Kate Middleton isn't really on my style radar. I like her, sure - she's got that classic English Rose look and I'm sure she'd be a delight at afternoon tea. Not that I've ever had afternoon tea, but I imagine it's just fabulous.
She's captivated the world with her bouncy hair and shiny teeth, and she's done wonders for British fashion by wearing homegrown designs from LK Bennett, Reiss and McQueen all over the world. But... she's a bit boring. Just a little. I'm not sure how experimental a high profile royal can be (although Beatrice and Euginie seem to get away with it), but seriously - another blue wrap dress? Courts, again? Sometimes I wish she'd whack on the Litas, ombré her hair and get spotted dancing on a table somewhere in Shoreditch.
I was charity shopping in Brighton a few weeks ago when a peek of polka dot blue caught my eye. I grabbed it off the rail to get a better look - a very classic royal blue polka dot wrap dress. So Kate. So Refined. So boring. But being the busty-and-hippy type, I knew the shape would suit me and at £3.99 I could hardly leave it behind (it's this way of thinking that's left me with a gigantic 'to eBay' pile). So I snapped it up and brought it home with me, thinking it'd go the way of those vintage leather shorts and the slightly-too-small embroidered bed jacket.
Vintage dress, charity shop | Belt, Target | Necklace, Primark | Boots, c/o Sarenza
It's a keeper, isn't it? Sometimes classic just works. Dresses like this can add years and look frumpy, but a few neon accessories, some clever belting and a cute pair of ankle boots give the style a modern edge and move it away from granny territory.
I love to see Kate try something like this with one of her classic dresses - I think she'd really rock a statement necklace and her feet are crying out for an alternative to those mid-heel courts.
What about you - do you like Ms Middleton's style? How would you spice up the classic wrap dress?