The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal tour of India was perhaps the most talked about event last week.
Given that Kate Middleton is considered to be a fashion icon, it was not surprising to see all the curiosity around what she wore rather than all the engagements she and her husband Prince William were a part of.
The couple met the Prime Minister of India during their visit, attended a gala comprising of Bollywood stars, toured charity projects, met homeless kids and also met conservationists. At each occasion, Kate Middleton wowed us with her fashion choices and on point styling.
Here is a glimpse of the royal tour of India in dresses.
For her arrival at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, the Duchess of Cambridge chose her favourite designer Alexander McQueen. The suit was a modified version of the pre-fall 2016 collection with three-quarter sleeves, a peplum design and a gathered neckline. The highlight, of course was the Indian inspired paisley design on the outfit - a brilliant choice to kick off the royal tour of India. She teamed the outfit with a beige suede Curvy clutch from Russell and Bromley. A pair of beige LK Bennett shoes rounded up her look. We thought it was a great start to the tour!
On the first day of the royal tour of India, Kate Middleton stepped out for a round of cricket at the Oval Maidan in Mumbai in an Anita Dongre printed dress. The dress created a frenzy among fashion lovers overnight and designer Anita Dongre was perhaps smiling ear to ear when her website crashed owing to the number of people trying to research the dress. We loved how Kate carried the dress with elegance and looked so composed even while swinging the bat in the sweltering heat with wedges on her feet. If you want to get your hands on the dress, you are in luck! The red and blue printed tunic can be bought on our website here.
Later that night, the Duchess of Cambridge stunned the crowd at the charity gala in a royal blue Jenny Peckham gown with a cape. That she held her own and shone among a bevy of Bollywood stars itself is a big indication of the confident fashionista that the Duchess is. The bespoke floor length boat neck dress featured beadwork made in India. Her accessories of choice were also Indian - she paired her dress with blue Amrapali earrings. While we loved the way she carried the dress, we think her stylist could have done better given that the threadwork was not as extraordinary and the dress itself was a tad bit boring.
On the second day of the royal tour of India, Kate Middleton was back in familiar territory in a prim and propah Emilia Wickstead wool crepe dress. The dress was a smart choice for the couple’s engagement with young entrepreneurs followed by travel to the capital city, New Delhi to pay respects to India’s war dead at Raj Ghat. She did however have an awkward ‘Marilyn Monroe’ moment when a gust of wind blew the dress up while she was placing the wreath at the memorial. The Duchess however, was an epitome of poise and elegance as she deftly handled the hem of the dress to prevent any embarrassment. The way in which she went about dealing with the situation without losing composure simply bowled us over!
The same evening, the royal couple graced a party hosted by the British High Commission to celebrate Queen Elizabath’s birthday. Her sartorial choice was in keeping with her regular style - an understated organza outfit by one of her favourite labels - Temperly London. The maxi-like outfit actually comprised of a crop top and skirt with black swirling motifs all over. We loved her choice of open toed sandals for the evening soiree and the black chandelier earrings which beautifully complemented the dress.
Kate showed us her admiration for affordable style by appearing in a 50 pound maxi from the budget brand Glamourous for her morning engagements on Day 3 in Delhi. She definitely sprung a surprise on us with her simple choice and showed us how to pull off such a simple outfit in style. She styled it with a pair of thrifty earrings by Accessorize and value for money crossover Xpresso shoes. Her appearance goes on to prove that simple and affordable can be stylish too!
For the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the royal visit to India, Kate Middleton wore a jade green Temperley London dress. While the original dress with lace panels would have revealed a lot of décolletage and thighs, Kate cleverly added extra fabric to it to make it more appropriate for the meeting.The oval drop earrings and the beige clutch rounded up the formal look very well!
The Duchess of Cambridge showed us again as to how fashion conscious she is when she picked a high street label for her visit to Kaziranga. She looked pretty in the pink embroidered smock dress from Topshop which she paired with a chignon, chandelier earrings and slingback wedges. We thought she looked cute in the pretty dress which made her look really young!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rounded off their royal tour to India and Bhutan with a visit to the Taj Mahal. For the engagement, Kate Middleton was seen wearing a gorgeous white and blue Naeem Khan dress - a fitting end to her sartorial displays during the week-long visit. Though it was the first time that the Duchess wore a number by the Indian-American designer, we thought she carried it well. She teamed the dress with earrings she picked up at Bhutan and her trusty pair of beige pumps.
Kate Middleton’s looks during the royal tour of India comprised of a good mix of high fashion labels and high street brands. It was heartening to see a member of the royal family make appearances in affordable fashion, going on to prove that even for the royalty, clothes do not always have to be expensive and glamourous - sometimes, even the simplest of outfits turn out to be the best!
Image credit: Megha Prasad, Kensington Palace Twitter, Topshop