Like the rest of the world, we’ve been avidly watching Kate Middleton’s Australian tour wardrobe and while the debates rage on over the appropriateness of her hem lengths and wedges, one thing we have constantly thought is, ‘how the hell is she coping with the heat down under in all that tailoring and outerwear?’ Ok, we realise its not the heat of summer in Oz right now, but with temperatures hovering above 25 degrees in Sydney right now, its certainly still shorts weather. And Kate has been wearing her fair share of heavy coats and long sleeve dresses – a recipe we would wager, for a full hot-on.
The Duchess of Cambridge Wearing an Emerald Green Coat-Dress by Catherine Walker as she and Prince William Visit Australia's National Arboretum [Getty]
Indeed Kate admitted this morning in Canberra that her emerald green Catherine Walker coat dress was making her feel ‘very hot’. Zipped up to the neck and belted at the waist the look was no doubt regal. But clearly Kate has made the common mistake of misjudging the power of bright sunshine to totally derail a look.
We’ve all been there. It’s exceedingly easy to have a weather related wardrobe crisis - especially after a brisk walk to the tube followed by a cramped commute - though this is obviously not something that features in the DoC’s lifestyle. The key to navigating the in-between seasons is always to go for lightweight layers which you can add and shed at will. If you, like Kate, are looking for a solution to the yoyo temperatures click through the gallery below for the best 10 lightweight coats out there...