The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her pared-back elegance and is one of the few women who has the power to make a piece of clothing sell out in minutes. But it’s not just designer labels favoured by the Duchess – while she’s regularly spotted shopping in upmarket Sloane Square in Chelsea, there are ways to get her style for less, if you now how to shop savvy.
From the high street label we all know and love to the cult dress making an affordable comeback, here’s where the Duchess of Cambridge finds her best fashion outfits, so you can follow suit.
Issa Arguably one of the Duchess’ most famous looks ever, the blue Issa dress she wore when she and William announced their engagement has since become a cult buy. It sold out in minutes and made thousands for anyone selling theirs on eBay. Of course, many of us mere mortals didn’t manage to get our hands on what is probably one of the most flattering dresses of all time (versatile navy, waist whittling ruching and a wearable length), but we’ve got news for you fans: you can get your hands on an almost identical style now for just £99.
Danielle Halayel, the original dress designer and founder/former creative director of Issa, has teamed up with Monsoon to create a capsule collection of stunning designs – and we’ve spotted an almost-exact replica of her original Issa style. Rather than silk-jersey, the high street Gisele dress is made from viscose, but the design details are very similar. It’s available to buy in blue and pink now on Monsoon’s website and in-store, but be quick – we’re almost certain that this will be another sell-out!
Goat The Duchess was spotted in a stunning white blouse from Goat when she launched Heads Together alongside Princes William and Harry back in May. A shopping frenzy ensued (of course), and the top quickly sold out – but the store has restocked its Binky Blouse, £290, so you can get a slice of her style yourself. While you’re shopping, take a look at the stores other elegant designs to get a slic of the Duchess’ style.
Peter Jones This is basically John Lewis for very posh people. This department store has been in the heart of Sloane Square since 1877 and has pretty much anything you could ever need. From homeware to toys to Duchess-approved womenswear (Reiss, Jaeger etc) it’s no wonder that Catherine, her mother Carole and sister Pippa are regularly spotted shopping here. There’s also a Clarins Skin Spa, so you never need to leave.
Reiss Catherine has been the absolute perfect poster girl for
the upmarket high-street chain. Remember the beige Shola dress she wore
to greet the Obamas in 2011 that sold out in mere minutes? Arguably,
only Kate could have that incredible effect.
Joseph The Duchess loves Joseph. She wore a cream Joseph frock on her tour of Canada, a white tweed jacket to the Epsom Derby in 2011 (above) and a blush pink dress to Buckingham Palace.She’s also wearing a Reiss dress under the smart Joseph jacket, proving her high-street style credentials.
LK Bennett The Duchess of Cambridge always wears the most perfect beige heels, and they’re often from LK Bennett. As well as the neutral wardrobe staple, she has also been known to carry different LK Bennett clutches, making this your one-stop shop for Royal-approved accessories.
Richard Ward Her glossy brown hair and immaculate blow-dries made Kate the envy of many women. Fortunately, her favourite hairdresser – Richard Ward – has set up shop on the King’s Road, meaning one of the hairdresser’s renowned stylists can work the Middleton magic on you in his branch at 82 Duke of York Square.
Whistles The Duchess wore a printed blue silk Whistles dress to the Olympics Closing Ceremony in 2012 (above) and showed many of us how smart-casual summer dressing is really done. She’s worn the label on a number of other occasions, including a smart, semi-sheer dark-red dress to the National Portrait Gallery in 2013. The Whistles shop at 31 King’s Road has been there for decades and is well worth a look.
Spake NK No princess worth her salt would skimp when it cames to cosmetics. The Duchess has been photographed carrying a Space NK shopping bag on the King’s Road in the past, suggesting she’s a fan of every sloane’s favourite beauty store.