If there’s anyone who knows a thing about mixing high street with high end, it’s our Duchess of Cambridge, Kate.
At the beginning of March, the royal mum-of-three was on an official three-day tour of Ireland with her husband Prince William, and her outfit was a prime example of her ability to mix and match designer buys with purse-friendly pieces that we can afford ourselves.
However, when it came to her accessories, she kept things much more accessible, with a pair of statement earrings that reportedly cost just £6, from none other than beloved high street hero H&M.
The gold disc drop earrings perfectly complimented Kate’s elegant make-up and signature blow-dry, adding an eye-catching finishing touch to her overall ensemble.
But as per usual, the Kate effect struck, as they weren’t available on the H&M website, suggesting that they could have been a previous-season find, or (we suspect) a total, instant sellout.
But if you loved the look, all is not lost; the eagle-eyed royal watchers at HELLO! magazine have since noticed that Accessorize is stocking an almost exact dupe for Kate’s original style, and they’ll only set you back a pound more – still a snip for a slice of royally-approved style.
The occasion in Ireland was not the first time Kate has selected an inexpensive earring for an appearance aboard – during the couple’s trip to Pakistan last year, she opted for £6 green drop earrings from local brand Zeen.
She’s also favoured Accessorize earrings in recent months, having been spotted in styles that cost as little as £1.50, which she’s thriftily pulled out and recycled for multiple occasions – perhaps she might even be tempted by the brand’s alternative to her H&M set…
During the evening reception, held in the Guinness Storehouse gravity bar, Kate and Prince William were seen chatting to Irish people involved in the creative arts, sport, business and charity sector – as well as sampling the drink for themselves, of course.
‘Many of you this evening who demonstrate the breadth of our connections across the arts, sports, uniformed services, education and research, and charity sectors,’ said Prince William at the time. ‘We value it as we do your friendship and are committed to strengthening it further’.