The Duchess of Cambridge is adopting a new ‘chic and simple’ style to appear ‘more mature and business-like’ during the Covid-19 crisis, a stylist has revealed.
Kate Middleton, 39, is spending lockdown living at her Norfolk home of Anmer Hall with husband Prince William, 38, and their children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
On recent appearances the mother-of-three, who is known for her love of playful, colourful prints and flowing midi dresses, has ditched her usual look for chic blazers, which she has paired with smart shirts and t-shirts.
Celebrity stylist Rochelle White told FEMAIL the move was particularly poignant because of the current crisis the UK is facing amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, revealing: ‘It could be a mix of wanting to be more mature and business like, while still being herself.’
The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is adopting a new ‘chic and simple’ style to appear ‘more mature and business-like’ during the Covid-19 crisis, a stylist has revealed
Rochelle said the Duchess might be trying to keep focus on her message, rather than on her outfits, explaining: ‘I think that Kate knows that the press always have their eye on her what/who she is wearing.
‘I think her approach right now is to not be known for that but for what she is doing during this time.’
‘She is keeping it smart, simple and chic so that the attention isn’t based on what she is wearing when speaking to people of importance.’
Meanwhile, Rochelle explained the royal’s wardrobe choices could reflect a desire to appear more ‘professional’ amidst the crisis.
Towards the end of last year, Kate appeared to adopt a more ‘business-like’ style, with Rochelle suggesting she looks more ‘mature’
Rochelle added that while this ‘could lead to a new look going forward’, she believed Kate would to return to her usual styling later in the year.
Meanwhile Anthony McGrath, celebrity stylist and lecturer at the Fashion Retail Academy in London, agreed, saying: ‘The Duchess of Cambridge has always been known for her love of bright, patterned dresses but during her recent appearances, she has adjusted her wardrobe to something more sedate and formal.
‘In the first lockdown, where she continued to wear her signature dresses and stylish, soft cardigans, the country was experiencing a sense of togetherness, and we were clapping for the NHS every week.
‘Kate was able to exude optimism with her outfits, which were often as bright as the rainbow drawings tacked onto windows across the country.
The Duchess is better known for her love of colourful clothing and playful prints, often choosing to wear midi dresses for appearances
While launching her Early Years survey in November, the Duchess paired simple white t-shirts with a selection of colourful blazers
‘Now, though, with the country in another lockdown almost a year on, the mood is more sombre. Her most recent calls with NHS workers and a bereavement service called for more formal, toned-down colours to reflect the sensitivity of those conversations.
‘The Duchess is aware that every outfit she wears will be scrutinised, and she wants to ensure she respects the seriousness of the occasion when it is called for.’
He continued: ‘Don’t be surprised if the brighter outfits make a come-back though. On video calls with families, and particularly with children, she will try to inject a sense of fun into a conversation.
‘She is far less likely to wear a formal suit when she wants to strike a more joyful, positive tone.’
Kate, who is currently spending lockdown at her Norfolk home of Anmer Hall, has worn smart blazers with simple t-shirts and minimal jewellery on recent video calls
The mother-of-three donned a smart black blazer teamed with a white blouse as she spoke to nurses from the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust via video link in a clip released today.
Rather than her usual bouncy blow dry, the Duchess ditched the glamour and swept her hair into a tidy side parting for the call.
Kate also opted for minimum jewellery as she spoke with NHS staff to hear about their work and thank them for their efforts during the pandemic.
It comes days after she stunned in a smart grey blazer teamed with a chic hairdo for her first engagement of 2021.
During her first two appearances of 2021, the Duchess has worn smart suit jackets with minimal jewellery
Kate ditched her usual loose curls for a slicked back classic style when speaking to frontline workers and counsellors about bereavement support alongside Prince William last week.
Kate appeared ready for business when appearing on the call, which saw her question the frontline workers on what more could be done to convince their colleagues of the importance of prioritising themselves for help with mental health.
She put on a stylish display in a Smythe grey blazer with black collar detail, paired with a simple black top.
And it’s far from the first time in recent months the Duchess has adopted the business-casual style.
Kate and Prince William are currently working from the Queen’s Sandringham estate, after the monarch loaned her and Prince William the residence to use as their working base during lockdown
While presenting the findings of her Early Years survey at the end of last year, the Duchess donned a series of colours blazers, which she paired with simple black and white t-shirts.
In a clip from Tuesday’s phone call, which was released earlier today, Kate praised Vasu Lingappa for going the ‘extra mile’ and shared a lighter moment with the NHS worker who joked the patient’s wife had wanted him to sing the rock group’s hits – but he declined because of his strong Asian accent.
She made the call from the Queen’s Sandringham estate, after the monarch loaned her and Prince William the residence to use as their working base during lockdown.
The grand estate in Norfolk is currently empty as the monarch and Prince Philip are at Windsor for lockdown and it is not open to the public.
The Duke and Duchess reside down the road with their children at the 10 bedroom Anmer Hall but have set up a small temporary office with their staff at Sandringham.
It is just a few minutes drive from Anmer and means they can carry out their work without fear of interruption from George, Charlotte and Louis.