Just like every other little girl, I always wanted to be a princess, and like most of us, I never grew out of wanting it. In my case it wasn't so much wishing that Prince Charming would sweep me off my feet because of many reasons - my parents encouraged me to be independent (although if Prince Charming is out there, I'm right here!), and of all of the frogs I've kissed, not one has turned into a prince. But what I wanted is the sparkly jewels, fabulous hats and gorgeous gowns that princesses get to wear.
Now we have a modern-day princess who wears all of these items (and wears them well), and is someone who has embraced the same philosophy many of us have in this economic time - she's a recessionista! (Wikipedia definition - a blend of the words fashionista and recession, a person who strives to remain fashionable on a minimal budget). Duchess Catherine of Cambridge (aka Kate) is glamorous, wears clothes that flatter her fabulous figure, is always dressed appropriately for the occasion, and isn't afraid to buy off the rack or recycle outfits (other royals - get with the program... we've been doing this all along!). Not only is this a great way to stretch your wardrobe, but it can get you through transitional periods between seasons - exactly where we are now between summer and fall.
Here's a list of Kate's wardrobe faves that you can buy (off the rack, of course) at Miracle Mile Shops stores, wear over and over, and still maintain your fashionista status:
Classic dresses - Kate can be found in dresses and gowns with simple lines, bold colors and details like belts that draw attention to her waist. Dresses like this flatter many figures and can help you appear thinner (and who doesn't want that?)
Buy at: BCBGMAXAZRIA, White House/Black Market, Cache, Herve Leger
Jeans - We all love a good pair of jeans, and Kate is no exception. She pairs them with button-front shirts, blazers and even cowboy hats and always looks fantastic.
Buy at: True Religion Brand Jeans, GAP, Lucky Brand Jeans
Accessories - Kate typically keeps her jewelry to a minimum, although she has that beautiful sapphire engagement ring to glam up her outfits. Sometimes when it comes to accessories, less is more (this is against my usual philosophy of "more is more", but I'll embrace it once in awhile) - consider wearing one statement piece and minimal other jewelry.
Buy at: Swarovski (they even have tiaras!), Aldo Accessories, GUESS Accessories, Ultra Diamonds, Landau (they carry replicas of her engagement ring)
Hats - I think this needs no explanation. From fascinators to wide brim hats to tiaras to the afore-mentioned cowboy hats, Kate can wear them all.
Buy at: Hattitude, Lids
Shoes - Kate has been photographed at many of her events in timeless pumps, but she is smart and gets them with a bit of a platform and a lower heel to make it easier for her to stand in them for long periods of time. Note: like the less is more theory above, I don't typically believe in wearing lower heels as I'm a 4" - 6" heel girl, but I hear they are comfortable.
Buy at: Aldo, Bakers, Chinese Laundry, GUESS, Wild Pair
Makeup - I don't know many brides who do their own makeup for their weddings, but Kate sure did. She knows how to use makeup to play up her best features (although I can't figure out if she has any bad features).
Buy at: Sephora, Victoria's Secret, The Body Shop
Now that you've got the Princess Recessionista wardrobe, all you need to do is practice your royal wave.
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