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.
The mum-of-three opened her travelling ‘Back to Nature’ garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden in Surrey yesterday, wearing a stunning floral dress from designer Emilia Wickstead.
But while the garment itself carries a slightly eye-watering price tag of £1,635, the earrings she chose to complement it are 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. But they’ve since gone into the summer sale and been cut to their current – amazing – cost.
As is that wasn’t enough, Monsoon reports 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.
Yesterday in Surrey, keen gardener Kate met with former Bake Off star Mary Berry to tour the garden, which will now been expanded to become a permanent fixture at RHS Wisley, and the pair even took a tractor ride with a group of local school children at the event.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said of the installation: ‘As part of her longstanding work on Early Years, The Duchess of Cambridge believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children’s future health and happiness, building foundations that last through childhood and over a lifetime.’