Duchess Kate wore a Rebecca Taylor suit in London: twee or professional?

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Here are some photos of the Duchess of Cambridge out and about in London today. This is her second event in 24 hours – last night she made an appearance at a reception at Buckingham Palace. This morning, Kate made a trip to Ronald McDonald House Evelina London, which is “home away from home” for families of children being treated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House just opened, and Kate not only met with staffers, she met with some of the sick kids and their families too.

For the visit, Kate wore a new-to-us Rebecca Taylor suit in a blue tweed. The jacket alone retails for $495, so I imagine the entire suit is probably $1000 or thereabouts. I honestly thought this was a repeat, but it’s not. Kate has worn blue tweed before, in a similar hue – she’s repeatedly worn the same blue tweed Missoni coat (she’s worn it as a coat-dress) to several events over the years. But this isn’t a coat, it’s a real suit. And I feel sort of meh about it. I mean, at least it’s not a miniskirt and at least it looks somewhat professional, so I’ll give her that. The fringed ruffle on the skirt is killing my soul a little bit though. So twee. Also: her posture is SO BAD.

Other style notes… after being praised for going with a more natural and “dewy” makeup look a month ago, it seems like Kate is back to doing raccoon eyes for day events. And I have no idea what’s happening with her hair in these photos.

Duchess of Cambridge Lambeth

Duchess of Cambridge Lambeth

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Ronald McDonald House Evelina London

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Guest says:

    Looking frumptastic, Kate.

    • Megan says:

      Seriously. My mom has a really similar suit from Talbots.

    • crazydaisy says:

      Awful suit! So ratty with those frayed hems, horrible cut and blah shade of blue… Looks like it could have been made from old, worn out sofa arm protectors. Fail! As for the hair, there may be a little bird nest buried in that bun.

    • Amiblue says:

      I consider any ensemble a success as long as we are not subjected to being flashed.

    • BTownGirl says:

      Not a win for her! I have the same suit, but I’m 5’1″ (5’4″ in heels, sigh) and it looks, oddly enough, less twee? I think maybe the jacket is hitting her in the wrong spot on the hip and it’s throwing all the proportions off? Because, as we all know, ol’ girl still hasn’t found a decent tailor. I can’t.

    • Crowdhood says:

      I genuinely don’t know what people expect from her. She’s either too showy or too frumpy or too twee.

  2. Sarah says:

    She needs a new haircut, she has so much hair that she doesn’t know what to do with it.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Or she adds so many extensions that she doesn’t know what to do with them.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        The do looks good from the front – the back, urgh. It looks like she did it herself and didn’t look in the mirror when she was done – very messy.

      • Chrissy says:

        It looks like there’s something nesting in her hair. So unpolished.

      • TheOtherOne says:

        I don’t know whether to comb it out or cut it off. Good luck detangling that, Kates.

    • Anitas says:

      I really think it’s the hair aging her more than anything else (OK, her posture too). I had hair about her length, it was also healthy and shiny and people complimented me on it. Then I shortened it to a lob and I was amazed at how much easier it is to look fresh and put together. And it’s still healthy and shiny and people compliment me on it as well.

      Now I’m not saying everyone in their 30s should cut their hair off. But I’m convinced it would be a huge boost to Kate’s looks. She’d look more youthful and less weighed down by that massive hair on her tiny frame arranged in dated hairstyles. It would lift up her overwhelmingly frumpy style too.

      Too bad she’ll never do it.

    • LoveShoes says:

      Sarah, I agree. A fresh cut would suit her well. As for the suit, if the skirt had been just an a-line skirt, no fringe, she could have pulled it off. It’s as if the jacket and skirt were fighting for competition. At least she is out performing royal duties. It seems like she just can’t win.

  3. Maiden says:

    She’s scarily thin in that photo of her shaking hands with someone. Her posture is terrible and her head looks huge compared to her skinny frame.

    That suit looks like it got frayed in the wash and was mixed in with whites so the fabric was ruined. She has no idea how to play up her outfits and add some glam to her looks.

  4. HappyMom says:

    I gripe about her work ethic and most of her outfits-but I’ll give her credit for looking good at 2 events in a row. I thought last night’s dress was lovely, and this is pretty plus her hair is off her face.

    • Sharon Lea says:

      I’m with you HappyMom, she seems engaged at both events in a way that I have not seen in recent memory. Her clothes are better than the twee red ruffly skirt thing and matching top a few days ago. I am hoping that she can get the ‘hang’ of appearances, so these events are heading in the right direction.

  5. Tan says:

    Her handshake pose lmao

    You do find awesome pictures

  6. Prince says:

    She’s so skinny, it’s scary.

  7. Nia says:

    I love how you purposely pick all the worst awkward looking pictures of Kate.

  8. TheOtherOne says:

    The third photo where her jacket pops up in the back makes me aware of how thin she is. Geez. This isn’t good. It’s scary to me.

  9. doglover says:

    She’s definitely not a fashion icon, I wish magazines/people would stop calling her that.

    • Mel M says:

      ITA! This is the only site that I ever see that’s not fawning over how amazing and fashionably she it. It’s like nails on a chalkboard and I feel like I’m in the twilight zone when there are articles about how amazing and perfect her fashion is.

      I also thought for sure this was a repeat. That’s how lame her wardrobe is and she spends so so much to look so boring.

      Something nice: at least the weird hair is being kept out of her face.

    • hogtowngooner says:

      Her fashion is SO basic. Lauren Conrad is better FGS!

  10. astrid says:

    Seems like the suit is a bit to small/short for her. If the sleeves and skirt hem were a bit longer, maybe it wouldn’t look so twee or trying to fit in a tween’s outfit.

    • vava says:

      The jacket looks uncomfortably tight, too. Plus, the waistline is way too high, just like that other red suit she wore a week or so ago.

    • JustBitchy says:

      She does not appear to own anything that goes below her knees

  11. Adele Dazeem says:

    It surprises me a bit that she’s got (extensions or not) a hairdresser’s dream hair: lengthy and full for fun updos, half updos, styling etc. And yet she keeps doing these odd, not stylish hair half dos. She could give us GREAT hairstyle porn if she’d get out of her comfort zone.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      For me its not so much the styles and her comfort zone but the quality of the way her hair is done – it looks like she or Carole does it instead of a professional hairstylist. She needs to get a professional stylist, makeup artist and hair dresser – even with her ‘go to’ styles she would look a LOT better. The best I’ve seen her hair was when it was being done by they guy whom she then fired after the wedding when he inadvertently blabbed that she used wiglets.

      • Adele Dazeem says:

        YES! Exactly. You worded it better than me. Like, if I had that hair and a pro stylist on hand, I’d be doing those cute Pinterest buns, French braids and twists that are modern, etc. So much fun to be had.

        And yes, her hair was way better back then. Engagement photos from last week’s post reminded me of that!

      • notasugarhere says:

        She has a professional hair stylist that does her hair for engagements. $300 a pop.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        @NOTA – I wasn’t sure if she used the hair stylist for every engagement, i know she goes on tour with her. I personally don’t think the person she uses is any good – regardless of the type of hair Waity has, a good hair stylist can/should make any hair look great.

  12. Citresse says:

    When I first saw the outfit it reminded me of an outfit she wore when she appeared with HM a few years ago. The look is vintage Kate ie- skirt too short, boring shoes and hair is a mess. It’s almost 6 years since the royal wedding so to expect much change from Kate now is quite unrealistic.

  13. HuluChic says:

    If I were to go on a thread and say this:
    “she is scary fat,I think she needs to go to the gym to lose some weight, she’s obese”
    People would lose Thier minds. Because it’s mean and body shaming right?
    Yet statement like these:
    ” She’s scary thin, I think she needs to go to a buffet and gain some weight. She’s a skeleton, her head is sooo big, she’s anexoric”

    Are okay?

    • Ever bloom says:

      you will find tons of hypocrisy in here.

    • Lady D says:

      You will also find tons of people here who will call that bullshit out. Most of us here are quite fair and empathetic.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      I don’t understand people that come on here to complain. It’s called celebitchy, and thus we are being bitchy (sometimes!) about celebrities. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. I felt the same way about Perez Hilton a few years back and haven’t been back since. Enjoy your freedom to choose….while you have it. One day when our only information source is BREITBART NEWS you will miss these conversations!
      (Only half joking btw)

      • cindyp says:

        Exactly! Now to be bitchy, that suit is just awful & looks cheap; jacket too tight & short, skirt is just ugly, hair is a mess. Why, oh why, oh why can’t she hire a stylist & hair stylist who know what they’re doing?

    • ernie says:

      If I were to go on a thread of a gossip site with “bitchy” in the name, then say “how dare you be bitchy?” I would feel unintelligent.

    • Llamas says:

      There’s a difference between a natural look and an unhealthy look. She has lost a ton of weight making her too skinny. Saying someone is unhealthy is not shaming in anyway. As someone who suffered from an ED I refuse to say clearly unhealthy people are healthy or anything along those lines.

  14. Indira says:

    She’s dressed way older than her 35 years.

  15. HK9 says:

    This is appropriate but it’s boring AF. I follow Queen Rania on instagram and she’s so stylish. I look at Kate, who is a beautiful woman and has access to everything and this is what we get. I give up.

    • Honey says:

      Kate really needs style tips from people like Queen Letizia, Crown Princess Victoria or Queen Rania, they manage do dress modern and classy – unlike Kate.

  16. Luca76 says:

    It irks me when people make fun of posture. She might have scoliosis or some other reason she can’t stand up straight.

    • Honey says:

      She probably never learned to stand up straight. She’s going to have back problems when she’s older.

    • Maiden says:

      Kaye didn’t always have that posture. Look at pics of her from her uni days and she stood straight. Since she became a royal she started doing this weird hip-first stance that, combined with keeping her hands at her crotch and wearing 4-inch heels, have given her terrible posture whenever she does events like these. But look at her when she’s carrying George or Charlotte and she’s also standing straight. It’s part of her defensive and closed off body language to curve her back and shoulders like this. I doubt it’s scoliosis or she’d have had it fixed a long time ago.

      • Luca76 says:

        You can’t fix scoliosis. Some people get surgery to prevent it from getting worse but you can’t fix it. If it’s just some sort of psychological defense mechanism than although I have no admiration for the girl I do feel sorry for her.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        Its part of a defensive body language and self consciousness about her body type. She has a a long torso with wide shoulders – she dresses and stoops to hide it. If she had a proper stylist she could wear styles that would disguise it without affecting her posture.

        For someone who does a lot of yoga – her posture when in public is terrible. Wonder if she stoops in private.

      • grumpy says:

        Some women do that kind of hunch when they can’t walk in heels. I bet she is less hunched in flats.
        I doubt she has scoliosis and if she did, she is in the perfect position to highlight the issue and support the organisations that work to help people with this condition. I’m pretty sure there is even a specialist centre for it in Norfolk or Suffolk or thereabouts so she wouldn’t have far to travel. If she had it I am sure we would be told all about it to get some sympathy, just like her “HG”….

    • Megan says:

      I’ve posted this before … my trainer calls that posture “crunch curve.” It comes from over strengthening your abs without balancing it with back and shoulder work. My guess is she wants a flat stomach, but does not want to make her naturally broad shoulders bigger.

    • Anon55 says:

      Totally agree with you re: posture! We have no idea if she has scoliosis or other spinae, bone, or musculoskeletal (sp?) issues. Not to make it about me, but I do have a scoliosis curve that is detectable in pictures as “bad posture.” It’s heartbreaking because no matter how straight I stand, I’ll never be perfect.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Eugenie has far better posture, and she’s the one who had serious back issues (scoliosis). Has the steel rods in her spine to prove it.

    • LAK says:

      Eugenie has scoliosis. Compare and contrast their postures.

  17. KatM says:

    This is going to sound harsh, but this reminds me of suits I wore twenty years ago to work at a conservative company in NYC. I bet if this were in another color though, it would not look as dated. This same suit in black or white would look sharp. I bet if she pulled the hair into a clean chignon, she would look very professional and polished.

  18. Chrissy says:

    Her posture is horrific. Jeez
    That little 8-year-old girl in the photo looks lovely. From her great hair to her classic age-appropriate outfit. Even her posture is good.
    Too bad we can’t say the same about the Duchess. Kate should get some advice from her.

    • Nic919 says:

      I noticed the little girl’s great haircut and outfit. She looked stylish and age appropriate. Way better than the princess with access to stylists and designer outfits. I guess you can’t buy taste.

  19. velourazure says:

    I knew she wouldn’t be able to give up the raccoon eyes.

  20. Clare says:

    Do you guys think all her attempts at suits end up looking twee/girlish because of the way she carries herself? I mean, the woman has never held a proper job where she’d need to dress like a professional, and I think she has just never quite learned how to carry it off? Let’s be honest – she has only ever been a show horse/trophy; if she suffers from lack of confidence and/or self assurance, I can see why.

    There are plenty of powerful, stylish women I can think off who would pull off that suit with dignity and aplomb and look like the badass bosses that they are – Kate looks like a girl wearing mummy’s work clothes.

    • TheOtherOne says:

      I feel like she is a woman trying to save her marriage by wearing all the clothes and hair that her husband initially loved. The Fail tried to spin the India reception as a touching moment since Waity put her hand “lovingly” (or some nonsense) on Will’s back. I think the ship is sinking with those two and she is trying to hang on.

      • addie says:

        If so, she won’t go easily. She’ll hang on for grim death. Both Diana and Fergie didn’t know what to do with themselves after the loss of status (read deference) and pots of dosh. No, she will not go.

    • Nic919 says:

      Even Melania has better hair and wears better outfits and she is a trophy wife. So Kate just has bad taste.

  21. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    She will never cut the mop so we need to get used to seeing her with it either around her face or in ‘WTF’ half up/down do’s like this. The outfit is OK, not really something to wear around kids.

    She desperately needs a proper stylist and hairdresser – thou the raccoon eyes are back.

  22. Chaine says:

    I’m OK with this one. The color is lovely on her.

    • Maria says:

      Me too. Love the colour, and at least the skirt can’t fly up. She looks so much better with her hair back, at least she isn’t tossing her head back, or flicking it. She gets a pass from me today.

    • Sullivan says:

      I agree. The color looks nice on her. She looks fine for the occasion.

  23. Birdie says:

    Maybe she thinks she looks nice and she likes all the clothes she wears and the makeup. I don’t mind any of it, people make a big thing out of nothing.

    • Kitkatk8 says:

      Agree!!! We can’t all agree on style or else everyone would be dressed as clones of one another – but overall I find her clothes harmless and normal. Yes she’s had a few flops but who hasn’t?

  24. Odell says:

    Catherine really doesn’t want to cut her hair, does she? Time for a new hairstyle.

  25. Shannon says:

    LOL I may be the lone one here, but I think she looks nice. Idk about her posture, but possibly because she’s quite tall? I’m only 5’2″, but I’ve had tall friends who tell me they always find themselves sort of hunching over and not even realize it. I have a soft spot for Kate ever since she had her first child and walked out with the pregnancy belly and everything. Refreshing!

  26. Cerys says:

    It’s a nice colour and she always suits jewel shades but that is the only positive thing I can find to say. The skirt is too short and the jacket is too tight. Her posture is awful probably because she insists on wearing such high heels
    Yet another new outfit at the public’s expense. She has plenty of similar outfits she could have worn but then we would have had all the “thrifty Kate” plaudits from the sycophantic media.

  27. Elaine says:

    I like her suit. She looks great in blue, the skirt has an A line, it’s not too short and not frilly. She’s starting to change things up. I’d give her a B for the effort.

  28. Megan says:

    I know everyone is repeatedly saying she dresses like an old lady and Katie McFrump and all that, but honestly she is a member of the Royal family. They don’t get to choose to dress in a more revealing way or have exciting hair cuts or outfits. She is very limited by the role that she plays. I don’t like how little her and William work (they could do a LOT more) but I can’t agree with the constant comments about her hair and outfits. She is not a Hollywood celebrity. She is not able to dress like Meghan Markle. There are strict rules and she is following them. Yes, she’s only 35 but dressing very conservatively is part of the job, unfortunately.

    • Nic919 says:

      Sophie dresses better and she is in her 50s. She even does way more appearances than kate. She went through a Diana phase in the early part of her marriage and then got help to develop a sense of style. Hell even the Queen is more stylish and was even more so in her youth. Kate just has bad taste and without real help she will never change.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Sophie does dress beautifully. The early years? I attribute to bad late 90’s early 00’s fashion. And she has great hat game.

  29. Maria says:

    Either the suit is a tad too tight or her boobs look a little bigger. And in the second pic she looks like she is ready to barf. Pregnancy maybe? A fall baby?

  30. Bliss 51 says:

    Think of Letizia of Spain, so stylish and chic and before her marriage had a career as a journalist and news anchor.

    • Maria says:

      And others: Princesses Mary, Victoria, Sofia. And Queen Maxima. They are all stylish and chic, and they are all royals.

  31. Basi says:

    Her hair is awful. Dire need of an update. That’s the first and only thing I noticed.

  32. Kitty says:

    Do you guys think The Queen knows that the monarchy will probably not last once she is gone?

    • addie says:

      I’m sure the monarchy knows that it’s days are numbered. This family is full of chancers and wastrels, nothing to be proud of at all. They cost too much and do too little. Money can be spent better elsewhere.

      • Kitty says:

        I mean its not looking good after The Queen. We have Charles who is not that popular and William who is workshy and reluctant.

    • Joannie says:

      No. I think it may be wishful thinking on some people’s part.

  33. Joannie says:

    There are plenty of nice photos on the daily mail. The ones here are the worst. She looks lovely and she’s out working. The people she visited today were very appreciative of her visit and show of empathy.

  34. Starlight says:

    Ok with this outfit very denim apart from the pockets which come below her bust

  35. dumbledork says:

    Talbots’s clearance rack

  36. Elle says:

    That little girl’s outfit is FAB-U-LOUS.
    Also, the older woman in the second photo is GORGEOUS. Her hair is super lovely!

  37. Becks says:

    I think she looks fine, nothing special, but fine. She does have the Missoni coat that is almost exactly the same and another very similar suit from Rebecca Taylor. So if she was going to buy something new, I’m not sure why it had to be so similar to things she already owns.

  38. Lorelai says:

    Not sure if this link will work, but this is 99% identical to a Rebecca Taylor suit that she already owns:


    • Citresse says:

      Yes and there is another blue outfit quite similar she wore on an appearance with William and the Queen. It was a coatdress and she wore a beret style hat.

    • Amber says:

      I’m surprised no one else has mentioned this. Especially when she’s worn the other suit twice before. Big occasions too. She’s wearing it in the infamous must-protect-crotch-from-kids video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD3ZlStgOGI So it’s even worse than her having a blue tweed coat just like this, and other tweed things just like this, and countless other blue ensembles of the same cut (because it’s all the same damn cut) that would’ve worked just fine, or…

      • LAK says:

        The suit in the video is nearly identical, but it’s a different suit.

        The link below shows the suit in the video properly.


        Notice the different collar of the jacket, plus satin flowers. The ribbon along the front of the jacket.

        And a no-frills skirt.

        It appears that Kate has 2 nearly identical suits and this is the first time we are seeing the 2nd suit. Or better still, a side by side link to highlight the differences.


      • Lorelai says:

        @LAK I think we’re all saying the same thing…they are two different Rebecca Taylor suits, but they look so similar, it is absurd for her to have spent so much money on a near-lookalike.

      • Amber says:

        Are we saying the same things @LAK? I immediately remembered the old flower suit. So I was surprised that Kaiser mentioned that this was “new to us”, said it looks like a repeat, and referenced the Missoni coat (to say this is a suit and not a coat), but didn’t specifically mention the old “other” suit Kate’s worn twice before that looks EXACTLY like this one. Making this new suit the latest and perhaps worst entry into the “Kate wasting money and buying the same sh*t” category. Which is really saying something. I was trying to say that this is worse than how she usually makes me rant about wasting money like this. This isn’t just another blue suit. Or another tweed skirt. Or a suit that looks just like a coat she owns. This is literally a nearly identical suit!

  39. Citresse says:

    Kate’s hair is sending out an SOS. I mean really, from the back it looks like she was stranded in the wilderness for weeks. Please, a hair professional must answer this distress signal quickly….. there’s no time to waste.

    • Starlight says:

      She must spend hours on her hair you can see where the dye finishes and at the back of one of these pictures it looks like she has a hair piece as the hair stops then starts again. Maybe she needs the fullness to get that thick tousled affect but it’s s shame because when she first got married her hair looked so natural. I guess she is keeping the grey at bay though.

  40. Andrea says:

    I’m not trying to skinny shame someone, but for someone who already battled anorexia, I know the signs and that picture of her shaking someone’s hand—no one is naturally that thin, especially not at 35 and after two pregnancies. She looks scary skinny and I honestly would like to see the caloric intake she does daily and my guess it is 1000 calories or under. I have a friend who limits herself to 1000 calories or less a day and she is a 00 and looks just as unhealthy. The clothes literally look like they hang off of my friend. This may be why Kate’s skin looks bad, my friends does too and it is from lack of vitamins/nutrients.