Our picks: Kate's Royal Tour wardrobe

07:33, Mar 20 2014
What will Kate wear?
KATE IN EMILIA WICKSTEAD: In the past Kate has favoured a range of stunning pieces by New Zealand-born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead.
What will Kate wear?
OUR PREDICTIONS: Some highlights from Emilia Wickstead's A/W 2013-2014 collection - appropriate from day to night, all of these looks would work perfectly on Kate.
What will Kate wear?
OUR PREDICTIONS: While Trelise Cooper's latest collection was a lot edgier, these pieces from her Spring and Summer 2014 lookbooks would work a treat at a garden party or more casual soiree. From left, Licorace Love Dress, $330 on sale, Curtain Call Coat, $365 on sale and Electric Wonderland Dress, $250 on sale.
What will Kate wear?
OUR PREDICTIONS: WORLD's fashion forward cover-ups and flattering dresses are right up Kate's alley. From left, Half Pound Coat, $899, Dirty Dime Dress, $489 and Six pence Dress, $429.
What will Kate wear?
OUR PREDICTIONS: Known for lengthier hemlines and beautiful fabrics, Kate Sylvester's girly, demure aesthetic is sure to appeal to Kate. From left, Venetia Dress, $575, Etienne Shirt, $345, paired with Elsa Skirt, $425, Willa Dress, $575 and Odile Dress, $545.
What will Kate wear?
OUR PREDICTIONS: This metallic boucle dress by Wellington designer, Millicent and this herringbone wool number by Juliette Hogan would both be perfect options on a cooler day. From left, Millicent Luna Dress, $350 and Juliette Hogan Mabel Dress, $469.
What will Kate wear?
OUR PREDICTIONS: While Karen Walker's quirky prints might not be something Kate is willing to embrace, these two block-coloured options from her Fall/Winter 2014 collection are great day-time options. We love the shape of that denim-look number on the left - stunning.

The countdown to the much-anticipated Royal Tour is well and truly on, but while William and Kate's itinerary has been made public, the contents of Kate's travel wardrobe still remain a mystery.

Representatives for the royal pair are remaining tight-lipped about which designers Kate will choose to showcase during her ten days in the country, but one thing is for certain - the Duchess will be photographed more than ever.

The Queen is said to have loaned her personal stylist, Angela Kelly, to give Kate a helping hand during the tour and it's no wonder - she'll have up to four outfit changes a day.

Kate Middleton
DUCHESS OF STYLE: Kate tends to favour chic block-coloured ensembles and flirty headwear - will she play it safe during her time in New Zealand, or will she surprise us?

Kelly has worked with the Queen for 14 years and is likely to ensure Kate sticks to more conservative hemlines with minimal skin on show for her public appearances.

However while Kate's clothing may be more on the sensible side, her accessories are bound to dazzle.

According to US Weekly, Kate has permission to "pick out as many items as she needs" from the Queen's personal jewellery collection in preparation for the trip.


With no black-tie events planned, we're not expecting to see any tiaras (unfortunately), but there will be ample opportunity to wear something sparkly.

 As well as mixing high-end designer pieces (and royal jewels, no less) with cheaper, more accessible fashion, Kate is known for embracing local fashion designers while touring.

We're expecting to see various pieces from New Zealand-born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead.

Kate has favoured Wickstead for high profile occasions numerous times in the past; not surprising considering the label's conservative, yet innately feminine aesthetic.  

The whole Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection looks as though it was made with the Duchess in mind - rich fabrics, jewel tones, nipped in waists and beautifully tailored coats; it's all undeniably elegant.

Check out the gallery above for our favourite Emilia Wickstead moments and all of our Kate-appropriate locally-designed predictions.

The Duchess is also expected to don creations from Kiwi labels such as Karen Walker, Trelise Cooper and WORLD during her time here.

While most designers are reluctant to release any specific information, Wellington-based label Millicent confirmed they have sent Kate's team the metallic boucle Luna dress (see above)from their most recent collection and are hoping for the best.

Kate Sylvester is another local designer whose pieces are bound to appeal to the Duchess and her new stylist.

Understated, ladylike and demure are a few adjectives that spring to mind - perfect for a day-time garden party or meet and greet perhaps?

Excitement is mounting, in three weeks' time Kate's fashionable tour of the country will begin and we can't wait!