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Kate wears Jenny Packham dress to Santa Barbara polo match

In 2011, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent several days in the USA, as part of their North American Tour.  On the second day, the royal couple visited Santa Barbara, California.

William and Kate visit California

William and Kate visit California

William took part in a charity polo match, while Kate observed.

The match was hosted by The American Friends of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet club.  William played in the match and Kate presented the winning team (Will’s team!) with a trophy.

Kate Middleton at the Polo Club, California, USA

Kate Middleton at the Polo Club, California, USA

Kate wore a grey dress by Jenny Packham to the polo club.

You can see Kate’s dress in this promotional shot from Jenny Packham’s site:

Jenny Packham dress

Jenny Packham dress

Susan from offered some insight into the dress’ structure:

The handpainted silk dress in muted tones featured cap-sleeves, gathers at the shoulder and piping at the waist.

The Palace’s PR team described the dress as a “de Gournay silver and marble grey hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress”.

Kate accessorised her dress with a pair of L.K. Bennett Sliver cross-strap sandals in nude.

L.K. Bennett Sliver Sandels

L.K. Bennett Sliver Sandels

Back in 2011, Selfridges stocked thie L.K. Bennett Sliver. Here’s how the department store described the shoe:

These Sliver crossed strap sandals are a striking snakeskin printed high heel. The soles have a low platform. The straps cross at the upper, fastening with a square side buckle in the same print on one side and a black elastic on the other. The sandal toe has cross–over line detailing. The sole lining has a snakeskin border and toe. The brand logo is printed in gold on the inner heel. The neutral colour makes this style statement accessible.

If you’d like to buy a similar pair of sandals from L.K. Bennett, the brand released a similar pair around 2012 or 2013.  These are called the “Sandy” and can still be purchased from Sarenza.

Kate carried a familiar bag, the L.K. Bennett Natalie straw box clutch.

L.K. Bennett Natalie Clutch Bag

L.K. Bennett Natalie Clutch Bag

In terms of jewellery, Duchess Kate wore her gold charm bracelet that features her monogram.  It’s thought the piece was a gift from the Duchess of Cornwall.  She also wore her Kiki Mcdonough Citrine drop earrings – a good choice as the yellow colour coordinated with her dress beautifully.

Kiki McDonough Citrine drop earrings

Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings

Kate's outfit for Santa Barbara polo match


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  1. Hi, maybe you could help out, I read in your blog that Kate wears tights with all of her outfits, does she wear them with this type of shoes as well? And if she does would you mind terribly letting me know what kind they are? Thenk you!

    • I have a post on Kate’s tights here:

      I’m not sure if she’s wearing any with these sandals though, I’d doubt she is. I do know you can buy some that stop towards the end so your toes are naked! I’ve even owned a pair – but I think now (in retrospect) they look awful, silly idea! I’d just go for nude legs now!

      If you like the support they offer (and how they slim the top of the leg), maybe get a pair of Spanx instead (I swear by them!)


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