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Kate Middleton dons £95 nautical navy striped top to send best wishes to Ben Ainslie 

Ahoy there! Queen of ‘literal dressing’ Kate Middleton goes nautical with a £95 striped top and £175 Belstaff windbreaker to wish British sailors good luck in the America’s Cup

  • Duchess of Cambridge, 38, sent a good luck message to the British sailing team 
  • Kate Middleton opted to wear £95 nautical striped top from British label Belstaff
  • Known for literal dressing and often nods to events she’s attending with clothing 
  • Royal said we will be ‘cheering you on’ in a video message sent to the team

The Duchess of Cambridge showcased her love for literal dressing yesterday as she donned a £95 nautical striped top to send her best wishes to Ben Ainslie’s crew in a video message.

Kate, 38, who is patron of the team’s official charity the 1851 Trust, sent a good luck message to the sailors, telling the crew: ‘We will all be cheering you on.’

Literal dressing involves turning up at an event and taking the theme of the occasion very literally, with Kate nailing the trend by wearing the navy long-sleeve t-shirt from British brand Belstaff. 

The mother-of-three is known for her love of literal dressing, and regularly gives a nod to the event she is attending and countries she is visiting with her clothing. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, showcased her love for literal dressing yesterday as she donned a £95 nautical striped top to send her best wishes to Ben Ainslie's crew in a video message

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, showcased her love for literal dressing yesterday as she donned a £95 nautical striped top to send her best wishes to Ben Ainslie’s crew in a video message

The mother-of-one paired the slim fitting t-shirt with one of the crew’s £175 navy jackets.

She wore her glossy brunette locks down, letting her signature waves swish across her shoulders, and opted for a more natural make-up look, with a nude lip and paler eye-shadow than her usual smoky tones. 

Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage previously revealed how Kate often opts to ‘go literal’ with her style choices as a way of showing that she ‘takes her duties seriously’.

He explained: ‘Kate seems to do it in most of the places she visits, so I think it’s what she likes to do to show that she takes her duties seriously.’

The nautical themed striped white and navy t-shirt costs £95 from the British label, and is just one of the examples of Kate's love of literal dressing

The nautical themed striped white and navy t-shirt costs £95 from the British label, and is just one of the examples of Kate’s love of literal dressing

Kate Middleton paired the striped lone-sleeve t-shirt with a £175 navy anorak from the brand for the video message

Kate Middleton paired the striped lone-sleeve t-shirt with a £175 navy anorak from the brand for the video message 

The mother-of-three's navy windbreaker features red detailing and a Union flag on the left hand side of the chest

The mother-of-three’s navy windbreaker features red detailing and a Union flag on the left hand side of the chest 

Meanwhile stylist Susie Hasler, who runs Styled by Susie, also said Kate’s literally dressing helps the royal to convey messages during a visit.

She said: ‘Kate is using a lovely styling trick – using her clothes and accessories to convey a message that says “we’re united” and people are very receptive towards that and will welcome her in. By doing this, clever Kate also manages to enhance her likeability factor.’ 

Lucas also believes Kate nails the art art of ‘literal’ dressing by combining obvious style nods with her usual trendy and chic style.

It’s not the first time the royal has been hailed for nailing the art of literal dressing. 

It's not the first time that the Duchess has taken to dressing literally, with the royal often selecting 'obvious' choices for visits (pictured, wearing a floral gown while attending the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019)

It’s not the first time that the Duchess has taken to dressing literally, with the royal often selecting ‘obvious’ choices for visits (pictured, wearing a floral gown while attending the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019) 

The Duchess often selects ‘nautical’ style outfits for maritime visits, such as arriving at a sailing regatta for charitable causes in August last year. 

And she regularly chooses floral prints while visiting Chelsea Flower Show, opting for a mid-length Erdem gown with a bold purple and blue pattern. 

Meanwhile during her Ireland tour earlier this year, the royal opted to wear a selection of vibrant green outfits as well as pieces of jewelery featuring shamrock charms.

Kate has built up a firm friendship with Sir Ben over the years, meeting on many occasions.

Earlier this year she offered a perfect lesson in 'dressing literally' during her royal tour of Ireland by opting for outfits of varying shades of green as well as shamrock earrings (pictured while visiting the President of Ireland)

Earlier this year she offered a perfect lesson in ‘dressing literally’ during her royal tour of Ireland by opting for outfits of varying shades of green as well as shamrock earrings (pictured while visiting the President of Ireland)

In the message, she recalled racing against the Duke of Cambridge on America’s Cup boats when they visited New Zealand six years ago, describing it as ‘hugely exciting’.

The duchess said she hoped young people from all walks of life would be encouraged to ‘get out on the water’ and a ‘new generation of sailing enthusiasts’ would be inspired to take up the sport. 

Preliminary racing in the competition begins with the America’s Cup World Series & Christmas Cup from December 17-20, ahead of the official start in January.

Sir Ben Ainslie and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in sailing outfits  as Kate visits Portsmouth, Hampshire in 2016

Sir Ben Ainslie and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in sailing outfits  as Kate visits Portsmouth, Hampshire in 2016

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