Duchess Kate changed into a puffy Barbour jacket to play soccer with kids

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Windsor Park in Belfast

As many of you pointed out earlier, it really looked like the full-skirted Carolina Herrera “coatdress” style clashed with the Duchess of Cambridge’s skinny jeans. That’s because she really wanted to wear her black skinny jeans for the first event in Belfast, but they also had to do a short walkabout upon their arrival, and I guess Kate thought it would be bad form to do the walkabout in athletic gear. So she kept the jeans on, threw the Herrera coat over them, and then she changed coats and shoes once she got to Windsor Park Stadium.

I think her puffy Barbour jacket is super-cute. While she has several puffy jackets (which she’s worn to athletic events before), this one is apparently new. She’s also wearing $90 New Balance sneakers. I used to wear and love New Balance, but I found that they “wore out” very quickly. I asked commenters for recommendations and a lot of you suggested Asics, which I’m still buying and wearing for all of my gym time.

I’ve said this a million times, as have many of you, but I always feel like Kate is so happy whenever she gets to do something sporty. I often wonder if she felt pressured – by the palace, by her mother – to take on patronages which didn’t fundamentally interest her. If left to her own devices, I wonder if she would have chosen to take on more sports-related charities, because that’s her strength.

Also, guess who made a big show of physical affection today? I await all of the Daily Mail thinkpieces about how Kate and William’s affection is “unroyal” and “common” and “gauche.” Oh wait you mean they only do that when it’s Meghan and Harry get out of town.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Windsor Park in Belfast

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Windsor Park in Belfast

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Windsor Park in Belfast

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  1. Kittycat says:

    Kate really is in her element with kids and playing sports.

    However, you can’t always do things which come easy.

    William on the other hand still appears awkward around kids.

    • Dee says:

      She should totally do the sporty thing more often; it is her forte and the only time she seems truly happy.

    • Chaine says:

      Totally, I can see her in an alternate universe where her mom was not such a pushy social climber and Kate would have been the fun gym teacher/soccer coach at a school somewhere.

  2. broodytrudy says:

    She looks great, though I wish her hair was up, compared to a founding father ponytail. Ah well, I’ll take what we can get.
    My nikes have finally worn out, so I’m in the market for shoes. Maybe I’ll swap to asics.

    • Lulu says:

      A founding father ponytail! Lol

    • manda says:

      I have some asics, which I got right after my nikes. FWIW (and that’s probably nothing because there are a million styles…), I found my nikes to be more supportive.

      I love that “founding father ponytail,” hahahahaha!!! She never dresses or wears her hair how I would so I’ve stopped even thinking about it

      • Whatabout says:

        For some reason my feet hate asic, but I really love new balance or Nike. But now I’m realizing my new balance sneakers really do wear out quickly.

      • broodytrudy says:

        I’m somewhat fit, but i have a bad knee, which has given me a weak ankle and hip on one side. I’ve found that higher arch support messes with my ankle, but i can’t go too low either. I’ve got the flyknits, but i think i might swap to the pegasus.

    • Abby says:

      I die. Ever since someone called this look a founding father’s apprentice or some such, I laugh at myself when I do it.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I love Asics and wear them for all my gym workouts. However, I prefer Nike for tennis and trail running shoes. I recommend visiting as Asics store (retail or outlet) because their staff really use the products and have never led me astray. If you do not have as Asics store near you, try a triathlon or running specialty shop (as opposed to a sporting goods or big box store). They will know which styles and fits will meet your needs. The best part? Asics last a long time, even if you work out or run daily. They really are a terrific shoe for the money IMO. NB: Asics workout clothes are equally well-made and the seamless sports bras are sooo comfy!

      New Balance never really worked for me, and I cannot support a brand whose founder and chairman gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Mango Voldemort.

      I love Puma for athleisure shoes, but many of their styles lack adequate internal arch support so orthotics are a must for daily wear.

    • Esmom says:

      I’m guessing like she tied her hair back like that so she could wear it down again later with minimal denting or whatever, lol.

  3. MellyMel says:

    She’s at her best when she’s doing anything sporty. She always looks genuinely interested and happy.

    • Gina says:

      She’s always struck me as an old school “Tom-boy”. She’s definitely more herself in sneakers and playing sports and then she is in gowns at galas.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      also this is her best fashion look by far

    • Blairski says:

      I wonder if she would be interested in (or allowed to?) find a club team to play on? I know lots of adults, including parents, who play soccer or softball or basketball a couple days a week. It seems like she is always so happy when doing sports, it might be good for her.

  4. Mia says:

    Kate seems more comfortable at sporty events. Yep the conversation differs for the future king and queen than the sixth in line.

  5. Beth says:

    I don’t really like navy blue and black together, but other than that, she looks good. Nikes have always lasted me the longest

  6. minx says:

    She looks good, sporty and appropriate.

  7. Snazzy says:

    I’m a huge fan of Asics. Love their shoes. I also like that white sweater.

  8. Case says:

    This type of event really suits her. She obviously loves sports and loves children, so she’s really in her element here.

  9. Becks1 says:

    I think these new balances are super cute. They’ve been all over my FB feed over the past few months or so lol.

    She looks really good in casual wear; this is a good look for her.

    I have often said this, but I think after 8 years as a duchess she can’t only do what she prefers. Obviously. She has to do a a wide range of events and charities. But, I think they could have eased her into being a Ft royal with these kinds of events and patronage’s. I know they did some, but I think the first year or two focused on these events and organizations would have paid off for her in the long run.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I agree, Becks1. What the Queen and Prince Charles understand much better than the Doolittles is that their roles require them to take an interest in all sorts of random issues and causes and undertake a wide range of often tedious, repetitive duties all over the world. Work and duty are not always fun, nor are they meant to be.

      I disagree, however, that Kate should have been “eased into” her FT royal role by just doing events she enjoyed. Kate never had a real, adult full-time job with any degree of responsibility prior to her marriage (and it appears she never had any “grunt work” part-time jobs/internships as a teen or university student either). She might have been better able to appreciate fun events like these if she had to undertake far more tedious and serious duties early on and had been forced out of her comfort zone.

    • Nic919 says:

      As we have seen from others, if royals want to do more work they can. Eight years in it’s obvious Kate didn’t want to, sporty events or not.

  10. Other Renee says:

    She does look happy and lovely. She and William have gotten handsy with each other at sporting events before. It seems to be when they let their guard down and go with the flow of the energy and excitement of the moment.

  11. Eliza says:

    Haha that looks more like they’re trying to block the other from getting the ball. They are both competitive at sports. You see affection. I see fun rivalry. Lmao.

    • Elisa says:

      Ha, I agree – IMO they are competing for the ball.
      However, I do see a visible change in how they interact with each other in public. In the past, Kate often seemed tense and uneasy in his company, like she was trying too hard to make HIM feel ok. This has visibly changed since Louis birth. They appear much more at ease and comfortable with each other. Whatever they are doing, it’s working.

  12. Zeddy says:

    I thinks shes pregnant or trying. They get more affectionate and her coat from today makes it look like she is.

  13. Cerys says:

    I think she looks good. She also seemed to be in her comfort zone too. Sporty events seem to interest her and maybe it’s an avenue she should pursue.

  14. tuille says:

    Athletic shoes & sneaker rands are lasted for different types of feet. I tried hard with Asics but just can’t wear them – they come up too high under my anklebone & are really uncomfortable. Converse? Too narrow in the toes. NuBalance & Pumas are best for me. I don’t care if they wear out faster as long as they don’t hurt.