How Kate Middleton perfected the art of literal dressing


The Princess of Wales showcased her love of ‘literal dressing’ yesterday as she donned the colours of the Ukrainian flag to meet with displaced families in Reading.

Kate Middleton, 40, opted for a £279 polkadot LK Bennett dress as she arrived at the Reading Ukrainian Community Centre yesterday, and praised those she met as ‘brave’ and ‘resilient’. 

Her blue and yellow dress from the British high street brand appeared to be a subtle nod to the Ukrainian flag. 

Literal dressing involves turning up at an event and taking the theme of the occasion very literally, 

The mother-of-three is known for her love of literal dressing, and regularly gives a nod to the event she is attending and countries she is visiting with her clothing.  

The Princess of Wales showcased her love of ‘literal dressing’ yesterday as she donned the colours of the Ukrainian flag to meet with displaced families in Reading

She wore her glossy brunette locks down, letting her signature waves swish across her shoulders, and opted for a more natural make-up look, with a nude lip and paler eye-shadow than her usual smoky tones. 

She opted for the smart polkadot shirt dress for the outing, which is described online as ‘a beautiful midi’ and an ‘elegant addition’ to any wardrobe. 

It is crafted from a sheer, lightweight fabric with a navy blue and golden yellow spot print, with a long rounded collar, long sleeves, a nipped waist and a pleated midi skirt. 

L.K. Bennett is a firm high street favourite of the royal, who regularly champions British brands and high street stores.

Earlier this month, she wore a full red ensemble to watch England play Papua New Guinea in the Rugby League World Cup quarter-final match at the DW Stadium, Wigan

Earlier this month, she wore a full red ensemble to watch England play Papua New Guinea in the Rugby League World Cup quarter-final match at the DW Stadium, Wigan

However she is also known for her love of literal dressing, and has made it a fundamental part of her wardrobe to give a subtle nod to the cause she is championing with her sartorial  choices.  

It’s not the first time the royal has been hailed for nailing the art of literal dressing. 

She often chooses to wear colours which reflect the flag of the area she is visiting.

In September, she donned a vibrant red coat to visit Swansea in an apparent nod to the Welsh dragon.

The Duchess often selects ‘nautical’ style outfits for maritime visits, such as arriving at a sailing regatta for charitable causes in July of this year.

The Duchess often selects 'nautical' style outfits for maritime visits, such as arriving at a sailing regatta for charitable causes in July of this year

The Duchess often selects ‘nautical’ style outfits for maritime visits, such as arriving at a sailing regatta for charitable causes in July of this year

She donned a striped navy top with a pair of white shorts for the occasion in Plymouth.

Meanwhile she also regularly gives a nod to the sporting teams she is supporting with her outfit.

Earlier this month, she wore a full red ensemble to watch England play Papua New Guinea in the Rugby League World Cup quarter-final match at the DW Stadium, Wigan.

And she regularly chooses floral prints while visiting Chelsea Flower Show, opting for a mid-length Erdem gown with a bold purple and blue pattern. 

In September, she donned a vibrant red coat to visit Swansea in an apparent nod to the Welsh dragon

She wore a full blue ensemble in a subtle tribute to the Scottish flag earlier this year for a visit to Glasgow

In September, she donned a vibrant red coat to visit Swansea in an apparent nod to the Welsh dragon (left). She wore a full blue ensemble in a subtle tribute to the Scottish flag earlier this year for a visit to Glasgow (right) 

Meanwhile in March, the then Duchess of Cambridge wore a blue jumper in a nod to the Ukrainian flag as she met displaced families in London

Meanwhile in March, the then Duchess of Cambridge wore a blue jumper in a nod to the Ukrainian flag as she met displaced families in London 

Meanwhile during her Ireland tour in 2020, the royal opted to wear a selection of vibrant green outfits as well as pieces of jewelery featuring shamrock charms. 

Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage previously revealed how Kate often opts to ‘go literal’ with her style choices as a way of showing that she ‘takes her duties seriously’. 

He explained: ‘Kate seems to do it in most of the places she visits, so I think it’s what she likes to do to show that she takes her duties seriously.’

Meanwhile stylist Susie Hasler, who runs Styled by Susie, previously revealed Kate’s literally dressing helps the royal to convey messages during a visit.

She said: ‘Kate is using a lovely styling trick – using her clothes and accessories to convey a message that says “we’re united” and people are very receptive towards that and will welcome her in. 

‘By doing this, clever Kate also manages to enhance her likeability factor.’ 

Lucas also believes Kate nails the art art of ‘literal’ dressing by combining obvious style nods with her usual trendy and chic style.  

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