Kate Middleton undertook her first public engagement on Wednesday wearing a blazer from mid-range brand Zara after her Platinum Jubilee weekend filled with high fashion looks.
The royal visited the Little Village baby bank network’s hub in Brent, England, on Wednesday to meet volunteers and discuss how the organization supports local families.
Kate has had an established relationship with Little Village and baby banks across the country that forms part of her interest in the early years development of children and supporting young families. In 2020, the duchess organized 19 British brands that were able to donate over 100,000 new items to baby banks around Britain.
Kate’s fashion choice for the engagement was notably subdued after the jubilee weekend, which saw the royal wear six show-stopping high fashion looks over four days.
For her visit to the Little Village hub, Kate wore an elegantly paired back ensemble comprising a pair of black fluted trousers, a white wool-blend blouse, and a white streamlined blazer from Zara costing $63.
This is not the first time that the royal has turned into the mid-tier fashion label and owns multiple blazers among other items that she has worn on numerous occasions.
Most recently Kate wore a red tweed-textured, double-breasted blazer with statement gold buttons on her widely publicized solo visit to Denmark in February. The royal also owns this blazer in green that was worn to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in a 2021 video message.
2022 has been an eventful one so far in terms of fashion for the Duchess of Cambridge with a large royal tour demanding multiple costume changes as well as the arduous jubilee schedule. Between these two multi-day events, the royal has practised economy and demonstrated her eco-credentials by re-wearing pieces from her established wardrobes.
Kate has mainly relied on coat dresses that have debuted over previous years for her smaller royal events throughout 2022. In April for the Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Kate wore a pale blue Emilia Wickstead coat dress that was previously worn in May 2017 for a solo visit to Luxembourg.
For the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey, also in April 2022, Kate again pulled out of her closet a trusted coat dress, this time dating back to 2015.
The white longline coat dress with fall-open collar and waist seaming statement was made by the creators of the royal’s wedding dress, Alexander McQueen. Kate first wore the look for the 2015 christening of Princess Charlotte and again for Trooping the Color in 2016. The style clearly appealed to Kate as she ordered it again in pale yellow and dove gray variations.
Kate’s outfits over the course of the jubilee garnered much praise. For the first event marking the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Trooping the Color, the duchess wore an Alexander McQueen coat dress previously worn to a reception for G7 leaders in 2021.
For the national service of thanksgiving on the second day of the celebrations at St Paul’s Cathedral, Kate won the approval of the fashion press and royal watchers by wearing an elegant pale sunshine yellow dress with an intricate cross over waist element.
For her final look of the jubilee at the pageant outside Buckingham Palace, Kate wore a raspberry pink mid-length dress with bishop sleeves and asymmetric draped panel over one shoulder by Stella McCartney.