Catherine, the Princess of Wales continued her power dressing streak on Monday afternoon, while attending an event hosted by the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood in London. Kate Middleton’s sharp cut and tailored red pantsuit was eye-catching, with its prominent shoulders, lowered lapels, and accentuated waist. However, her bold, chunky earrings stole the show.
It wasn’t just because they were stylish. however. As is often the case with Kate, the sartorial choice is loaded with meaningful details. The Princess first wore the earrings back in June of last year for the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument at London’s Waterloo Station. The earrings are made by Chalk, a handcrafted jewelry brand by London-based architect Malaika. This particular pair is described by the brand as paying homage to the “main stage auditorium ceiling of the Royal Opera House.” The earrings, which retail for £75 (roughly $92), are also a noticeably more affordable choice for Kate. As many across the UK have been grappling with a “cost-of-living crisis,” perhaps she thought wearing expensive jewels would be inappropriate.
Of course, rewearing an accessory may not sound like a big deal for the everyday person. But for Britain’s royal family, who often have their wardrobes meticulously approved by a team and then scrutinized by the press, the move represents a more sustainable and eco-conscious approach to public appearances. That said, the Princess of Wales has worn her clothes again, whether a simple Zimmermann dress or an Alexander McQueen suit. It’s one small way in which the Princess does appear to be like us.