Kate Middleton spent Christmas at the Queen’s residence at Sandringham, shooting birds and changing clothes multiple times a day. She spent Christmas morning attending church in a chic blackwatch plaid coatdress by McQ by Alexander McQueen that made her look exactly like Samantha Parkington, the most fashionable of American Girl dolls.

samantha cape gaitersSo who wore it better? Let’s break their looks down.


Samantha is wearing a trendy blackwatch plaid cape, while the Duchess of Cambridge wears a more conventional and figure-flattering nipped-waist coatdress. Samantha takes more risks, but it doesn’t always pay off, and we’ve been sick to death of fashion week hipsters shivering in their breezy capes for the past four years. Kate Middleton’s McQ reminds us why the classics became classics in the first place.

Point: K-Midz.



Kate Middleton is wearing her usual old Aquatalia Rhumba boots and a green hat by Gina Foster that makes her head look like a lump, and she’s been completely outclassed by Samantha, who brought her A-game to this round. The white fur hat and muff are luxurious and shockingly pristine, and they bring a much-needed change of texture to the ensemble. And she’s wearing spats! When was the last time you saw a person wearing spats? And yet somehow she makes it work, because Samantha is a genius of accessories.

Point: Samantha



They clearly have the same hairstylist.

Point: This one is a tie.


Narrative Content:

In Changes for Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge spends Christmas at the Queen’s residence at Sandringham and goes to church while a bunch of people watch. In Changes for Samantha, Samantha goes ice skating and gets a new fur muff, while Nellie’s entire family dies.

Point: Samantha

Winner: Samantha

(via Grazia/Images via Getty, American Girl Wiki)