This has been a week like no other in the UK as the spread of Covid-19 prompted the change of life as we know it. As she left for Windsor a week early on Thursday, the Queen told the nation that ‘my family and I stand ready to play our part’. On Friday, the first step of that part-playing came in the form of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to the London Ambulance Centre in Croydon, where they thanked 111 staff for their work during the crisis.
三级成人视频A lot of playing that part comes from turning up, asking the right questions and paying tribute to people on the frontline of the pandemic. But in both its visual impact and provenance, Kate’s choice of outfit was meaningful, too. At a time when the news agenda is so grim, she might easily have reached for an unremarkable look to deflect style commentary - a strategy she has previously employed for sombre occasions.
Instead, Kate’s fashion choices were uplifting and thoughtful - the outing even marked a sartorial first. She has never worn a full trouser suit before, but opted for a and co-ordinating £59 trousers 三级成人视频from M&S, finishing the look with grey Hugo Boss heels which she’s owned since 2016.
三级成人视频By wearing a high street look, the duchess sprinkled a little magic for British retail with an affordable, relatable ensemble which plenty of women might add to their online baskets to wear once they can eventually return to the office.
M&S hasn’t often featured in Kate’s royal wardrobe, but it seems she’s been on a spree at the store, which has struggled to cut through with its fashion offering in recent years. In February, she wore a £29.50 pair of white M&S trainers for a visit to the charity Sportsaid.
三级成人视频Meanwhile, a suit taps into a trend which has been adopted by everyone from the fashion street style set to corporate executives. On this occasion, Kate styled hers with a simple white top, heels and minimal jewellery to keep the effect businesslike, but the pairing could easily be reimagined in happier times with a pussy bow blouse or statement jewellery.
The Queen, who is part of the cohort deemed most ‘at risk’ to coronavirus, may be in self-isolation in Windsor but Kate had evidently taken inspiration from her style philosophy for the visit. "She is always on-trend, trendsetting, in fact never puts a foot wrong when it comes to choosing the outfits she wears… It is her job to look the part, and fashion helps," wrote Her Majesty’s dresser, Angela Kelly, in her recent book三级成人视频, The Other Side of the Coin.
The country is certainly in need of cheer right now, and for many a high street look in a happy hue will have provided a much-needed moment of optimism.