Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has always been admired for her impeccable fashion sense and style choices. As a strong advocate of sustainable fashion, Kate often opts for outfits and cuts that offer versatility, and one particular item that has become a staple in her wardrobe is the neck-tie blouse.
According to stylist Susie Hasler, the roll neck is an incredibly versatile option for the Princess, allowing her to change her outfit instantly or re-wear it with new items. She explained that the beauty of a polo neck is that it can be worn in many different ways, such as tucked into trousers or a pair of jeans for a casual look. Roll necks can also be layered under dresses or jumpers, making them a practical and fashionable choice.
Hasler also mentioned that the neck-tie blouse has become a “wardrobe go-to” for Kate, as it is a safe bet and allows her to be hands-on during royal engagements without the fear of a wardrobe mishap. The blouse is also a conservative option, which works well for the Princess, as she often needs to interact with children during public appearances.
However, Kate’s neck-tie blouses have not always been without controversy. In March 2019, she made a fashion faux pas by wearing a Gucci silk crepe blouse in violet orchid backwards, opposite to what the brand intended. But Kate proved that she is not one to shy away from her fashion choices when she re-wore the same blouse backwards a year later in November 2020 for a video promoting Five Big Questions – an Early Years Q&A.
Kate’s willingness to repeat her intentional style faux pas shows her confidence in her fashion choices and her commitment to sustainability. She also wore a similar powder blue neck-tie blouse, which was slightly cheaper than the Gucci, and a bold green pussybow blouse for a video promoting her new campaign, Shaping Us.
Kate’s love for neck-tie blouses is just one of the many ways she continues to inspire and influence the fashion industry. With her commitment to sustainable fashion and her ability to make a statement with her wardrobe choices, Kate is truly a style icon for our times.