Kate Middleton wears a very Mad Men dress & makes it NOT look stuffy

Styling Tips how you can too…

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stepped out solo last night in London for the opening of the Lucien Freud Portraits Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Her VERY 1950’s Mad Men style dress referenced the open portrait shawl collar dresses that Queen Elizabeth wore in the 1950’s. The full-skirt, elbow-length sleeves, and shawl collared styling of Kate Middleton’s Jesire number, a High-Street brand that we aren’t finding online, could be stuffy and downright dowdy if not worn the right way.

Frankly, the obvious 1950’s styling can look a bit too costumey and the Mad Man fashion moment is on the wane for copycat styling references. But, if you want to wear the look, here’s how you can make it work for you.

  • Don’t think about wearing a dress with such obvious vintage references if you are at an age where you look like you could have worn it on its fashion go round– it can be very aging.
  • By all means, keep the rest of the styling, particularly your beauty, modern and up-to-date to further avoid a costume effect. Kate’s effortless loose hair, and natural makeup  give the dress a contemporary vibe.

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  • Long, tan, gorgeous legs never hurt anyone and, luckily, Kate has them.
  • A bit of heel creates a sexier, more flattering line to balance the full skirt. A low heel pump would look rather dowdy.
  • Be the Duchess of Cambridge, her cachet alone makes almost anything look right.

Here are some dresses with full skirts that have less of a retro vibe that are easier to pull off…


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