At first glance, one would think Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was fashion’s most unlikely (and rather surprising) proponent of the dress-over-pants revival.

Arriving in Pakistan with husband Prince William (ahead of a five-day royal tour), the Duchess of Cambridge departed their private jet in a blue ombré dress by Catherine Walker over matching tapered trousers. The long-sleeved boatneck frock, which progressed from an icy blue at its draped neckline to a brilliant aqua at its kick-hem, was worn over a pair of pants of the same aqua hue, which peeked out from beneath the dress’s mid-calf finish.

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – OCTOBER 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Pakistani Air Force Base Nur Khan on October 14, 2019 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a visit to Pakistan between 14-18th October at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

And despite fashion’s current resuscitation of the ’90s dress-over-pants trend, Kate’s iteration was in fact a cultural homage to the visiting country’s traditional dress. Honouring the Asian tradition of ‘Shalwar kameez’, whereby both men and women wear a tunic-style dress atop pants, the Catherine Walker ensemble was a subtle homage to such.

It has also drawn inevitable comparisons to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, who wore a powdery blue button-up top and trouser during her 1996 Pakistan royal tour.

As for whether it was intended a tribute or not, Kate Middleton made it her own by pairing her blue ensemble with a patent nude pump and tear-drop diamond earrings, indeed a beautiful way to begin her Pakistani tour.

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – OCTOBER 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Pakistani Air Force Base Nur Khan on October 14, 2019 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a visit to Pakistan between 14-18th October at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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