Crown Princess Mette-Marit was a tricky one, so I stuck to territory she knows well: coats and whites.
On the balcony for Norway's National Day in MayAbout this Prada coat: I need it. I need it enough to overcome quibbles about that fascinator thingy. That's really all there is to it. And if it happens to be in a shot where Haakon seems to be demurely giggling behind his top hat, well, that's just a bonus.
The whites take the honorable mentions category:
- Her swingy Alexander McQueen coat from Queen Margrethe's birthday and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.
- Bringing back her divine white Pucci gown for October's gala dinner for Parliament.
- And bringing back a non-prairie white Valentino for the Nobel dinner.
Last year, Queen Mathilde wore a dress so fully adored that I had trouble coming up with any other contenders for her best of the year. This year, I had the opposite issue: several contenders, not one big front-runner for the best. In these situations, I find it best to turn to the nearest royal wedding appearance.
At the June wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia HellqvistA pretty color, a flattering silhouette, and diamonds for days. SOLD.
Mathilde also had a couple significant tiara moments that we'll get to separately, but the other dress contenders come first:
- Chic and silvery in Poland was Mathilde at her daywear best.
- My love of a good white dress will never die. I can't forget the dress she wore hosting the descendants of the major players of the Battle of Waterloo in June.
- I keep hoping the red and twirly number she wore in China will reappear for a better look.
- And whatever you do, do not forget the Seuss twins. They deserve a mention for sheer sartorial spirit, if nothing else. With a Belgian state visit to the Netherlands on the books for 2016, what wonders await us?
Which outfits make your lists for the Best of 2015 for Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Queen Mathilde?
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