25 April 2014 by

A Royal Fashion Jury: We Rate Our 6 Favourite 'Kate On Tour' Looks

The Best Looks From Kate Middleton, Duchess Of Cambridge, On Tour In Australia and New Zealand

The Duchess of Cambridge in a Range of Her Tour Outfits [Getty]

Now the Cambridge family is well on their way back to Blighty’s shores, we can take stock on the truly important matter at hand: namely how well did Kate Middleton work her New Zealand and Australia Tour Wardrobe? As every little detail, accessory and accoutrement was bound to be picked over by the world’s press, the pressure was always on to wow the crowds.

Before the tour commenced there was much talk of the Queen exerting her influence on the DoC’s fashion choices with demands for longer hemlines and a more regal attitude mooted. Indeed the evidence does suggest that K-Middy may have taken this advice on board as many of her ensembles – especially the Catherine Walker outfits – were traditional in every sense. However, that doesn’t mean that K-Middy wasn’t true to her own style signatures. From her high street choices (LK Bennett and Hobbs) to her wedges (in and out of the sand) to her penchant for recycling (that Rebecca Taylor suit and the Roksanda frock), Kate has played her tour wardrobe by her own rules.

For the full Grazia run down on the Duchess’ tour wardrobe scroll down to read out Senior Fashion News & Features Editor, Katherine Ormerod’s Fashion Jury verdict…..

1. Catherine Walker for the arrival in NZ

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing Catherine Walker

As Kate emerged down under wearing a stiff, buttoned up coat in pillar box red, the critics were sharp. Some said she looked like an air stewardess (the jet backdrop certainly didn’t help) while others commented that the look was aging for a woman in her early thirties. Both lines of argument are not entirely untrue – but you have to remember the context. This was the moment that the British monarchy landed in the Commonwealth country and it was important that the regal tone was set. The combination of all those buttons and the brooch was however ill-advised.

2. Zimmerman dress for a trip to the beach

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing Zimmerman

When Kate lets things go a little looser she looks more accessible, beautiful and young. This pretty broderie anglaise frock by Zimmerman also had the benefit of hailing from Aussie shores – Kate wore surprisingly little from Australian designers, taking the opportunity instead to promote Brit based talent from Rokanda Illincic to Erdem. The Stuart Weitzman espadrille wedges rose eyebrows in the sand, but every girl needs a good leg lengthener in the sunshine.

3. A printed DvF wrap dress for the Blue Mountains

 

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing Diane Von Furstenberg

This ‘Patrice’ classic Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress reported sold out a mere 8 minutes after Kate stepped out wearing it – the Kate effect in action. Again there’s nothing revolutionary about her look, but it's appropriate and timeless, no wonder Middy is such a fan. The navy wedges were another safe choice, it would have been more interesting if she had mixed it up a bit more with a harder shoe option.

4. Roksanda Illincic dress for arrival in Sydney

The Duchess of Cambridge Wearing Roksanda Illincic

Kate has gone for a plethora of strong pigments during the tour – in a way that very much evokes the Queen’s tendency to wear head to toe strong colour. This sunshine yellow number by Roksanda Illincic, complete with white colour block inserts is a great combination of regal and London-style chic. The square neckline would have suited a necklace with a shorter chain – something which sat on the collarbone.

5. An Alexander McQueen coat for church

The Duchess of Cambridge Wearing Alexander McQueen

This beautiful grey-blue hue is an ultra chic choice for the Duchess. Here we can certainly see the new regal rules in action - the longer hemline and austere cut empahsises Kate's svelte figure and the hat tones in well. Where Kate could really make some more style noise is with her accessories. When you go this plain with your wardrobe, you need the accoutrements to do the talking.

6. LK Bennett's floral dress for Easter day

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing LK Bennett

'Cut Price Kate' has earned a reputation for making high street work at even the most formal of occasions. This pretty floral fitted dress from LK Bennett certainly doesn't look out of place in her tour wardrobe. Indeed you could never say that Kate doesn't have a signature look. It would have been great to see her experiment with seperates - skirts and blouses a la Michelle Obama or even - shock horror - some trousers. While her silhouette is immediately distinguishable, every look does somewhat blend into each other.

See ALL of Kate's looks in the gallery below and let us know which gets your vote...

Kate Middleton at the ANZAC Day commemorative service - April 25, 2014

Kate Middleton at the mens singles final of the Wimbledon Championships - July 6, 2014

Kate Middleton cuts a ribbon to officially start stage one of the Tour de France - July 5, 2014

Kate Middleton visits an M-PACT Plus Counselling programme - July 1, 2014

Kate Middleton during an official visit to Bletchley Park - June 18, 2014

Kate Middleton and Prince George of Cambridge at the Royal Charity Polo - June 15, 2014

Kate Middleton at the Ben Ainslie Racing America's Cup Launch Event - June 10, 2014

Kate Middleton at a service during the D-Day 70 Commemorations - June 6, 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing Jonathan Saunders in Scotland - 29th May 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Lela Rose in Canberra - 24 April 2014

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The Duchess of Cambridge in Catherine Walker in Canberra - 24 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen at Adelaide - 23 April 2014

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The Duchess of Cambridge in Hobbs at Ayers Rock - 22 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Roksanda Ilincic in Uluru - 22 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge at Taronga Zoo in Sydney - 20 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen at Easter service, Ausralia - 20 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Zimmerman at Manley Beach - 20 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in L.K. Bennett at Amberley Air Base - 19 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Diane Von Furstenberg in Blue Mountains, Australia - 17 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Rebecca Taylor leaving New Zealand - 16 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Roksanda Ilincic arriving in Sydney, Australia - 16 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Christchurch, New Zealand - 14 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Zara wine tasting in New Zealand - 13 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Jonathan Saunders at rugby in Dunedin, New Zealand - 13 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Emilia Wickstead at Dunedin - 13 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Erdem at Avanti Drome in Hamilton, New Zealand - 12 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Zara and J Brand at Auckland harbour, New Zealand - 11 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham at State Dinner, New Zealand - 10 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen visit Blenheim, New Zealand - 10 Apr 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Tory Burch in Wellington, New Zealand - 9 April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge in Wellington, New Zealand - 7 April 2014

Kate Middleton in Hobbs coat at St Patrick's Day Parade - 17 March 2014

Kate Middleton in L.K. Bennett at The Art Room - 14 February 2014

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen at Buckingham Palace Actors' Reception - 17 February 2014

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Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham at the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Gala - 11 February 2014

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The Duchess of Cambridge in a Roland Mouret dress at the Nelson Mandela premiere, 5th December 2013

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The Duchess of Cambridge in a Temperley London dress at the Sports Aid Ball, 28th November 2013

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The Duchess of Cambridge in an Orla Kiely skirt and Max Mara jacket at a Place2Be charity event, 20th November 2013

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears an Orla Kiely dress for 'Only Connect' charity visit, 19th November 2013

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears Red L.K.Bennett coat for Poppy Day

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears Jenny Packham for The 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala Dinner, 24th October 2013

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Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen at Prince George's christening - 23 October 2013

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Kate Middleton in Smythe blazer, J Brand Jeans and Russell and Bromley wedges at the SportsAid Athlete Workshop at the Olympic Park, London - 18 October 2013

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Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham at Tusk Conservation Awards, London - 12 September 2013

The Duchess of Cambridge at the Ring of Fire marathon at Breakwater country park in Holyhead, Anglesey - 30 August 2013

Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham dress outside the Lindo Wing - 23 July 2013

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen at Trooping Of The Colour at Horse Guard's Parade - 15 June 2013

Kate Middleton in Hobbs and hat by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Company at Royal Princess cruise ship naming ceremony, Southampton - 13 June 2013

Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham at The Queen's 60th Anniversary Coronation - 04 June 2013

Kate Jarmon coat and dress by private dressmaker, 29 April 2013

Kate Middleton in Topshop at Warner Bros. Studios, 26 April 2013

Kate Middleton in Erdem at The Willows School, Manchester, 23 April 2013

Mint Mulberry coat, Scouts Parade, 21 April 2013

Red Armani coat, Scotland, 5 April 2013

Blue embellished coat, Baker Street Underground Station, London, 20 March 2013

Topshop 'Contrast Collar Dress' And Goat 'Redgrave' Coat, Child Bereavement UK HQ, 19 March 2013

Emilia Wickstead Coat, St Patrick's Day, 17 March 2013

Pink coat by Joseph and hat from Lock & Co at Cheltenham Races, 15 March 2013

MaxMara Studio Line, West London, 19 February 2013

Alexander McQueen tartan dress, St Andrew's School, 30 November 2012

MaxMara coat and brown Aquatalia boots, visit to Cambridge, 28 November 2012

Mulberry green dress, The Natural History Museum, 27 November 2012

Alice Temperley dress, St Andrews University Anniversary Dinner, 08 November 2012

Alice Temperley dress, Royal Reception for Team GB at Buckingham Palace, 23 October 2012

Aubergine coat by an independent dressmaker, Newcastle, 10 October 2012

Reiss coat, meeting the England football squad, 09 October 2012

Paule Ka Suit, the Middle Temple Treasury, 08 October 2012

An independent designer, Solomon Islands, 18th September 2012

Jaeger, Solomon Islands, 17th September 2012

A batik dress from hosts, Solomon Islands, 16th September 2012

Jonathan Saunders, Solomon Islands, 16th September 2012

Alice Temperley, Kuala Lumpur, 14th September 2012

Beulah London, Kuala Lumpur, 14th September 2012

Alexander McQueen, Kuala Lumpur, 14th September 2012

Jenny Packham, Singapore, 13th September 2012

Raoul, Singapore, 12th September 2012

Erdem, Singapore, 12th September 2012

Alexander McQueen, Singapore, 12th September 2012

Prabal Gurung, Singapore, 11th September 2012

Jenny Packham, Singapore, 11th September 2012

Official Paralympic gear and J Brand jeans, Paralympic Games, 30th August 2012

Day Birger et Mikkelson, 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, 29th August 2012

Whistles, 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, 12th August 2012

Stella McCartney, Olympics tennis event, 2nd August 2012

Roksanda, UK's Creative Industries Reception, 30th July 2012

Smythe blazer and Stuart Weitzman wedges, Olympics equestrian event, 31st July 2012

Christopher Kane, 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, 27th July 2012

Hobbs, Bacon's College, 26th July 2012

Stella McCartney, National Portrait Gallery's 'Road To 2012: Aiming High' Exhibition, 19th July 2012

Joseph, Wimbledon 2012, 8th July 2012

Alexander McQueen, The Order of The Garter, 18th June 2012

Beaufort Polo Club, Gloucestershire, 17th June 2012

Visiting a Primary School in Kent, 17th June 2012

Erdem, The Trooping of The Colour, 16th June 2012

Missoni, Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Nottingham, 13 Jun 2012

At The Wedding of Emily McCorquodale and James Hutt, 9th June 2012

Celebrating The Queen's Diamond Jubilee At St. Paul's Cathedral, 5th June 2012

Alexander McQueen, The Queen's Jubilee River Pageant, London, 3rd June 2012

Emilia Wickstead, The Buckingham Palace Garden Party, 29th May 2012

Libelula, The Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot, 13th May 2012

Jenny Packham, The BOA Olympic Concert, Royal Albert Hall, 11th May 2012

Roland Mouret, The Claridges Thirty Club Dinner, 8th May 2012

Rebecca Taylor, Goldsmiths Hall, 25th April 2012

Amanda Wakeley, The WW1 Galleries Fundraiser, Imperial War Museum, 26th April 2012

Matthew Williamson, The 'African Cats' Premiere, 25th April 2012

Walking Her Dog in Kensington Gardens, 29th March 2012

Reiss, The Treehouse Hospice, Ipswitch, 19th March 2012

Emilia Wickstead, Presenting Shamrocks In Aldershot, St. Patrick's Day (17th March) 2012

Orla Kiely, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 15th March 2012

Playing Hockey At The New Olympic Stadium, 15th March 2012

LK Bennett, The Queen's Jubilee Celebration, Leciester, 8th March 2012

Missoni, Fortnum and Mason, 1st March 2012

Orla Kiely, Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford, 21st Feb 2012

Hobbs, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, 14th Feb 2012

Jesire, National Portrait Gallery, 8th Feb 2012

At the Warhorse Premiere 8th Jan 2012

Dec 2011

Dec 2011

6th Dec 2011

Kate Middleton leaving the Eight Over Eight Bar and Restaurant, Kings Road, London 19 Dec 2008

Kate Middleton at The Day-Glo Midnight Roller Disco at the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall to Raise Money for Charity, London 17 Sep 2008

Kate Middleton at the Wedding of Lady Rose Windsor and George Gilman, Queen's Chapel, St James' Palace 19 July 2008

Kate Middleton out and about in London, leaving Whiskey Mist after attending the Nelson Mandela concert in Hyde Park 27 June 2008

Kate Middleton at the 'Tusk' Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club, Westonbirt, Gloucestershire 22 June 2008

Kate Middleton at Prince Williams De Brou Test Match at the Beaufort Polo Club, Gloucestershire 21 June 2008

Kate Middleton at the Service for the Order of the Garter at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire 16 June 200

Kate Middleton at the The Boodles Boxing Ball, in aid of Starlight Children's Foundation, Royal Lancaster Hotel, London 7 June 2008

Kate Middleton at Prince Williams Graduation and presentation of 'Wings' at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire 11 Apr 2008

Kate Middleton at the Thomas van Straubenzee memorial event, Wilton's Music Hall, London 3 Apr 2008

Kate Middleton at the The Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival, Cheltenham 14 Mar 2008


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