Sartorial Jubilations

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock I’m sure you’ll know that this weekend is Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, the anniversary of a whopping sixty years on the throne. Alongside Queen Victoria, she is the only other monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee and various events are taking place up and down the country to mark the occasion in style… but I’m sure you knew that already!

Some may find it a bit twee, but this kind of thing doesn’t exactly happen very often, and I think we should embrace it- why not?! Has your patriotic side come out this weekend? I know mine has!

This weekend has been filled with bunting, Union Jacks, street parties and British-themed baking; only red white and blue will do. In addition, all eyes have been on the royals’ appropriately-hued attire. For the first day of the Jubilee celebrations, the Queen wore a royal blue crepe wool coat by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan to the Epsom Derby. Today, for the Thames Jubilee River Pageant, she donned an ivory boucle coat by Angela Kelly embroidered with gold, silver and ivory spots and embellished with Swarovski crystals; Clarence House said this was to reflect the River Thames, such a lovely touch. The Queen’s official dresser spent 12 months planning the ensemble which was reminiscent of the dress she wore for her Coronation. Today, the Queen’s outfit really stood out against the reds, golds and purples of the royal barge. You can really tell how much thought is put into the Queen’s sartorial choices – I think that merits its own post – and I predict tomorrow she will be wearing red!

Kate Middleton looked stunning in cherry red today; she wore the shade when I met her at the launch of the University of St Andrews 600th anniversary celebrations and I thought she really suited the colour. It was a vibrant colour choice but the tailored dress with box pleat skirt was appropriate for the occasion and Kate definitely didn’t out-shine the Queen. As soon as she stepped out today I squealed to My mum “she’s wearing McQueen!” I recognised the dress immediately: it was very similar to one that had caught my eye a while ago (I posted about it here) and I saw it again recently (and was extremely tempted) when it appeared reduced from £1200 to £500 on The Outnet! Kate’s must be a custom design as it has a more demure knee-length skirt and longer length sleeves appropriate for the event. I was pleased to see my predictions were proved correct when Clarence House confirmed Kate was wearing Alexander McQueen. I know, I’m a bit of a fashion geek! I was also incredibly flattered when Grazia’s Fashion Director Paula Reed praised my spotting skills on Twitter! Kate also wore a matching red hat by Sylvia Fletcher from royal milliner James Lock & Co and her trusted LK Bennett nude court shoes, and she carried a scarf in Strathearn tartan (a nod to her Scottish title – the Countess of Strathearn).

Camilla also stuck to her signature look and tried and tested combination of Anna Valentine creamy tailored coat and dress and Philip Treacy hat; she wore both designers for her own wedding as well as William and Kate’s nuptials. Princess Beatrice wore a silver and navy dress with complementary coat by Marni and Princess Eugenie donned a coral Roland Mouret dress, paired with LK Bennett heels, Anya Hindmarch bag and black and coral Stephen Jones hat.

I look forward to seeing more Jubilee outfits tomorrow for the Jubilee concert – will Kate be in blue or white?!

What about you? What have you been doing and wearing to celebrate the Jubilee? The whole thing is definitely a good excuse to dress up! Here are some ideas I had, in a patriotic colour pallet and with a few kitsch Jubilee-inspired pieces thrown into the mix:

Jubilee Outfit 1

Miss Selfridge winter white dress, £37; Acne suede leather jacket, £1,000; Alex Monroe silver jewelry, £165; Kate Spade cocktail ring, $63 Posh Pooch Shopper, Topshop; £10; Tatiana 025 shoes formula Samsøe Φ Samsøe, 1.400 DKK.

HRH the Queen loves a colourful cover-up and this feminine white Broderie Anglaise sundress from Miss Selfridge would make the royal blue Acne biker jacket pop. Jewellery designer Alex Monroe is fast earning a cult following and his Best of British collection, including this crown charm necklace, is the perfect mix of style and humour – what could be more British? Topshop have a fantastic kooky Jubilee-themed range and I think the Queen would approve of this corgi print tote! Lastly, to complete the colour trio a red Kate Spade cocktail ring and some red suede boots – I recently discovered Danish brand Samsøe Φ Samsøe and I love their simple, chic Scandinavian designs.

Jubilee Outfit 2

Current Elliott stretch denim jacket, £250; Dorothy perkin, £39.50; Zara heel sandals, $80; Charlotte Olympia clutch handbag, £595; Alex Monroe chain necklace, £135.

A vintage-style sundress taking inspiration from the decade of the Queen’s coronation would be high on my list of outfit options. This retro white and blue Dorothy Perkins floral frock is perfect, and pairing it with a bright denim jacket, such as this vibrant red one by Current Eliott, and a pair of sporty-inspired shoes such as these Zara heels, would give the look a modern twist. Another Alex Monroe charm necklace – this time a rose gold fox – adds a cute touch. Charlotte Olympia is another British brand combining eccentricity and humour with high end design;  I’m a big fan of Charlotte Dellal’s quirky designs and this Union Jack perspex clutch is just the right amount of kitsch.

Jubilee Outfit 3

Print dress, Topshop, £38; Vintage jean jacket, £38; Zara messenger bag, $90; Etrusca ruby jewelry, John Lewis, £48; Alexander McQueen Spine Lace God Save Mcqueen Pashmina, $790.

I’m currently coveting this retro-style cute-collared frock from Topshop, the tailored cut and ditsy pansy print are the perfect balance of girly-yet-grown-up. I would wear it with an oversized boxy denim jacket to balance the femininity and vintage style slippers such as these Pretty Ballerina flats. I’d give the look a pop of colour with this red Zara bag (very Céline) and this gorgeous Alexander McQueen “God Save McQueen” scarf – I think Kate would approve.

Jubilee Outfit 4
This Boutique by Jaeger sailor dress is something I could also see Kate wearing. She often nods to military style with her ensembles, for example with the McQueen military detail shirt she has worn on a couple of occasions. I would give this girly dress a bit of an edge with chunky black ankle boots and a statement red lip. Some more pieces from the Topshop range: bunting print socks and a crown ring, and I love this Limited Edition sparkly Nails Inc nail varnish! The Cambridge Satchel Company encapsulates British design heritage and high quality manufacturing; based on traditional Oxford and Cambridge satchel designs, the hand-made leather bags have become a cult fashion buy. I’m particularly enamoured with the satchels as I used to take this exact style of satchel to primary school and loved it to bits. I especially like this bright red version – and appropriate for the occasion too!
Jubilee images – Mail Online 

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