The Duchess of Cambridge – Wardrobe by Numbers

Vogue magazine, have done it again in the February 2013 issue. They’ve analysed Catherine’s wardrobe and found exactly the tilt of her hats (50 degrees to show

Q: When does black with blue become blue and white with black become multi? A: When it’s in Vogue.

off her cheek bones), the preferred height of her drop earrings (33mm) and her favourite colours for official outfits.

You may remember last year they did the same with Her Majesty’s colour choices. So I thought it would be fun to compare results from the new girl on the block with dare I say the “old hand”. (No offence intended Your Majesty.) But when I started looking at the photos in more detail I realised that although the two comparisons are similar, they are not quite the same – but as a famous comedienne says on Miranda “…bear with…”

Firstly, Catherine has been evaluated for outfits worn on official engagements, while the queen was snapped a few times obviously out walking the Corgis. One of The Queens 1% black outfits was the cloak for the Garter ceremony – I don’t think you can count this. Then there’s the interpretation of colour to consider – Her Majesty wears cream 11% of the time although some of the outfits appear nearly white in the photos – The Duchess wears white (12%) and cream (5%).

Now I don’t know the dates that were chosen to collate these pictures, but it seems to me that if they can include the blue Issa dress that Catherine wore for the engagement announcement that it follows that there are a number of key outfits that have been omitted (…perhaps I need glasses?):

The Reiss dress worn for the Tarentino engagement photos
The Wedding Dress and of course her evening outfit (which I concede may be considered as a private function).
The Roland Mouret worn for the Thirty Club annual dinner
The Reiss dress worn to meet the Obamas
The stunning black lace Alice by Temperley number worn to the War Horse premier
The Burberry Prorsum worn to review troops in June 2011

And those are just the ones that spring to mind and inclusion of these would skew the results as presented in Vogue.

Among the selection are several patterned dresses – and the odd category “Multi” worn 8% of the time, which I must say I don’t understand. Why does a black and white patterned dress go in multi but a blue and black patterned dress go in blue? One thing is certain, neither lady favours stripes!

Enough said…Overall, this is an interesting article for anyone interested in fashion and colour to read. Having recently read “Dressing the Queen” by Angela Kelly and having a glimpse of the “Dressers Floor” it was fascinating to have these new statistics to read – and to discover just how many garments Catherine took on her recent 8 day official tour of the Far East.