Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Queen Elizabeth has 'grown into style'

Queen Elizabeth II

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II dresses in a way that restores the feeling of calm amongst her subjects.

Legendary Bergdorf personal shopper Betty Halbreich has offered style advice to high profile A-listers including Sarah Jessica Parker and Meryl Streep.

The 85-year-old says the one woman she thinks always gets her look just right is the 87-year-old royal.

"I mean the queen, she's really grown into her own, hasn't she? She used to look quite dowdy but now she's got the Philip Treacy hat and the handbag that we all know there's nothing in - not even the keys to the palace," Betty told British newspaper The Telegraph. "There's something peaceful about the way she dresses. It's quite lovely in a very mad world."

Betty also praised the Duchess of Cambridge for her appropriate way of dressing. She says Catherine not only has an eye for style but has a figure that suits fashion.

“She wears so much McQueen, and McQueen always looks the same, but she really does pretty well," Betty praised. "Of course she has an extraordinary figure – athletic and lean – which is very easy to dress.”

Betty worked as a wardrobe consultant on hugely popular TV series Sex and the City. She is furious with the way the show has created an “anything goes mentality” with how women dress.

“The idea that you can put a sequin skirt on with a quilted coat and go out thinking 'I look good…'” she said despairingly. “These days there are no rules of appropriateness. Women look like they’re going to the beach when they’re going to work. You’ll see a size-16 woman in a cutaway T-shirt, her bosom flagging in the wind, and tight jeans and flip-flops and older female commentators on TV with long extensions done in Shirley Temple curls – now you don’t wear curls in your fifties…”

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