The Duchess of Cambridge showcased her love for literal dressing yesterday as she donned a £260 shamrock charm necklace to wish the people of Ireland a happy St Patrick’s Day.
Kate Middleton, 39, who is back in London having spent lockdown in Norfolk with Prince William, 38, and their children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, donned a £60 vibrant green Zara jacket for a video appearance yesterday.
Literal dressing involves turning up at an event and taking the theme of the occasion very literally, with Kate nailing the trend by choosing a special charm Daniella Draper necklace for the big day.
The mother-of-three is known for her love of literal dressing, and regularly gives a nod to the event she is attending and countries she is visiting with her clothing.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, showcased her love for literal dressing yesterday as she donned a £260 shamrock charm necklace to wish the people of Ireland a happy St Patrick’s Day
Kate Middleton opted to rewear her gold shamrock charm necklace from jeweler Daniella Draper for the occasion
The royal paired the shamrock necklace with a £60 vibrant green suit jacket from high street favourite Zara
She wore her glossy brunette locks down, letting her signature waves swish across her shoulders, and opted for a more natural make-up look, with a nude lip and paler eye-shadow than her usual smoky tones.
Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage previously revealed how Kate often opts to ‘go literal’ with her style choices as a way of showing that she ‘takes her duties seriously’.
He explained: ‘Kate seems to do it in most of the places she visits, so I think it’s what she likes to do to show that she takes her duties seriously.’
Meanwhile stylist Susie Hasler, who runs Styled by Susie, also said Kate’s literally dressing helps the royal to convey messages during a visit.
The mother-of-three is known for her love of literal dressing, and regularly gives a nod to the event she is attending and countries she is visiting with her clothing
She said: ‘Kate is using a lovely styling trick – using her clothes and accessories to convey a message that says “we’re united” and people are very receptive towards that and will welcome her in. By doing this, clever Kate also manages to enhance her likeability factor.’
Lucas also believes Kate nails the art art of ‘literal’ dressing by combining obvious style nods with her usual trendy and chic style.
It’s not the first time the royal has been hailed for nailing the art of literal dressing.
The Duchess often selects ‘nautical’ style outfits for maritime visits, such as arriving at a sailing regatta for charitable causes in August 2019.
And she regularly chooses floral prints while visiting Chelsea Flower Show, opting for a mid-length Erdem gown with a bold purple and blue pattern.
Meanwhile during her Ireland tour last year, the royal opted to wear a selection of vibrant green outfits as well as pieces of jewelery featuring shamrock charms.
The Duchess of Cambridge rolled out several green outfits on her visit to Ireland last year, including this spangly number by the Vampire’s Wife
Last year she offered a perfect lesson in ‘dressing literally’ during her royal tour of Ireland by opting for outfits of varying shades of green as well as shamrock earrings (pictured while visiting the President of Ireland)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge praised the ‘friendship between the UK and Ireland’ as they joined world leaders in a St Patrick’s Day video message for the Irish government yesterday.
Prince William, 38, started off the couple’s message by speaking in Irish Gaelic, saying: ‘Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh’, meaning ‘Happy St Patrick’s Day’.
Kate added: ‘We’re delighted to wish you all a very Happy St Patrick’s Day,’ before her husband quipped she ‘got the easy bit’.
The Cambridges, who recorded the message in London, were joined in the video by President Joe Biden, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Traditionally at this time of year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the St Patrick’s Day parade with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, where Prince William gives the salute and Kate hands out shamrocks to the officers.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, showcased her love for literal dressing as she donned a £95 nautical striped top to send her best wishes to Ben Ainslie’s sailing crew in a video message in December 2020
The Duchess donned the colours of the Polish flag for her arrival in Warsaw on a state visit in July 2017
Kate always ensures to don a floral frock for her annual appearance at the Chelesa Flower Show. Pictured, showing her Back To Nature Garden to the Queen in 2019