Monday 20 November 2017

Kate Middleton hits right style note with yet another recycled coat

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Strathearn Community Campus
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Strathearn Community Campus
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Frugal fashionista Kate Middleton knows a good look when she sees it - even if it is last season.

The Duchess of Cambridge visited a school and park in Crieff Scotland yesterday with her husband Prince William and for the occasion, she fittingly wore a standout piece from Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders’ Autumn Winter 2013 collection.

Kate is known for her choice of impeccably tailored separates, and this ruby-red wool coat is no exception.

The mum-of-one styled the ombre-striped coat with a matching red dress from Goat, but eschewed the belt that featured on the runway version.

She accessorised with a nude clutch, Kiki McDonough earrings and her trademark bouncy blow dry.

FORTEVIOT, SCOTLAND - MAY 29: The Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Forteviot fete on May 29, 2014 in Forteviot, Scotland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend the day in Scotland where they will tour a distillery and visit a village fete. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

As to be expected, the mum-of-one stepped out in her signature nude LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ shoes.

In fact, it was Irish woman Margaret McDonald who first took note of Kate’s style credentials when she was CEO of LK Bennett and ensured the princess in waiting received new designs first.

The Duchess, or the Countess of Strathearn as she is known in Scotland,  is an avid supporter of emerging and established British fashion designers, including Jenny Packham, Sarah Burton, Alice Temperley, Katherine Hooker, and Emilia Wickstead.

Irish designer Orla Kiely benefited from an association with the 32-year-old when Kate wore her printed ‘Birdie’ coat on a school visit in 2012, causing it to sell out in minutes.

CRIEFF, SCOTLAND - MAY 29: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge try some whiskey during a tour of The Famous Grouse Distillery on May 29, 2014 in Crieff, Scotland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend the day in Scotland where they will tour a distillery and visit a village fete. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

It wouldn’t be the first time that the ‘Kate effect’ has occurred-women across the country clamoured to get their hands on her blue Issa jersey wrap Issa dress as soon as she was photographed announcing  her engagement.

The savvy style maven is an invaluable poster woman for British high street stores such as Reiss, Hobbs and Whistles- routinely causing wait lists when she sports affordable, mass produced products.

FORTEVIOT, SCOTLAND - MAY 29: The Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Forteviot fete on May 29, 2014 in Forteviot, Scotland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend the day in Scotland where they will tour a distillery and visit a village fete. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

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