Can We Stop Pretending Kate Middleton Is A Style Icon?

As Prince William and Kate Middleton have made their tour around Canada and the U.S., one thing everybody’s been over-the-moon obsessed with is what Kate’s wearing. I, for one, just don’t care. It’s not that I don’t think Kate’s a gorgeous girl with Pantene model hair — she’s clearly stunning and blah blah blah, the picture of English Rose beauty. But really, there is nothing particularly noteworthy about the clothes that she throws on. Annnnd I’d venture to say she dresses a bit on the mumsy, conservative “I shop at Talbots and Ann Taylor” side. But whatever, Kate aka Catherine aka the Duchess of Cambridge, most likely doesn’t even pick out her own garments, anyway. There’s probably a team of royal stylists judiciously choosing her wardrobe, making sure that she — like First Lady Michelle Obama, when she travels– is wearing Canadian designers in Canada, and California designers in California. For public figures like Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama, what they wear is as much a diplomatic move as it is a sartorial choice. And Kate’s picks are on the whole pretty uninspiring. So let’s stop perpetuating the myth that the Great Kate’s wardrobe is wantworthy–there’s no whimsy, or grandiosity, or real joy in what she wears that would make her someone worth emulating.

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