May 28, 2015

Grand Prix de Monaco, Part 3: The Race!

After a weekend’s worth of excitement building up to the Grand Prix, Monaco held the race on a lovely day – and with a lovely princess in the stands. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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The princess chose to arrive in style – a racecar of course! Quirky and fun, I love it.

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Charlene caused quite a stir even after her stylish entrance, wearing Akris once again (it turns out this gown from the previous night was also Akris), which is not unusual for her – the label is closely associated with Charlene since she reaches for it so frequently.

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The ensemble appears to be a one-piece dress with a deep v-neckline, illusion shoulders, and a combination short/long skirt, which she paired with a matching blouson for the first part of the day.

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She wore her hair very slicked back and voluminous, which gives an edgy and daring vibe; however, in some photos, it appears that the ends of her hair have a tiny Mary Tyler Moore flip, which sort of glitches the look for me. I love the idea of the look – sleek and razor-sharp – but the execution didn’t really work as well as I’d hoped. What can you do? It happens to the best of us. And it seems like she was able to fix it later on, as that flip seems to have disappeared after the race:

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“No worries, the hair is under control, people!” Haha.

But back to the earlier photos.

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Charlene paired her slick hairstyle with a smoky eye, balanced perfectly with a light pink lip and very unusual pearl earrings. They’re heavy in the back, but I can’t quite figure them out. I like the look, though!

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On to the actual dress. I can’t quite make up my mind. I think I’m 50/50 on loving it/hating it. The top of the dress I love, perhaps because I’m quite a sucker for deep v-necklines. (My wedding dress had one, I love them so much!) The illusion shoulders are nice, too, or at the very least not distracting in a bad way. But the bottom…

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…I just don’t love it. The shoes I love very heavily, mind. But the skirt seems to hang in the wrong way, I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the placement of the slit being front-and-center? I didn’t mind when Kate wore this Jenny P that sort of had the same idea, but it seemed more flattering than this. Depending on how Charlene stands, this can be quite nice; however, it seems that she has to stand in juuuuust the right way for that “nice” look to be achieved. In most pictures, it just looks awkward.

I’ll be agreeable and call this a win overall, because the good seems to outweigh the bad. Especially with smiles like these:

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It’s hard not to call it a win. What do you all think? Love it or hate it? I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially since I’m so on-the-fence. No matter what your sartorial opinions are here, I hope you all enjoyed the Grand Prix coverage and seeing so much of Princess Charlene!

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Until the next time, enjoy these photos and let’s all hope to see Charlene again soon!


  1. Jane Barr says:

    I agree, this dress seems a little off. I think the slit isn’t really flattering. It is exposing just the most awkward part of her knees. She has beautiful legs, as evidenced in the photo where one is sticking out a little more, but that “window” isn’t doing them justice. The slit should either be narrow, or wider. That’s my opinionated statement. :)
    P.S. Those earrings!!

  2. Katie Coble says:

    Hi Jane – I like this opinion! It’s a very unflattering skirt. Maybe if the slit was on the side, it would be exposing in a better way. About the earrings – RIGHT?! I need them!

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