For her Zoom session with staff and children of front line workers at Casterton Primary Academy, Middleton busted out an oldie, but a goodie: A crew-neck Zara sweater from a previous season (ah, we love a royal rewear). For the first day of my challenge, I whipped out a similar mustard yellow style, in dress form, that I had purchased right before the pandemic. This may sound vain, but on the day I wore the dress, I was actually quite distracted by my thumbnail appearance in a big Zoom meeting. And I wasn’t alone; one colleague’s quipped: “Whoa, why are you so dressed up?” I topped off the look with a near-exact replica of Middleton’s Catherine Zoraida fern leaf earrings, then threw my hair half-up. I’m a mom of a toddler and honestly, this was the most effort I’d put into, well, anything in weeks.
My Takeaway: There is something so amazing (and timesaving) about only having to dress professionally from the waist up. In other words, below the belt, this dress was totally wrinkled. But in addition to wearing a dress in a striking color, I loved the ease and added finesse of a half-up hairstyle that took seconds to achieve.
Get the look: Ann Taylor dress ($139; $80); Sézane earrings ($125)