Kate Middleton just wore her favorite $124 jeans while photographing Duchess Camilla

Kate Middleton wore her $124 jeans to photograph the Duchess of Cornwall. Images via & Other Stories, Instagram.

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The Duchess of Cambridge is perhaps best known as one of the most recognizable faces of the British royal family, but she has more than meets the eye.

As well as being an avid athlete, the mother-of-three also has a keen eye for photography – a fact which is highlighted thanks to a recent high-profile photo shoot.

For the July 13 issue of country life Magazine, the Duchess of Cornwall posed for photos in honor of her upcoming 75th birthday. And the photographer chosen to mark this special occasion? None other than the Duchess’ daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton.

While it’s not common for photographers to be the subject of many headshots, royal watchers were treated to a behind-the-scenes shot of the Duchess of Cambridge at work during the photoshoot.

country life shared a glimpse of the 40-year-old royal in action, where she can be seen crouching down to capture the perfect shot.

The Duchess of Cambridge snaps photos of the Duchess of Cornwall ahead of her 75th birthday.  Photo by Shona Williams, via Instagram/CountryLifeMagazine.

The Duchess of Cambridge snaps photos of the Duchess of Cornwall ahead of her 75th birthday. Photo by Shona Williams, via Instagram/CountryLifeMagazine.

With her hair pulled back in a ponytail and dressed in a casual outfit consisting of a pink blazer, white sneakers and blue jeans, the Duchess was kept busy during filming.

The casual look appears to be made up of several of Kate’s must-have styles, including a pink Chloe blazer, Veja sneakers and her ever-popular favorite & Other Stories fit jeans.

Kate Middleton was seen wearing Favorite Cut jeans in May 2021. Image via & Other Stories.

Kate Middleton was seen wearing Favorite Cut jeans in May 2021. Image via & Other Stories.

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The Duchess was first spotted wearing the jeans while receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in May 2021, when she paired them with an H&M ribbed t-shirt.

Considering they had already received the stamp of approval from the elegant royal herself, I had to put them to the test and see how they fared in real life.

I recently bought a pair for myself and wore them around the house for a day of working from home, and here’s what I thought of them.

The details

According to the website & Other Stories, “Preferred Fit is everything you look for in a classic pair of jeans.” They are made from 99% organic and recycled cotton and have 1% stretch for a comfortable fit.

The jeans have a high waist, slim leg and come in two versions: standard (boutique here) and cropped (shop here). Standard jeans are available in women’s sizes 24-32 and inseams 28-30 inches.

While it’s unclear exactly which version Kate Middleton wore in her infamous Instagram photo, the jeans quickly became a hit among bloggers and shoppers.

First impressions

Since I’m only about 5’3″ and had never tried denim from & Other Stories before, I opted for a pair of Cropped Favorite Cut jeans to be on the safe side. I bought these, so I went up a size – and I’m glad I did.

Unlike many other retailers, there are no reviews on the & Other Stories site to guide your purchase. If there was one place I could leave a note for future buyers, it’s that these jeans run really small. It was serendipity that I ended up with the right size on the first try, but if I had bought my usual size 26, I probably should have returned them for a larger size.

I tried on the Cropped Favorite Cut jeans from & Other Stories.

I tried on the Cropped Favorite Cut jeans from & Other Stories.

Despite the hint of stretch, I found these jeans still have a pretty stiff feel. Depending on your preference, this may be a draw, but I generally prefer a little softer denim.

While I was a big fan of the length that fell perfectly on my ankle, I found these jeans to be more fitted than I expected, especially around the hips and thighs. That said, I think they’d be a great choice for someone looking to ditch their skinny jeans for a wider leg fit, which may be why they’re a hit with Kate Middleton – the Duchess is often seen rocking her go-to skinnies.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Favorite Cut jeans may have been a bit below my expectations, but they are still great jeans. I love that they’re made from recycled and organic cotton, making them a more sustainable choice than other jeans.

They’re also quite comfortable once you get used to traditional denim, and I feel like they’re the kind of jeans that get better with wear. While they may not have become my new favorites yet, you can shop them in other colors below to judge them for yourself.

Favorite fit jeans in medium blue.  Image via & Other Stories.

Favorite fit jeans in medium blue. Image via & Other Stories.

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Preferred fit jeans in ecru.  Image via & Other Stories.

Preferred fit jeans in ecru. Image via & Other Stories.

CA$124/US$99 at & Other Stories

Preferred fit jeans in light blue.  Image via & Other Stories.

Preferred fit jeans in light blue. Image via & Other Stories.

CA$124/US$99 at & Other Stories

Favorite fit jeans in deep blue.  Image via & Other Stories.

Favorite fit jeans in deep blue. Image via & Other Stories.

CA$124/US$99 at & Other Stories

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