Duchess Kate in a pink Goat dress in North London: appropriate & pretty?

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Looks like someone wants to make sure they look busy! Duchess Kate has to look like she’s worth millions of pounds of renovations. First, Kate made some kind of “private” or “secret” visit to something or other yesterday (we didn’t have those photos) and today, she showed up at a North London school on behalf of her work with M-PACT Plus, a project which “offers early support” to kids who have parents struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.

For the event, Kate really did change up her look. No floaty skirt just waiting to be lifted up by a gentle breeze. No fly-away sausage curls needing to be endlessly fussed and mussed throughout the event. Instead, she chose a completely appropriate pink dress by Goat, with a straight skirt that fell just above her knee. When she bent down to talk to kids, the skirt did not ride up to her crumpet, nor did she flash anyone at any point during the event. I really like this dress – flattering and attractive and a nice color on her too.

As for her hair…while I like to give Kate positive-reinforcement compliments any time she pulls back her hair, I don’t think this puffy half-up-do is all that flattering. She looks better when she pulls more of her hair back or (ugh) leaves it all down.

M-Pact Plus was actually “started” by Kate last year, and it’s funded by the royal foundation of Kate, William and Harry. You can read more about the visit here.

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She looks pretty, though I agree about the hair. I like her in that color.

    • CuriousCole says:

      Why can’t she enlist the services of a proper hairdresser? Kate is starting to make this her second go-to look and it’s so unflattering. She needs a different “up” style because this doesn’t do her face any favours.
      It’s a relief she’s finally putting away the Marilyn skirts and sky high heels.

      • B Whit says:

        After age 30 hair longer than the shoulders is just hanging hair and makes the face look old. Cut those straggledie ends and look less like a late life sorority sister wannabe.

    • SamiHami says:

      You mean that hair doesn’t “hang” if you’re under 30? Long hair is beautiful, and hers is no exception. I’ve never understood why people here have such a hang up about her hair. It’s long, it’s pretty and it’s well cared for. There’s nothing wrong with it at all.

      Only a very, very few women actually look good with short hair. With most others it is aging and matronly.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The problem is not the length. The problem(s) is her constantly playing with it (unprofessional, unsanitary), it blowing in her face, and getting in everyone’s way. It needs to be managed and professional, and this odd style she chose today only takes care of part of the problem. She does much better when she puts it up completely. She can wear it down and however she wants on her personal time.

  2. Sabrina says:

    The dress is great. I would definitely wear it. I hate the shoes though.

    • FLORC says:

      I love the color… but the fit around the waist with that buckle… I just don’t like that style. On anyone.

      Still, everything about this is good. Either she’s finally got the hang of this or someone is helping her and she’s listening.

      • BreeinSEA says:

        She looks so thin though! Her head is seemingly larger especially with that hairdo!

  3. Abbott says:

    Mama needs a million dollar kitchen! Werk!

    • Liberty says:

      I just sent you a platter of delicious warm amaretto-scented mental brownies. :-)

    • Olenna says:

      LOL, +1!

    • kibbles says:

      Judging from these photographs, does Kate really look like a woman who needs three kitchens with renovations that add up to millions of dollars? This is a woman who likely never cooks other than putting together a salad or eating raw veggies.

      • Abbott says:

        Maybe she juices? Juicing makes a mess. At least when I do it.

      • FLORC says:

        Kibbles
        LadySlippers a few threads ago was stating in past books and articles it was known Kate loves to cook. She would feed William and at times Harry. Also that week when she was said to be really into canning jams and making her own sausages.

        Now she’s had pr friendly food shopping trips and if her and food are in the same article it’s all about her chefs and how they prepare her latest diet. Not that she’s slicing up her own fruit, etc… And at this point if she was doing that it would have been used to defend why she needs so many kitchens.

      • Francis says:

        That’s funny you mention juicing. I think I read something about Kate doing it from time to time and her Uncle is always going on about his juice fast. I think Kate probably does, but still she doesn’t need three. Kitchens for that . :)

      • wolfpup says:

        Where’s LS? It seems as though I remember it took a bit for Diana to stop being so chummy (not in a bad way), in kitchen, with the chef. She was a young lady, then, remember? I also know that she knew how to order wonderful meals made to her specifications; have you heard about how she had Oprah over, for lunch? Kate’s getting used to it. I do believe that she will surround herself, with things that feel familiar, and homey. I would. Remember the stories of Diana’s stuffed animals that she brought with her?

        Beside her marriage drama, Diana let the public into how the royal family works. They haven’t suddenly changed the way that they do things. What I wonder is what she told William and Harry about the “job”, that would cause them (mostly Will), to have such a reluctance to do it… Or what. William appears self-conscious sometimes, like he doesn’t know where to hold his hands; and at other times he appears like an impervious monarch. (He’s been studying the portraits in hall – good thing to practice your visage).

    • Mia V. says:

      She is a princess, she needs as many one-million-dollar kitchen as she wants, peasants. What do you think your taxes are for? To buy me ugly shoes and kitchens.

    • homegrrrl says:

      I understand the impetus to distract from buttgate. If I was a crown royal and flashed my jewels, I’d need a million dollar project to dissuade the shame.

  4. Faye says:

    Nice dress. I really like the cut and color. The hair is kind of frumpy.

    LOL at the “secret” attendance at the lecture related to her charity. So secret that it’s been in pretty much every paper and on all the sites and gossip blogs.

    • Sixer says:

      And the PR offensive isn’t much more secret, is it?! Having said that, anything that forces the Cambridges to stir their turgid little stumps is fine by me.

      • Faye says:

        Good point, @Sixer! LOL at “turgid little stumps.”

        Next we’ll see an appearance with Prince George, I’m betting.

      • Liberty says:

        “turgid little stumps”!! Platter of delicious brownies for you too.

        So the humbled wash-day I-Married-My-Daddy’s-62-Year-Old-Friend-Uncle-Frank-Bob sister-wife hair is just the best yet. Paired with a pink dress from Macy’s 1999 Easter Sale catalog (always a classic, you can wear it again and again), this must be just as “we are real people working hard for the money” as it gets. Well done, say I. I think there is an air hostess version available in navy with red piping.

        Give her an extra Aga cooker and a matching Smeg for an off-the-bedroom snack kitchen. In robin’s egg blue!

      • Olenna says:

        Liberty, you’re on a roll! Sister-wife, LMAO! And, that hairdo has got to go!

      • Christin says:

        Liberty just perfectly described her look. I had a similar dress 15 years ago, so 1999 is spot on.

        The hair is really too much. Instead of sitting through hours of extensions, straightening or whatever she does, snip a few inches off and give it some shape.

    • HH says:

      Is it the hair that’s making it frumpy?! I looked at this and immediately thought, “Wait. How old is she again?” This entire look could be worn by someone 10-15 years older and look beautiful and appropriate.

      • FLORC says:

        Not meaning to offend, but those curls made me think of orthodox jewish men. Anyone know what i’m talking about?

      • Faye says:

        HH, I though the dress was perfectly fine for a 30-something year old at a formal work event. To me the hair was the problem.

        @FLORC – I think you are referring to “peyot” (or “peyos,”), sideburns/side curls traditionally worn by Hasidic Jewish men. No offense at all (I am an Orthodox Jew), I think that’s hilarious.

      • Megan says:

        Wish i had more time to follow today’s threads. What is going on with the hair and the eye make up? eek!

      • tessy says:

        I have no problem with the dress but her hair is so horribly boring. Those curls hanging down the front all the time, somebody here once said she looks like a cocker spaniel and I’ve never been able to get that out of my mind. Now the peyot curls. Oh, I hope she changes it soon.

      • Halina says:

        @FLORC You mean payot/payos? I can see some resemblance:
        http://i.imgur.com/d0D3uC5.jpg

      • Olenna says:

        Here’s a good pic of her payot and rims of doom in a close-up head shot (2nd to last photo).
        http://www.laineygossip.com/Princess-Catherine-and-Pippa-Middletons-family-makeup-and-hair/30639

      • FLORC says:

        Hah, Yes!
        That’s it.

        Olenna
        That pic of her close up face looks like they forgot to edit the top half of her head. It looks so odd when people photoshop so lazy.

      • Megan says:

        I just don’t get the eye make up. it makes her look so old and tired. Someone needs to show her that pic.

      • Olenna says:

        Florc, you’re right. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but the forehead looks “real”, but not the cheeks–they’re too peachy. Megan, I think most of us are baffled by the eyeliner. She’d look younger and much prettier if she used medium to dark brown and blended it. She really needs a professional stylist who can convince her she doesn’t need to look like her mother, just yet.

      • dena says:

        It’s her studied, pious face of concern that kills me.

        At one point, I had stopped commenting about the Duchess because the comments where beginning to be petty. Petty because she (and William by extension) only gives us petty sh*t to deal with, i.e., her clothing choices. And I am beginning to feel like that again–petty and catty. At that point, I/you begin to feel like you are knit-picking or simply picking on someone. I don’t like that feeling within myself.

        Kate is clearly underprepared or not fully suited for her public role and that’s unfortunate. She has been on the job officially now for how long? 3-4 years? Come on, if she were an intern or a new employee, she would have been let go by now. You know it. I know it. Good people. Bad fit.

        As a couple and as stand-a-lone representatives. They each are painful to watch.

        I am going to close with this plea:
        Ladies (and gentlemen), I beseech you. Even if you think the highest roles for which you can ultimately prepare your daughters are wife and mother, please . . . please encourage–no demand!–that they join clubs at school, volunteer to meet people outside of their normal circles, take a public speaking class, and development an interest that is theirs alone and not simply one that is in line with their future [read targeted] mate, and maybe even get a part-time job (it’s not always about the money). Because, if not, you are risking having a 32-year replica of Kate Middleton Windsor (Princess of the Realm) and William Yellowtooth Windsor (Prince of the Realm) on your hands and scorned by millions!!!! (Smile)

        Adieu. Adieu.

      • Megan says:

        For all the time she spends with people in the beauty business she should have a better sense of hair and make up that flatter – rather than detract from – her looks.

      • wolfpup says:

        My too thin, and too rich sensors, are clanging wildly. It’s her, on both counts.

        She looks sickly to me, and I mean that in the nicest way; there’s nothing on her, and she is pale, and wasted looking.

  5. Audrey says:

    The dress is really pretty.

    I hope she keeps working. I’m a Kate apologist and she makes it hard to defend her sometimes (aka most of the time)

    • HappyMom says:

      I’m with you.

    • FLORC says:

      She’s working now. It seems she only works post scandal/bad pr news or before vacations (yes, multiple vacations).
      This makes me think we shouldn’t let up on her if this is the only way to really make her work with her charities.

    • DarkSparkle says:

      +1

      If I had her resources, I would be surrounded by shelter dogs and picking up poo in my Le Chameau wellies DAILY. Oh, William is on assignment? BACK TO THE DOGS! Or sick kids. Or veterans. Or whatever your ‘thing’ is.

      It doesn’t seem like she has a ‘thing.’

      What I would give to have the opportunity to do work that I feel matters to the world, instead of work that makes my bosses more money and allows me to occasionally buy ‘the good beer.’

      • FLORC says:

        Welcome to the club DarkSparkle.
        I hoped during or after her pregnancy she would take on a charity relating to the health of premies, infants, or pregnant womens health.

        I don’t want her life or her husband. I just want her platform. And jewels…

  6. eva says:

    Hope she remembered to put her knickers on when she’s crouching down to speak to those children.

    • Really says:

      Exactly what I was thinking! Those poor kids getting flashed by the Duchess! Try kneeling lady.

    • AM says:

      There’s a photo where she’s reaching down behind her to make sure her skirt is okay as she crouches, which I have never EVER seen her do before. So I do think she’s been spoken to nd it will at least be awhile before we see another flashing episode.

      • FLORC says:

        AM
        She does check her skirt when she kneels and bends over. Quite often too. Eventually though she runs out of fabric. Because this skirt is longer and pics have been selected for us to notice her modesty here we see it.

        And lol! You said it would be awhile before she flashes us again. Not that she would never flash us again!

      • AM says:

        I believe you, but I’ve seen her reach behind for a skirt that’s already blowing up, not smoothing one down to squat or bend. There were a couple of dresses she wore while pregnant where the crowds behind her almost certainly met George (before his official arrival) when she bent over!

        Once a flasher always a flasher? I don’t even think she does it on purpose, I would just be surprised if we’ve seen the last of her bottom.

    • Megan says:

      Is she just not allowed to wear pants? Part of what makes Harry so endearing is that he literally gets down on the ground to interact with kids. It seems like wearing pants would make an interaction like this more comfortable and eliminate the risk of a wardrobe failure.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She is allowed to wear trousers on duty. Sophie has worn them on duty before, as has Princess Anne.

  7. Charlotte says:

    I do think Duchess Kate gets some great clothing, but I wish she’d do something to tip them over into true fashion porn… at least, to my reckoning. The styling is never quite what it could be, and because of that I can’t get completely excited about it. Blah.

    And the kitchen they ripped out was beautiful. Would be interesting to see what they’re replacing it with.

    • Ayre says:

      Boring dress, boring shoes. Hair style appropriate for a middle school dance. Strange bag choice for daytime work event. Nicest thing I can say is I like the color. She’s worn a lot of this narrow-to-the-body cut in the past though, and a lot of heavy fabrics. It’s not like she primarily wore floaty dresses and has now made a drastic change.

  8. Emma13 says:

    Ok, clearly it’s early for me because I was really excited (for like all of 2 seconds ) to see her wearing a dress with little goats on it. *grabs the pot of coffee*

    • Lady says:

      Lmao… my thoughts as well!

    • Abbott says:

      I thought she was meeting a pink goat.

    • Ncboudicca says:

      Ha! If the dress had goats on it, that would’ve made it insanely awesome. Plus, we could all debate if she was sending us an ironic message that she knows William has maneuvered her into the Scapegoat role.

    • bluhare says:

      And here I thought it was to look alluring for Harry after he was clearly taken by that goat regimental mascot a couple of weeks ago. :)

    • ArtHistorian says:

      I just can’t stop laughing at the brand name GOAT – it brings up all sorts of unfortunate associations. Like the dress (not the colour), don’t like the hair. Not much else to say.

  9. minxx says:

    The dress is nice, but she should definitely cut her hair shorter – it’s flat, limp and boring. Cutting it would instantly update her look.

  10. NYC_girl says:

    I was wondering several weeks ago what this woman does all day. I also thought that she has a real opportunity (and time, unlike most of us) with her visibility to do good charity work. It’s not like she has to work 40 hours a week to support herself and her kid. I was helping my mother clean out her closet a while ago, and since she is retired we donated her suits to an organization here called Bottomless Closet. It provides guidance for women returning to the work force who are in economic need and offers interview training, workshops, and makeovers, and they also provide interview attire. Duchess Kate should get involved with something similar in London.

    • Liberty says:

      Such a great idea!!! I’ve done that every two or three years, and it’s fantastic and really helps women trying to get their lives and careers going again.

      • AmandaPanda says:

        What would Duchess Kate know about getting a job? I think she’d invite ridicule if she aligned herself with an organisation like that.

      • NYC_girl says:

        True, but she invites ridicule in whatever she does it seems… I was just thinking she is young and visible, and has the chance to help people. She is 30 years old and could really make a difference versus these random visits taking flowers from kids and letting her skirt fly up in the breeze!

    • bluhare says:

      I totally agree. But the irony . . . . . . . .

    • Ag says:

      i totally agree, with such time and resources on their hands, these people could do SO much good. all these wasted opportunities. sigh.

  11. The Original Mia says:

    The dress is nice and appropriate. The Hair needs to go. It’s too long and that style does absolutely nothing for her.

    • Chrissy says:

      But it’s her security blanket! She doesn’t have the self-confidence to let it go and most likely William would be against it and we all know she always follows his lead!

  12. Charlotte says:

    Okay, does anyone have any links to the oft’ discussed, seldom seen, non-photoshopped pics of Duchess Kate? I’m not computer savvy enough to locate them through means other than google search, which is rather fruitless. Not to mock or degrade her at all, but as a new mother to a baby girl, I find it interesting and positive to see what faces actually look like; all faces are beautiful, and I’d rather see the real deal.

      • Charlotte says:

        Thanks for that. Apart from wearing too much make up, I don’t see what the problem is; her face looks like a face. I’d rather see a few ‘flaws’ than look at some freakishly smooth, overly-pulled and ‘shopped pastiche. Crazy.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Blame photoshop – I think it is horrid how the manipulation of images can give people a totally skewed idea of what people actually look like: crow’s feet, wrinkles, dimples, cellulite and all. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but it would be nice that get to see images where people isn’t photoshopped into the “uncanny valley”. I remember that Kate Winslet some years ago took issue with a magazine that had photoshopped her slimmer and her legs much longer than reality. It is both hilarious and a sad comment on your culture.

        Personally, I think that the flaws serves to highlight the good features, the beauty. I actually think that Brad Pitt is much more handsome now than he was when in his 20s. Character trumps generic attractiveness in my book – though I have been told that I have a weird taste when it comes to male beauty.

  13. BendyWindy says:

    I love the color of that dress. And while I’ll probably regret saying this, I have a baby who’s two months younger than George. I also have two older ones. Each time it’s taken me about 10 months to a year to get back into the groove of things and start doing more than the bare minimum to keep us alive. I’m only now feeling capable of adding volunteer work and stuff onto my plate. I’m going to high-five her for taking on more engagements recently and not be snide and assume it’s just for PR.

    • wolfpup says:

      It would be really different if you had nannies, housekeepers and a cook. Oh, and a driver, masseuse, and tons of shopping money. And vacations…with all accommodations in your life being luxury…everyone hopping to make sure your every pinkie was tucked in just so. So different than being homebound with a demanding infant.

      • notasugarhere says:

        And had more than a 4 week maternity leave. Or weren’t facing being fired for getting pregnant, as so many women in the UK are…

      • AM says:

        Plus regular blowouts and a stylist. She’s not just like us.

    • gf says:

      I agree. I have two little ones and is it extremely, extremely hard work. And I know she has a lot of help, but she is also held to a much higher standard than the rest of us. No one expects us to have perfect hair, makeup, and clothes every time we leave the house. I for one am honestly lucky to shower every couple of days. Blow-drying, pedicures, makeup, workouts, trying on all these outfits to please an impossibly fussy and demanding public… All that stuff takes a lot of time, AND I assume she wants to spend a lot of time with her son, even if she has a nanny. I think people are too hard on her. I’m not saying she has it as hard as regular people do, and she’s obviously not “like us.” But I think we’re too hard on new moms in our culture, and should give her some time before we judge her. Diana wasn’t making her points about land mines and AIDS victims during the first year of William’s life.

      • notasugarhere says:

        “Blow-drying, pedicures, makeup, workouts, trying on all these outfits to please an impossibly fussy and demanding public…” O.F.F.S.

        The public pays for every penny of her upkeep, they can be as demanding as they want. Her value is not in what she wears or how she looks, it is SUPPOSED to be in what she does. As long as she dresses according to protocol, gets the damn hair out of everyone’s way, learns how to act like a professional, and works — how she “looks” does. not. matter. The Princess Royal gets the job done and will never be known for her style . And it does. not. matter. The JOB is to get the job done, not pose for pictures like a D-List celebrity.

        You also understand that she does not have to read what people say about her, right? This is a woman who declared she doesn’t care what anyone but William thinks, so I’m doubting she’s pouring over tumblr upset because people don’t like her shoes. If she is, she’s even more of an idiot than I thought.

        Note: Why must people always bash Diana in order to attempt to raise up Middleton? And on Diana’s 53rd birthday even. She wasn’t perfect, she spent a lot on clothing, her personal life was a mess (only half of which was her fault), BUT she was a hard worker from day one who understood her role on the global stage. Even when truly violently ill with morning sickness, unlike the fake HG diagnosis.

      • gf says:

        I think you misunderstood me here. I wasn’t trying to bash Diana; I was a huge fan of Diana. I was pointing out that Diana turned out to be far more wonderful than the judging public originally thought. For me, it is too early to judge Kate to be an “idiot,” as you suggest she is.

      • wolfpup says:

        I heartily agree that she ought to try to mimic the Princess Royal. Face it, if we want to see what is fashionable, it ought to be, between the pages of a magazine. Getting her clothes and hair right, is more trouble than it’s worth, at this point: we just want to see her being natural, and the PR shoots, are as phoney as hell. That kind of focus, is not on the Princess Royal’s clothes, hair, make-up and nails, because she is about so much more than that. Grooming should be done on private time anyway, because I, for one, do not care about this anymore – and it should be none of my business anyway. Kate is proving her immaturity, by needing to be all about grooming, and polish. If she wants to exercise, fine, but it shouldn’t be counted as “work”. She should be able to show up “spit-shined”, without needing a vacation.

        It is not these things, that the public fusses over. She’s the one to gloat, if she makes best-dressed lists…not the public. It’s the public’s interests, that she seems to care so little about.

        I remember seeing a photograph of Diana’s designers, and their sumptuous materials, in her apartment at KP. No one can tell me that doing that, is anything but precious moments. Decorating a palace and a mansion would be pure indulgence in the extreme – what is hard about that, someone else is doing the work – and you get to live in it!?! Shopping, poor baby. Poor Kate indeed!

  14. MinnFinn says:

    Pink is a great color on her and I’m sure all the little school girls loved it.

    The media stories before her Australia trip that she would be upping her fashion game must have been about a long term strategy and not just for that tour. Because this school visit would have been the type of appearance where in the past she would have worn a $35 dress from Topshop or other budget retailer. But she hasn’t done that in a long time. Yes, I know that since the tour she has also been recycling clothes, but the recycles have been her more expensive things which is an entirely different PR theme from her past of periodically wearing $35 dresses. I find this evolving PR strategy about Kate’s attire very very interesting.

  15. Maum says:

    I second the wanting to see the unphotoshopped pictures!

    As for the dress it’s a nice colour but it looks like something my 80-odd year old grandmother would wear. That belt-y pleated thing is so old.
    Not exactly relatable to those kids.

  16. wow says:

    She is so tall and slim. Clothes really look great on the girl.

    And I hate o start this up again, but th s t pic of her talking to the child? It’s that thing” that she just see oesn’t have. It looks forced and “look at me talking to a child, hope you’re getting this.” Whereas Harry just seems so natural and pure.

    But she looks nice here. Appropriate.

    • wolfpup says:

      I agree. I don’t think she has a thing for kids – not even George. Some people are like that – there is no shade intended.

    • AM says:

      I would speculate that she’ll be better with kids of different ages as George gets older. She’ll be better with 7 year olds when she has more experience with a 7 year old, etc.

      • Ayre says:

        Good point. She has never seemed at ease with children, though she does seem better with babies now that she knows what’s what with that age group. I’ve seen a similar development among friends.

    • MinnFinn says:

      I also agree she doesn’t have that thing when it comes to kids including her own Georgie Porgy Puddin and Pie (aka GP3). I also think it’s mostly because she is so incredibly insecure. Her interactions with adults she’s just met look just as awkward. Marrying into that dysfunctional and cold family of nitpickers doesn’t help either. If it’s true that she was bullied as a kid, it reveals a lot about her getting with Willy.

    • Jocelyn says:

      I can sympathize with Kate on the children’s issue. I’m not great with small children either. I’m sure that most kids are just excited Kate talks to them at all and to her credit, she seems nice to them.

  17. Dena says:

    Visited the Daily Mail website. Kate doesn’t look healthy on some of those pictures. Her back looks hunched over and she has an old buzzard or vulture hanging onto a perch look about her. It’s that old person’s tipping over kinda crouch. She’s also gotten too thin. She doesn’t have a vibrant or alive look to her. I hope she will address that.

    Because it’s cute & good PR:
    A little girl gave Kate a painting / drawing of Kate holding baby George. Kate should give the drawing pride of place in George’s room or somewhere in one of her homes. Snap a pic of it & share it. Stuff like that helps people forget that K/W are . . . Well, u know what they are😄

    • m says:

      She looked awful today and Im not talking about her hair or clothes. Very exhausted and frail looking. Its pretty obvious to me that there is something going on at home that’s affecting her. My money is on William being an awful jerk. I would say that I feel bad for her but she knew what she was getting herself into…

      • bluhare says:

        It could also be the bad press she’s been getting.

      • wolfpup says:

        Her mom needs to hire a good PR firm, because someone needs to look after Kate’s well being, for the long run. (The palace took too long to rescue her). Her image is everything, but I see helplessness, in her ability to save herself. We can’t plead naivete. Will will always be king, no matter what anyone thinks. (he thinks) Kate can’t have blind trust in the idea, that she’ll be looked after. I hope that she figures out that she needs to find some dignity for herself. This smacks of sexism. Is she like a possession?

  18. Francis says:

    I love the dress, love the length and straight cut works on her body. I hate HATE her hair, it looks like when a model gets a weave and her own hair it’s attached to,it starts growing out and it gets too long so it looks like dolls hair. Kate needs to really CUT her hair. Those Whatever happened to Baby Jane curls just aren’t looking polished. Her hair looks ridiculous , like the 1960′s Madame Alexander doll my Aunt left to me.
    It’s good to see she’s working, but she needs to do more, much more.
    Again love the dress. Kate needs to get out there and start working. She’s so stiff with people. Even when she tries to do the Diana move and squat down to the children’s level, it looks awkward, like she’s going to the potty.
    Her skin looks Awful, yikes, I heard she had bad skin, but in daylight it’s really noticeable in photos if they aren’t heavily photoshopped.

    • Christin says:

      She looks like a dated 40-something woman who has smoked and tanned a bit too much (her sister even more so). With all the great beauty treatments she supposedly receives, it is apparent that lifestyle and / or genetics win in the end.

      • Ayre says:

        She really doesn’t have great skin. (I’m kind of obsessed with skin lately, as mine is starting to change, though I’m older than she is.) Some celebrities are lucky and have beautiful skin, but many, even with all that money, just don’t. You can make nice skin look nicer, but if poor skin is in your DNA you are mostly stuck with it. May be why she is less willing to let go of her hair, which is glorious though badly styled. I don’t think she wears as many pieces as people think.

      • Francis says:

        On her hair I think she rotates between one and two wefts or nothing if she’s having a good hair day. One stylist about two years ago,even named the type of hair he claimed he was told she uses.
        Still her hair just looks messy to me, it no longer looks glorious. Pippa’s hair is actually looking way better than Kate’s these days. Imo

    • jamie says:

      I think she would look really polished with a Jennifer Anniston type cut.

  19. PennyLane says:

    The dress is a pretty color, but it would look much better if Kate had a bit more flesh on her frame to fill it out.

    Duchess Kate is 5’10″ – another ten pounds of muscle and fat would look amazing on her without compromising her ability to wear fashionable clothes. It would also help fill in her face.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She’s 5’5″ or 5’6″, not 5’10″ and yes, I agree she is at least a stone underweight.

      • Megan says:

        Notasugarhere … She’s 5’10″. And I agree, she would look better with at least another 10 lbs.

      • Deedee says:

        When she stands next to William in 5 inch heels, one can tell that she is not 5′ 10”. The internet/media has exaggerated her height, maybe to match Diana’s.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Thanks, Deedee. My earlier comment seems to have been eaten. Look for photos of them on the Canada trip, when she’s wearing flats (they’re standing next to each other and she’s in that tan top). Or in the (I thought awful) flowy silver dress when she’s wearing shoes that add 5-6″ to her height.

  20. anne_000 says:

    Brady Bunch hair. Either Jan or Marsha. I’m glad she’s dressing more professionally nowadays.

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  22. vava says:

    Although I like the color on her, I detest the design of that dress. It is doing her no favors in the bust area or where it pooches out in the butt and the abdomen. Length is good though.

    Shoes boring as ever.

    Posture, bad as ever.

    Hairstyle horrible.

    Eye makeup, very aging.

    This is not one of her better looks, that’s for sure. (IMO)

  23. RobN says:

    I hate to start this, but does she look pregnant or is it simply the cut of the dress? Very carefully holding something over her stomach in virtually all of the photos, too, and a little haggard looking.

    I’m going with pregnant.

    • anne_000 says:

      I don’t know if she’s pregnant or not, but her usual pose is to hold her hands and any purses over her front waist/lower stomach area.

    • Megan says:

      I was wondering the same thing. She has that same “I want to puke” look as Princess Charlene.

  24. cris says:

    This may sound stupid, but I hate the way she always carries her clutches with both hands in front of her belly. What does she have in there anyway? She should just leave it and go without, and start walking around with more confidence.

    • Word Girl says:

      @ cris,
      I’m so glad you said this. Kate is not on a red carpet so the clutch pose really is becoming more and more awkward. I’m sure her ride is waiting nearby, so she just leave the clutch in the car. Maybe if losing her phone is a concern for her, she could ask her dress makers to add pockets to her dresses.

    • Megan says:

      I have always wondered what is in the queen’s handbag, and why she doesn’t have someone who can watch it for her

      • notasugarhere says:

        HM uses her handbag (and her engagement ring) to send signals to her staff.

        www(dot)people(dot)com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20455058,00(dot)html

        Of course, now that the code has been published, they may have changed it!

  25. FLORC says:

    These “secret visits” are getting hilarious in a way.
    After the 1st 2 years she was said to be doing “secret meetings” with her charities, but even the charities didn’t know about these. It was that secret.

    Now that she is making secret charity visits it’s nice we have evidence by so much press there that aren’t paps stumbling upon this appearance.

    Her clothes, hair, and interactions with children and adults are much improved. I bet it will only get better if she stays consistent in these work events.
    Without a scandal though I doubt she will do any of this. But if it takes a scandal of flashing her bottom, excessive spending, and whatever else for her to do what she should be doing anyways then it’s a win in my mind.
    I hope she keeps this up. Even if it’s just so she can spend more atleast her charities will get the attention they deserve.
    Although, i’m not paying into their lifestyle. If I was I wouldn’t be so forgiving for all those kitchens for a few hours of meet and greets a month.

  26. Fue McCormick says:

    I think the dress is a pretty color but it sure is ill-fitting. (Why doesn’t she believe in tailor’s?) The hairstyle is not a good fir for her, either.

  27. hannah says:

    I usually love everything she wears but that is plain old ugly .

  28. Megan says:

    July 1 strikes me as a weird day to visit a school. Are they not out for the summer in England?

    • Kori says:

      I’m in London now and they’re in school. I think some if not all schools are year round. A friend of my daughter’s was stationed here and she went year round. There were hordes of them in the National Portrait Gallery (where I saw the infamous portrait) today as well.

  29. hmmm says:

    I love the colour! On me. It doesn’t really enhance her looks. I see she’s been making sausages in her new kitchens (sausage curls). Again, a silhouette similar to practically everything else she owns except for the flirty styles. Life seems to lose its lustre around her.

    I wonder if she took the helicopter.

    ETA: The palace says Dolittle was the drive behind the initiative. Does anyone believe that?

    • wolfpup says:

      Maybe her mother is helping her with her initiative; again.

    • Megan says:

      Hmmm … I suspect the “Dolittle” thing isn’t catching on because of the Eliza Dolittle connection to Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn, both of whom are well loved.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She’s constantly referred to in the DM comments as Duchess Dolittle, so I’m not sure why you think it isn’t catching on.

  30. Word Girl says:

    In all honesty, I’m going to have to side against this dress. Its the gathering hump in the front that causes the dress to not flatter her abdomen. If any area on a woman’s body is to be accentuated, it should not be the stomach or else the woman will just look preggo. I don’t like the shade of pink either. Also, Kate’s stylist just needs to lay off the extra pieces of weave cause the big hair is beginning to make her hair look wiggy. Less is a lot more on Kate. I think all of the Royals should invest their money in new hairstyles instead of home renovations because tbh, everybody’s hair is beginning to look outdated and somewhat shabby. Willnot could use some Propecia or just go bald; his dad should follow this advice, Kannot could use a new haircut, Harry too. Camila needs hair moisturizer and a new cut because her current cut does her facial shape no favors. Lastly, the Queen should go for a shorter cut herself. Maybe the Queen could even try ditching the hat sometimes, so we could see her face better.

  31. Jocelyn says:

    Kate looks really pretty here. The dress looks great on her. I like the hair. She looks so different these past few weeks to me. Does anyone else think she seems off or is it just me? And I actually like the shoes. The heels are simple but look nice with pretty much anything.

    • MinnFinn says:

      I think she’s pregnant and the first time she looked pregnant-tired was Trooping the Colour.

      • Jocelyn says:

        That could be it. I remember people speculating Kate was pregnant when the Trooping the Colour articles came.

      • Francis says:

        I think her face looks terrible, aged, her skin bad, puffy. She doesn’t look pretty at all. IMO
        She might be pregnant or home drinking, I have thought for awhile that Kate LIKES her glasses of Wine.

  32. Lotta says:

    She looks great, and I think her hair is her best feature. :-)

  33. Upshot says:

    She seems to be thinner with each new day. :-/ IMO she looks exhausted, stressed, and skeletal here. Frail, hunching; she is a beautiful woman, really pretty, but it seems she is wasting away. Like Stephen King’s old novel, “Thinner”.

    The kohl-ringed eyes aren’t helping, and simply cutting a few inches off her (thinning?) hair would give it more body, instantly.

    I’ve been known to pile on Kate, as I’ve never cared for the image she evokes, but I’m actually a bit concerned, looking at her here. Her knee bones are bigger than her calves. She is simply gaunt, and her face, yes I know about photoshop, etc, looks very tired, stressed, worn out. I dunno, but I hope the next time she needs to prove herself, she looks healthier again.

    It’s just no fun picking on someone who looks so ill. Heh ;)

  34. Shelley says:

    She needs to burn those shoes. They are cheap looking and horrid!

  35. pippa middle says:

    UpshotN you should look at the Royal Flush blue dress day in Australia, how awful lazy waity look in that short blue dress especially, when she turn to take PG bag from nanny Maria and step in the car to strap PG. so P. Willnot could get to his front seat.
    To her flashing, she enjoys knowing her butt blowing a show; have you ever seen her try to hold or stop the dress in Canada or Australia bare butt- sick!!! Was worried for the kids here seeing more- she realize no one laughing (not the Princesses especially Anne) and her n mother ‘strategy’ to tie Willnot in their decade of drunk partying race with Carole Middletrash.

    And this is not work (PHarry and their mom P Di worked) . Waityl dress up for an hour or two trip every two weeks. Past time for some serious shoppinng and exclusive vacations! What a. Waste.

    QE2 royals PCharles better take hold of PG before middlletrash corrupt n turn PG (look from grannie P DI n great grandpa Spencer Churchill like looks!), i into a previlged lazy, drunkard – not suitable for the monarch. Dad P Willnot need to go rule Buckleberry ( gives us King Henry (Harry)), Willnot can go off whatecer, supporting Middletrash with multimillion homes, expensive vacay with all the family; cause they already blow their pounds hunting him n training the others to freeload from PWillnot.