Two of the three outfits Middleton has worn so far on her trip appear to have pulled styling inspiration from her mother-in-law.
As she stepped off the plane yesterday, the mother of three sported a light blue ombré Catherine Walker outfit with Rupert Sanderson’s Malory pumps, one of her go-to styles. The look, which consisted of a dress and pants, was designed to resemble a “shalwar kameez,” a traditional Punjabi combination dress of trousers (“shalwar”) and a tunic (“kameez”).
Royal watchers couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Middleton’s outfit and an ensemble worn by Princess Di on a February 1996 trip to Pakistan. For her tour, Diana wore a pale blue tunic top and slim pants — although she went with ballet flats rather than heels.
It seems that Middleton is looking to Princess Diana’s Pakistan style for inspiration throughout her royal tour. The duchess today wore a Maheen Khan kurta (a loose-fitting collarless shirt), pants and scarf for a visit to an Islamabad school. She completed her look with pointed-toe, block-heel New Look pumps that cost just $38.
Middleton’s outfit was akin to a look Princess Diana wore in May 1997 for a royal tour. Lady Di wore the same three-piece blue combo, although her kurta had a floral print. Like Middleton, she selected pumps — but hers had a more ’90s vibe courtesy of thin crisscross straps and a kitten heel.
Click through the gallery to see all of Kate Middleton’s style on her royal tour of Pakistan.
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