Part of my Glamour education has been familiarizing myself with royal style around the globe; so far, I’ve talked to you guys about Queen Letizia’s coronation style, Japanese princesses who channel Jackie O., and what Princess Victoria rocks to pick up her daughter at school. Basically, there’s a lot more to regal chicness than Kate Middleton (though, gosh, I love her). Kate’s official tours are covered ad nauseum, but I’d like to carve out some space for Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, who spent the majority of this week in Japan and looked phenomenal doing it.
Bold bell sleeves are becoming more and more popular and Queen Maxima is getting ahead of the trend curve with this one. Her aqua satin dress would’ve been relatively simple without them, but they completely make this look (so much so that she did the rest of her accessories in super basic nude).
For a trip to the University of Tokyo, the queen mixed forest green and oxblood, accenting her peplum jacket and pencil skirt with a hat, clutch, and pumps in the deep red shade.
I loved the monochrome outfit she chose to visit with artists at a Tokyo design exhibit. That orange/bronze/gold color is stunning on her and the wrap fit has enough volume that it creates the illusion of pleats. Also, please note the turban-type wrap that’s reminiscent of Jackie’s pillbox hats and the fact that she’s carrying a pair of tawny leather gloves. So chic!
She stayed in the same color family when she switched into this super elegant gown for a state dinner at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace. From afar, it appears to be lace but if you examine it closer, it’s actually beading done in a geometric pattern. The rich color is beautiful, but it also makes for a handy palette to show off her royal accessories, sash and tiara included.
Before flying to Japan, she started her week by welcoming Canadian dignitaries to the palace. She made the cheerful orchid hue of her dress, traditionally a spring color, just right for fall by pairing with opaque black tights and heels. It’s my favorite move for transitioning nearly every single one of my dresses (and we just road-tested tights so you can make sure you’re buying the best!).
Other than Kate Middleton, which royal do you think has the best style? I’m torn between Queen Letizia and Maxima.
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