They say an outfit speaks a thousand words and for some saavy dressers, they really spell it out. Take Samantha Cameron who arrived at Margaret Thatcher's funeral yesterday wearing a gold pussy-bow blouse. Within minutes, 'SamCam' was trending on Twitter with the question: is her outfit a subtle tribute to Lady Thatcher?
Sam Cam's pussy-bow: touching or too much?
Because, as we reported on the day of Thatcher's death last week, the formal and feminine connotations of the pussy-bow shirt became synonymous with MT. In a vast array of colours and prints, Maggie made the pussybow her own, proving that women could be authoritative while ladylike in their fashion choices. 'I often wear bows; they are rather softening, they are rather pretty,' she once said. As for Sam Cam sporting the style, some criticised the choice as too literal for the funeral while others suggested the outfit was a thoughtful tribute to Lady Thatcher.
Of course, Sam Cam is not the first to take a cue from the occasion when it comes to her wardrobe. Michelle Obama is a pro at political correctness, cannily using her wardrobe to pay respect to her host country and of course, the Queen is careful not to put a sartorial foot wrong with her diplomatic dressing.
When literal dressing goes bonkers
For some stars, however, dressing the part verges on fancy dress. What did Katy Perry wear at a rally for President Obama last year? A white dress imprinted like a ballot, of course! Lady Gaga is no stranger to letting her wardrobe do the talking - who could forget when she rocked up to the launch of her Fame perfume dressed as, well, a perfume bottle.
We've also seen Beyonce channelling Cleopatra on a visit to Egypt and Nicole Kidman trussed up as Eliza Doolittle when at the races. But perhaps the most, err, unique demonstration of the trend was Katie Price's decision to promote her equestrian range while dressed as a pink horse. Yes, we get the message, ladies.
Despite these fine examples of dressing by numbers, no one does appropriate dressing quite like Kate Middleton. A cowboy hat for the rodeo? Check. A neckerchief for a trip with the Scouts? Yup. A dash of tartan for a visit to Scotland? You betcha. Our Duchess has learned how to dress to impress as part of her royal duties. For proof, take a look at her most inspired outfit choices in the gallery below...