Kate Middleton May Have Experienced Her Very First Fashion Fail

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Good heavens!

JK, everyone calm down.  It’s fine.  The Duchess of Cambridge may or may not have confused fans last night at the Royal Windsor Horse Show when she paired a bohemian white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress with a red Zara cape coat.

Yes, it looked a little weird, but my rose-colored glasses have faded only slightly, so I still give Catherine two thumbs up on the majority of her sartorial choices. 

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What I saw: A princess of the United Kingdom dressed for a long journey through rugged terrain.  Her cape was durable enough to protect the $5,995 dress underneath from getting caught on a branch.

What everyone else likely saw: The Duchess of Cambridge taking the high street/high fashion look too far with a boxy coat and flowy dress.

“Where’s her flower crown?” naysayers would ask sarcastically.

What Kate Wore‘s Susan Kelley offered up a very reasonable (and very cute) explanation for the apparent mismatch.

“Kate does the mixing of high/low labels so well that seeing her out of character pairing the swing jacket and the lace dress was a surprise,” Kelley told People Magazine.

“It had me wondering if there might have been a minor domestic disaster of the baby kind? Perhaps a close encounter with George or Charlotte?”

What a lark!  George got ahold of the D&G and now mum has to cover it with a cape.

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“Clearly, none of the nattering from fashion followers mattered one whit to those fond of Kate’s style – the ‘Kate Effect’ was in full force!”

Too right.  At first glance I thought the pairing was a little odd, but it struck me more as a creative than a fashion fail.

What did you think of Catherine’s look from last night’s Royal Windsor Horse Show?

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