三级成人视频Over the last decade, the Duchess of Cambridge has developed and perfected her style strategy - and it's all about striking the right balance. Between appearing relatable and royal; between affordable and aspirational price-tags; between timelessness and fashionability.
While she couldn't be called a follower of trends, Kate's not oblivious to them, either, occasionally peppering more fashion-forward looks into the mix - a Gucci pussy-bow blouse, say, or that polka dot It dress from designer of the moment Alessandra Rich. So Kate will know that in recent years, trainers have become a status symbol on a par with carrying the latest must-have handbag.
So, when dressing for her latest outing on Tuesday, a SportsAid event in London's Stratford where Kate knew she'd be expected to join in a little with the activities, Kate eschewed the plain-but-practical plimsolls that she's worn for such occasions before (like while playing cricket in Pakistan). Instead, she chose a pair of 'fashion trainers' - white with five different coloured stripes down the side, which looked a bit smarter, especially when she topped her green culottes and matching top with a navy blazer. While the trainers weren't logoed or branded, they looked like the kind of stealth-wealth purchase that might set you back £200-£300.
In reality, though, Kate's new trainers were . So what does that tell us? That she's clocked the designer trainer trend - hence choosing this stylish pair over plainer styles - and decided not to buy into it - hence the price-tag. While she often champions the high street (she was also wearing Zara culottes on Tuesday), Kate isn't averse to spending money on pieces that are worth a bit more investment. Her smart coats and handbags are such pieces, and much of her evening-wear wardrobe is custom-made.
三级成人视频But while the Duchess might love fashion, she also has a practical side. Trainers get worn a lot more than a beaded frock. They're quickly scuffed or stained if you step in a puddle. No matter the designer label or price tag, trainers aren't a 'forever' buy that she'll pass down to Princess Charlotte - so even if you can afford to spend more, why would you when the high street is at hand?
三级成人视频There's another factor to be considered. These M&S trainers might look like leather at first glance, but they're actually vegan-friendly - another hot-button topic in fashion at the moment. Kate could have chosen Stella McCartney's vegan Stan Smith trainers - but at £235, they're not a purchase that many of us could afford.
The Duchess has an ability to influence trends (remember those padded headbands? Kate wore one two months before they appeared on the Prada catwalk) - something she must be well aware of. And her latest purchase could influence two: a shift towards vegan leather for women on all budgets, and a shift away from exorbitantly-priced designer trainers. Watch this space.