Whether it’s a green dress or a white shirt with blue jeans, women in the public eye often wear a specific outfit – for a specific event – for a reason. A lot of time and energy goes into thinking about the perfect clothes before you put them on. So, what are the reasons why Kate and Carrie have been wearing so much red in recent months?
From the jacket Zara wore while watching England’s match against Germany during Euro 2020 to the coat dress that Catherine Walker wore to the hymn service at Westminster Abbey earlier this month, the Duchess of Cambridge has wowed several red outfits this year.
The Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Symonds, was photographed in similar colours, wearing red more than once during the Conservative Party conference in Manchester in October.
Carey also wore a deep burgundy color at the start of the year, in February, when she joined Boris Johnson outside of No. 10 to participate in a national applause in honor of Captain Tom Moore.
So, why was red a popular color with the two women throughout 2021?
READ MORE: Pippa Middleton’s Training Plan That Burns Thousands of Calories
The personal stylist said: “After two years of living in a pandemic, I think people are starting to realize that what we wear isn’t just about clothes – at first it seemed like a luxury to be able to work at home in pajamas, but that’s a compounding effect.
The “lipstick effect” is a well-known thing that happens when there is an economic downturn.
People resort to small luxuries – like lipstick – to lift their spirits.
And wear color is the same thing. When you put on color, it lifts your mood.”
In addition to wanting to feel strong and look good, Carrie may have worn red this year for political reasons, according to Samantha.
“Red is the color we associate with Labor, and so perhaps Carrie wanted it to be seen as ‘with the people,'” said the personal stylist.
As for Kate, red is the color that goes with her skin tone and also makes her stand out from the crowd.
Samantha said, “Kate is ‘summer’ when it comes to skin tones, and generally there are plenty of reds for summer, from raspberry to claret and burgundy.
She continued: “Like the Queen, Kate is one of the royals the public wants to see.
“And so, like the Queen, she wears such bright colors that she can be seen from a distance.”
Samantha noted that Kate “looked like a queen” the last time she wore red – at a hymn service at Westminster Abbey earlier this month.
She added, “Red is a very festive color, so it makes sense that you’d gravitate more towards red at this time of year.
“The chant service was for Kate, so it’s only natural that she wants to feel confident – and red is the color to wear when you want to feel confident.
“Red is almost like wearing a cloak of confidence.”