This is why Prince George and Princess Charlotte always wear old fashioned clothes


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The Royals were out in force at the weekend for the Trooping the Colour parade, and while the Duchess of Cambridge turned heads in a pink outfit which had a special meaning, Prince George and Princess Charlotte stole the show yet again.

Princess Charlotte wore a pretty floral dress to match her mums (and you can buy it here FYI), while her big brother wore cute burgundy dungarees with a smart shirt.

Now though very smart, you might have noticed that the outfits are quite traditional, and some viewers even called them ‘dated’.

It’s not the first time either, as looking back at previous official engagements, you’ll see Kate always dresses them in similar styles.

Why? Well it’s believed this is to reflect the formality of the occasion, and according to childrenswear designer Rachel Riley, who has created outfits for Prince George, it’s about looking timeless in pictures too.

She told The Telegraph, ‘The reason why I design clothes that way is because if they wear very simple things, it's about the child, and it's timeless in that you can't really date a specific photo or put them in something that seems out of date’.

Rachel added that wearing these types of clothes meant the children didn’t stand out as much, therefore wouldn’t be as recognised in public.

‘I think they are going for clothing that is classic and timeless, rather than clothes that draw attention to them,’ she said.

Kind of makes sense, doesn’t it?

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.