The festive holiday season is here. Naturally, there will be numerous holiday parties to attend and invitations to festive outings. But what can you wear during the colder months to still look put together? Obviously, let’s seek Kate Middleton for guidance.
Kate is the queen (duchess, actually!) of wearing nicely tailored dress coats, a jaunty hat, stockings, heels, AND the all-important belt to pull an outfit together on her official engagements. Belts accentuate the waist, and when added to a coat, they transform the look.
Adding a belt really does transform Kate’s look into a whole new outfit. Without the belt, her coat is just a plain old coat, but add this accessory and her look transforms into an outfit in its own right. She’s achieved a classy and new look time and time again --- Christmas Day 2015, touring Denmark in 2011, visiting Canberra in 2014, etc., etc.
She sometimes wears the belt that was sold with the coat but more often than not, she adds her own touch by wearing a simple skinny, tonal colored belt instead.
She’s even added belts to her outfits in the warmer months to make them more sophisticated (e.g. her blue Zara honeymoon dress.)
So I leave you to go through your closet and find your nicest winter coat. Find a solid belt, maybe with a small embellishment like a bow or a big buckle, and wrap it around your waist. You may be surprised that you had this outfit all along (or you now have an excuse to go shopping for a belt!)
I love wearing leopard printed belts, metallic belts, and bows – all inspired by the Duchess! Here’s a great website to provide you with some belt inspiration: Farfetch - Women's Belts
Stay warm and look awesome this holiday season.
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Alaina is a stateside Anglophile, obviously living on the wrong side of the pond! Besides loving all things royal, she also enjoys playing Scrabble, sending (and receiving!) handwritten notes, shopping for repliKates, traveling locally and internationally, finding new used book stores, and spending time with her own Prince Charming! Alaina also loves e-meeting new people and she looks forward to hearing from you – firstname.lastname@example.org