Camilla's two bridal ensembles made #3 on my list of Top 10 Royal Wedding Gowns. After so many years of her looks being the butt of the joke, there was audible shock that she could turn up looking...well, good.
She kept it up after the wedding, too. With the help of a dresser, makeup artists, hairdressers and colorists, rumored teeth whitening (and whispers of other cosmetic procedures), and couture by designers like Robinson Valentine, Camilla turned from a dirt-caked country lady to a Duchess that packed a 40-outfit wardrobe for her 2005 trip to the United States.
She opted for simple day wear in well-cut patterns and lines designed to structure and flatter her figure, rather than hide it. Major hats factored in as well: maybe it's a result of carrying that huge trademark hairdo for so many decades, but this is a lady that can carry off some wild millinery.
These days, I've noticed a bit of a regression in Camilla's style. She still turns out the polished appearances, but she's repeating outfits a lot more than she used to, and she has more days when her look isn't entirely flattering. So I wonder: is she more comfortable now? More secure in returning to her solid but unsophisticated sartorial roots? Or, having proven that she can bring the glamour when she needs to, is she finding that she'll win more people over by a return to her down-to-earth ways and wardrobe?
What do you make of Camilla's transformation?
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