Duchess Kate in Erdem at a Buckingham Palace reception: dated or sweet?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to work on Monday! Poor sausages. The mean old Queen made them come to London to attend the big Buckingham Palace reception for the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. True story: this summer will mark the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Great Britain. I tend to believe that the Queen wants to mark the anniversary in an oblique way, which is why the royals are launching a “Year of Culture” rather than an explicit “it’s been 70 years since you were once part of the British Empire, REMEMBER?” Anyway, it seems like many British-Indians and Indians were invited to the Palace for the reception, and there was a receiving line where the Queen, Prince Philip, Kate, William and Princess Eugenie got to meet everybody.

Somewhere deep down inside, Kate knows well enough to NOT show her ass in front of the Queen, and I mean that both literally and figuratively. When Kate is on her own or with William, it’s all flyaway skirts, flyaway hair, jeggings, hair tosses and fake smiles. When Kate is doing an event with the Queen, she’s on her best behavior. Which means that she knows that what she’s doing is wrong all of those other times, right? So Kate wore an appropriate dress, she wore her hair back and she didn’t get to skip out for some therapy shopping after 20 minutes of making small talk.

Kate’s dress here is Erdem and it’s already sold-out. I don’t hate it, although the sleeves are not great. The look is dated – Kate is reverting back to one of her favorite styles: 1980s secretary mixed with a dash of Princess Diana cosplay. The thing is, when I was really looking at this dress, you know what it reminded me of? Something that Angelina Jolie would wear. Right?

Photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. sarri says:

    The only positive thing I have to say is that it’s good that she finally has her hair out of her face.

  2. lucy2 says:

    It’s a pretty dress, but looks like it would be better for someone older than her.

  3. astrid says:

    This looks like an event-appropriate outfit and yes I can see AJ wearing it too.

  4. justsaying says:

    She’s too young for a dress like that but we all know she likes to dress “old”.

  5. Laughy saphy says:

    I think the dress is very pretty and flattering on her, but I don’t like the matching (?) shoes. Takes the look to mother of the bride.

  6. Shambles says:

    I think Angelina has worn this dress.

    Kate looks lovely.

    I think she gets the crotch clutch from William. He does it just as much, if not more than she does.

  7. Jack Daniels is my patronus says:

    I think she looks good. Not my style, and I despise midi/tea length dresses, but it’s appropriate and she looks nice

  8. jmooo says:

    Kate really needs a trip to Burger King.

  9. Indira says:

    That dress doesn’t do her any favors, she’s too thin for that.

  10. Yolanda says:

    She looks good here. Finally a dress that fits her.

  11. Odell says:

    All I can see is her Botox-forehead.

  12. Barrett says:

    Looks like for a women in her 50s or 60s. It’s the sleeves and the mid length together. Like the sparkle is pretty and then they dowdy it up w the sleeves and mid length

  13. savu says:

    I can dig it. At least we haven’t seen it 10 times! You have this huge allowance and spend all your time shopping… at least let us benefit from it!

  14. amy says:

    I like the dress but it’s “swallowing” her because she’s so skinny. Jmo

  15. birdy says:

    The dress is very similar to the one Isabelle Huppert just wore to the Oscars. So out of all the options she has in her wardrobe to wear to these (Kate’s dress is not this season so if she is holding onto this dress, we could argue she probably has a stockpile of available dresses), she is now wearing the same look as a 63 year old women who wore it at a globally televised event within a 48 hour window. I suppose the positive is that she isn’t copying her late mother in law or Angelina Jolie this time.

  16. cindyp says:

    I don’t hate it but the color washes her out. Are the sleeves too short or too long? Overall just boring. Look at the Queen rocking it in purple

  17. notasugarhere says:

    Another new $3000 dress from a woman who has a “work” wardrobe worth almost 500,000? Is that the bribe? If you show up for an hour of work, you can buy more clothes?

    Kaiser, she has mis-dressed around the Queen. The first engagement she did with HM and Prince Philip, she wore the awful green flight attendant outfit with too-short skirt. Nearly flashed HM climbing out of the car. This is the same engagement where she kept walking ahead of both of them, instead of staying the requisite two steps behind Prince Philip.

  18. Theresa says:

    It was actually previously worn by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. See the link

  19. Elisa the I. says:

    Yep, she is totally channeling AJ. And it works, she looks elegant and I like this color on her.

  20. Cerys says:

    It’s a nice dress and I like the sparkly shoes. However, on Kate , it looks frumpy. For someone with so much money and time to shop she always manages to ruin the overall effect. I don’t know how she does it.

    • Jen says:

      I’m always excited about a new outfit but every time I’m left deflated after seeing WK. Then I check the outfit on the designer’s website and it (usually, in its original state) looks great. Somehow she sucks the life out of everything. There is no personality, no sense of style, no sense of self, nothing. Blah. Nada. The British press really needs something new to focus on IMO…

  21. Chrissy says:

    How very appropriate. A beige dress for a beige person. All the better to blend into the beige walls and beige carpet. Maybe she’s trying to tell us something. But at least her hair is out of her face and there’s not a sausage curl in sight. Must be because HM and the DoE are there. So sad that the bar is around ground level now,

  22. Bitsy says:

    I disagree that she looks too thin here. I think the lace and pleating actually give her more shape than normal. She doesn’t look so tired either, I think because her hair is back. All that hair pulls her face down and makes her look older when it’s not up.
    For Kate, this is a good look.

  23. Sharon Lea says:

    Kate looks the most engaged at this event that I can recall in recent memory, so that is nice to see. We know she changed her eye make-up, and is not using under eye liner. Her eyes still look very ‘open’ to me, in a way that they did not appear during her engagement etc. Could it be her make-up + false eyelashes? Just wondering if people think there could be a mini eye lift or is this possible through fillers/injections?

  24. Maria says:

    she is not wearing skinny jeans, her dress isn’t too shirt, and her hair is out of her face. And she seems to be enjoying herself. So that’s a nice change. I think she could have picked a dress with a bit more pizzaz but she looks nice.

  25. BearcatLawyer says:

    It is lace again. I wish she would explore other fabrics instead of wearing doilies all the time. She definitely needs to work on her hand movements; we have tons of photos of her clutching various items and doing that weird flat hand motion while talking to others.

    On the plus side, she wore great shoes. So happy not to see nude pumps!

  26. vava says:

    I like the shoes………..but not with that dress. The Erdem site styled the dress better, and I’m not even an Erdem fan.

  27. MinnFinn says:

    Kate’s hairstyle and dress remind me of Liesl VonTrapp in the gazebo with Rolf.

  28. Bliss 51 says:

    Her shoes look like something bridesmaids would have worn in the 70s. Her dress is safe and boring and more appropriate for an older woman. Like me. But I don’t like lace. And that color, bleh!

  29. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Event appropriate and her hair is better – love the shoes. She’s upped her fashion and styling game – Meghan and her HW glamour has brought out Waity’s competitive side.

  30. lala says:

    Wow. It has become rare, at least in my corner of the internet, to read such needlessly malicious, small-minded commentary on a woman, by a woman who doesn’t even know the object of her derision personally. It is not intelligent, or witty, or relevant, but just seems bafflingly mean. I know Bitch Eating Crackers is a thing, and I have that too with some people, but I thought it was generally understood that it’s not actually a virtue.

  31. Starlight says:

    William as usual kept his hands tightly framed to himself.

  32. Elle says:


    What does frumpy mean to people? She looks elegant to me. Is it supposed to be frumpy because she has her skin covered? I think she looks “quiet,” which I find appropriate for her role. It’s a pretty dress but it allows attention to focus on conversation and the guests, not on the hostess.

    • Anitas says:

      I think frumpy is more about how she carries herself, rather than how much skin she has exposed. It’s her posture and body language more than anything else making her look dowdy. She looks uncomfortable in the clothes she wears and in the role she assumes when talking to people. Clothes wear hear instead of the other way round. Also, she so often gets it wrong with clothes being too tight, too short, too long, too frilly, not tailored properly, hems badly lined etc. This dress avoids most of these mistakes, so it’s good. But she could make it look really good if she just carried herself with more confidence and poise. And I really believe this is down mostly to not being prepared properly for events and causes she supposedly champions.

  33. Sequinedheart says:

    It’s not an ugly dress, it just doesn’t do anything for her.
    She needs Amal Clooney, world dominating attorney, to come and style her.
    Amal knows how to dress.

  34. Egla says:

    I like the shoes. I like the dress. She looks good here. She looks fresh if I may say that. Don’t know why but it’s an improvement in general.
    I read some posters here complaining that we shouldn’t put down woman and body shaming and stuff. That we should be supportive to one another, not be jealous and stuff. Well, yes we can be
    “mean” but there are some reasons I think. First, this is a gossip site and we come here to gossip which, if you don’t know is good for unwinding the stress of the day. Second, when there is something to bitch about why not say it but repress it due to some “women united” thing people are pushing these days under the Political correctness label. Third- and nobody can deny this- this woman is in the public eye and it’s a joke as is her husband. That is a fact. She acts like a child, dresses like and idiot 95% of the time, is MIA 80% of her time and when she shows up for “work”=whatever that means she is useless, so much so that people forget why she is out in the first place . She has everything handed to her and she can’t even dress properly???
    For closure there is a thing called “critical thinking” and when I was in high school we were required to practice. We used to separate in teams, given a subject and forced to protect a line of thought (even if we didn’t personally agree) till the end. Our teacher said that this exercise would help us in the long run to being able to think and express our thoughts in a coherent way and be our own person. so bulling people to stop expressing their opinions about something or someone, as far as I have been taught is wrong.

  35. Diane says:

    No matter what she wears, she always looks the same. She is extremely safe and forgettable when it comes to wardrobe. She never looks bad. I think she looks best when she is her most casual (jeans and boots). If Harry marries Megan, the actress, look out. Megan has a great fashion sense.