It’s Officially a Rule: No Jeans Allowed If You Want to Meet Kate Middleton

When it was announced that Kate Middleton and Prince William would be making a tour to New York City and Washington, D.C., next month, I allowed myself some time to daydream about what I’d wear just in case I was summoned for an interview with Kate. I haven’t nailed down the ideal outfit just yet, but I now know it can definitely not be a pair of dark skinny jeans.

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The monarchy’s official website has a handy section of media guidelines, as pointed out by Politico, and there are specific notes for what reporters should and should not wear.

Journalists “should comply with the dress code on formal occasions out of respect for the guests of the Queen, or any other member of the Royal Family. Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit.” It’s specified that if you wear jeans or sneakers or are otherwise too casually dressed, you’ll be turned away.

I love my jeans, but I appreciate the focus on returning to a time when people dressed up just a little more. It makes me think of the reminders from my grandparents about how air travel used to be a big deal and now we all show up at the terminal in leggings and an oversize sweater (but, gosh, we’re comfy).

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