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Crown Princess Mette-Marit: Our fashion favourites


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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway might not be the first name that comes to mind in terms of fashionable royals, but she flies under the radar with her laid-back Scandinavian style and bold evening looks. We’re taking a look at some of our favourite outfits from the crown princess.

Kristin Contino, Chief Reporter

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Mette-Marit always has interesting formalwear and I appreciate that she went for something other than a run-of-the-mill solid gown for the 2015 wedding of Pierre Casiraghi to Beatrice Borromeo in Italy. The ‘Daisy’ georgette gown by Giambattista Valli was floaty, bohemian, and light for an Italian wedding. The black floral applique detail at the neckline and waist made it stand out, and I especially loved the simple black headband and statement earrings with this look.

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Another dress of Mette-Marit’s I thought worked really well on her is the Erdem Rhona Sparkle dress she wore on a state visit to Canada in 2016. It might look familiar to royal fashion fans because the Duchess of Cambridge also wore this dress, and I thought it was a hit on both women. The shimmery champagne colour is understated but still special and fun.

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor

I’m usually not a fan of Erdem, but I really like the sparkly Erdem dress Mette-Marit wore in 2016 when she was on a visit to Canada. To me, Erdem is usually too loud or busy in their designs, but this was just right. There wasn’t too much sparkle, and Mette-Marit really shined while wearing it.

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My second choice is the outfit Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore to the religious wedding ceremony of Prince Albert of Monaco to Princess Charlene in July 2011. She wore a pink Valentino dress, matching fascinator, a green Kotur clutch, and a pair of nude Christian Louboutin heels. I really like the dress because of its asymmetrical neckline. It adds something to the dress, which is very plain. The shoes are a wonderful match with the dress, as well. (I also have those shoes, and they are great and comfortable for weddings!)

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Lydia Starbuck, News Editor

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Mette-Marit often wears neutrals so when she goes for big colours, the outfits always stand out for me. I loved this bright red Emilio Pucci gown she wore for the gala dinner held on the eve of the wedding of the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg in October 2012. The detailing on the bodice is fabulous while the flow of the skirt adds a real touch of glamour. Add in the Thirties style hair to complement the art deco nods of the dress, and I think this is one of Mette-Marit’s best ever looks.

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Back to the neutrals with a look that makes grey very interesting indeed. This wrap coat by Chloe was part of Mette-Marit’s wardrobe for her visit to Germany in October 2019 when she carried out a string of engagements linked to her long-term advocacy of literature. It’s a great coat, but it’s made to work to its best here by matching it with a simple, textured cream polo neck and black trousers.

Heaven LeeMiller, Europe Correspondent

My favourite outfits of Mette Marit are usually her gowns. I think she has more hits than misses when it comes to her gala outfits, whereas her daily style can be less impressive. My favourite outfit ever has to be the Ole Yde blue gown she wore to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s wedding in 2010. I think it was perfect for the occasion and the colour looked so good on her. It was also a really great background for the colour of the sash of her order. The gown is stunning. I really love the fitted bodice and sleeves and the way the ruffles are placed on the skirt. It adds lots of volumes when she walks, but it also flows really well when she’s standing. Ole Yde did a really great job! I also really liked her choice of jewellery. Lately, Mette-Marit usually wears her wedding tiara, but here she wore the smaller setting of Queen Maud’s pearl tiara, and I’m glad she chose a bigger tiara for this big wedding. The whole outfit looks very romantic, which was the perfect fit for Victoria and Daniel’s wedding.

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My second outfit is the Emilio Pucci bespoke dress she wore at the pre-wedding dinner of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie’s pre-wedding dinner and in the portraits released for her 40th birthday. I think most of the outfits that Norwegian designer Peter Dundas created for Mette-Marit when he worked at Emilio Pucci were successful, but this one has always been my favourite. I really really love this colour on Mette-Marit, and the gown fits Mette-Marit so well. I love the beaded geometric design of the gown and how the ruffles once again add volume. I thought it looked really modern on Mette-Marit and I really loved how she accessorized it for Guillaume and Stéphanie’s pre-wedding dinner. The hair, jewels and makeup were perfect for this gown.

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Laura Faurot, Reporter

My first choice is Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Emilio Pucci gown at Princess Madeleine of Sweden’s 2013 wedding. The cape and lace add that soft femininity and the colour is great with her complexion and blond hair. The amethyst tiara offers a pop of colour that compliments the look beautifully.

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My second choice comes from her godson, Prince Oscar of Sweden’s christening in 2016. The mint green tweed absolutely sings on her. The brooch and earrings are delicate touches. And the jewelled headband is a nice alternative to a hat for church services.

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About author

Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.