Monday, 24 October 2011

Copy Kate's looks, Dress up the Duchess, 'The Kate effect' this halloween and the latest updates!

It's been a quiet weekend for the Duchess, with no sightings or photographs to report but as always there is an excellent selection of tidbits. I enjoy adding them together and finishing up with a post one could only describe as a mixed bag of Kate news. :)

I've been hearing people are dressing up as Kate for Halloween and was doing some research on costumes and I found a very interesting piece on In Style, 'Kate Middleton Wedding Dress Up'. The 'dress up' feature was added months ago but I have just seen it for the first time. It allows you to 'dress' Kate in various wedding dresses, shoes, jewllery and tiaras. I chose a beautiful Oscar De La Renta gown and Duchess Kate looks beautiful in it. I think this would be a stunning look for her when attending a formal dinner or function. Do give it a try yourselves, It's excellent fun and took me less than a minute. You can share your choices via facebook and twitter. Click here to dress up Kate!

With Halloween fast approaching, It seems dressing up as Kate will be one of the most popular choices this year. Are any of you going as Kate to a fancy dress ball? I think people could emulate Kate by wearing something similar to any of her pieces but the most popular one will undoubtedly be the wedding dress. This Royal Wedding Dress Adult Costume is available for just under $40. It is described as

"Every little girl dreams of being a princess........
And this one's dreams came true. The Royal Wedding Dress Adult Costume includes: A white wedding style dress featuring a lovely lace overlay and a tiara with an attached veil - based on the look worn by Britain's favorite new princess".

If you are looking for a simpler option, The Kate Middleton Face Mask is an excellent alternative. Available for only £3.19. (I can only imagine seeing a Kate mask beside ghosts and witches :)) The mask comes with eye holes and an elastic strap.

Why not get the whole family involved and dress up as the Windsor family, There are a nice selection of masks Here.

Naturally, you all remember the touching story of nine year old cancer patient Fabian Bate. He not only touched Duchess Kate's heart but everyone who read his story. There has been splendid news for Fabian. It has now been confirmed that both his sisters are are perfect bone marrow matches for their brother. Fabian was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2006. The Duchess admitted she "admires his strength of chatacter".  

Below Fabian is pictured with his two sisters, I am delighted to heard the good news and I'm sure Kate is too. Wishing Fabian a speedy recovery.

As you all know the Duchess has been busy privately visiting charities. It has been reported, Kate may not be able to support one very close to her heart. Sources say Kate was keen to work with the Blue Heart Campaign which raises awareness about human trafficking.  Kate wore a stunning red dress by Beulah to a recent gala fundraiser. Beulah has close links with the foundation. Sadly the charity is affiliated with the United Nations, a neutral organisation. Kate has been told it would not be appropriate for her to support this cause because of her close ties to the Queen - a head of state. 

"Natasha and Lavinia (Both owners of the label Beulah) spent two months working with human trafficking victims in India and when Kate heard their tales she was completely behind the project. But because of UN protocol it was not deemed appropriate for her to be too visible within the campaign".

Duchess Kate would be an invaluable asset to the Blue Heart Campaign and I admire her for showing interest in a charity about trafficking. It is a shame she cannot become involved with this one but whoever she chooses to support will be very lucky and I know she will make a difference.

Kate's fashion influence is being felt worldwide even at the Miss World competition. The recently crowned Miss World Ireland, Holly Carpenter admitted she will be emulating Kate when she flies to Earls Court, England for the competition. Holly said

"I am going for a Kate Middleton look during the day time. I've got dresses from boutiques like Fran and Jane, and I'll be in heels everyday. Kate is definitely my theme, With her outfits, her dresses are always knee length with a clutch bag and simple jewellery. I am representing Ireland and I want to look classy".

Wishing Holly the best of luck. It would be wonderful to have a Miss World who emulates Kate. The competition takes place on November 6.

I was having a look through high street shop website and discovered many Kate inspired pieces. As Kate's pieces sell out so rapidly, I thought I would share these with you. Beginning with this beautiful Mango draped detail dress. The short sleeves dress is very similar to the black Issa Kate wore while out in London before the wedding. It is selling for under £30 and available in sizes XS - XL.

Next we have this beautiful Dorothy Perkins Bodycon Layered Dress. While it's red the structure and shape are very reminiscent of the Reiss Shola Kate wore while meeting the Obama's. It is selling for £40.

When Kate visited Birmingham, She wore a stunning McQueen georgette blouse. This A Wear Cream Crochet Top is similar in terms of colour and design. It is also suitable for workwear or could be teamed with jeans and flats. It is selling for £30.

Designer Karen Millen is world famous for her stunning designs. This Classic Investment Coat reminded of both Kate's Burberry trench and her favourite white coat with black buttons. It's a stunning piece and at £399 an investment for anyone's winter wardrobe.

Back when the Duchess was just Kate Middleton she wore dozens of beautiful dresses, especially during her time working at Jigsaw. She was photographed wearing a red knee length dress and this Dorothy Perkins Red Floral Dress is the perfect replicate.  Selling for just £32.

There is a huge variation of lace dress available on the high street at the moment. I believe there is something for everyone, all ages and sizes. Lace is obviously one of Kate's favourite's right now and the trend is everywhere.

This French Connection Angela Lace Dress is beautiful. Available in red and navy it is fully lined with lace overlay and a concealed zip at back. Stunning piece and very Kate. At 156 euro the quality is excellent for the price.

Next we have this Jane Norman V Front Dress. For just £45 this long sleeved lace dress is similar to Kate's Erdem.This elegant dress features a scallop edged neckline and hem with 3/4 length sleeves. The beautiful floral detail emulates Kate's favourite Collette Dinnigan dress. Available in black and red.

This beautiful A Wear Embelished Lace Dress is available in cream, red and navy. For just £60, it is long sleeved with stunning lace detail. I think lace is going to be the one to watch for the Christmas season this year. Beautiful dresses......

While all of the above are beautiful, this dress is my favourite of the lace ones I have chosen. The Jane Norman lace slash 3/4 sleeve lace dress is just £45 and comes in five colours. (What more could a girl ask for :)) navy, black, cream, read and grey. The dress is fitted with a figure hugging underlayer and ruching detail at the bust.


  1. I see Kate inspired clothing everywhere these days! Which is good, because I buy them all up!

  2. It's wonderful as I think stock has vastly improved in clothing stores :)

  3. A fun dress-up game, (loved the one-word responses when I select something, lol) and a great informational post, thanks!

  4. Thank you Mona,

    I really enjoyed it, As we don't see much of Kate in the way of pictures it's interesting to see how different looks would suit her.
    I really adores the Oscar De La Renta dress on her. :)

  5. I absolutely adore the Karen Miller Classic Investment coat!!! and the lace dresses will never get old, they are so beautiful. For halloween my friend is being Kate Middleton!! A a sapphire ring, a lace dress, a tiara and perfect hair should do it! Love the posts!

  6. I love the Karen Millen coat too Kylie, it reminds of Kate's coats quite a lot.

    Your friends outfit sounds great, Maybe you will dress up as Kate too! Have a great Halloween Kylie :)

  7. Good post, love the article. Thank you Mona.


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