Australian fashion and lifestyle blogger, Kate Waterhouse gives her take on The Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion choices on The Royal Tour.

The Duchess of Cambridge solidified her role as fashion icon when she embarked on a 19-day Royal Tour to New Zealand and Australia with her husband Prince William and 8-month-old son Prince George. For months, the fashion world has been abuzz about the Royal Visit and more importantly; the anticipation of what Kate would wear.

The Duchess dressed to impress and didn’t put a foot wrong. Kate showed off a total of 24 looks and wore three Australian labels, Zimmermann, Oroton and Jonathan Howard while stepping out for official appearances in both New Zealand and Australia.

As to be expected by a Royal, The Duchess wore stunning bespoke designer creations on tour but Kate also made sure to include affordable labels including Zara, L.K Bennett and J.Brand and she was not scared to recycle a few items, making us love her even more! Kate mixed high fashion and high street brands and wore a variety of designers including Australian, New Zealand as well as her British favorites.

Kate looked every bit a Princess, representing the Royal Family with grace, elegance and class. All her fashion choices were chic and feminine while remaining modest by the way of appropriate neck and hemlines. At every occasion, The Duchess was dressed to perfection so much so that we could all learn a thing or two from her.

Here are my top 10 looks for the Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Australia and New Zealand.

1. The white broderie anglaise Zimmermann dress, teamed with Stuart Weitzman espadrilles was a huge hit. This is a gorgeous frock and I love how she wore an Australian label, in an affordable price range. It’s not always easy to find an outfit to suit multiple occasions but The Duchess looked elegant in every situation as she visited Manly beach, Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice and the Sydney Royal Easter Show that day.

2. The Roksanda Ilincic yellow dress that Kate wore on her arrival into Australia was the perfect choice. It echoed the gold Australian national colour and was elegant but with a modern twist. And most of all, I love how she said that her husband joked that she looked like a banana!

3. The white and blue floral print dress by LK Bennett with Alexander McQueen heels was another highlight. Called a Lasa Poppy Print dress, Kate makes this high-street dress look like a million dollars!

4. The Alexander McQueen powder blue crepe coatdress was a head turner. Designed by the same person who created her wedding gown, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen it’s no wonder this British label is one of her favorites.

5. The blue-grey Michael Kors coatdress she wore for Anzac Day was elegant and timeless. I love how she opted for Australian label Jonathan Howard to create her navy pillbox hat. The Alexander McQueen navy court shoes and the Russell Bromley clutch were the perfect additions but to top it all off was the red poppy brooch to symbolize the occasion.

6. I love how Kate mixes high street labels into her wardrobe. The Zara blazer is another perfect example. Kate looks fabulous even in her dressed down attire of a blazer, skinny jeans, a nautical top and Stuart Weitzman navy cork-sole wedges. This is causal chic at its best!
7. The white Lela Rose cocktail dress Kate wore to the Government House residence of the Australian Head of State was another standout.  It was fresh and youthful and I love how she opted for her hair in an up style to really make this dress pop.
8. The custom-made grey Alexander McQueen coat dress Kate wore to attend a service at St Andrew’s Cathedral on Easter Sunday was timeless. The silhouette was classic and chic but the soft grey kept it youthful and fresh.
9. The coffee coloured Roksanda Ilincic as she arrived at Ayers Rock Airport was understated and chic. Kate looked radiant in this bespoke sleeveless dress that was cinched in at the waist with a grey belt. This was the second time Kate wore a piece by the Serbian designer during her time in Australia.
10. The Rebecca Taylor navy tweed suit was another gorgeous ensemble. Not only did I love the fact that she was wearing a New Zealand designer, but best of all was that it was the second time the Duchess had worn it. She has previously worn it in April of 2012 at a reception honoring the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole.

Kate’s impact on the fashion industry on this tour has been a phenomenon. All eyes have been on The Duchess and what she is wearing and she has nailed it every time.

It has been previously dubbed the “Kate effect” and is estimated to be worth nearly $2 billion to the UK fashion industry as the Duchess gives an immediate publicity boost to any designer she chooses to wear.

There is no denying the impact Kate has on fashion. Women all over the world are trying to emulate the Duchess’s style and can relate to her more relaxed approach compared to her regal predecessors. Her fashion choices are watched by all and immediately fans are tweeting, fashion retailer’s websites are crashing and her outfits are guaranteed to sell out within hours of her wearing them and this tour of Australia and New Zealand only cemented this. On tours like this one there are new outfits appearing everyday and we couldn’t get enough of them and I couldn’t think of a better person for us Aussies to look up to and learn a thing or two from!

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