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Can you spot the stylish feature in Duchess Kate’s plaid look?

Combining classic pieces stylishly without the look becoming stuffy – a real balancing act that Duchess Kate (almost always) masters effortlessly. At an appearance in London she proved her sense of style again and showed herself in a very special eye-catcher look, optical illusion included.

Looking at the pictures showing Duchess Kate in a check look at her recent appointment in London, the question arises: is it a dress in which Prince William’s wife strides through the corridors of the "Victoria and Albert"Museum, or is it a two-piece after all?

Duchess Kate in check look
Skirt combo or dress – recognize’s? Photo: Getty Images

At second glance, it becomes clear that Duchess Kate’s check look is not a stylish pleated skirt and blazer combination, but a cleverly crafted dress. The reason for the optical style tampering is the seam at the top of the skirt, exactly where a blazer would normally end. This provides an optical division of the designer dress by Alessandra Rich (approx. 643 euros) and makes it once again a stylish eye-catcher. The slightly offset houndstooth pattern on the top and bottom of the dress enhances the blazer-and-skirt effect.

Duchess Kate’s check look – all stylish!

In addition, the dress scores with classic details such as collar, button placket and slight A-line fit – the latter should definitely have been a purchase argument for the royal lady, who always falls into comparable cuts. At the same time, it doesn’t look stale or stuffy. How does that work? Sü& puffy sleeves, a plunging neckline and, above all, the red and black color scheme ensure that Duchess Kate’s look stays on the stylish side.

Kate in London
When it came to jewelry, Kate probably thought more is more and combined statement earrings with lots of necklacesPhoto: Getty Images

Matching the dress, Kate combined dark accessories: black pumps with gold statement buckle by Jennifer Chamandi London (about 675 euros) and a black Mulberry clutch, also with gold decoration. She also stayed true to the gold look when it came to jewelry and chose chunky creoles as a contrast to her designer look, which can also be shopped for cheap at labels like &OtherStories or Asos. With several fine gold chains, her typical hair waves and a natural make-up Kate rounded off her not so classic museum look.