Or should I say, The Many Bags of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge? It’s been over a year since Kate married Wills in a wedding that I will admit staying up until the wee hours of the morning to witness, but it seems like we can’t quite get used to what we’re supposed to call the former Ms. Middleton. That hasn’t stopped anyone from talking about her, though, particularly when it comes to fashion. The things that Kate wears and carries sell out immediately, and not just in her native Britain, but all over the world.
Why is that, exactly? It’s not just the royal caché; Kate’s ensembles are generally a well-calculated combination of both high-end and attainable pieces, which gives her personal style an accessible, real-girl feel to it that celebrities don’t usually have, let alone actual royalty. When Kate was still a commoner, the handbags she carried were never showy or ostentatious. As a duchess, that remains true, except that she’s more often carrying clutches than tote bags. Ahh, the perks of having an entourage to do the heavy lifting! Check out our roundup of Kate’s accessories, then and now, after the jump.
First, let’s go back – way back – to when the British press was still calling her “Waity Katie” and no one knew if Prince William would ever make an honest woman out of her. As a relatively normal woman (if the girlfriend of a prince), Kate did what most of us do – she carried a neutral, function work bag like the Tod’s D-Bag Tote. A newer version of this style is available for $1845 via Saks.