at the sides of your jacket, too.

  45. Starlight says:

    Regarding this very sad terrible tragedy the Queen and William were at least visiting the people affected, a very sad touching moment as one poor father called from the crowd holds up a picture of his lost family members and calls to William to come forward as Wills was about get in the car, William then turns to the poor guy and says I promise to come back – they looked overwhelmed.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      The pictures of the children he was holding weren’t his own – a reporter spoke to him afterwards where he admitted it.

      Yes they both looked overwhelmed, apparently they heard someone loudly crying (possibly bad news?) and William went off to see to them away from the press. He apparently also gave details of charities that will provide emotional help to the traumatised children.

      Out of all the visits this was the most genuine one – May’s was security heavy and Corbyn’s had slick PR all over it.

  46. suze says:

    I think this is about the worst thing she has ever worn. Bad proportions. Looks uncomfortable and tight. Makes her legs look short and gives her odd proportions.

    And I am a Kate defender, particularly about her clothes. I typically like the stuff you all hate.

  47. Nilo says:

    Come on, you people! Let her be! While I think the trousers should be longer, she still looks good and appropriate.

  48. manda says:

    Isn’t zara “fast fashion”? In light of how so many of those items are not ethically made, she shouldn’t be wearing it, IMO

  49. Zaratustra says:


    Read this article on Charles and Diana. Charles did mobb Diana. And don’t forget this if you ever again read any articles praising Charles or Camilla. They literally mobbed Diana into divorce and into death.

    ” …
    He [Charles] said: ‘I don’t believe it.’

    I [Diana] said: ‘That’s what I said to her [Camilla]. I’ve got nothing to hide — I’m your wife and the mother of your children.’

    That always makes him slightly twitch, when I say ‘mother of your children’. He hates being made aware of it.

    That was it, really. It was a big step for me. I was desperate to know what she said to him — no idea of course!

    My shrink said: It’s him, not you

    My husband made me feel so inadequate in every possible way: each time I came up for air, he pushed me down again

    Even if I ate a lot of dinner, Charles would say: ‘Is that going to reappear later? What a waste.’

  50. weegie warrior says:

    i think she looks great here and she looked good in pink at th trooping of th colour today. it was good to see william with th queen today visiting survivors of th dreadful grenfell tower fire – london has suffered some terrible tragedies in th past few weeks – if a visit from th queen and william helps then good on them.

    • Zaratustra says:

      If building regulations aren’t changed then London will suffer a few more tragedies like the one in Grenfell Tower.
      Prime Minister Theresa May has implied she refuses to review building regulations. She also refuses to review building oversight through councils. Local councils have been hit by austerity and as a consequence had to let go of staff. Also as a consequence of “cutting red tape” a lot of regulations and a lot of oversight (building inspectors) was simply abolished. See her interview with Emily Maitliss on youtube.

      No Royal has yet demanded a review fo building regulations. The Queen is one of the biggest landowners and one of the biggest landlords in Britain. Go draw your conclusions.