Kate Middleton has become a rising style icon, known for polished, classically chic outfits. While visiting our Nation’s capital last summer, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in style in a cream colored Reiss “Nanette” dress paired with a red Sylvia Fletcher at Lock and Co. hat, red LK Bennett heels and an Anya Hindmarch clutch. Looking to channel Kate Middleton and make a clearly Canadian entrance at your Olympic festivities? Here is how you can get the Duchess’s stunning look without taking out a second mortgage on your home.
1. White dress
Look for a crisp white dress, like this linen bow front number, by Kookai ($105, available at John Lewis) that has flattering ruching details in the front. A versatile piece for summer, this dress will look fantastic paired with pops of red or other bright colors. Wear it with bright heels like Kate does, or dress it down with a pair of espadrille wedges or ballet flats.
2. Red fascinator
No Royal look is complete without a whimsical fascinator. This fabulous red floral and feather fascinator by Coast ($72, available at House of Fraser) will add instant playful elegance to your outfit. Wear it to celebrate our national colors or pair it with an LBD come holiday party season.
3. Crystal brooch
Kate accessorized her cream Reiss dress with a little piece of Canadiana: Queen Elizabeth’s diamond maple leaf brooch. For those of us who don’t have access to precious Royal heirlooms, this Kenneth Jay Lane crystal brooch ($140, available at PRET-A-BEAUTE) adds a chic aristocratic feel to a simple dress.
4. Delicate pendant
The Duchess always keeps her jewelry simple, understated and elegant. Accessorize your outfit with this Claudia Bradby “Kate” pendant necklace ($105, available at John Lewis). The sterling silver piece features freshwater pearls and was designed in collaboration with Kate Middleton.
5. Sapphire engagement ring
No Prince? No problem! Get the look of Kate’s stunning royal blue engagement ring with this “Kate-inspired” ring ($40, available at Fantasy Jewelry Box).
6. Gold tassel clutch
This gold chain mesh clutch by BCBG Max Azria ($135, available at Zappos) is a slightly more budget-friendly version of the clutch Kate carried — an Anya Hindmarch clutch, which typically runs from $300-$1,000. The BCBG Max Azria’s sheen and tassel detail will add a regal sheen to any ensemble.
7. Pale pink lipstick
For makeup, Kate likes to emphasize her eyes and keep her lips neutral with pale pink shades. She is rumored to be a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s “Sandwash Pink” lipstick ($24, available at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics).
8. Red, pointed toe pumps
To complete your look, add a pair of bright red, pointed toe pumps, like these poppy-colored suede heels by Chinese Laundry ($80, available at Heels). The eye-catching colour will turn heads while the moderate heel height will keep your feet happy.
Simone Paget is a freelance writer and the author of Skinny Dip, a cheeky blog about love, sex, relationships and everything in between. When she’s not writing her heart out, she loves wandering around her city, large cup of coffee in hand, in search of the next great story.