What’s A ‘Going-Away’ Outfit, And Why Is Kate Middleton’s So Important?

While almost everyone in the world (hyperbolic, we know) is wrenching his or her hands over what Kate Middleton will wear at her wedding, a small group of designers have banded together to suggest that her wedding dress won’t be nearly as important as what she wears when she leaves her reception. Middleton’s “going-away outfit,” as it has been termed in a story in The Daily Telegraph, will be her first outfit as a fully-fledged member of the royal family. (Apparently the wedding dress itself won’t count because it will still have perspiration of the middle class all over it.)

Anyway! As the Royal Wedding gets closer and closer, more and more speculation abounds about what kind of personal style Middleton will adopt as a royal, and it all starts with the going-away outfit. When Princess Diana left for her honeymoon in a bright pink David Sassoon suit, she cemented her role as a leading style icon of the 80s. But Middleton is keen to avoid being labeled as a style icon (and the royal family is said to be eager about that, too) so she’ll have to be careful about just how she puts herself together that day. Or her minders will, anyway. Per The Telegraph:

Dresses sent to her by Christian Lacroix and Victoria Beckham have been politely returned by Buckingham Palace. But an outfit from Catherine Walker, one of Diana’s favourite fashion houses, could be a good compromise.

You know what else could be a good compromise? Letting Middleton develop her own style — sort of the way she’s been doing her entire adulthood — on her own terms, without trying to turn it into something it’s not. The future queen of England is by no means a poorly dressed woman, but she’s also clearly not the sort of woman who will allow the press to determine what kind of impact she has on the fashion industry, or philanthropy, or her own marriage or the monarchy. If she doesn’t want to be a style icon, then she won’t be. But that doesn’t mean she won’t be a stylish woman. There is a middle ground here, and we think Middleton is going to find it, one way or another.

Kate Middleton: her choice of going-away outfit will reflect her new status [The Daily Telegraph]

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