Queen Letizia in patterned Maje at a Madrid art fair: cute or cloying doll-wear?

Queen Letizia and King Felipe during the opening the international ARCO art fair

It always surprises me that posts about Queen Letizia’s fashion are usually quite popular around here. I tend to believe that most Windsor-family-watchers like a bit of Spanish pizzazz to round out their royal-gossip, and I also think that most of us enjoy gossiping about Letizia’s style because she gives us a lot to discuss. She’s no shrinking violet, she does tons of events in Spain, and she’s not constantly on vacation or begging off work for months at a time. Some might even consider Letizia the “anti-Kate.” Except… maybe not when they see these photos?

Letizia attended the ARCO modern art fair in Madrid yesterday. It must be awesome to be a queen and just attend art fairs and such all day. But really, look at her style here!! She looks like she was styled by the Duchess of Cambridge. The doll-curls, the heavy eye makeup, the pinched, almost-costume-like dress. It’s very Kate. The dress is Maje, a French label. It’s terrible? The business on the sleeves is horrid. The neckline is too high. The pattern is too small as well, especially for a long dress with long sleeves and all that extra fabric. At least the dress is (somewhat) affordable at £232.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend the opening of ARCO in Madrid!

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend the opening of ARCO in Madrid!

Letizia has made a bunch of appearances in the past week. On February 21st, she was doing meetings at Zarzuela Palace, and she repeated this wonderful Hugo Boss dress. The colors on this feel very autumnal, but it works for a spring dress too, I guess.

Queen Letizia at Zarzuela Palace wearing a cute floral dress

And on the 25th, she was once again doing meetings and appearances at the palace, and she wore this Indi & Cold floral blouse. Indi & Cold is a Spanish label, and this is apparently the first time she’s worn a piece from the label. From what I’ve seen, Letizia does a pretty good job supporting Spanish labels, but she mixes it up with a lot of affordable pieces from European labels too. Also: I’d love to see Kate mix in some peasant blouses like this, she would look so cute in looser, casual stuff.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend Royal Audiences

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    That red dress is pretty bad, but I think its the styling too – the curly hair just makes it look a lot more doll-like like you said. I like that camel pleated dress the woman is wearing in the first picture, I think Letizia could have rocked that.

    The other looks are all ones I really like. One of the things I like about her fashion is that I think she dresses very appropriate for the events, and very accessible. Like, that outfit with the navy pants and the floral blouse – maybe I cant afford those exact pieces, but I could certainly pull off a similar look for work. Its very “working woman” appropriate, and I think that’s where Kate falters so much. She dresses like she thinks a duchess should dress, and meanwhile the actual queens and crown princesses are for the most part wearing clothes that working women would wear to the office or a business meeting (even if at a different price point.)

    • LadyMTL says:

      MTE Becks, it’s the styling with that red dress that ruins it. Change up the hair and makeup, shorten the skirt by 2-3 inches, and it would look so much nicer. Not spectacular, but less…bleh.

      As for the rest of her outfits, I like them too though I generally like 99% of what she wears. (I’m still sighing with envy over that goth-ish black dress that she wore recently. I want it in my closet, hahaha.)

      • notasugarhere says:

        If you look through the SHOP tab for the 20 February post? CB also loved that black dress and found an inexpensive substitute in several shades. There’s a link in the post where you can buy it online.

    • Lara says:

      That camel coloured dress is amazing. I want to know where that’s from!

    • Erinn says:

      “Like, that outfit with the navy pants and the floral blouse – maybe I cant afford those exact pieces, but I could certainly pull off a similar look for work.”

      I did really appreciate that, too. And I think that’s smart.

    • Vava says:

      Yes, that red dress isn’t good. The shiny fabric looks like polyester, ugh. The worst though is that hairstyle. The other two outfits are nice!

    • notasugarhere says:

      Agreed, Becks1. Most of what she wears, you can find easy substitutes. She has always gone with a functional, flexible working wardrobe. Once she became Queen Consort, she upped the game a bit with Hugo Boss and Herrera, but still a lot of separates. Even some of her evening wear is separates. Thinking back to the white button down shirt and amazing beaded skirt from a visit to Morocco a few years back.

  2. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    She definitely considers the event, locale and palette. Omg, Becks1, I just had the same thought as you, I’m sorry lol! I swear I hadn’t read your post.

  3. Aims says:

    I really love her last outfit. I really like her and I think there’s a real connection between her and her husband. It’s nice too see.

  4. Belli says:

    I want to run my fingers through those curls just to loosen them a bit!

    Sleeves aside, I do like the dress. Without the puff sleeves it could look quite sophisticated.

  5. Erinn says:

    I’ve said this before – none of the royals are amazing fashionistas. They ALL wear plenty of misses, but a good deal of hits too.

    I absolutely love some of Kate’s outdoorsy looks. I’d wear her casual style pretty happily. I do dislike a lot of her super fussy looks though. I also love most of what Meghan wears – she’s the jacket/coat queen in my eyes, but I still don’t love everything she chooses.

    I like the color/print of the red dress here – but the cut/shape is so so bad. It looks like a grandma night dress or something and clashes with the print. And the way she’s leaning forward like she has bad posture plays up the grandma vibe. I like the autumn toned dress quite a bit though – it’s light, flowy but professional looking. I’m a fan of the floral blouse as well – but don’t like the pants. I think if they were full length, I’d be 100% on board though.

    I’m also going to point out a lot of people say Kate’s still wearing sausage curls – even when they’re not actually sausage curls. Letizia has a similar level of curl going on in that red dress photo. Her hair does look pretty great in the blouse photo, though.

  6. Jen says:

    That dress needs to be burned with fire. It is the only solution. The sleeves are so, so, so bad!

  7. GreenBunny says:

    I don’t like the first dress, but I love the print itself and if it had been executed in a different style, it could have been amazing.

  8. line says:

    She is a sophisticated, elegant woman, with good posture and who knows how to accessorize her outfits. Consequently she can remove all the clothes even the most hideous.

  9. Sequinedheart says:

    The red dress / bad hair is very reminiscent of Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie.

  10. Guest with Cat says:

    Even if you don’t understand the interest, thank you for putting some Letizia fashion up for us. I think it’s just nice to see how a royal woman near-ish my age handles fashion and her duties. She’s old enough to remember the 80′s. She’s seen things like parachute pants! Lol!

    The crazy thing is, when I first became aware of her, I thought she and Kate were peers in terms of age. It’s not a snark on Kate, but a compliment to Letizia that she looks that good.

    Now the red dress is extremely unfortunate. I think the waist doesn’t sit right on her. The long sleeves need to go completely and the neckline needs to be a “V” with just a tiny hint of cleavage. I think that would save at least the print and the flow of the fabric.

    The other outfits are okay. I like them but I don’t love them.

    She has gorgeous hair but sometimes she gets it wrong and wears it down when she would look nicer if she put it up.

    It’s also a pleasure to look at her husband. It’s not that King Felipe is hot, I just get tired of looking at the ugly Windsor men. But here he looks like he borrowed Harry’s wrinkled light colored suit!

  11. Emily says:

    Love every one of these.

    • Ohpioneer says:

      @ Emily. Me too. I’m not crazy about the hair with the red dress. I much prefer her natural straight look. But my very minority opinion is that the red dress is lovely. It fits her beautifully, and I find the sleeve detail gives it more interest than a standard boring sleeve.
      And as always her best “accessory “ is the tall drink of water that is King Felipe.

  12. FHMom says:

    I don’t care for the red dress, but I love the other looks. Honestly, though, she is so gorgeous I think she makes the dress look good.

  13. Imtired says:

    ITs pretty, she looks nice and I didn’t find it too cute or cloying or doll like

  14. What. . .now? says:

    That red dress is a rare miss for Q.Letizia. Her fashion sense to me is usually right on target.

    Kate should look to her for tips, because they are both tall and slender and Letizia gets it right so much of the time.

    Also, King Felipe is always so well put together.

  15. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    The three outfits shown look like William Morris run amok. And DON’T COPY KATE’S HAIR.
    There, glad I got that off my chest

  16. vertes says:

    I don’t like the look of high 3″ heels with full-skirted ankle length or maxi dresses. The proportion isn’t good + going up/down steps it’s too easy to catch the hem with a heel. A flow-y skirt look is enhanced by a graceful, loose walk, not possible in high heels. Save those heels for a long slim skirt or a shorter length. Stick to a heel no higher than 2″, preferably 1.5″ for the long full skirt. Floor-skimming skirts need a low kitten heel.
    Duchess Kate always makes the same mistake.

  17. SJR says:

    I like the outfits, not the 3″ high heels. Fight the high heels, go for kitten heels and be comfy!

  18. Seraphina says:

    Love QL. Thank you for covering her more. That first dress is no bueno. Looks like something Kate would wear.

  19. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I could get behind the red dress with a sleeker hairdo. The rest are all wins for me.

  20. Awkward symphony says:

    Stunning 🤩

  21. Gatorlover says:

    Imagining that I’m channeling my ‘inner Letizia’ is the first thing that has really worked to improve my posture. It is partly shoulders relaxed and back, etc. But it also brings on an inner calm and openness, which leads to slower/deeper breathing and a relaxed facial expression. That’s all goes together in her ‘regal bearing’. And it feels good too!

  22. Jumpingthesnark says:

    I always enjoy the SRF posts, especially the Letizia ones! And I do think Felipe is hawwwwt, such a silver fox!!!! Breath of fresh air after the Windsor men (with Harry being the exception).

  23. Pita says:

    I just saw a very similar red dress on walmart, i guess matronly flower prints are in season for 2020.

  24. Betsy says:

    I think part of what makes her look so attractive is the fact that she *looks* intelligent.

  25. A Fan says:

    The hair style in the red dress is not the best.

    But overall, Letizia looks great as usual. She has such a lovely, well-proportioned figure. She also changes up her looks regularly – pants, dresses, flats, heels, form-fitted, loose.

    As I’ve said before, she is regal yet sexy.

    [*Virgo queen*]

  26. JanetDR says:

    I am not into these prints at all! Too fussy looking.

  27. L4frimaire says:

    That dress looks terrible and has way too much going on. The rest of her clothes look good in the pics. She must have the most extensive wardrobe. I wonder if the Spanish gossip rags price put her clothes and jewelry the way the a Brit rags do Meghan, and if there is any criticism wrt Royal costs/taxpayers.

  28. Moxylady says:

    Let me be clear. Letizia ALL THE TIME. She was how I realized I could do “adult” clothes without being boring or in heels all day. I adore her. So much. Anything Spanish anything Letizia I want it so so much.

  29. Moxylady says:

    The first look is super on trend but I’m so not willing to allow that to be a trend yet. I’m trend
    Resisting.
    Second look is fire.
    Third looks – needs a Different blouse. Pants are perfect and on point.