Duchess Kate wears a $900 ski jacket from Kjus in Norway: cute or meh?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Now I get it: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went on a Norway-Sweden tour just so they could go skiing! It’s my favorite kind of conspiracy: a dumb one about how William and Kate love to go on vacation (and something about buttons and wigs). In truth, I don’t think that Will and Kate pulled off, like, twenty separate events in four days JUST so they could fit in a ski trip. But I bet it didn’t hurt either!

Anyway, yeah, I was wrong – I thought the Dolce & Gabbana coat was going to be the last “fashion moment” from William and Kate’s four-day tour. Turns out, they had another item on their royal itinerary: skiing at the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, and hanging out with junior ski jumpers. For this event, Kate changed clothes – she wore a £650 ($900) jacket from Kjus and a €30 beanie from Barts. I’m sort of more interested in her ski pants, because this is one of the few times I’ve seen her in a pair of pants that weren’t skin-tight. But sure, let’s talk about the jacket! I like it? Those are not the colors I would have put on Kate, but the jacket is cute.

Sidenote: as I’ve been editing the photos from the Norway leg of this tour, I’ve come to the opinion that Crown Prince Haakon is a zaddy and I would.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch nursery children taking part in a skiing lesson

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. savu says:

    The jacket is different, I like it on her. It’s a little risky for Kate I think! Good for her. And she looks cute in the hat. It’s nice to see her be a real person.

    • LizB says:

      Risky? It’s a sporty puffy jacket. We’ve seen her in them before.

    • SKF says:

      Me too and I think these colours really suit her – she’s glowing. The style for ski jackets these days is bright, visible colours – so you’re easy to spot, especially off-piste.

      Also FYI Kaiser, I’m not sure if you were just joking but pregnant women generally don’t ski. Way too dangerous. Did Kate actually ski?

      • imqrious2 says:

        Maybe it’s also a bit of a nod to the flag of Norway? And snow PANTS! No leggings or jeggings in sight! Anyway, she looks great, happy… and playful! Did you see her throwing a little snowball at William? Very cute 😊

  2. Liberty says:

    She always looks cute in sport-related casual pieces. I like this on her.

  3. Hh says:

    Crown Prince Haakon is EVERYTHING. I’m meh on athletic wear all around. Gimme jewels and dresses and pants suits haha

    • Ankhel says:

      He’s kind, gentle, intelligent and very keen on the environment. He met Mette Marit at the same festival I’ve been to many times, and she and I looks decidedly similar. *Thinks sadly about what I missed out on*

  4. Scal says:

    I like the ski pants! See kate? Look how great you look in pants that aren’t skin tight. Please rock that look more often.

    • minx says:

      I love the pants on her.
      The jacket is cute, doesn’t appear to be worth that amount of money, but I’m sure high end ski wear is pricey.

  5. littlemissnaughty says:

    I think she was going for the colors of the Norwegian flag? Minus the blue because that was impossible to find? I’m not sure. That red wouldn’t be super flattering on most people but it’s entirely possible she’s imitating the Queen in wearing colors you can pick out from far away? Williams outfit is really good. Maybe he’s the blue? 🙂

    • RuddyZooKeeper says:

      Yep – together they are the full flag. Very couple-y thing to do. It makes me like the jacket a bit less, actually. Knowing now it’s part of their planned visual.

    • Tobbs says:

      Maybe, but the jacket is really in Denmarks colours and not the Norwegian hue of red either.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Yes, that’s why I’m thinking she tried but this was the closest they could get without having jackets made for thousands of pounds? I don’t know. I see no other reason for this jacket. It’s … not super flattering. Overall they do look good though.

        I feel like a moron talking exclusively about their appearances during this tour but … is there anything else to talk about? It’s not like they’re in North Korea, trying to solve that sh*tshow all by themselves.

      • Tobbs says:

        The jacket is from Kjus, the sportswear label that Norwegian alpin skier Lasse Kjus. I think that’s probably why she choose it.

        Nah, I feel you. I’m Norwegian and I honestly I didn’t remembered that they were coming here before I read about it here, haha.

      • Ankhel says:

        Getting a ski outfit in Norway that matches those flag colours would be no problem at all. Norway has snow for 4-6 months each year, and 70-80% of people there goes skiing. You wouldn’t believe the selection in winter sports clothing. Red, white and blue are undoubtedly the most popular and traditional colours for skiers too.

  6. Jo says:

    Agree about C-P Haakon. Would is right!

  7. Becks says:

    We’ve seen her in ski jackets before, so I’m not sure why this is “risky” as someone said.
    I like the jacket. She looks nice in bright colors.

  8. Beth says:

    I like it, she looks good, but it’s not something that I’d spend $900 for

  9. CynicalCeleste says:

    Does anyone have the ID on Mette-Marit’s ski jacket?

  10. Gutterflower says:

    Good god WHY must her clothes always be new and super expensive? She’s not a model or fashionista or anything!

    • Beth says:

      I’ve never been a fan of Kate or her wardrobe, but she’s often seen wearing dresses and coats that she wore multiple times in the past, sometimes from years in the past. Quite a bit, her clothes are inexpensive and it’s why her fans are able to easily by the same outfits right after they see her wear it

      • LAK says:

        This pregnancy is the first time she has repeated clothing on the regular in all 7yrs that she has been a royal.

        She started out with relatively cheap clothing which became more expensive and bespoke with each passing year culminating in a brand new outfit for each engagement in 2017. The few repeats of clothing happened more frequently in her early years. In the past 2yrs between pregnancies, she’s repeated less than 10outfits. Since she styles them the same way every single time, the repeats are memorable.

        The media makes a big deal of the very few repeats and brand her thrifty when in reality she only repeats handbags/ clutches and possibly shoes.

      • inthekitchen says:

        I really disagree, Beth. If what you were saying was true, how does she manage to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds each year on clothing? I think last year was over 160k pounds and other years it’s been close to that. For about 40-50 days of work.

        She also buys multiple items that are the same but different colors or the same color but slightly different style. There is no real need for any royal to own 20 blue coats – especially someone who barely works. Or, why does she need 30 (?) pairs of very similar, overpriced Kiki earrings? She doesn’t. She’s not frugal and as LAK said, she really doesn’t repeat things as much as she gets credit for.

    • crazydaisy says:

      I know. She needs a whole palace just for her coats. It’s not right.

  11. Nola says:

    I’m in no way a Kate apologist, and I have certainly joined the voices wondering why she doesn’t wear pants more often. But! I notice that the article here is snarky about Kate’s “skintight pants,” while the article on Meghan raves that she’s wearing pants. I would argue that Meghan’s pants for that suit are cut pretty close to her body too. KM is derided for wearing skintight while Meghan is lauded for her tailoring. Seems like a double standard to me. (Said as someone who loves the outfit that Meghan wore, by the way).

  12. Va Va Kaboom says:

    When William’s pants are tighter than Kate’s…

  13. Guest says:

    The clothes and press for this tour have been boring. Even Victoria who I love couldn t even make this tour exciting

  14. Ellaus says:

    She always looks good in sport attire, and I would like to suppose she didn’t fit in anything, so she bought something new. Anyhow the outfits in these tour have been mainly Hideous, I really am astonished that she has an stylist. Today a Faily Mail article compared her to Camilla…. Fashionwise….

    P.d. I don’t understand what is wrong with skinny jeans … I’m from Spain, and I work i. the medical field and me and my coworkers wear those everywhere, for meetings, for rounds, in the practice… And I don’t have such nice legs… I know it is against protocol, but such hate for skinny jeans ….

    • LAK says:

      There is a difference between skinny jeans and jeggings. Kate tends to wear jeggings rather than skinny jeans.

      • Ellaus says:

        Yes, I know that they are not the same, but jeggins with a tailored blazer and nice stilettos are chic, especially with slim and toned legs (such as Kate’s). I really don’t find slacks so flattering, and considering that she’s always so matronly dressed, I would take a jegging over another 60’s inspired dress.

  15. Harryg says:

    It’s cute, I want that jacket!

  16. burnsie says:

    Honking for Haakon – total zaddy!

  17. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    $900 isn’t that extravagant. Some ski jackets are very pricy. I have a Spyder jacket that cost more than $900, and I’m nowhere near as rich as the royals, so this is almost thrifty for Kate.

  18. Joannie says:

    Kate looks beautiful in these pics.

  19. Lainey says:

    I completely agree about Haakon. As long as he has a beard, his face is completely altered when he shaves.

  20. Malako says:

    Kate always manages to look like a dress-up doll.

    $900 for ONE jacket that you aren’t wearing all winter but just for the skiing holidays it VERY expensive. Ask all the people on the minimum wage and the next two percentils who don’t earn much more than that.
    My mother dearest had to buy a skiing jacket for my sister and she nearly got a heart attack when she saw the price tag € 200. And that was a moderately priced one. We aren’t rich either. But spending a few hundred on a winter jacket you are going to wear for 2 weeks a year and probably not even every year?

    And Kate: next year she will want a new skiing jacket. That woman just don’t know how to spend it. She should buy classy high fashion pieces and wear those more than once or twice.

    • whatever says:

      Ermm…she specifically bought the ski jacket because it’s a Norwegian brand and she is on a royal tour in ….you’ve guessed it Norway!. It’s called diplomatic dressing. And, the Norweign government is picking up the bill no one else. Host countries always pick up the bills for Royal Tours.

      • Malako says:

        Host countries don’t pick up the bills for the clothes. They might pay for hotels or for extra security but not for clothes nor for hairdressers nor for shoes.

        And Kate’s idea of diplomatic dressing isn’t diplomatic nor fashionable but merely expensive and ridiculous. Showing much of her bosom in a conservative muslim country. Or dressing in curtain drapes.

        Oh and does Norway not have any “normal” priced clothes? It is hardly diplomatic to rub in how much you can spend on clothes while ordinary people have trouble paying their bills. I doubt that Mette-Marit and Haakon were keen on being seen with Will and Kate.

  21. tw says:

    Someone please teach her how to apply makeup. And please explain to her that she doesn’t have to go all out with the smokey eye and mounds of blush when she’s wearing a ski jacket in the middle of the day.

    • Malako says:

      Kate doesn’t get that at all. Her makeup face has gotten better in so far as she isn’t bronzed like 27/7 suntanning on Hawaii beach any more. Also she no longer has eye-balks for eyebrows. But I doubt anybody can convince her that her red-cheeked smokey eyes clown makeup is too much.

  22. KicktheSticks says:

    It’s not pricy for a proper parka. I have a parka that cost $1000. Depends on what it’s made with, and this one is probably filled with down which is expensive. Most proper ‘technical’ ski jackets are a minimum of $500 and upwards of $1000 for a good one.

  23. Lifeside says:

    Any evidence they are going skiing or just more unsubstantiated criticism?

  24. BooBooLaRue says:

    Crikey it’s the 1970s again! I had a ski jacket very similar in 1975!