The phrases ‘royal style’ and ‘bargain’ may not be a natural pairing, but Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge just proved that even the most expensive of outfits can be accessorised with a high-street find – and its a trick that you can repeat again and again.
Today, the mum-of-three paid a visit to Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre in Peckham, dressed in a polka-dot shirt from Equipment, tailored black trousers and a pair of very affordable earrings that you might just recognise.
Kate first debuted the jewellery when she opened her travelling ‘Back to Nature’ garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden in Surrey earlier this month, on which occasion she teamed it with a a stunning floral dress from designer Emilia Wickstead.
And while the garment itself carried a slightly eye-watering price tag of £1,635, the earrings she chose to complement it were an amazingly low-budget buy, priced at just £1.50.
Kate’s delicate gold filigree drop earrings are from jewellery chain Accessorize, and were originally £5 when they came into stores. However, they’ve since gone into the summer sale and been cut to their current – amazing – cost.
As is that wasn’t enough, Monsoon reported at the time that Kate’s shoes were also its own Fleur Espadrille Wedges, which are reduced from £45.00 to £13.50 in the sale.
But before you get too excited at the prospect of being able to dress like a duchess of a dime, you should know that rather predictably the Kate effect has already struck, and both styles are completely sold out online.
It’s not the first time Kate has turned to Accessorize to complete her outfit. Earlier this year she debuted the same garden at Chelsea Flower Show, and chose the store’s £8 Polly Petal Drop Earrings to mark the occasion.