How To Dress Like A Royal On A Budget, Because Supermarket Fashion Makes It Surprisingly Easy
With the Meghan and Kate effect still going strong, it's clear that the UK is obsessed with royal style. As soon as any royal woman steps outside her front door, cameras are poised and ready with fans waiting to decipher what she's wearing. But if you're wondering how to dress like a royal on a budget, how would you feel if I told you it was possible just by visiting your local supermarket?
The premise of the likes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle shopping for clothes at Tesco, Sainsbury's, or Asda may sound ridiculous but each store houses plenty of regal options for us commoners.
While Markle is still finding her feet in the rule-covered world of royal fashion, she has so far shown a penchant for pretty Bardot necklines, oversized shirts, and Panama hats. The Duchess of Cambridge, on the other hand, is just as revered for her casual style as for her public engagement looks which range from tea dresses to cowboy boots.
While you obviously can't pick up an exact replica of Markle or Middleton's looks at the supermarket, you can find some inspiration in the (very affordable) items on offer. Whether you opt for a sophisticated midi dress or sensible pair of heels, injecting a bit of the monarchy into your wardrobe has never been so simple. So here's my supermarket fashion guide to dressing like a royal.
The Meghan Dress
The Kate Dress
Premium Lace Dress
Kate has been known to wear a yellow dress on more than a few royal tours, donning a Roksanda Ilincic design on her 2014 trip to Australia, and a canary yellow Jenny Packham number on her 2017 tour of Berlin . The hemline of this piece makes it very royal friendly, though the price point is a little higher than usual for supermarket fashion as it's part of Tu's premium range.
Boots Fit For A Duchess
A Panama Hat
Royal Tour Essentials
A Day Of Visits
F&F Snakeskin Effect Heeled Sandals
When you're on your feet all day, the last thing you want to wear is heels that are going to give you blisters the minute you stand up. Royal women always wear heels that are high enough to not be regarded as 'mumsy' but not high enough to risk breaking their ankles. This pair in particular are reminiscent of Kate's sandals on her 2017 tour of Berlin.
A K-Mid Jacket
A Clutch Bag Alternative
Cross Body Bag
It's a well-known fact that royal women carry clutch bags so as to avoid awkward handshakes when out in public. However, Markle has tried to avert the rules so far, making this bag that can be styled across the body or carried as a clutch the perfect accessory. (Plus the Duchess of Cambridge appears to love this colour.)
The "Two-Piece" Dress
The Markle Neckline
So if your deeply held desire is to emulate the Markle and Middleton look, these options can give you good vibes on a budget. Good luck.