From gorgeous dresses to stylish street shopping and even upcycling her looks, Kate Middleton is the ultimate fashion queen.
Her matching outfits will sell out within minutes and Google searches for the Duchess of Cambridge in the millions each month.
Hashtags including #KateMiddletonStyle and #KateMiddletonFashion account for 1.3 million monthly Instagram posts associated with her, according to the Digital Marketplace Design Pack.
The Duchess, who turns 40 on Sunday, has been known to boost a designer’s popularity tenfold by stepping out in one of their outfits.
Eleanor Jayne, 30, an investment manager, has been copying Kate’s look for five years and has spent £3,000 mimicking her fashion choices.
The mother of one who lives in Cambridge with her 35-year-old husband and their son Freddie, born in December, is known as ‘Repli-Kate’ – a nickname coined by die-hard fans who share it obsession with her. Online.
Eleanor said: “I have always been a huge fan of Kate Middleton because she carries herself and dresses very well. She also does a great job of matching designer clothes with high street fashion, which I really like.
“When I started working in finance ten years ago, there wasn’t much inspiration for women’s attire in a formal office job.
“I started copying Kate’s looks that I had seen her wear on TV and in magazines.
“Kate has made midi dresses and heels cool and her look is perfect for work because it’s comfortable yet stylish. If she’s wearing a gorgeous midi dress, I’ll always hunt it down then.
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“Five years ago, she wore a pink Hobbs dress and it sold out instantly. I remember scouring eBay for hours trying to find it but I never made it – I gutted. ”
In addition to owning ten identical outfits worn by Kate herself, Eleanor models all of her outfits on the Duchess and even replicates her hairdo, including a blow-dry or blow-dry look. half up half down.
When she spots something on Kate that she wants to copy, she sets up an online alert to make sure she doesn’t miss it.
“Most of my clothes are inspired by her,” says Eleanor. I would set up a warning on thrift stores about ‘blue midi dress, Coast’ or whatever she’s wearing. eBay, Vinted and Vestiaire are my favorite sites.
Vestiaire sells used designer clothes and it’s good because it covers so many different countries.
“In the UK, Kate’s clothes sell out instantly but sometimes they are a bit slower overseas which means I can ship them from countries like France.
“Ever since Kate started getting dry, I copied that too. That’s how me and all my friends do their hair now.”
In the Duchess of Eleanor-inspired wardrobe are a pair of £229 court shoes from LK Bennett, £220 Aquatalia Pasha pumps and a £39.50 M&S print dress. that Kate wore on Zoom calls last summer.
I try and set myself a monthly limit of £300 for clothes shopping and the most I’ve spent on one of Kate’s dresses is around £300
She also owns a duchess M&S Autograph blend wool coat and matching trousers, £158 for both, along with £50,2750 pairs of her white Cotu Classic Superga shoes.
Eleanor has learned a few tricks to get Kate’s look at the lowest possible price, sometimes paying 20 to 30 percent less.
She found the royal players exact matches using Google image search, which flags sites selling the same product but cheaper – save up to £225 on per item – and set a monthly budget yourself to avoid overspending.
“Sellers on sites like eBay tend to flag things up immediately after Kate wears them, but if you wait a few months and then come back and look for the item, you might find it,” says Eleanor. it’s below retail price.
“I try and set myself a monthly limit of £300 on clothes shopping and the most I spend on one of Kate’s dresses is around £300.
“When Kate wears AUNT, I tend to be able to find clothes online. With LK Bennett, I had more luck visiting the London store.
“My favorite outfit is the dress Kate wore to the No Time To Die premiere, which is by Jenny Packham and costs £4,000.
I was told once that I looked like her, which was huge – I wish I could be told that every day.
“She looks so eye-catching. I don’t copy her high-end designer outfits because it doesn’t fit in my pocket, but I’ll find a copy. When she’s wearing things like M&S , LK Bennett and Hobbs, it will be more affordable.”
Eleanor, who shares her outfits on Instagram page @sqHERmile, also turned to Kate for inspiration on how to dress when she was pregnant with son Freddie.
She said: “I looked back at the outfits Kate wore while pregnant to give me ideas.
“She wore a lot of flowing midi skirts that I tried to emulate rather than wearing jumpsuits and leggings. Dressing well made me feel better about myself while pregnant and got a lot of compliments.
“Once, people said I looked like her, I was huge – I wish I could say that every day.
“Her fashion is more accessible than a lot of celebrities. She always looks slick, but her outfits aren’t straight on the catwalk and she doesn’t look like a Kardashian with loads of skin on the show.
“Kate has proven that you can still look gorgeous, sexy, and beautiful while wearing it.”
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