5 Affordable Clothing Brands Kate Middleton Loves, Because Royal Fashion Icons Can Be Practical, Too
Most people don't expect a fashion icon like Kate Middleton (a royal fashion icon, no less) to wear something that the average person can run out and buy at the store for a price that's within reason. That's why the world is basically freaking out right now over the perfectly breezy, beautiful summer dress from Zara that Kate was spotted wearing over the weekend at an outdoor event with George and Charlotte. That's right, Zara: As in the store where you, too, go shopping. That means you, too, could theoretically buy Kate Middleton's dress... and for just $70!
The always stunning mother-of-three was photographed wearing Zara's Flocked Print cotton dress on Sunday as she spent some quality time chilling with her two older children, according to The Daily Mail. (Baby Louis was at home, I assume.) With her hair up to stay cool, Kate reportedly tried to blend in with the crowd at the Houghton horse trials, a festival including showjumping, children’s entertainment, and ice cream, of course.
Naturally, she didn't have much luck blending in, because: 1. She's Kate Middleton, and 2. She was wearing Zara... again! The Duchess of Cambridge's affinity for affordable clothing is just one of the many things that makes her so endearing. There's just something about seeing a princess in an outfit you could pick up at the mall that gives a girl hope, you know?
Except, um, tragically... you can't pick up that particular dress right now, because it's sold out. Unfortunately, this is what happens every time Kate wears something from Zara, according to Insider.com. From blazers to blouses to biker jeans, she's been seen wearing the chain store's styles multiple times... and before you can even log in to your Zara account, whoosh! It's gone. Talk about fashion frustration.
Kate seems to be a fan of several other "regular people" stores, too. (Between Kate's $70 dress and Meghan Markle's favorite $75 Reebok sneakers, these royals are surprisingly practical!) She's been photographed multiple times in fashions from the following affordable brands... maybe you even own some similar pieces? (If not, you probably will soon.)
Because you know you were dying to see it, even if you can't have it right now: Zara's Flocked Print cotton dress. Maybe they'll restock? (Are you reading this, Zara?!)
Seriously, this is the kind of thing you would wear as often as possible, all season long. So cute, so light, so airy... and it even meets the royal dress code (no short skirts, tight clothing, cleavage, etc.).
That's right, even Kate Middleton stocks her closet with basics from the Gap, like these skinny stretch pants she wore to visit the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, which sold for just about $25 back in 2016 (according to Refinery 29).
Speaking of Kate's visit to the Eden Project, she also wore a ribbed white top from H&M under her blazer that day, as the sleuths over at KateMiddletonStyle.org figured out. (If there was a thought bubble next to Kate's head here, it would say "Wow, I sure am a frugal shopper!") This is still available, btw, and it's only $15.
3. J. Crew
While attending a sailing road show in London in 2017, Kate wore an appropriately nautical pair of navy kick-leg trousers with gold details from J.Crew, according to Glamour.
4. Banana Republic
To launch the Heads Together campaign with Prince William and Prince Harry in 2016, Kate wore this graphic skirt from Banana Republic, Popsugar reported. Who would have thought it was an off-the-rack find?
As Us Weekly reported, it was a sweltering 90 degrees when Kate wore this gorgeous Topshop dress to feed baby elephants at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Kaziranga National Park in India. Considering the fact that she doesn't look like she's melting, the fabric must have been super lightweight!