Once Upon an Outfit: How to Dress like a Princess
No, not a Disney princess! While the world’s fashion media waits with baited breath for a glimpse of the new Royal Baby’s first outfit, let’s instead pay fashion homage to the closest thing Britain’s got to a living Disney princess – Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. As well as bringing another heir to the throne (we were so very short of those), she’s also brought us How to Dress Like a Modern Day Princess, by numbers.
I can’t deny the woman looks good. She’s been criticised for playing it safe, and for – heaven forbid – wearing kohl eyeliner. But whilst you may doubt her methods, you can’t argue with the results. From lowly Topshop (I’m proud to say I owned that dotty dress pre-Harry Potter tour appearance) to Stella McCartney and Jenny Packham, she’s proven that even the high street can be fit for a princess. Or Duchess, whatever.
The princess rules appear to be thus:
- A demure length dress, just a smidgen above the knee, is just right for day engagements
- Full-length glamour is reserved for evening events
- Trousers only come out for sporting activities
- Accessories are kept to a minimum
- Not a single hair is ever out of place (even a fringe can be too much of a departure)
- The clutch is the Duchess’s bag of choice
- LK Bennett nude patent courts go with every outfit ever.
Here’s a little inspiration – our impossibly perfect future Queen’s best looks:
Kate and William’s Engagement, the classic Issa sellout dress
Kate at the ARK Gala in Jenny Packham
Casual at a Team GB Ambassador Gig
Kate and William at an engagement in Birmingham in 80s-esque McQueen
Wearing a knockout Roland Mouret dress to the Thirty Club in London
There’s no doubting that Kate’s look comes at a price. There’s no second-day hair when you’re a Duchess, no dry shampoo. Outfit repeats are avoided as much as possible and you need someone to present you with a pretty sizeable rock for your ring finger to seal the deal. Also, you’re going to have to find a way to always be in a good mood and never fall over or take bad photos.
Should be a walk in the park, right?
Here’s a few high street imitations to begin your royal wardrobe:
Shoulder Pad Maxi Dress, Topshop, £50
Silk Blouse with Combination Lapel, Zara, £17.99
Navy and Ivory Spot Dress, Dorothy Perkins, £25.20
Links: Topshop Maxi, Zara Shirt, Dorothy Perkins Dress