Duchess Kate repeats Roksanda Ilincic ‘banana’ dress at Wimbledon: cute?

The Duchess of Cambridge finally made it to Wimbledon this week! I was hoping she would step out before now, especially for some of the men’s matches, which are usually her favorite. But Kate came out for one of the women’s semifinals today, Serena Williams’ match (which Serena won!). The Countess of Wessex was also there, as were some assorted celebrities like Sophie Turner and Dame Maggie Smith.

Kate repeated her famous “banana” dress by Roksanda Ilincic, which she wore for the first time in 2014, during the Australia/New Zealand tour. I like this dress. It’s not terrible, I like the structure, I like that it’s a straight skirt. I even think she looks good in yellow, which is a difficult color for most women. The dress cost £900, so she better repeat it! Unfortunately, the nude heels are back – she paired her ensemble with £425 Rupert Sanderson’s nude pumps. Fug.

Kate was introduced to staffers at the All England Club and some random people at the game. At some point, she was asked about George and tennis, and she said that George is already playing and “he’s got a racket and he enjoys playing tennis.” She also said that she plays tennis with William but that it’s frustrating for her to play him because he’s a leftie. Southpaws will get you every time!

Photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. Louisa says:

    Forget Kate. I want pics of Dame Maggie!

  2. Psu Doh Nihm says:

    I just came here to say has anyone seen Neal Skupski play? Omg. He is such a hottie.

    Those eyes. That smile.

  3. Fallon says:


  4. Monie says:

    Hand always on tummy or crotch. She needs either Imodium, Tena, or Vagisil if she has an itch.

    • lily says:

      Ahahaha I’ ll start calling her Tena Lady 🙂

      • Lucky Charm says:

        That reminds me of the episode of Hot in Cleveland when Wendy Malick’s character did a Japanese commercial for lady pants, lol!

  5. zinjojo says:

    She’s not carrying a clutch! I’m shocked! There have been casual pap shots when she’s pictured with a shoulder bag, but I think this is the first time she’s done an event with a handbag with a strap.

  6. Hindulovegod says:

    I saw her in the Royal box this morning during the match but kept hoping the camera would go wide so we could see Barry Gibb and Sansa behind her. They are of more interest.

    • Kitty says:

      Does anyone really think she will be Queen in the future?

      • Snappyfish says:

        If the monarchy is still in place at the time William ascends to the throne, then yes she will be Queen. Just as she will be the next Princess of Wales when William is elevated to that title when the one comes & Charles is on the Throne. And yes I believe that Camilla will be styled Queen when that time comes

      • Kitty says:

        @Snappyfish, I think Harry will be King

      • bettyrose says:

        Kitty –
        No, I really don’t think the monarchy will outlive Lizzy, and if it does, definitely not Charles. It’s one thing to feel a loyalty to a Queen who has served the people body and soul for generations – and speaking as an American, the concept of “The Queen of England” is such a part of our cultural lexicon it’s hard to imagine a world without it – But I don’t think the modern world really has a place for an ongoing Monarchy post-Lizzy. Let’s enjoy WK gossip now, because I give the monarchy 5 more years (spoken as someone with no expertise on this topic at all, just a moderately informed opinion).

    • Tourmaline says:

      Yeah I love the pix that show Barry Gibb sitting right behind her. I would be ecstatic to be so close to BG!

      • Poisonous Lookalike says:

        Me too, although if I had my choice, it’d be Robin (RIP RG). The Bees Gees are the first group I really became a fan of, right before disco came in, so it was a real shock to hear “Main Course” after all their pop love songs and weird psychedelic stuff… but I loved it.

        On topic, I adore yellow, but I don’t think this shade works well for DoLittle with her current hair color. It just looks off to me.

  7. Jen says:

    I was glad she came out for the women. After all of the comments from Indian Wells against women’s tennis and equal pay. its great for women’s tennis and athletics for her to come out.

    • Amelia says:

      Same here.
      She almost always completely sidelines women’s sporting events which is unbelievably frustrating considering how much influence she could *potentially* have on the media coverage if she actually put some effort in.
      Obviously she’s going to have to do a month of engagements with Ben Ainslie to make up for this.

  8. teehee says:

    I cant help myself but every time I see her, I think NO HIPS NO HIPS NO HIPS and its been years already, I just cant get used to it…. I am so glad I dont look like that 😛

    • gen says:

      At the weight she is at, it is also “no stomach”, “no boobs”, “no ass”, “no legs”, etc. She is just too thin.

      • Piper says:

        Wow! Nothing like calling someone out for their own body type . If she had “a stomach ” “big boobs” a big “ass”. And “thick legs”, would that suit you better?

      • kaiko says:

        I think gen was making truthful observations, Piper, not “calling someone” out on it because she doesn’t have hips, butt, etc. And she’s very much a “ruler” type body shape and from her face looks to be at a very low BF%. All true. Maybe she wants that look and strives for it, or maybe she doesn’t eat when she’s stressed, who the heck knows. Some days I’d love to look like that, but most days I’m just happy I’m healthy and fit into my clothes.

      • bettyrose says:

        Piper, Kate once had a very enviable athletic build. She shrunk to current proportions through what I suspect are unhealthy means, some combination of overexercising and eating only lean protein (and in very tiny portions). Criticism of an eating disorder is not body shaming.

      • Sarah says:

        Gen, you are right. It’s not body shaming to comment on how incredibly, scarily thin she is. Look at the pictures of her!!! She is thin as a literal rail!! She is either sick or suffering from an eating disorder. I’m frightened by how skinny she is! Does no one in her family notice??? I can’t imagine what she looks like in a bathing suit!!

  9. Lex says:

    She looks pretty in this! I’m always jealous of women that can pull off bright colors. I have red hair so a lot of colors make me look ridiculous.

    • OTHER RENEE says:

      I hear you ! I have red hair too and my daughter told me never to wear green as it makes me look like a leprechaun!

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        @Other Renee: Pshaw!! I have red hair and green is one of my favorite colors to wear! Purple and Navy blue are other faves. I look hideous in orange and yellow (ANY shade) tho, and don’t think I’ve owned anything red since I was about 4 yrs old. So, I also admire women who can pull off crazy bright colors.

      • mandy says:

        She is wrong- redheads in green is awesome !

      • CuriousCole says:

        Another redhead here, assuring you we can look fabulous in green! Emerald is generally flattering on us, but – Wear what suits you, not what suits others.

      • Redgrl says:

        No – from another redhead – you go & rock the green! I can’t wear red, hot pink or yellow either – can do peach or pale pink though….

    • Sticks says:

      Yeah I think she looks gorgeous here. Really radiant.

  10. Thaisajs says:

    God, I hate her shoes. Why spend so much time worrying about your dress and just fling on the same boring pumps (or black wedges)? UGH.

    • HH says:

      Yeah, those aren’t exactly an upgrade from her previous nude pumps.

      However, she looks fine here. I actually like whatever she did to her hair. It’s both youthful, but age appropriate.

    • mary simon says:

      New dress, old shoes. I am so f*ing tired of those damned flesh colored shoes Kate wears practically all the time. Kate is the only woman in the public eye who will not let go of these stupid things. Is it the same damned pair, or does she have a closet full of them? Even my boyfriend, who cares nothing about fashion, and who enjoys Celebitchy with me on occasion, noticed that Kate wears the same shoes over and over again. All that money and access to designers and stylists, and this is the best she can do? Also, the florescent yellow banana dress is unflattering and costume-y. At least it’s long and narrow and can’t blow up over her bum.

    • Megan says:

      Ugh. She simply has no sense of style. It’s crazy that she spends so much money and always looks so bad. She despartely needs a professional stylist.

  11. Llamas says:

    What is with her and using a single pair of shoes as as some lifeline. It’s weird and boring.

    And crotch grabbing. Is it some subtle way for her to itch her crotchal area? It’s also weird.

    • COSquared says:

      Not the same. She has many but from different brands(e.g. Jimmy Choo and Giavanto Rossi). The same with her collection of black pumps.

      • Llamas says:

        Well, she finds a pair or multiple pairs that look the same and sticks with it for awhile. Then she moves onto a new one.

    • mary mary says:

      in social situations and what to with one’s hands in social situations if one isn’t comfortable. Hold to the sides, clutch bag, clutch hands, wring hands, shake hands.

      Glad it isn’t me, clothes, mannerisms, everything being scrutinized and criticized.

  12. mm says:

    Serena Williams posted a snapchat video with Kate and it is shocking how sick and skeletal Kate looks.

    • Kitty says:

      Its quite obvious Kate and William loves to mingle with celebrities. Why can’t they do that to “normal people”?

    • The Original Mia says:

      She looked sickly last night. Standing next to a physical specimen like Serena, it is even more apparent she is not a healthy weight.

    • burnsie says:

      Oh wow, I just saw it. I know people tend to photograph bigger but damn. Her head/hair are so much bigger than her hips

      • Sarah says:

        I noticed that too. She now has the huge head to body ratio going on. She needs an intervention.

    • anna says:

      she looks so thin. generally i don’t appreciate comments on someone’s weight, but what’s up with her? it seems to get worse. i thought women with disordered eating often get better after having children, out of new found respect of what their bodies can do, shifting priorities and the love they develop for their kid’s healthy bodies that sort of rubs off on their self-image. the same can be said for many athletes, and athletics seem to be part of her daily routine. so is cooking. i really wonder what’s up here. william is a little biatch, so let’s just blame him 🙂
      he’s probably the worst and likes to put her down. case in point: her body-language with harry vs. will.

      • Lilybugg says:

        I don’t agree that being athletic and eating right/having a positive body image go hand in hand. There are many people that consistently expend more calories through exercise than what they consume without even realizing it. And this scenario is dangerous because those that are athletic think that they are succeeding in keeping their weight down/staying fit without realizing they are putting undue strain on their bodies. It doesn’t occur to them that they are actually living an anorexic lifestyle.

    • Vava says:

      Don’t expect Kate to gain any weight for the next few decades. This is what she wants and this is what she will have. IMO, the best she’s looked since she got married was when she was pregnant. Her normal weight was before the engagement and she looked terrific then. Something has happened to her and we won’t know what it is for another generation or so.

      • Sarah says:

        We’ll know, Vava, if she ends up in the hospital or dead from this. Which, from how she looks, is a real possibility. What can she weigh? 105 pounds??

  13. Betti says:

    Well at least she did some work at the event and tried her best not to look too awkward meeting people there.

    On the fail is has shots of her assistant Rebecca, you can see where Chutney is taking her style tips from.

  14. Huckle says:

    Super cute and summery!!

  15. Adele Dazeem says:

    I love her in bright, saturated colors! She seems to default to the opposite, so this is a pleasant surprise.

  16. Tiffany says:

    Okay guys, now I am finally seeing the posture issue. Stand up straight. Or better yet, dress for your environment.

  17. eileen says:

    Does she not like white shoes or shoes that match her clothing? I’m sure she could find some cute white sandals to match. I see her pictures and all I can think is Diana,Princess of Wales and her bulimia.She really concerns me about her weight and being healthy.

    • TotallyOld says:

      Ugh! White shoes are a big no! White shoes (except Keds) are the kiss of death in fashion. Perhaps shoes colored to match her dresses, but then everyone would say she’s spending too much money on dyeing perfectly good nude colored shoes. She can’t win.

      • Vava says:

        It seemed as if last summer white shoes had their ‘moment’, but personally I could never get too enthused about them. If I wore this dress, I’d have on some patterned shoes that picked up the yellow and had other pops of color.

  18. kodakay says:

    I like it!

  19. The Original Mia says:

    I see she let Cousin It have the day off for the match. The dress is fine. The purse is fine. I’m shocked by the fact she attended alone. No mother, no sister, no friends. Just Kate and her aide. Man, she really has an enviable life. /sarcasm

  20. Leahpet says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that this dress would look so much better if the sleeves were shorter, or if it was a sleeveless dress?

    • Deedee says:

      No, I think it would look better and more summery as a sleeveless dress. There’s something weird about the white underarms.

  21. Tourmaline says:

    I’m kind of a jewelry freak- but I find it weird that she wore the same earrings to Wimbledon that she wore with that off the shoulder evening gown last night.

  22. Erica says:

    She is so skinny,I don’t understand how after two kids she has no hips whatsoever. She must be on a strict diet.

  23. Kate says:

    I’ve never been a fan of that dress.

  24. Via says:

    Tennis ball yellow

  25. Starlight says:

    I reckon she is on a dairy free diet as Harry is supposed to be dairy free so dairy free and intense exercise no sugar she is stick thin. Look at the protruding vein on her arm that is weight barng exercises. which increases the metabolic rate. Yellow – bright colours tend to be worn by some women at Wimbledon but I was there last week on centre court and actually it’s the women who sit regally that you notice who normally don’t wear something that screams look at me.

  26. CuriousCole says:

    Is there an ID on the earrings she wore? I love them!

  27. Ronald H. Witt says:

    Ronald H. Witt leave her alone. She is a nice lady.