It’s hard to believe summer is basically over, but it’s time for the August roundup!
This month is always a very slow one in the royal world. Most members of the royal families throughout Europe are on holiday and there aren’t many big engagements scheduled. Thankfully, Harry and Meghan broke the drought with their appearance Wednesday at the Hamilton event. I can’t say I’d ever wear a tuxedo minidress, so I won’t be searching for similar looks. But Meghan looked amazing! I’m excited to see more of her this autumn.
Although we didn’t have much in terms of new outfits to hunt for this month, I did find some great royally-inspired pieces for less than $50:
My cousin is getting married this fall and whenever I have a formal occasion I tend to browse through royal photos to get inspiration. This time I turned to Princess Diana and found some great copies on a budget. Since today marks the anniversary of her death it’s nice to know her memory lives on!
Pearl and CZ Earrings
Diana received a beautiful pair of earrings featuring a cluster of diamonds and a pearl drop as a wedding gift from the Emir of Qatar. I would SO love to see Kate or Meghan wearing these one day! If you’re looking for something similar, I found a pair on Amazon that’s a great match. These would be beautiful earrings for a bride, too.
Simulated Emerald and CZ Earrings
I always loved these emerald and diamond earrings Diana wore (they were a gift from Prince Charles). Since I’m wearing a green gown for the wedding reception I thought emerald – or at least fake emerald – earrings would be nice. This sterling silver pair is another Amazon find!
Which ones do you think I should buy? Let me know in the comments!
Kitty Spencer-Esque Dress
Like many people, I was totally wowed by Lady Kitty Spencer’s green dress at the royal wedding. I was looking for dresses on Amazon when this one popped up as a suggested item. My first thought was it reminded me of Kitty’s Dolce and Gabbana! The style/shape also makes me think of Sophie Wessex.
I ordered the dress as a potential option for my cousin’s church ceremony (I already have a replikate reception gown I’ll post about later!) but ended up finding a dress I liked much better.
I didn’t take any photos but the dress was very well made (for under $40 I was impressed!) and the top was a heavier knit material which is well-suited to cooler weather events. Although it looks like two pieces, it’s actually one dress.
Although it didn’t work for me, I would definitely recommend this as a classy option for an autumn/winter wedding or cocktail party. It would look lovely with a fascinator! This is a dress that would be great for the 50+ woman, too.
Black Issa Replikate
Days before Will and Kate’s wedding she was photographed shopping at Warehouse while wearing a black short sleeve Issa dress. I was just checking out what they had in the Macy’s Labor Day sale and spotted this Charter Club draped black dress. Kate’s dress has a black bar at the waist where it’s gathered while this one has a gold closure, but either way, it’s a quite similar look. I just ordered it today so I’ll keep you posted.
The dress is a steal this weekend in their sale. It’s offered in XS-XL for $39.75 and petite sizes for only $33.98 (normally $79.50!) PLUS use the code WKND for an extra 15% off. Plus, if you use Ebates, you’ll get 10% cash back!
Plus Size Zara Tulip Replikate
I also spotted this plus size black lace dress that reminds me of Kate’s Zara tulip dress. Ironically, the model is wearing it with strappy black shoes that look like Kate’s pair from Office!
The dress is 40% off on sale, plus with the extra 15% off Macy’s Labor Day code you’ll only pay $35.19!
Style of the month
I was excited to see Kate wearing another Zara dress at the polo this summer, especially because it’s rare for her to wear affordable high street labels these days.
However, my first thought when I ripped open the package and tried this dress on was, “I look like I should be on Little House on the Prairie.” Unlike Kate, I’m not nearly six feet tall. The dress was this almost, but not quite maxi length on me because I’m so short. Some people can pull off that length but I just felt overwhelmed by striped fabric.
The solution to the problem was simple: it just needed to be hemmed. A quick fix from the tailor and I was in business! Changing the length made me like the dress 100% more. This is such an easy, crisp, summery style. Sadly, it is not one of those pieces that would transition well to cooler weather, which is why I chose it as the August style of the month.
Whether you’re wearing it for a picnic in the park like me, touring around London like Esther, exploring the Rockies like Julie, or taking a walk in the woods like Valerie, this is a perfect dress for soaking up those last days of summer.
Doesn’t everyone look gorgeous? Thanks to the ladies who participated this month! September’s pick will be Kate’s Sebago Bala boat shoes, so send your pictures in by September 27 (Instagram DM is fine or email me).
I’ll be back next week with a recap of my recent trip to Bath. I hope my U.S. readers enjoy the long holiday weekend!
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