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Over the past handful of years, Kate Middleton has made her hyper-polished style her signature, often opting for splashes of color in flattering silhouettes. As a princess, she's learned to play the role well, making the word flawless a go-to adjective for describing her many looks. Today, though, the Dutchess of Cambridge deviated from her usual feminine style in favor of a sporty athleisure look that is one of her most casual to date. The patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club paid a visit to the National Tennis Centre in London while wearing a black track suit consisting of the Tuxedo Track Pant by Monreal London for $345 via Glamour, a white Polo shirt, and Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit sneakers for $190, giving her princess-appropriate spin on the Health Goth micro-trend, four years later. (Three if you take into account the time it took for Health Goth to become a widely reported phenomenon.) Hey, even princesses wear Nikes.
For a primer on health goth, recall that the aesthetic, which is less of a movement than it is a tongue-in-cheek tag for a look like normcore or sea punk, started as a Facebook page created by Portland alt-r&b artists Mike Grabarek and Jeremy Scott who record as Magic Fades. By definition, "if you can even define something that changes regularly, [it] is a hybrid of aesthetics... including elements of biotechnology, sportswear, fetish culture, extreme cleanliness, dystopian advertisements, and rendered environments," as they explained to Complex back in 2014. In other words, the touchstones of it consist of "moisture-wicking fabrics, BioWare, body enhancement tech, prosthetics, shoe dipping, various fashion and performance wear brands, [and] transparent clothing," to name a handful, some of which Middleton wears in her tennis look.
While it seems unlikely that Kate Middleton herself is aware of health goth, it's notable enough that she's trying out a new look, and bringing some modernity to the archaic establishment of the Monarchy. It's also more evidence that a royal generational shift is clearly at work, which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship has continuously confirmed as well. It's just a matter of time, really, until Prince William puts his own take on a hypebeast.
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