Kate Middleton is often under intense scrutiny from the media, ever since becoming the Duchess of Cambridge. She has had some controversial moments in the past, and some of them were due to her outfit choices. But most would agree that she has great style and is now a style icon.
It all started with her wedding dress, which became such a focal point in fashion that it has its own Wikipedia page. Many brides also scoured the world for replicas in order to recreate the iconic fashion moment. So it’s no surprise that women still follow the Duchess’ lead when it comes to fashion.
But do you have to pay big to dress like a royal? The answer is no. She often mixes high-end clothes with affordable pieces, and there are usually budget-friendly versions of what she wears. Here are seven gorgeous Middleton-inspired outfits that are actually affordable.
1. The Eden Project outfit
GAP Bi-stretch skinny ankle pants (the exact pants) 12.99–49.95 pounds (the equivalent of $16.85–$64.80)
Ann Taylor’s two-button jacket $139.99
Basic white top $39.50
Jessica Simpson Malia Pump $29.97
Outfit total: Up to $279.41
The royal couple made a visit to the Eden Project in 2016. Middleton spiced up her business outfit with some cute patterned pants. It has been confirmed by the Mirror that the pants are from Gap. They are still available, although not in the exact same pattern as the one Middleton wore.
She paired the pants with a higher end Smythe blazer. You can swap this out with a more affordable option and still look professional. Underneath, you can go with a basic white top that could be worn multiple times in future professional outfits.
This ensemble is a great business casual ensemble. It’s totally professional without being too expected or boring, thanks to the fun printed pants.