The Duchess of Cambridge is one of my favourite style icons, I’ve adored her style from the very beginning! While I love tracking it and follow several different royal style blogs, unfortunately for me, she has a very different body type than I do. If I could, I would track down repliKates for ninety percent of what she wears, but alas- much of it would not look great on me. Still, I do try to find what I can, and today’s three pieces are my favourite repliKates in my wardrobe!
I should backtrack, for those of you who don’t know what a repliKate is! A repliKate is a piece that is a look-a-like for something that the Duchess of Cambridge (née Kate Middleton), often at a much lower price point than the original piece. There are some people who have a complete Middleton-inspired wardrobe, I am a little more controlled in my purchases.
RepliKate for LK Bennett Maddox Wedges
Catherine wore her Maddox Wedges from LK Bennett the day before and the day after the Royal Wedding! The Maddox is actually a re-release of the original style she wore, the Greta. I was on the hunt for a RepliKate for quite some time before I spotted these in Debenhams while I was living in Dublin. These are from Call It Spring (ironically a Canadian company, that I bought living in Dublin) and are quite comfortable. I actually prefer the canvas to the patent (less scuffs and marks), and they replicate the look well. These were €47, less than 1/4 of the price of the originals!
RepliKate for the Reiss Shola Dress
This dress was made famous when the Obamas visited the newly created Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the UK shortly after the Royal Wedding. After her navy engagement dress, this is the perfect example of the repliKate effect- the website sold out and crashed in mere minutes. I do hope to eventually own a Reiss dress, they are fantastic quality. However, I knew that I didn’t have $300+ CAD for a dress, so I set out on the hunt for a repliKate of my own! I actually found this repliKate at Forever21 at City Creek in SLC in April 2014- it was $23 USD, and from the F21 Contemporary line. It’s not an exact replica, but it is in an incredibly comfortable dress that works well for anything! I wore it in summer 2014 at a tea I hosted:
Replikate for Topshop Tall Polka Dot Dress
This is definitely a borderline repliKate but it certainly inspired me! The Duchess wore an empire waisted maternity dress from Topshop on a tour of the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavensden, and I thought it was lovely! Obviously, I’m not pregnant so I wasn’t concerned with finding a maternity version. This is not an A-Line dress but rather a sheath, cream with black polka dots. This is from one of my favourite stores, A-Wear! It’s an Irish store that sadly doesn’t exist anymore but had some gorgeous pieces. I typically pair it with a black blazer and my black wedges from above!
I have more originals (and repliKates) on my list to eventually find, but I’m pretty happy with my small collection. The Duchess of Cambridge does actually shop at a wide variety of brands and price points, not common for members of the royal family!
What is your favourite piece that the Duchess has worn?