The Kate Effect Sharon Mosley
ate Middleton has quickly become a fashion icon, admired the world over for her easy elegance.
It seems that whatever she wears is an immediate hit at retail — Zara’s tangerine jeans, a green Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, a Burberry trench coat, Adidas sneakers — they’re all snatched up by followers of the chic Duchess of Cambridge. But you don’t have to be able to afford High Street prices to get the young royal’s high style. Yes, you, too, can get the Kate Middleton effect on a budget. Her look is easy to mimic with clean classics that never go out of fashion. Here’s a list of some of Kate’s favorite looks that retailers and designers have copied at all price points: The sculpted dress The British icon has single-handedly made the dress once again a wardrobe favorite. In simple, elegant silhouettes, she stands out in royal style, particularly in shapes that are fitted and sleek on top, belted and more flared on the bottom. The wrap dress is another one of Kate’s essentials — again highlighting the waist and showing off one of her best assets. Green is one of her go-to colors for dresses, but she also likes navy and even white. The creamy white dress by Joseph that she wore on her visit to Quebec was very unexpected and a stunner. July - August 2012
The colored jeans Making a casual statement is another one of Kate’s most photographed moments this spring with Great Britain’s hockey team in the tangerine Zara jeans complete with navy Pucci blazer and printed “Olympic” official scarf one moment and out on the playing field sans blazer and in a hoodie the next. Add some colorful sneakers to the mix and you’ve got a unique approach that we can all appreciate for function and versatility. The trench coat Another British classic, the trench coat (hers was by Burberry) always seems cool and chic. If you’re lucky enough to be going to the Olympics this summer, be sure to pack this essential. The skirt suit Tweeds are so British, but Kate has managed to make the tweed suit look modern by wearing updated designs like the ones she’s worn from designer Rebecca Taylor that feature sexy slim pencil skirts and crisp sharp jackets with frayed seams. Peplum jackets are another Kate favorite, once again showing off that fabulous 38 figure.
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