Style Standoff: Kate Middleton Vs. Cressida Bonas. Whose Side Are You On?
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To determine how she’ll measure up, style-wise, to her (potential) sister-in-law, we’re analyzing how the two wear the same trends —body-con, plaid, monochrome, and more—in very different ways. Decide whose fashion you prefer and shop their looks, here.
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Of course, the obvious joke here is that Middleton doesn’t do body-con. This slinky purple dress by her favorite label, Issa, is perhaps the most form-fitting thing we’ve seen her in. (And trust us, we’ve logged in plenty of research hours).
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Issa London Silk Wrap Dress ($901) in Petrol
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The 24-year-old Bonas earns major style points for this sexy-but-chic long-sleeved dress, which she paired with strappy black sandals and a minimalist shoulder bag. We approve one thousand percent.
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Topshop Diamond Quilt Body-con Dress ($70) in White
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We don’t see Middleton in denim very often, and when she does wear it, she tends to pick dressier pieces like this white Zara jean skirt. Here, she looks like a quintessential Sloane Ranger (London’s version of a preppy) with an eggplant-hue cable knit sweater and suede knee boots.
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A.P.C. Wool Cashmere Crewneck Sweater ($350) in Marine
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Bonas stays on trend without looking like she tried too hard in baggy overalls, round sunglasses, and old-school sneakers. And we give her kudos for her attempt to single-handedly bring back the scrunchie.
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ASOS Denim Overalls ($80) in Mid Stone Wash
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Although monochrome can often come across as edgy, Middleton looks anything but in this dainty lace Zara frock and fitted jacket, which she accessorized with high-but-not-too-high heels and the perfect blowout.
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Emporio Armani Suede Pump with V-Cut ($395) in Black
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Bonas could easily be mistaken for her catwalker doppelgänger, Cara Delevingne, in this tough lux ensemble consisting of a leather moto jacket, scuffed up ankle boots, studded shortie shorts, and a black knit cap.
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Yosi Samra Two Tone Zip Booties ($189) in Black
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Middleton’s looks every bit the lady in a fit-and-flair Moloh tartan coat, opaque tights, and understated boots.
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Betsey Johnson Plaid and Solid Wool Blend Peplum Coat ($240) in Black
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Trailed by a press-shy Harry, Bonas’ dons a sporty plaid jacket. The rest of her ensemble — skinny jeans, combat boots— speaks to a tomboy vibe that’s only slightly offset by a navy blouse and statement necklace.
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Equipment Ghost Plaid Abbot Bomber ($468) in Black
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Middleton looks wow-worthy in this blush-hued Jenny Packham dress that’s truly fit for a princess. It’s glamorous without being glitzy and flatters her slender frame.
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Biyan Isobel Embellished Tulle and Satin Gown ($875) in Gray
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Bonas’ blue velvet jacket and floral headwear speaks to a playful boho vibe that’s in keeping with her supposedly fun and laid-back personality.
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Dagmar Magdalena Marbled Draped Dress ($358) in Cream