· The best royal fashion of 2019 ·
The past year has been tumultuous for the British Royal Family. We’re sure you’ve seen the list of unfortunate things that happened this year, so we won’t give it more space on the internet. Because with all it going on, royal fashion continued and we’d rather focus on that. Women (and this year, some men) in the British Royal Family have always used fashion to send messages and this year was no different. Sartorial diplomacy on display this year was spot on and we enjoyed reading about what thought goes on behind this.
Far from exhaustive, here we run down some of our favorite royal looks of 2019.
10. Duchess of Cambridge in Beulah London, 22 January
Kate started off the year strong in a simple, but green Beulah London dress. Though it was simple, we loved the tiny buttons down the skirt. Tonal accessories and an old belt finished the look which was accessible, appropriate and set the tone for the rest of the year.
9. Duchess of Cambridge in Suzannah, 2 July
Wimbledon is always fun for royal fashion watching. How could we not love dressing up to watch sports? Kate is well known for her love of tennis and she never disappoints when she attends any match. This year, she attended several times, including once with her sister Pippa and sister-in-law Meghan. But our favorite look was this white and black Suzannah shirtdress that she wore on July 2. The simplicity and crispness looked sharp while we appreciated the nod to tennis whites. Ace!
8. Princess Eugenie in Peter Pilotto, 31 August
After her strong showing last year, Princess Eugenie continued her sartorial prowess in 2019. Attending Ellie Goulding’s wedding in August, the newlywed wore a striking dress by the designer of her own wedding dress Peter Pilotto. With bright flowers on a navy background, the midi-length dress was flattering and appealing to the eye. The folded collar neckline harkened back to her own wedding dress. She topped it with a navy blue pillbox hat to finish the look off.
7. Duchess of Sussex in Sentaler, 7 November
Meghan Markle doesn’t have quite as much of a showing this year as she spent a lot of the year on maternity leave. But her looks definitely stuck. We loved the navy blue Sentaler coat she wore for an event at the Field of Remembrance ahead of Remembrance Sunday in November. The belted over-sized coat looked warm and cozy on a cold day while heeled leather boots ensure a chic silhouette. And that navy velvet fascinator? To die for.
6. Pippa Middleton Matthews in Kate Spade, 18 May
Okay, so Pippa Middleton Matthews isn’t actual royalty, but this was by far one of our favorite royal wedding looks to date, so it had to be included! In May, Lady Gabriella Windsor (The Queen’s cousin’s daughter) held the third royal wedding in Windsor’s St George’s Chapel in the span of a year. Pippa attended all three, but we loved her monochrome look to Gabriella’s. Wearing a light blue dress with tonal flowers and side buttons down the front, Pippa stepped it up with a perfectly matching velvet headband and coordinating shoes. The monochrome look stood out among the crowd!
5. Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen, 17 March
One of our favorite pastimes of royal fashion watching is comparing the same event year on year. Since getting married, Kate has presented shamrocks to the Irish Guards on St Patrick’s Day. She has never disappointed, but this year, she stunned in a severely tailored deep forest green Alexander McQueen coat.
Impeccably tailored, the coat featured military elements, a peplum and Celtic designs on the buttons. The deep green looked beautiful in the early spring sun and she topped it off with a new hat in exactly the same hue. All in all, it was striking and appropriate.
4. Duchess of Sussex in Erdem, 11 March
March was clearly for green as Meghan also gave us one of her best looks in the shade as she visited Canada House. Pregnant with Archie, Meghan wore a vintage-style matching coat and dress by Erdem, a nice nod to the event as Erdem was born in Canada. The coat and dress featured beautifully sequined black flowers. Finished off with black heels and clutch and an elegant updo, it was a stunning look!
3. Duchess of Cambridge in Pakistan, October
We couldn’t choose just one look from Kate and Prince William’s trip to Pakistan in October. Every look was measured in thought and Kate pulled them off beautifully. Kate pulled off her sartorial diplomacy effortlessly wearing both British and Pakistani brands and mixing Western fashion with Eastern fashion. It was clear she was “dressing for the slideshow” as colors and elements creeped into each subsequent look. It was a prime example of all that Angela Kelly talks about in her recent book and the amount of thought that went in to each outfit was clear each day.
2. Duchess of Cambridge in Elie Saab, 18 June
Royal Ascot is another royal fan favorite as every year the royals descend on the racecourse in their finery. Last year, the Duchess of Sussex made it on to the list with her black and white Royal Ascot look and this year, it’s the Duchess of Cambridge’s monochrome Elie Saab ensemble. Talk about a Cinderella moment! Following in Pippa’s footsteps wearing a monochrome outfit in light blue, Kate wore a tulle skirt with embroidered dots, a matching lacy top and an oversized Philip Treacy hat. Breaking up the monochrome, she accessorized with shiny silver heels and handbag.
- The Duke of Duchess of Cambridge in Pakistan, 15 October.
In an unusual turn of events, it wasn’t just the Duchess of Cambridge who had some big fashion moments in 2019, but her husband did, too. In one of the most talked-about royal fashion moments of the year, Prince William attended a reception at the Pakistan National Monument wearing a traditional sherwani. Royal men are not known for their sartorial diplomacy, but William proved they can get in on it, too. Let’s not forget the stunning green sequined Jenny Packham dress Kate wore alongside him. Together, with William’s rich teal sherwani and Kate’s British-label, they both looked and acted the part of the diplomat. More of this in 2020 please!
We think, with only one royal wedding and no royal babies currently on the horizon (unlike last year), that 2020 may be slower than 2019 and 2018 for the royal family. But, we’ve been wrong before and we look forward to seeing what they have to offer. Happy New Year!