Royal dress code tends to prefer natural-looking polish, if any at all. Yet, the Duchess of Cambridge has managed to sneak in some bright colors over the years without anyone really noticing.
Meghan Markle has made a name for herself as a rule breaker, whether it’s wearing a messy bun or skipping nylons with a dress, but unlike the Duchess of Sussex, Kate Middleton has been pretty strait-laced. That is, until now.
Word on the street is that the Duchess of Cambridge has been getting away with….wearing bright nail polish!!! And not just recently, but for basically the entire time she’s been a royal.
This may not seem like a bid deal, but royal dress code tends to prefer natural-looking polish, if any at all. Even the Queen has been wearing this $9 nail polish color for nearly 30 years.
That’s why it was newsworthy when Meghan showed up to the British Fashion Awards in 2018 with dark polish gracing her mom-to-be hands.
But according to experts, nail color is less about protocol and more about knowing your audience.
“There’s no actual protocol about dark nail polish,” royal correspondent Omid Scobie told BAZAAR.com. “It’s simply about being appropriate—we’d never see this at a royal engagement. [The British Fashion Awards ceremony] is a celebration of fashion and there’s a lot more flexibility on what one can wear.”
As Reader’s Digest points out, Kate wore a light pink shade during her wedding ceremony, mixing Bourjois Rose Lounge and Essie Allure to create an original hue. But just because it’s all business in the front, doesn’t mean there’s not a party happening elsewhere. Turns out, Kate’s been wearing colored polish on her toes.
If you look closely at your Instagram feed (we know you follow all of the royal accounts!!), you’ll see that Kate has actually stepped out a few times with bold toes. Really, anytime she’s photographed wearing open-toed shoes.
In May 2012, as BAZAAR.com reports, Kate attended a dinner hosted by The Thirty Club in London. “She wore a cream gown with a leg slit and sparkly metallic platform sandals. She might’ve opted for natural nails on her fingers, but on her toes, she sported a dark polish.” And she didn’t stop there. Days later, she wore the same shade to a concert at Royal Albert Hall celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics. Who’s the rule breaker now?