Another day, another engagement. After two excursions this week, and with Snow-beria currently overwhelming the country, the pregnant Duchess of Sussex could have been excused had she taken one look out of the window and thought “Nah.” But the woman is a trooper, and let us not forget - has acute winter experience having lived in Toronto, where the real weather actually happens.
And so to Bristol. Where the Duchess brought along her favourite accessory, her husband, the Duke of Sussex. The pair were visiting the Old Vic Theatre, established in 1766, and the recent recipient of a multi million pound redevelopment.
Beset by a train delay (welcome to Britain, Meghan) the royal duo gamely greeted well-wishers who had stuck it out on the cobbles in the windy snow flurries. The loosely-coiffed Duchess was overheard enthusing about yoga, “mind and body energy is so key” and made sure the Duke paid attention the the puffer-suited small children who were asking for him.
The Duchess sensibly swerved her usual bare leg style and popped on a pair of $695 olive green slouchy leather knee high boots (with a 3.3 inch heel and helpful rubber gripped-sole) by American brand Sarah Flint. On her website the designer enthuses that she “make shoes for women that have places to be. Shoes that make you feel both feminine and powerful. Because this is what it means to walk like a woman.” Indeed.
As well as this she chose to wear a pretty Oscar de la Renta dress from the New York based label’s autumn winter collection - and perhaps she’d been sales shopping. It was in the Net-A-Porter sale (this morning, now sold out) - at the knock down price of £1,401 - 40% off the full £2,335 it was originally marked as. The chiffon silk midi length black number features whimsical flora and fauna from a magical fashion kingdom printed across it - unicorns, deer, pomegranates, blue tits, eagles, squirrels and even monkeys. Some ideas there for the Duke’s next hunting party.
Interestingly, she covered up with a lovely black wool coat from luxury vintage specialist, the London based William Vintage, who has previously outfitted Victoria Beckham, Amal Clooney and Gillian Anderson. Given the Duchess’s keen interest in sustainable fashion it does make sense that she would seek out some vintage pieces with which to enhance her wardrobe.
Full marks to the Duchess for her snow-style and if you have a wedding or similar event coming up - the midi dress-knee boot combination is certainly one worth adopting.